Songs in the classroom (for First Certificate/Advanced levels)

Music has always played the most important role in my life, therefore my lessons are always -directly or indirectly- related to it. I am currently working on a project with my friend and colleague Theodora Pap and I was looking into songs that refer to relationships (mainly family and love ones). Below you can find a list of some of the songs that can be used for listening practice but they can also serve as nice stimuli for in-class discussions on topics such as the generation gap (Father and Son), domestic violence (Family Portrait), loss of a beloved one (Wish you were here) etc.

1. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAEQU510Gag

2. Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_u3HfnnBpM

3. You were meant for me – Jewel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKWvk44LW9k

4. Savage Garden – To the moon and back http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5C0SiTAttg

5. Natalie Merchant – Kind and generous http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdG618TMc5E

6. Pink Floyd – Wish you were here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPbKNQrPSQQ

7. Pink – Family Portrait http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvpQsPKEwbw

8. Aerosmith – I don’t wanna miss a thing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss0kFNUP4P4

9. Guns n’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RRtd4MJpzA

10. The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xajQUEPXRyg

11. The Beatles- Yesterday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNnaxGFO18o

12. Father and son – Cat Stevens (or Boyzone-so many covers of this song have been made)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RRtd4MJpzA

13. The Black Keys – Tighten Up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1H2_VTGtk0

14. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a prayer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkb6Xmhp_XE

15. Bon Jovi – Bed of Roses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exWBW-nNmoY

16. Rihanna feat. Eminem – Love the way you lie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGT6AKt3eYM

17. Dido – Thank you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFRm2srRC64

18. Florence and the Machine – You’ve got the love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjz-kiVJ4Gg

19. The Last Shadow Puppets – My mistakes were made for you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVFNFascIak

20. The Last Shadow Puppets – Standing next to me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuCDvKn9heI

21. Adele – Rolling in the deep http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JYe3Q9mKsc

22. Bruno Mars- Just the way you are http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbibZhlugjw

23. The Script – Breakeven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsfNLkwVyTE

24. Fray – You found me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMlou7Q0GRE

25. Daniel Merriweather feat. Adele – Water and a flame http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB1y8LAdY3w

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  1. We should start the project blog as well…

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  2. Thank you for this useful list of songs. I love music and always try to use it in the classroom.Can't wait to start singing (& teaching) some of them. 🙂

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  3. Thanks a lot Smaragda! Hope you have tons of fun in the classroom this year!:)

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