The first half of 2021 gave us plenty of K-Pop bops to bless our playlists!
Netizens recently shared their favorite song from this year so far, Nate Pann.
Here are the songs that Korean fans have loved the most so far this year!
- “Alcohol-free” (twice)
“Alcohol-Free” has a bossa nova-inspired sound that makes it the perfect soundtrack for a chilly summer day. The song does a great job of capturing the emotions of being so drawn to your partner that you feel dizzy around them. À DEUX REPRISES surprised fans with the vibe of this track by totally upsetting what we’d expect from their energetic summer songs like “Dance the Night Away,” and ONCE loved seeing TWICE show off their versatility with this more casual summer piece!
- “On the Floor” (BLACKPINK rosé)
BLACK ROSE’s Rose made her much anticipated solo debut with this song and immediately surprised BLINKs with this track! “On the Ground” shows Rosé’s skills as a singer. She effortlessly switches from gentle vocals to the belt, demonstrating how well she conveys emotions through her voice.
- “Dun Dun Dance” (OH MY DAUGHTER)
With solid vocals and original songs like “Nonstop” and “Dolphin,” OH MY FILLED created a sound of their own, and “Dun Dun Dance” lives up to Miracle’s expectations! “Dun Dun Dance” has a slight urban pop vibe and makes the perfect soundtrack for a happy and playful summer day.
- “Next level” (aespa)
“Next Level” is a groovy and funky track, and its distribution in the middle of the song gives the espa its time to shine for the member’s vocals and rap! This experimental track shows how versatile aespa is and has MY eager to see what they do next.
- “Butter” (BTS)
This energetic, summery BTS track shows off the band’s signature vocal harmonies and even includes a shout-out to ARMY! “Butter” is a great summer dance-pop anthem and even had non-K-Pop fans ready to “catch it, let it roll” with BTS!
- “Lilac” (UI)
IU “Lilac” of ‘the groovy instrumental inspired by urban pop and gives the singer’s voice plenty of room to shine. In the song, she pits whispered voices against powerful belts and keeps listeners fully engaged and mesmerized by her voice.
- “Don’t call me” (SHINee)
SHINee is back! This hip-hop-inspired track breaks with what people expect from SHINee with their hits like “Lucifer” and “Sherlock,” proving that SHINee can truly deliver any concept. “Don’t Call Me” gives this powerful band plenty of opportunities to show their voices.
- “0X1 = LOVESONG (I know I love you)” (TXT with Seori)
This angsty, rock-inspired track contrasts sharply with many recent K-Pop releases. Instead of using synths and turning to urban pop for inspiration, this track SMS relies heavily on guitars and drums. “0X1 = LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)” is incredibly dynamic and catchy, and it shows that TXT excels at conveying emotions through its songs.
- “Hot sauce” (NCT DREAM)
This afrobeat-inspired piece gives NCT DREAM the perfect opportunity to show off its explosive energy! With its super catchy chorus, “Hot Sauce” made NCTzens sing along with NCT DREAM on this song on repeat.
- “AS SOON AS POSSIBLE” (STAY)
“ASAP” offers all the catchy pop vibes! This follow-up to STAYC’s first track from “So Bad” shows that the girl group has already perfected the art of creating an impressive way. The flute-shaped synth that features heavily in the song hook works excellent with STAYC’s vocals and makes “ASAP” a total earworm!