Hey guys! I promise I haven’t given up on the whole posting-every-day-in-December thing, but this post took ages to put together… sorry! I wasn’t sure how long to make this list, so I asked you guys on Twitter and most of you said top 50 so that’s what I went with. Enjoy ❤
#50: SEVENTEEN- Oh My!
I didn’t love this song when I first heard it, but the jigsaw puzzle choreography and the light-hearted goodness won me over.
#49: A.C.E- Take Me Higher
A.C.E are one of my favourite groups, and they’re super talented (please support them). This was a great summer track, but it didn’t place higher on my list as it’s one I wouldn’t listen to outside of summer time 🙂 That being said, I particularly love WOW’s rap verse and the breakdown.
#48: Golden Child- Genie
The thing that first attracted me to this song was the music video aesthetic, because it’s so colourful and fun. Overall, it’s just a pretty fun song!
#47: TWICE- YES or YES
TWICE have been growing on me recently and this is definitely one of my favourite songs by them. It’s catchy, fun, and I find myself constantly doing the dance whenever I say yes… it’s become an issue.
#46: IZ*ONE- La Vie en Rose
I didn’t watch Produce48 and I think some of these girls are too young to debut, and I’m not a massive fan of the groups which come out of these produce shows in general, but that being said, this was a great debut with a gorgeous music video: so elegant, so classy.
#45: N.Flying- Hot Potato
This song is absolutely ridiculous, but that’s definitely its charm!
#44: GOT7- Look
GOT7’s music has matured so much ever since their 7 for 7 album and I am loving it. This MV was so aesthetically pleasing (especially BamBam’s scene) and I love the rap verses.
#43: DAY6- Shoot Me
Nobody does angst quite like DAY6 and I absolutely love the slightly creepy build of the opening lines. The chorus is also incredibly catchy.
#42: JENNIE- SOLO
I was really disappointed by BLACKPINK’s comeback this year. I’m not a massive fan of theirs, but I was looking forward to their comeback… I cannot stand DDU-DDU and I didn’t really like the rest of the album either. Needless to say, I was very happy when this song came out and I liked it.
#41: Leebada- Painting
Leebada is a very new and unknown artist, but I absolutely love her voice.
#40: fromis_9- LOVE BOMB
Now, permanent groups made on shows are something I can get behind! Especially when they have a more organic growth in popularity as fromis_9 have. They released a couple songs this year, but this one really took the cake and I had it on repeat for a couple of weeks after it was released!
#39: ONEW- Blue
Have you heard that voice? Feel the emotions!
#38: APRIL- Oh! my mistake
This group has been around for a decent while, but this is the song that got me hooked. I love the retro inspiration and yes, this was also on repeat. It’s so bouncy and fun!
#37: VROMANCE- Star
Now I’m not sure if it’s the song or the music video which I like more, because it was definitely the MV which hooked me, but this is just so soothing and beautiful that I had to put it on this list.
#36: BTOB- Beautiful Pain
So I think I have a thing for songs in which painful emotions are expressed through gorgeous, gorgeous voices.
#35: OH MY GIRL- Secret Garden
This song came out at the beginning of the year… I immediately added it to my songs and went through all of their music videos. Needless to say, I fell in love and they’re now one of my favourite girl groups.
#34: SHINee- Good Evening
SHINee have had an incredible year for music this year, especially considering the tragedy they have been coping with. This song is just so beautiful!
#33: Yang Da Il- sorry
Yeah, back at it again with the painful emotions.
#32: Rothy- Burning
Now this might not be the most original of sounds, but I absolutely love Rothy’s voice. An impressive debut and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more.
#31: SHINee- Our Page
Does this even need words?
#30: iKON- KILLING ME
It took me a long time to decide if I liked the beat drop in this song, but I am a sucker for deep voices so the opening forced me to listen to this song and made me really want to love it… and now I really like the beat drop too! Unpopular opinion alert: I prefer this song to Love Scenario *gasp*
#29: EXID- I Love You
Well this is my new favourite EXID song.
#28: EXO-CBX- Blooming Day
I mean… some of the lyrics are too cheesy for my liking, but have you heard those voices? I can forgive cheesiness if it’s sung as well as that.
#27: Red Velvet- Power Up
I actually really didn’t like this song to begin with… but it didn’t really have anything to do with the music. I hated Wendy’s pigtails and the girl scouts inspired outfits just really didn’t do it for me… they’re not children? They can be cute without dressing like 7 year olds… that might be a bit harsh, but still. Anyway, I saw their recent performance in which they’re dressed a bit more maturely, which allowed me to listen to the song all the way through without cringing and I fell in love. “Let’s power up!”
