Top 50 KPOP Songs of 2017

 

Welcome to the final post for the 2017 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. It is time to find out who took out the award for Best Song of The Year. If you have yet to find out who won the individual categories, make sure you click here first!!!

This year’s awards are structured differently. This year, the way the Best Song of 2017 was chosen is based on 50% fan votes (which was conducted over the voting period of December 2017) and the other 50% is based on the Weekly KPOP Charts that I publish every Sunday.

So without further ado, I present you the Best Song of 2017 along with the rankings that determined the Best Song. I have only published the Top 50 on this site, but if you want to see a full listing, scroll down to the end to find the link which will send you there.

Pos. Song Artist
1 Peek-A-Boo Red Velvet
2 Don’t Wanna Cry Seventeen
3 Red Flavour Red Velvet
4 Likey Twice
5 Beautiful Monsta X
6 Really Really Winner
7 Rollin’ Brave Girls
8 Clap Seventeen
9 Gashina Sunmi
10 As If It Is Your Last BLACKPINK
11 Yes I Am Mamamoo
12 Hands Up B.A.P
13 DNA BTS
14 Power EXO
15 Never Ever GOT7
16 Honeymoon B.A.P
17 Like This Pentagon
18 You In Me KARD
19 Remember Nine Muses
20 Crazy Sexy Cool ASTRO
21 Universe EXO
22 Spring Day BTS
23 DDD EXID
24 I (knew it) Sonamoo
25 I Like You DAY6
26 You Are GOT7
27 Wake Me Up B.A.P
28 Hwi Hwi Laboum
29 Beautiful Wanna One
30 Energetic Wanna One
31 Love Whisper GFriend
32 Black Suit Super Junior
33 I’ll Be Yours Girl’s Day
34 Baby ASTRO
35 Signal Twice
36 Twinkle Lovelyz
37 Dramarama Monsta X
38 Rumour K.A.R.D
39 Heart Shaker TWICE
40 Chase Me Dreamcatcher
41 Good Night Dream Catcher
42 Holiday SNSD
43 Happy Cosmic Girls
44 365 Fresh Triple H
45 Whisper VIXX LR (VIXX)
46 Fingertips Gfriend
47 Where You At NU’EST W
48 Just U Jung Sewoon
49 I Wish WJSN (Cosmic Girls)
50 I Smile DAY6

To see the full charts (Position 1 to 236), click on the link here to be transported to a Google Spreadsheet. Click on the tab at the bottom of the page that says ‘End of Year Charts’.

Congratulations to Red Velvet and their November release, Peek-A-Boo, who has ranked the top song of 2017 and hence, The Best Song of 2017.

Advertisements

2017 KPOPREVIEWED Awards – Results

**drum rolls please**

It is time to announce the winners of the 2017 KPOPREVIEWED Awards. This is the first year ever that you (the readers) got the opportunity to vote and pick out the winners of each category (excluding a few). Let me just start by saying thank you for all those who participated in the voting process, as you all made this possible.

This will be an EXTREMELY LONG post and it will be gif heavy so it may take a while to load up. If you have a slow internet connection (like me), you can still view the winners (along with the nominees if you missed the voting period/want a reminder) by clicking the link here.

The respective gifs for each category represent the winners which you voted for, while I have put down my pick for the category. I have opted to not do a commentary this year due to the already long length of this post.

BEST MALE GROUP DEBUT

wannaone_bestmalegroupdebut
Wanna One

Author’s Choice – Wanna One


BEST FEMALE GROUP DEBUT

dreamcatcher_bestfemalegroupdebut
Dream Catcher

Author’s Choice – Dream Catcher


BEST SOLOIST DEBUT

kimchungha_bestsolodebut
Kim Chungha

Author’s Choice – Jung Sewoon


RISING STAR

monstax_risingstar
Monsta X

Author’s Choice – NU’EST W


BEST SUBUNIT

seventeenperformanceunit_bestsubunit
SEVENTEEN Performance Unit

Author’s Choice – Gugudan 5959


BEST CO-ED GROUP

kard_bestcoedgroup
KARD

Author’s Choice – KARD


BEST MALE SOLOIST

gdragon_bestmalesoloist
G-Dragon (Big Bang)

Author’s Choice – Bobby (iKON)


BEST FEMALE SOLOIST

iu_bestfemalesoloist
IU
sunmi_bestfemalesoloist
Sunmi

Author’s Choice – Sunmi


BEST VOCALS

btob_bestvocals
BTOB

Author’s Choice – DAY6


BEST RAPPER

zico_bestrapper
Zico (Block B)

Author’s Choice – Bobby (iKON)


BEST JAPANESE SONG BY A KOREAN ARTIST

onemoretime_bestjapanesesongbykoreanartist
One More Time – TWICE

Author’s Choice – One More Time (TWICE)


BEST COLLABORATION

honeybee_bestcollaboration
Honey Bee – Luna, Solar, Hani

Author’s Choice – Bye Babe (Chen & 10CM)


BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

dontwannacry_bestchoreography
Don’t Wanna Cry – SEVENTEEN

Author’s Choice – Gashina (Sunmi)


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

peekaboo_bestmusicvideo
Peek-A-Boo – Red Velvet

Author’s Choice – You In Me (KARD)


BEST MALE GROUP

bap_bestmaleartist
B.A.P
exo_bestmaleartist
EXO

Author’s Choice – SEVENTEEN


BEST FEMALE GROUP

redvelvet_bestfemaleartist
Red Velvet

Author’s Choice – Red Velvet


BEST NON-TITLE TRACK SONG

Beautiful – Pentagon


BEST ALBUM

iuplatte-2
Palette – IU (4th Studio Album)

And there you have it, the 2017 KPOPREVIEWED Award Winners. Congratulations to all! Hopefully, the artist’s that you picked came out on top and were victorious.

