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Music can be a great way to connect with your students. Even students who aren’t fluent in English often know the words of popular songs phonetically, which makes these songs ideal resources for teaching your students certain forms of grammar, as well as vocabulary. Many students are happy to work with the unusual phrasing of song lyrics, because they’re learning new meanings for a piece of music that already has meaning in their lives.

You might never have noticed it before, but many songs’ lyrics involve just one single tense - which means that as soon as you find a song that contains the tense you want to teach, you’ve got the makings of an exercise that your students will love. They’ll get to brag to their non-English-speaking friends that they know exactly what the song’s lyrics say, so they’ll be extra-motivated to stick with you throughout the activity to make sure they learn those meanings correctly. But where should you start your search for the right song? Right here on BusyTeacher.org, of course! Our 1,774 song worksheets provide you with a wealth of resources for teaching tenses, sentence structure, vocabulary, and all kinds of other aspects of English - all with songs that your students already know and love. We’ve even taken the time to organize our library of song worksheets by verb tense, or by the type of activity that each worksheet helps you organize.

While some of our 1,774 worksheets simply focus on a certain feature of grammar that’s used a lot in a given song, others encourage more advanced students to really listen for the song’s meaning, and speak or write about their own interpretations of its lyrics. Some of our worksheets focus on idioms used in certain songs, or on the phonetics and pronunciation different singers use. Whether you want to teach the past simple tense with “Call Me Maybe” or practice vocabulary with Coldplay, BusyTeacher.org’s library has a worksheet for you.

Not only are these worksheets built around internationally popular songs that’ll be familiar to your students - they’re also designed by real ESL teachers around the world, who’ve had success using them in their classrooms. This means that whenever you download a worksheet from BusyTeacher.org, you can be sure that it’s already been tested and proven useful by a teacher just like you.

In fact, our whole community depends on worksheet contributions from teachers like you - so if you’ve got a worksheet that you think others would like, click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page, and send it our way. It might show up in an ESL classroom halfway around the world!

All of our 1,774 song worksheets are completely free to download, print, use, and share - so grab any that look like they might be handy. Our helpful “quick view” feature lets you get a glimpse of each worksheet as a small thumbnail, so you can save time by only clicking those that look like what you need. So take a look at the worksheets on this page, print off any that catch your eye, and see how they play in your classroom. Each one ought to be a hit!

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The King and the Past Simple

The King and the Past Simple

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This is a worksheet that I put together for my adult A1 class but I think it would also work well for an A2 class or any other for some good old music culture, for that matter. It contains a biogr ...
1 Views 1,590 All
Song Worksheet: You're Welcome (Disney Moana)

Song Worksheet: You're Welcome (Disney Moana)

Anasta Mks
Maui's Song from Disney cartoon "Moana" with fill-in the gaps exercise. Good as a warm-up activity and may be used as pre- or post- reading activity for the text "Maui makes the sun go slower" fr ...
1 Views 946 ElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: If I Lose Myself (Conditional 1)

Song Worksheet: If I Lose Myself (Conditional 1)

Celia Moreno
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
You can teach first conditionals and vocabulary, it is a nice song! You can hear every word clearly because the singer has a clear pronunciation, which is something important when you are teaching ...
2 Views 731 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

Celia
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
It is a listening quiz, I use it to teach vocabulary and the simple present tense. I like this song because Taylor Swift is a very popular singer, she sings not too fast and students can hear the ...
1 Views 589 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Word Crime

Song Worksheet: Word Crime

Helen Close
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Use  this worksheet with You Tube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc - Weird Al Yankovic's song about bad grammar. At the end of the song, you will find exercises for students ...
1 Views 399 Adv
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Song Worksheet: September by JP Cooper

Song Worksheet: September by JP Cooper

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Listening activity for beginners, this is useful to study was/were and verbs in simple past, by the way the song is great!  Icludes filling gaps and ordering sentences activities as well. Wor ...
1 Views 297 BegPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Everything at Once by Lenka

Song Worksheet: Everything at Once by Lenka

Winnie Chen
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This worksheet contains two parts. The first part is about the words of animals, in which students have to match the pictures of animals with the words provided. The second part is for listening p ...
3 Views 2,755 Elem
Song Worksheet: These Boots Were Made for Walking

Song Worksheet: These Boots Were Made for Walking

BusyTeacher Contributor
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This is a listening song worksheet. Your students will hear how people sound when they speak English through a song. There is a list of the special contractions and uniquely pronounced words at ...
4 Views 3,069 BegElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry

