Album Sorting Logic

With all of our albums now in one location, we decided to finally organize our collection. This is a perfect morning coffee activity. It does present some important questions, however. Categorize strictly alphabetically or by genre? We decided to go alphabetically, Christmas music being the one exception.

Other questions that arise:

Does The J. Giles Band get filed under J or G? J. If it was a solo J. Giles album, it’d go under G.

Where do soundtracks go? V, for Various Artists.

John Cougar Mellencamp? M. What if we had one of his albums he did as just John Cougar? Irrelevant. We’d never buy those albums.

Lady Gaga? L. Nobody calls her Miss Gaga.



About Tim Fry

Tim is a global communications consultant. He has a background in storytelling, opinion research, brand campaigns and product launches for clients big and small. He has been recognized with several industry awards, including Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and PR News' "15 to Watch." Tim has a bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. When he's not helping people tell their best stories, you're likely to find him riding his bike, kayaking or catching Dungeness Crab on Lopez Island, WA. He can be reached at
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2 Responses to Album Sorting Logic

  1. Paul Kiely says:

    I file Soundtracks under Soundtracks and albums with various artists under Collections. Collections can be subdived by decade. Christmas music I hide with the ornaments.

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