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Let’s be trustworthy: 2020 was not the 12 months anybody anticipated it might be. Nonetheless, it doesn’t matter what the 12 months threw our means, a minimum of we had Okay-pop to make life just a little sweeter.

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With touring, live shows, and life generally placed on maintain, Okay-pop followers may nonetheless discover pleasure and luxury by means of attending livestreamed live shows, watching music movies, and listening to new songs from their favourite artists.

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This 12 months specifically noticed the discharge of songs that pushed inventive boundaries, broke streaming data, impressed dance covers from everywhere in the world, and yanked on all of our heartstrings with their poignant lyrics.

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From disco to newtro, this 12 months in Okay-pop had all of it!

Though it was no straightforward feat, we chosen 35 of the perfect Okay-pop songs that obtained us by means of this 12 months.

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Able to see who made the record? Let’s go!


“Boy” by Treasure

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Debuting as a Okay-pop group in a 12 months like 2020 is not any straightforward feat, however Treasure effortlessly rose to the problem with their debut single “Boy.” The tune fastidiously balances the group’s highly effective vocals with a dynamic, synth-heavy refrain, and its music video seals the deal by highlighting the group’s indomitable stage presence and revolutionary choreography. After watching this video, you will don’t have any selection however to stan!


“Black Mamba” by Aespa

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Talking of debuting in 2020, Aespa’s high-octane debut single “Black Mamba” highlighted that they didn’t come to play both. From its first shout, the members are a drive to be reckoned with, hitting outrageous excessive notes as they carry out the tune’s iconic choreography. Each the tune and music video spotlight that there are darker sides to Aespa ready simply beneath the floor, and I am unable to wait to see the place they go subsequent.


“Star” by LOONA

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Make a journey by means of the galaxy with LOONA with their newest single “Star.” Launched in each Korean and English, the tune is one which simply naturally brings a smile to your face with its peppy tempo and candy lyrics. I’ll by no means recover from this music video both; whether or not the ladies are sitting collectively in a room stuffed with glittering lights or dancing in a capturing star-filled galaxy, there is a heat and easy magnificence to it that works properly with the tune’s uplifting lyrics.


“1 Billion Views (Feat. MOON)” by EXO-SC

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EXO-SC takes retrofuturism to new ranges with their funky single “1 Billion Views.” Set in a bustling cityscape, its music video blends basic 8-bit online game references with modern-day digital actuality and live-streaming. Plus, you possibly can’t pass over Chanyeol and Sehun’s lovely telephone choreography too! Very similar to its title, it is a tune that you’re going to end up listening to time and again… perhaps even 1 billion occasions?


“The Stealer” by The Boyz

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It doesn’t matter what idea they tackle, it’s normal information {that a} tune by The Boyz goes to pack a severe punch. That is no totally different in “The Stealer,” their dramatic dance monitor that depicts the 12-membered group on a mission to steal somebody’s coronary heart, solely to have theirs stolen as a substitute. The actual problem, although, is that if they will achieve stealing your coronary heart after listening to this tune too!


“Monster” by Purple Velvet – Irene & Seulgi

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Nobody will be each spooky and sultry fairly like Purple Velvet. Simply take heed to their sub-unit Irene & Seulgi’s single “Monster” and you will rapidly perceive why. The tune’s lyrics are delightfully scary as they element possessing somebody and toying with them as they wrestle to interrupt free from their maintain. Add in a closely distorted backbeat, distant alarm ringing, and sinister choreography and this tune is a dream that you’re going to by no means wish to get up from.


“Goblin (Favourite Boys)” by A.C.E

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Our favourite boys are again! “Goblin (Favourite Boys)” is an explosive monitor that takes no prisoners with its arduous rock edge and assured lyrics that see the group stand as much as haters and swear to grow to be the perfect of the perfect. From Wow and Kim Byeongkwan’s fiery rapping to Jun, Chan, and Donghun’s unbeatable vocals to your entire group’s unimaginable dance efficiency, this tune showcases all of A.C.E’s abilities completely. “Goblin (Favourite Boys)” is actually A.C.E at their greatest.


