But if music is so universal, why is it so hard to understand the English you hear in songs? What you need, dear English learner, are some easy English songs that are simple enough to understand yet still catchy enough to have you dancing and singing all day. Popular music is a good place to start learning English with songs because the sentences are easy to understand. The vocabulary is simple and the sentences are short and sweet. Most pop songs are about love, heartbreak or having a good time.
1. “ABC” by Jackson 5
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Their songs are snapshots of real lives and are steeped in vintage music from the likes of Kraftwerk, to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth, Floydian Englishness and the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times. Making comparisons can be tedious. Lightbulbs creates a sound of perfectly arranged three-minute chunks of infectious pop music with strange hybrid beats that take the listener through a musical journey. In Matt Hainsby joined the band as bassist, and in they released Transparent Things.
Clubs are closed. So are bars and arenas and coffee shops and theaters. But while live music has come to a terrifying halt , artists have been anything but silent during the coronavirus crisis. Musicians are currently bringing their art directly to their fans through live streams, surprise releases, and digital concerts. And we need it now, perhaps more than we have in a long time, for comfort and escape, and to make sense of the world around us. Acts like Waxahatchee and Fiona Apple have released albums that are—in hindsight—prescient snapshots of our current time, whether they offer beacons of hope or solitary musings on individuality and the human spirit. Others, like Jamie xx, have gifted surprise releases as a welcome distraction from the world around us; tracks that are primed for quarantine dance parties and nightly releases of pent up energy. Follow along as we update this list and our own Spotify playlist throughout the rest of the year.