Here I am again with another top 10 list for 2015. I know the New Year is tonight but I will continue this series for at least two weeks into the New Year. Today, I have my top 10 Male songs of 2015. Hope you will enjoy this one. Remember, these songs are my personal opinion. Please don't get offended when your favorite songs don't make my list.
10. Xia Junsu - Flower
I had to put this song on my list. This song was definitely one of the most epic songs and music videos of the year. The style and everything just makes this song epic. What else can I say about this song? The operatic singing behind the chorus adds a nice element that isn't present very often in k-pop.
9. Roh Jihoon - If You Were Me
This song is too adorable and cute to not put on my list. The video is of a blind girl falling in love and it is too cute. The song is also very good and has a good catch to the song.
8. Got7 - Just Right
Typically, I hate boy groups being "aegyo". However, Got7 does it in a cute way that doesn't irk me the wrong way. This song and video are super catchy, but not only that, it has a good message. I didn't like this song at first but it has snuck its way into my heart.
7. Exo - Love Me Right
Love Me Right is an amazing song that was released as Exo's promotion for their repackaged album for Exodus. This song has a catchy Exo-ish style and is just overall fantastic.
6. Kim Sunggyu - Kontrol
Kim Sunggyu, in my opinion, struggled with his first mini album. He wore too much make up and was a bit too experimental, however, with his second mini album, he nailed it on the head. His first single off the album was this song Kontrol. Kontrol is a very emotional song that seems to tie into the events of ferry disaster. It's a wonderful song.
5. SHINee - Married to the Music
SHINee does it again with this release for their repackaged album for View. This song seems to be a very similar song, in my opinion, to Love Me Right, but a little more catchy. The video seems to be Halloween themed and playing with the Addams family/Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's an awesome video and song.
4 - BigBang - Let's Not Fall in Love
If anyone were to say this was not BigBang's year, they would be clearly mistaken. BigBang had four separate releases with two songs each. However, among all those releases, Let's Not Fall in Love was definitely my favorite from these releases, although Bang Bang Bang and Sober came really close.
3. BTS - I Need U
BTS also had an amazing year, but this song tops that list because I Need U is the song that got me into BTS. Before this song, I had no idea who BTS was. However, since that release, I've been obsessed with them. This video is sad but powerful and I guess the first of their deep concept videos.
2. Exo - Sing for You
Exo has had a very impressive year with Call Me Baby, Love Me Right, but now Sing for You is on the top of this list. Why? I think it's because this song is so stripped down and raw. It's the most honest thing they've done their entire career. Real emotion was put into this song and that's why it wins my number 2 spot.
1. Super Junior D&E - Growing Pains
My number one spot belongs to D&E, Donghae and Eunhyuk, of a band that I quite despise but no one can argue that this song wasn't amazing. This song is my third favorite k-pop song of all time under 2Yoon - Nightmare and SNSD - Mr. Mr. This song I feel has real emotion and has the rock band feeling going for it. The piano and guitar is amazing in this song, but nothing extreme. I love this song and if you haven't heard it yet, please do listen to it.
Thanks again for reading my boring writing. I know I can be a bit boring but thank you for bearing with me. This is my top 10 male songs of 2015. I'll be back tomorrow with my top 10 collab songs of 2015. See ya then.
This is my list of my top 10 favorite Female k-pop songs of 2015. Everyone else is doing it so I figured I might as well do it too. This list is my personal opinion, so don't get all bent out of shape if your favorites don't make it onto the list. Starting with number 10.
10. The Ark - The Light
I think it's safe to say that this girl group took the k-pop world by surprise when they released their debut song, The Light. It wasn't that this song was bad, it's that it was too good. This song had a sad theme and wasn't all cutesy like most debut girl groups do. That's why this song gets number 10 on my list.
9. EXID - Ah Yeah
EXID have proved themselves time and time again and this release is no different. LE is a badass and everyone knows it. I love this song because of the angel/devil motif that's placed in the verses of the song.
