Every K-Pop group on its own is special and unique, but what happens when they cover other K-Pop groups? Here are some of our favorite covers, some are more known, some are more underrated, but they all definitely are worth a watch!
TXT – ‘Replay’ (Originally by SHINee)
Of course, we’re gonna start off with a cover by Tomorrow X Together, because if there’s a K-Pop group that knows how to make amazing covers: it’s them. It’s exactly why it was so hard to pick only one (and there are others that you definitely need to check out) but at the end of the day it always comes down to ‘Replay’ – SHINee‘s iconic debut.
DREAMCATCHER – ‘BANG BANG BANG’ (Originally by BIGBANG)
Another group that took on one of K-Pop’s most iconic songs is DREAMCATCHER. They’ve also covered a lot of songs, but their cover of ‘BANG BANG BANG’ by BIGBANG is hands down their most iconic cover. Dami’s rap is by far the big highlight and it really shows how she’s one of the best rappers in the industry right now. Apart from that, DREAMCATCHER‘s energy and style is simply unmatched.
SF9 – ‘Love Shot’ (Originally by EXO)
Every year with KCON, we get the most special and iconic stages, and the cover of ‘Love Shot‘ that SF9 performed in 2019 is no exception. It’s the styling, it’s the vibe, it’s everything about it. SF9 fit this concept perfectly. And this song has been covered countless times, yet this one is one of the most memorable.
IZ*ONE – ‘Energetic’ (Originally by Wanna One) + ‘The Boys’ (Originally by Girls’ Generation)
Only a few months after debuting, IZ*ONE delivered an excellent version of Wanna One’s iconic song, ‘Energetic’, and Girls’ Generation’s ‘The Boys’. Showing insane synchrony, and great stage presence, these girls were the whole package from the very beginning. Not only they totally owned those two songs, but there’s also a dance break that works as an interlude performed by Chaeyeon that’s just incredible.
PENTAGON – ‘Lovesick Girls’ (Originally by BLACKPINK)
Now, this is one for the books. It isn’t enough to say that PENTAGON totally killed this cover of ‘Lovesick Girls’ by BLACKPINK. During their promotion for ‘Daisy,’ PENTAGON performed both their title track and ‘Lovesick Girls’ (or ‘Lovesick Boys’) for its LIVE – where K-Pop groups perform songs with a live band. So yeah, picture PENTAGON’s outstanding vocals meeting a live band version of ‘Lovesick Girls.’ Perfection, right? It isn’t for nothing that this is the performance on that series with the most views.
BLACKPINK – ‘SO HOT’ (Originally by Wonder Girls)
And talking of BLACKPINK, how could we leave this one out? Their take on Wonder Girls’ ‘SO HOT’ is so incredibly memorable and iconic. Only a year after debuting, BLACKPINK really owned this song and their performance even allowed every member to shine just as they showed their chemistry on stage. It’s just another great performance by one of the biggest girl groups in the world.
ATEEZ – ‘Sherlock’ (Originally by SHINee)
The second boy group to cover SHINee in our list is ATEEZ with their rendition of ‘Sherlock’ – yet another iconic song by SHINee. This is a great cover in so many ways but it really shows how good performers ATEEZ are, whether it’s about vocals, dancing, or dance presence, they do it so well. And taking on a song by SHINee is not an easy thing to do, yet they really did an incredible performance.
ITZY – ‘Roly Poly’ (Originally by T-ARA)
And talking about great performers, next on our list is ITZY covering ‘Roly Poly’ originally by T-ARA. Not only did they do a great job at taking onto this song, but it also allowed them to show a different side of their charm on stage than what we’re used to seeing from them. These girls can do it all for sure.
THE BOYZ – ‘Shangri-La’ (Originally by VIXX)
Not a day has gone by since THE BOYZ performed ‘Shangri-La’ that we haven’t thought about it. So much about this is simply perfect: the rearrangement that incorporates Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata,’ the vocals, the choreography, and the concept. There’s no way to get tired of this performance. Believe us, once you watch, you’ll want to rewatch it and listen to it a hundred times. It might be their best cover, and if you know anything about THE BOYZ, you might know that says a lot.
CLC – ‘Crazy’ (Originally by 4MINUTE)
We can’t stress enough how well CLC fits ‘Crazy.’ This cover is so good in so many ways, and they were made to cover this song. They fit the vibe and the concept of this iconic song perfectly, their stage presence is off the rooftops and the outfits are to die for. Their vocals are on point and they deliver the choreography with so much sass – it’s truly something amazing to watch.
