You deserve some glitz and glamour in your life.
Sometimes, you just need to sing your heart out.
And let’s face facts: A little choreography never hurt anyone.
So it’s no wonder you love your K-pop.
And what makes you love it even more is that you can work on your Korean skills with your favorite artists.
But while K-pop has these obvious benefits, it also has one main drawback: How can you ever possibly get your fill?
Well, with the eight K-pop music apps below, you’ll have all the music you need to make you dance for joy.
Why Use a K-pop Music App?
With a K-pop music app, you can have your favorite Korean songs with you on the go. Whether you’re at school, at work or traveling, you’ll have your tunes with you. It’s so much easier than lugging around a textbook to study Korean!
Plus, apps will provide you with a greater variety of Korean music options than you might otherwise maintain. Downloading individual songs can get pricey, and you may find yourself limiting your listening options to save money. With apps, though, you’ll have a lot more songs at the tips of your fingers. And you know what that means: More great Korean vocabulary!
And best of all, when you have a K-pop music app on your phone, you can fit in a little Korean practice whenever you have time. Songs are brief, so they’re an ideal learning tool for when you only have a couple minutes free. Plus, since you can listen to K-pop songs hands-free, you can listen in the car, during your shower or even while you’re cooking.
8 K-pop Music Apps That’ll Make You Dance for Joy
Yes, you may already have one of the best K-pop apps installed on your phone or favorite device.
Spotify, one of the top music apps on the market, has plenty of K-pop songs that you can enjoy. You can search by song or artist, create your own K-pop playlist or listen to an existing playlist. And with countless existing playlists, you’ll have no trouble finding one you love. For instance, if you want to listen to some songs that were popular recently, check out “Best of 2018: K-Pop.” Like something light and uplifting? Check out “Bubblegum K-Pop.” If you like to listen to K-pop to get your energy levels up in the morning, try “Morning K-Pop!”
A free option with ads allows you to listen to playlists, albums or artists on shuffle. A premium account removes the ads, allows you to download songs to listen to offline and gives you more control over what songs you listen to and when.
If you prefer K-pop music videos to the songs alone, the free KMTV app has you covered.
This app features your favorite Korean music videos. You can also find Korean drama recaps, reality shows and even behind-the-scenes features.
To give you even more of a K-pop punch, KMTV features charts that help you find the most recent popular songs, so you can always be up to date on the latest trends.
Not only that, users can upload their own covers of songs, which means that you can listen to different takes on your favorite tunes. Want a little extra “speaking” practice? Upload your own song cover!
Speaking of videos, FluentU uses authentic videos to teach Korean. And yes, this includes plenty of K-pop videos and other music. As a newbie, you can learn with kids’ songs accompanied by fun animation. Even while still in the beginner level, you can start picking up vocab from short BTS videos.
As you move into the intermediate level and beyond, you’ll start seeing more and more of your favorite K-pop artists, including but not limited to Black Pink, IU, Twice, iKON and more. You’ll be able to access a full transcript of the lyrics with translations, and automatically pause to look up definitions with FluentU’s intuitive interactive captions.
Here's a quick look at the variety of video choices available to you:
Each word in the interactive captions comes with a definition, audio, image, example sentences and more.
Access a complete interactive transcript of every video under the Dialogue tab, and easily review words and phrases from the video under Vocab.
Don't stop there, though. You can use FluentU’s unique quizzes to learn the vocabulary and phrases from the video through fun questions.
FluentU even tracks your progress and remembers all the words you've learned, making for a 100% personalized experience.
Review sessions use video context to help embed the words in your memory. The best part? You can access the full FluentU video library with a free trial!
Start using FluentU Korean on the website or download the app from the iTunes or Google Play store.
Plus, we’re always adding new videos, so your library of K-pop lessons will continue to grow.
KPOP Amino is a free app dedicated to all sorts of Korean entertainment. However, the focus of this app is somewhat different from the others. Rather than providing you with songs or videos, KPOP Amino’s main focus is giving you a community to discuss your favorite Korean entertainment.
Sure, there’s also plenty of great media, like photos, GIFs, memes and blog posts about music, celebrities, culture, fashion and language, but what makes KPOP Amino stand out is all the fans. You can share your own fan art, post about your favorite singers or celebrities and participate in special fan “projects.”
And while you’ll get plenty of opportunities to learn more about K-pop and discuss your favorites, you might also be able to befriend a native speaker who happens to share your interests. Then, you could establish a conversation exchange to talk about K-pop one-on-one.
A free app with K-pop videos and no ads? Yes, please!
Mubeat lets you stream popular K-pop videos for free, all without having to interrupt your learning with pesky ads.
The videos come from three Korean TV channels: KBS, MBC and SBS. They feature popular artists, including BTS, Red Velvet and EXO, so you’ll have plenty of great viewing ahead of you. You can even follow your favorite artists so you don’t miss any of their latest videos.
Not sure what to listen to? Regularly updated charts will help you see what’s hot at the moment.
And if interacting with other fans is more up your alley, Mubeat also allows you to share images and posts with the community.
Sometimes, a good cover can be even better (or at least more interesting) than the original. If you can’t get enough K-pop covers, you’ll definitely want to try the Coverstar app.
Corverstar is a free app that allows you to view user-uploaded K-pop covers. But that’s not all! You can also upload your own covers, which is the perfect opportunity to get in some Korean practice while channeling your inner pop star.
K-POP Korean Music Radio
Don’t like the burden of having to choose what to listen to? K-POP Korean Music Radio can take some of the weight off your shoulders. Just select a radio station and start listening!
K-POP Korean Music Radio features more than 30 radio stations that play K-pop. If you want to fall asleep listening to your favorite tunes, the app even allows you to set a turn-off timer.
As an added bonus, there are news feeds, so you never have to fall behind on the latest K-pop news.
This app is free but has ads. However, you can remove the ads for a fee.
Kpop Lyrics Offline
This app doesn’t have music. It doesn’t have videos. It doesn’t allow you to upload videos of yourself singing your heart out. But this free app might still be one of your favorite apps you’ll ever download. Why? It has lyrics… lots and lots of lyrics.
You can search by artist or song to find the material you’re looking for. Once you find what you want, you’ll have access to the original lyrics, the Romanized version and the English translation. If the app doesn’t have the lyrics you’re looking for, you can even request them.
Plus, Kpop Lyrics Offline does, as you’d probably guess, work offline, so you can study your favorite lyrics the next time you’re on a plane or stuck in a dead zone.
So go ahead and indulge in your passion for K-pop.
These eight apps will give you all the songs you need to get your Korean skills in tune.
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