Hey Jude by The Beatles — a listening comprehension gapfill


The Beatles are considered to be one of the greatest rock bands ever, and their song Hey Jude is certainly one of their most famous pieces.

In this listening comprehension gapfill exercise, you have to listen to the song and enter the missing words. You can also get letter hints if you’re stuck.

If you need more time to enter your answers, feel free to stop the playback or even rewind it.

The difficulty of this exercise is slightly below B2 level (upper-intermediate) since the vocabulary is not very advanced, the song is not very fast and Paul McCartney’s singing is easy to understand.

There will be more tasks based on this song coming soon, including a reading comprehension exercise on its background.

We have another Beatles song to help you improve your English listening comprehension: Eleanor Rigby. This version is a text reconstruction exercise (you need to add all the words) and this one is the well-known listening comprehension gapfill.

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The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby – gap filling


The famous Beatles song Eleanor Rigby has already been featured on EnglishFiles.com in a slightly more difficult task. This current exercise is easier as you only have to choose the words from a list:

The difficulty is around B2 on CEFR scale, or about upper-intermediate level.

There will be more exercises based on this song later.

The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby – a listening comprehension exercise


Once again, a song which is half a century old and still sounds as fresh and relevant as only few today. Eleanor Rigby was released in 1966 on the album Revolver, and it has been popular ever since. It has also influenced the English language as the line all the lonely people has become a set phrase. And how many songs can you think of that served as inspiration for a statue? See the cover image; here is the plaque in a more readable resolution:

Plaque on the statue of Eleanor Rigby

The difficulty of this task is about upper-intermediate level, or B2 on the CEFR scale.

Some words (mainly names) have been added to help you a little.

More exercises based on this song will follow.