“Given-Taken” by ENHYPEN

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Enhypen’s debut title monitor “Given-Taken” is an introspective tackle their expertise on the survival competitors present I-Land that result in their debut earlier this 12 months. It explores the concept of whether or not they have been given the chance to debut as a Okay-pop group, or in the event that they noticed they alternative and took it for themselves. (Get it?) It is not usually {that a} Okay-pop group is each candid and cognizant of their debut and its implications, and that is what makes “Given-Taken” such a singular and refreshing tune.


“Wannabe” by ITZY

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Since their debut in 2019, it has been ITZY’s mission to champion self-acceptance and like to their listeners. They continued to unfold their message in 2020 with their single “WANNABE.” “I haven’t got to be something as a result of I am good once I’m myself,” the members sing. “Regardless of should you love me or hate me, I wanna be, one and solely me.” It is that sentiment, mixed with their iconic shoulder-shimmying choreography, that makes this tune an instantaneous hit.


“Make A Want” by NCT U

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From its opening whistle and bouncing backbeat alone, there is a magical high quality to NCT’s single “Make A Want.” What takes it to the following stage is the inclusion of NCT members from every of the group’s totally different items performing collectively. Previous to the discharge of “Make A Want,” imagining a tune that featured Jaehyun and Xiaojun riffing off each other or Lucas and Jaemin rapping collectively would’ve been a distant dream. Now, it is an addictive pop single that is higher than anybody may’ve ever wished for.


“Dingga” by Mamamoo

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From driving scooters to rollerskating to dancing the night time away, the music video for “Dingga” simply makes me desperately wish to attend a celebration thrown by MAMAMOO sooner or later. You know they know how you can have enjoyable! This video is an ideal match for its tune, which options lyrics that describe feeling lonely and tired of life and encourages listeners to snap out of their unfavourable mindsets by celebrating the nice occasions, assembly with associates, consuming ice cream, and consuming “like a fish.”


“House;run” by Seventeen

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Ocean’s 13? Sorry, I solely know Pledis’ 13. Seventeen’s funky heist music video for his or her single “House;run” sees the group’s members adopting disguises, taking part in poker, and touring world wide as they attempt to steal a big diamond from each other. The tune’s blustering horns and new jack swing sound pairs properly with its video’s heat shade scheme and basic Hollywood vibe, nevertheless it’s the tune’s cool choreography and empowering lyrics that actually steal the present.


“Dumhdurum” by Apink

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Apink took a standard breakup tune and turned it on its head with the discharge of “Dumhdurum.” On one hand, it is a attractive dance anthem stuffed with dreamy synthesizers and scorching drums. However on the opposite, its lyrics describe the sheer agony of getting to behave such as you’re utterly effective after a brutal breakup. When mixed, the top result’s an iconic dance monitor that each soothes a damaged coronary heart and makes you wish to dance the night time away.


“Breath” by GOT7

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GOT7’s pre-release single “Breath” was the breath of contemporary air this 12 months. It’s GOT7 at their best: just a little funky, reveals off the group’s inventive abilities (Youngjae helped write and compose the monitor!), and is full of heart-warming lyrics. Additionally, as a result of it must be stated, the camerawork within the tune’s music video is next-level! Every transition from one member to the following is so clean and easy β€” a incredible illustration of the tune’s personal groovy, laid-back sound.


“Keep Tonight” by Chung Ha

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“Keep Tonight” is the sort of tune that simply makes you wish to dance. The tune’s pulsing membership beat instantly attracts you in, nevertheless it’s Chung Ha’s crystal-clear vocals and impeccable choreography that hold you mesmerized all through your entire efficiency. Her excessive observe within the tune’s bridge will at all times give me goosebumps, particularly when juxtaposed with the refrain’ beat drop!


“Love Killa” by Monsta X

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You wager we have ~obtained room for yet one more~ tune on this record! Particularly when its music video is an homage to a number of the greatest crime movies of all time. Monsta X’s music video for his or her single “Love Killa” sees the group’s channel basic villains like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, the Joker from The Darkish Knight, and Tyler Durden from Combat Membership because the tune’s lyrics paint an image of a relationship that’s as lovely as it’s damaging.


“One (Monster & Infinity)” by SuperM

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Spoiler alert: this tune is definitely the mixture of two SuperM songs β€” “Monster” and “Infinity” β€” combined collectively to grow to be “One.” The result’s an out-of-this-world hit that’s oozing with confidence and full of unimaginable excessive notes, charismatic rapping, and choreography so complicated and synchronized it’s going to go away you breathless. No video games; SuperM delivers each time.


