- increase motivation - there's hardly anyone who doesn't like music
- increase vocabulary and phonemic awareness - they are authentic material
- improve memory and concentration - students learn through repetition
- provide meaningful context to encourage fluency
- relax stress or change the mood
Present simple - Celine Dion "I'm alive"
Devotchka "Till the end of time"
Present continuous - Keane "Everybody's changing"
One Republic "Stop and Stare"
The Arcade fire "My body is a cage"
ABBA "One of us"
Present perfect simple - U2 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
Matchbox 20 "How far we've come"
Rod Steward "Have I told you lately"
Present perfect continuous - Anastacia "Left outside alone"
Past Simple - The Beatles "Yellow Submarine"
A-ha "Did anyone approach you"
Past continuous - Aerosmith "Crying"
Future Simple - Zucchero "Diamante"
A-ha "Crying in the ran"
Imperative; modal verbs (could) - A-ha "Foot of the mountain"
Subjunctive - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash "If I Were A Carpenter"
Modals (could), Past Simple, too+adjective+to-infinitive, obligation in the past (should have stopped) - Snow Patrol "You could be happy"
Modal verbs (must) - Queen "Show must go on"
1st Conditional - Simply Red "If you don't know me by now"
2nd Conditional - ABBA "Money, money, money"
Lisa Stansfield "Change"
3rd conditional - Taylor Swift "You're not sorry"
Wishes - Joni Mitchell "I wish I had a river "
The Arcade Fire " City with no children"
Blackmore's Night "Wish you were here"
Modals for the past - Adam Lambert "Better Than I Know Myself"
Used to - Gotye "Somebody that I used to know"
The Arcade Fire "Used to wait"
Too+adjective+to-infinitive - OneRepublic "Apologize"
Make/Let+bare infinitive - Madonna "Love makes the world go round"
The Beatles "Let it be"
Comparatives - Kaiser Chiefs "Every day I love you less and less"
Reported speech - The Killers "Somebody told me"
Nina Simone "If he changed my name"
Holly Cole "I Told Him That My Dog Wouldn't Run"
Phrasal verbs - James "Getting away with it"
Lily Allen "The Fear"
Devotchka "The last beat of my heart"
Defining relative clauses - Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta "You're The One That I Want "
There are numerous ideas of how to use songs in the classroom. Here are some: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/using-songs-classroom
If you feel that I should add other songs to this list, feel free to share.