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ESL and EFL teachers thinking about using songs and lyrics to stimulate class discussions will find this table we've compiled a useful resource.

Highlighted songs are those available as complete lesson plans here on tefltunes.com...

Business & Money Songs about jobs & work Dolly Parton / Nine To Five (lyrics)
Shania Twain / Not Just A Pretty Face (lyrics)
The Kinks / Nine To Five (lyrics)
Songs about wealth Travie McCoy / Billionaire (lyrics)
Barenaked Ladies / If I Had $1,000,000 (lyrics)
Gwen Stefani / Rich Girl (lyrics)
Spin Doctors / Two Princes (lyrics)
Culture & Customs Songs for Australia Day Men At Work / Land Down Under (lyrics)
Midnight Oil / Beds Are Burning (lyrics)
Songs for Christmas Bing Crosby / White Christmas (lyrics)
Chris Rea / Driving Home For Christmas (lyrics)
Songs for Halloween Michael Jackson / Thriller (lyrics)
Sting / Moon Over Bourbon Street (lyrics)
Songs for St Patrick's Day Johnny Cash / Galway Bay (lyrics)
U2 / Beautiful Day (lyrics)
Songs for Valentine's Day Barry Louis polisar / All I Want Is You (lyrics)
Linkin Park / Valentine's Day (lyrics)
Madness / It Must Be Love (lyrics)
Education Songs about bullying Nizlopi / JCB Song (lyrics)
Superchick / Hero
Songs about school Busted / What I Go To School For (lyrics)
Alice Cooper / School's Out (lyrics)
Environment Songs about the environment Joni Mitchell / Big Yellow Taxi
Michael Jackson / Earth Song
The Kinks / Apeman (lyrics)
The Kinks / A Gallon Of Gas (lyrics)
Songs about the weather Bing Crosby / Let It Snow (lyrics)
Madonna / Rain (lyrics)
The Beatles / Here Comes The Sun (lyrics)
Travis / Why Does It Always Rain On Me? (lyrics)
Fashion & Beauty Songs about beauty Bob Dylan / Ugliest Girl In The World (lyrics)
Christina Aguilera / Beautiful (lyrics)
Right Said Fred / I'm Too Sexy (lyrics)
Sugababes / Ugly (lyrics)
Songs about fashion Paolo Nutini / New Shoes (lyrics)
The Kinks / Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (lyrics)
Food & Drink Songs about food & drink Beach Boys / Vegetables (lyrics)
Oliver / Food Glorious Food (lyrics)
The Kinks / Have A Cuppa Tea (lyrics)
The Kinks / Maximum Consumption (lyrics)
ZZ Top / TV Dinners (lyrics)
Weird Al Yankovic / Eat It
Songs about food shopping B. Springsteen / Queen Of The Supermarket (lyrics)
They Might Be Giants / I Am A Grocery Bag (lyrics)
Health & Fitness Songs about good health Nina Simone / I Got Life (lyrics)
Songs about illness Bon Jovi / Bad Medicine (lyrics)
Athlete / Wires (lyrics)
My Chemical Romance / Cancer (lyrics)
Flaming Lips / Spiderbite Song (lyrics)
History Songs about past times Brian Adams / Summer of '69 (lyrics)
Media &
Songs about fame & celebrity Brian McFadden / Real To Me (lyrics)
Britney Spears / Piece Of Me (lyrics)
Jennifer Lopez / Jenny From The Block (lyrics)
Lily Allen / The Fear (lyrics)
Lady GaGa / Paparazzi (lyrics)
Songs about art Vincent / Don McLean (lyrics)
Norah Jones / Painter Song
Life &
Songs about arguments Arctic Monkeys / Mardy Bum (lyrics)
Black Eyed Peas / Shut Up (lyrics)
Deep Purple / The Spanish Archer (lyrics)
Songs about divorce Pink / Family Portrait (lyrics)
Usher / Papers (lyrics)
Songs about feeling low Bobby McFerrin / Don't Worry Be Happy (lyrics)
Oasis / Stop Crying Your Heart Out (lyrics)
Songs about honesty Beyonce Knowles / Honesty (lyrics)
Mr Hudson / White Lies (lyrics)
Songs about jealousy Busted / Who's David? (lyrics)
John Lennon / Jealous Guy (lyrics)
Songs about love & marriage Barry Louis Polisar / All I Want Is You (lyrics)
Robbie Williams / Something Stupid (lyrics)
Songs about suicide Good Charlotte / Hold On (lyrics)
Missy Higgins / The River (lyrics)
Songs about unrequited love James Blunt / You're Beautiful
Radiohead / Creep (lyrics)
Politics & Social Issues Songs about conspiracy theory Mike & The Mechanics / Silent Running (lyrics)
Muse / Rule By Secrecy (lyrics)
REM / Man On The Moon (lyrics)
Songs about homelessness Genesis / Man On The Corner (lyrics)
Phil Collins / Another Day In Paradise (lyrics)
Stereophonics / Lying In The Sun (lyrics)
Songs about war Black Eyed Peas / Where Is The Love? (lyrics)
Bob Dylan / Blowing In The Wind (lyrics)
Green Day / Holiday (lyrics)
John Lennon / Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (lyrics)
Science &
Songs about space Elton John / Rocket Man (lyrics)
The Killers / Spaceman (lyrics)
Songs about technology Queen / Radio Ga Ga
Radiohead / Fitter Happier (lyrics)
The Buggles / Video Killed The Radio Star (lyrics)
Travel &
Songs about driving Madness / Driving In My Car
Chris Rea / Driving Home For Christmas (lyrics)
Songs about flying John Denver / Leaving On A Jetplane (lyrics)
Lenny Kravitz / Fly Away (lyrics)
Michael Buble / Come Fly With Me (lyrics)
Songs about places Alicia Keys / Empire State Of Mind (lyrics)
Elton John / Belfast (lyrics)
Stereophonics / Nice To Be Out (lyrics)
Sting / Englishman In New York
Tony Christie / Amarillo (lyrics)
Will Smith / Miami (lyrics)

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