Music recording

Important: Confirm with your lecturer whether you are using APA 6th or APA 7th as they are slightly different.

In-text citations


Guy Sebastian's (2012) song touches a father's love for his child and ...

Direct quote

Place direct quotes between double quotation marks " " and provide the year and a timestamp to indicate the exact starting point of the quote.

"Won't let the big bag world get you no way" (Sebastian, 2012, 0:59).

Reference list


Songwriter or Performer. (Year). Title of song [Recorded by Artist Name]. On Title of album [Form]. City, State/Country: Label. OR DOI/URL (Recording year if different from copyright year)

Single track (LP)

Duke, V. (1934). Autumn in New York [Recorded by F. Sinatra]. On Come fly with me [Vinyl recording]. Los Angeles, CA: Capitol. (1958).

Single track (online)

Sebastian, G. (2012). Big bad world. On Armageddon [MP3]. Available from

Album (CD)

Perry, K. (2013). Prism [CD]. Los Angeles, CA: Capitol.

  • SINGLE TRACK/SONG: Give the name of songwriter and year of copyright. If the songwriter is not the recording artist, add recording artist in square brackets after the song title (no italics). Give the album title (italics) preceded by ‘On’. Give place and name of recording label. Add recording date at end if different from copyright year.
  • WHOLE ALBUM: Give name of album recording artist. Give album title (italics).