Top 10 K-pop Songs of 2017!

Hello everyone,

K-pop has transformed in the past fours years, there was a time when nobody knew what the word K-pop meant. Now so many K-pop artists are breaking the barriers of music and slowly becoming well known internationally. K-pop is not quite where it needs to be, but they are definitely on the right path. This year we’ve had a great selection of songs that’s why it was challenging to pick the top ten K-pop songs of 2017.

The picks for this list are based on my personal preference, but sales, chart ratings, awards and more will be taken into consideration.

Enjoy!

1.BTS – DNA.

 

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Top row left to right: V, Suga, Jin, RM, J-Hope. Bottom two: Jungkook, and Jimin.

 

BTS has taken America by storm, this year they performed at the AMAs, The Ellen Show, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel. It was currently announced they are part of the Billboard top 10 for best song of 2017. Let’s just say they are breaking the barrier and making a path for K-pop to take over the world. Their song “DNA” became the first K-pop song to be featured on Spotify’s ‘Global Top 50′ and won ten times at various South Korean Award Programs. Not only that but the song peaked at number one on the Philippines Kpop Top 5, and the Billboard US World Digital Chart. The group will be performing at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, so make sure you tune in to watch some epicness.

2. Twice – Likey.

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Twice member from left to right: Sana, Nayeon, Momo, Jihyo, Jeongyeon, Chaeyoung, Mina, Tzuyu, and Dahyun.

Twice is one of the most popular girl group in South Korea at the moment, people often compare them to SNSD aka Girl’s Generation. The group debuted in 2015 and they are nine members. Twice is a very likable group and they have many fans, and this year they finally debuted in Japan. They also released their first full-length Korean Album, TwiceGram, and on October 30th they released its lead single “Likey”. Both the album and the single reached number one on the Billboard’s World Albums and World Digital Song Sales. The girls are very successful in South Korea and Japan, this is only the beginning for them. Good luck, Twice!

3. Blackpink – As If It’s Your Last.

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Members from left to right: Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo, and Rose.

Blackpink debuted last year in August and they are already climbing the music charts. Their image and music are appealing to the Asian market, as well as the Western music market. Their song “As if It’s Your Last” debuted number one on the on Billboard’s World Digital Song. Within 17 hours of their song release, the music video hit 11 million views. Now the music video has over 100 million views. Mark my words, this group will become an international hit.

4. Red Velvet – Red Flavour

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First member lineup when Red Velvet debuted, members from left to right: Wendy, Seulgi, Irene, and Joy.
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Current members lineup from left to right: Joy, Yeri, Irene, Seulgi, and Wendy.

Red Velvet is a South Korean Group formed under SM Entertainment, they debuted in 2014 with four members, but the following year they added one more. They are known for their catchy tunes, unique concepts, and challenging choreography. Their song “Red Flavour” was named ‘Song of the Year’ by GQ Korea in their November 2017 issue. The single peaked at number one on the Gaon Digital chart and number four on the Billboard US World Digital Song. They released another single “Peek A Boo” this Fall that’s doing very well too. I wish Red Velvet even more success in 2018. 

5. Sunmi – Gashina

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Sunmi a former member of Wonder Girls, made her official solo debut after Wonder Girls disbanded. For those who aren’t familiar with Wonder Girls, they are a group who debuted in 2007. At the end of their contracts, Sunmi and another group member decided to go leave the agency and start something new. Sunmi has signed under MakeUs Entertainment and released her first solo under the label. Her song “Gashina” was an instant hit with the song peaking at number one on the SK Gaon Digital Chart, number two on the SK Kpop Hot 100 and number three on the Billboard US World Digital Songs. I guess her own boss J.Y Park founder of JYP Entertainment didn’t have to worry about her being successful. The Gashina dance became viral and you can find countless of dance cover on YouTube. Good luck Sunmi, you are destined for great things.

6. Exo – Ko Ko Bop

 

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Top row left to right: D.O., Suho, Chen, Lay, Kai. Bottom row: Baekhyun, Xiumin, Sehun, and Chanyeol.

