With members leaving well-established groups, personal scandals, and lost lives, was not a good year. However, we must not diminish the greatness in music that artists in delivered. One of the things that made great was the fact that companies and artists experimented with their sounds and there was little sentiment of repetition among the releases. This year saw outstanding comebacks, entertaining subunits, rising underdogs, and shocking debuts. And after much thought, KultScene came up with our list of top 20 K-Pop songs of The picks are simply based on our personal tastes and preferences and is only intended to recognize extraordinary singles of the past year. Throughout the song, he makes the listeners feel as the man of the story from the song. He lets the listeners feel the sadness and anger of the situation stated in the track. The song was so popular that it gained recognition around the world, and was followed by covers by fans, K-Pop artists like Eric Nam and even YG Entertainment released a series of covers with Akdong Musician, Tablo, and Lydia Paek. Usually when a new boy group debuts, they do so with an upbeat song and not a ballad.
Behind the headlines, there was a sonic shift. As ever, not everything was smooth sailing, as smaller groups stepped up as big guns like EXO and 2PM missed the mark. Bring on
Op-Ed K-Pop Blog for Those With a Snide Side.
At this point, it slaps. But repeat listens showed me the light: if K-pop must eat itself, feed it to Lovelyz. Pre-chorus of the year, by the way. Try counting the MJ nods in the vid! Fate, like fame, can be a funny thing. Struggling group EXID seemed due for the chopping block until a fancam of one live performance—camera-trained vigilantly on the particularly pliable Hani—went megaviral and made everyone realize what a damn fine slab of pop the song is. Forget not this falsetto, my friends; forget not this vibe. Someday Lee Chanhyuk will remold the K-pop industry in his image, and it will be better for it. Help us ascend.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. K-pop fans may remember as a dramatic, and at times heartbreaking, year. Members left groups fans envisioned them in for years, tragedy struck the live scene and the dark sides of the industry were brought to light in the wake of mourning one of the scene's most promising acts. But there's a shining light when fans recall what first attracted them to K-pop -- the music.