Kpop this year has been a little on the sucky side for me… I was writing last year that I was in love with kpop and that the feeling would last for a while, but now I’m already kinda sick of it. I still follow the news, but I would say that I’m more into the variety shows and korean foods that idols & dramas.
This summer though, as I was lonely and without a computer, I ended watching a lot of TV, and especially the music shows on the korean channel. Thus why most of my list are summer hits
Perfect song by perfect group. The song has this retro summer feel and the dance is super addictive. Now if they just had removed Jiyeon from the center, it would have been even better. This girl can’t dance for shit and always looks bored to death.
I’ve heard people raving about Infinite and its cute L but I never really paid attention to them till I caught one of their live performance. I was in awe. How come I’ve slept on them for so long? The dance steps, the charisma, the voice, those guys have what it needs to make it big. I was really happy when they finally won an award.
I’m not a big f(x) fan, but I was super glad to see Amber make a comeback. She’s the one that adds this little thing to the band, even if she has next to 0 screen time. Anyway this song is a little annoying, with a weird melody and rhythm but it gets super addictive super fast. My friend told me this was playing non-stop when she was in Korea and I understand why.
This song is kinda a joke, with Kim Hyun Joong playing the manly man as opposed to his usual flower boy role. But I think he did the transition pretty well, and as Kim Jong Kook told him when he showed up in Running Man, he has been exercising;) . I think I like this song because it was playing at every commercial break, so it’s more like I’ve been brainwash than anything.
It’s no surprise that the number one is a ballad. I think korean sounds good in rap and romantic ballads especially. This is also the only song which is not a summer hit. I got hooked to this song while watching Secret Garden and even if I couldn’t finish the drama, I loved Baek JiYoung version of That Woman so the song has been keeping me company all around this year.
Honorable mention: Hyuna - Bubble Pop
The cuteness of the song paired with the slutness of Hyuna. Getting huge Lee Hyori vibes from the MV. The randomness of the dub step. All of theses made me loathe this song at first. But my friend kinda lobbied for me to keep trying and told me that with time I will like it. And she was right, after a few tries, you won’t be able to get this song out of your head.