There are some songs in K-Pop that most of us thought were 100% original. But it turned out they are remakes of quite popular songs. Make sure to check the list below and let us know which cover surprised you the most!
1. f(x) – Hot Summer
Not many know that “Hot Summer” is actually a remake of Germany’s incredibly successful girl group Monrose‘s song under the same title. The original “Hot Summer” was released in 2007 and topped various music charts in Europe, including charts in Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and Slovenia.
f(x)’s “Pinocchio (Danger)” is also a remake of Kristine Elezaj‘s “Razor,” “Mr. Boogie” of Nadine‘s “I Can Have You” and “Dangerous” is a Korean version of Carina Dahl‘s “Sticky Dough.”
2. Super Junior – Sorry, Sorry
This one might come as the biggest shock for many K-Pop fans around the world. “Sorry, Sorry” can be without a doubt called one of the most popular K-Pop songs of all times. Everyone knows it. But did everyone know that “Sorry, Sorry” is actually a remake of Drew Ryan Scott‘s song under the same title?
Actually, Super Junior can be called the Kings of Remakes with over 17 covers released under their name. The list includes “Someday” (originally by Lee Sang Eun), “Keep In Touch” (EXILE‘s “Ki Zu Na”), “Happiness” (H.O.T‘s “Full of Happiness”), “What If” (originally sung by Nina), “Tic Toc” (originally by S-Cape), “At Least I Still Have You” (originally by a Chinese singer Sandy Lam), “Don’t Forget Me” (originally by Gummy), “Believe” (EXILE’s “BELIEVE”), “Twins (Knock Out)” (Triple 8‘s “Knock Out”), “Miracle,” “You Are The One,” “Rock This House,” “Monster” (Monrose‘s “Just Like That”), “The Night Chicago Died” (originally performed by Paper Lace), “Carnival” (Ch!pz‘s song under the same title), and “White Christmas” (Jinu‘s “White Christmas”).
3. Lim Chang Jung – Open the Door
This is probably the only song on the list that was remade by a veteran singer. “Open the Door” was first released by WonderBoyz who teamed up with Shinsadong Tiger for their debut song. The hitmaker then created a new version of the song – especially for Lim Chang Jung. Both music videos are hilarious so make sure to watch them.
4. Baby V.O.X – Play
The first-generation girl group made everyone dance in 2004 with their track “Play” but it was the American pop diva Jennifer Lopez (aka. J.Lo) who first released this smash hit in 2001.
5. SHINee – Juliette
SHINee’s “Juliette” is an instrumental remake of Corbin Bleu‘s song “Deal With It” released in 2007. It was originally written and sung by Jay Sean who wanted the song to be a title track of his second album “My Own Way” in 2008. He later decided to give this song to Corbin Bleu but you can still hear his voice in the background. “Deal With It” was a big hit and earned Jay Sean a BMI Songwriter Award.
The list of songs SHINee covered includes “Loves Way” (2Much‘s “Hard Time”), “Forever or Never” (originally by Cineme Bizarre), “One For Me” (Mario Vasquez‘s “Everytime I”), “Love Like Oxygene” (Martin Hoberg Hedegaard‘s “Show The World”), “Hyeya” (Alejandro Sanz‘s “Y Si Fuera Ella”), “Hit Me” (Omarian‘s – “Case of You”), and “Dazzling Girl” (Gravity 5′s – “Move With the Music”).
6. Girls’ Generation – Girls’ Generation
Girls’ Generation’s self titled song originally sung by Lee Seung Chul in 1989. It was first covered by Maya in 2005, and later by Girls’ Generation in 2007. To celebrate this cover, Lee Seung Chul himself appeared on M!Countdown with the girls and performed the song.
Girl’s Generation has also covered such songs as “Beginning” (Play‘s – “2 Blocks Down”), “Baby Steps” (originally by Varsity) and “Baby Maybe” (Pixie Lott‘s “What U Do”).
7. JYJ’s Junsu feat. Jang Ri Inn – Timeless
“Timeless” was first sung by Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini and was featured in the 2003 “American Idol” movie “From Justin to Kelly.” The song was so popular that it finally made its way to South Korea with Xiah Junsu and Jang Ri Inn (aka. Zhang Li Yin) lending their powerful voices for the cover.
8. After School – Dream Girl
In 2009, After School made a remake of “Dream Girl” which was first released in 1999 as “Love Machine” by a J-Pop group Morning Musume.
This is not the only song After School has covered. The list also includes “Virgin” (Jacynthe‘s “Please Don’t Touch Those Faders” and “Standing Here” (M2M‘s “The Day You Went Away”).
9. BIGBANG – Sunset Glow
The world-wide famous K-Pop group, BIGBANG, has also released some remakes. “Sunset Glow” was originally sung by Lee Moon Sae. During the 2008 KBS Music Festival the two artists performed the song together creating a memorable show.
BIGBANG is also a group with quite a few remakes in career, including G-Dragon‘s first solo song “This Love” (originally by Maroon 5), “My Girl” (originally sung by Israel), and “Crazy Dog” (Seo Taiji & Boys’ “You In The Fantasy”).
10. BoA -Spark
In 2004 BoA released a Korean version of a Puerto Rica’s singer Luis Fonsi‘s song “Keep My Cool.”
11. Fly to the Sky – For You
Fly to the Sky’s “For You” released in 2004 and was the duo’s last song under SM Entertainment. It is a cover of All-4-One‘s hit song “Beautiful as U” released in 2001. It seems that Brian and Hwanhee were fans of All-4-One as they have also covered the group’s “Not Ready For Goodbye.”
12. Jang Woo Hyuk – Flip Reverse
This is personally my favorite remake in K-Pop. I remember jumping to Blazin Squad‘s “Flip Reverse” when I was a teenager, so I was very pleased when I found out that one of my favorite K-Pop artist, Jang Woo Hyuk, attempted to cover this song.
13. Hyori – Show Show Show
Looks like K-Pop really likes Germany’s girl group Monrose, as diva Lee Hyori has also covered one of their songs. “Show Show Show” is a Korean version of Monrose’s “No No No” released in 2010.
The list of K-Pop remakes is very long and those are only 13 carefully selected. Do you like Korean versions of Western songs? What is your favorite cover? Let us know in the comments below!
Edited by: LeighDarling
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