 

EXO is one of the top boy bands in South Korea, but they haven’t had an easy journey with members leaving the group due to dispute with SM Entertainment. Despite all of the controversy, they have managed to release chart-topping hits like “Ko Ko Bop.” The song did very well on the music charts with number one spots on the SK Gaon Digital Chart and Kpop Hot 100. They also peaked at number two on the China V Chart and the Billboard Us World Digital Songs. EXO also won some awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards for Mwave Global Fans’ Choice and Best Male Dance at the 9th Melon Awards. Congratulations on your success this year, EXO!

7. Wanna One – Energetic

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I would list all of the members’ names but I am new to this group, so I’ll leave it for now. My dance teacher is very fond of their music, so I decided to check them out and it turns out they are a big hit in South Korea. Their music is super catchy too and they are excellent performers. Wanna One is a temporary group formed by CJ E&M through the second season of Produce 101. Produce 101 is a survival reality TV show about various trainees coming together from different agencies who come to perform with hopes of becoming more recognized and finally debut. The public votes for the most appealing members, those who are chosen form a temporary group. The public also chooses the group’s concept, debut song, and group name. Hence how Wanna One came to be. They debuted on August 7, 2017, with their song “Energetic”. Their single peaked at number one on Gaon Digital Charts and number six on the Billboard US world Digital Songs. This song was chosen as the Best Kpop Song of 2017 by Billboard critics. Good job boys, keep it up.

8. WINNER – Really Really

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WINNER is a South Korean boy band formed under YG Entertainment, I haven’t followed their work closely. For that reason, I won’t be listing the names of the members because I don’t know them very well. However, after hearing about them this year I decided to do more research and listen to some of their older songs. WINNER debuted in 2013 with five members, but recently there have been changes to the lineup and there are only four members. They released a new song this year, titled “Really, Really” which peaked at number one for two consecutive weeks. They won two awards on “Inkigayo” and “M!Countdown.” They have a well-deserved spot on this countdown list!

9. IU ft. G Dragon – Palette

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IU debuted on September 18, 2008, she currently is one of the most successful soloists in South Korea. The start of her career wasn’t as successful as is it is today, but IU has worked hard to get this far. Her new single “Palette” peaked number one on the Gaon Charts and raking in ten music program trophies. Congratulations!

9. KARD – Hola Hola

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Members from left to right: B.M, Somin, Jiwoo, and J.Seph.

KARD first made an appearance in the KPOP world in 2016 with the plan of releasing three project singles before their official debut. This is the first time we see a co-ed group in a long time, I like to refer to them as the South Korean Abba. They are like a breath of fresh air in the K-pop music scene. They made their official debut on on July 19, 2017, with their song “Hola Hola.” This upbeat summer track peaked the Gaon charts and the group began their journey of promoting in South Korea. I hope they will go far, they have the talent, the personality, and charisma.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know what is your favorite K-pop song of 2017!

See you soon!

Sources [Wikipedia]

 

 

 

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R.I.P Kim Jonghyun

This post is late because I needed a few days to gather my thoughts and how I wanted to express my feelings.

On Monday, December 18, 2017, I logged into my Instagram to see the news that Jonghyun from Shinee has passed away. At first, I thought it was a hoax, but I did more research and it is true.

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According to the recent reports, Jonghyun sent a text message to his older sister on Monday, suggesting he will end his life. Later that day he was found unconscious at a private hotel in Seoul, when he was brought to the hospital he was pronounced dead. He was only 27 years old. Apparently, Jonghyun was suffering from depression and it is too much for him.

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In the text messages Jonghyun’s last words to his sister were:

“Final farewell” while another said, “I’ve had a hard time. Please let me go and say that I did a good job. This is my last word.”

As stated in an article by Global News, Yonhap news agency said authorities found burned coal briquettes, which produce carbon monoxide, in a frying pan in the Gangham district apartment (Global News). It has been confirmed yet if the cause of death is suicide, but many people think JongHyun has taken his own life.

Two weeks prior to his death, Kim sends a message a friend who is also a Kpop star from the group Dear Cloud. Jang was told by Kim to post the text to social media “if he disappears from the world.” This is what was said in the letter.

I was broken from the inside.

The depression slowly chipped me away, finally devouring me.

I could not beat the negativity.

I hated myself. Even though I tried so hard demanding my memories that kept getting cut off to ‘wake up,’ all I got in return was silence.

I’d rather stop if I cannot breathe.

I asked who could be responsible for me.

