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Our 7 Favorite English Songs Covered by K-Pop Idols

April 20, 2013

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Woohoo! Long time Nasties will remember when we did one of these videos for myISH long time ago, when we outlined the 7 Most Bizarre Kpop Videos. This week, we’re doing another video for them as well. Woohoo! They talk about Kpop often: it seems only fair that we should be able to talk there once in a while as well!

Anyhow, we decided to look more into special Kpop Covers, since we were so especially inspired by 4Minute’s reinterpretation of Milkshake. We asked you on our Facebook page a short while ago if you knew of any good covers, and you shared a bunch of awesome ones with us. Thank you! We used a lot of your suggestions in this list.

Side note: we didn’t pick and Jay Park of LED Apple covers. That’d be cheating! They’re fluent in English, and so mentioning them in this playlist wouldn’t be fully fair. Our idea was that lots of people who don’t speak Korean do covers of Psy videos. Why not see what it’s like for people who don’t speak English to do covers of English songs? Some of the covers were really quite bad, and we didn’t include those. The rest on our list, though, were really quite cool, we think.

Also, ultra mega props go out to Eunhyuk and Leeteuk. Respect level up 100 points for them. And we’re not being snarky here. Really: we loved how they covered Sexyback, because it’s JUST LIKE HOW WE COVER KPOP SONGS when we go to Noraebang. So often we’re ultra inspired to sing a song when we’re in the noraebang, and then we type it in and we realize, holy sugarbeans, this song is way too fast and we don’t know 80% of the words. Can I just sing the chorus? TAKE EM TO THE CHORUS! “Lipstick” was so difficult to sing. All we know is “Lipstick Stain no me no” and then “OH MOH MOH MOHHHHH!”

So, that’s it for the playlist. Did we miss out on any good covers? Let us know! Also, there was a point to this week’s playlist as well:

4Minute’s “Milkshake” – Never forget.

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  1. It’s been so long since I saw that SHINee “Just Dance” video! I remember when I first found it, I saw a comment saying, “I love how Key says the line ‘Where are my KEYS, I lost my phone.'” 8D

    3 years ago
  2. Dang it, you guys didn’t use my Sungyeol (feat. Hoya) Sexy Back cover suggestion x3.
    Just kidding. I’m actually pretty satisfied with your list, I think it turned out good ^^.

    3 years ago
  3. non-english speaking idols cover … hmm it’s between taeyeon or Jieun(Secret)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRUOg-0uFOc vs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6PjwTzcD6U

    3 years ago
  4. Ida

    I don’t know if someone’s mentioned it before but you totally missed on CHANGMIN! My first reaction when I played this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnbtqq0qeVs&feature=share was “when… did… Changmin… start playing guitar? O_____O”

    I’ve never seen ANY video of him playing a guitar so I think he prepared it especially for the show, which makes this so much more awesome! For me playing guitar and singing at the same time is still very hard (I can only focus on 1 thing at a time… ___^___) and he just plays and sings it with a smile that tells “ooooh, I’m so OSM!” XD and he plays GOOD.

    3 years ago
  5. My favorite cover is by MIMA, from a group (I don’t believe has really released anything) called New F.O style, singing Bruno Mars’ It Will Rain. She sang it in New York as well. MUST WATCH. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-pX9En2kfE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AESo0D2F3jc .

    3 years ago
  6. My favorite cover is without a doubt, “Way Back into Love,” by Kyuhyun, Donghae, Taeyoeon, and Jessica. Even though Jessica is a native English speaker, she was outshined, in my opinion, by Taeyeon and Kyuhyun. I was pleasantly surprised by their level of pronunciation. It makes for a really beautiful cover. As do the harmonies! They all sound really good together. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjCCeanvIfw

    3 years ago
  7. 2NE1 with Rihanna’s Umbrella

    3 years ago
  8. Since your number one is Justin Timberlake’s song, here’s some pants ripping and horizontal pole dancing from Yoona’s version of “4 minutes”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5k47nazbJA :D ENJOY!

