Songs to build vocabulary!

Colourblind by Darius Campbell

Learn different colours and idiomatic expressions with colours

This song was a rage in the early 2000s! The debut single of Darius Campbell, the song is fast, fun and easy to understand. The song is packed with names of colors. The song also uses colors in their social context with each color representing an emotion. Nice song to learn everyday expressions with color!

Feelin’ blue
While I’m trying to forget the feeling that I miss you
Feelin’ green
When the jealousy swells and it won’t go away in dreams

 

 

Friday it's love by The Cure

Learn the days of the week with this song.

A catchy nineties song that has vocabulary about the days of the week! This song comes from the album Wish.

I don’t care if Monday’s Blue Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday too Thursday I don’t care about you it’s Friday I’m in love“

 

 

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

Learn vocabulary for different places in the city and nature.

A classic pop song with lots of slang! The song was composed by Canadian Singer-Songwriter Joni Mitchell in 1970. The song talks about the environment and protecting it.

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum

 

 

California Dreamin' by The Mamas And The Papas

A song to help you learn about seasons and weather.

A classic song that takes you back to the 60s, written by John Philips and Michelle Philips in 1965. It has plenty of weather related expressions, conditionals like I’d(I would) and an old school vibe!

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
I’d be safe and warm (I’d be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)
California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day

 

 

Jolene by Miley Cyrus

Great vocabulary for physical descriptions of a person! "Flaming auburn hair", "Emerald green eyes"

A country song  by American country music artist Dolly Parton, Jolene was performed again in 2012 by Country singer and goddaughter of Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus. It has plenty of expressions and adjectives to describe a person physically and lovely country music to accompany Miley’s powerful voice!

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene I’m begging of you please don’t take my man Jolene, jolene, jolene, jolene Please don’t take him just because you can Your beauty is beyond compare With flaming locks of auburn hair With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green

 

 

Superstition by Stevie Wonder

The song helps to explain the concept of Superstition and beliefs that people have about bad and good luck.

A fun song by American singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder. The singer talks about various omens and beliefs that cause people to be ‘superstitious’ and worry about the effects of certain acts like walking under a ladder, a broken mirror etc.

Ladies and Gentlemen
Ladies and Gentlemen
Joining us on stage my Mr Jeff Beck
Very superstitious,
Writing’s on the wall,
Very superstitious,
Ladders bout’ to fall
Thirteen month old baby,
Broke the lookin’ glass
Seven years of bad luck,
The good things in your past