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Hey You! What Song Are You Listening To?

What song are you listening to? (CC Kris Krüg

What song are you listening to?

This is a piece of homework I set my year 11 class last week. It uses two YouTube videos that were uploaded only recently. I liked the idea at once: Tyler Cullen went around New York City, asking people with headphones on, what song they were listening to. Kate did the same a couple of days later in London. Both of them not only put together very enjoyable mini portraits of their cities, but also published the play lists of their videos. So here’s what I asked my pupils to do:

Watch the following two clips on YouTube. But first, please read the tasks that I want you to do while and after watching them:

  1. Is there a song in these lists that you also know and like? Name one (or two), and say why you like it (them).
  2. Remember one person in each video clip that you find likable. Make a note of what you like about him or her (at least two details). What would you talk about if you met them?
  3. If you compare the New York and the London video, which one do you like better? Why? (4 – 5 sentences)
  4. Would you want to do a similar video about the place you come from? Would you like to do it rather in Regensburg, Nuremberg or Munich? (4 – 5 sentences)
  5. Bonus task: Which of the songs would you nominate for “most intelligent” and “most stupid”?

Hey You! What Song Are You Listening To? (New York) – by Tyler Cullen [TyCullen]
(24 May 2011)

1 The Bee Gees: More Than A Woman
2 Fenix TX: Abba Zabba
3 Eminem: Not Afraid
4 Keni Burke: Keep Rising to the Top
5 Beyonce: Smash Into You
6 LCD Soundsystem: Dance Yrself Clean
7 The Black Keys: Too Afraid To Love You
8 Kanye West: Blame Game
9 Kinky: Mas
10 Lil Wayne: Lollipop
11 Oasis: What’s the Story Morning Glory
12 Frank Sinatra: The Best Is Yet To Come
13 Korn: Counting on Me
14 Britney Spears: How I Roll
15 Panic! At the Disco: From A Mountain In
The Middle Of The Cabins
16 Kid Cudi: Day ‘n’ Night
17 Bob Marley: Buffalo Solider
18 Wiz Khalifa: Black & Yellow
19 Big Punisher: Still Not A Player
20 NPR2
21 Tub Ring: No One Wants To Play
22 Lady Gaga: Just Dance

Hey London! What Song Are You Listening To? – by Kate [Maasive]
(31 May 2011)

1) Beres Hammond – ‘Reggae Calling’
2) RHCP – ‘Otherside’
3) BEP – ‘Dirty Bit’
4) Turin Breaks – ‘Mirror’
5) Kiss – ‘Rock n Roll all night!’
6) Mohombi – ‘Coconut Tree’
7) The Ramones – ‘Psycho Therapy’
8) Miike Snow – ‘Animal’
9) Ron Sexsmith – ‘The Less I know’
10) The Dandy Warholes – ‘Holding me up’
11) Kaah – ‘Kaahlla Mej’
12) Chipmunk – ‘Champion’
13) The doors – ‘The End’
14) Rihanna – ‘Umbrella’
15) The Game – ‘Dreams’
16) Elvis – ‘Shake, Rattle n Roll’
17) Muse – ‘Uprising’
18) N Dubz – ‘Bad Behaviour’
19) Guttermouth – ‘Pee in the Shower’
20) Belle & Sebastian – ‘Sleep the Clock Around’
21) The Who – ’5:15′
22) The Joy Formidable – ‘Whirring’
23) JLo – ‘On the Floor’
24) Depeche mode – ‘People are People’

picture credits:
CC by Kris Krüg, Vancouver, Canada (kk+ on

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