11 Songs for English Fluency [Learn English With Music]

Hi, I’m Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com. Do you want to learn English with songs? Let’s talk about 11 songs that are awesome
for learning about English. For me, when I listen to songs, I feel energized,
and excited, I feel optimistic about life, and I hope that this is the same for you,
especially when you listen to music in English, because there’s times in your English journey
when you feel down, you feel like you’re not going anywhere, you’re not improving, and
I hope that music, especially the songs that I’m going to share with you today will help
to boost your spirits, and also help you to get comfortable speaking and using English. Why are songs good for learning English? A lot of songs use multiple verb tenses, expressions,
phrasal verbs, idioms, a lot of useful daily language, and they help you to speak if you’re
willing to sing, so if you are willing to sing along with the chorus, sing along with
the singer, you’re going to be able to use English. You didn’t need to make the sentences yourself,
so you’re just able to speak and imitate, and hopefully have this positive, optimistic
attitude. Before I share these 11 songs with you, I
want to address a question that I’m sure a lot of you are thinking, “Vanessa, English
songs are so fast. How in the world can I understand each of
the words?” I have a couple suggestions. First of all, you can look up the lyrics. Lyrics are the words of the song. Look up the lyrics on Google, even print them
out if you want, listen to them, read them, try to follow along as the singer is singing,
or on YouTube, there are a lot of versions of the songs that include lyrics, so the lyrics
will follow as you’re watching the video, and that’s really helpful, even if you just
memorize the chorus. The chorus is the part that repeats a lot
again and again. If you just memorize the chorus, you’re already
using English. You’re speaking. You’re using those muscles, and that’s so
valuable. The first four songs that I’m going to share
with you are older songs. That doesn’t mean that if you grew up with
these songs, you are old. It just means that they’re not from the past
10 years. They’re older than 10 years. Then, the next four songs are more poppy,
more current songs that came out in the last 10 years. Then, the final three songs are just some
miscellaneous songs that I thought would be useful to include. You can find the links to all of these. They’re YouTube videos. My preferred YouTube video, you can find them
in the comments so that you can watch every single one of these songs, and that’s my challenge
for you, to choose one or all of these, spend some time feeling happy, and using English. My first recommendation is Billy Joel’s song,
‘Uptown Girl’. In this song, you’re going to learn some great
expressions like, “Get a choice”, “Get tired of”, “Fall in love with someone”. These are just daily life expressions, but
this music is kind of like 1950’s style, but it was made in the 1980’s, so it has some
really great, catchy tunes, catchy chorus, and I hope that it will help you with your
English. The second song that I recommend is from a
band that is considered the most important for helping English learners learn English. Can you guess what band that is? It’s The Beatles. I could have a full video giving you recommendations
for Beatles songs, but I realized that a lot of people already know the Beatles, so I chose
one that I think is really important, and that is ‘We Can Work It Out’. It’s short, fun, it includes a great phrasal
verb, “We can work it out”, and you’re going to feel like you can repeat these songs again
and again because it’s going to repeat some of the same words. You’re going to learn expressions like, “Time
can tell”. I hope that this will help you to add to your
vocabulary. My third recommendation is Leonard Cohen’s
song, ‘Hallelujah’. In the description of this video, I actually
didn’t include his version. I included a Pentatonix version because I
feel like this is maybe a little more modern sounding that’s full of energy. It’s your choice which one you think is better,
but I wanted to include this song because there are a lot of great verbs, and also,
the style of speaking is slow, but it’s still filled with energy, so you’re going to want
a lot of great verbs, and also, you’re going to hear the present perfect a lot, “I’ve walked”,
“I’ve seen”, “I’ve gone”. You’re going to hear that, and I hope that
all of these songs really will include verb tenses that are going to feel more comfortable
to you after you listen to the songs. My fourth and final recommendation for somewhat
older songs is from Queen, ‘Somebody To Love’. Every time that I listen to Queen, I get so
much energy, and I always think, “Why don’t I listen to Queen more often?” For some reason, this is the perfect style
of music for me, so I tried to choose a song that wasn’t too challenging, but it also had
some great things that you can use for learning English. In this song, they repeat the question again
and again, “Can anybody find me somebody to love?” Here, you’re going to practice question sentence
structure, and even though the words are a little tough, I recommend checking out the
lyrics and trying to follow along, even if you just sing the chorus. This is going to give you a lot of energy,
and I hope positive feelings about English. My fifth recommendation comes from my pop
song recommendations that are a little more modern. This one is Jason Mraz’s song, ‘I’m Yours’. Unfortunately, Dan does not like this song,
my husband, so he didn’t want me to include it in this list, but I feel like he speaks
so clearly that it’s great for pronunciation. If you can repeat the chorus, it’s going to
help your speaking muscles, so even though some people don’t like this song, I hope that
you’ll enjoy it, and I hope that you’ll be able to repeat these words as well. I do want to let you know that he includes
a grammar mistake in the chorus, and this is pretty typical, and I want to try to explain
why maybe he chose to use a mistake. In English, it’s not a good idea to use a
double negative. That means two negative words in the same
sentence. He says, “I won’t hesitate no more”, and here,