8. Crayon Pop - FM
I had no idea who Crayon Pop was at the beginning of the year, but after this power ranger/sailor moon/halo/whatever else themed music video, I've been hooked. I looked up all their previous works and fell in love instantly, making them one of my favorite groups.
7. 4Minute - Crazy
4Minute is one of those groups that have been pretty much on top for a while now and this song just tops everything they've done in the past except for maybe Volume Up. This song is hardhitting and drops the beat so hard. The dance is relatively easy, but is somehow addicting.
6. Girls' Generation - You Think
While the hype for this comeback lasted for a long time, it's pretty much died down now, but this song is still played daily on my playlist. This song has that sexy concept going for it, but at the same time isn't too far off from the stylistic choices made on Lion Heart. I love this song.
5. Nine Muses - Hurt Locker/Sleepless Night
Both of these songs, while opposite in style and sound, are excellent examples of what Nine Muses are capable of doing. Hurt Locker has the fast paced electronic sound while Sleepless Night has the more ambient and calming sound. Both are great songs and I couldn't decide between the two.
4 - f(x) - 4 Walls
While this isn't my choice of song I would have used as their title song, I can still appreciate 4 Walls by f(x). Stylistically, they've changed and grown up a lot. However, they've still kept the f(x) sound going in most of the songs on this album. This album is easily one of my favorites of the year as well.
3. Twice - Like Ooh Ahh
This is another group that shocked everyone with their debut. Eugene from the Try Guys mentioned something about k-pop that makes it a good music video. Those three things are Crazy, Cute, and Cool and this music video has all of those things. It's almost too cutesy, but sexy, but crazy all at the same time. It's sort of ridiculous, but that's why Twice earned my number 3 spot.
2. Oh My Girl - Closer/Lovelyz - For You
Here's another one I couldn't decide between. Oh My Girl is a great girl group that has debuted earlier this year and has been nailing it. Their song Closer is a huge hit and has a hauntingly beautiful chorus that hooks you. On the other hand, Lovelyz have become one of my favorite girl groups this year with Hi~, Shooting Star, Ah Choo and now For You. All have been great and while they seem like a typical girl group, don't take them for granted. They are a bit crazy and have an attractive electronic sound to their music.
1. Red Velvet - Dumb Dumb
Anyone who couldn't have guessed this one, doesn't know me very well. Red Velvet, in my opinion, nailed it right on the head with this one. Not to mention their earlier release this year Ice Cream Cake. Dumb Dumb has a catchiness to it however that just keeps you wanting to listen to it over and over again. It's sexy while cute and it's crazy while cool. It has all the good things about a k-pop video. Irene, Wendy, Seulgi, Joy, and Yeri all deserve this win on my list. They are a fast growing group only debuting last year and reaching this high of a level in popularity is great and awesome for them.
Thanks you for reading this and I hope you enjoyed my top 10 female songs of 2015. I'll be back soon with a top 10 male songs of 2015. See ya soon.
iKon is a boy band that I know literally nothing about. I know that they released a couple songs earlier in the year. “Airplane”, “Rhythm Ta”, and “Apology”. Well I guess they are back with their songs “Dumb and Dumber” and “What’s Wrong?” I don’t really have anything to say about them except for, “let’s watch”.
So I just watched the “Dumb and Dumber” video and while the chorus was catchy, I didn’t find myself jamming out to it like I typically do with other YG groups. The video seemed to be a nonsensical Hollywood concept. There was no real structure to the video. My favorite part of the song was that chill part right before the pre-chorus. The song reminded me of “Bang Bang Bang” by Big Bang, but not nearly as good. And it felt like YG was kind of stealing from SM and Red Velvet. Anyway, on to the next video.
Now I’ve watched the video for “What’s Wrong?” and I got to say, I like that song a lot more than “Dumb and Dumber”. Like I might just put that song on my playlist. It has the techno/EDM style sound that has been more and more popular. The video concept I still don’t understand. Is it supposed to be dodgeball? Is it supposed to represent “sasaeng” fans? I don’t know. If someone could please let me know in the comments section what the concepts for these two music videos was.
