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Gracenote Data Powers the World’s Hottest Music Services

Every streaming music service on the planet is driven by data. It’s an essential ingredient to today’s music experiences. And Gracenote has descriptive data for practically every song ever recorded. All of this descriptive information is used to make deep connections between artists and tracks, creating radio stations and playlists that share common musical characteristics.

Gracenote has the industry’s most comprehensive source of descriptive music data available today.


Regional Hierarchies



Gracenote has the world’s deepest source of descriptive information for music having classified millions of tracks by Genre, Origin, Era, Artist Type (GOET) descriptors, as well as Mood and Tempo. This data fuels the engines for the world’s most popular music services, helping fans discover more of the music they love.

Human and Machine

Gracenote combines editorial experts, real people with a passion for music, with advanced machine learning technology to extract and classify musical characteristics. The combination of human and machine enables Gracenote to scale to more than 100 million tracks.

Global Genre System

The Gracenote Genre System features more than 2,400 unique genres and supports more than 31 languages. This proprietary music classification system is built with a global audience in mind, presenting genre hierarchies that are regionally relevant, such as J-Pop in Asia and Bollywood in India.

Product Benefits

  • Gracenote has the industry’s most comprehensive source of descriptive music data available today.
  • Descriptive data is delivered to Gracenote music customers to match their catalog and unique IDs.
  • Track-level descriptors for Mood and Tempo are derived from audio analysis, with multiple values assigned to tracks and weighted to reflect the music.
  • Flexible delivery via standard data files.

Music Datasets

Genre of the song (Rock, Hip Hop) Mood (Rowdy, Somber) Era the song was recorded (1980s, 2000s) Tempo (Fast, #BPMs) Origin or region most associated with the artist (London, New York) Artist type (Mixed, Female, Male)  

Gracenote Genre System

2,400 Genres 9 Regional Hierarchies 31 Languages

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