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My Favorite Songs—With Cloze and Other Exercises

On this page you will find my favorite songs for ESL classes. The songs are classified by title in alphabetical order. The first file gives you the exercise and the second one the key. The files are in MS Word so that teachers can add translations in their students’ native tongue and other comments.

If there is a suggested video (with or without subtiles), the song is marked with an asterisk. To find the link to the video go to...

We Didn’t Start The Fire - Billy Joel

  • Lyrics: A whole US history lesson 1949-1989
PDF - 41.6 kb
We Didn’t Start The Fire
Word - 36.5 kb
We Didn’t Start The Fire

The original video tribute a video by the students of professor Allsop tracing the years up to 1989 is unfortunately no longer available in all countries.

However, there are ever so many tributes to this song with photos that remind us of important events or people. Just type something like "We Didn’t Start The Fire - Billy Joel tribute songs" and you will get many.

Some speak of recent history of the 21st century. I can recommend We Didn’t Start The Fire - The New Edition 1979-2013

Here is a lesson plan

  • Have your students work in pairs and pick three or four events that they will present to the class explaining the significance of the event or the person they have chosen.
  • If you can get the original tribute: a video by the students of professor Allsop
  • Otherwise, use other versions

An Englishman in New York*- Sting

  • Cloze exercise
    Word - 31.5 kb
    An Englishman in New York
  • Key
    Word - 31 kb
    An Englishman in New York - Key

Another Brick in the Wall* - Pink Floyd

  • Cloze exercise
    Word - 24 kb
    Another Brick in the Wall
  • Key
    Word - 25 kb
    Another Brick in the Wall - Key

Blowin’ in the Wind - Bob Dylan

  • Cloze exercise
    Word - 26 kb
    Blowin’ in the Wind
  • Key
    Word - 24 kb
    Blowin’ in the Wind - Key

Every Breath You Take - Sting

  • Cloze exercise
    Word - 32 kb
    Every Breath You Take
  • Key
    Word - 29 kb
    Every Breath You Take - Key

Fairytale - Alexander Rybak*

  • Cloze exercise
    Word - 23 kb
    Fairytale
  • Key
    Word - 23.5 kb
    Fairytale - Key

Father and Son - Cat Stevens

  • Cloze exercise
    Word - 30.5 kb
    Father and Son
  • Key
    Word - 28.5 kb
    Father and Son - Key

Hotel California - Eagles*

  • Cloze exercise with vocabulary exercise
    Word - 43.5 kb
    Hotel California+Vocab Exercise
  • Key
    Word - 30.5 kb
    Hotel California-Key
  • Key to vocabulary exercise
    Word - 39 kb
    Hotel California-Vocab Exercise-Key

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For* - U2

  • Cloze exercise
    Word - 30 kb
    I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For + Qs
  • Key
    Word - 30 kb
    I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For + Qs- Key

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

  • Cloze exercise
    Word - 32.5 kb
    I Will Survive
  • Key
    Word - 29 kb
    I Will Survive - Key

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