How to Cite a Song in MLA

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Citing a Song / Musical Recording

Musical Recording – Any track or album from a compact disc, MP3 recording, MIDI, cassette, or vinyl recording.

MLA Song Citation Structure:

Last, First M. “Track Name.” Album Name. By Writer First M. Last. Cond. Conductor First M. Last. Perf. First M. Last. Band/Group Name. Rec. Date Month Year. Producer First M. Last, Year. CD/MP3/MIDI/Cassette/Vinyl.

Note: There will not always be a separate writer, conductor, orchestra or performer. If citing the entire album, do not fill out Track Name or recording date.


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MLA Song Citation Example:

Beethoven, Ludwig van. “Allegro Con Brio.” 1970. Piano Concertos Complete. Perf. Friederich Gulda, Wiener Philharmoniker. Decca Music Group, 1970. CD.


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