Music Recommendations Based on User's Mood Using Convolutional Neural Networks

  • A Petrescu Department of Computer Science, Babes-Bolyai University, 1, M. Kogalniceanu Street, 400084, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


This paper proposes a method for music recommendations using emotions, using deep learning techniques. The method is composed of two modules. The emotion detection module, which utilizes a hybrid architecture involving a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) and a Reccurent Neural Network using Long-Short Term Memory (LSTM) Cells. We compared individual architectures of CNNs and LSTMs against our hybrid approach, outperforming them during experiments. We evaluated the modules on our own data set, created using Spotify’s API and containing 2028 songs from different genres and linguistic families, labeled with valence and arousal values. The model also outperforms other related approaches, however we did not evaluate them on the same data set. The predictions are used by the second module, for which we proposed a simple method of ordering the results based on the similarity to user’s input.


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How to Cite
PETRESCU, A. Music Recommendations Based on User's Mood Using Convolutional Neural Networks. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Informatica, [S.l.], v. 67, n. 1, p. 45-60, july 2022. ISSN 2065-9601. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 aug. 2022. doi: