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The proper way to write album and song titles
« on: April 23, 2010, 12:27:32 PM »
Song titles go in quotes.

Album titles go in italics.

To do it any other way is wrong. 

Please adjust your posting accordingly.  TIA. :biggrin:

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2010, 02:44:21 PM »
Technically, you're right.  But I usually forget the quotes for song titles.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2010, 03:03:23 PM »
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2010, 03:22:53 PM »
Band Name - Song Title
is the correct order.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2010, 03:25:07 PM »
Band Name - Song Title
is the correct order.
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2010, 03:58:00 PM »
For example:

Bad Company - "Bad Company" - Bad Company


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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2010, 03:58:31 PM »
Band Name - Song Title
is the correct order.
:tup

This and...
For example:

Bad Company - "Bad Company" - Bad Company


Any questions will result in pointing and laughing.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2010, 04:05:37 PM »
What are you, my mom! :P :D
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2010, 04:07:30 PM »
Band Name - Song Title
is the correct order.
:tup
This. Screw italics and such. I'd rather nag on people who writes it like

Song Title - Band Name

it always, always throws me way off, even if I've heard of the band before. Brain not comprehendo!


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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2010, 04:11:06 PM »
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2010, 04:15:18 PM »
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2010, 04:16:13 PM »
 :lol

Imo the quotes for song titles are unnecessary. It doesn't look too good and usually just writing starting each word with a capital is enough. And a text with plenty of song titles, each one with quotes, looks terrible.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2010, 04:20:22 PM »
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2010, 04:44:37 PM »
I thought, at least here, it was

Band Name - Song Name - Album Name.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2010, 04:45:48 PM »
I'm with Veronica. :heart

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2010, 06:16:47 PM »
What are the rules for capitalization? Are you supposed to capitalize the first letter of everything or are you suppose to leave works like "the", "a" or "and" lower case? I see it done both ways so I've never known which is correct.
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2010, 06:20:24 PM »
Band Name - Song Title
is the correct order.
:tup
This. Screw italics and such. I'd rather nag on people who writes it like

Song Title - Band Name

it always, always throws me way off, even if I've heard of the band before. Brain not comprehendo!

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2010, 06:20:52 PM »
What are the rules for capitalization? Are you supposed to capitalize the first letter of everything or are you suppose to leave works like "the", "a" or "and" lower case? I see it done both ways so I've never known which is correct.

I believe the correct way is not capitalizing words like "the" but I do it anyway 'cause I feel dirty otherwise.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2010, 06:28:42 PM »
What are the rules for capitalization? Are you supposed to capitalize the first letter of everything or are you suppose to leave works like "the", "a" or "and" lower case? I see it done both ways so I've never known which is correct.

In my library on the PC, 99% of words are capitalised, otherwise everything will look uneven. A good example of that would be the ...And Justice For All album.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2010, 06:31:45 PM »
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So, I'll write band name, album, and song however the hell I want.
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2010, 06:41:49 PM »
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2010, 06:50:07 PM »
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So, I'll write band name, album, and song however the hell I want.

You've persuaded me :lol
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2010, 06:55:45 PM »
What are the rules for capitalization? Are you supposed to capitalize the first letter of everything or are you suppose to leave works like "the", "a" or "and" lower case? I see it done both ways so I've never known which is correct.

I believe the correct way is not capitalizing words like "the" but I do it anyway 'cause I feel dirty otherwise.
The one and ONLY place where "the", "a", "for", "from", "and", "as", "an", "but", "nor", and/or "or" has to be capitalize is if it's at the beginning of the title. ("is", "are" and "be" should be capitalize regardless where they are in the title)

Example:

"From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness" = correct

"From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness" =/= correct

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2010, 07:32:46 PM »
And why?
I as a German never got this. Is there an "official" rule?
 
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2010, 07:35:46 PM »
And why?
I as a German never got this. Is there an "official" rule?
Yes, what I wrote is basically the rule.

Rule:

Always capitalize the first and last words of titles of publications regardless of their parts of speech. Capitalize other words within titles, including the short verb forms Is, Are, and Be.

Exception:   Do not capitalize little words within titles such as a, an, the, but, as, if, and, or, nor, or prepositions, regardless of their length.
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2010, 08:29:05 PM »
I thought, at least here, it was

Band Name - Song Name - Album Name.

Really guys, there is something of a truth here. I just don't know where it's from.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2010, 09:02:30 PM »
Oh, you people...

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2010, 11:35:56 PM »
Oh, you people...

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mmm, chicken

Funny that I had KFC tonight...
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2010, 03:00:36 AM »
Oh, you people...

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mmm, chicken

Funny that I had KFC tonight...

I'd have gotten Popeye's. Miss them so much since I moved :sadpanda:
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2010, 03:04:49 AM »
Oh, you people...

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mmm, chicken

Funny that I had KFC tonight...

:lol

I actually used to like KFC a lot more, but now when I eat it I just feel terrible and it doesn't taste good enough to be worth it. Still  :heart biscuits though...
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #30 on: April 24, 2010, 02:04:01 PM »
I actually used to like KFC a lot more, but now when I eat it I just feel terrible and it doesn't taste good enough to be worth it. Still  :heart biscuits though...

I used to get mashed potatoes as both of my sides when I'd get a combo there and break up the biscuit into pieces about the size of a quarter and mix it all together. Try it some time and thank me later.
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #31 on: April 24, 2010, 03:25:36 PM »
That sounds amazing...
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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #32 on: April 24, 2010, 08:11:54 PM »
I'd have gotten Popeye's. Miss them so much since I moved :sadpanda:

I'm Black dude. I dont care who fries the chicken, as long as it can fill my heart with goodness.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #33 on: April 24, 2010, 11:26:07 PM »
I'd have gotten Popeye's. Miss them so much since I moved :sadpanda:

I'm Black dude. I dont care who fries the chicken, as long as it can fill my heart with goodness.

Note: Heart disease is the number one killer of African-Americans in urban America.

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Re: The proper way to write album and song titles
« Reply #34 on: April 25, 2010, 10:42:47 AM »
Technically, you're right.  But I usually forget the quotes for song titles.

Yeah, I used to not do that it that way either, and really, that is very forgivable. :p :lol  

However, every time I read the Rush Contents Under Pressure book, I want to strangle the author.  He put all of the song titles in italics (WRONG) and merely bolded the album titles (WRONG).  :censored :censored :censored

What are the rules for capitalization? Are you supposed to capitalize the first letter of everything or are you suppose to leave works like "the", "a" or "and" lower case? I see it done both ways so I've never known which is correct.

Those should be lower case, unless they are the first or last word of a song or album title.

And prepositions are interesting in that they should be lower case if they are four letters or less EXCEPT if part of a two-word phrase.  To explain that, "Carry On" is a two-word phrase, so "on" would be capitalized in "Carry On Wayward Son."  Make sense?

This site helps explain it: http://aitech.ac.jp/~ckelly/midi/help/caps.html

Ultimately, I am too much of a spelling and grammar nazi :lol, and I am sure I make a few mistakes here and there, but I always try not to. ;)