1,788 FREE ESL Songs For Teaching English Worksheets
BusyTeacher Home » » ESL Songs For Teaching English

FREE ESL Songs For Teaching English

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!

Filter by Level
NEW
  • Complete Beginner (179)
  • Elementary (796)
  • Pre-Intermediate (1077)
  • Intermediate (888)
  • Upper-Intermediate Advanced (416)
  • Exam Level (80)
  • Suitable for All Levels (102)
Clear filters
Filter
Dramatically improve the way you teach:

Make A Word Search:

Create awesome-looking custom word searches in seconds!

Make A Word Scramble:

Instantly create custom word/sentence scrambles for your class!

Make A Double Puzzle:

Generate double puzzles your students will love - hours of fun!

ESL Articles
Rate this Category
4.2 out of 5, rated by 40 teachers
Sort by: Most Recent | Most Viewed | Rating

"Something Stupid" Song Worksheet

Phil Raymond
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This is a listening activity for elementary learners based on a section of the New English File Elementary book, page 19. This was made for those who perhaps have never tried listening t ...
1 Views 10 Elem
Song Worksheet – Always remember us this way – Lady Gaga

Song Worksheet – Always remember us this way – Lady Gaga

Claudia Fiuza
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  There are four different exercises on this song worksheet to practice parts of speech. They include opposites, verb tenses (simple present, simple past, and simple future), and translati ...
1 Views 594 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet Melanie Martinez – Mad Hatter

Song Worksheet Melanie Martinez – Mad Hatter

Katherine
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This song "Mad Hatter" by Melanie Martinez is from Tim Burton's movie Alice in Wonderland. Students watch and listen to the video on YouTube. This task is complicated. Before handing out ...
1 Views 3,902 IntAdv
Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Henriqueta
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
    The subject of this worksheet is Looking for adventure | Searching for happiness. It helps practice listening skills. Students listen to the song and discuss the meaning of "bein ...
1 Views 544 Pre-IntInt
Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

, , ESL Songs For Teaching English,
  Students listen to the lyrics of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi through the given link and fill in the verbs in the Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses, including the verb t ...
1 Views 838 ElemPre-IntInt
Put BusyTeacher in your inbox

Sign up for the BusyTeacher Weekly and be the first to get direct links to our latest teaching articles, worksheets and lesson plans. Goes out to 323,134 subscribers every Wednesday.
See last week's issue.

Song Worksheet:

Song Worksheet: "A Broken Heart" – Adverbs of Frequency

Alan Smith Robertson
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This original song for the ESL classroom contains eleven adverbs of frequency (always, constantly, usually, often, sometimes, occasionally, once in a while, now and then, rarely, hardly ...
1 Views 1,304 Pre-IntInt
Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Henriqueta
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This worksheet for Pre-/Intermediate levels can be used to practise listening skills, comprehension and to discuss the meaning of "being on top of the world". It can be used as a warm-up ...
1 Views 2,281 Pre-IntInt
Power Point Song – My Girl By Temptations

Power Point Song – My Girl By Temptations

, , ESL Songs For Teaching English,
  Using songs is an effective way to teach student English. The short worksheet is to help students develop listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar rules. It contains three defined ...
1 Views 941 Pre-IntIntAdv
The Spirit Carries On: Dream Theater

The Spirit Carries On: Dream Theater

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
  The lyrics from this song, The Spirit Carries On, from Dream Theater provide an opportunity for class discussion. Students listen to the video and explore the meaning of the words, then ...
1 Views 736 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song worksheet: Someone You Loved

Song worksheet: Someone You Loved

  After watching and listening to the video of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi, students then complete the lyrics by filling in the blanks. This sheet covers the verbs in the Present Si ...
1 Views 1,064 BegElemPre-Int
A Whole New World – Verbs, Adjectives & Nouns

A Whole New World – Verbs, Adjectives & Nouns

, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
    Teaching students by using songs presents a variety of methods to practice English from listening comprehension to grammar rules. In this song A Whole New World By Peabo Bryson a ...
1 Views 1,988 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song worksheet: Getting Older (uses of the verb

