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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 1,788 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 1,788 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 1,788 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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SONG: I Can See Clearly Now

Guilherme G Tidon
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This is a very simple song and activity which contains vocabulary about weather, as well as some use of 'can' and 'going to' (informally contracted as 'gonna'). There are also some adjectives and ...
1 Views 3,035 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
Maniac from Flashdance Song Worksheet

Maniac from Flashdance Song Worksheet

BusyTeacher Contributor
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
The worksheet contains several different graded activities ( listening-reading-lexical expansion-speaking task) - while also having fun watching the video for the famous song "Maniac" from the 198 ...
1 Views 1,796 Pre-IntInt
SONG: Penny Lane (The Beatles)

SONG: Penny Lane (The Beatles)

Guilherme G Tidon
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
In this worksheet, students will work with the song 'Penny Lane' by The Beatles. There are many opportunities to work on different topics here: present simple, body parts, jobs, places in town. Th ...
1 Views 4,877 Pre-IntIntAdv
Learning through Song Lyrics: Elton John - Your Song

Learning through Song Lyrics: Elton John - Your Song

Samuel Hull
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a worksheet to go with the song "Your Song" by Elton John. Includes the following tasks while listening to the song: - Putting the lines in order - Finding the mistake in the line and wr ...
1 Views 11,314 ElemPre-IntInt
Introduction To Indefinite Pronouns Song Worksheet

Introduction To Indefinite Pronouns Song Worksheet

, ESL Songs For Teaching English
While listening to two American songs, students will get familiar with compounds of every, some, any and no (indefinite pronouns). This worksheet includes listening and speaking tasks as well as s ...
1 Views 5,712 ElemPre-Int
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Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel Gap Fill

Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel Gap Fill

Tom Leventhall
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
A song gap fill worksheet of the song the Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Students begin with vocab picture match before listening to the song and completing the missing lyrics. The son ...
1 Views 6,722 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer

Song Worksheet: Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer

Colm Boyd
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
Youngblood was one of the biggest hits of summer 2018. I wrote this worksheet to practice vocabulary related to feelings and relationships. It also has a short (gap-fill) reading exercise with inf ...
1 Views 9,104 Pre-IntIntAdv
Lady Gaga - I'll Never Love Again Song Worksheet

Lady Gaga - I'll Never Love Again Song Worksheet

Joyce
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a listening practice activity from the movie A Star is Born. The speed is quite slow so it's suitable for all levels. I recommend playing the song at least twice. This file includes a stu ...
1 Views 13,819 All
Christmas Song Decoding Warmer

Christmas Song Decoding Warmer

Elena Taranova
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
Christmas is coming and you want to spice your lessons up by throwing a Christmas riddle? Let your students decode the message and guess the song the lyrics are taken from. KEY: Jingle bells, Jing ...
1 Views 10,797 Pre-IntIntAdv
We Will Rock You - Song Worksheet

We Will Rock You - Song Worksheet

Natasha
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
It's a worksheet to cheer up and motivate your students, to distract from the boring routine studying. It isn't a very easy song to work with but almost every child knows the tune and loves to sin ...
1 Views 15,539 ElemPre-IntInt
Christmas Songs Handout

Christmas Songs Handout

Elena Taranova
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
Put your students in the mood for Christmas by listening to Christmas Songs. The handout consists of two songs: Carol of Bells for higher levels (Pentatonix version - https://www.youtube.com/watch ...
1 Views 11,292 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Shallow By Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga - Prepositions Lyrics Worksheet

Shallow By Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga - Prepositions Lyrics Worksheet

Luna Checchini
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
I've used this very popular song to practice prepositions; it has an English to Italian glossary that you can cut off, and missing prepositions on the right column. I've given my students the work ...
1 Views 18,705 ElemPre-Int
Hello Goodbye - The Beatles

Hello Goodbye - The Beatles

Sue
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
I have created this simple activity to break the ice and to engage begginer students in a fun listening exercise. It is a complete the blank worksheet of a very simple and fun song Hello Goodbye b ...
1 Views 11,800 All
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

Tom Leventhall
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
A song gapfill worksheet for Frank Sinatra's New York, New York. Students listen to the song, choose the correct word, and then use context to guess meaning. Good for any lessons about New York, ...
1 Views 9,785 Pre-IntInt
Girls Like You - Maroon 5

Girls Like You - Maroon 5

Marcela M P Strufaldi
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
Girls Like You - Maroon 5 It is an activity with different exercises. Match the sentences, Choose the correct word, Find the extra word, Put the sentences in the corect order, Unscramble the word ...
1 Views 23,786 Pre-IntInt
Song Gap Fill:

Song Gap Fill: "My Girl" by Madness

Tom Leventhall
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
A lyrics gap fill of the song "My Girl" by the ska band Madness. (See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw-8AGRcyvk) The song contains a number lines in the past perfect as well as some inte ...
1 Views 9,990 IntAdv
AC/DC - Back in Black

AC/DC - Back in Black

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
Hi! I teach English to 6th graders and I asked them for songs to listen in class and it surprised me when one of them asked for this catchy classic rock song Back in Black from AC/DC. It can be a ...
1 Views 10,190 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Eagles - Hotel California Lyric and Song Theory

Eagles - Hotel California Lyric and Song Theory

, ESL Songs For Teaching English
Hello! The first part of the worksheet is a simple listening comprehension exercise in which the students must listen and complete the lyrics of the famous song "Hotel California" by the Eagles. T ...
1 Views 17,232 Pre-IntIntAdv
Coldplay - The Scientist

Coldplay - The Scientist

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This a listening exercise for elementary students using The Scientist by Coldplay. Students have to do different exercises in order to complete the song. I have found this song very appealing to m ...
1 Views 18,966 BegElem

"The Greatest Show" from The Greatest Showman Song Worksheet

Elia
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
Inspired by other worksheets I have seen here, I created this one based on the song "The Greatest Show"  from the movie The Greatest Showman. Hope its useful! It also contains some quick ques ...
1 Views 21,244 Pre-IntInt
Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit

Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit

Olga Nazarova
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This worksheet is based on the amazing song by Linkin Park - "Breaking the Habit." First students try to predict if the song is fast or slow, happy or sad, what genre of music it is. Then they hav ...
1 Views 9,464 Pre-IntInt
School's Out - Alice Cooper, Song Worksheet

School's Out - Alice Cooper, Song Worksheet

Kauê Moura
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
Alice Cooper is a well-known rock and roller. His live performances are legendary and his studio records have given us many hits, including "Hey stoopid", "I'm eighteen" and, of course, "School's ...
1 Views 9,997 ElemPre-IntInt
Stitches by Shawn Mendes

Stitches by Shawn Mendes

Almudena Segura Suriñach
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
A song by Shawn Mendes with a fill-in-the blanks exercise, a phonetics exercise and a short biography of the author with some comprehension questions. Students can compare the different pronunciat ...
1 Views 15,261 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet - It Will Rain - Bruno Mars

Song Worksheet - It Will Rain - Bruno Mars

Karina
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
This worksheet can be used to help students to understand the use of the future (will and contractions). The vocabulary is easy and students can understand the lyrics. They listen the song and com ...
1 Views 22,411 ElemPre-Int
Listening Exercise (Song): Imagine Dragons - Not Today

Listening Exercise (Song): Imagine Dragons - Not Today

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a listening exercise for beginner levels using the song Not Today from the movie Me Before You. It is a good resource for practicing listening comprehension. Ss must fill in the gaps, reco ...
1 Views 27,827 Elem

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