I like Shrek a lot, I'll admit it, even if DreamWorks is monetizing the life out of it. I like it for a lot of reasons, but what's nice about Shrek compared to the other movies they've studied so far (Elf, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Ice Age) is that it has a pretty good soundtrack, with lots of good pop songs to choose from. Yeah, even the song by Smashmouth. I'm sorry. I'm not including it here, though, because I don't think it's really a good song for EFL students (lyrics don't exactly make sense). Also, everyone hates it.
Here are some good ones that people still like, as far as I can tell.
Oh, The Proclaimers. National band of Scotland. If nothing else, I'm sure the trippin' balls music video will entertain my kids.
The version in them movie is apparently a cover by Halfcocked, and not the original Joan Jett. But since Joan Jett is the queen of rock 'n roll, I posted the original. Minor controversy here, since the refrain does have low-level profanity in it, but since my kids are studying Green Day's "Basketcase" ("I went to a whore, he said my life's a bore...") I think it's kosher enough for this particular classroom. Besides, "I don't give a _____ about ______." is a great idiomatic expression to learn. (Activity idea: have a contest to see who can come up with the funniest thing to fill in the blank: "I don't give a ________ about homework!")
So I lied, I am totally including the other Smashsmouth song from the soundtrack, which I honestly prefer to the Monkees' version. And unlike All Star, the lyrics make a bit more sense than just a bunch of almost-puns. (Thanks, Neil Diamond.) Trying to track down the version I remember from the "Jukebox" bonus feature on YouTube—the one where Eddie Murphy sings—is pretty impossible. The only one I can find has the dialog in Spanish, which is not really helpful for me. So, instead, have one of the myriad versions of the Eddie Murphy-less one matched up with a Shrek AMV.
And finally, Leonard Cohen as covered by Rufus Wainwright. (Even if John Cale's version is better.) Not sure if I'll use this one—it's a bit too mellow and melancholy to capture the attention of frenetic nine year olds. But if they could get into Cat Stevens, they might like this. Still, the other songs I listed will definitely get the higher priority.
For other videos, there's always the Multimedia Monday tag. And if you need to pull any of these videos from YouTube on to a thumb drive or hard drive or whatever, you can't go wrong with YouTube Downloader HD.