The 13 most amazing English covers by K-pop stars
From gospel classics to dance pop, K-pop stars have covered it all. In each of these amazing covers, these artists show off just how incredibly talented they are. It's difficult putting yourself in a position to be compared to the original artist, but each of these artists pull it off, proving their talent and diversity. Are there any English songs you'd love to see your favorite K-pop artist do? I'd love to see a version of Sam Smith's "Stay with Me."
1. Big Mama “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”
Big Mama is an amazing K-pop group with a big vocal range. They have enough power in their voices to tackle this amazing gospel song. It's such a technical song, but they make it look easy. The other thing that I love about it is that they don't add too many vocal gymnastics to it, keeping it clean and simple. They let the song speak for itself.
2. DBSK “In the Still of the Night”
I love that DBSK decided to tackle this doo-wop classic. It's such a great version of the song, and my appreciation for them grew because of it. It brings back a feeling of nostalgia and makes me wish I lived in the '50s and was dancing with my sweetheart while they sang this song to us. Beautiful harmonies are accentuated by their a cappella version.
3. CSJH “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”
Such a clear, simple, and elegant version of this Elvis Presley classic. I miss CSJH and wish desperately that they would make a comeback. Every time they performed this song was better than the last, which is difficult to believe considering how flawless their album recording is.
4. Davichi “If I Ain’t Got You”
It's pretty risky to cover an Alicia Keys song, even though people do it ALL the time. I'm not usually the hugest fan of Alicia Keys covers because they don't seem to be able to capture the soul and heart that Alicia puts into her songs. Davichi manage to get all of that in the song. It's incredibly impressive.
5. Park Ji Min – “Rolling in the Deep”
I know everyone loves Lee Hi's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," but I have to admit that I think Park Ji Min's is better. I like that she doesn't slow it down so much and all the little nuances she puts into it without trying to do too much with it. The song is practically perfect the way it is, so no one needs to mess with it. Good job Ji Min.
6. Spica.S “Lost Stars”
These ladies harmonize perfectly and express complex emotions with their version of Adam Levine's song. Not only are these girls incredibly gorgeous, but they prove they are talented.
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7. CNBlue “Geek in the Pink”
Who doesn't love this Jason Mraz song? CNBlue does a fantastic cover that manages to capture the funkiness of Jason Mraz's singing. The drumming adds an extra layer of awesomeness, and yes that is a string orchestra in the background. Such a fun cover. One of my favorites!
8. Ailee “I Will Always Love You”
Ailee! This girl is just incredible. She is definitely one of the most talented individuals in the K-pop industry. But having said that, who takes on a Whitney Houston classic? Before I listened to it, I felt my heart drop because very, very few people could actually pull this off. But after watching this, my love of Ailee went up even higher. When I watch this, I get goosebumps; she is just that good!
9. LED Apple “Just the Way You Are”
I think everyone in the world has covered a Bruno Mars song. It's pretty hard at this point to impress with a cover of one of his songs. In fact, I was tempted to skip listening to this song, but I'm so glad I gave it a chance. I think that this cover is even better than the original.
10. Mamamoo “All of Me”
I love when covers go in a completely different direction than the original. John Legend's song is pretty incredible, so trying to do the same thing would just fail in comparison. I love the harmonies with both female and male voices. Bumkey adds a lot to this song, but don't get me wrong, these girls are super talented! I love the little rapping bit they add in too. It is a fun little addition.
11. Yonghwa and IU “Lucky”
Can these two get married? I can imagine them singing to each other like this all the time. I love this cover of the sweet Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat song. And wouldn't they make a beautiful couple? I think part of the reason I love this song so much is just seeing these two on the same stage. More please!
12. Girl's Day “Umbrella”
So Jin's from Girl's Day's cover of Rhianna's Umbrella is incredible. It's got grit and power and proves that she can tackle any R&B classic out there. It's fun hearing the girls from Girl's Day sing on their own. They all have incredible talent, and I love seeing it shine out like this.
13. SHINee “Just Dance"
I think this is probably the funnest cover out there. I love their crazy outfits and their amazing dancing. I could watch this cover over and over and over.
BONUS—Michael Buble covering Taeyang
As a bonus we have Canadian superstar Michael Buble covering Taeyang's "Eyes, Nose, Lips." I wish I could hear him do a full version of this song.
Which covers are your favorites? Are there any English songs you'd like to see your favorite K-pop stars cover?