Here we go, we all know that originals are usually the best. Yet exceptions still exist, and such an exception is found in our K-Pop industry, too. We like Korean songs, as one dances joyfully by singing gibberish Korean. But sometimes their English versions are too good to be missed. So here is a list of the top ten songs whose English versions are bangers.
1. Love Talk By WayV
Once you tune into the English version of Love Talk and finally understand the lyrics, prepare for a jaw-dropping experience! The chorus of this song is so catchy that it stays in your head for quite some time. What's more, the sultry voices and lyrics add an extra touch of sexiness, taking it to the next sensational level. It's a tune that hooks you in, making it an unforgettable earworm in the music scene.
2. Oh My God By G-Idle
G-Idle doesn’t fall behind when it comes to sensuality. In Korean, this song was able to capture the sinful lesbian angst. And guess what? The English version doesn't lose that vibe, either. Shuhua's lines in English stand out as my personal favorite. There's something about her delivery that adds an extra sparkle. Both versions capture that fierce emotion, making it a standout track that holds onto that captivating vibe.
3. Get A Guitar By Riize
The first time I heard this song, it was in Korean. I thought its groovy tune would fit English lyrics better. I even wished for an English version. Then, like magic, Riize made it happen! The English version they dropped felt like real-life fairies granting my wish. Now, I always prefer this English version over the Korean one because it just feels right with the music's funky vibe. Besides, who doesn’t love Sohee’s accent here?
4. Zombie By Day6
While the Korean version of the song didn't affect me much, the English translation hit me hard and broke my heart to pieces. It made me want to sit and cry while staring at a wall. Lyrics like 'Today is a present that I don't want' and 'Not alive,com but I am still walking' resonate with everyone. They capture feelings that many of us can understand, making the English version more emotionally touching and relatable than the original Korean one.
5. Don’t Recall By Kard
It's a pity that the English version of 'Don't Recall' is called the 'Hidden Version.' It shouldn't be hidden at all. Somin's English pronunciation amazed me! The line "Ain’t nobody perfect but we perfect for each other" is an incredible lyric. It holds so much meaning and feels superior in every way. This English version deserves to be highlighted and appreciated just as much as the original. Oh, your author is jamming to this song while putting up this piece. What a coincidence!
6. Set Me Free By Twice
Similar to 'Get A Guitar,' I hoped that this Twice masterpiece would get an English version. And holy moly, Twice, being the incredible sweethearts and angels sent from above, granted that wish! In this English version, Sana's tone turned sexier, and Jihyo's voice got a bit huskier—and everyone loved it! Mina's cool tone is like a refreshing ice cream on a scorching day—simply delightful. Their English rendition adds a new flavor to the song that we can easily appreciate.
7. Cupid By Fifty Fifty
The song's unique quality is that it gained popularity outside of the K-pop scene. The song is viral everywhere, especially in its sped-up, English form. The song was trending all over Instagram and TikTok. No wonder any normal person would pick this version rather than the original one.
8. Bad Boy By Red Velvet
Bad Boy holds a special place in every K-pop fan's heart. The English version not only kept up its fame, instead polished the song even more. The pre-chorus lyrics were the real highlight. And Wendy's part where she sings, "Make the devil cry," was the absolute best! The song's English rendition kept the charm alive, and Wendy's powerful delivery made that line truly stand out, adding a thrilling touch to an already beloved track.
9. The Feels By Twice
The Feels is the only song in the list that was at first released as an English single, but later on got a Korean one too. It’s been two years since its release. I regularly listen to the English version but have listened to the Korean one once in my lifetime. And guess what, I don’t regret it!
10. Slump By Stray Kids
This song has too many versions. Originally a Japanese OST for an anime, Korean and English versions were added later. The lyrics hit too hard in the English version, as Han’s desperate voice in ‘Used to be a winner, everything was all black and white. Now I'm on bottom of the pile, a dusty photo’ wrecks our hearts.