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Song types

As a general rule, as with everything else on VocaDB, information that is already provided in one way usually does not need to be repeated in other ways.

Original song

Original songs ( "オリジナル曲" in Japanese) are songs that are completely original content and aren't based on other songs.

Note that on VocaDB self-covers and self-remixes, made by the artist him/herself, are to be classified as covers and remixes, not "original songs", unlike on NicoNicoDouga.

Instrumental song that is an original, meaning it's not an instrumental versions of some other song, should be classified as original song, not instrumental. Instead, you should indicate that the song is an instrumental by using the instrumental tag.

As an important exception, please note the Drama PV song type.


Remaster ("修正版" in Japanese) means an improved (such as remastered) version of a song. Sometimes artists may replace the original song with a remastered version, even deleting the original.

In order to use the remaster song type the song should sound almost identical to the original, with the general melody and song structure intact.


Remix is an edited version of the song, usually made to sound quite different. The remix might be different musical genre. This song type should also be used even when the remix was made by the original artist. In this case you should add the self-remix tag.

Songs that are called "arrangements" should usually be classified as remixes on VocaDB.

Admittedly, the difference between a remix and a cover is often hard to define, and usually this doesn't matter very much.


Cover is a re-recorded version of a song. Most commonly in the Vocaloid/UTAU world covers are used to record the song with a different voicebank from the original, keeping the instrumentals intact. Sometimes a cover is another artist's interpretation of the song, in which case it might sound almost identical to the original.


AKA off-vocal or karaoke.

Instrumental song type should be used for one purpose: instrumental versions of songs, when a non-instrumental version with vocals is the original. This means, just like cover and remix, instrumental should always be a derived version.

Music PV

The music PV type is used for remarkable PVs of original songs. By creating a separate entry for the PV the animator and other people involved can be credited accordingly, and things like the MMD models used can be indicated with tags. Sometimes the PV might be more well known than the originally published version of the song, for example the Sweet Devil PV by wakamura and Love is War.

Like with most other song types, music PVs should always be derived versions. If the song was originally uploaded/published with the PV, that PV should be included with the original song entry.

Drama PV

In most cases Drama PV is an animation where the main focus is story instead of music. Most commonly these are made with MMD.the InMMD mostsoftware cases("MMD unrelatedDramas").

Note that unlike with the other song types, the drama PV type should always be used when a PV is considered drama. This is because the other song types are used to musicrepresent (excludingmusic, backgroundwhile music).the content of drama PVs is fundamentally different. Drama PVs are almost always originals, there are very few derived dramas.


Mashup is a song that is made by blending two or more songs together