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85 Positive Songs for Teachers to Use in the Classroom

August 14th, 2007 · 51 Comments · Inspiration, Music, Teaching

I’m a music fanatic, and I love having a song playing as the students enter the classroom. The right song helps students to come into class feeling good about life and ready to learn.

An opening song is also a great signal device to start class. I usually have an entry task on the overhead, and my students know that it needs to be completed by the time the song ends.

Here’s my current list of the positive songs I use:

(The first thing you need to know is that my absolute favorite song of all time is “Over the Rainbow,” so I play that song quite a bit. I have over sixty covers of the song, from country to alternative to dance remix versions, and everything in between.)

[Update: Click on songs to listen to samples or to buy from Amazon.com]

All American Rejects, “Move Along ”

Bachman Turner Overdrive, “Takin’ Care of Business”

The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations

The Beatles

  • “Good Day Sunshine”
  • “Here Comes the Sun”

Natasha Bedingfield, “Unwritten”

Chris Cagle, “What a Beautiful Day

Chicago, “25 or 6 to 4

Petula Clark, “Downtown

Coldplay

Sheryl Crow, “Soak Up the Sun

Hilary Duff, “Shine

Electric Light Orchestra

Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Gloria Estefan, “Get on Your Feet

Five for Fighting

Fleetwood Mac, “Don’t Stop

John Fogerty, “Sugar Sugar”

The Go-Gos, “We Got the Beat

Goo Goo Dolls, “Better Days

Green Day, “Time of Your Life

Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Linus and Lucy

High School Musical

Enrique Iglesias, “Hero

Jars of Clay

Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle

Joe Jackson, “Steppin’ Out

Katrina and the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine

Mat Kearney, “Nothing Left to Lose”

Kool and the Gang, “Celebration

Kenny Loggins, “I’m All Right

Martina McBride, “This One’s for the Girls

Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Tim McGraw, “Live Like You Were Dyin’

Jo Dee Messina, “Dare to Dream

Hannah Montana

Randy Newman, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Nichole Nordeman, “Legacy

Tom Petty

Dan Powter, “Bad Day

The Pretenders, “I’ll Stand by You

Rascall Flatts, “Life is a Highway

Relient K, “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been”

Sister Sledge, “We Are Family

Sly and the Family Stone, “Everyday People

Smash Mouth, “All Star

Starship, “We Built This City

The Stray Cats, “Rock This Town

Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger

Switchfoot

Train, “When I Look to the Sky

The Turtles, “Happy Together

U2

  • “Beautiful Day”
  • “City of Blinding Light”

Van Halen

Jaci Velasquez, “We Can Make a Difference

The Wailin’ Jennys, “One Voice

John Williams

Steve Winwood, “While You See a Chance

Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance

Weird Al Yankovic

  • “The Saga Begins”
  • Ebay

Other Soundtrack Music

Now that you’ve seen my list, tell me your opinion or add your own favorites by leaving a comment below.

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  • Jenny

    This is awesome! My last child of four is graduating high school so I wanted to get something for our HS principle who happens to love music as much as the kids! I’m putting together a cd from our four kids to him to help him get through many more years with students! Great picks, everyone!

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