Stray Kids – ‘Dionysus’ (Originally by BTS)
We didn’t think ‘Dionysus’ could ever be performed by another group than BTS and do it justice, but Stray Kids really proved us wrong. They took on arguably one of BTS‘ most difficult songs to perform, whether it’s choreography or vocals, and they absolutely killed it. While staying true to the original version without rearranging the song too much, it still feels so true to Stray Kids and it just shows how good they are as performers and at making covers of other K-Pop groups.
MAMAMOO – ‘Very Nice’ (Originally by SEVENTEEN)
This is one of the shortest covers on our list, but that doesn’t make it any less good. In a cover of fewer than 2 minutes, MAMAMOO outdid themselves. Taken on the iconic ‘Very Nice’ by SEVENTEEN, MAMAMOO delivered an incredible performance with their amazing vocals – and the style they had with the suits, is definitely a big plus. They’re queens indeed.
LUCY – ‘Fake Love’ (Originally by BTS)
Our second cover from it’s LIVE performances is the k-band’s take on BTS‘ ‘Fake Love.’ If you don’t know who LUCY are (and you definitely should), they’re a band, yes, but they add something very special to their music by having a violinist. Between the rearrangement and their incredible live vocals, this is truly one of the best and more unique covers of this song out there.
(G)I-DLE – ‘Fake Love’ (Originally by BTS)
And one of the other best covers of ‘Fake Love’ is by (G)I-DLE. Sure, it’s a more traditional take on the song but they just do it so well. Soyeon’s rap tone fits the song so well, and Soojin’s and Minnie’s vocals on the chorus are so on point. We couldn’t ask for a better cover of this song.
ENHYPEN – ‘Very Good’ (Originally by Block B)
Next on our list is one of the biggest rookies of 2021: ENHYPEN. You’ll understand why we give them that title just by watching this energetic and powerful cover. They did rearrange the song into what feels like a rock song, but it fits them so well. They totally killed it.
OH MY GIRL – ‘Destiny’ (Originally by Lovelyz)
No one can deny that Queendom gave us such amazing and iconic performances, but OH MY GIRL’s take on ‘Destiny’ by Lovelyz for the swapping songs round is truly one of the best ones of the show. It’s simple yet beautiful, and they sound absolutely incredible here. Truly, this shows everything that was good about Queendom and OH MY GIRL’s talent as performers.
ONEWE – ‘HIP’ (Originally by MAMAMOO)
The second k-band cover in our list is none other than ONEWE. It was hard to pick between this one and their newest cover (‘Dolphin’ by OH MY GIRL) but ultimately their take on their label buddies’ song takes the crown. Not only they sound incredible, but the instrumental of this cover is absolute chef kiss – between the guitar and the drum, and the bass. This was a very unique cover of ‘HIP’ all while staying true to the original version, which is hard to do but they slayed it.
EVERGLOW – KPOP Medley
For KCON, EVERGLOW did not one, not two, but four covers of songs by other K-Pop girl groups. Starting with ‘Lupin’ by KARA, followed by ‘Genie’ by Girls’ Generation, and ‘Good-bye Baby’ by Miss A. And finally, they covered ‘Red Flavor’ by Red Velvet and closed off their performance with ‘Kill This Love’ by BLACKPINK. They did incredible for all four songs and their six members had their moment to shine. More than anything, it’s a performance that truly proved how versatile EVERGLOW is.
MONSTA X – ‘Mirotic’ (Originally by TVXQ!)
The last boy group in our list of K-Pop covers is of course: MONSTA X covering ‘Mirotic’ by TVXQ!. To say everyone went insane with this one when it came out is an understatement, and it’s understandable. This cover is a whole entire experience that you can simply not miss out on.
LOONA – ‘Cherry Bomb’ (Originally by NCT 127)
You really thought we would leave out one of the most iconic K-Pop covers ever? Now, to be exact, LOONA went viral with the dance cover of ‘Cherry Bomb’ by NCT 127, but they also performed it at KCON last year. Unfortunately, there’s not a video solely dedicated to it but you can find it at the end of their KCON performance. And honestly, there’s no better way to finish off this list of K-Pop covers than with a LOONA cover because truly no one does it like them.
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