Who do I cite as the author of a song in MLA Style?

When citing a song in MLA style, the author is usually the main artist or band that released the song.

However, if your discussion focuses on the contributions of a specific performer, e.g. a guitarist or singer, you may list them as author, even if they are not the main artist. If you’re discussing the lyrics or composition, you may cite the songwriter or composer rather than a performer.