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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 Worksheet: Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer

Song Worksheet: Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer

Colm Boyd
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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 2,224 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 2,926 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 8,078 Pre-IntIntAdv
We Will Rock You - Song Worksheet

We Will Rock You - Song Worksheet

Natasha
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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 4,986 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 8,687 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
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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 6,231 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 6,450 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 6,503 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 13,529 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 7,101 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 7,735 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 11,521 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 13,339 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 14,353 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 7,628 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 8,509 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 12,273 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 18,743 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 24,252 Elem
Song Worksheet: A Gift To You

Song Worksheet: A Gift To You

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
This is a simple song worksheet for beginners. It's a prayer song named as "A Gift to You". I usually use this worksheet to teach my students this simple unbiased prayer. It can be used to teach ...
1 Views 9,532 Elem
Song: Havana by Camila Cabello

Song: Havana by Camila Cabello

DIANA CASTRO
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
This activity is divided into different tasks. It is intended for young learners, level A 1. They listen and complete using words and images given. They put verses in order and circle the right an ...
1 Views 25,576 BegElemPre-Int

"If I Were a Boy" - Second Conditional Practice

Virginia O F Silva
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
vfce-if-i-were-a-boy-second-conditional.docx [20.29 Kb] (Count: 4129)This worksheet consists of two parts. In the first part, students fill in some gaps with second conditional structures before watching the video. In the second part, there are fo ...
5 Views 24,932 Pre-IntInt
'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran

'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran

Raquel Mendez
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
perfect_ed-sheeran.pdf [32.11 Kb] (Count: 12007)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 ...
7 Views 61,323 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 ...
5 Views 24,464 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 ...
4 Views 15,435 Pre-IntInt

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