50 Classroom Appropriate Songs to Listen to During Writing Time

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I wanted to share these playlists because on Fridays, we do Friday Free Write. Students love to listen to music, but sometimes it also helps if we collectively have music playing overhead. I have two playlists in this post: Music with Words and Background Music. I included as many lyrics videos as possible because I feel like the music that we play in our classrooms is directly related to our personal tastes and the standard of what we feel is “appropriate.” I know my personal tastes in music are represented in my playlists. I did enjoy putting these lists together because it almost felt like I was a teenager burning a CD again. I tried to balance genres, but I tend to be heavy in R&B, Hip-Hop, and Soul. We sometimes have a “one artist” day like Michael Jackson and John Legend. Kids love listening to both current and old hits.

Please make sure you preview music before sharing if you are unfamiliar with the artist, genre, or song. While I would play the music on these playlists, it does not mean everyone would consider them appropriate.


With Words

  1. Adele - Hello

  2. Adele- Rolling in the Deep

  3. Adele - Someone Like You

  4. Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire

  5. Alicia Keys - No One (lyrics)

  6. Aloe Blacc- The Man

  7. Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up

  8. Andra Day- Rise Up

  9. Beyoncé - "Bigger" (The Lion King: The Gift)

  10. Beyoncé - BROWN SKIN GIRL (Lyrics) ft. SAINt JHN, WizKid, Blue Ivy Carter

  11. Beyonce- Halo

  12. Beyoncé - MOOD 4 EVA ft. Jay Z & Childish Gambino

  13. The Black Eyed Peas - Where is the love Radio Edit.

  14. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This 

  15. Chloe X Halle- The Kids Are Alright

  16. Christina Aguilera-Beautiful

  17. Coldplay- Clocks

  18. Demi Lovato- Sorry Not Sorry (Clean Version)

  19. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You [Lyric Video]

  20. Ed Sheeran, Khalid – Beautiful People (Lyrics)

  21. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (Super Clean Version)

  22. Flo Rida - Good Feeling(Lyrics on screen)

  23. Flo Rida-My House Super Clean Edit

  24. India Arie - Video

  25. India Arie- What If

  26. John Legend- Preach

  27. John Legend- Love Me Now

  28. John Legend- You and I

  29. John Legend- Ordinary People

  30. Jonas Brothers - Cool (Clean - Lyrics)

  31. Jordin Sparks Feat. Chris Brown - No Air Lyrics 

  32. Justin Timberlake-Can’t Stop the Feeling

  33. Mark Ronson-Uptown Funk (Clean Audio)[feat. Bruno Mars]

  34. Maroon 5 - Girls Like You (Clean - Lyrics) ft. Cardi B

  35. Maroon 5-- Sugar *CLEAN EDIT*

  36. Michael Jackson- Beat It

  37. Michael Jackson- Man in the Mirror

  38. Michael Jackson- You Rock My World

  39. Michael Jackson- Thriller

  40. Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin - Runnin' (Lose It All)

  41. OneRepublic - Counting Stars

  42. Panic! At the Disco - High Hopes (Lyrics)

  43. Pharrell Williams - Happy 

  44. Post Malone, Swae Lee - Sunflower (Lyrics) (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

  45. Rachel Platten-Fight Song

  46. Rihanna - American Oxygen

  47. Rihanna- Towards The Sun 

  48. Sam Smith- Too Good at Goodbyes

  49. Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) -Lyrics

  50. Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down (Clean - Lyrics)


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Music with words!

Background Music

  1. Bruno Mars 24K Instrumental Playlist

  2. Joseph Jacobs ' Jazz · Instrumental · Hip Hop ' Best Of Mix [2016]

  3. Chillhop Yearmix 2017 • jazz & lofi hiphop

  4. Weekend Relaxation [Jazzhop / HipHop / Chillhop]

  5. Chill Study Beats 2 • Instrumental & Jazz Hip Hop Music [2016]


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Music WITHOUT words!

Writing Mindset Reflection: How do you choose music for your classroom? At what times do you play music during work time or writing time?