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The Song
A monthly column in Speak Up explaining the language used in songs.

ABBA – Mamma Mia (April 2024)

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (March 2024)

The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand (February 2024)

Pharrell Williams – Happy (January 2024)

Cher – Believe (December 2023)

Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence (November 2023)

Katy Perry – Roar (October 2023)

Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love? (September 2023)

Grease – Summer Nights (August 2023)

Miley Cyrus – Flowers (July 2023)

The Police – Every Breath You Take (June 2023)

Frank Sinatra – My Way (May 2023)

Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning (April 2023)

Beyoncé – Crazy In Love (March 2023)

Rihanna – We Found Love (February 2023)

U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday (January 2023)

Wham! – Last Christmas (December 2022)

Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (November 2022)

R.E.M. – Man On The Moon (October 2022)

Madonna – Like A Virgin (September 2022)

Harry Styles – As It Was (August 2022)

The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (July 2022)

Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen (June 2022)

ABBA – Waterloo (May 2022)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication (April 2022)

Måneskin – Beggin’ (March 2022)

The Beatles – Hey Jude (February 2022)

David Bowie – Life On Mars? (January 2022)

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (December 2021)

Lady Gaga – Poker Face (November 2021)

Michael Jackson – ThrillerSpanish edition (October 2021)

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (September 2021)

Aretha Franklin – Respect (August 2021)

The Doors – Light My Fire (July 2021)

The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun (June 2021)

Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind (May 2021)

Adele – Someone Like You (April 2021)

Alicia Keys – No One (July 2008)

Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69 (June 2008)

Queen – We Are The Champions (May 2008)

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes (April 2008)

The Beatles – Yellow Submarine (February 2008, issue n. 279 in Brazil)

Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe (January 2008)

John and Yoko – Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (December 2007)

The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star (November 2007, issue n. 272 in Brazil)

Supertramp – Breakfast In America / Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold (October 2007)



The cover story of the June 2007 issue of Speak Up was How Good Is Their English?, a test of the language skills of Italian pop stars. Written by Fergal Kavanagh, this led to regular feature The Song, where Speak Up’s esperto musicale looked at the story behind a song and analysed the lyrics. Many of these have also been published in the Brazilian edition of Speak Up.

How Good Is Their English

The cover story of the November 2018 issue of Speak Up was a double-page look at Freddie Mercury, written by Fergal Kavanagh, to celebrate the release of the bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody. Fergal also recorded a short youtube video.

Freddie Mercury 

The cover story of the February 2024 issue of Speak Up was a four-page look at Beatles’ Songs for Learning English, written by Fergal Kavanagh. This issue also featured a double-page article on The History of the Pop Charts.

Beatles’ Songs for Learning English
The Pop Charts

These Speak Up articles were accompanied by Tune Into English Self-Study Downloadable Worksheets.

1 – Jesus Christ Superstar – Heaven On Their MindsRead articleListen (June 2010, April 2011 in Brazil)

2 – Amy Macdonald – This Is The LifeRead articleListen (May 2010)


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