Korea’s TVREPORT, recently conducted a survey asking 223 University of Virginia students which idols they thought had the best vocals. Out of the female idols listed, Taeyeon came in at 2nd with 18.69% of the votes behind soloist IU, with a whopping 66.16% to claim 1st place.
Although the sample group for the survey was limited, and some of us are probably disappointed that our Kid Leader did not come first; there is no denying that IU does indeed have AMAZING vocals, and I’m sure many would agree, including Taeyeon herself:
Rounding out the Top 5 were: Wonder Girl’s Sunye with 8.59%, f(x)’s Luna with 5.05%, and Secret’s Jieun with 4.55% of the votes.
Hit the jump for more Taeyeon-IU goodness!
Lol oh Tete, I love you!!!
IU covering Taeyeon and Jang Geun-suk’s “Can You Hear Me”:
And this is just too good for anyone to miss –
A younger IU showing SNSD, Big Bang and Super Junior some love:
Credit: Taengfan@fanwonder.com, sohma888@youtube, Mellerzx3Taengoo@youtube, aobee625@youyube, NoObJyez94@youtube; pictures as tagged.
Written by: mikechi@snsdkorean
don’t care what the votes say, Taeyeon FTW! Sunny and Seohyun should be there too. heck all the SNSD girls should be there 😛 lol but the rest have great vocals too 🙂
Taeyeon and IU are both gifted with a great voice.. ^-^ who cares about the votes anyway. The votes are nothing.XD
Yah. Dare I say duet?
iu may be able to hit higher notes than taengoo, but our kid leader definitely has better tone… warm and rich… aahhhh… taeyoen ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!
Haha, Can’t complain with the results, But our Taeyeon does have a gifted voice.
Love them both ❤
I agree that IU have high note than Taeyeon. But I think Taeyeon have tone and voice much better than IU. It not cause I fans SNSD either Taeyeon. But I fall in love Taeyeon voice when I first time heard she sing solo live at radio. IU voice ok but I just see her more about her high note…
I think TaeYeon is the 1st. Sunny and SeoHyun should be there too^^
Even though Taeyeon is my #1 bias, I still like IU a lot but I don’t think she’s exactly there on Taeyeon’s level yet. IU’s very gifted, especially for her age, and her “3 high notes” are superb, but hitting high notes shouldn’t classify how well a singer SINGS. Even IU said this herself and it’s ironic that her famed “3 notes” carried her to superstardom alone (arguably but it holds truth) and she’s still riding a high wave of success so I’m kind of not surprised she won first for this survey. IU is a bit breathy and somewhat unstable for me. Plus her techniques worry me because she’s suffered from vocal nodules before… Her tone is awesome and without a doubt she’s a great singer though. On the other hand our Kid Leader has outstanding control of her voice, low to high, head voice or full voice, –her high notes (any notes) never lose timbre or clarity. She’s very clean and connected and her belting is powerful so I’m not quite sure why you guys are claiming that IU can hit higher notes than her without proper evidence lol…?
But in any case congrats to adorable IU and our byunTaeng! 🙂
IU has perfect pitch, now that’s the rare musical gift. Her pitch and dynamics are always stable and controlled. And somehow she’s the one that makes me cry. Not trying to bash Taeyeon. Just my opinion 🙂
IU does not have perfect pitch. Her character from Dream High has perfect pitch, but IU herself does not.
both have their own personality when singing….
for me, both of them are good singer…
SNSD, fighting! ^^
소녀 시대 영원히 said:
both of them ar’ AWESOME 😀
and cute 😀
love taeyeon and IU therr both gifted and talented! btw taeyeon looks like a fan of IU loool! STAY WITH US….with IIU~~~! 🙂
aah ~~ totally agree with Tomizzle.
being able to hit high notes doesn’t mean a good singer. taeyeon has been trained for many years and she clearly has better techniques. her voice is stable, emotional and soothing.
heck, IU is gifted, but she needs time training to be considered the same level as taeyeon.
Even though TaeYeon didnt get 1st place in this vote, but in my heart she will always remains as number one forever, and always. ❤
Which is what a SONE would always say. LOL
Boss Lady said:
TaengIU FTW!!! theyre sooooo cute together
Taeyeon looks dumb. hahaha.
I freaking love IU and I think she’s super duper talented. She’s probably more talented than 75% of other female idols. BUT. There’s no way she’s more talented vocally than our kid leader. It’s understandable, she’s still young! She can be a slight bit sharp in certain notes (like in Good Day when she says “oppa ga”) but she’s usually pretty great and smooth. Taeng in the other hand, she can control her voice like no other. She can hit the high notes (Hush Hush and Complete) as well as the deeper one (Different and Byul).
I forgot to say that her falsetto is probably the best ever! Like she did in Reflection (w/ Fany!).
Love Taengoo’s voice much more^^
I think IU does have a ‘sharper tone’. Both are good vocals.
IU and Taeyeon’s vocals are both AWESOME 😀 , but, like the rest, I prefer the vocal control that Taeyeon has compared to IU’s ;). Nevertheless, Congrats’ to our 2 Super Ladies 😀 😀 <3333333333333 !!!
