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To help give users a consistent experience on the site, this page outlines the standard format for a Song page, an example of which can be found here: Bob Dylan:Like A Rolling Stone.

Song Page Format

The Song page consists of these major sections:

  1. SongHeader template
  2. Lyrics
  3. Additional song information, e.g. credits, awards, etc. (optional, but highly encouraged)
  4. SongFooter template (external links)

A number of additional templates may be used on Song pages, such as Cover or Covered, Parody, other media templates, badges (like YouTube embed, No.1 or Wikipedia), Awards, etc.


The following is a generic template of how the Song page is formatted, including some optional sections. The portions marked in green should be replaced with the correct information. Each section is explained in more detail below.

|song     = title of song
|artist   = Pagename Of Artist
|feat1    = Name of Featured Artist
|album1   = Pagename Of Album
|album2   = Pagename Of Second Album
|language = language name (in English)
|star     = Colour
{{GameFeature|Name of Video Game That Features Song (if applicable)}}
{{Cover|song=Original Artist:Original Song Title}}
{{youtube embed|11-character YouTube video ID}}
{{WP-Song|Title of Wikipedia article on this song}}

Put the lyrics or the {{instrumental}} template here.

|composer   = Name of Composer
|lyricist   = Name of Lyricist
|trivia     = trivia goes here
|header1    = any additional sections would go here
|text1      = Content of additional sections

|fLetter     = first letter of the song's title
|asin        = ASIN code for the song's Amazon download
|iTunes      = the song's iTunes code
|allmusic    = the song's allmusic ID
|musicbrainz = the song's MusicBrainz ID
|spotify     = the song's Spotify ID

Title Guidelines

Capitalize the first letter of every word in the artist's name, the album's name and the song's name. (For more information about LyricWiki's page naming guidelines see LyricWiki:Page Names).

Multiple songs with the same title

Sometimes an artist releases more than one song with the same title, especially for generic titles like "Intro" or "Outro".

  • If one version is undisputedly more well-known than the other(s), it should keep the primary location: Artist:Song Title, while the other(s) should have the album title appended in parentheses. A disambiguation page should be created at Artist:Song Title (Disambiguation).
  • In all other cases, each version should have the album title appended in parentheses: Artist:Song Title (Album Title). The primary location should be turned into a disambiguation page.

See also: {{WrongPage}}, {{disambig}}

Stylised Titles

Do not use stylised track titles (e.g., leetspeak Wikipedia16) in link text; note titles instead with regular characters. However, stylised titles may be used in the display text field (i.e., the part after the pipe “|”).


James ♥:Hell O Heaven|サ∑レレ ◊ サ∑∆√∑и


Never use stylised text that bleeds over the text in the line below:

James ♥:This Is Not Corruption|T̬̘̬̦̱̣̕h̠̬̱̠͕ị͚s̴̯̟̠̗̥̬ ̬̰̬̪I̺̳̜s̳͍͈̳̫͘ ͕̰̠̗̻̭̖N̰̪̗̳̬o̶͍̪͙̼̜ͅt̡͚̖̬͉͔̘̘ ̱̰͚̤͎Corr̜̬u̺̘̯͉̩̼p̜͝ṱ͇̣̜͚͇͓i̯͓͙̼̝̱̺o͏̣ņ
James ♥:But This Is Corruption|But This IS Corruption!

Instead, use regular characters in the display text, too:

James ♥:This Is Not Corruption|This is Not Corruption

SongHeader Template

The SongHeader template is used to begin the page with a link to the Album page(s) on which the song exists, as well as to the Artist's page. Its basic form follows this format:

|song     = title of song
|album1   = Pagename Of Album
|artist   = Pagename Of Artist
|language = language name (in English)
|star     = Colour

The song, artist, language and star parameters are required. All other parameters are optional.
Exception: For instrumentals, the language parameter should be omitted.


|song     = With a Little Help From My Friends
|artist   = The Beatles
|album1   = The Beatles:Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
|language = English
|star     = Green

Please note that with homonymous artists, song pages have to be handled slightly differently from "regular" pages.

Artist Name

If the artist recorded the song under a different name, you can change the display text using the alias parameter.


|artist   = Neil Young
|alias    = Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Multiple Album Appearances

For songs that appear on multiple albums, further albums can be added using album2, album3 etc. parameters. Important: Albums entered should be listed in chronological order.


|album1   = The Beatles:Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
|album2   = The Beatles:Anthology 1 (1995)
|album3   = The Beatles:1 (2000)

Language Parameter

The following guidelines apply to the |language = parameter:

  • The language name should be entered in English, i.e. German, not Deutsch.
  • If the singer switches between two different languages while performing a song, both languages should be entered in alphabetical order separated by a hyphen, e.g. English-German, German-Russian.
  • If an {{Instrumental}} template is present on a song page, the language parameter should be omitted.