he’s using the word ‘Not’ and ‘No’, so there’s two negatives. Technically, he should say, “I won’t hesitate
anymore”, but he’s a songwriter, so we say that he has poetic license. He can do what he wants if it makes him feel
more comfortable, and it makes the song flow better to have a mistake. Okay. Whatever, but I wanted to let you know that
he is including this, and maybe it’s because when they listen to that song, they’ll recognize
it as a mistake, but it’s a song, so we kind of are a little more flexible when it comes
to songs and grammar. It needs to rhyme, it needs to feel good,
and he just chose to use this. My sixth recommendation is Pharrell Williams’
‘Happy’. This song is really popular, and if you can
memorize the chorus, sing, sing, sing. Try to sing it as much as possible because
not only is it filled with optimism, but it also repeats a lot of the same words, so I
hope that they will stick with you, and that fixed sentence structure will help you to
build on your own sentence structure that you already know in English. That’s why songs are great for you. There’s a fixed sentence structure, and you’re
just repeating it, but hopefully having a good time. I want to let you know that in his song, he
also uses a mistake, and it’s the same mistake that you saw in the previous song. It’s a double negative. Here, he is just using his poetic license
to have this song feel the way he wants, but he says, “Can’t nothing bring me down.” Here, we have ‘Not’ and ‘Nothing’. Two negatives, but really, it should be, “Nothing
can bring me down.” We’re taking out ‘Not’, but he uses it, and
he thinks that it’s going to feel good in the song, and he’s the artist. It’s his choice, right? The seventh song that I recommend is also
a pop song, and it’s kind of my guilty pleasure song. Guilty pleasure means that I’m a little bit
embarrassed, but I like this song, but it’s just so fun. I can’t help it. It is Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’. I’m sure you’ve heard this song. There are plenty of parodies on YouTube. That means that people took the same idea
for the song, but added different words, and it’s perfect for that kind of thing. In this song, you’re going to learn a lot
of great expressions. She uses a lot of phrasal verbs and daily
life expressions that I hope will be useful to you. Some examples are “Just”, or “Look right at
someone”, or, “Came into my life”. These are phrasal verbs and daily life expressions. The eighth pop song is the ultimate pop song. It is Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’, and of
course you’re going to learn the phrasal verb, “Shake off something”, but this includes a
lot of repetitions, so it’s perfect for pronunciation. The chorus of this song repeats the same words
again, and again, and again, “Play, play, play, play, play”, “Hate, hate, hate, hate,
hate.” She repeats these words, so I hope it will
help your pronunciation, and also your sentence structure, and hopefully your optimism too. The idea of this song is if someone is hating
what you’re doing, don’t worry about it. Shake it off, so this is a great idea for
English. If you make a mistake, poof. Shake it off. Don’t worry about it, feel better about it,
and forget it. Shake it off. The final three songs are in another category. They’re not really older songs. They’re not really pop songs, but I wanted
to include them today. The first one is the song ‘Jolene’, and I
added the version that Miley Cyrus sings, but Dolly Parton was the original singer of
this song. This song is a country song, and it’s about
revenge and jealousy, kind of the opposite of ‘Happy’ and ‘Shake It Off’. It’s about revenge and jealousy, and you’re
going to learn a lot of great descriptions of people. They’re describing a woman in this song with
auburn hair and ivory skin, so you’re going to learn these adjectives that also ways to
describe someone. My 10th recommendation is Ed Sheeran’s song,
‘Perfect’. This song has a lot of words, but he speaks
clearly. It’s a kind of slow, love ballad, but it’s
also filled with energy and positivity. He uses some great expressions that native
speakers use a lot, such as, “Whisper underneath my breath”, or “Fight against all odds”. These are kind of like idioms, but they’re
more like daily expressions, so through this song, I recommend watching either the lyrical
video or looking at the lyrics on a paper, and really going over these and singing with
it, trying to feel passionate with this song. My final and 11th recommendation comes from
the internationally loved band, Maroon 5. It is the song, ‘This Love’. There are also a lot of words in this song
like the previous Ed Sheeran song, but you can do it. This song is infused with a lot of energy,
and he uses some great expressions, such as, “Take a toll on me”. This is something that might be new for you,
so when you encounter new expressions like this, I recommend looking them up, asking
someone, researching, trying to use this and find out what it means because you’re going
to get a bigger picture of the song, and then when you hear it, sing along with it. You can use it yourself, and it’s a great
way to use new expressions. All right, my challenge for you is to check
out some of the links for these songs, listen to as many as possible, and choose one that
you can look at the lyrics, and try to repeat after them. This is a great way to shadow, but also have
some positive energy around English. Hopefully, it will boost you. Maybe it will give you a boost in the morning
when you’re getting ready. Hopefully, it will help you to feel positive
and optimistic about your English journey because I know it’s not always easy, so songs
are a great way to pick up your spirits. Choose one of these. Let me know in the comments which one of these
would you like to listen to. Do you have any other songs that you’d like
to recommend to other people to listen to? Thanks such much for learning with me, and
I’ll see you the next time. Bye. The next step is to download my free e-Book,
‘5 Steps to Becoming a Confident English Speaker’. You’ll learn what you need to do to speak
confidently and fluently. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel
for more free lessons. Thanks so much. Bye.