    Now maybe for the next tour she can sing “I LOST MY PANTS~ RIPITTO FLIPITTO SIPPI SLOW MOTION~~” HAHA

    3 years ago
  9. Let’s switch it up, here is Radio for the People English Cover of 2NE1’s I Love You. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFt-IvhY2mA&list=RD02_HPWGmSUN_M

    3 years ago
  10. I’m a big fan of Taeyeon’s Take a Bow cover by Rihanna. It’s a fairly recent one, but it was live but I thought she actually sang it much better than Rihanna did. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7H6V0InSL4

    3 years ago
  11. I’m actually really surprised that being Junsu biased you didn’t put him on the list. :O haha the best covers he has done in my opinion are ”the greatest love of all” by whitney houston, or the piano battle with Taeyang :D

    3 years ago
  12. “Side note: we didn’t pick and Jay Park of LED Apple covers. That’d be cheating! They’re fluent in English,”

    I’m going to take the first sentence as you mistyping – you must type way too fast. LED Apple has TWO vocals, one fluent in english and one who doesn’t know english and is still learning the language. It is unfair to Kyumin, he tries very hard to pronounce english and then sing it for the covers. People should recognize his efforts and not let Hanbyul overshadow him. So it would not be unfair to pick LEDApple for the english covers that both Hanbyul AND KYUMIN sings.

    3 years ago
    • You’re right about that. Kyumin’s trying so hard to fix his pronunciation. Doesn’t help when Hanbyul’s teasing him almost all the time about his English on his “Blah Blah’s.” Although I do admit that it’s funny to see them tease each other. <..>

      3 years ago
  13. i think u should mention this… http://youtu.be/c6hNd0_mnDk

    3 years ago
  14. You guys need to check out Kim Hyung Jun’s Music High… he did sexy back as well http://youtu.be/d5RANEjV-98 karaoke style~

    3 years ago
  15. One of my all time favorite English covers by a Korean idol is Shin Soohyun of U-Kiss singing Because of You by Neo. (Ya’ll have meet him and know he’s not fluent in English, even though I think he understands more then he leads on lol) There are live stage versions also but it is so hard to hear because of the screaming fan girls. The song start about the 1:30 mark. He’s singing in the beginning also but I love when sings this song most.

    http://youtu.be/7ZFj-Ye2zdg

    3 years ago
  16. You forgot Yoona, Gain, and Uee singing “Like a Virgin. Which was the best forever.

    http://youtu.be/dnuhI0__kF0

    3 years ago
  17. let me just go the gym now for my singing lessons….. i hold weights to open up my diaphragm…..

    3 years ago
  18. TaetiSeo’s Cater 2 u is totally my fav eng song covered by kpop idols! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChiFnvudALE

    3 years ago
  19. as a TripleS, I would also recommend “My Baby You” covered by Heo Young Saeng and “Reason for breathing” by Kim Hyung Jun ^^

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dwEzaV5UpY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyguZtaZ3G8

    3 years ago
  20. I think the reason why S&M excluded 2NE1 as CL, Dara and Bom are fluent in English.

    3 years ago
  21. my favorite cover is Taecyeon singing Craig David’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water (Till the Well Runs Dry)” because his English is close to perfect (and his voice sounds wonderful), though i have to admit i’m not sure how good at English generally Taecyeon is. when i first heard the mp3, i thought he was singing in a noraebang somewhere, but now i guess it was on a radio show :)

    3 years ago
  22. lunafly as long as you love (just in beiber) myyyyyy faveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeorite cover ever you cant tell its a jb song you would think its one of there’s
    also led apple have really good covers from their 50 thing they do

    3 years ago
    • No, only Sam is fluent. Teo and Yun are exceptionally good at speaking it though :)

      I really liked Teo’s cover of Impossible and Yun’s cover of As Long As You Love Me, but Sam had parts there too so I guess they aren’t counted :(

      3 years ago
  23. You should definitely watch “Halo” covered by SPICA, the harmony is just magnificent, and the pronounciation is really ok (as far as I can tell since I’m not a native English speaker). Even my husband is in love with this song (and he can’t stand the original… sorry Beyonce!)
    Sadly, the HQ video has been removed from YT, so we have… this ^^
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro1kZF0hI7I

    3 years ago
  24. love this~~

    3 years ago
  25. Shinee’s “Hey Juliet” should of been in there!

    3 years ago
  26. SPICA’s English covers!!! Such awesome harmonizing! They did Brandy’s “Right Here”, Destiny Child’s “Stand Up for Love”, and also “When You Believe”! Kim Boa also did Rihanna’s “Take a Bow”, BoHyung did Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and Karina Pasian’s “Slow Motion”!

    SPICA’s awesome singing!!

