FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Why do emojis look different on various operating systems/applications?
Each emoji is defined by Unicode. For instance the emoji "Grinning Face" has the code U+1F600. Vendors such as Apple, Google or Twitter developed their own graphical emojis that replace the code with the corresponding emoji, comparable to a typeset or font. Therefore the same emojis look different on various operating systems or applications.
Unicode.org provides a chart of all Unicode emojis and their occurrence by vendor/application.
Why are Twitter Emoji (Twemoji) and not Apple's emojis used?
Emoji-Songs.com uses emojis of the open source project Twitter Emoji (Twemoji). In comparison to Apple's emojis, which are also used by WhatsApp, they can be used without any special licence agreement.
In general, using an emoji character set ensures that emojis look the same on all operating systems and browsers. Another advantage of Twitter Emoji is that Twitter is one of the first services to provide new emojis.
By the way: Since October 23, 2017, WhatsApp for Android (version 2.17.386 and above) uses its own Apple-like emojis.
Where does the word "emojigram" come from?
The word "emojigram" is a combination of emoji and the greek word gramma (γράμμα) which means letter, writing, something written. The neologism is similar to terms like telegram, autogram, hologram, Instagram and others. Regarding the meaning of Emoji see the article on Wikipedia.
Emoji-Songs.com originates from a private quiz played by two participants beginning in February 2016. The aim of the quiz was to guess song titles by emojis via WhatsApp. As an amount of about 300 emojigrams was reached the idea came up to publish them online in a cataloged way including links to Wikipedia and YouTube. The directory should also offer a possibility to guess song titles by emojis. [...] Apart from own new creations that are regularly added, visitors are invited to contribute emojigrams of song titles missing in the directory. The website is a free time project.
Why are there some foreign-language songs in the category "English Songs"?
The number of Spanish, Portuguese, French or Italian songs – all of them were international hits – is below 50. For this reason there's no need for an extra category.
How to read emojigrams?
There are various ways to depict song titles by emojis. It depends on the song title and sometimes on the direction particular emojis show.
Normally emojigrams are read from left to right:
Some song titles are depicted from right to left on Emoji-Songs.com, because the "Runner-Emoji" for instance heads left:
Running Up That Hill
That's what it looks like the other way round:
Song titles can also be depicted as a complete image:
🏁 🚴🏻 🚴🏻 🚴🏻
or in a comics style by placing thought bubbles or others above the corresponding emoji:
In My Head
Actually there are no rules. It's all about trying to depict a song title by emojis in an appropriate and comprehensible way. Just use your emojination! Each emojigram on Emoji-Songs.com is only one possible way to depict a certain song title by emojis. In case a depiction is very obvious, the artist is still to be guessed.
What are the abbreviations such as UC9 for?
The following abbreviations mark the usage of one or more emojis of the corresponding Unicode version:
- UC12: Unicode 12.0, provided by Twitter since 3 April 2019
- UC11: Unicode 11.0, provided by Twitter since 5 June 2018
- UC10: Unicode 10.0, provided by Twitter since 24 May 2017
- UC9: Unicode 9.0, provided by Twitter since 13 July 2016
How are the link targets to Wikipedia chosen?
The links to Wikipedia are meant for further reading about a song or artist. In most cases an article about a particular song exists on Wikipedia. If there is no article about a song the order of how the link targets are chosen is: The album the song was released on, the artist's discography, the artist (if information about the song is provided). If there's no relevant link target at all, the link to Wikipedia is omitted.
Why does Wikipedia sometimes name a different release date of a song?
The articles about particular songs on Wikipedia often refer to the single release of a song. The year specified on Emoji-Songs.com is always the year of the first release (on an album, as a single prior to the album or as an online release). There are for instance songs that were released on an album in November, the single however was released in the following year and charted. In these cases the year of publication is the year the album was released, not the single.
What are the links to YouTube for?
In case you don't know a song or like to hear it, simply click the button "YouTube". This starts a search for the song on YouTube (song title and artist). You can choose from the result list what version of the song you want to see or hear. There are no static links to personally favored videos.
When are cover versions or the original version of a song mentioned?
Some entries contain cover versions or the original version of a song. Providing this information you get to know that some songs or harmonies are originally not by the artist they are often associated with. As far as cover versions are concerned only some notable ones are listed (without any claim of completeness). This is meant to increase recognition, because some songs' cover versions were/are more successfull than the original version. For some songs there are so many cover versions that they can't be listed all on Emoji-Songs.com. Besides the articles on Wikipedia often name numerous cover versions.
What does Random Quiz mean?
When playing a Random Quiz the order of the songs changes every 24 hours at midnight CET (Central European Time).