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APA 6th Edition

If you retrieved the lyrics directly from listening to the song, reference the song using the following general example as provided in "How to Cite Recorded Music in APA Style (+ Playlist)" (Hume-Pratch, 2011):

Writer, A. (Copyright year). Title of song [Recorded by B. B. Artist].On Title of album [Medium of recording]. Location: Label. (Date of recording)

In-text citation: (Songwriter(s) last name(s), year, track number (e.g., track 2))

For much more information and numerous examples, please visit "How to Cite Recorded Music in APA Style (+ Playlist)" in the APA Style Blog.

If you retrieved the lyrics from a YouTube video, sheet music, or a web page, please use the formatting shown in those linked resources to reference the lyrics.

Reference

Hume-Pratch, J. (2011, December 22). How to cite recorded music in APA Style (+ playlist) [Blog post]. Retrieved from  https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2011/12/how-to-cite-recorded-music-in-apa-style.html

APA 7th Edition

If you retrieved the lyrics directly from listening to the song, reference the song using the following general example:

Lastname, A. (year). Title of song [Song]. On Title of album. Record Label.

  • In-text citation: (Lastname, year, timestamp)

Lastname, A. (year). Title of song [Song]. On Title of album. Record Label. URL

  • In-text citation: (Lastname, year, timestamp)
  • Provide the name of the recording artist for modern music and the name of the composer for classical music (APA, 2020, p. 341).
  • "Include a URL in the reference if that location is the only means of retrieval (e.g., for artists who provide music in only one locations, such as SoundCloud or on their website)" (APA, 2020, p. 345)

If you retrieved the lyrics from a YouTube video, sheet music, or a web page, please use the formatting shown in those linked resources to reference the lyrics.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000