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11 K-pop Karaoke Apps and YouTube Channels

The K-pop fan to Korean student pipeline is a real thing.

It starts out innocently enough, just watching a few BTS and EXO shorts on YouTube.

Next thing you know, you’ve bought yourself a textbook and it through the first 30 Duolingo Korean lessons.

These Korean karaoke apps are designed with both K-pop fans and Korean language learners in mind, so whether you’re just looking for a fun singalong or trying to master some new vocabulary with K-pop lyrics, you’re covered.




Available on: iOS | Android

Smule is all about karaoke. It allows you to browse by country, so it’s pretty easy to find your favorite tunes to belt out.

With dozens of great K-pop songs, Smule gives you plenty to sing. For instance, “택시로 5분” — “5 Minutes by Taxi” by 미미시스터즈 — Mimi Sisters may be your next favorite jam.

Smule also offers plenty of resources to support your karaoke endeavors. Not only does it provide Korean lyrics, but you can also videotape yourself singing the number solo or as a duet with the original performer. Want your Korean language exchange partner to give you feedback? You can share the video or even broadcast live.

If you want a little listening practice, watch what other users upload to give you the feel of a more traditional karaoke experience—minus the awkwardness of having to hide your face when bad performances make you cringe.

K-pop Karaoke

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Available on: Android

K-pop Karaoke is what it says on the tin: an Android app dedicated exclusively to Korean karaoke. Aside from a lineup of your favorite songs, it can also provide optional romanization and English lyrics.

And if you’re an avid K-pop fan, you can access bios of your favorite artists, official music videos, licensed products, tour dates, news and more. And there’s a special bonus for Korean students: you can chat about your favorite K-pop songs and performers in the forums, which could also be a great place to find your next conversation exchange partner.



Available on: iOS | Android

KaraFun offers both online and app-based karaoke, and they offer a ready-made playlist of K-pop songs. 

All the songs offer a karaoke option so you only hear backing vocals as you rock out. In the web player, you can hear the song and sing along to on-screen lyrics that include Hangul and transcriptions in the Latin alphabet.

You can also search for specific songs that may not be in the K-pop playlist. With a library of over 35,000 songs, there’s a good chance all your K-pop favorites are there!

There’s a demo version available online and in the apps that offers shortened versions of songs, but users will need to upgrade to a subscription to access all of them in full. 



Available on: iOS | Android

You may already have a Spotify account to listen to all your favorite songs. If you don’t, there’s no reason not to start one. As a Korean language student, you can use Spotify to find karaoke K-pop playlists that other users have created.

And if that’s not enough for you, you can also search for karaoke tracks of your favorite songs and make your own playlist!



Available on: iOS | Android

FluentU isn’t strictly a karaoke app like most of what’s been mentioned so far, but it can help you learn Korean via songs!

Each video comes with interactive subtitles that let you follow along with what’s being sung and hover over any word to quickly see its pronunciation, translation and in-context usage. Features like this can help you grasp everything that’s sung without breaking immersion.

K-Pop Karaoke Hits

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Available on: Apple Music

Are you a fan of 포미닛 — 4Minute, 투애니원 — 2NE1 and/or 소녀시대 — Girls’ Generation (SNSD)? Head over to Karaoke Masters’ page on Apple Music and download their album of karaoke tracks that include 10 of the groups’ most popular songs.

Unfortunately, Karaoke Masters doesn’t provide lyrics on their page, so you’ll have to look elsewhere online if you don’t know the songs by heart yet. But if you’re already pretty comfortable with your Korean or want to challenge yourself by belting out unfamiliar lyrics, then there’s no need for that extra step!

Super K-Pop Karaoke

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Available on: Apple Music

Super K-Pop Karaoke is another downloadable option with plenty of addictive K-pop karaoke tracks.

Granted, there are only 50 tracks on the album and it hasn’t been updated since 2014. Still, you’ll find plenty of catchy numbers, such as 24시간이 모자라 — “24 Hours” by 선미 — Sunmi. No matter what you choose, you’re bound to find something that suits your mood!

TJ KARAOKE TJ 노래방 공식 유튜브채널

TJ KARAOKE is a regularly updated karaoke channel that features many of the latest hits in the K-pop world. The lyrics are entirely in Hangul with Romanizations, so if you want to give yourself a challenge and have a more immersive karaoke experience, you can try singing along to any of their featured songs. 