You’re the only one.

I felt utterly alone.

It is easy to say “I’m going to end it.”

It is very difficult to actually go through with it.

I’ve been struggling through the difficulty.

I told myself that it’s just me wanting to run away from everything.

It’s true. I really did want to run away.

From me.

From you.

I asked, “Who’s there?” It’s me. It’s me again. And it’s me the third time.

I asked, “Why do I keep on losing my memory?” They said it’s due to my personality. I see. It’s all my fault.

I wanted someone to notice (my suffering), but no one knew. Of course, they wouldn’t. They never met me before.

I asked why people live. Just. Just. They live “just because.”

If I ask why people died, they would probably say they couldn’t bear it any longer.

Troubling thoughts flooded my head. I never got the chance to learn how to change dull pain into pure joy.

Pain is just pain.

I kept reprimanding myself not to do so.

Why? Why can’t I even end my life with my own will?

I tried figuring out the reasons for my pain and suffering.

I already had the answer. I was in pain because of me. It’s all my fault that I carry so many imperfections.

Teacher, is this what you wanted to hear?

No. I didn’t do anything wrong.

I used to think that it’s so easy for doctors to blame your personality for the suffering in their calm voice.

It surprises me how I am feeling this much pain. Those people, who have suffered worse than I, seem to go on living perfectly fine. Those weaker than I am live on as well. I guess not. Among the living, there is no one who is suffering worse and no one who is weaker.

The only answer I got back was “just live nevertheless.”

Asking the purpose of life more than one hundred times is not for me. It’s for you.

I wanted to do it for me.

Please don’t say things you don’t know.

How could you ask me to still look for reasons behind my pain? I told you multiple times why I’m suffering. Do I need more reasons to be in pain? More dramatic details in my stories? More stories even?

I told you already. Were you absent-minded when I told you? Things you can bear and even come above do not leave scars.

It wasn’t my responsibility to go against the world.

It wasn’t my path to become world-famous.

That’s why they say it’s hard to go against the world and to become famous. Why did I choose this path? It’s quite funny now that I think about it.

It’s a miracle that I endured through it all this time.

What more can I say. Just tell me “good job.”

You did great. Tell me I suffered enough.

Even though you can’t laugh right now, just don’t send me off blaming me.

Good job.

You suffered a great deal.

Good-bye.

This is so heartbreaking to read and see how much he was suffering in silence. This is why it is so important to end the stigma surrounding mental health, no should be shamed for going through hardships. Everyone dealing with depression or anxiety should feel like they can go to someone for help, instead of feeling ashamed.

I will remember Jonghyun as someone who lived his dream to be a singer, to perform on stage and to be loved by many of his fans. It is true that there are some people in the public who badmouth Kpop stars, and it is true they have insane pressure and expectations from the Kpop industry. But they are human too and they don’t deserve to be treated so harshly, to point where they feel they have to take their own life.

Kim Jonghyun’s was heavenly he added something extra special to his group, Shinee. Shinee debuted in 2008 with five members Taemin, Jonghyun, Key, Onew, and Minho.

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From left to right. Onew, Minho, Taemin, Jonghyun, and Key.
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Left to right! Onew, Taemin, Jonghyun, Minho, and Key.

I discovered their music in 2013, I’ve listened to their songs during some happy times in my life. I remember listening to their song “View” in the car on my way to my friend’s cottage for her Bachelorette party. Every time I listened to their music it was during a happy moment in my life. I’m sad Jonghyun will no longer be among us to hear his angelic voice and see his beautiful smile.

There is something alarming that’s happening in the fandom right now, many fans are committing suicide after finding out the news. If you are part of the fandom and you are reading this, please do not kill yourself. Please, I am begging you. I understand you are hurting but that’s not the way to deal with the pain. Jonghyun would want you to stay alive and remember him with a smile. His family has the worst time coping with this but they are not resorting to extremes, so please stop and don’t do it.

Let’s remember him with a smile and send off this angel to heaven to sing and be at peace. Remember time heals.

Rest in peace and thank you for bringing beautiful music into this dark and harsh world.

Below I will share some of his solo music videos and the first Shinee music video I ever discovered.

Thank you so much for reading! See you soon.