“Daechwita” by Agust D

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Min Yoongi is a person of many titles. Whereas Suga from BTS is likely to be his mostly recognized, it is underneath the moniker Agust D that the world turns into his playground. The only from his shock mixtape drop earlier this 12 months, “Daechwita,” will get its title from a style of music from the Joseon dynasty that was used for royal processions. Mixing conventional Korean devices with heavy entice beats and spitfire rapping, “Daechwita” is unquestionably a homecoming anthem match for a king like Min Yoongi.


“Oh my god” by (G)I-DLE

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Oh. My. God. From the primary toll of bells to Minnie’s delicate, haunting vocals, (G)I-DLE’s “Oh my god” offers you goosebumps. Organized, written, and composed by chief Soyeon, the tune describes discovering one’s self ensnared in a relationship that’s “insanely lovely but looks like a satan.” The beat drop within the refrain is so wealthy and satisfying, however truthful warning: you will probably end up singing “oh my god” for days after your first hear.


“Lovesick Women” by Blackpink

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From its dreamy guitar intro to its explosive refrain, “Lovesick Women” is the sort of tune that you simply wish to scream alongside to whereas driving with the home windows down (sort of just like the members do within the music video!). With Jennie and Lisa’s fierce rapping completely balancing out Jisoo and RosΓ©’s candy, lilting vocals, Blackpink’s “Lovesick Women” is a pop masterpiece.


“God’s Menu” by Stray Children

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Stray Children’ bombastic single “God’s Menu” will fulfill your entire 5 senses. Written and composed by Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han (aka 3RACHA), the experimental hip-hop monitor describes their ambition to grow to be a gaggle that may accomplish something by evaluating themselves to five-star cooks. The tune is closely laden with meals references, however probably the most iconic line by far is: “surprise what’s our particular ingredient? We do not use such a factor.” Certainly, there are not any particular substances in terms of Stray Children’ success β€” that each one stems from the group’s personal creativity, ambition, and arduous work.


“Inception” by ATEEZ

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With its punchy EDM sound, intense choreography, and jaw-dropping excessive notes, it may be straightforward to neglect that at its coronary heart ATEEZ’s “Inception” is a love tune. There is a poignancy to the members’ vocals as they describe falling in love with somebody however being unable to succeed in them. Once they croon, “I am in love” within the tune’s refrain, their ache feels visceral in your personal chest. Mixing that uncooked emotion with a robust efficiency, “Inception” sees ATEEZ strike the right stability of each softness and depth.


“Sacrifice” by Han Seung Woo

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We have to speak about Han Seung Woo. The 26-year-old singer, who can be a member of Okay-pop group Victon, made his solo debut earlier this 12 months with the R&B monitor “Sacrifice” and I actually consider it must be on everybody’s playlist. Here is why. Whereas the tune’s lyrics delve into the sensation of being so infatuated with somebody you would be prepared to surrender something to be with them (therefore the title), the true draw to this tune is Seung Woo’s crystal-clear vocals. His easy runs within the refrain offers you goosebumps and have you ever pinching your self for not listening to him sooner.


“Flip Again Time” by WayV

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Whereas I do know WayV is technically a C-pop group, I’ve determined that the Korean model of “Flip Again Time” is truthful recreation for this record. Which is nice, as a result of “Flip Again Time” is a real rollercoaster of a tune. It is a deceptively clean monitor; one which lulls you into a way of safety with its slow-building rapping and vocals solely to crescendo right into a refrain that’s so highly effective it low-key makes me tear up. In case you want a tune to wake you up and get you in the best mind set, it is this one. “Flip Again Time” is so good it will make you wish to cease, rewind, and switch again time simply to take heed to it over again.



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What time is it, you would possibly ask? Why it is blue hour! Aka the time of day when the sundown fades away and the night time sky begins to darken. In accordance with Tomorrow X Collectively it is probably the most magical time of day, so it is smart that their single “Blue Hour” would even be the very definition of magical too. The tune is the epitome of youthful exuberance β€” from its uplifting lyrics to its funky bassline, there is a candy, harmless high quality to the disco monitor that by no means fails to brighten my spirits.