I like Taeyeon’s more . Her voice sounds better . IU has more of a scratchy voice , while Taeyeon has a smoother voice ,
Love both Taeyeon and IU ;))
I prefer TaeYeon’s voice. (Not because I’m bias………Okay maybe a little.)
But TaeYeon’s voice is much stronger in my opinion.
IU”s voice is more soft and it’s cuter.
LOVE that fancam of Taengoo looking at IU.
OMG! Her face just makes me fall off my chair laughing!! LOLOL!! xDD
She’s soooooooooooo cute!!
And then omo, Yuri’s face, sooooooooooo pretty, makes me speechless. *o*
I love how YURI just popped up @ 0:52..in the GDA vid…..soo cute and pretty…
and for Taeyeon and IU…,… Taeyeon has great vocals…IU too…just that it has different style and IU’s emphasized more since she’s a Soloist whereas Taeyeon is in a group..
i of course love both of the girls A LOTLOTLOT.< BUT, hey, second place isnt bad! IU and taeyeon HWAITING~!
I prefer the tone of horse.
Aha, i see the taeyeon/snsd and IU bias coming up!
Between the both of ’em, you can’t really judge based on how well they fare against each other, since both have their distinctive voices that defines them. nonetheless, don’t be too sad that Taeyeon came in 2nd, all of us acknowledge her great singing prowess and are quite afraid to put anyone who is just as good as Taeyeon above her (IU) since we’re biased about this sort of thing, we want the best and only the best for snsd, etc. But with ‘competition’ like this, take it as an opportunity for some ‘humility’, I guess? anyways, take the opportunity to learn from each other, we can’t always expect the best of someone to maintain that position all the time, there will always be someone to disprove us wrong, we learn from this kinds of senarios, and it goes a long way in helping us appreciate both singers. As for the fame and all, i really dont know, lol.
I am quite sad Terrez left for the week and had to go under another alias to start afresh when he comes back, luckily i’m there for him, lol
wow her cover of “Lies” is amazing
LOL I think this post is so cute with all the Taengoo staring at IU and everything XP
i like iu
but lets get straight to facts.
somehow i feel like IUs ability to sing has been WAY overrated,
even though its really good, but she just doesnt have the experience taeyeons got
no offence really, im really a tangoo baised as yu see my namee..
but when it comes to high notes, and and virbato? i think taeyeons got me going crazy for those
my ears say taeyeon is the winner
Cant deny that IU’s voice is great !
But, i love both taeyeon & IU’s voice 😀
All the best to the both of them(:
for me, IU is okay…i just like taeng`s voice more 🙂
esp. in ballad…cz i love ballad ! LOL
i dunno bout singing technique and all..but both of them r gifted 😀
IU is really popular now, so she topped the result is expected
but…the gap ( 18,69 vs 66,16 %) just so….surprising
anyway go taeng go !
Taeyeon, you’re still my no.1!
What’s UVA? Is it anything about vocal training? My mom’s a western opera singer, and I grew up with nothing but professional vocal singers. I’m pretty sure I could tell who has vocal gifts and training or not. In my opinion, not like it matters much because everyone that goes for idols think their own are the best, but in my opinion (as objective as I can), the ranking of voice talent and training is as follows:
#1. Bae Dahae (Vanilla Lucy)
#2. TaeYeon (SNSD)
#3. Sunmi (x-WonderGirl)
#4. Luna (f(x))
#5. Kim Sung Hee (x-Kara)
IU can sing 3 octave? So can I, if you don’t count both of ours falsetto and the extra breathing leaks that comes with it. I think this whole survey was a marketing tool for someone oh, say, IU? Personally I will say she has not much talent. Don’t believe me? Have them all sing without the mic on stage, and you’ll know what I mean.
Biased bc tae is in an idol group.
@JamesLinJr: i think IU has alot of talent. Her voice isnt nearly as strong/powerful as Taeyeon, but the fact that her range is higher, and she can match Taeyeon in vocals…she’s pretty good. And yea, if you put any of the best singers on stage without a mic, they’re obviously gonna suffer in strength and volume. But when they sing on radio shows, that’s probably the clearest indicator your gonna get of their vocal abilities. That mic they use is just so they can be heard in general, it doesnt inhance their sound, it just transmits it, u know, the same as if they were just talking. So IU sound pretty great. So does Taeyeon obviously. We’ve all heard her sing.
but if they had a battle between the two, Taeyeon and IU. Taeyeon would definitely overpower IU’s voice. end of story.
I’m really surprised this was taken at the University of Virginia. I guess it would be least biased since most student wont know who Tae or IU are.
Taeyeon looks so adorable staring at IU perform.lol thanks for the post!!
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Pig xoxo said:
I know nothing about singing, I am only a person who enjoys K-Pop. How good their vocal do not matter to me, because both their music have won my heart already<3
Taeyeon is better than IU … ok ? .. no doubts
TaeYeon is better than IU .. no doubts .