Songs to Teach English Grammar

ESL and EFL teachers looking for inspiration for lesson planning will find this list of songs to teach English grammar we’ve compiled a useful resource.

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

Songs for teaching present simple

Eric Clapton / Wonderful Tonight (lyrics)
The Beatles / She Loves You (lyrics)
Bette Middler / From A Distance (lyrics)

Songs for teaching present continuous

Rod Stewart / Sailing (lyrics)
Fool’s Garden / Lemon Tree (lyrics)
Suzanne Vega / Tom’s Diner (lyrics)

Songs for teaching past simple

The Beatles / Yellow Submarine (lyrics)
Gloria Gaynor / I Will Survive (lyrics)
Celine Dion / Because You Loved Me (lyrics)

Songs for teaching past continuous

John Lennon / Jealous Guy (lyrics)
Oasis / Champagne Supernova (lyrics)
Aerosmith / Cryin’ (lyrics)

Songs for teaching present perfect

Michael Buble / Haven’t Met You Yet (lyrics)
U2 / Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (lyrics)
Chris de Burgh / Lady In Red (lyrics)
Sinead O’Connor / Nothing Compares To You (lyrics)
Queen / We Are The Champions (lyrics)

Songs for teaching present perfect continuous

Anastacia / Left Outside Alone (lyrics)
Led Zeppelin / Since I’ve Been Loving You (lyrics)
Foreigner / Waiting For A Girl Like You (lyrics)

Songs for teaching past perfect

James Blunt / Goodbye My Lover (lyrics)
Maddness / My Girl (lyrics)
Simon & Garfunkel / I Had The Strangest Dream (lyrics)

Songs for teaching used to

Erik Hassle / Hurtful (lyrics)
Madonna / This Used To Be My Playground (lyrics)
Dandy Warhols / We Used To Be Friends (lyrics)
Bruce Springsteen / The River (lyrics)
Pet Shop Boys / The Way It Used To Be (lyrics)

Songs for teaching going to future

Jamie Cullum / Next Year Baby (lyrics)
Jack Johnson / We’re Going To Be Friends (lyrics)

Songs for teaching will future

Savage Garden / Truly Madly Deeply (lyrics)
James Blunt / You’re Beautiful (lyrics)
Gloria Gaynor / I Will Survive (lyrics)
The Rembrandts / I’ll Be There For You (lyrics)
Whitney Houston / I’ll Always Love You (lyrics)

Songs for teaching future continuous

The Police / Every Breath You Take (lyrics)
Ottis Redding / Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay (lyrics)

Songs for teaching future perfect

Faith Hill / You Will Be Mine (lyrics)
Sheryl Crowe / It’s Only Love (lyrics)

Songs for teaching 1st conditional

Red Hot Chili Peppers / If (lyrics)
Eric Clapton / Tears In Heaven (lyrics)
Enrique Iglesias / Hero (lyrics)
The Beatles / If I fell (lyrics)
The Beatles / With A Little Help From My Friends (lyrics)
Beyonce Knowles / If I Were A Boy (lyrics)
Gwen Stefani / Rich Girl (lyrics)
Barenaked Ladies / If I Had $1,000,000 (lyrics)
Hoobastank / If I Were You (lyrics)
Joan Osborne / One Of Us (lyrics)
Norah Jones / Painter Song
ABBA / Money Money Money (lyrics)
Johnny Cash / If I Were A Carpenter (lyrics)

Songs for teaching 2nd conditional

Red Hot Chili Peppers / If (lyrics)
Eric Clapton / Tears In Heaven (lyrics)
Enrique Iglesias / Hero (lyrics)
The Beatles / If I fell (lyrics)
The Beatles / With A Little Help From My Friends (lyrics)
Beyonce Knowles / If I Were A Boy (lyrics)
Gwen Stefani / Rich Girl (lyrics)
Barenaked Ladies / If I Had $1,000,000 (lyrics)
Hoobastank / If I Were You (lyrics)
Joan Osborne / One Of Us (lyrics)
Norah Jones / Painter Song
ABBA / Money Money Money (lyrics)
Johnny Cash / If I Were A Carpenter (lyrics)

Songs for teaching 3rd conditional

Lisa Stansfield / Change (lyrics)
Gloria Gaynor / I Will Survive (lyrics)

Songs for teaching wish

Pearl Jam / Wishlist (lyrics)

Songs for teaching passive

Westlife / Written In The Stars (lyrics)
Offspring / Kirsty Are You Doing Okay? (lyrics)
Gloria Gaynor / Let’s Mend What’s Been Broken (lyrics)

Songs for teaching reported speech

The Beatles / Norwegian Wood (lyrics)
Stereophonics / Mama Told Me Not To Come (lyrics)
The Killers / Somebody Told Me (lyrics)

 

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Also see our table of songs for discussion topics.

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