As for the BEST SONG OF THE YEAR award, it will be published in a separate post. For this year, the winning song will be the song that tops the End Of Year Charts (to be published on the 15th of January).
NOTE: YOUR VOTES MAKE UP 50% OF THE END OF YEAR CHARTS, WITH THE OTHER 50% CONTRIBUTED BY ME.

2017 KPOPREVIEWED AWARDS – Voting

It is the end of the year and you probably know what time it is, the annual KPOPREVIEWED AWARDS. Last year, I posted a survey to improve the site and one of the questions asked were in regards to the End of Year Charts. Essentially, a large majority of the people who participated in the survey wanted to participate somehow in the charts.

Hence, this year, you will all be able to vote for your favourite songs of  2017. On top of that, you will be able to all vote in various categories (best new artists, groups, soloists choreography, music videos etc.) for this year’s KPOPREVIEWED AWARDS.

I have hand-selected the nominees for each category and you can only select one nominee per category. You must vote in all categories and you can vote as many times as you want. The winners, which will be entirely fan chosen, will be unveiled on the 10th of January 2018. I will also be doing a ‘KPOPREVIEWED choice’so you can see who I thought was worthy of the category (it may not be who you all vote for).

For the ‘Best Song Of The Year’ award, you are able to nominate 5 songs (TITLE TRACKS ONLY – REFER TO LINK BELOW SURVEY FOR A LIST OF SONGS) by typing them into the field. Make sure to include the artist and make it clear so I can understand who and which song you will be nominating. The ‘Best Song Of The Year’ award will be the song that tops the usual ‘End Of Year Charts’. It will be decided by your votes & the weekly KPOP charts.

If you have trouble seeing the survey below, click on this link to take you to the survey.

SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINEES (NOT ALL SONGS ARE ON THE LIST – FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS)

Finally, the following is a timeline to the 2017 KPOPREVIEWED AWARDS and when to expect the results:

VOTING OPENS – 7th of December (9PM AEST)
VOTING CLOSES – 31st of December (11:59 PM AEST)
KPOPREVIEWED AWARDS – 10th January 2018
END OF YEAR CHARTS – 15th January 2018

Support your favourites and get voting!!!!

[Special Review] Piece of BTOB

With BTOB making their return in a week or so, I thought it would be nice to take some time to look at some of their solo tracks that they have been releasing since April. Piece of BTOB is a project where each member released a song each month (or so). While I could have reviewed the songs as they were released, I decided one massive post once all the songs are out. And without further ado, here are the short reviews for all of the Piece of BTOB project singles.

At The End – Changsub
(Release Date: 24th April 2017)

changsubatthend

To start off this review, I have to declare that this is my most favourite single out the entire project. Despite this being out for longer, the pop-rock track is extremely addictive after just a few replays. I love the build-up in the background with the instrumental. But it is Changsub’s vocals that make me come back for more.

Fancy Shoes – Ilhoon
(Release Date: 30th May 2017)

ilhoonfancyshoes

Ilhoon brings his signature raps to the table with Fancy Shoes. And we know how good he is, given his track record through the many BTOB releases. But it seems like I am the only person who thought the song was a little disconnected. Like the instrumental and Ilhoon’s rap doesn’t seem to go with each other. Compared to the other songs, I just didn’t feel a connection to the song.

That Girl – Peniel
(Release Date: 27th June 2017)

penielthatgirl

Out of all the members, I wanted to listen to what Peniel would release, mainly because there has never been a chance for the rapper to shine in the main title tracks. That Girl is entirely in English (yes, I can finally understand) and it was a catchy track to fit in the Summer season. I was caught off guard when Peniel went into the chorus singing, as we know him to be a rapper. He has pretty good vocals and it gave the song that refreshing feel.

Swimming – Hyunsik
(Release Date: 24th July 2017)

hyunsikswimming

The ‘Alternative’ genre is very rare in KPOP, but it does exist. And since it has been a while, Hyunsik’s Swimming is a very fresh sound. The alternative rock sound makes the song implant the feeling that you get when you float on water into your mind. It is almost dreamy. I have only stumbled upon Hyunsik’s vocals more recently and this song just further proves his vocals skills to me.

Purple Rain – Minhyuk ft. Cheeze
(Release Date: 10th August 2017)

Minhyuk’s solo is the only release that has a featuring artist, Cheeze, who brings her husky vocals to the song. Minhyuk does a mixture of singing and rapping, which does sound awesome. Paring the two together, you get quite an intense track. Cheeze brings an emotional sound, while Minhyuk brings intensity. Personally, the track was quite good but it just doesn’t have that addictive nature, like other ballads in this mix.

Paradise & Tell Me – Sungjae
(Release Date: 30th August 2017)

sungjaeparadise

Paradise is an upbeat love confession type of song, which I think fits Sungjae’s personality nicely.  The sound just feels very cheerful and bright, something that you come to associate with Sungjae. His vocals just don’t stand out in the song. The more emotionally centred ballad, Tell Me, seems more suitable for his vocals. It is the song type that gets you swaying alone, which is something I like I lot in ballads.