#26: The Rose- BABY
I actually saw this in concert in January before it was released when they toured in Europe and it was incredible…
#25: Mamamoo- Egotistic
Now I’m not typically the biggest latin music fan, but the girls really pulled it off (I mean, naturally, it’s Mamamoo).
#24: SHINee- Countless
Although this was SHINee’s last title track this year, it was actually the fist one I listened to all the way through and it made me go back and listen to the whole album, causing me to fall in love with previous tracks. I don’t know what it is, but I love this song.
#23: DREAMCATCHER- Full Moon
This was more of a single than a title track and it doesn’t have a music video, but it’s easily my favourite of the three title tracks/singles that the group released this year… all of which were pretty good. DREAMCATCHER are just a lovely breath of fresh air.
#22: GOT7- Miracle
Okay so usually I don’t include seasonal songs so high on my list (as you saw by Take Me Higher), but this is just so gorgeous and pretty that I couldn’t resist.
#21: SOYOU- All Night (ft. Sik-K)
Slighlty jazzy and a lot sultry is the way I like my music, so this was right up my alley.
#20: Huh Gak- Empty words
A beautiful song with a beautiful MV, as usual from Huh Gak. I also love that the video is LGBTQ+ as this is not something you see a lot in Korea.
#19: EXO- Love Shot
This is a great song (and those live performances with Kai in red killed me little)… I do struggle to listen to it unless I’m watching a performance or using it as background whilst doing something else because of the repetitiveness of the “nanana” bits, but otherwise I can’t get enough.
#18: OH MY GIRL- Remember Me
So remember how I said Secret Garden made me fall in love with OH MY GIRL? I love this song even more.
#17: KEY- One of Those Nights (ft. Crush)
Not only has SHINee’s music this year been great as a group, but both KEY and ONEW have released incredible solo albums.
#16: Girls’ Generation-Oh!GG- Lil’ Touch
Girls’ Generation are iconic in the K-Pop industry, but I must admit to not really liking an of their music… until this song. WOW.
#15: Red Velvet- Bad Boy
I mean I generally like Red Velvet’s velvet tracks a lot… soooo yeah.
#14: Huh Gak- The Last Night
This music video is so simple and powerful, and of course Huh Gak’s voice is beautiful.
#13: Mamamoo- Paint Me
One of the first songs of the year, but so so impressive. Mamamoo really do have incredible vocals and look at the aesthetics of the music video too!
#12: MINSEO- Is Who
I mentioned earlier that I love jazz pop, so this gypsy jazz inspired track + the uniqueness of Minseo as a performer hooked me.
#11: FTISLAND- Summer Night’s Dream
#10: Mamamoo- Starry Night
Beautiful, but definitely more summery than spring considering it’s the title track of their spring-themed album 😀 Their voices almost make you feel like you’re seeing the gorgeous New Zealand landscape yourself. Living vicariously for the win!
#9: GOT7- Lullaby
An amazing title track for an amazing album… fitting. Also, bonus points for Harry Potter references!
#8: Leebada- Night Dream
Can I copy and paste what I said before? HER VOICE IS BEAUTIFUL PLEASE SUPPORT.
#7: SEUNGRI- 1, 2, 3!
Retro and catchy… perfect.
#6: DAY6- Stop The Rain
Okay so technically this is Japanese… but it’s a Korean group so I’m including it because WOW THIS IS A GOOD SONG. Full of emotions and so, so powerful.
#5: Jimin Park- April Fools (0401)
So this song does have a MV, but it is age-restricted so I felt it would be better to include a live performance. JYP finally let Jimin release music and gsoh was it good. Her voice! Helps that I love this kind of music, of course.
#4: IU- BBIBBI
She’s Korea’s darling for a reason… (+ the aesthetics are so good… which has nothing to do with the music, but I just wanted to mention it anyway).
#3: WheeIn- EASY (ft. Sik-K)
Is their a recipe for perfection? WheeIn must have found it.
#2: Mamamoo- Wind Flower
Although not their most popular comeback of the year, I love the noir-inspired and laidback appeal of this song.
#1: Zion.T- Hello Tutorial ft. SEULGI
Although initially easy to overlook for its sweet simplicity, this song hooked me after I found myself unable to stop watching the MV and since then it has not let me go. I love it so much.
So those are my top 50 K-Pop title tracks of 2018! What do you think of my list? What does your list look like? And make sure to keep an eye out for a shorter part 2 in which I discuss the b-sides I loved. Happy listening and Merry Christmas if you celebrate, Keira x.