Song Worksheet: Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry

Basak
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is an elementary to pre-intermediate song worksheet I created, both suitable for adults and kids. It is a nice listening activity where you can give more vocabulary to your students in a fun ...
6 Views 4,019 ElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Creep by Radiohead

Song Worksheet: Creep by Radiohead

Teacher Alex Gotardo
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It uses the song "Creep" by the British band Radiohead to work on present simple, present progressive and past simple tenses. This is the uncut version so if your students are sensitive to bad lan ...
2 Views 3,055 ElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Song Worksheet: Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Juliana Rost
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a song worksheet from Ed Sheeran, students hear it all the time on the radio, but they don't pay attention to the lyrics. The worksheet helps them understand and even learn the song. There ...
4 Views 8,726 All
Song Worksheet: Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

Song Worksheet: Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

Patricia Arlt
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Listening to songs is a nice way to improve listening skills and pronunciation plus you can learn about cultural backgrounds. This is a song worksheet based on "Galway Girl" by Ed Sheeran. Student ...
4 Views 5,135 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Song Worksheet: Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
Fill in the gaps exersise based on a popular song.
2 Views 5,936 ElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Wonderwall

Song Worksheet: Wonderwall

Luiz Carmo
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
The goal of this activity is to improve listening skills. All of the words in bold are incorrect and the students have to check them as they listen to them. Furthermore, upper intermediate and adv ...
4 Views 5,538 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: In My Life by The Beatles

Song Worksheet: In My Life by The Beatles

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a listening exercise for beginners using the Beatles song, which is stillvery popular  in TEFL countries. In the first exercise ss have to order the sentences. In the second exercise ...
1 Views 4,542 BegElem
Song Worksheet: Years and Years by Olly Murs

Song Worksheet: Years and Years by Olly Murs

carmine di mambro
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
Using the song 'Years and Years' by Olly Murs is a fun way of improving listening and pronunciation . The activity includes gap filling, correcting mistakes , putting senteces in the correct order ...
1 Views 2,104 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Golden State

Song Worksheet: Golden State

Kika Acosta
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
This worksheet is a song performed by Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines in which you will find vocabulary exercises related to body parts, minimal pair exercises, matching and fill in the blanks. Yo ...
2 Views 4,269 Pre-IntIntAdv
Movie Worksheet: Woman is the Nigger of the World

Movie Worksheet: Woman is the Nigger of the World

Jane Aparecida de Queiroz
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
It's a song activity I prepared to promote some reflection in classroom on the International Women's Day - March, 8th. This song, written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, shows how society treats wome ...
11 Views 3,587 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: Human by Rag'n'Bone Man

Song Worksheet: Human by Rag'n'Bone Man

Štefan Ištok
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This worksheet is about Rag'n'Bone Man's popular song Human. Rory Graham (born 29 January 1985), better known as Rag'n'Bone Man, is a British singer-songwriter from Uckfield, East Sussex, England.
1 Views 4,100 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Heal the World by Michael Jackson

Song Worksheet: Heal the World by Michael Jackson

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
I chose this song to be a warm up activity for my students. The idea here is to try to explore the meaning of the song with the students.There are different types of exercises so you can reach dif ...
5 Views 6,068 All
Song Worksheet: Love My Life by Robbie Williams

Song Worksheet: Love My Life by Robbie Williams

Štefan Ištok
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This worksheet is about listening to popular songs. Robert Peter "Robbie" Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That f ...
2 Views 5,613 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega

Song Worksheet: Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega

Mario Lecluyze
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This is a song activity that can be used to practise or/and revise the present continuous tense. Moreover it is a differentiated listening activity for three levels. The levels are indicated with ...
7 Views 5,513 ElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Masters of War by Bob Dylan

Song Worksheet: Masters of War by Bob Dylan

Blanca
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It's based on the song "Masters of War" written by Bob Dylan, with activities to be done while listening to the song. Students will have to organize and complete lyrics as well as look for example ...
2 Views 6,019 Elem
Song Worksheet: Trying Not to Love You

Song Worksheet: Trying Not to Love You

Małgorzata
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This is a song worksheet with 'fill in the gaps' activity concentrated on gerund and infinitives with the use of the videoclip. The students are supposed to fill in the blanks with the proper verb ...
4 Views 5,470 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: Constellations by Jack Johnson

Song Worksheet: Constellations by Jack Johnson

Kika Acosta
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a song worksheet for all those teachers tired of mainstream singers and pop songs. A masterpiece in its kind. Jack Johnson brings an uplifting, spirited song for those dreamers, for the on ...
3 Views 2,610 Int

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