Anyway, that’s my review for these two music videos by iKon. The videos and songs were just meh I guess. I liked the second song a lot more than the first one, but they seem like they’re 12 years old, so I can’t take them seriously. Like Big Bang could have done the exact same concept and I would have been perfectly fine with it, but that’s because they are established. I think iKon should focus on not being a weird crazy group before establishing themselves as a group. I think that people enjoy crazy nonsensical stuff from groups that are better established, but that’s just my opinion. Thanks for checking this out. It feels good to be writing again. It seemed like a while since there has been any real videos come out. Anyway, thanks again.
Hyolyn or Hyorin of Sistar just released a cover track of her belting out "Hello" by Adele. In this vertically shot video of her live performing the hit by Adele, she shows much emotion with her delivery of the melody and style of the song, adding in her "Mariah Carey"esque song with her breathy notes in the chorus. Although Hyolyn isn't the best at English, she does quite well in this cover, only butchering a few words here and there. Her range is much greater than that of Adele's so these notes, especially the high, hard hitting ones, Hyolyn hits with ease and almost makes it look effortless. It's nice to hear all this Christmas music coming out around this time of the year, but it's also great to hear a few covers now and again. I personally don't like Adele's new song, but Hyolyn makes me rethink that. Thanks for reading.
A new music video came out! This time it’s from ChoA from AOA. AOA is an eight member girl group under FNC Entertainment. The people most well-known from AOA are ChoA and Jimin. ChoA is known for having bright blonde hair and Jimin is known for her excessive use of curse words in her raps on Unpretty Rapstar season 1. Earlier this year AOA released their mini album “Heart Attack”. Since then, they’ve pretty much been out of sight of the media, and then the rumors spread that ChoA would have a solo project come out. Well, we can all be settled and happy now that it has finally been released. Here is my review of ChoA – Flame.
The music video was rather strange. I’m not sure if the girl was supposed to be a vampire or something, maybe she had an allergy to light. Either way, this song is gorgeous. ChoA really shows off her vocal ability in this song. It’s set up like a ballad/OST song, so it has some really strong vocal points. I really liked the minor key feeling it had throughout the entire song. The music video was of a girl, that we assume is a vampire, trapped inside because of the sunlight and is haunted by the killings she has committed. She has dreams of her being outside in the sunlight, but is also haunted by the blood on her hands. She eventually walks out into the sunlight as is slowly burned. I’m not sure if that’s the correct theory of the concept, please let me know if you have any better idea for the concept.
I really enjoyed the song. The music video, I’ll have to go through and watch a couple more times and maybe then I’ll understand it. Either way, thanks for reading this review of ChoA – Flame. What is your theory?
TaeTiSeo is the sub unit from Girls’ Generation under SM Entertainment featuring lead vocalists Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The group just recently released their winter/Christmas album entitled “Dear Santa” with the title track on it twice. Once in Korean and once in English. Well, they just earlier yesterday released a live acoustic video of them performing “Winter Story”. The video was set in a studio room with two guitarists playing the song perfectly. The three girls were seated between the two guitarists with Tiffany on the far left, Taeyeon in the middle, and Seohyun on the right. They prove time and time again how beautiful their voices are. This is another proof of that. This version is stripped down and raw. Their voices in their most beautiful form, natural, unaltered. This is going to be another really short review, but I thought I should post it because I’m a huge Taeganger. Thanks for reading. I swear I’ll post something real really soon.