For more information on how to complete the various parameters of the SongFooter template and a complete list of parameters that the SongFooter currently accepts, see the documentation on the Template:SongFooter page.

Page Ranking Stars

Song pages are also ranked by their level of completion. This displays as a coloured star at the top of the Song page. The ranking commences with Green but after preliminary checking, the parameter |star in the SongHeader template should be upgraded to Bronze. Each star ranking has certain requirements. When a Song Page meets those requirements, it can be promoted by changing the star colour. Silver and Gold require having a user become a {{Watcher}} of the page. Violet is a colour reserved for pages with special needs.

Featured Artists

Up to three featured artists can be added by using the parameters |feat1, |feat2, |feat3. If a featured artists has a LyricWiki page, it can be linked using square brackets: |feat1 = [[Jamie Foxx]]

For more than three featured artists, please use the featured parameter in {{CreditBox}} instead.

  • Note: Voice synthesizers, such as Vocaloids or UTAU, are not an artist in the LyricWiki sense. To see how to credit those on a song page, please see the voice synthesizer help page.
  • For a full list of available parameters in the SongHeader template and their functions, see the template's documentation page.

Cover and Covered Songs


If the song is a cover of another artist's original, then the Cover template should be placed after the SongHeader template. This will provide a link to the original song's page.

The format for the Cover template is:

{{Cover|song=<<Pagename Of Original Song>>}}


If the song is the original recording and it has subsequently been covered by another artist, the Covered template should be used instead. The format is:

{{Covered|song=<<Pagename Of The Cover Version>>}}

See the template documentation for further information.

Parody and Parodied Songs


If the song is a parody of another song, the Parody Template should be placed after the SongHeader template. This will provide a link to the original song's page.

The format for the Parody template is:

{{Parody|song=<<Pagename of the Original Song>>}}

See the template documentation for further information.


If the song is the original recording and it has subsequently been parodied by another artist, the Parodied Template should be used instead.

The format for the Parodied template is:

{{Parodied|song=<<Pagename of the Parody version of the Song>>}}

See the template documentation for further information.

Other Media Templates

There are a number of different templates that can be added to the song page to show other media that the song has featured in. These templates should be added after the SongHeader template and are as follows:


Several templates are available which display badges in the top right corner of the lyric box. These templates should always be placed directly above the <lyrics> tag, in the following order:

See Manfred Mann's Earth Band:Blinded By The Light for an example that includes several badges. For complete information on how to use them, see the respective templates' pages.


Some standards for lyrics:

  • Lyrics must be wrapped in <lyrics>...</lyrics> tags. This produces a box around the lyrics, such as
this box right here.
  • The lyrics should always be submitted as sung and reflect what is sung on the recording -- including repeating any even if these differ from the "official" lyrics published in the liner notes or elsewhere. Read more here.
  • Scat singing, vocalizing and other vocal noises that aren't actual meaningful words ("la la la", "doo doo", "aah aah", etc.) should not be transcribed, unless they are integral to the song (e.g. if they form part or all of the chorus, or make a song famous/notorious such as The Police:De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da). They may be hinted at by a short excerpt followed by an ellipsis: "Da da da ..."
  • In general, capitalize the first letter of each line and use minimal end-of-line punctuation, plus any other punctuation needed for clarity's sake. Leave a blank line between stanzas.
  • Repeated lines, stanzas, refrains, etc. should be included in full, rather than using notations such as "repeat", "4x", or "chorus". It is also not necessary to add notations such as "instrumental break".
  • Don't add fancy formatting within the <lyrics> tags by using HTML tags such as <div>.
  • Also refrain from using wiki links (e.g. [[Some Wiki Link]]) within lyrics tags. This presents problems to users who access our lyrics through script plug-ins, which display these tags as plain text. Use the Trivia section of {{CreditBox}} instead.
  • Non-ASCII punctuation symbols may display incorrectly in some browsers or plugins and should be replaced by their ASCII equivalents if possible. E.g.: … (ellipsis) should be replaced with three full stops, and with a simple hyphen, ` and ´ with ', and with ".


