Learn More About K-Pop Groups Legendary Songs That Have English Versions!
Many people already know that K-Pop a big part of the hallyu wave that has dominated the world. Some well-known girl-groups and boy-groups have many international fans, and have released songs in the English version. Among them are Wonder Girls, Girls’ Generation, Bigbang, and many others.
In this article, we will discuss some of the English versions of songs from the K-Pop groups that are the favorites of international fans. What are you waiting for? Let’s scroll down and see the details in this article!
Wonder Girls – Nobody
Wonder Girls are world-renowned thanks to the song Nobody. This song managed to become the most popular song in South Korea and also internationally. Besides being released in Korean for the original single, Nobody was also released in the English version in June 2009, and is one of the tracks from the Wonder Girls’ EP, The Wonder Years: Trilogy.
On October 31, 2009, Nobody‘s English version entered the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 76. In addition to the record they set on the Billboard, Wonder Girls also became the first group from South Korea to make it onto the international chart. Nobody English version sold 120,000 copies in February 2012, and became the best-selling physical single of the year in the United States, topping the Year-End Chart of the Billboard Hot Single Sales.
Nobody English version has also reached more than 78,000 downloads in the United States. Nobody used a retro concept, and the five of them sang the song with the theme as a female singer group who worked as a background singer from Park Jin-young in the music video.
“I want nobody But You, I want nobody But You
How can I be with another, I don’t want any other
I want nobody nobody nobody.” – Nobody, Wonder Girls.
Girls’ Generation – The Boys
On December 20, 2011, Girls’ Generation released their first English song, with the title The Boys, which was one of their international singles when they were doing overseas promotions. According to Wikipedia, The Boys English version was done in collaboration with Interscope Records and Universal Music Group to expand Girls’ Generation’s activities and promotions outside of South Korea.
With concepts like princesses with different costumes, each member of Girls’ Generation looks strong and elegant when making a comeback with The Boys English version. This girl-group under SM Entertainment has also succeeded in becoming a male-conquering icon with the concept of female attractiveness as written in the lyrics of The Boys English version.
The Boys English version was produced by Teddy Riley as the original songwriter of the song. Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany also said that the process of recording the English version and Korean version of this song took place in just one week. The Boys English version was performed live on the tv program Late Show with David Letterman and Live! with Kelly and Michael on February 1, 2011.
“B-Bring the boys out. We’re born to win better tell all your friends
Cuz we get it in. You know the girls? “- The Boys, Girls’ Generation.
Red Velvet – Bad Boy
Beside Girls’ Generation, who managed to make achievements internationally by releasing an English version of their popular song, SM Entertainment’s latest girl-group, Red Velvet, also finally got the chance to release the English version of their original song, Bad Boy, which was released on 6 August 2018. The song became the bonus track in the Red Velvet’s second special EP, Summer Magic.
The composition of the Bad Boy English version is the same as the original version, which is filled with hip-hop and R&B vibes mixed with heavy bass and melody synth. The team who worked hard for this Bad Boy song were famous composers and songwriters such as Yoo Young-jin, Eazy $ ign, The Stereotypes, Maxx Song, and Whitney Philips. Bad Boy English version has also been performed by Red Velvet at their fan meeting in Chicago on April 29, 2018 and at KCON 2018 New York.
The concept that matches the title, Bad Boy, is very dark and the members look very fierce in the music video. Bad Boy itself is a song that tells about a woman who can melt a man’s heart with the concept of sexy and girl crush that they have never tried before.
“Every time I come around, Another bad boy has got em like ooh ooh (Oh-eh-oh-eh-oh)
Hit em with my love like ooh ooh (Oh-eh-oh-eh-oh), But they come back another round.” – Bad Boy, Red Velvet.
NCT 127 – Regular
Still with one of the groups under SM Entertainment, this time the opportunity to release an English version was given to the last boy-group who debuted under the agency, NCT 127. Regular was released on October 8, 2018, as the first music video on YouTube before the release of the Korean version and album entitled Regular-Irregular.
In this era, NCT 127 was active in their promotions abroad and conducts world tours. NCT 127 has performed frequently with Regular English version in several world-famous events, such as Mickey’s 90th Spectacular, Jimmy Kimnel Live, NBC’s Today Show, and many more. Regular English version is also different from the lyrics in the Korean version because in the English version this song tells about a luxurious lifestyle, with high-energy hip hop tracks in the song instrumentation.
Regular English version is one of the songs with the best music videos and concepts that have succeeded in gaining attention from fans all over the world, even more so because NCT 127 promoted this song and performed on several TV stations and international awards, such as the 2018 American Music Awards, and NCT 127 successfully carried out their promotions internationally with the Regular English version.
“VVS my diamonds, I don’t need no light to shine
Iced out both of my wrists now. I can barely see the time
I just made a million and I’m still not satisfied
Cause I need that bag on the regular
I spend a bag on the regular.” – Regular, NCT 127.