“LA DI DA” by Everglow

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Everglow πŸ‘ eternally πŸ‘ let’s πŸ‘ go! πŸ‘ Since their debut in 2019, the six-member lady group from Yuehua Leisure has been long-revered for his or her assured lyrics, intelligent choreography, and EDM sound (simply take heed to “Adios” and “Bon Bon Chocolat” if you would like to search out out extra).

The group breaks new floor with 2020’s iconic monitor “LA DI DA.” Their first dip into the “newtro” style (which mixes each retro and futuristic sounds collectively), “LA DI DA” is devoted to the entire “gamers and the haters” and is a not-so-secret center finger to those that search to carry them down. The mix of modern synthesizers that really feel straight out of the ’80s with Everglow’s badass lyrics is one thing I by no means knew I wanted in my life. It is punchy, it is iconic, it is Everglow.


“Zombie” by Day6

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“Zombie” feels just like the unofficial anthem of 2020. Written by members YoungK and Wonpil and composed by Jae, Day6’s “Zombie” sees its members at their most susceptible but as they examine the cyclical tediousness of on a regular basis life to turning into a zombie. It is such a gradual course of that the members do not even discover they’ve grow to be one till it is too late; although they attempt to change up their existence and discover pleasure, they nonetheless discover themselves feeling hole and alone. “Am I the one one struggling?” They ask. “Since when have I ended up like this? Why?”

This 12 months has been tough for everybody for numerous causes, however there is a sense of consolation in figuring out that there is a band on the market on the planet who feels the identical means you do. Day6 took these emotions and created a tune that not solely pierces your coronary heart however mends it a bit too.


“Life Goes On” by BTS

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“Life Goes On” is the musical equal of a heat hug from a good friend after a nasty day. BTS’s title monitor on their most up-to-date album Be chronicles their expertise throughout the coronavirus pandemic as Jungkook and Jimin each describe how “sooner or later the world stopped with none warning,” and all of the sudden the “streets have been erased of footprints.”

However somewhat than dwell on the hardships of this 12 months, “Life Goes On” as a substitute chooses to ship a message of therapeutic. “Like an echo within the forest, the day will come again round. As if nothing occurred, yeah, life goes on,” the members sing. And, if that did not elevate your spirits, J-Hope supplies a ray of sunshine when he says that we have all: “stopped for now, however do not disguise within the shadow. As soon as once more daylight will glow.”


“Maria” by Hwasa

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Since her debut in 2014 as chief of the Okay-pop group Mamamoo, Hwasa has time and time once more endured merciless criticisms about her look, character, and expertise. “Why is everybody doing this, making me unhappy?” She asks in her single “Maria.” “Will knocking me down put meals in your plate?” The feedback have taken an plain toll on her personally, so to “change disaster to alternative,” Hwasa wrote and composed the only “Maria,” a love letter to herself.

“Maria, I am saying this for you. It is a shining night time; do not torment your self.” She sings. “Why are you struggling? You are already lovely.” Whereas tune might need initially been written to supply energy and luxury to herself, “Maria” has grow to be an unstoppable anthem that encourages followers everywhere in the world who’re going by means of related struggles to by no means cease loving themselves.


“Open Thoughts” by Wonho

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When Okay-pop artist Wonho introduced his solo debut earlier this 12 months with the title monitor “Open Thoughts,” I used to be curious. Then, when it was launched, I used to be promptly greatly surprised by how unimaginable it was. The dreamy digital tune just isn’t about any daring declarations of affection or marriage. As an alternative, all Wonho’s asking for is an opportunity. One night time solely. “Do not you need one thing totally different?” He asks. “You do not have to like me; we each need the identical factor. Inform me your needs and I am going to carry all of them to life. For only one night time, hold an open thoughts lady.”

Few Okay-pop songs delve into the territory of romance with out sweeping declarations of affection included, however Wonho’s “Open Thoughts” is revolutionary in that it bypasses that route solely and as a substitute tosses the ball into the listener’s courtroom. He is likely to be asking for only one night time, however one take heed to “Open Thoughts” and you will be a fan of Wonho eternally.


“Black Swan” by BTS

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The that means behind “Black Swan” is greatest summarized in its artwork movie with a quote from Martha Graham: “A dancer dies twice β€” as soon as after they cease dancing, and this primary demise is probably the most painful.” The dreamy emo hip-hop tune chronicles the inward wrestle an artist feels when their “coronary heart not races when listening to the music play.” It poses a horrifying query to any inventive particular person: what do you do when the factor that introduced you probably the most pleasure in life all of the sudden does not? Who’re you outdoors of your artwork?