One Day & That Time – Eunkwang
(Release Date: 19th September 2017)

eunkwangoneday

Ending the entire projects is Eunkwang, tackles the very big feat with two ballads. That Time is a spectacular ballad that drew my attention with Eunkwang’s vocals and the impactful instrumental. It ticks all the right boxes in my books for a great ballad! Especially, the choruses which blow me away each time I  listen to the song. One Day seems to replicate that exact same feeling, despite it having a different melody and sound. The chorus is equally as impactful and Eunkwang’s vocals are just spot on.

[Special] Favourite Songs from 1st Half of 2017

Can you already believe it? That we are already in July. Half the year has gone by and it felt like a blur. A lot has happened in the last 6 months that has just past. So, as a treat, I have decided to compile a list (my top 10) of the songs from the first half of 2017. There is no ranking or charting system that has allowed me to come up with this list (though, you might notice it may correspond with the Weekly Charts that I publish every Sunday). This is all just my personal preference and it is simply my opinion. So, in no particular order whatsoever, here are my top 10 songs from the 1st half of 2017.

Don’t Wanna Cry – Seventeen

Hwi Hwi – Laboum

Never Ever – GOT7

Beautiful – Monsta X

I’ll Be Yours – Girl’s Day

Don’t Recall – K.A.R.D

Beautiful – Pentagon

Hobglobin – CLC

Dance Dance – DAY6

I Wish – WJSN (Cosmic Girls)

 

 

[Special] Number 1 Songs from the First Year of Charts

It’s already been a year since I started the charts! That’s crazy! I know it isn’t the most popular part of my website, but I find it fun to write about each week and some of you guys seem to like it as well, so I guess it is going to be sticking around for some time. But to celebrate the 1st year of the charts, I have decided to compile all of the number 1 songs into one list. You may notice that the first 11 weeks (which I will indicate with an asterisk) were never published but rather we trials. But I kept all the data anyway, so I will also publish those. I also have linked to the appropriate week’s chart (click on the numbers). So without further ado, let’s go down memory lane!!!

Dynamite – VIXX
(3rd* Week of April 2016)

Pretty U – Seventeen
(4th* Week of April 2016; 1st*, 2nd* & 3rd* Week of May 2016)

Windy Day – Oh My Girl
(4th* Week of May 2016)

L.I.E – EXID
(1st* Week of June 2016)
(3rd* Week of June 2016)

Stalker – U-KISS
(2nd* Week of June 2016)

I Like That – Sistar
(4th* Week of June 2016)
(5th* Week of June 2016)


Very Nice – Seventeen
(1st Week of July 2016)
(2nd Week of July 2016)
(3rd Week of July 2016)
(4th Week of July 2016)
(1st Week of August 2016)

Aing~ – Oh My Girl
(2nd Week of August 2016)

Fantasy – VIXX
(3rd Week of August 2016)

Shooting Love – Laboum 
(4th Week of August 2016)

Secret Time – Spica
(5th Week of August 2016)

Secret – WJSN (Cosmic Girls)
(1st Week of September 2016)

Carnival – Gain (Brown Eyed Girls)
(2nd Week of September 2016)

Bobby Doll – Song Ji Eun (Secret)
(3rd Week of September 2016)
(4th Week of September 2016)

Hard Carry – GOT7
(1st Week of October 2016)
(2nd Week of October 2016)
(3rd Week of October 2016)

The Rain – Ladies Code
(4th Week of October 2016)

Very Very Very – I.O.I
(1st Week of November 2016)

Decalcomanie – Mamamoo
(2nd Week of November 2016)
(3rd Week of November 2016)


Last Dance – Big Bang
(1st Week of January 2017)

I Wish – WJSN (Cosmic Girls)
(2nd Week of January 2017)

Mysterious – Hello Venus
(3rd Week of January 2017)

Hobglobin – CLC
(4th Week of January 2017)
(2nd Week of February 2017)

Don’t Say No – Seohyun (SNSD)
(1st Week of February 2017)

Spring Day – BTS
(3rd Week of February 2017)

Don’t Recall – K.A.R.D
(4th Week of February 2017)
(1st Week of March 2017)

Fingertips – GFriend
(2nd Week of March 2017)

Never Ever – GOT7
(3rd Week of March 2017)

Plz Don’t Be Sad – HIGHLIGHT
(4th Week of March 2017)

I’ll Be Yours – Girl’s Day
(5th Week of March 2017)
(2nd Week of April 2017)

Beautiful – Monsta X
(1st Week of April 2017)

Hwi Hwi – Laboum
(3rd Week of April 2017)
(4th Week of April 2017)
(1st Week of May 2017)

Dance Dance – DAY6
(2nd Week of May 2017)

Shangri-La – VIXX
(3rd Week of May 2017)

Don’t Wanna Cry – Seventeen
(4th Week of May 2017)
(5th Week of May 2017)
(1st Week of June 2017)

Happy – WJSN (Cosmic Girls)
(2nd Week of June 2017)

Remember – Nine Muses
(3rd Week of June 2017)

What’s My Name? – T-ARA
(4th Week of June 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

Tribute To Sistar #ThankYouSistar

Many groups are sadly leaving and disbanding. It will obviously never be the same without these groups. I previously did goodbye posts for some of the bands disbanding. However, I am quite unhappy with them and have decided to redo them. It will take time but you can expect them soon. Essentially, I have decided on a short reflection and then will rank all their title tracks in order of preference, along with some non-title tracks.

