Here I am today to present you with yet another top 10's list. This time however, isn't a top 10 songs list but rather a top 10 albums list. I present to you the top 10 iconic k-pop albums. This includes anything that, in my opinion, rocketed k-pop to where it is at this moment. Now obviously, this is a top 10 list, so I can't include everyone's favorite albums, and even some of these I don't personally like that much, but I believe they are the most iconic albums released in k-pop to date.
So, let's get started with my first album which is actually number 10 on the list:
10. Red Velvet - The Red
I chose this album because I felt like for a rather new group, that added Yeri, their fifth member in early 2015, this album had seen much success. Although it didn't fit well with everyone, it was a huge success for most fans and drove a lot of casual fans to stan the OT5 Red Velvet. Dumb Dumb won several awards and stayed on top of the charts for several weeks along with some of the other tracks on the album as well.
9. BTS - The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Part 1
Now, the reason I chose part 1 over part 2 is because this was a transition album for BTS. Their sound and style changed drastically from their previous album to this one and this album make huge strokes for them as a group. This album essentially launched their career into great success.
8. f(x) - Pink Tape
Almost everyone I talk to that is a fan of f(x) says that Pink Tape is their favorite f(x) album and the reason they got into f(x). In fact, a lot of k-pop fans choose f(x) as their top female group because of the uniqueness of their music. Not to mention all of them are crazy cute and Amber is a badass.
7. SHINee - Lucifer
Lucifer shot SHINee into much success with and to this day is considered one of the greats in k-pop. SHINee is a huge group under SM Entertainment and much of that success is due to this album.
6. Exo - Growl
Exo debuted back in 2012 with Mama and eventually pulled out this great album called Growl. Exo became known for their split sub units Exo-K which sings in Korean and Exo-M which sings in Mandarin. Since then, the sub units have diminished, but the success is still huge with this group and much is due to Growl.
5. Wonder Girls - The Wonder Years
JYP formed a girl group called the Wonder Girls and they reached a huge amount of success with their hit song Nobody. Their popularity even reached international levels and landed them a tour with the Jonas Brothers. The song Nobody has several different versions including Korean, Tagalog (Filipino), and English.
4. Girls' Generation - The Boys
The Boys is the first English album of SM Entertainment's Girls' Generation. Although it didn't have quite the success it had hoped for in America, the Boys is still a staple to any k-poppers playlists. The Boys was performed on such shows as David Letterman.
3. TVXQ! - Mirotic
TVXQ! was once a five member group and during that era had much great success. The reason this album is on the list is because this is one of the classic albums. TVXQ! is from the previous generation of k-pop and therefore shaped the way many of the artists today produce music and sound stylistically.
2. Super Junior - Mr. Simple
This is another classic albums because Super Junior has been in the game for such a long time, this album shaped the way music today is composed. Even SHINee at one point had a similar sound to this album and especially Mr. Simple the song.
1. BoA - Valenti
BoA is one of the most successful solo artists in Korea and therefore deserves the number 1 spot. While this might not be her most successful album, I think this album is her most remembered or recognized album. She's been pumping out albums in both Korea and Japan for the past 15 years, so you have to pick one among all those options.
Alright, that's my top 10 most iconic albums in k-pop list! I hope you enjoyed and don't forget to like, comment, and share this wherever you can!
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