  • Do not include notation like "Chorus", "Bridge" or "Guitar solo", chords or time codes in the lyrics.
  • If part of a lyric is spoken, this may be indicated by putting "spoken:" in italics above that section:
I couldn't think of a decent vocal melody for this part, so I'm narrating it instead.
  • If a lyric is sung by several different singers, such as the parts sung by the individual performers in a musical, each singer or character can be entered immediately above the relevant section in bold text:
Toys in the attic, I am crazy
Truly gone fishing
  • In simple cases (e.g. if there are only two singers) it is preferable to note who sings what in the {{CreditBox}} instead; example:



Singer A (verses), Singer B (chorus)

  • If one singer has only a single line, the name may be put at the start of that line instead:
Carol Cleveland: But it's my only line!

Timed Lyrics

Timed lyrics shouldn't be put on the regular song page, but on a subpage with "/lrc" appended to the pagename. Please always also provide these lyrics on a regular page. The subpages should only contain the {{Timed}} template at the top. For details please see {{Timed}}


For songs with absolutely no sung or spoken lyrics, the {{Instrumental}} template should be inserted between the <lyrics> tags. This produces:

TrebleClef Instrumental

Live Versions

In case the lyrics of a released live version significantly differ from the studio version of a song, a separate song page can be created.

The format of a live song page name:
Artist Name:Song Name (Live)

Please place {{Live Lyrics}} or {{Live}} right after the song template on the live version songpage. This will provide a link to the studio version song page.


  {{Song|Live From 6A (1997)|David Bowie|star=Silver}}  
  {{Live|Dead Man Walking|Earthling (1997)|David Bowie}} 

Multiple Languages

For songs released in more than one language see Help:Multiple Languages


For translations of songs recorded in a language other than English, see Help:Translations.

For romanizations, see Help:Romanization.

Additional Song Information

The following sections may not apply to every song and are optional. They may be used however, to provide additional information about the song.


It is polite to add the credits of the song onto each page, so the following template is used to attribute the song to its authors, and more.

Insert {{CreditBox}} right below the closing lyrics tag
and use one or more optional parameters. For details, see the CreditBox documentation

If the composer, lyricist, or credited musicians have an artist page, please provide a link to this if a link does not already exist elsewhere on the song page, e.g. in the {{Song}}, {{cover}} templates, etc.. Otherwise, provide a Wikipedia link (if available) by using {{wpi}}.


Additional facts about the song can go in this section of {{CreditBox}}. Please be concise -- keep in mind that links to Wikipedia and other sites may be on the page for anyone interested in further details about an song.


Common interpretations of songs can be added to the CreditBox by using the parameters header and text. Interpretations and trivia about the artist or the album the song appears on should go on the appropriate Artist or Album pages.


Information about a song's awards can be provied by using the {{Award}} template. See "Carole King:You've Got A Friend" for an example.

SongFooter Template

The {{SongFooter}} template provides parameters for linking to many external services that provide additional information about the song. This is the preferred method of creating these links, as ordering and formatting are consistent across all songs. See "Boston:More Than A Feeling" for an example.

The following is only a quick example. See the template page for a full documentation.

SongFooter Template Example:

|fLetter     = The first letter of the song title
|asin        = B000657NVS
|iTunes      = 48627047?i=48627033
|allmusic    = mt0002496276
|musicbrainz = 5698b33c-eada-493e-ba34-636acc149cf8
|spotify     = 2IyguTGueyv9p1EmQA6lMF
|download    =
  • The only parameter that must be filled in is fLetter. All the other parameters are optional.

fLetter Parameter

The following guidelines apply to the |fLetter = parameter:

  • If the first character is a digit, then use: fLetter = 0-9.
  • If the first character is a symbol (like ";", "(", "-", "*", or "$"), then use: fLetter = Symbol.
  • If the first character is from a logographic writing system that uses symbols for entire words (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, or Korean), then use the name of the script. Example: fLetter = Chinese.
  • For all other cases, use the actual first character of the song title, in uppercase. This includes non-Latin alphabets such as Cyrillic, Greek, etc., and accented characters such as Á, Ö, or Ç.
  • Always use the first character of the actual song title, even if it deviates from the pagename. Example: On 2Pac:Number 1 With A Bullet, the fLetter is "Symbol", not "N", because the actual song title is "#1 With a Bullet".
  • The very first character should always be used, even if the first word is "A", "An", or "The". Example: for "The" it would be fLetter = T.

Info Template

An informational template exists that puts a coloured information box on the page, like this:

Note that this should only be used in exceptional cases, when placing the information in the {{CreditBox}} is not sufficiently noticeable.

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