Paper: Lyrics, Music, and Emotions

ACL ID D12-1054
Title Lyrics, Music, and Emotions
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2012

In this paper, we explore the classification of emotions in songs, using the music and the lyrics representation of the songs. We intro- duce a novel corpus of music and lyrics, con- sisting of 100 songs annotated for emotions. We show that textual and musical features can both be successfully used for emotion recog- nition in songs. Moreover, through compar- ative experiments, we show that the joint use of lyrics and music brings significant improve- ments over each of the individual textual and musical classifiers, with error rate reductions of up to 31%.