Here you have a list of songs, which are perfect for learning Past Simple tense in English. All of the songs are relatively new and popular.
Coldplay – Paradise
Past Simple is often used for retelling the events that happened in the past. This song is perfect for illustrating this usage. The verbs to teach: was, expected, flew, ran, closed, etc.
Passenger – The Wrong Direction
Seeing “When I was a kid…” at the beginning of the song lyrics, you know there has to be some Past Simple in there. Some of the verbs to teach in Past Simple: believed, hid, thought, broke, made, etc. With this you can aalso practice nouns ending in –tion (inspection, direction, selection, connection, etc.)
Katy Perry – The One That Got Away
Here you can learn the Past Simple met, got, planned, had, made, said, etc.
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
This song has a lot of verbs, both regular and irregular (thought, saw, showed, came, adored, changed, had, crawled, etc.). You can focus also on describing how people feel (I am ashamed, I’m torn, I’m all out of faith, etc.).
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
You must definitely know this song, having in mind how popular it was for a while. Here we learn Past Simple of said, felt, found, happened, etc.
The Fray – Over My Head (Cable Car)
This song is suitable for learning Past Simple (knew, needed, wanted, etc.). Additionally, you can practice prepositions (down, around, in, over, on, etc.).