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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 1,787 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 1,787 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 1,787 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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'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran

'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran

Raquel Mendez
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
perfect_ed-sheeran.pdf [32.11 Kb] (Count: 1460)This is a listening activity in which the learner will be able to fill in the gaps, put the sentences in order, learn new vocabulary and sing along with the lyrics. It's a slow s ...
3 Views 7,965 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
24K Magic - Bruno Mars

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Heidi Mathews
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a worksheet which contains different activities (putting in order, matching, fill in the blanks) using the chart-topping song 24K Magic by pop singer Bruno Mars. It's a catchy tune that wi ...
3 Views 9,939 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: The Summer Set by Boomerang

Song Worksheet: The Summer Set by Boomerang

Anca Petrescu
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
A fun song which focuses on the second and first conditional. It also includes some gap-filling exercises. I had been listening to it for the past week and I felt like it deserved a special song w ...
3 Views 10,221 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Human - Rag'n'Bone Man

Song Worksheet: Human - Rag'n'Bone Man

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
Activity for beginners using this easy song by Rag'n'Bone Man. The exercise asks students to fill in the lyrics with the words heard. Teachers may let students listen to the song acostic version, ...
6 Views 11,612 BegElem
Song Worksheet: Who by Pink

Song Worksheet: Who by Pink

A.E
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Listening activity which may be used as a warm-up or a follow-up activity to practice the simple past tense. Students listen to the song and try to write the correct forms of the verbs in the blan ...
6 Views 15,688 ElemPre-Int
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Song Worksheet: Viva Forever by Spice Girls ( Past Simple)

Song Worksheet: Viva Forever by Spice Girls ( Past Simple)

Dewi Santi
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
It is designed for listening practice particularly while teaching the past simple tense. The song used to be very famous performed by Spice Girls, so the class might enjoy it very much. You just h ...
5 Views 10,413 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: The Cave by Mumford and Sons

Song Worksheet: The Cave by Mumford and Sons

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I made this worksheet for my SAT students. I wanted them to read between the lines and analyse the song. 1- The first part is fill in the blanks. 2- The second part is expanding vocabulary by figu ...
6 Views 7,208 IntAdvExam
Song Worksheet: If I Had a Million Dollars by Barenaked Ladies

Song Worksheet: If I Had a Million Dollars by Barenaked Ladies

Dan Glucksnis
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a three part worksheet for the Barenaked Ladies' song "If I Had a Million Dollars". The first part was adapted from another worksheet and asks students to work in pairs to match pictures w ...
2 Views 11,676 ElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Rocket Man by Elton John

Song Worksheet: Rocket Man by Elton John

Dan Glucksnis
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
I used this worksheet with my elementary school intermediate students. The first part is a lyrics gap-fill, where you can use a lyrics video from Youtube and ensure all students have the correct l ...
2 Views 8,545 ElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Baby Shark (Super Simple Songs)

Song Worksheet: Baby Shark (Super Simple Songs)

Dan Glucksnis
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A basic lyrics gap-fill activity for beginner students for the "Baby Shark" song from Super Simple Songs. You can find the video file on Youtube. I used this worksheet as the first part of the les ...
6 Views 11,290 BegElem
Song Worksheet: Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson (Two Part Plan)

Song Worksheet: Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson (Two Part Plan)

Dan Glucksnis
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I used this lesson with middle school pre-intermediate and intermediate students. The worksheet has three parts, the first is a lyrics gap-fill to get students familiar with the lyrics. Part two a ...
5 Views 14,053 IntAdv
Song Worksheet: We Don't Talk Anymore

Song Worksheet: We Don't Talk Anymore

This song is an  easily understandable duet. The worksheet is divided into five activities, mostly requiring simple past and gerund; The 1st and 2nd exercises are to fill ...
11 Views 25,370 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Way Back into Love

Song Worksheet: Way Back into Love

, ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a song worksheet with blank spaces to fill in. The lyrics are split in two parts, first the students are required to fill in the blanks using only present perfect continuous; then, in the ...
2 Views 5,685 Int
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 ...
6 Views 15,784 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 ...
4 Views 16,219 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 ...
3 Views 9,678 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

Celia
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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 ...
2 Views 9,668 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 ...
2 Views 4,776 Adv
Song Worksheet: September by JP Cooper

Song Worksheet: September by JP Cooper

, ESL Songs For Teaching English
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 4,817 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 8,136 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 7,996 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 ...
10 Views 9,205 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 ...
3 Views 9,570 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 ...
12 Views 25,265 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 ...
13 Views 18,903 Pre-IntInt

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