100 thoughts on “11 Songs for English Fluency [Learn English With Music]

  1. Whenever i am going to talk i get nervous.. Can't find topic… What should i do??

  2. I love you darling you are very good teacher

  3. Finally, I found a very useful English learning video. Thank you very much Varessa.

  4. When I was in high school, I learn from Sinead O’Connor’s song, Nothing Compares to You —- Present Perfect Tense

  5. Are you teaching British English? I want to learn British English

  6. Katy bery last Friday night it awesome song she helped me to know mony vocabulary in English think you Katy bery However you are thanx.

  7. I like your style of speaking, I can see it on your face with your smile and your voice when you speak. It is really graceful!

  8. You are so amazing girl
    I am from Nepal
    I can't improve my English why?
    My English very poor 😢😢
    Please help me to my improve my English sentence

  9. Great recommendations. I live in USA and I am practicing The Star-Spangled Banner and try to sign alone every time I go to an event. I carry my cheat sheet though.

  10. You are very good english teacher. You spread a lot of good and positive energy! I'm already singing! oooh come to me to the Rain!

  11. Excuse me number one celin dion I can to understand all of her songs her songs and voice are very clear

  12. I started watching your videos, and one the songs that you recommended is awesome. Pentatonix.

  13. I like the way you teaching.i never met before a teacher like you.i owe you.

  14. Prefect teacher Vanessa, you have extremely, experience. About how to teach, someone with a something. I feel free time, that I listening my teacher, Vanessa. You aren't one teacher. Also you are, life couch.excuse me if I get mistakes. At I writing this comment because I novice. thank you my lovely teacher. I hope you will correct me. The side of writing.✊✌❤

  15. I have listen 6 of the songs suggested for you , thanks it was a very good music. I'm writing a Story about Ashville (In English) when it will be finished I will send it to you.

  16. Do you know what I like the most in your videos, it's your smile, and I want to steal it from you even a second

  17. I listen your videos and I understand all of speech, but I listen other, I don't understand them. Why?

  18. Splendid @Vanessa, you're just freaking awesome, best English teacher I've ever seen in my life. as a singer, I should say those tips are perfect for English learners to become more fluent with the help of western songs. I've nothing to say about your mesmerizing views in interactive English. lots of love from my side. regards.

    Ratul Parbat.

  19. Hello, Vanessa.
    I'm Kami, a teacher of English from Algeria.
    I love this language and I classify it the second in rank after my native language: Arabic that I love too much.
    Could you please recommend some songs to learn English having educational topics to teach them to my students?
    Thanks in advance.

  20. Hello, Vanessa.
    I'm Kami, a teacher of English from Algeria.
    I love this language and I classify it the second in rank after my native language: Arabic that I love too much.
    Could you please recommend some songs to learn English having educational topics to teach them to my students?
    Thanks in advance.

  21. I wanna ask something what does it mean"BOOST"? Can u explain me that word's definition please?
    Btw video was an Amazing and so inevitable for me .Thanks👍❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤😘💕

  22. i dunno why but i really feel like optimistic when i see ur videos ..u're just pretty & cute girl 😍😍

  23. Hello Mam. My name is Rian, I am Indonesian. I would like to improve my speaking because I would like to working in the cruiseship, but I don't have a partner to speaking english. So, what should I do? Thank you very much

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