Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2017     Views: 12220

Citing a Song or Album

See pages 28 and 39 for more information including optional elements.

General Format:

Artist. "Song Title." Album Title, Record Label, Year of Release.

Artist. Album Title, Record Label, Year of Release.

For Example:

Imagine Dragons. "Thunder." Evolve, Interscope Records, 2017.

Imagine Dragons. Evolve, Interscope Records, 2017.

The MLA Style Center website has information on how to cite music you listened through a streaming service or iTunes and how to format dates if a song was re-released.  Please see the articles How do I cite a song that I downloaded from and listened to through iTunes?, How do I cite a song?, and How do I cite song lyrics? for more examples.

More Information: 

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC/On-Campus Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing a song in MLA style.

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This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite in your class assignments and projects.

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