Ever since her debut, Red Velvet‘s Wendy has been known as one of the best vocalists to grace the K-Pop scene. But even though her talent is so esteemed, Wendy’s singing skills still frequently surpass everyone’s expectations—especially when it comes to her song covers.
From the well-planned to the spontaneous, here are 10 Wendy song covers that stole everyone’s heart.
1. Harry Styles – “Falling”
One of Wendy’s most recent covers was “Falling” by Harry Styles, the first cover she’s shared since her accident at SBS Gayo Daejeon six months ago. After SBS’s negligence led to Wendy suffering a serious fall, her hospitalization and subsequent recovery kept her from performing. However, not one to be stifled, Wendy recently began posting covers just like this one on SM Entertainment‘s fanclub app, Lysn. ReVeluvs all over the world expressed their gratitude towards Wendy and showed how much they loved this cover across social media when it dropped.
2. Taylor Swift – “Speak Now”
No one can forget the song cover that started it all. While there are many pre-debut clips of her singing in school choirs and glee clubs, this cover of Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” was the first fans heard in Wendy’s signature style after she officially joined the SMRookies pre-debut group. With her skillful guitar accompaniment, it’s no wonder Wendy’s “Speak Now” cover is still praised by fans to this day.
3. Pixie Lott – “Everybody Hurts Sometimes”
Wendy covered this song during Red Velvet’s “Umpah Umpah” promotions as part of an appearance on Yu Huiyeol’s Sketchbook, and it received a lot of attention—even from Pixie Lott herself. Lott praised Wendy’s singing and even admitted she would love to collaborate with her.
I would LOVE to collaborate. Wendy is unreal 💓🥰 https://t.co/NwmhGagSEB
— Pixie Lott (@PixieLott) August 24, 2019
Wendy’s heartfelt and emotional singing relaying these touching lyrics could easily bring anyone to tears.
4. Nicki Minaj ft. Rihanna – “Fly”
Wendy may be Red Velvet’s main vocalist, but that didn’t stop her from covering a song by one of the most famous rappers i nthe game. In this cover, Wendy got the chance to show off her rapping skills as well as her vocal talents. Previously, her rap skills were hidden in the backing vocals of Red Velvet songs like “Ice Cream Cake” and “Dumb Dumb”. As usual, Wendy’s flawless English pronunciation also blew listeners away.
5. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
Wendy’s rendition of “Shallow” one of Lady Gaga’s biggest hits couldn’t not make this list. While Red Velvet’s main vocalist has countless of covers we love and appreciate, “Shallow” just hits different! Wendy flawlessly performed this cover during Red Velvet’s Weekly Idol episode as part of their “Umpah Umpah” performance. Aside from ReVeluvs and other K-pop fans, even the Weekly Idol’s hosts showed how impressed they were with Wendy’s agility and technique!
6. Red Velvet – “Light Me Up”
Red Velvet’s latest concert La Rouge featured solo stages from all five members. For Wendy’s stage, the star singer decided to cover one of her group’s songs: Red Velvet’s “Light Me Up”. ReVeluvs often jokingly refer to “Light Me Up” as an “LGBT anthem” because every time the song is performed live, Wendy changes one of the lines from “oh boy, come and light me up” to “oh girl, come and light me up”. This sweet gesture is always appreciated by Red Velvet’s female dominated fanbase, and this cover as no exception.
7. Chanyeol, PUNCH– “Stay With Me”
EXO’s Chanyeol surprised fans during an SMTOWN concert by performing his hit OST, “Stay With Me”, with none other than Wendy. Originally a collaboration between Chanyeol and PUNCH, the song was definitely done justice by Wendy’s pure vocals. Many attendees confessed to being amazed by the emotion Wendy put into the song, even though it wasn’t her own. Fancams of the stage have racked up millions of views on YouTube, making it one of Wendy’s most-loved covers by fans and the public.
8. Childish Gambino – “Redbone”
Soulful songs seem to be some of Wendy’s favorites. With nothing but a microphone and a guitar playing, Wendy showed fans her rendition of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” a few years ago. While performing the cover, Wendy changed some of the song’s original lyrics to remain respectful. As short as it was, this cover is another fan favorite.
9. Adele – “All I Ask”
After opening her own Instagram account, Wendy began hosting frequent Instagram lives in which she covered songs fans requested in the comments. During one such stream, ReVeluvs asked for a repeat of an old cover: Adele’s “All I Ask”. While Wendy’s first cover of this song was already amazing, the latest rendition was even better, proving that Wendy is still striving to improve her vocals to this day.
10. Jessie J – “Price Tag”
During an appearance on Snowball Project with her fellow members, Wendy confessed to her admiration of British singer Jessie J. One of the cast members asked her if she could cover a song of Jessie J’s, to which Wendy agreed. And, when the guitarist asked which Jessie J songs Wendy was familiar with, she admitted she knows the singer’s whole repertoire. Both parties decided on “Price Tag”, leading to this flawless cover that seems like it couldn’t be this spontaenous.