Luckily, the channel sorts the videos into playlists according to artist, genre, etc., saving you the effort of having to scroll through the hundreds of selections on your own. 

Karaoke Stuffs

Karaoke Stuffs is an excellent YouTube channel for K-pop fans. It offers lots of songs as well as karaoke challenges K-pop lovers and Korean learners are sure to enjoy.

And these challenges aren’t just straightforward karaoke. Instead, the videos cycle through multiple songs from multiple artists. While you’ll have access to the lyrics, your main challenge will be transitioning between the songs quickly and seamlessly.

Also, the channel has instrumental tracks of popular K-pop songs with on-screen lyrics! You can sing along to ChungHa’s hit “벌써 12시” — “Gotta Go” that reached number 1 in the K-pop Hot 100 list or Girls’ Generation’s debut single “다시 만난 세계” — “Into the New World.”


Pandeaux is another YouTube channel that puts together terrific K-pop karaoke challenges. These transition through multiple songs, and your job is to keep up and manage to sing all the song clips correctly. However, rather than sticking to songs by one artist, as some YouTube channels do, challenges often feature songs by multiple artists.

For instance, “K-pop Karaoke Challenge (End of the Year 2018 Special 2)” will take you through a whopping 30 songs by a variety of performers. You’ll have both Hangul and Romanized lyrics to guide you along, but it may take some practice to finally nail the challenge because you’ll need to know so many different songs and switch between them quickly.


Can’t challenge yourself enough? K-Worldwide is another YouTube channel with awesome K-pop karaoke challenges. Some videos offer Hangul, but others only offer Romanized lyrics, so you might want to look at the video carefully before trying to perform for a crowd.

Unlike other channels, these K-pop karaoke challenges often revolve around a sub-genre of K-pop. For instance, if you love rap, you might try “K-pop Random Karaoke Challenge #2 [Rap Version].” Ready for an intense experience? You can also try the “K-Challenge” playlist, which features an intense combination of karaoke and dance challenges.

Bonus: Live Karaoke

kpop karaoke annandale va With the international success of K-pop, there are plenty of establishments around the world that focus primarily on K-pop karaoke. Of course, you can find dedicated establishments across South Korea, but there are also some scattered throughout the world. For instance, in the United States, K-pop fans can enjoy karaoke at Kpop Karaoke in Annandale, Virginia.

However, even if your local karaoke hotspot doesn’t focus exclusively on K-pop or even advertise it as an option, it’s possible that they have some K-pop numbers available. Because K-pop has become a global hit, you never know where your favorite tunes will turn up, so you may want to reach out to see what your local establishments offer.

How to Learn Korean with K-pop Karaoke

Don’t just learn lyrics—learn the meanings of songs.

Sure, it helps to learn the individual lyrics and meanings of each word. However, you should also try to learn the meaning of the songs as a whole. Your performance will benefit, and you will get better at interpreting subtext, which may come in handy in your next Korean conversation.

Speak the lyrics before you sing them.

Singing can be pretty stylized, so speaking the lyrics ahead of time will help you nail down the accurate pronunciations of the words. After all, you don’t want to have to sing every Korean word you learn from karaoke when it’s time to say them in real life!

Learning to speak the words ahead of time can remove them from the context of the song and help you understand them independently of your favorite numbers.

Memorize lyrics to use as models for vocabulary and grammar rules.

Memorizing lyrics won’t only help you the next time you do karaoke: it can also improve your Korean skills. That’s because knowing key lyrics can help you remember vocabulary words and grammar rules you might otherwise forget. Even years later, you may be able to remember these just by running through the song in your head.

Do karaoke alone or in a group.

Each method is beneficial in a different way, so try both!

If you do karaoke alone, you have more opportunities to pause and think about word meaning, rewind to try again and mess up without any fear of embarrassment.

On the other hand, doing Korean karaoke in a group is also wonderful. Your friends could give you the extra motivation and excitement you need to get into it. Plus, if you do karaoke with other people who speak Korean, you can even work in a little conversation practice between tunes.


So sing out! Karaoke K-pop might be the most fun you have while learning Korean.

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