7+ American Artists To Add To Your Playlist, As Suggested From K-Pop Idols

If you’re an avid listener of K-pop, American music is probably something that’s not on your radar. At least not in comparison to the former. There might be times when you definitely feel the urge to pull out your favorite American bops, but usually K-pop is your go-to. However, when your bias happens to mention one of their current American jams or even covers one, doesn’t it make you curious to see what track they’re referencing?

And let’s be real, as artists themselves, K-pop idols have good taste when it comes to music. So here are seven suggestions for whenever you feel the sudden urge to listen to American music, as suggested by your favorite K-pop idols below!

1. iKON’s B.I – Lauv

If you ever peruse through the YouTube comments for Lauv’s track “I Like Me Better,” you’ll find a lot of happy iKONICs mentioning how iKON’s B.I recommended this song to his fans. And it’s a good thing he did, because this track is a bop, just like many of iKON’s songs.

2. f(x)’s Amber – Superfruit

One very special day on July 1, f(x)’s Amber decided to connect with fans and respond to their questions on Twitter, causing many to even question if it was real! When one fan asked her what her favorite current tune was, she replied by mentioning Superfruit’s “Bad 4 Us.”

3. BLACKPINK’s Jennie – Tinashe

During a Naver V Live chat session, BLACKPINK’s Jennie once mentioned that her favorite song by Tinashe at the moment was “2 On.” Tinashe is clearly well-liked by many K-pop idols such as GOT7’s Yugyeom and BTS’s J-Hope, with the latter even getting a brief mention from her.

4. BTS’s Jungkook – Tori Kelly

It’s no secret that BTS’s Jungkook enjoys a lot of songs by Tori Kelly. He’s covered her music before; just check out his fantastic cover of her song “Paper Hearts.” Jungkook even mentioned one of her tracks, “Dear No One,” once during an interview with Soompi!

Check out Jungkook talking about her in the interview below!

5. SEVENTEEN’s Joshua – Gabe Bondoc

During an interview with As One, Vernon and Joshua of SEVENTEEN got the chance to talk about their musical influences. Joshua mentioned Gabe Bondoc as one of his musical influences, sharing how talented he thought the singer was. Check out one of Gabe Bondoc’s well-known tracks below!

You can also watch Joshua humming “Gentlemen Don’t” during his trainee days:

6. IU – Corinne Bailey Rae

If you’re a big fan of IU, then you probably already know just how much IU loves British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae. And it’s easy to see why. Both have sweet, soft voices that go really well with acoustic music. IU once even fangirled through a series of Twitter responses when the singer remembered her name! Watch their adorable exchange in this performance of “Put Your Records On” below:


Recently, while filming for Soompi and ZANYTV’s original variety show “UP10TION, Please!” Soompi had the chance to ask the boys of UP10TION about their current favorite American tracks. Take a look at what songs each member is currently enjoying!


“Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber


“Trumpets” by Jason Derulo


“Fools” by Troye Sivan


“Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran


“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi


“DNA” by Kendrick Lamar


“Stay” by Zedd


“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran


“Lost Stars” by Adam Levine

Also, be sure to watch UP10TION play the 1-second music challenge on “UP10TION, Please!” below:

Hey Soompiers, what are some American tracks that you actually discovered because of your K-pop bias? Let us know in the comments!

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