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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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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 1,841 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 2,774 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 ...
1 Views 3,603 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 11,132 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 6,671 All
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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 14,593 ElemPre-IntInt

SONG: I Can See Clearly Now

Guilherme G Tidon
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English,
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 16,473 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 5,888 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 13,188 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 17,621 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 8,924 ElemPre-Int
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 10,332 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 12,239 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 19,682 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 13,079 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 21,885 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 14,127 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 24,960 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 15,158 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 11,916 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 29,021 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 11,989 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 11,573 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 20,916 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 22,701 BegElem

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