As Weeekly explain on “Tag Me (@Me),” our timelines inject excitement into everyday routines, and it’s hard to resist the rush of social media-supplied dopamine. Most Popular Kpop Songs of 2021 - Top Korean Music 2021 By Redlist Playlists. Weki Meki don’t aspire to be a role model for attainable, girl-crush cool but instead point out the gap between you and them. -- J.M.K. Share. Day6 is not the only band in K-pop (the group is formed by musicians on the guitar, bass, keyboard and drums) but it has consistently produced some of the most stirring songs. The chorus is the standout, with soaring lines and high notes from vocalists Sihyeon and Mia contrasting with rapper E:U’s lower-pitched, “La di da di da.” As the swift tempo escalates the track’s tension, you can’t help but root for the artists as they proclaim that they “got no time for haters.”, ITZY’s track released at the start of the year, “Wannabe,” launched a viral shoulder-shimmering dance. This mature message successfully connected with a large audience, and “Dumhdurum” became a knockout success in both Korea (topping all local music charts) and the, charts (tying for their longest-running hit on. On “Move,” he invites people into his world to dance to his own rhythm. WANNABE ITZY • It'z Me. This vocal timbre is at the center of Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 2, one of the most cohesive-sounding 2020 releases. Tweet. An unexpected error has occurred with your sign up. Sorry, but the only story of impassioned love I need is from TREASURE. IZM Critic is the largest music review site in South Korea. The artist wrestles with the public criticism and online hatred she receives, but sings: “Oh Maria, I’m saying this for you/ Why are you trying so hard? Later, they opt for collective unity: “If you feel me, turn this beat up.” They know the dancefloor is an oasis for enlivening self-expression, and they’ll drag you there by hand if they need to. Song Review: Cherry Bullet – … Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our. Leave a Comment on My Top Kpop Songs of September 2020. Orpheus and Eurydice? SEVENTEEN act as leaders and hypemen here, but the role they fill best is that of life coaches: despite their talk of races and finish lines, they exclaim that “not running is an answer too / who cares what we do.” They grant permission to simply be: a reminder that surviving every day is enough right now. is built on the idea of modern witches, at the center of which are women who exercise the same agency and power of the song’s namesake, and GFRIEND have fun while doing it. The five-member act has established a repertoire of self-empowering anthems in the short period since it debuted in 2019, and “Not Shy” is all about giving authority to one’s own voice. gave it a much needed makeover. With tours cancelled and albums delayed, COVID-19 spent 2020 decimating the music industry. On “Move,” he invites people into his world to dance to his own rhythm. His music always uses visual imagery as an extension, working in tandem with the music -- and as he looks around dazed and deranged, or beckons the danger closer, you get the feeling that he’s also appealing to the alter-ego inside of you. G-Friend – MAGO (G)IDLE – Oh My God. Throughout 2020 -- in both the U.S. and South Korea -- throwback sounds were ubiquitous. Through these releases, many of our favorite artists experimented with their sounds, all while building deeper connections with an audience they could only interact with from a distance. By the time it ends, you honestly wonder whether giving in would be so bad. EVERGLOW takes the listener on an electrifying ride in this track that stands out among the year’s retro-inspired songs for its spunky synth backbone and dynamic melodies. Billboard is a subsidiary of Valence Media, LLC. As such, find 20 songs below that we loved in 2020, that brought us away from the worries of the world. A successful pastiche of the ’80s that’s crafted by producer Ollipop, “LA DI DA” blends myriad influences: the layered cheerleader chants of Toni Basil's “Mickey,” the spunky girl power of Cyndi Lauper and the Go-Go's, the na-na-nas of Bananarama, and above all, the shimmering synth-pop sound that permeated the top half of that decade. The Top 20 K-Pop Songs of 2020! But where The Weeknd’s work is chilling and sinister in its search for love, EVERGLOW’s is a spry kiss-off to all the haters, the bad guys, and the players. -- R.M. “Oh that would be my first death I been always afraid of.”