Compiling the definitive best of a given year is no easy feat —especially for the KultScene editorial team. And yet here we are. As said in our part one of the top songs of , we looked back on another year in K-pop and came up with a list of what we think excelled above the rest. This year, girl groups exceeded expectations concept and genre-wise, securing spots a the top.
20. iKON, “KILLING ME”
Say what you will about the news throughout , but you can't deny it was a major year of musical innovation and breakthroughs. From standout albums from pop icons, queer game-changes and future-thinking newcomers , the musical landscape never looked brighter and K-pop arguably played a major part in this. After years of steady but slow progress, it finally felt like the K-pop scene made its major breakthrough in
18. PENTAGON, “SHINE”
There are so, so many new K-pop releases each year that deserve our attention, so let me know what your favorites are in the comments! Red Velvet's been coming out with hit after hit for many seasons now Do I still get " Ice Cream Cake " stuck in my head? Only all the time! Main dancer Seulgi mentioned studying Rihanna for this drop, which goes to show how intently and passionately K-pop groups train for their concepts. Allow me to explain:. For example, his head is made out of "anpan" a red bean pastry and he offers hungry people a bite of his head despite the fact that this weakens him — but don't worry, a new head can be baked for him.
With another year in K-pop coming to a close, the editorial team at KultScene looked back on , a year filled with amazing music, to decide the absolute best in our humble opinions, of course. There was not a down nor dull moment in ; we saw long awaited comebacks, development in solo careers, and experimentation with new genres from various artists. We also had a couple of heartbreaks due to military enlistments, upcoming disbandments, and, of course, the absence of Jonghyun. After voting on a pool of about tracks, here are the best K-pop songs of the year numbered 50 to It is bouncy and light on top, but driven by a deep bass and hip-hop beat right underneath. Easy, breezy, lemon-squeezy. The soft, EDM track mixed a steady bass, light synths making for a catchy, easy to follow song. It definitely had me planning a trip to the nearest beach. Though she has long proved that she is a force to be reckoned with since her solos under JYP Entertainment, was the year Sunmi position herself as a top pop girl and K-pop icon. Kwon has still got it after all these years.