Main Dataset for "Evolution of Popular Music: USA 1960–2010"
This is a large file (~20MB) called EvolutionPopUSA_MainData.csv, in comma-separated data format with column headers. Each row corresponds to a recording. The file is viewable in any text editor, and can also be opened in Excel or imported to other data processing programs.
Below is a list of the column headers, with annotations.
unique ID of the recording
name of the recording artist
artist name all upper case, no spaces, with secondary artists ("featuring") removed.
name of the track, i.e. usually name of the song
date of the first entry into the Billboard Hot 100
quarter, year, fiveyear, decade
transformations of first_entry to coarser time periods
era the track belongs to (1,...,4), as determined by Foote segmentation on the PC data (see below)
cluster membership of the track, as derived by k-means clustering on the PC data (see below)
hTopic_01, ... , hTopic_08
harmonic Topic weights, see description in the paper
tTopic_01, ... , tTopic_08
timbral Topic weights, see description in the paper
PC1, ... , PC14
principal components of the harmonic and timbral Topics
193 columns of chord change counts; the chord change is indicated in the column label (e.g. harm_M.2.M means major chord followed by another major chord 2 semitones up).
timb_01, ... , timb_35
35 columns of timbre class counts (see description in supplementary information)