5 K-pop songs with classic music excerpts: Red Velvet, Dreamcatcher, and more!


Classical music refers to the Western musical tradition used for formality and emphasizes order as well as hierarchy. Meanwhile, K-pop is popular/mainstream music originating in South Korea.

Classic and K-pop might be too different from each other, but what if they get mixed together? If you like modern and classic, then this list is for you!

5 K-pop songs that sampled classical music:

1. Red Velvet – Feel My Rhythm

On March 21, 2022, Red Velvet released the EP, “The ReVe Festival 2022”, along with its title track, “Feel My Rhythm”. Immediately after its release, the song became a hot topic as it samples JS Bach’s “Air On The G String”.

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If you listen to the song’s intro, the arrangement you’ll hear comes from the second movement of the German composer’s “Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068”.

Indeed, its classic elements added fun to its intense trap beat!

2. Dreamcatcher – Good Night

For this release, Dreamcatcher presented an excerpt from “Suite No. 7 in G Minor” by German composer George Frideric Handel.

This is primarily written for piano and harpsichord, but Dreamcatcher boldly reinvented classical music by giving it a new sound by playing it on a guitar.

Who would have thought that classical music sounds so good when turned into hard-hitting rock? But of course, that won’t be possible without the skills and signature Dreamcatcher sound that only they can do!

3. BTS Jimin – Lie

As a former contemporary dance student, Jimin not only showed his love for modern but also classical music when he released his solo song, “Lie.”

The song, which is part of BTS’s “Wings” album, sampled a distorted guitar sound of some melody from Spanish composer Manuel de Falla’s “opera La Vida Breve”.


MOMOLAND is known for their energetic songs and bubbly image, but they are actually one of the K-pop groups that always strive to show different concepts.

Before the release of their hits “BOOM BOOM” and “BAAM”, they first challenged a modern song with classical music samples with the release of “Freeze” in 2017.

The song’s intro interpolates “Entrance of the Gladiators” by Julius Fucik, which helped give off the song’s classic circus vibe.

5. Cherry Bullet – Raised Hands

Finally, you will certainly be addicted to this song by Cherry bullet, which sampled the famous “Für Elise” by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

“Hands Up” is really a fun and interesting song to listen to and watch as it shows the band’s change from its bubbly image.

The high-energy trap dance floor also displays the group’s incredible dance skills and confidence.

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Written byEunice Dawson


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