Published October 29, 2018 | Version v1
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MediaEval AcousticBrainz Genre AllMusic

  • 1. Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • 2. Multimedia Computing Group, Delft University of Technology
  • 3. tagtraum industries incorporated


This dataset contains AllMusic ground-truth genre annotations and is complementary to the rest of the AcousticBrainz Genre datasets distributed at

The MediaEval AcousticBrainz Genre datasets are datasets of genre annotations and music features extracted from audio suited for evaluation of hierarchical multi-label genre classification systems.

The datasets are used within the MediaEval AcousticBrainz Genre Task. The task is focused on content-based music genre recognition using genre annotations from multiple sources and large-scale music features data available in the AcousticBrainz database. The goal of our task is to explore how the same music pieces can be annotated differently by different communities following different genre taxonomies, and how this should be addressed by content-based genre recognition systems.

We provide four datasets containing genre and subgenre annotations extracted from four different online metadata sources:

  • AllMusic and Discogs are based on editorial metadata databases maintained by music experts and enthusiasts. These sources contain explicit genre/subgenre annotations of music releases (albums) following a predefined genre namespace and taxonomy. We propagated release-level annotations to recordings (tracks) in AcousticBrainz to build the datasets.

  • Lastfm and Tagtraum are based on collaborative music tagging platforms with large amounts of genre labels provided by their users for music recordings (tracks). We have automatically inferred a genre/subgenre taxonomy and annotations from these labels.

For details on format and contents, please refer to the data webpage.



If you use the MediaEval AcousticBrainz Genre dataset or part of it, please cite our ISMIR 2019 overview paper:

Bogdanov, D., Porter A., Schreiber H., Urbano J., & Oramas S. (2019).
The AcousticBrainz Genre Dataset: Multi-Source, Multi-Level, Multi-Label, and Large-Scale. 
20th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2019).


This work is partially supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688382 AudioCommons.



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10230/35744 (Handle)
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10.5281/zenodo.2553414 (DOI)


AudioCommons – Audio Commons: An Ecosystem for Creative Reuse of Audio Content 688382
European Commission