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Top 20 Kpop songs of 2010, part 1

January 8, 2011

This year was rather disappointing for K-pop, but I didn’t even realize it how bad it was until I started putting this 2010 list together. I usually have a difficult time deciding which songs to kick from the line-up, but this time I struggled to find “worthy” tracks. There were a lot of likable, fun songs that were released this year (for instance, I enjoyed SHINee’s “Lucifer,” but I don’t like it enough to consider it a favorite), but few of them clicked with me.

However, I did what I could and got together of my favorite K-pop songs of 2010. This list has tracks I more liked than loved, starting with 20 and counting down to 11. I’ll post 10 to 1 tomorrow or the next day. Please remember that this is my opinion! I’d love to hear what your personal favorites of the year were.

  • 20. After School – Bang!
    This is just a fun song. It’s pretty cheesy, but I just end up liking it for that. After School really knows how to make songs that have that effect. I don’t have much more to say about this track other than that. It’s one of those songs I don’t mind listening to even after (almost) a year because it’s so entertaining.

  • 19. BoA – Hurricane Venus
    When this song was first released, I was positively obsessed with it. I listened to it so much that now I hesitate to call it a favorite… I think I got tired of it! It’s a really good song though, and I can still listen to it and realize that. It’s BoA perfection. It’s extremely catchy and I think it’s one of those songs that will stand out as one of the good ones of 2010 for more than just me.

  • 18. One Way – Magic
    This is another song I played into oblivion; I originally envisioned it much higher on the list. I know it’s a fantastic song though. One Way is in interesting group to me because they have genuine talent and they’re very into connecting with their fans (and definitely reach out to their international audience. It just makes me like them more. I think even aside from that, this song just shows off their versatility. It’s a catchy song, but it also sounds good through-and-through. I am a sucker for falsetto.

  • 17. miss A – Bad Girl Good Girl
    I know a lot of people disliked this song, but I found it to be pretty catchy and enjoyable. It’s a great song to debut with, and the dance was so hilariously fun and memorable. I wish miss A had stayed with this kind of thing instead of “Breathe,” which I actually thought was one of the WORST K-pop songs of the year. What I like about “Bad Girl Good Girl” is the run-together kind of verses. It just gets in my head and I think that’s how I ended up listening to it so much (and subsequently liking it quite a bit). I actually watched almost every single live performance of this song, and that is a VERY rare occurrence (typically reserved for Big Bang only, but another group caught my attention as well–you’ll find out who tomorrow). The miss A girls are just so FIERCE.

  • 16. IU & Seulong – 잔소리 [Nagging]
    I hesitated to put this song on the list because it’s one of those VERY cutesy tracks, but then I remembered that I don’t care about that. I love IU (although I didn’t listen to her newest song enough to evaluate it for 2010), and Seulong is my favorite 2AM member. This song is just utter adorableness and UGH. I liked it so much that I made a video with it for the drama Prosecutor Princess. It’s not deep or anything, but sometimes fluffy, sappy goodness is in order. This song fits the bill for that.

  • 15. Co-Ed School – Too Late
    One thing I like about Co-Ed is that it’s a chance for guy and girl vocals to mix. This song is fun and addictive and the video is enjoyable to watch. I think the dance is awful and amazing all at once. THE BUTT SHAKING. It’s so memorable! It’s so embarrassing! But hey, it worked for Kara, right? Anyway, I think “Too Late” (part 1 mostly) is a good 2010 song. It’s not perfect, but I would definitely call it a fantastic debut track.

  • 14. C.N.Blue – 외톨이야 [I’m a Loner]
    I LOVE THIS SONG! It’s fantastic. I just want to sing along dramatically every time it plays. Even my non-Kpop-loving sister said she likes it. It’s just that kind of song. It screams happiness even if the lyrics are kind of depressing. I don’t know why? I think it’s that odd juxtaposition that makes me like it all the more. I liked C.N.Blue’s “LOVE” too, but this one just seems a bit better to me.

  • 13. Hyuna – Change (feat. 용준형 from BEAST)
    This is probably one of the songs I’ve had the longest (for 2010) and I still love listening to it. It’s completely and utterly K-pop to the core. It’s shameless. Hyuna might not be the most talented in the vocal department, but she knows how to work what she’s got. She has incredible charisma and this song is completely enjoyable because of it. She brings it every time, and this song… it’s just amusing and catchy and HYUNA all the way. Also, mixing 4minute and Beast always makes amazing good times (THE ENGRISH. FAVORITED.) Y-Y-Y-OU LEDDY? I made a “Change” background last January if you’re interested.

  • 12. GD & TOP – Oh Yeah feat. Park Bom
    It was difficult to pick one GD & TOP song for the year (I had to limit myself), but for me the best had to be “Oh Yeah.” Well, it was at first. After listening to the album more, I changed my mind, but I still adore this song and had to include it (so don’t get mad that I had a GTOP repeat on the list; it just had to happen). I love “High High” (among so many others, including “집에 가지마/Don’t Go Home,” which is lovely) but “Oh Yeah” just has a more interesting color to it. Is it because of Bom? Perhaps. I think the atmosphere of this song is fantastic. It’s fun and flirty and I adore it. Seeing the live performances of this track absolutely cinched it for me. My, my, my. One of favorite things about this song is actually TOP’s singing. It’s sort of rap-singing? When he comes on after the first chorus I positively DIE. Overall, it’s just an enjoyable song that makes me smile. I-I-I like it, baby. I know some people have had the COMPLETE opposite reaction about “Oh Yeah,” but I’m not one of them.

  • 11. Outsider – 주변인 [Acquaintance]
    I think this song is so freaking gorgeous. Outsider has a knack for rapping in a very powerful and emotion-evoking way. At first I wondered if his rapid-fire rapping was a gimmick, and maybe it kind of is? But this is my second year listing an Outsider song as a favorite, and I still believe he just owns his music. The fast rapping adds an urgency, almost a panicked kind of aspect to the music. The background music is so lovely and haunting, so the two mixed creates an interesting song. LOVE IT.
One Comment leave one →
  1. January 8, 2011 5:38 am

    Music has a mystic manner of being able to take you instantly back to a specific place and time in your past
    I will definitely vote them, for one reason…. THEY’RE AWESOME

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