15 English-Language K-Pop Songs You Need to Know

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With the news that BTS is prepping the release of a brand-new English-language single, K-pop fans are waiting with bated breath for new music from the seven-piece boy band.

Thanks to the success of BTS, Blackpink and other groups, K-pop continues to dominate the global music market, but it's also becoming increasingly popular on the Billboard charts. As they find success Stateside, many K-pop groups and artists have taken to recording English versions of their songs -- and in some cases, even releasing full English-language studio sets.

As one of the first K-pop groups to make significant inroads with a U.S. audience, Girls' Generation made their American debut with an English-language version of their hit single "The Boys" in Dec. 2011. With a declaration of "Girls' Generation make you feel the heat/ And we're doin' it, we can't be beat!" the nine-piece hit No. 5 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart with the track. (The album of the same name also earned the girl group their first entry on the World Albums chart, bowing at No. 2.)

More recently, Monsta X released their first fully English-language album, All About Luv, on Valentine's Day 2020. Debuting at No. 5, the LP marked the K-pop boy band's debut on the Billboard 200, and featured a dozen sugary tracks rooted in a bubblegum sound perfect for English-speaking fans who were looking for an entry point into the genre. While the album featured collabs with French Montana ("Who Do U Love") and Pitbull ("Beside U"), classic boy band vibes straight from the 2000s can be heard on singles like "Love U," "Middle of the Night" and the romantic swoon and finger snaps of "Someone's Someone."

Below, Billboard rounded up 15 great English-language K-pop tracks by everyone from 2NE1 and Red Velvet to NCT 127, Tiffany Young and more.


Girls' Generation, "The Boys"

Monsta X, "Someone's Someone"

Red Velvet, "RBB (Really Bad Boy)"

BIGBANG, "With U"

NCT 127, "Regular"

CL, "Lifted"

Day6, "Zombie"

Tiffany Young, "Teach You"

2NE1, "Can't Nobody"

K.A.R.D., "Don't Recall"

BoA, "Eat You Up"

Wonder Girls, "Nobody"

GOT7, "Lullaby"

Henry, "Monster"

Jay Park, "Me Like Yuh"

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