It is this introspective thought course of that has drawn followers throughout the globe to BTS and their music since their debut in 2013. The group has been unafraid to debate subjects that historically is likely to be swept underneath the rug, like societal pressures, politics, and, with “Black Swan,” experiencing burnout. The members’ haunting chants of “do your factor with me now. What’s my factor? Inform me now” will keep on with you lengthy after first hear.


“MAGO” by Gfriend

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It has been an amazing 12 months to be a fan of Gfriend. The group launched three (sure, three!) albums this 12 months, nevertheless it’s their third and remaining album, ε›ž Walpurgis Evening, and its disco single “MAGO” that actually steal the present.

Written and composed by members Eunha, Yuju, and Umji, “MAGO” is concerning the members remodeling into assured witches who prioritize their very own opinions of themselves over what different individuals must say. “My coronary heart is ready for you, the lady smiling at me within the mirror,” the members sing. “Go on and choose me, I am going to by no means waver.” The monitor is stuffed to the brim with retro synthesizers and a drum beat that makes you wish to get away your entire disco dance strikes. “MAGO” is so good it’s going to go away you spellbound.



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TWICE is unstoppable. Plain and easy. After wowing the world with their earlier single “MORE&MORE,” the nine-membered group got here again in November with “I CAN’T STOP ME,” a daring, synth-filled daydream that feels prefer it was lifted straight out of an epic ’80s online game soundtrack.

The tune’s lyrics element the expertise of seeing the warning indicators in a relationship, however not with the ability to cease your self from falling in love regardless. “I am warning to myself, ‘you should not be doing this,'” the members sing. “Each minute, each second, my coronary heart goes forward of me.” Add within the group’s unimaginable choreography (particularly that leg drop transfer!) and TWICE’s “I CAN’T STOP ME” is pure pop perfection that takes the group’s musicality to model new heights.


“MMMH” by Kai

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Followers of Kai, member of the Okay-pop group EXO, have long-awaited his solo debut. This 12 months, he took his first steps as a soloist with the discharge of his first solo album. Its R&B title monitor, “MMMH,” It is greater than only a tune β€” it is an expertise that must be seen to be believed. The tune highlights Kai’s sultry aspect, and his soft-lilting vocals are the right match for the tune’s sensual lyrics. When he sings: “‘trigger I am too depraved, I wish to take your entire coronary heart,” you possibly can inform he means it.

Nonetheless Kai’s not simply telling this tune by means of its lyrics however by means of its choreography too. A real dancer at coronary heart, his delicate steps are nearly poetic as they seamlessly rework from physique rolls into highly effective lunges that make the tune’s lyrics stand out even stronger. The tip result’s a efficiency that’s so clear, beguiling, and easy it’s going to steal your breath away. Though it’d’ve been a very long time coming, Kai’s solo debut was properly definitely worth the wait.


“Legal” by Taemin

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Nobody in Okay-pop is doing it like Taemin. As a matter of reality, nobody in any style is doing it like Taemin. The soloist and member of Okay-pop teams SHINee and SuperM has had a jam-packed 12 months full of group promotions, but nonetheless discovered the time to originate his personal complicated, poignant storyline of affection, loss, and re-birth that may be the spine for his third solo album By no means Gonna Dance Once more.

Break up into two elements, the idea album permits Taemin to redefine his profession as a solo artist on his personal phrases. Act 1‘s lead single, “Legal,” pulls you headfirst into Taemin’s world of darkness and destruction. It’s Taemin at his most susceptible, managed solely by another person and but thriving off the unfavourable consideration. “So elegant, the legal who destroys me,” he sings. “Not okay. I try to shake my head, however I am solely getting dragged in additional deeply.” The slick newtro tune provides no decision to the top of his plight, however completely units the tone for the primary album and makes his redemption arc in Act 2 that a lot sweeter. Theatrical and hypnotic, “Legal” is pure genius.

And this is a helpful playlist of all of the songs on the record too!

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And, if you would like to maintain strolling down reminiscence lane, you possibly can try our lists for the perfect Okay-pop songs and music movies of 2019 as properly!