Everyone knows who Jeff Buckley is. If you don’t, go do some research because everyone and their dog has heard his song “Hallelujah”. I know what you’re thinking, what does this have to do with k-pop? Well, I’ll tell you. Under Pledis Entertainment, there’s a male singer that goes by the name of Han Dong Geun. I know absolutely nothing about him and probably should do my own research, but that’s not the point. The point is he released a video of himself covering Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah. This song is so great on its own, but when you add a powerhouse vocalist such as Dong Geun, it becomes breathtaking. That’s what I’m here to tell you and show you. This isn’t going to be the longest post I’ve ever done, but it’s going to be a meaningful one because this cover of this classic song is a classic in itself. If you don’t believe me, then click the link below. It’s so good. It starts out a little slow but about 2 minutes in, you’ll be checking for your inhaler. Thanks for reading. Now click the link and watch this magic unfold.
Lim Kim is a solo artist under Mystic89 and earlier this year, she rocked the charts with her double release of “Awoo” and “Love Game”. She has had several other releases since her debut in 2013. She is known for having a unique, folksy sounding voice which causes people to either love her or despise her. Just recently she released a song called “Stay Ever” featuring Verbal Jint. Verbal Jint has been busy, but keeping things moving. I’m going to review this new music video of hers right now.
The music video was sort of weird. Lim Kim goes into a building and takes a couple of these ball things, like capsules. She meets up with a guy who I think tries to drug her, but she then drugs him, goes back to the bar and steals his briefcase and walks out of the building. I’m not 100% sure on that, so don’t trust me. The song was slow at first, but then for the chorus it definitely picked up. I liked it, but not as much as her other songs. I don’t even know if this counts as a comeback. I didn’t like that autotune part at the very end though.
So that’s my review of Lim Kim’s “Stay Ever”. Hope you enjoyed it. Comment down below what you thought of this video. Thanks again for reading.
Exo, the 9 member boy group from SM Entertainment is back with their Christmas video. I’ve heard a lot about this video, that there’s a whale in it or something like that. I haven’t read any of the theories yet because I haven’t yet watched the video, but that’s why I’m here. Exo is a group that I’m a little on the fence about. I like them but at the same time I don’t like them. Not that I don’t like them as people, I’m just indecisive about their music. There’s a lot of songs I love from Exo like “Mama”, “Overdose”, “Growl”, and “Lightsaber”, however there’s a vibe I get from their style that is very Super Junior….Junior-esque. I respect Super Junior. They’ve been in the business for years, but I don’t like them. I like maybe one or two songs from them total. And yes, I have listened to a bunch of their stuff including Mr. Simple album, Mamacita album, and the Devil album. But that’s not the point today. I’m here to watch Exo!
Okay, so that video was a bit confusing. I understand the video was about the guy (sorry I don’t know the members’ names) being alone and regretting things in his past, I’m assuming. The music was super pretty. This may be my favorite Exo song they’ve ever done because it’s just so beautiful. I got chills from this song. So, can someone please tell me what the whale means? Is that person Tao and he’s looking at the “whale” of a mistake he made leaving the group? Did Tao even come back? I thought I heard somewhere that he did. I don’t know. I’m so confused.
That was my review of Exo’s “Sing for You”. It was a lovely and a bit confusing music video but the song was beautiful. So amazing! I’m going to add this song to my playlist. What were your thoughts about the video? What’s your whale theory? Leave it in the comments below.
Younha is a South Korean rock music songwriter, who first got her start in Japan in 2004. She has released 6 full length Korean albums. Younha has been on hiatus from the Korean market for about 2-3 years, but now is returning with her song called “Hashtag”. The teaser showed a couple together, but it was shown through the pictures the guy took.
The video is very aesthetically pleasing. There are tons of beautiful shots and not to mention, Younha looks stunning. The song is a ballad, which isn’t the typical for Younha, but I still loved it. The video seems to take place after their breakup and both are reminiscing about the past. It shows a bunch of the pictures the guy took and uploaded onto Instagram. At the end of the video, though, he deletes all the pictures. This is a way of symbolizing moving on.
That is my review of Younha’s “Hashtag”. Comment down below if you liked it and what your favorite parts were. Thanks for reading.
In this section of my website, I will review Kpop music videos, albums, songs, and various other things pertaining to Kpop. This will be the main stage of my website. It is where the majority of the action will take place.