Over the years, many K-pop songs have been so absolute jams that they made official English versions. These releases made international fans especially happy because they could finally sing along to the bops of their favorite artists.
Since many English versions have seen the light of day, here is a nod to some of the newest and most popular official English versions that mirror their original Korean counterparts.
1. TWICE – “MORE MORE”
TWICE we received an English cover of their latest hit “MORE & MORE”. The lyrics have been translated perfectly and have beautifully preserved the essence of the original song.
2. TXT – “Cat dog”
The two versions of this fun single are lyrically mirrored equally as TXT uses lines interchangeably in different parts of the songs and even adds a touch of pun.
3. EXO – “For life”
4th (G) I-DLE – “Oh my God”
Two versions, two different stories, one unique energy: this is (G) I-DLE for you with their English version of their badass track that delivers vibes that will literally get you to say “Oh my god”.
5. DAY 6 – “Congratulations”
DAY6 has it all: breathtaking pictures, amazing vocals and bilingual music. Her English rendition of “Congratulations” carries over all the emotions that the original version delicately and heartbreakingly portrays.
6th MONSTA X. & Steve Aoki – “Play It Cool”
It seems MONSTA X can play it cool in both Korean and English, with Steve Aoki producing the track for both languages. It really is timeless summer jam.
7th Red velvet – “RBB (Really Bad Boy)”
No matter what language Red Velvet is in, they always manage to hit the right notes by being their great selves, and here is the English version of “RBB (Really Bad Boy)” to prove it!
8th. BTS – “Mic Drop” (Steve Aoki Remix)
Although J-Hope and Suga kept their original verses in the remix version with Steve Aoki, the rest of the song has been translated into English and the new lines have flawlessly preserved BTS ‘original attitude.
9. NCT 127 – “Highway to Heaven”
Nobody can talk as sweetly as NCT 127, and they pass out listeners in both Korean and English. This boy band combines their sexy sound with seductive lyrics and will definitely take you on your way to heaven.
10. LOONA’s odd circle of eyes – “Loonatic”
English versions are always appreciated because they show that artists care about their international fans, and LOONA is no exception! This lively cover of “Loonatic” is like a dream come true for Orbits. You know the exercise, Stan LOONA!
11. Got7 – “Lullaby”
Got7 went out of their way and published “Lullaby” in four languages. Of course, English was one of the languages featured and the result is more than satisfactory. Hear for yourself!
12th generation of girls Hyoyeon – “Sober”
An inspiring song like “Sober” needs to be heard by as many people as possible. Hyoyeon made the right choice by giving us the English version and sharing some of her thoughts with her fans and the rest of the world.
Which English K-pop song is your favorite from the list above? Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!
Esmee L.. is a Moroccan avid dreamer, writer and Hallyu enthusiast.
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