TOP 30 SONGS 2019 JAN-APRIL: K-POP EDITION

Okay, so the title is a bit of a misnomer. It would be better to call this the “asian-language edition” but that sounds kind of funny and seeing as the majority of the list does happen to be K-Pop I just went with that instead, but any songs in a Asian language are eligible for inclusion on this list. In any case, the following is a collection of my 30 favourite songs so far this year. It changes a lot, but this is how I rank them at the moment (let’s be honest, it will probably change the day after I post this but whatever).

Because this is just a quarterly update I’ve only quoted my favourite lyrics from each as opposed to giving a little spiel about why I like the song. In my end of year one I’ll give a bit more detail 🙂 Enjoy!

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March & April 2019 WRAP UP

Hey everyone! It’s been a little while, but here is my March & April Wrap Up, for both books and music.

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4 Songs About Mental Health

One of the best ways to feel more understood and perhaps help work through and identify your own mental health problems is to find what you’re feeling represented in the media. One great way to do that is through music, as it is such a good way to express raw and painful emotions. So here are a few songs which do just that.


Shawn Mendes- In My Blood


Laying on the bathroom floor, feeling nothing. I’m overwhelmed and insecure, give me something I could take to ease my mind slowly.

This song is stripped back and raw, which makes the message even more emotional and I love the beautiful and profound simplicity of the music video. Despite some of the darker lyrics of this song, it’s quite a positive outlook on mental health, professing that it isn’t in the narrator’s blood to give up.


SEVENTEEN – TRAUMA


I don’t wanna be alone, no I don’t wanna be forgotten.

In TRAUMA, the rappers of SEVENTEEN talk about their own personal “traumas”. Things that they’ve struggled with in the past, or that they struggle with now. We all have things which we struggle with, which we can either let hold us back or we can use them to become better, so this is a really excellent song. Apart from that, it’s just such a good song in general.


Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful


You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are, and you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart.

As opposed to other songs on this list, this song isn’t about the narrator’s personal struggles with mental health, but rather talking to the listener, or talking about some person whom the narrator is observing who is struggling with her own self-worth and confidence. This performance in particular is very powerful.


Agust D – The Last


Depression, OCD, they keep coming back again from time to time. Hell no, perhaps that might be my true self.

This song is particularly brave, especially considering the social climate of South Korea, where mental health and getting psychological help is very much a taboo topic still, and talks about Agust D’s personal experience with issues such as depression, OCD and social anxiety in a reflective way.


So that’s it for this post! Songs are a great way to feel understood, but also to just let out some of your emotions so I hope some of these songs inspired you, motivated you or otherwise helped you.

What did you think of these songs? What songs would you add to this list?

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

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Relatable Songs About Not Having Your Life Sorted Yet

Some people know exactly what they want to do. They have passion, conviction and need to be encouraged to pursue their dreams. But some people have no idea what they want to do. It’s not because they are lazy or unmotivated. They’re not any less driven, intelligent, talented or worthy. They simply haven’t found what they want to do yet. I belong to the latter group.

Sure, I have vague ideas of the type of thing I would like to do and I definitely know what I don’t want to do, but equally I don’t have one specific dream I am working towards either. I love songs which address that kind of uncertainty which I feel is sometimes looked down upon, so I thought I would share a couple with you today!


BTS- Paradise


It’s alright to stop, you don’t need to run without knowing why. It’s alright to not have any dreams if you have moments where you can feel happiness.

Suga, one of the members of BTS, addressed the idea that it’s okay not to have a dream as long as you can find a way to live happily in his New Year welcoming speech and this song is an elaboration of that concept.


Panic! At The Disco- Roaring 20s


Oscars and Emmy’s and Grammy’s, everyone here is a trophy, and I’m sipping bourbon, the future’s uncertain.

This song talks about a stage which I haven’t reached yet, not being in my twenties, but talks about the feeling of seeing everyone around you achieving things in their careers whilst you still feel unsure about what you are doing with your life.


So that’s it! I wanted to keep this piece fairly short, so I thought I’d just recommend a couple other songs that discuss this sort of thing! Stray Kids’ My Pace is good if you like a more playful, fun song and So Far Away by Agust D ft. Suran is great if you like your songs a little bit more serious!

What other amazing songs are there like these ones? Do you also have no idea what you want to do with your life? Let me know in the comments below!

If you have any suggestions of songs about chasing your dreams please let me know so that I can make a second part to this post!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

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COUNTDOWN | TOP 10 BTS SONGS


Hello everyone! It feels like forever since I’ve greeted you since the past couple of posts have all been reviews! Have you been reading all of my BTS posts this week? If not, be sure to check them out! Today’s post is a countdown of my top 10 favourite BTS songs of all time. Will you be surprised?