. K-pop tends to be a young person's game -- both the industry and its labels regularly shift their priorities to younger artists -- but Apink’s “Dumhdurum” makes an exceptional case for the continuing effort and investment in senior acts. “LA DI DA” melds these all together, with K-pop twists: a killing part punctuated by handclaps, a tempo-shifting rap section carried by leader E:U, and an earworm of a melody evocative of early ’10s K-pop -- a time when choruses were packed with hooky vocal melodies instead of hollow drops. The words in the Latin-infused track “Maria,” which Hwasa co-wrote, read both like a diary entry and a love letter to herself. The track opens with a swirling synth-pop hook strong enough to stand as a chorus all its own, before diving into verses and choruses that strike pop gold with just the right amount of catchy repetition and melancholy longing. Their cockiness peaks in the chorus, which doubles as a taunt and a mantra: "Be hotter/ Beyond the control,” they sing like a drill instructor. -- M.M. -- M.M. Each track spotlights the SHINee and SuperM member’s singing against a backdrop of instrumentals that gradually soften in progression from the album’s first track to the last. The push-and-pull of any romance is often the most enticing yet stressful aspect of it all. You’re already beautiful.”. --, Disco was pop music's flavor of choice around the world this year, but few pulled it off with as much sophistication as Sunmi. Twice fight to keep cool, though it’s hard to notice when they nail such a spotless performance. There’s the rosy stroke from the chipper “Pink Blusher,” the galactic brush from the bouncy “Spaceship” and the rainbow splash from the album’s title track, “Fiesta,” as described by the lyrics: “When the flowers of various colors bloom and the flower petals flutter off/ The party is at its peak.”. The arrival of BLACKPINK’s first full-length album—so highly anticipated the project was simply titled The Album—was one of K-pop’s biggest news events in 2020. Orpheus and Eurydice? , and above all, the shimmering synth-pop sound that permeated the top half of that decade. From the punky chants on the chorus to the softhearted melodic pre-chorus -- plus an unexpected wolf howl on the second verse -- “Bedlam” serves just what its title promises, with Jin Hyuk's energetic delivery navigating a hodgepodge of hip-hop styles. The K-pop songs and albums that defined the year transported us to places we miss most—from the theater to the jazz bar to the island vacation that lives only in our memories or imaginations. While the pre-release singles “How You Like That” and “Ice Cream” with Selena Gomez charted higher on the Billboard Hot 100, “Lovesick Girls” is the true gem on the album. Matured, musical magic awaits. The group’s demeanor is as spartan as the icy beat, and they amplify their bratty voices to assert their flawlessness. 12/23/2020 Apink detail the complexity of remaining calm in the presence of a past love, even when one’s heart's still beating. The year 2020 is finally here, and with that we get a whole new set of New K-Pop Songs! One could readily claim SEVENTEEN have made their own “Cupid Shuffle,” but they’re aiming for something beyond mere dance instructional: this is a song for transforming every moment into a cause for celebration. This was a great year for soloists in K-pop, and no one was more honest with themselves than WOODZ. The bombastic electronic noises in the first few seconds of “Kick It” are jarring. The other additions, which include both group songs and sub-unit releases that create more space to highlight each member’s vocal color, see a narrative weaved across cutting off old ties (“Ex,” “B Me”) and strengthening new bonds (“My Universe.”), While the fierce and bold girl crush image has become increasingly popular in K-pop, IZ*ONE has stayed unapologetically sweet and cute. The dawn of a new era begins with this list. 2. All Rights Reserved. --, , they’ve encouraged uncompromising self-love by modeling it themselves -- their brand of girl crush is less the confident scoff of BLACKPINK’s “Look at you, now look at me” and more “Look, me, now look at you!” On “Wannabe,” they invite us again to dance, gilding a shapeshifting electro-pop beat and 2000s guitar-pop chugs with whimsical flourishes: flexatones, DJ scratches, the crank of a winding key. Everglow – LA DI DA. Each day this week, I’ll be counting down ten of the year’s best, until number one is revealed on Friday. The track is sleek and sultry, oozing with the Mamamoo vocalist’s distinct charisma as she sings in her low-toned, rounded voice over syncopated drum beats. In the alternative rock track on which group leader Hui and rapper Wooseok contributed to the writing, the members’ voices are saturated with despair and desperation as they lament being “burned by a fake love.” Most poignant is the refrain in which the eight active members sing in unison, “Lie, it’s all a lie, it’s a lie.” The final verse adds depth to the track, using wordplay to reveal a longing: whereas gojinmal, the Korean word for “lie,” was repeated earlier in the song, the members close with gaji ma—“don’t go.”