But enough with other groups. This post is about Sistar and their amazing 7 year run! The girl group comes from Starship Entertainment and made their official debut in 2009 with Shady Girl. Throughout the seven years, the group became known for their Summer time comebacks, with many fans saying Summer is incomplete without a Sistar comeback. To know that in the future, we will never see a Summer comeback from the 4 girls (Bora, Hyorin, Soyu and Dasom) ever again, it does dampen your day quite a bit. Personally, I am a fan of the group for their bright and catchy songs. But I also love their more sexy and femme fatale sound, as well. While I don’t enjoy their earlier stuff, Sistar has come a long way with their music. As individuals as well, their solo careers have become very big topics. We all know Hyorin’s capabilities as a soloist, Soyu with her collaborations and Dasom and Bora for their acting careers. So its safe to say that while Sistar is breaking up (:() , we can still see each member doing their own thing in the future!

We can’t talk about Sistar’s career without talking about their amazing discography. 2 full-length albums, 4 mini albums, multiple singles and multiple collaborations. Talking about albums, I always wanted to do an album review for Sistar. And since I started doing them this year, I was awaiting a comeback from the girls. But now, I guess I need to spend sometime and revisit some old albums.

Below are my TOP 10 songs from SISTAR alone! It’s not influenced by any reviews or any other person. Just my honest and biased opinion!

  1. Give It To Me (2013)
  2. Shake It (2015)
  3. How Dare You (2010)
  4. I Like That (2016)
  5. Loving You (2012)
  6. I Swear (2014)
  7. Alone (2012)
  8. Touch My Body (2014)
  9. So Cool (2011)
  10. Push Push (2010)

There are many other songs that I liked from the girls that were not promoted in anyway. They include (in no particular order):

  • Crying (released in 2013, as part of their second album, Give It To Me)
  • Lead Me (released in 2012, as part of their first mini album, Alone)
  • String (released in 2016, as part of their fourth mini album, Insane Love)
  • Holiday (released in 2012, as part of their Summer special album, Loving U)
  • Ok Go! (released in 2014, as part of their second mini album, Touch N Move)

Within Sistar, they have a subunit named Sistar19, which features Hyorin and Bora. While the future of this subunit is unclear, I had to mention them and their songs:

And that’s all for this short and probably badly written tribute. As I mentioned previously, I am a fan of Sistar and it doesn’t sit right with me that I am not making some sort of tribute for the girls. I always enjoy listening to them. Every now and then, I spend some time out of my day and have a Sistar listening session. Why? Because their songs are too good! I wish the girls the best for all their future endeavours.

I will shortly be posting a review for their final single as a group. And I will be looking forward to their upcoming final stages together. But in the meantime, do check out that final song, Lonely, which was released today!

#ThankYouSistar

Farewell Wonder Girls

Towards the end of last month, it was officially announced by JYP Entertainment, that the Wonder Girls would be disbanding. Another major girl group a few years back would be leaving us. The girls had decided to go their separate ways, despite reports of the girls searching for a new company. Ye-Eun and Sunmi both left JYP Entertainment, while Yubin and Hyelim decided to go on with the company.

This is another farewell post for another amazing girl group. We said goodbye to 2NE1 just last month. We said goodbye to 4Minute last year and now we have to say goodbye to Wonder Girls. It is no doubt that their presence within the industry is large and that they will not be forgotten.

Wonder Girls made their debut on the 13th of February 2007 with Irony. The lineup then included: YeEun, Sunye, Sohee, Hyuna (now former 4Minute member) and Sunmi. After their debut, Hyuna was withdrawn from the group and their company added Yubin to the lineup. The group went on to release Tell Me and So Hot (alongside some other songs).

It wasn’t until Nobody in 2008 that the group rose to the top and became the hottest thing in Korea. In 2009, the group embarked on a world tour and it was decided that JYP would debut the girls in the U.S.A. The girl returned in 2010 after Sunmi left the group and Hyelim was added as a new member. The girls released 2 Different Tears. The girls returned overseas and spent more time releasing English songs and starring in their own TV show. 2011 came and the group returned at the end of the year with my favourite Wonder Girls song, Be My Baby. The girls returned to South Korea in 2012 to promote Like This.

Sadly, the group went on hiatus after 2012. Sunye withdrew from the group to get married and now she is a mother of two children. Sohee also withdrew from the group to focus on her acting career. The group reimaged themselves into a girl band and went on to release I Feel You in 2015.  Sunmi returned to the group and the final lineup now includes: YeEun, Sunmi, Yubin and Hyelim). They later returned in 2016 with Why So Lonely. The girls (with the support on Sunye and Sohee) made the announcement in Jan 2017 of the disbandment and have gone on to release their final song today (10th of February), Draw Me, for their 10th anniversary.

Wonder Girls have a long history and to me, they have released some of the most iconic songs in KPOP to date. Their influence (along with 2NE1 from YG Entertainment and SNSD for SM Entertainment) has shaped and grown KPOP to what it is today. I will also remember the catchy tune of Nobody and will always remember the super addictive dance that accompanied it. I will remember how big of a fanboy I came when it Be My Baby or Like This came on. And I will always feel awestruck watching the girls form themselves into a band.

Like 2NE1’s final song, I choose not to review it. Instead, I choose to look back at their time in the industry. Writing both posts made me sad, as I now know how far they have come, how far KPOP has gone and how much they will be missed. The majority of this post looks at their history as a group, with a few personal comments, but hopefully, it is enough to say goodbye.

