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PMEmo: A Dataset For Music Emotion Computing

PMEmo is a popular music dataset with emotional annotations:

Music Emotion Recognition (MER) has recently received considerable attention. To support the MER research which requires large music content libraries, we present the PMEmo dataset containing emotion annotations of 794 songs as well as the simultaneous electrodermal activity (EDA) signals. A Music Emotion Experiment was well-designed for collecting the affective-annotated music corpus of high quality, which recruited 457 subjects.

The dataset is publically available to the research community, which is foremost intended for benchmarking in music emotion retrieval and recognition. To straightforwardly evaluate the methodologies for music affective analysis, it also involves pre-computed audio feature sets. In addition to that, manually selected chorus excerpts (compressed in MP3) of songs are provided to facilitate the development of chorus-related research.

In Our article, The PMEmo Dataset for Music Emotion Recognition, We describe in detail the resource acquisition, subject selection, experiment design and annotation collection procedures, as well as the dataset content and data reliability analysis. We also illustrate its usage in some simple music emotion recognition tasks which testified the PMEmo dataset’s competence for the MER work. Compared to other homogeneous datasets, PMEmo is novel in the organization and management of the recruited annotators, and it is also characterized by its large amount of music with simultaneous physiological signals.

To briefly summarize, the PMEmo dataset provides:

New update! The updated PMEmo dataset incorporates:

The updated PMEmo enables researchers to conduct analysis in multiple modalities.

Data Description

The whole PMEmo dataset of approximately 1.3 GB can be downloaded online [the original version (2018)] [the updated version (2019)]. Considering copyright restrictions, full songs are not included in this dataset but the chorus excerpts are available in PMEmo. To make the data accessible and compatible for a wide range of platforms, the metadata of songs, the acoustic features and the annotations are all stored in CSV files (delimited by comma).

The updated dataset consists of:

The first 15-second annotations are removed from the PMEmo data. All these features are extracted using OpenSMILE toolbox (See details in our paper).

Code & Usage

The following notebooks and scripts, stored in this repository, have been developed for the dataset.

License & co

Please cite our paper if you use our code or data.

 author = {Zhang, Kejun and Zhang, Hui and Li, Simeng and Yang, Changyuan and Sun, Lingyun},
 title = {The PMEmo Dataset for Music Emotion Recognition},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2018 ACM on International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval},
 series = {ICMR '18},
 year = {2018},
 isbn = {978-1-4503-5046-4},
 location = {Yokohama, Japan},
 pages = {135--142},
 numpages = {8},
 url = {},
 doi = {10.1145/3206025.3206037},
 acmid = {3206037},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA},
 keywords = {dataset, eda, experiment, music emotion recognition},