. In keeping with the Semicolon EP’s theme to “take a break” because “there’s a long journey ahead of you,” “Home;run” invites the listener to revel in the music and join the party onstage—albeit only in our minds. The band mourns the end of a relationship in “Tick Tock” and wrestles between letting go and holding on in “Afraid.” The album may not be an all-out remedy for pain itself, but it certainly holds the power to make listeners feel less alone in their own. BTS has connected with a worldwide fanbase in large part thanks to the universal-but-still-personal themes of their music, and “Black Swan” represents one of their most intimate confessions. “LEFT & RIGHT” is so exuberant that every sound -- from doorbell chimes to 808 cowbells, organ synth riffs to full-bodied brass  --  bursts forth like aural confetti. In spite of the track’s suave sound, the lyrics have SF9 practically begging their love interest for a chance, closing on the line “Hold me tight before it’s too late.” But even though it’s doubtful that they’ll get the girl, it doesn’t matter -- these good guys still won. Alternating between distorted tremolo vocals, hushed whisper-raps, and delicate verses wisping like curls of smoke, the members’ voices lurch between dulcet and disorienting as they reveal the cracks in a friendship. But where The Weeknd’s work is chilling and sinister in its search for love, EVERGLOW’s is a spry kiss-off to all the haters, the bad guys, and the players. I was going to write that it was an overall disappointing year in K-pop and, I suppose, in comparison to 2019 which was, in my opinion, a stellar year, there were far fewer home-runs. The jabbing rap verses and thudding bass threaten to knock you down, but the vocalists’ melodies, so sweet and tender, promise to soften the blow. It’s delicate but not weak, breathy but not lacking substance—something like a gentle caress to the ear. On “Back Door,” Stray Kids tighten their production without, exuberance, transforming their signature bombastic EDM into something more, Who among us doesn’t have an internet-damaged brain? “LEFT & RIGHT” is so exuberant that every sound -- from doorbell chimes to 808 cowbells, organ synth riffs to full-bodied brass  --  bursts forth like aural confetti. This year, Kingchoice’s ‘Kpop Songs Raking 2020’ chart has witnessed countless surprises from the rankings. "MAGO” distills disco to its very best qualities, shimmering -- quite literally -- with synths and steady beats, building a heady, atmospheric high. Please attempt to sign up again. Discussion in 'K-POP' started by ninichan, Jan 2, 2021. Besides “Zombie,” plenty of tracks on The Book of Us: The Demon boast memorably penetrating lyrics. It’s all butterflies-in-stomach wooing until it isn’t -- the chorus is a big-room-house scorcher, delivered with such burning affection that you can practically smell smoke. Consider this an introduction to the many K-pop singles that dazzled us, impressed us, and moved us throughout the past 12 months. It’s a full-fledged motion picture packed into just over three minutes to tell a rare, real-life story of one of the world’s biggest stars. Here are the CelebMix Top 10 KPOP singles of 2020. As she goes from describing pictures of endings that occur all across nature to talking about how this feels on a personal level, she emphasizes the gravity of her heartbreak against the weight of the cosmos: you may be a small speck in the grand scheme of things, but right now, your pain is valid. Though ALL ABOUT LUV made headlines this year for being the first all-English album from a K-pop group in more than a decade, the project isn’t just notable for its linguistic direction. Taemin’s solo music has always ventured to the dark side, but ever since “Move,” he’s peeled back layers of the human psyche that people often prefer keeping to themselves. In a year when comfort was scarce, BIBI came through as the embodiment of forgotten fun and relatable melancholy. Privacy Policy © 2019 Billboard Media, LLC. the band begins to question as more dizzying thoughts fill their minds. The Funky Bassline featured prominently in countless boy group releases, and while many acts were content with letting TFB do all the heavy lifting, Stray Kids’ adherence to their “more is more” M.O. Stray Kids’ adherence to their “more is more” M.O. And yet, as I was … Dreamy, gloomy hip-hop soundscapes lay the backdrop for the chart-toppers to open up about their darkest fears: that they may one day fall out of love with music. Look: we all know how this year went, so to be told once again of all the tragedies and horrors that plagued it is the last thing anyone needs. Crunchy electric guitars and a jaunty whistle add a refreshing contrast to the track’s trap underpinnings, but where it best exposes its murkiness is through the quintet's vocal performances. SuperM is one of the popular Kpop groups, who had a uber-famous song called Jopping, released last year. BEST OF 2020 MASTERPOST. We have been checking out which songs are viral for almost 5 years now! The