Maybe this goodbye is not forever. But nonetheless, I wish all members of the group success and luck for all future endeavours. Given some of their solo careers, I think we can expect great things.

If you have not yet heard Wonder Girls’ final song (which was released today), you can listen to it below.

End of 2016 Music Festivals – Favourite Performances

I am only a month delayed. What’s going on? It has been a month since 2016 ended and I think we can all say that 2016 ended in style with these music festivals. Hosted by the 3 major South Korean broadcasting companies, these festivals celebrate the year that has gone past by inviting some of the biggest acts in 2016. The stages are usually different from the ones that we see throughout the year and new collaborations are formed for these stages. For example, at the KBS music festival, we saw Twice, Red Velvet, GFriend and I.O.I come together and cover Into The New World by SNSD (as shown in the image above). While this post doesn’t cover every single stage for each of the three festivals, it will cover my favourite ones.

SBS Gayo Daejun – 26th December 2016

  • The Korean Girl Group and Boy Group Spectacular Dance Performances were my most favourite stages of the night. For the girl groups stage: Cosmic Girls, CLC, Laboum, Gugudan, Momoland and DIA featured. For the boy groups stage: Pentagon, SF9, KNK, Snuper, Halo and Astro performed. While each group got a few seconds, they all did a great job and with everyone else dancing along in the background, it looked really cool. (Watch the Girl Groups Perform Here)
  • Seventeen was praised for their cover of famous songs sung by female artists. And I too thought they did a pretty good job. It would have been nice to see a longer performance of Boom Boom and have the covers as a separate stage, but it a long show and some groups will have to face cuts. (Watch Seventeen’s Performance Here)
  • Mamamoo performed You’re The Best and Decalcomanie and I love the launch into Decalcomanie. What made it even better were their ad-libs, by sliding in big boy group’s names into their song. Sure it did sound odd at firs, but it is cute and it brought smiles to fan’s faces. (Watch Mamamoo’s Performance Here)
  • Uhm Jung Hwa made her return to the stage at the SBS Gayo this year, performing a few of her songs. The highlight was most likely D.I.S.C.O, which had T.O.P return to collaborate with her. While I liked D.I.S.C.O’s stage, it was unnecessary for T.O.P to do a model walk out onto the stage. (Watch Uhm Jung Hwa and T.O.P’s performance here)
  • Infinite (and Sistar) did get the short end of the stick for the lengths of their performance. But what Infinite delivered looked, as always, beyond infinity.
  • Big Bang‘s mini concert. I don’t think we need to say much here! Amazing as always. (Watch Big Bang’s Performance Here)

KBS Gayo Daechukje – 29th December 2016

  • Red Velvet, Twice, GFriend and I.O.I’s collaboration with their individual songs, along with their cover of Into The New World was amazing. Loved the Irene memes, though. (Watch the collaboration here)
  • Mamamoo’s sexy twist for You’re The Best and rock twist for Decalcomanie were jaw-dropping. (Watch Mamamoo’s Performance Here)
  • The girl’s version of Infinite’s Be Mine and the boy’s version of Good Girl Bad Girl by Miss A was a great collaboration. I did laugh when I saw the guys perform and the girls looked really cool. Both stages were amazing. (Watch the girl’s performance and the boy’s performance here)
  • I personally loved the slower remix of L.I.E by EXID. It did lack the powerhouse vocals since Solji is on hiatus, but Hyerin did a good job covering for her here and on the other stages (particularly the MBC Gayo stage) (Watch EXID’s Performance Here)
  • Ken’s performance with his mother made me cry. Nayeon’s performance with her mother just didn’t leave that same impression on me. (Watch Ken’s Performance and Nayeon’s Performance here)
  • NCT Dream, Cosmic Girls, Astro, Laboum, UP10TION and Oh My Girl’s stage was pretty good as well. I think they could have picked a better collaboration song. Something to get the blood pumping and the party started, you know what I mean? (Watch this collaboration performance here)
  • Han Dong Geun’s stage sounded amazing. I loved the ballad when it started peaking on the charts and still love its swaying rhythms to this day. (Watch Han Dong Guen Here)
  • BTS’s Fire stage. They know what is up. Always amazing when they invite their thousands of backup dancers to join the party. Fits the song perfectly. (Watch BTS’s Performance here)

MBC Gayo Daejejun – 31st December 2016

  • MBC Gayo Daejejun brought back some of the first generation KPOP groups such as Shinhwa, S.E.S, Turbo and Ha Hyun Woo. They performed some of their past hits but also more recent songs. (Watch Shinhwa’s Performance here)
  • Not only that but some of the big name groups in the industry at the moment performed their past hits and also their 2016 songs. And of course, some groups did special stages, performing very popular and famous Korean songs.
  • Once again, Mamamoo made it onto this list as well. Their stage is always exceptional and I love the mini orchestra intro for Decalcomanie. (Watch Mamamoo’s Performance Here)
  • Sistar’s I Like That stage here was amazing as well. I loved the dance break. It got rid of that awkward “I’m So Fine” bridge and they look sexy. (Watch Sistar’s Performance here)
  • APINK’s short medley of their hits tracks and Only One was spectacular to listen to. The medley led into Only One perfectly. (Watch APINK’s Performance Here)
  • Monsta X’s All In + Fighter stage was another really good stage. It looked cool and very tough. They just needed a few more seconds as I felt the stage ended a little too soon. (Watch Monsta X’s Performance here)
  • BTOB’s change up for I’ll Be Your Man was really cool. They kept the song whole but added a few extra ad-libs and harmony parts to make it feel fresh. (Watch BTOB’s performance here)
  • B.A.P’s performance had an amazing remix for Young Wild and Free. Skydive was shortened but had a cool dance break inserted into it. Daehyun’s adlib was extraordinary. (Watch B.A.P’s performance here)

 

2016 End Of Year Charts

Better late than never, I guess. Welcome to the End Of Year Charts for the year of 2016. This took a little longer to do than what I had anticipated. I do this annually to rank the songs released in the year and see which songs top the year.