#10- Awake


“Maybe I, I can’t touch the sky. Still, I want to stretch my hand out, I want to run, just a bit more”

This song is incredibly heart-breaking and yet somehow relatable and emotional all at once. Jin’s voice is perfect for this song and the gorgeous instrumentation is just wow. I learned how to play this song on the flute because I love it and can’t sing to save my life.


#9- Trivia 轉 Seesaw


“Is there really a need to keep repeating ourselves, saying this was love and this is love? We’re both tired and holding onto the same card”

Suga’s rap has always been my favourite in BTS and in this song we get his rap and his husky, gorgeous vocals so really, I couldn’t ask for much more! The song has a sort of jazzy R&B sound which I’m loving at the moment as well ❤


#8- House of Cards


“A house made of cards, and us inside, even if you say you see the end, even if you say it’ll collapse soon”

I love dramatic R&B music generally, but something about the sincerity and tone of the vocals in this song makes it even more special; they give it a sad yet sensual atmosphere. Also, the part at 1:40 is just so pleasing.


#7- Tear


“This goodbye came to me at the end of my play that was only filled with lies, that’s the price I’ll pay”

The rap line’s most recent song has a gorgeous instrumentation and mixes a variety of rap styles with rap-singing to create an absolute masterpiece that deserves way more attention than it gets. Like, really, wow.


#6- Spring Day


“Honestly, I miss you, but now I’ll erase you, because that will hurt less than resenting you”

Catchy, beautiful and moving, there isn’t much more I could ask from this song, to be honest. It manages to perfectly capture an astonishing range of emotions. This song is a masterpiece and I’m so glad it exists.


#5- Save Me


“It’s dangerous how wrecked I am, save me because I can’t get a grip on myself”

I don’t actually know why I like this song so much. It’s a genre that really isn’t my favourite and even has a repetitive chorus, which I usually hate. And yet, somehow I can’t get enough of this song and find it quite beautiful…


#4- Stigma


“Deeper, deeper, the wound just gets deeper, like pieces of broken glass that I can’t reverse”

Another R&B track… you can probably see what kind of music I gravitate towards. This song is full of some kind of raw pain which almost hurts to hear, yet is somehow so beautiful and captivating. Also, those high notes. 


#3- Blood Sweat & Tears


“Kiss me, I don’t care if it hurts, hurry and choke me so I can’t hurt any more”

Apart from being an incredible song, Blood Sweat & Tears will always hold a special place in my heart not only as the song which got me interested in BTS, but also as the song that introduced* me to K-Pop.

*I had heard K-Pop songs before, but this was the first one that I actually listened to outside of being forced to by friends.


#2- Singularity


“Tell me, if my voice is fake, should I have not thrown myself away?”

V’s most recent solo track has a similar sort of R&B sound to his previous and if I’m not completely in love with this style and this man’s voice then I don’t know what love is. The song is haunting and dramatic and as close to 100% perfect as it is possible to get.


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Before I move on to my number one choice, I wanted to include a few honourable mentions!

First up, is place #11: the vocal line’s newest song The Truth Untold. It showcases their gorgeous vocals and is just a very beautiful song.

Secondly, the only music on this list is from the HYYH era and later, so there is none of the group’s earlier hip-hop stuff simply because I prefer the songs from later albums. However, my favourite song from the group’s early albums has got to be Danger. It’s such a catchy song and the choreography is top-notch.

Finally, I don’t have very many exciting, hype songs on this list because although I love them the music I find most appealing tends to be more sorrowful or R&B, so I want to give a shout out to Dope for being just a great song!

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#1- Lie


“Take me out of his hell, I can’t free myself from this pain. Save the me who’s being punished”

Jimin’s solo has a very dramatic, theatrical atmosphere, with a lot of R&B influences. His voice is incredible and the lyrics talk about being unable to escape the pain which a lie has caused. This song gives me goosebumps and chills and I can’t stop listening to it.


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my reviews for Love Yourself ‘Her’, Love Yourself ‘Tear’, and Love Yourself ‘Answer’!


And that’s it! Were you suprised by any of my choices or do you agree with me? This was my final BTS post for now, but I’m sure I’ll do some more in the future! If you haven’t seen my previous four BTS posts, please go and give them some love!

What are your favourite BTS songs? Did you discover any new music today? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.


If you have any requests for other reviews (be that books or music, old or new), leave me a comment below, pop me an email or go here for more information.

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