    3 years ago
  27. i know this is cheating since it includes tiffany who is fluent in english but TaeTiSeo cover of “cater 2 u” if my favorite. If i can’t pick that ill go with taeyeons “hush hush hush”

    also the “maknae” performance of Brittany spears circus is fun to watch. It includes taemin suli chansung mir lizzy and seohyun.

    3 years ago
  28. You missed Ailee’s cover of “If I ain’t got you”. I was so freakin’ ah-maz-ing O.O http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG7niC8FmWM

    3 years ago
  29. The “Sexy Back” made me think of Ji Hyun Woo’s (vocalist/guitarist for “The Nuts”) cover of “Sexy Back” on Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook was soooooo sexy!!! Perhaps it was also because I found the MV at the height of his fame playing Kim Boong Do in Queen InHyun’s Man… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur9Yr3RROfM

    PSY’s covers of Lady GaGa and Beyonce dances are also pretty fabulous! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU8LJK0-fCo

    3 years ago
  30. FT Island’s cover of Lady GaGa’s Poker Face
    And Teo from Lunafly’s cover of James Arthur’s version of Shontelle’s Impossible

    3 years ago
  31. FTIsland’s cover of Poker Face by Lady Gaga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAKEu3pZo9M showcases Hongki’s vocal skills despite his “engrish”. Very well done by the rest of the band as well, sounded like the instruments were live.

    3 years ago
  32. how did i not know about the shinee one wow!

    3 years ago
  33. Daesung did an amazing cover of Back At One but I only found the audio (Well it is all you really need) on YouTube… Check it out!!!

    3 years ago
  34. This video is awesome! I watched Lee Hi’s cover of “Rolling in the Deep” and had to share it with my mom. She agreed with me that she was an awesome singer (: And so much respect to those who try singing in another language when it’s not something their strong at as apposed to native speakers. And Taeyang……he’s so good at singing! Seriously his voice reminds me of Usher but he has his own style too, I want to hear more from him (:

    3 years ago
  35. I just want to know if simon and martina likes the UKISS cover of as long as you love me?

    3 years ago
  36. T.O.P’s cover of No Diggity… It makes me wonder why YG hasn’t convinced T.O.P to release an album as a singer since he is actually really good. One more reason to make him close to perfection….. DAMN YOU TOP!!!

    3 years ago
    • Wow you guys replied to me and I find out 8 months later…. still I feel special… like a superstar!!! ahahahahah

      2 years ago
    • I have it on my iPod, that’s how much I love it.

      3 years ago
    • For once stop being bias and please listen to SNSD TTS ft EXO ” DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again”
      Those EXO boys cannot speak any english but i’m so impressed with their singing and pronunciation.. ^^
      it will worth you time. I promise.Thanks!

      3 years ago
      • Hahah, you guys are so mixing up the two names, Taeyang is the male member of Bigbang while Taeyeon is female and in SNSD.

        Taeyang is Korean born and bred, and learned English as a second language ( partially from Danny from 1tym… who apparently taught GD and Taeyang really horrible English). He is relatively fluent and he is usually used as BigBang’s PR person when they have to speak English in an interview setting… sometimes even in Korean settings too, GD makes him do it as well. Both TOP and GD also understand and speak English as well.

        However I must add that this list was for non- native English speakers, of which Taeyang is one. Also he did not go to an international school, like CL from 2ne1 or AJ from UKISS, where they pretty much all learn and speak English from a young age.

        Cheers
        Natz

        3 years ago
      • are you kidding me?? -___-” they sang that song for like 3 to 4 times already and you said all the performance are not live? did you bother watching the videos in the first place?? seriously judging you now! :/ sigh

        like I said.. STOP being bias cos it’s showing damn much!

        3 years ago
        • Hi there,

          Can you please adjust the aggressiveness in the tone you are writing. I see you are trying to make a suggestion but doing so in such a combative way is not the way to get someone to see your point of view. Also one of our commenting guidelines is that you must be respectful.

          If you continue to respond in a belligerent way I will have no other choice than to delete your comments or ban you which I would not want to do since you seem to be just trying to make a suggestion. But I will not condone you continuing to respond to people in such an aggressive manner.

          Cheers
          Natz

          3 years ago
  37. Dooseob<3 xDD

    3 years ago
  38. Big Bang and Shinee singing So Sick by Ne-yo was a pretty good cover

    3 years ago
  39. Jonghyun did an amazing cover of as long as you love me, and Minho did OMG by usher!!!

    3 years ago
  40. dont think u will mention eunteuk here….tqqqqqqqqqqq

    3 years ago
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