As usual, I utilised the original review score, but also re-reviewed the song, videos and performance (where applicable). An increment was given to songs released in the last four months of the year. However, this year’s way of ranking is a little different to previous years. This is because this year I took time out to try to record the number of times I listened to the song (as accurately as I can). Also included is the weekly charts that I did since May (while they weren’t launched until July 2016).

The final addition to this year’s chart (i.e. the weekly charts) also meant that the songs released after May would have been ranked higher than songs released prior to May. One of the few things I observed with the charts. I have also coloured and bolded the songs that I put forward in the KPOPreviewed awards (Part 1 here and Part 2 here) as Best Song of the years to see how they ranked on the charts.

Here are some other facts/rules for the songs to be on the charts:

  • 215 songs were included in the chart (but only the top 100 is published this year).
  • The first song to be included in this year’s chart is iKON’s Dumb and Dumber. The last song eligible to be on the charts is EXO’s For Life.
  • To appear on the charts, the song must have been replayed for over 10 times. Some songs were removed as they failed to make that requirement.
  • EXO had the most songs (6 songs) on the charts this year (Lotto, Lucky One, Monster, Hey Mama, For Life and Dancing King (ft. Yoo Jae Suk)). Mamamoo, Seventeen, BTS, Oh My Girl and VIXX followed behind with 3 songs on the charts each.

So without further ado, I present to you the final chart of 2016.

No. Title Artist
1 Very Nice Seventeen
2 Decalcomanie Mamamoo
3 TT Twice
4 Hard Carry GOT7
5 The Rain Ladies Code
6 Blood, Sweat & Tears BTS
7 Very Very Very I.O.I
8 The Closer VIXX
9 Hey Mama EXO-CBX
10 Sky Dive B.A.P
11 Pretty U Seventeen
12 Secret Cosmic Girls
13 Russian Roulette Red Velvet
14 The Eye Infinite
15 Windy Day Oh My Girl
16 Find Me Hyosung (Secret)
17 I’ll Be Your Man BTOB
18 Confession Astro
19 Playing With Fire BLACKPINK
20 Fantasy VIXX
21 Fighter Monsta X
22 Tell Me What To Do SHINee
23 You’re The Best Mamamoo
24 I Like That Sistar
25 Last Dance Big Bang
26 Why So Lonely Wonder Girls
27 Ti Amo T-Ara
28 Beside Me Davichi
29 Navierilla GFriend
30 Toy Block B
31 Chewing Gum NCT Dream
32 Carnival Gain (Brown Eyed Girls)
33 For Life EXO
34 Boom Boom Seventeen
35 Rough Gfriend
36 Dynamite VIXX
37 Fri.Sat.Sun Dal Shabet
38 Secret Time Spica
39 L.I.E EXID
40 White Night UP10TION
41 Fire BTS
42 FxxK It Big Bang
43 Listen To My Word (Aing~) Oh My Girl
44 Don’t Believe Berry Good
45 Paradise Hyorin (Sistar)
46 Fly GOT7
47 Give It To Me Seven
48 Stuck Monsta X
49 Save Me BTS
50 Oh NaNa K.A.R.D
51 Feel So Good B.A.P
52 Destiny Lovelyz
53 Lollipop IMFACT
54 Can’t Help Myself Eric Nam
55 Stalker UKISS
56 One More Day Sistar
57 Hit Me MOBB ft. Kush
58 Lucky One EXO
59 Doo Doom Chit Crayon Pop
60 Queen History
61 On The Way Home Sunny Hill
62 Shooting Love Laboum
63 Bobby Doll Song Ji Eun (Secret)
64 Love Is Davichi
65 Ribbon Beast
66 How People Move AKMU
67 Whatta Man I.O.I
68 Monster EXO
69 1 of 1 SHINee
70 Free Somebody Luna (f(x))
71 Take Me Now FT Island
72 It’s Raining Snuper
73 Lotto EXO
74 Journey to Atlantis Laboum
75 Angel Berry Good
76 Knock KNK
77 Nodding Woohyun (Infinite)
78 Liar Liar Oh My Girl
79 U KNK
80 Aphrodite B.I.G
81 Letting Go Day6
82 Home Run GOT7
83 I’m Fine VICTION
84 Here I Am Yesung (Super Junior)
85 Borders Amber (f(x))
86 Lip 2 Lip Nine Muses A
87 Only One APINK
88 Bingo 24K
89 Dancing King EXO x Yoo Jae Suk
90 Body Mino (Winner)
91 Cheer Up Twice
92 Heartbreak Hotel Tiffany (SNSD) ft. Simon D
93 Better Day 100%
94 She Vromance
95 Gorilla Pentagon
96 11:11 Taeyeon (SNSD)
97 Dream Suzy (Miss A) & Baekhyun (EXO)
98 Good Luck AOA
99 New York Mamamoo
100 Somebody Like U Dal Shabet

Goodbye, 2NE1

I take this moment to drop my other reviews for the time being and honour this girl group. This will not be a review, however. But rather an ode to one of the most important groups (yes, I said that!) in KPOP ever.

