Over the last ten years or so, K-Pop has burst into the global music scene, introducing fans to a new take on the genre as well as Korean culture.
One of my closest friends is a massive BTS fan. It's as if she went back to being a teenager, when we cluttered our walls with posters of our favorite bands. That’s how her room looks today, and it's not just the music and the posters: she knows everything about them, from their nicknames to their favorite movies, and much more. At first, it was a little strange for me, but after a couple of years of her teaching me about the genre, I have to say I get it. K-Pop is truly a fascinating universe that captivates you and doesn’t let go.
More than just a genre, K-Pop is a movement that took the entire world by storm with the highest numbers in social media followers, sales, and a unique fan base, although unique doesn’t really express how special these fanbases are. So, here are what we consider the best K-Pop songs for you to enjoy that are perfect if you want to delve into this new and exciting world.
“Idol” by BTS
“Lullaby” by GO17
“Gashina” by SUNMI
“Roller Coaster” by CHUNGHA
“ONE” by Samuel Ft. JUNG ILHOON
K-Pop isn’t new. It’s been a thing in Asia for more than two decades, but it has only recently entered the global mainstream music industry. Beyond all the success we already know, we have to say that this genre has no comparison with any other in terms of its creation and its industry. Idols, as its stars are called, are scouted by agencies as kids and and train for years to be able to dance, sing, and model.
“Shoot Me” by Day6
“달리 Dally” by Hyolyn
“Baby Don’t Stop” by NCT
“Egotistic” by Mamamoo
“Lil’ Touch” by Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG
Behind their awesome, perfectly syncronized dance moves, and their unique fashion style, there’s something interesting about their music that goes beyond any other "plastic" pop product. K-Pop is all about experimenting and playing with different sounds and rhythms from all over the world. From hip-hop to rock, jazz, reggae, and Latin rhythms, most K-Pop productions incorporate non-pop sounds to their more traditional pop. That’s perhaps one of the key aspects of their success and why their music is breaking global barriers.
“Countless” by SHINee
“RETRO FUTURE” by Triple H
*“‘Bout You” by SUPER JUNIOR-D&E
“Ride on the Wind” by KARD
“Now or Never” by SF9
The way I see it, this is a cultural phenomenon that goes beyond music and trends. The fact that this has become so big in what people call the “western world” is proof of its importance. It opens doors to people all over the world to new cultural and historical experiences, new sounds, and new ways of doing things, and this involves music, marketing, production, etc. K-Pop fans don’t only follow their favorite bands, they learn everything about them and the country they come from, they learn the language and consume all of their the cultural products. It’s really like nothing we’ve seen before.
“I Don’t Care” by NU’EST
“Right Here” by THE BOYZ
“BBoom BBoom” by Momoland
“빨간 맛 Red Flavor” by Red Velvet
*“DDU-DU DDU-DU” by BLACKPINK
As we mentioned before, K-Pop idols are extremely prepared and disciplined performers with the best training, and that’s why the finished products end up being really appealing and such massive successes. You only need to listen to a couple of these songs to immerse in their world, and honestly, it’s hard to let go.
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