Welcome to the end of the year! Each year, I do this “End Of The Year Chart” where I properly rank songs via a personalised ranking system, which shows which songs I liked the most (and which songs I did not like at all – but I won’t name and shame). How do I rank the songs? Simply taking the score that I gave them in the review published earlier in the year, adding it to new review scores for the music, video and performance. Then I add those to other scores from “Songs of the Month” in my Rewind posts and to ensure that I can properly order them, I turn to my iTunes play count. And when I say “add”, there is a mixture of mathematical operations (and I am going to stop here, before I can bore you). In no way is this chart influenced by my choice of best song in the BOBs. But I do highlight them here :).
Gain (Brown Eyed Girls)
If You Do
Oh My Girl
Love Me Right
I Need U
Sing For You
Taeyeon (SNSD) ft. Verbal Jint
Like OOH AHH
Oh Um Ah Yeah
Lee Hong Ki (FT Island)
Between Night n Music
Shake That Brass
Amber (f(x)) ft. Taeyeon (SNSD)
VIXX LR (VIXX)
Brand New World
Brown Eyed Girls
Ring My Bell
Donghae & Eunhyuk
Catch Me If You Can
Me Gustas Tu
Kim Sung Gyu (Infinite)
Might Just Die
We Like 2 Party
Mad Clown ft. Jamsil (Mad Child Soul)
Ice Cream Cake
Kim Sung Gyu (Infinite)
I Feel You
Wow Wow Wow
Junjin (Shinhwa) ft. Eric (Shinhwa)
And here are some interesting facts about this year and the chart itself!
A total of 180 songs were ranked on this chart, but a total of 195 songs were reviewed this year (which I believe is a personal best).
The first song reviewed and included in the chart is BTOB’s The Winter Tale (released at the end of last year). The last song reviewed and included in the chart was EXO’s Sing For You
A total of 16 girl groups, 17 boy groups and 9 soloists are featured on the chart.
There is a better mix of boys and girl groups this year, compared to last year, where the first boy group did not feature on the charts until after 16th place.
BTS had the most songs on the chart (I Need U, Dope & Run). followed by: EXID (Ah Yeah & Hot Pink), GOT7 (If You Do, Just Right), EXO (Love Me Right, Sing For You), Kim Sung Gyu (The Answer, Kontrol) & Red Velvet (Dumb Dumb & Ice Cream Cake).
Rookies were actually a strong force this year with Oh My Girl, Seventeen and Twice ranking quite high up in the charts.
The following ranked after 50th place: IU, B.I.G, Crayon Pop, VIXX, Seventeen, Changmin, Big Bang, Brown Eyed Girls and CLC.
And finally, this year chart was actually reflected on the BOBs this year. I crowned EXID’s Ah Yeah as best song for both segments.
AND THAT IS IT!! 2015 will be ending shortly. 6 Hours To Go (for me at least)!!! Hope 2015 has been a great year for you all. I thank you all once again for another year of KPOPreviewed. Your support has been amazing. Every comment and like (heck even every view) makes me happy!! Nearly 5 years and still going strong!! Thank you 2015 and I wish you all a Happy New Year wherever and whenever it is time. Let’s make 2016 our year!!! (First review: 2nd of Jan).
Royal Pirates have finally returned after over a year’s break. And boy did they make this return a hella smashing one. This song is super duper amazing. Can I just say, that the instrumental break for this song is my favourite part of the song. The song was quite upbeat and fast already, but that instrumental break just took it to a whole new level. It is a mix of a rock genre and the electronic genre, and this mix goes hand in hand. The vocals are amazing but I do have one small complaint. Royal Pirates put out really nice song that are catchy (the word to describe the chorus) and appeal to me right away. The English in this song fits in with the Korean with the song. I just feel that the vocals could be a little louder. The instrumental is overpowering and I can’t make the vocals for some part for most of it. The other complaint is I personally feel the song is a little too quick. It sounds like the song was sung mostly in the first minute and 30 seconds. The guitar and drums in the sound brings the song back to the rock ages, but the electronic sound makes the song a lot more modern and I personally like that about the song. Great song.
As for the music video, I am totally fine with the seeing the band just rock out to the song. The bright scenes where the members in the sun, seem to show that they are currently running away or something. But they only made up like 20% of the video and could have been taken out. I see no one talking about those scenes, because everyone is in awe with the the dark band scenes. James hitting the metal shield with the guitar seemed a little funny to me. I blame it on the slo-mo. Beside making it look like he was hitting the shield super hard, it seemed like he only allowed the guitar and shield bump each other. And blindfold drummer boy. He is just showing off. Not exactly sure why there was a snow storm towards the end of the video, but it gave the song that fast element, as if they were running. I love the small screen they had to cover their mouths. That looked pretty cool. Honestly, beside the small snippets of light, I think the video was quite nice to watch. The darkness complimented the song’s emotions. And the rock theme travelled through the music video, with the head banging and seriousness the guys had on their faces (from what we could see).
The rookie group, Royal Pirates, recently made their first comeback after their debut with Drawing The Line. They have been around since forever, but only debuted recently last year with the song Shout Out. Now, that they are back and it seems that the band is gathering more fans than ever before. Shout Out was more of a rock song, while this song is a little more light hearted and less serious. They are all American and ever since this song came out, I have been questioning my virtual life. How have I not heard of this band before?? Seriously, all my friends are raging on about this band and then there is me going “Whose that?”. I know, I should be disappointed in myself.
This song is freaking amazing. Like so amazing, I am seriously “Drawing The Line” here. Hahahaha… Oh god, please stop me. Anyway, at first I tried my best to stay away from this group. Like far away as possible, cause I never liked their debut song and thought it would be a repeat of the same events. I was wrong and I admit it. It is really catchy, and I think KPOP has been lacking the instrumental band playing groups for quite some time. All I see are dances and not enough instrumental and vocal works, so I guess why I like it. Can I liken this song to a drug, because it is really catchy. There is also an English version of the song which is also featured on the mini album, but I am not fond of the English version as much as I am for the Korean Version. The song talks about how they want this girl, however the girl just “draws the lines” and basically stops any “love messages” from coming through. Something a lot like in reality. Hahaha… Wow, what a proper song for Valentine’s Day!
Never actually fully watched the video, mainly because I don’t have enough time to watch anything nowadays. I can’t even keep up with my subscription lists on YouTube! I don’t have a problem with the video, but I get the feeling the director is really a major tight arse. Also, was the photographer dancing? Or is that what all photographers do? Cause my school photos will make me smile much more if that is the case. That slap on one of the members seem to hurt a lot. And why are they trying their best to “woo” more than one girl? Like, umm… I can see why she drew the line mate. You just made it obvious by getting a little personal with two girls. In one room, one after the other. I like how they just start randomly playing the song during the interview. Talk show host is a total party pooper and Brad, where did you come from? Those are just my lovely observations. I liked the video overall, even though I questioned a lot. It made me smile. Hahaha…
8/10. It was really nice and made me smile. On such a lonely day for me. Happy Valentine’s Day for all!