For those who haven’t heard, 2NE1 has officially disbanded. Minzy left the band in May 2016 and it was announced that 2NE1 had disbanded on 25th of November 2016, with Park Bom leaving the company. Both CL and Dara resigned solo contracts. 2NE1 was one of the biggest bands of South Korea during their time.

It is no doubt that their songs have been influential in the industry. Songs like Fire, I Am The Best, I Love You, Lonely (just to name a few) have shaped KPOP greatly. They became a group that had a massive following and had hoobae (junior) groups look up to them. Their success has taken them extremely far. Even as soloists, the girls have conquered and fought on alongside each other with their own activities.

But what makes the group so different to others? They pushed for a tougher image. When they debuted, girl groups went for more cutesy and girly concepts. Not 2NE1 though. They were the first (if I remember correctly) to take on the hip-hop concept successfully. They were the ones that wore crazy clothes and had the craziest hairstyle (referring to I Am The Best video).

Goodbye  was released today, as the group’s final song (which features CL, Park Bom and Dara only). While YG has marketed this as their final song, the girls have mentioned that a possible reunion (with Minzy) and comeback in the future is still possible. Given the ongoing trend of first generation groups returning with their full line-up, this is highly possible and I do look forward to that day.

That being said, I do like to see what the four members have in store for us in the future. I know Dara has restarted acting, CL has her solo career (even though I am not much of a fan of her songs, I do like to see what else she can do. If 2NE1 has anything to prove, these girls have endless potential as solo artists), Minzy has her upcoming solo debut and Park Bom has a solo career that she can continue (if she chooses to). Thank you 2NE1 for the past 7 years. And if you are looking for the music video for Goodbye, it is linked below!

KPOPREVIEWED 2016 Awards – Part 2

Click here to see the list of nominees for this year’s awards and scroll down to find out who wins!!!

If you have yet to see Part 1 (which also explains this corner) please click here.


BEST MALE ROOKIE GROUP

2016 saw a lot of new boy groups make their debut on the stage. Compiling the list of nominees for this section was extra hard because there were so many great debuts that just missed out on a spot on the list. The winner of the Best Male Rookie Group 2016 is Astro, who made continuous comebacks after their debut, pushing them into the spotlight. Honourable mentions are given to VRomance for their debut song, She.


BEST FEMALE ROOKIE GROUP

Like the male rookie group section above, a lot of girl groups made their debut in 2016. And a lot of them provided us with the hottest tracks of the year. WJSN, otherwise known as Cosmic Girls, made their debut with Mo Mo Mo and came back with one of the best tracks of the year: Secret. They are my pick for Best Female Rookie Group. Honourable Mentions goes to BlackPink and I.O.I (It was very hard to choose for this category).


BEST MALE SOLOIST

As every other year, solo artists are debuting and making comebacks. 2016 saw the long-awaited debuts of some main vocalists of different idol groups and the return of solo artists that we have known for a while. The winner has to be Zico (Block B) with his ballad track: I Am You, You are Me. This one track alone has been a chart topper and gave the rapper a new side. Honourable mention goes to Eric Nam and his surge in popularity this year with his releases.


BEST FEMALE SOLOIST

2016 was a very big year for female solo artists. Like the male solo artist awards, big names came back, while long-awaited debuts were made. My pick for the winner of Best Female Soloist goes to Taeyeon (SNSD). Her singles have been remarkable thus far. Honourable mentions goes to Hyosung (Secret), whose song is still being replayed, half a year after release.


BEST MALE GROUP

So many to consider. Can’t count with my fingers for this category and the next. But it has been a big year for male groups (and likewise female groups). Out of all the artists, I have to pick Seventeen as the group that stood out the most and hence are the winners here. As for honourable mentions, GOT7 takes it this year.


BEST FEMALE GROUP 

As mentioned above, girl groups have also had a very big year in KPOP. And there were too many to count as well. But my overall pick for Best Female Group has to be Mamamoo. 2016 has been their best year yet and I hope there are even better years to come. Oh My Girl receives honourable mentions for their releases of high quality and catchy songs.


BEST ALBUM

Now, I promised album reviews this year and my apologies, I failed to deliver. I asked you guys again (thanks to everyone who contributed to the survey) and album reviews are still something you guys want. I can’t review every one of them, but I will try my best to cover the main and biggest releases. As for 2016, Wings released by BTS as their 2nd Studio album is my pick for best album. I also thoroughly enjoyed the songs released by B.A.P as their third studio album, Carnival, which also takes Honourable Mention.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Many great videos were released this year. From amazing plots to great cinematography, or just the standard video that looks amazing, 2016 had it all. My picks for both the winner and honourable mention were videos that were long in length, but one focused on an action-packed story and the other for its complexity. The winner is B.A.P‘s Skydive and honourable mention goes to BTS‘s Blood Sweat & Tears.


BEST DANCE/PERFORMANCE

And as with every year, KPOP groups and solo artists have amazing dances that should be commended. There were so many top contenders, that it was quite hard to compile the list of ten. But nonetheless, my pick for best dance would have to be GOT7‘s Hard Carry and honourable mention goes to The Eye by Infinite.