song showcased a naughty side of the members through the lyrics. © 2021 Billboard Media, LLC. -- L.S. In our own whirlpools of flirting and call backs, IG-reels and missed messages, “BUMP BUMP” was comfortingly straightforward -- with WOODZ relaying what he wants, exactly how he wants it. As cohesive as it is musically, its magic lies in how perfectly it fits into the ethos of 回:Walpurgis Night. With tracks packaged tightly around a renewed identity (“Mago,” “GRWM”) and an empowered self (“Better Me,” “Wheel of the Year”), the album stands out for its thematic cohesion—and with a theme particularly resonant in a year when isolation has perhaps created more space for personal reflection. This mature message successfully connected with a large audience, and “Dumhdurum” became a knockout success in both Korea (topping all local music charts) and the Billboard charts (tying for their longest-running hit on World Digital Song Sales). --. Not to mention there’s plenty more to come. -- L.S. Even more notable is her lyrical prowess: this is the swan song of her relationship -- it’s painful and desperate and she clings to deceptive hope. for them -- a concept that could be difficult for younger groups to believably pull off. Their story about a fateful connection written in the stars unreels in literal terms as they liken each other to celestial bodies, measuring their love in galactic proportions. By the time it ends, you honestly wonder whether giving in would be so bad. The end of the year countdowns are finally here! Check back frequently for new reviews and commentary on everything kpop! by With elements of city pop and refreshing touches of flute, “pporappippam” delivers a story of both passion and optimism for the K-diva’s first proper love song released as a single. --. I’ve been trying to catch up and thoroughly enjoy each album and song – that is … And yet, this chant—“let me introduce you to some new thangs”—has become one of the most iconic lines of K-pop in 2020 largely because of its overflowing swagger. The song calls for a grand celebration, but they’re too distracted trying not to indulge in their own treacherous desires: “I just can’t go back anymore/ Out of control,” Chaeyoung sings before the rest of the group fully surrender to temptation. Both Go Live and In Life offer a feast of dynamic hooks and festive vibes, but In Life has the slight upper hand in no small part because it introduced the lead single “Back Door”—a high-energy track brimming with pizzazz (and one of TIME’s 10 Best Songs of 2020). My Top Kpop Songs of September 2020. NCT 127’s martial arts-themed “Kick It” quite literally packs a punch. Co-produced by members Bang Chan, Changbin and Han, “Back Door” welcomes you in with TFB and, with its cheeky on-the-nose door creaks, its cooly confident vocal performances, and a stomping, floor-filling EDM finale. California Privacy Rights Moderator. 3:00 0:30. The end of the year countdowns are finally here! --, "MAGO” distills disco to its very best qualities, shimmering -- quite literally -- with synths and steady beats, building a heady, atmospheric high. While it’s easy to think of K-pop stars as mere entertainers, there’s something to be said for how vital their songs felt in a time when hope was stymied, when anhedonia was just around the corner. “Answer” is a song of triumph and celebration, as ATEEZ makes clear from its first word: geonbae, the Korean term for “cheers!” From the moment vocalist San opens with “let’s make a toast like a thunder” to the track’s final minute packed with booming instrumentals, “Answer” arrests listeners with a grand exuberance shared by the two-year-old group’s best tracks. In 2019, supergroup SuperM debuted to much pomp and circumstance—the act brought together seven of SM Entertainment’s star idols from the groups SHINee, EXO, NCT 127 and WayV. TREASURE’s greatest strength is that they (correctly) understand flirting as both playful and serious, something summarized in the most evocative point dance this year: all 12 members staring straight-faced at the camera, bobbing their heads as they hold up finger hearts. Using the title as a metaphor -- to represent both the one-of-a-kind phenomenon they are and the 2010 movie where a ballerina makes the ultimate sacrifice for her art -- the superstar septet investigates their underlying anxieties until declaring they won’t let fear win over passion in the end. ♦ K-POP Tops: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_DbuDTMoGqhDk1YZQ2z_98LglBM76gfg Top Songs of 2020 … --, It’s only fitting that one of the tallest boy groups in the K-pop industry excels in catwalk-ready K-pop. If the chorus seems like the most grandiose thing the group has ever done, it’s only because they’re trying to match the larger-than-life scale of their overflowing feelings. you can check out my other videos! 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