 

Source [https://globalnews.ca/news/3924467/jonghyun-suicide-letter-note/]

Music Monday! BTS – Best Of Me.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

Today I will be introducing BTS, a South Korean boy band who are gaining lots of recognition internationally. They debuted June 12, 2013. They recently performed at the AMAs, made an appearance on the Ellen Show and so much more. Let’s just say that Kpop is becoming international.

Some of their accomplishments are winning a Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist and in June 2017, Time magazine named them one of the 25 most influential people on the internet. There are also known as one of the most powerful and influential celebrities. I would like to introduce to you the members of BTS.

Jin

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He is the oldest member (December 4, 1992) of BTS and he is the vocalist and visual of the group.

J – Hope

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J – Hope is the rapper and dancer of the group.

Rap Monster

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Rap Moster is the stage of Kim Namjoon and he is the leader and main rapper of the group.

Suga

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Suga is best known for his rapping abilities in BTS.

Jimin

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Jimin is known for being the lead dancer and vocalist of BTS.

V

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Kim Taehyung, also known as V is one of the vocalists of BTS.

Jungkook

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Jungkook is the youngest member of BTS, also referred to as the Golden Maknae.

BTS is releasing a new album titled “Love Yourself “Her” and they recently collaborated with The Chainsmokers to record the song “Best Of Me’.

You are instantly drawn in by the melody that keeps building up as you dive right into the chorus part of the song. It has a unique sound that is different from their previous work. It has a solid beat and strong engaging rhythm that grabs your attention. BTS is incorporating more of the Western style of music, which is helping them enter the US music market.

They released a new music video on November 24, 2017, which is also Steve Aoki Remix to their song “Mic Drop”.

Let me know what you think about BTS and if you plan to start listening to their music.

See you tomorrow for Indie Tuesday!

Girls’ Generation 10th Anniversary!

Hello everyone,

As promised, I am back with more music posts and today’s post will be about Girls’ Generation, also known as SNSD.

SNSD are a South Korean girl group who debuted on August 5, 2007 with their single “Into The New World”. The group has a long and successful career, however, that wasn’t always the case. In South Korea, boy bands were more dominant in the music scene at that time. When SNSD debuted, there were of course fans who cheered them on but in the beginning they were mistreated by the public. When the members attended a talk show in 2014, there talked about the famous “black ocean” moment from 2008. One thing you should know about Kpop fandoms is that they have a special colour and at their concerts fans hold up these lightsticks. For example, SNSD’s colour is ‘pink’, however, at that time as a form of protest the audience didn’t hold up their lightsticks or cheer for them.

The girls said this was upsetting for them, but they kept going! In 2009, they released their hit single, “Gee”, which was in a way a big breakthrough in their career. Their career skyrocketed from there and now they are known as the ‘Nation’s Girl Group’. Impressive, isn’t it?

SNSD had their ups and downs throughout the years, the biggest down was the departure of Jessica Jung in 2014. This was a big change for fans and the girls too, but SNSD and Jessica Jung seemed to have moved on and both parties have a successful career.

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, SNSD released two songs, “Holiday” and “All Night” this week. Their promotion period for these two singles ends this week!

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How should I describe these two music videos? Oh, I know! Glitter, glitter and more glitter. The girls are having fun and literally partying in both music videos. “Holiday” is more upbeat, bright and funky. It is meant as a nod to the early days of their career and celebrating their Holiday aka their 10 year debut anniversary.

“All Night” tends to have a more mature theme, with a funky melody that makes want to find to most flashy clothes and go out to party. SM Entertainment also released a documentary version of “All Night” where all the member talk about how special SNSD to them and what these 10 years meant for them.

Congratulations Girl’s Generation on your 10 year anniversary!

See you soon with a tribute post about Chester Bennington!

 

Twice – Knock, Knock

There is no doubt Twice is newest girl group to rise to popularity, in fact, they are often compared to South Korea’s favorite group, SNSD. Now, I am not going to compare them to SNSD, because they have their own unique charm.

Twice was formed by JYP Entertainment from the talent competition show, Sixteen. They debuted on October 20, 2015 with their hit song, “Ohh Ahh”, following this single the girls have released  hit after hit.