 


BEST SONG OF THE YEAR

The hardest award to decide for. Hahaha… I put down 22 songs for this award. 22 amazing songs. And now I have to narrow the list to just 1. The difficulties. That being said, I won’t announce it words. Just watch the video below. But before that, let’s look at the honourable mentions that I manage to narrow down from that list of 22. Hover over the pictures to find out who and which song were picked. Note that these honourable mentions or the winners are not chosen via the end of year charts, but my thoughts alone.

And my pick of Best Song of 2016 goes to……

veryniceseventeen.gif

VERY NICE – SEVENTEEN

Congratulations to all winners, honourable mentions and nominees. Everyone in general!!

KPOPREVIEWED 2016 Awards – Part 1

I am officially back everyone. And finally, I am moving along with the posts. This is the replacement to the normal Best of the Bests that I do at the end of each year. Essentially, they are the same thing, just a different name for them. This is just for fun and is just my thoughts relayed into a post. I did want to include you guys in the voting this time around, but because of my vacation, I had skipped over it. Maybe next year, if nothing pops up.

I usually post the nominees up in a separate post. However, because of time constraints, I have linked the nominees on a separate page by clicking the link below, instead of writing them out.

CLICK FOR THE NOMINEES AND CHECK OUT THE WINNERS FOR PART 1 BELOW


RISING STAR AWARD

This award goes to the groups that have seen the most growth in 2016. Past winners have risen from the rookie status (usually) or ‘nugu’ status and conquered the year they were awarded in. Looking back there are a number groups that took over 2016. But the rising star award goes to Twice and Seventeen. It is quite obvious why. Both groups had a following already in 2015 but 2016 saw more success, proving them to be a force to look out for.


BEST INSTRUMENTAL

This award is self-explanatory, given to the song that has the best instrumental. This is something that I talk about in review and is vital to the song (though I have heard amazing acapella in the past). It seems like simple took out the award this year with the instrumental of The Rain by Ladies Code taking out the award. But don’t worry because the EDM based song Fire by BTS took out Honourable Mention.


BEST COMEBACK

Comeback after comeback after comeback. It is like shifting through a needle in a haystack. Any artist could have been nominated for this but I chose VIXX as the winner for this. Their comebacks have been consistent but unique each time. Their releases have you asking what they have planned next. As for honourable mentions, BTS takes it. Given their releases in the past year, I have to say I was very impressed.


BEST SUBUNIT

It seems like subunits have dropped off the trends list this year. Actually, they have become quite rare. That being said, there have been some notable subunits in 2016. My pick for the winner is EXO-CBX, which consists of Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin. Their song, Hey Mama, was extremely catchy and fun to listen to. Honourable mention go to NCT Dream for their release of the fun and equally catchy Chewing Gum (plus they performed on hoverboards).


BEST RAPPER

Not a big fan of rapping but I have to be honest, there are many great rappers here that show me otherwise. A few rappers in idol groups have released mixtapes this year as part of their solo work, further showing their influence on the industry. The winner I have chosen is Zico (Block B). All of his solo releases and collaborations have been extremely popular and successful in the past year. Honourable mention goes  Suga (BTS), whose mixtape and work within BTS have also amazed me this year.


BEST VOCALIST

Vocals are something that I admire the most. So, it was rather hard for me to narrow down just 5 nominees, particularly since there were more shows where vocalists of different idol groups and actors/actresses could participate in. My radar jumped when I heard the winner sing on those shows. I am talking about Sandeul (B1A4), whose voice sounded amazing in his solo work and collaborations on Duet Song Festival. I chose Mamamoo for honourable mention as their vocals are no joke, slaying with almost everything they release.


BEST COLLABORATION

Collaborations are still popular and with SM Entertainment’s SM Station in full effect for 2016, we saw a more diverse range of collaborations that have never been seen before. My pick for the best collaboration of 2016 is Hit Me by MOBB, which is a collaboration between Mino (Winner) and Bobby (iKON). Honourable mentions go to Tiffany (SNSD) and SanE for their SM Station track, Heartbreak Hotel.


BEST NON-TITLE SONG

These songs include songs that were simply released as a part of the album but forgotten as it was never promoted. Some of them were performed with the title track for one week but have since not been performed. Songs that deserve some sort of recognition as well. My pick of honourable mention is I Miss You by Mamamoo, which was included in their first studio album. The winner of the best non-title song goes to Sistar with their track: String. String is actually one of the few songs that are not a title track that was replayed constantly on my phone.


To find the second part of the 2016 KPOPREVIEWED Awards, Click Here!!!

 

Goodbye 2016, Welcome 2017

What is that I hear in the distant? Fireworks, countdowns and people cheering?

2016 is finally coming to a close. Can you believe it that another year has gone past? It is crazy. Time has literally flown by so fast. 

2017 is fast approaching so I guess it is time to take out those New Years resolutions that we have packed away in the past year. 

I will be back very soon (which means reviews and charts galore). I just want to take this opportunity to thank you all for joining in with me for 2016. I promise you that 2017 is going to be an even bigger year.

In case you have not done the survey yet, please click here. I look forward to reading your responses and improving the site. 

And finally, it won’t be a new year until I start writing this in caps lock. But:

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOODBYE 2016 AND WELCOME TO 2017!!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas!!

 

Yes, I may have gone a little crazy with the picture above. But hey, it’s Christmas!! 

Hi all,

I just wanted to wish you guys a Merry Christmas to you all!! I hope that wherever you are, you are having an amazing day with family and/or friends. May Santa (Ho Ho Ho) bring you all presents and festive cheer.

🙂