15 songs with comparatives

This is an updated version of the four music videos containing examples of comparatives I posted back in 2010. The response was so overwhelming and the number of searches so staggering that I decided to put together a nice, 8-minute video, containing 15 different song excerpts, organized by date – in the molds of my present perfect songs. Now, these songs may not be (or have ever been) sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 or provide the sort of massive input flooding every teacher would dream of (some of the songs have only one or two examples), but I’m sure the video can at least give you an idea of which songs you can Google up and then use in class. Enjoy!

1. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes you a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

2. Cristina Aguilera – Fighter

So I wanna say thank you
‘Cause it
Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
Makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter

3. Kanye West – Stronger

N-na-now th-that that don’t kill me
Can only make me stronger
I need you to hurry up now
Cause I can’t wait much longer
I know I got to be right now
Cause I can’t get much wronger
Man, I’ve been waiting all night now
That’s how long I’ve been on ya

4. Justin Bieber – Never Say Never

Now he’s bigger than me
Taller than me
He’s older than me, stronger than me
And his arms are a little bit longer than me
But he ain’t on a jb song with me.

5. The Corrs – Would You Be Happier?

Would you be happier if you were someone together?
Would the sun shine brighter if you played a bigger part?
Would you be wonderful if it wasn’t for the weather?
You’re gonna be just fine (gonna be just fine)

6. India Arie – Beautiful Flower

‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower
More valuable than a diamond
You are powerful like a fire
You will heal the world with your mind
There is nothing in the world that you cannot do
When you believe in you

7. Madonna – Deeper and Deeper

I can’t help falling in love
I fall deeper and deeper the further I go
Kisses sent from heaven above
They get sweeter and sweeter the more that I know

8. Des’ree – You Gotta Be

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All i know, all i know, love will save the day

9. Debbie Gibson – For Better or Worse

And you can drive me crazy
Like only you can
Life’s blessing, life’s curse
For better or worse

10. Barry Manilow – Bluer Than Blue

And when you’re gone it looks like things
Are gonna be a lot easier
Life will be a breeze, you know
I really should be glad
But I’m bluer than blue
Sadder than sad
You’re the only light
This empty room has ever had
Life without you is gonna be
Bluer than blue

11. Tina Turner – The Best

You’re simply the best
Better than all the rest
Better than anyone
Anyone I ever met

12. Cliff Richard – Stronger Than That

My love is stronger than that
My love is poetry in motion
My love is deeper than that
My love is deeper than the ocean

13. Bee Gees – ESP

And we’ve got love
And love will take you higher and higher and higher
ESP I communicate with you
Tell me what it means to feel
What am I supposed to do?

14. Roberta Flack and Don Hathaway – The Closer I Get To You

The closer I get to you
The more you’ll make me see
By giving me all you’ve got
Your love has captured me
Sweeter than sweeter love grows
And heaven’s there for those
Who fool the tricks of time
With the hearts in love you find true love

15. Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind

Maybe I didn’t treat you quite as good as I should
Maybe I didn’t love you quite as often as I could
Little things I should’ve said and done
I  never took the time
You you were always on my mind

32 thoughts on “15 songs with comparatives”

  1. cris asperti says:

    Thanks for sharing and saving overwhelmed teachers some precious time.

  2. Luiz Otávio Barros says:

    I hope my readers actually consider using at least one or two of those. Choosing songs is kind of tricky, isn't it?

  3. Thanks, thanks, thanks!!!
    And I'll try to do something out of Destiny Child's 'Survivor'!

  4. There is also the obvious ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ by Daft Punk 🙂

    1. Luiz Otávio says:

      Maybe in the next version!

  5. In line with the other comments, this is a useful post and for me a reminder to add more variety rather than getting stuck in my EAP rut!

  6. Luiz Otávio says:

    Richard, I’m glad I could help. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. A little correction, if I may. The song “Bluer than Blue” isn’t Barry Manilow’s. It’s a Goodrum’s composition sung by Michael Johnson (1978). Sweet late teen years’ memories. Keep up the good job, man. Congrats!

    1. Luiz Otávio says:

      Hi, Luiz
      I know the original version is not Barry’s, but (1) I like Barry’s better and (2) his had the only decent clip I was able to get my hands on.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Thanks for the useful input… Im gonna use Kelly Clarkson – Stronger….

  9. Orlando Oviedo says:

    Thank you so much. This will be very helpful in my lessons.

  10. Absolutely inspired! Just added it to my page of Comparative and Superlative materials on my blog.

  11. Daniel Neumamm says:

    Great work. Thks 4 sharing. 🙂

  12. Luiz Otávio says:

    My pleasure, Daniel!

  13. Thank you so much, a wonderful resource!

  14. Gabriella says:

    Hey, good list. I am working on this with my student and could only think of ‘anything you can do i can do better’ from annie get your gun. some of these will be a good add on to my class.

    1. Luiz Otávio says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Gabriella

  15. Excellent! Thank u for sharing this.

  16. nels salonga says:

    Thanks for sharing…:)

  17. Pedro Urbano says:


    I felt like going back to the future singing these songs. Wonderful video, Luiz.

    Congratulations = you rock, you know that 🙂

    Pedro Urbano

  18. Bravo!!!

    All these songs kept playing over and over in my head when I was 15. Wonderful video.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Pedro Urbano

  19. Antonio Oliver says:

    Hi there!
    Great video, much needed for one student of mine who’s facing her term exam son, would it be posible to dowload it?

  20. Osher Arusi says:

    Hi, it’s just perfect, Somebody knows how can I add subtitles?

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