Their newest single, “Knock, Knock” was released on Sunday, February 19 and in just three days the music video hit 16 million views. It also topped the Melon, Genie, Bugs and Mnet, within eight hours. I think it’s safe to say they are sweeping up to charts in a heartbeat. The song is presented as a sequel to their previous single, “TT”.

In the music video, the girls are having slumber party  and being silly with their friends. When they see it’s snowing outside, they rush out to have a snowball fight, but quickly realize the door shut behind them, being locked out. They rush to go and knock on the door, hence where the sequel part comes into play. In the previous single, “TT”, two children turn around to a knock at the door.

This song has a catchy and cheerful chorus, with their new eye catching “knock, knock” dance. I already have this on replay, will you?

See you soon!

PS. I am hoping that very soon I will be back to posting on a regular basis, however I am thinking about whether to go back to what this blog used to be. I used to post about various topics, I am still figuring it out so I will let you know what happens as soon as possible.

 

Goodbye Wonder Girls

When I first got into Kpop, thanks to PSY, I was searching for other Kpop artists and I discovered Kara and Wonder Girls. These two girls groups led me to finding out more amazing Kpop musicians.

This week I woke up to the news I didn’t want to read, Wonder Girls are officially disbanding. I’ve heard and read rumors about their so called disbandment, but I disregarded it because they had a successful comeback. Why would a group disband if they did well? It was upsetting to read the news, especially when I’ve been listening to their music since 2012. That’s a long time.

For those of you who haven’t heard Wonder Girls, they are a South Korean girl group who debuted in 2007 with their album “The Wonder Years”. The original members of the group were Sunmi, Sohee, Sunye, Yeeun and Hyuna. Hyuna was not part of the group for too long, due to problems with chronic gastroenteritis and fainting spells. However, Hyuna ended up being part of another popular Kpop band, 4 Minute which also disbanded last year. Following Hyuna’s exit, in autumn 2007, the talent agency Good Entertainment sent their trainee Yubin to JYP Entertainment to replace Hyuna. Yubin made her debut in their popular music video, “Tell Me”.

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The original lineup! Yenny, Sohee, Sunye, Hyuna and Sunmi.
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Group lineup, after Hyuna’s departure! Yenny, Sunmi, Sohee, Sunye and Yubin.

Wonder Girls have quite a legacy in South Korea, they are known as one of the top girl groups in the Kpop industry, along with other legendary groups. Wonder Girls had a tremendous success, very quickly they began to release chart topping hits like “Tell Me”, “So Hot” and “Nobody”. They were unstoppable and ready tot take over the world with their music. In 2009, it was announced they would go and try to breakthrough the US music market. They debuted with an English version of their song, “Nobody” and recording a new album. In that same year, JYP announced Wonder Girls will be joining the Jonas Brothers on tour. Considering their successful career, there have been a number of member lineup changes. In 2010, Sunmi postponed her music career to pursue her academic career, it was not certain when she would return to JYP again. Following her departure, Hyerim (Lim) a JYP trainee was chosen as Sunmi’s replacement. The group continued to promote their music, while actively working in South Korea and America.

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Yenny, Sohee, Sunye, Yubin and Hyerim.

In 2012, Sunye announced she would be getting married in January 2013! JYP, the CEO of the JYP Entertainment announced the group would go on hiatus. Many fans feared the group will disband, but JYP reassured there was not such thing. On June 24, 2015, it was announced the Wonder Girls would be making a comeback as a band. Yet again, more lineup changes happened with Sunmi returning to the Wonder Girls and Sunye and Sohee ending their contracts with JYP Entertainment. On August 3 2015, they released their comeback album, “Reboot”. To this day this is one of my favorite albums by the Wonder Girls, with their 1980s inspired tunes. The girls took their talent one step further by learning to play an instrument, compose and write their own songs. “Reboot” was a successful album earning a number five spot of the Gaon Album Chart and number two on the Billboard World Albums. Following the success of the their previous album, the Wonder Girls released a new single, “Why So Lonely”, in the summer of 2016.

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Final member lineup. Yenny, Yubin, Hyerim and Sunmi.

Now it is time to say goodbye! There are many questions as to why the group is disbanding, some have stated it is because JYP invests more time and money to promote newer groups. Yubin and Hyerim have renewed their contacts, while Sunmi and Yenny did not. According to some reports, Sunmi and Yenni are meeting with new agencies to continue working as musicians and hopefully continuing their activities as the Wonder Girls. It’s not certain how that would work out, considering they might be with different companies. Nevertheless, I know they will do what’s best for them and their career.

