17 Amazing English Covers by K-Pop Artists
We all know and love K-pop songs, but there are undoubtedly some fabulous songs in English that even K-pop idols adore! From Bruno Mars to Beyonce, these artists have all been covered by many talented K-pop artists. While some are sung by native English-speakers turned K-pop artist, others have been covered by people born and raised in Korea. Want to hear some of these gorgeous covers? Just click through the gallery to see “17 Amazing English Covers by K-pop Artists.”
SPICA.S – “Lost Stars” (Adam Levine)
Without a doubt, this song is one of the best of 2014. It’s hard to beat the super talented Adam Levine, so Spica.S strays from the original version to give us their own unique harmony.
LUNAFLY – “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran)
LUNAFLY are truly the kings of cover songs in the K-pop business! They record English and Spanish songs and have a near flawless accent in both languages. This gallery could honestly be full of nothing but LUNAFLY covers, since each and every one is amazing.
V- “Someone Like You” (Adele)
A lot of people may not realize that V from BTS has such a deep, soulful voice. His tone is really sexy and mature despite his young years. He tackles this hit song by Adele and leaves us wanting a much longer version than what was recorded.
CNBLUE – “Geek in the Pink” (Jason Mraz)
We all know Yonghwa and Lee Jonghyun of CNBLUE are insanely talented, but here they show us their skills by covering this quirky, adorable song by Jason Mraz. The fast paced lyrics could prove quite a challenge for people who don’t speak fluent English, but Yonghwa flies through the lyrics with ease (and looks awfully good while doing so).
BEAST – Ordinary People (John Legend)
Who doesn’t love John Legend? Even popular BEAST idols Yoseob and Doojoon are fans of the American singer. Covering his soulful song “Ordinary People,” the two guys show us a unique combination of voices that we don’t get to hear often enough.
Ailee – “I Will Always Love You” (Whitney Houston)
One of the native English-speakers on the list, Ailee delivers an emotional, powerhouse performance of Whitney Houston’s hugely popular hit, “I Will Always Love You.” You have to be brave to cover a song by one of the greatest modern singers of our time, but Ailee totally does the song justice and leaves listeners enthralled with her performance.
TTS & EXO-K – “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” (Usher)
When it comes to brave performances, TTS also tackled a difficult song during a Girls’ Generation concert in Tokyo. Performing the hit song originally sung by Usher and featuring Pitbull, the group of girls gave it their all onstage and made the song uniquely feminine. Making it an extra special cover were the singers’ labelmates, EXO-K.
LED Apple – “Just The Way You Are” (Bruno Mars)
You know you’re a hugely popular singer when other artists cover your songs too. In fact, Bruno Mars is one of the most covered artists by K-pop singers. Every one of his hits have been covered by multiple idols in Korea, but one of my favorites was this version by LED Apple members Hanbyul and Youngjun.
Super Junior M – “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” (Michael Bolton)
The main vocalists of Super Junior M have always been Kyuhyun and Ryeowook, but in recent years they have been experimenting with different voice combinations. My favorite combo so far includes Sungmin and Zhou Mi. Four part harmony is something not often heard in modern pop songs, so this version is not only gorgeous but impressive!
Taeyeon – “Take a Bow” (Rihanna)
For a native Korean-speaker, Taeyeon has a really great accent in English! Covering Rihanna’s hit song “Take a Bow,” she shows off her crystal clear vocals and amazing dynamics. Her voice is very different than Rihanna’s original vocals, so she succeeds in making the song sound like her own.
LC9 – “Just a Dream” (Nelly)
This group of talented guys might not be one of the most well-known on the list, but they definitely show off their talent in this cover of Nelly’s song. They also have some other covers that are really great, in addition to their original material as well. If you haven’t checked them out already, make sure to give this song a listen!
Lee Hi – “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele)
One of the first covers to make Lee Hi famous, the singer shows us exactly why she shot to stardom overnight. This cover is slower than the original, which allows Lee Hi to bring out the emotion and simple melody of the song. Just because it’s slower however, doesn’t make it any less powerful than the famous version by Adele.
MAMAMOO ft. Bumkey – “All of Me” (John Legend)
If I was forced to pick a favorite off of this list, this would probably be it. Granted, this is also one of my all-time favorite songs in English as well. It’s hard to sing such a famous song without just sounding like you’re doing a karaoke version, but MAMAMOO and Bumkey simply own this version! Their beautiful harmonies and added rap make it unique and special.
EXO- “Open Arms” (Journey)
If you don’t know this song already, then you probably weren’t born until the 1990’s. Even so, this great song by Journey gets covered beautifully by EXO members Baekhyun, D.O, Chen, and Luhan. Also noteworthy is the live version at an SMTOWN concert by Baekhyun, Chen, Onew, and Ryeowook.
Yonghwa and IU – “Lucky” (Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat)
To me, Yonghwa and IU have the perfect blend of voices on this super popular song, “Lucky.” Both clear, sweet, and powerful, their voices really shine on this romantic song by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. I would love to hear more from these two in the future. Now that Yonghwa has made his solo debut, perhaps he will invite IU to feature on a song in the future.
Leeteuk and Sungmin – “Nothing on You” (B.o.B.)
This is another song that has been covered by multiple K-pop artists, but most adhere pretty strictly to the original. Here, Leeteuk and Sungmin start it off slowly and romantically, but the duo soon cranks it up the notch to make it more upbeat and fun. The original song was pretty much perfection already, but this cover is still really memorable and uniquely Super Junior.
Hyorin – “Halo” (Beyonce)
Perhaps the bravest of them all, Hyorin tackles Beyonce’s mega-hit “Halo.” One would think that anyone who dared to sing this song would fall sadly short, but Hyorin holds her own and shows off those clear, powerful vocals which have made her famous. Honestly, I could listen to her do covers of English songs all day long! She always shows true musicality which makes her performances amazing.
BONUS: K-pop Artists Special Collaboration – “You Raise Me Up” (Josh Groban)
On a TV special after the disaster in Haiti, several K-pop artists got together to cover this beautiful song, originally sung by Josh Groban. When you have some of the best vocals in K-pop on one song, being backed up by practically every other idol in Korea, you are bound to have an amazingly beautiful performance. We know there are so many other great covers of English songs out there, so which ones also deserve to be on this list? Which one on this list is your favorite? Leave us a comment below!
lee1086 is a Soompi writer who lives for music, playing the piano, Super Junior, and Eunsihae. She is also a fan of 3rd Wave Music, BIGBANG, EXO and more. When she is not watching the latest K-Drama or obsessing over the perfection of Lee Donghae, she is busy at church or hanging out with her family and friends.