Bobby McFerrin

Songs to Learn English for Beginners

How can songs help you learn English? Read this blog post!

Click on the title of each song below to view the video.


Calendar by Boney M.

Released in 1979 by the German reggae group.

Theme: Months of the year


Present Simple

Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Released in 1967 by the American Jazz musician

Theme: common nouns, colours


Hello, Goodbye by The Beatles

Released in 1967 by the British pop group.

Theme: Greetings, direct speech


All Together Now by The Beatles

Released in 1969 by The British group.

Theme: Numbers, alphabet, imperatives


Present Continuous

Singing in the Rain by Gene Kelly

Released in 1952 in the Hollywood musical of the same name

Theme: Weather, emotions


I Say a Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin

Released in 1968 by the American Soul singer.

Theme: Daily routines


Feeling Good by Nina Simone

Released in 1965 by the American Jazz singer

Theme: Natural world


Past Simple

You Are My Sunshine by Elizabeth Mitchell

Released in 2002 by the American singer-songwriter (first released in 1941 by Bing Crosby)

Theme: emotions


Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

Released in 1988 by the American Jazz Singer

Theme: Worries

Note: ‘Ain’t’ is ‘isn’t’, ‘aren’t’ or ‘am not’ in standard English. ‘Cause’ is short for ‘because’. ‘The landlord say your rent is late’ in standard English ‘the landlord says/said your rent is late’.