We are saying goodbye to ten wonderful years with the Wonder Girls, they have left behind wonderful music and memories. I may have not followed them from their debut days, but I am happy I got to know them before their disbandment. The girls will be releasing their final single on February 10.

Good luck and thank you for everything Wonder Girls, you were wonderful! We will miss you.

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Top 20 Kpop Songs of 2016!

Hello everyone,

Wow, it sure has been a while since I’ve posted anything but life has been a little crazy lately. Luckily, it has slowed down a little bit, and I’ve been able to think of new content to write on my blog. I’ve missed writing on this blog and as you all know, this blog went through a lot of changes. Content changes, name changes and so much more. Being blogger is not as easy as you might think, but inspiration is finally striking me.

It is no secret that I love Kpop, I listen to it daily, that’s why I decided to write my yearly “Top 20 Kpop Song” post for this year. There were many great group who debuted, and other groups that rose to fame. The picks for this list are based on my personal preference, but sales, chart ratings, awards and more will be taken into consideration.

Enjoy!

20. Jessica – Fly

Not many people will include Jessica Jung’s comeback as part of this list, but I will because she deserves the recognition. Jessica Jung is a former SNSD member, who stated she was forced out of the group and SM Entertainment. It’s been a hard road for Miss Jung, but she rose to the top, debuting with a mini solo album and joining Coridel Entertainment. Her song “Fly” is about her struggles, and triumphing above the adversity. She sure did that and she is soaring high.

19. Fei – Fantasy

MISS A’s member Feimade her solo debut this summer with the sultry song “Fantasy”. We are seeing a brand new image of the Kpop star, this song could’ve been more popular, however was some controversy about Korean-Chinese relations that got in the way of this being a more successful single.

18. K.A.R.D – Oh, Na, Na

K.A.R.D is new group that debuted this month under DSP Media, the group is composed of four members: two girls and two guys. It is rare to see a mix gendered group in the Kpop World, but it is also so refreshing to see something new. They plan to release three project singles with hidden members (musicians from the agency), before they hold their official debut. “Oh, Na, Na” has already gained recognition and success with reaching millions of view shortly after releasing their song. In addition, they debuted number three on the US Kpop iTunes Chart, this is a group we have to look out for in 2017. They are just getting started!

17. Block B – A Few Years Later

This is a surprising change from the typical hip hop, bad boy image of Block B, I love the sentimental feeling from this song. This song is included on this list because I give recognition to bands that are willing to step out of their typical edgy image.

16. Astro – Hide & Seek

Astro debuted earlier this year and I refer to them as the male version of Gfriend, their single “Hide & Seek” is full of energy that won’t fail to cheer you up. They performed well on the music charts, and the public response towards their debut has been very positive. I can’t wait to see more.

 

15.  EXID – Lie

The title track “L.I.E” from their album “Street” has influences R&B, dance and hip-hop, with their typical catchy chorus. Their song won them four awards!

14. GOT7 – Fly

After having success in 2015, GOT7 came with more for us this year! “Fly” was another hit and it received four awards. Keep it up boys!

13. Taemin – Drip Drop

We can’t froget about this gem that was released earlier this year, Teamin is a modern day Michael Jackson. His dance performance in the MV is jaw dropping, and Taemin’s vocals are pretty great too.

12. Taeyeon – Why

Taeyeon has delivered soulful tracks, so it was about time to hear something more upbeat from her. “Why” is the summer song of 2016, this EDM inspired track peaked at number one on the Gaon Digital Charts.

11. Ladies Code – Galaxy

Ladies Code made a brave comeback this year, after being absent from the music scene for a year and half. In September 2014, Ladies Code got into an accident that resulted in the deaths of  members EunB and Rise. That left the group with three surviving members. Their faith was uncertain because people didn’t know if they were ever going to come back. They showed their bravery by coming back with a brand new mini album and their song “Galaxy”. Throughout the music video there is constant symbolism becoming a  trio group. I have tremendous respect for these ladies, they are stronger and braver than ever. Watch out for them because they are a force to be reckoned with.

