2018 has been a whirlwind for new music. New K-pop records were made and some of the best songs in the genre to date have been released in this year alone. In particular, acoustic songs have had a resurgence as a popular way to re-release a prior comeback track or to do an intimate cover. Here are 2018's best acoustic songs and covers so far:
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Posted by LorraineYe Monday, December 10, 2018
2018's Best Acoustic Songs and Covers
R&B artist, Gallant, has been no stranger to K-Pop and recently sang a gorgeous acoustic rendition of "Beautiful" in the form a duet alongside MONSTA X. This shows K-Pop has truly reached beyond just South Korea and has changed the way music is received across the globe.
N.Flying took to the streets for a Busking in Yeonnam-dong this year and wowed a huge group of fans and random onlookers with a gorgeous version of BTS' "Fake Love". This acoustic cover performance was emotionally charged, and awesome! How lucky are these fans?
Chungha's "Roller Coaster" is highly regarded in terms of being an incredible pop song with strong vocals, but she took this song an exquisitely demure direction with her acoustic rendition. Chungha is gorgeous, an amazing dancer, and an out-of-this-world singer. At this point, she could release a b-side of her screaming and we'd still think it was angels singing.
During an intimate V Live broadcast, Wanna One's Jaehwan took an acoustic guitar and played a few of his favorite songs. The most notable and suited for his vocal ability was DEAN's song, "Instagram." His lovely warm vocals also sang a few other songs during this V Live like "The Truth Untold" by BTS and "Jenga" by Heize.
With so many members in one group, it can be difficult to showcase each member's individual talents fully. PENTAGON's acoustic and acapella version of "Shine" really gave the group an opportunity to show off their abilities. The vocalists "shined" especially bright in this version of the song and we highly recommend it as a song to study to!
IU's vocals are already really suited towards softer pop songs, but when they slowed down and reworked her coming-of-age track, "Palette," she really showed Korea and the rest of the world that she isn't the same 14-year-old girl who released, "Marshmallow". For IU, acoustic songs really signify a lot of artistic growth.
Many fans were worried that this song wouldn't do the original version justice and feared that A.C.E. would receive backlash over covering a popular track like "Stay". However, the majority of Blinks found this to be an amazing cover and it converted many BLACKPINK fans into the A.C.E. fandom! A.C.E.'s cover of "Stay" is one of the must-watch acoustic covers of this year.
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