Song worksheet: Getting Older (uses of the verb "to get")

Alan Smith Robertson
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This song “Getting Older” is written for teachers to use in the ESL classroom to practice the uses of the verb "TO GET". The worksheet also explores the different stages of l ...
1 Views 2,435 Pre-IntIntAdv
PowerPoint: Song – The Sound of Silence

PowerPoint: Song – The Sound of Silence

, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  Using songs is a multiple and enjoyable way of practicing English from listening comprehension to grammar rules.  In this song there are three defined activities and three more you ...
1 Views 2,817 IntAdv
Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

LL
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
  In this worksheet, students listen to the song Bad Liar by Imagine Dragons, complete the text and place the sentences in the correct order. The last exercise can be used as  pa ...
1 Views 4,936 ElemPre-Int
Power Point Song – Blackbird By Paul McCartney

Power Point Song – Blackbird By Paul McCartney

  There are a variety of methods to teach students English by using songs, from listening comprehension to grammar rules. This short worksheet includes three defined activities involving a ...
1 Views 2,309 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song – How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees

Song – How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees

, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This PowerPoint presentation teaches students by using a song. It’s a multiple way of practicing English from listening comprehension to grammar rules. It includes three defined ac ...
1 Views 4,589 Pre-IntIntAdv
Pete the Cat and his White Shoes

Pete the Cat and his White Shoes

BusyTeacher Contributor
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This engaging song is for an A2 level. Pete the cat wears white shoes, and when he steps into fruits his shoes change color. Children link the words to the pictures, then listen to the s ...
1 Views 3,615 Elem
Jason Mraz short bio and writing task

Jason Mraz short bio and writing task

Maria Lavaque
, ESL Songs For Teaching English,
  This A2B1 resource is for teenagers, but can also be used for adults. Students listen to the song and fill in the correct answers in the lyrics. This exercise includes reading, writing a ...
1 Views 427 ElemPre-Int
Cat Left Home Alone Video Worksheet

Cat Left Home Alone Video Worksheet

DIANA CASTRO
, ESL Songs For Teaching English,
This worksheet is useful when working with younger children. It's visual. No words. The idea is to captivate student's interest and work on vocabulary and comprehension activities after watching ...
1 Views 31,608 Elem
Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart Worksheet

Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart Worksheet

BusyTeacher Contributor
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
I just love the song Nothing Breaks Like a Heart - Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson and I had to do a worksheet. There are different while-listening activites (order the lines, choose the correct word ...
1 Views 26,680 ElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: I Heard it through the Grapevine

Song Worksheet: I Heard it through the Grapevine

Samuel Hull
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a worksheet to go with the song "I Heard it through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye. Includes the following tasks while listening to the song: - Putting the lines in order - Finding the m ...
1 Views 15,539 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Halloween-The Addams Family

Song Worksheet: Halloween-The Addams Family

, ESL Songs For Teaching English, ,
First, students have to guess/look up the meaning of some words connected to Halloween or scary things. Then they have to complete the lyrics of the theme song of The Addams Family with those wor ...
2 Views 15,883 All
Song Worksheet - Smile

Song Worksheet - Smile

kristine44
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a worksheet about the lovely song: “SMILE” by Nat King Cole. There is a link to watch the video with the lyrics and the song. I’ve made several exercises: blanks exercis ...
1 Views 32,418 ElemPre-IntInt
A Good Teacher is...

A Good Teacher is...

Ayotomi Fasuyi
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
It is a poster that details the qualities of a good teacher. I hope every teacher finds it a useful reminder of the attributes we must possess. I have it pasted on my notice board so I can always ...
1 Views 16,783 All
Old Town Road Song Activity - Part 1

Old Town Road Song Activity - Part 1

Nadia Ramos
, ESL Songs For Teaching English,
This version of the song uses three different listening comprehension strategies. The teacher needs to be aware and explain each part to students so they won't get lost. I recommend teachers to d ...
1 Views 27,196 ElemPre-IntInt

Got a great worksheet on ESL Songs For Teaching English? Tell us about it and become a BusyTeacher contributor!

Submit a Worksheet