10. SHINee – Tell Me What To Do

SHINee is my favorite boy band and I love their evolution of style and music genre, this electro-pop track has an addictive melody and chill-inducing high notes.

9. I.o.I – Very, Very Very

I.o.I is a Korean pop girl group formed by CJ E&M Entertainment, through the reality TV show Produce 101 on Mnet. The group consists of eleven members who were chosen from a pool of 101 trainees from various entertainment companies. Lim Na-young, Kim Chung-ha, Kim Se-jeong, Jung Chae-yeon, Zhou Jieqiong, Kim So-hye, Yu Yeon-jung, Choi Yoo-jung, Kang Mi-na, Kim Do-yeon and Jeon So-mi debuted on May 4, 2016 with their mini-album “Chrysalis”, who are expected to release new music until they return to their respectful agencies. Their last single will be released in January 2017 without any promotions on music shows.I refer to them as a trial group, during this time they have gained tremendous popularity and success. Their song “Very, Very, Very” produced by JYP, won their first music show trophy as whole group. I wish the members all the best in their future endeavors in the Kpop scene.

8. Twice – Cheer Up

Twice, or as I like to call them, South Korea’s sweethearts have captured the hearts of fans all over the world. The group debuted in 2015 and they’ve had huge success since then, their song “Cheer Up’ has gone viral with it’s catchy ‘shy, shy, shy’ hook by Sana. The song has become a mega-hit and just wait until the chorus of the song, it is so catchy you’ll replay it over and over again.

7. Wonder girls – Why so lonely

Wonder Girls made a comeback this July as a band and a new inspired reggae-pop song, that was playing in everyone’s heads over and over again. They showcase versatility and trying a new mix of genres along with playing music instruments. Talk about a talent!

6. MAMAMOO – You’re The Best

Mamamoo are a vocal powerhouse, it’s an easy going and cheerful song, and after sweeping the charts with, “You’re The Best”, their name became more popular to the masses. This is one of their most popular songs, until the next one of course.

5. Zico ft. Crush and DEAN – Bermuda Triangle

Zico from the group Block B has proven he is a hit maker, his single “Bermuda Triangle ” peaked at number two on the music charts. Zico brings more attention to hip-hop music in the Korean Music Industry.

4. EXO – Monster

EXO are known for their catchy pop tunes, but this time with “Monster” we are introduced to something different. Starting the song with a dark, hip hop tune and dark edgy visuals, but once the chorus hits we are brought back to that pop music magic EXO can create.

3. Blackpink – Whistle

Blackpink debuted on August 8, 2016 under YG Entertainment, YG is considered one of the top three agencies along with SM Entertainment and JYP. The group consists of four members: Jisoo, Lisa, Rose and Jennie. BlackPink had a successful debut with their debut singles “Boombayah” and “Whistle”. Their music videos reached millions within weeks, they rose to popularity instantly and they already won many awards for their singles. Their win at Inkigayo broke a record for winning an award within 14 days of their debut. BlackPink release catchy music with powerful choreography, their song “Whistle”  landed a number 1 spot on the Korean and US World Music charts. “Whistle” also won them a Song of the Year at the Gaon Chart Kpop Awards, along with the Melon Popularity Award, the Mnet Best Music Video Award. Their music translates well into the Western music scene with countless of Western fans. They have a bright future ahead of them and I can’t wait to listen to more of their music.

2. Gfriend – Rough

A new generation of Kpop groups are debuting and Gfriend has secured a spot as one of the top new girl groups. Their song “Rough” has a beautiful dramatic and violin sound with a heartfelt vocal performance. “Rough” won  Gaon Chart Kpop Awards for Best New Song and many more. We look forward to find out what this talented group will do next in 2017.

1. BTS – Blood, Sweat and Tears 

Blood, Sweat and Tears is an accurate representation to show how hard BTS have worked to ensure they have a successful music career. Their hard work payed this year, BTS is rising to the top as fast as a space rocket. “Blood, Sweat and Tears” is emotional song with a melancholic sound, powerful vocals and choreography, with impressive visuals. I think they slayed this year and they rightfully deserve a number one spot on this list.

I can’t wait to see what Kpop will bring us in 2017, let me know in the comments below which are your top three Kpop song of 2016 🙂

See you all soon!