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Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« on: December 23, 2021, 03:06:22 PM »
:shakeit: :cow:   BEST KPOP SONGS OF 2021!   :cow::shakeit:



Time to vote again for your favorite k-tunes, this time from 2021!



Rules:

You can vote for any Korean releases from 2021 - that means, album tracks, digital releases are all acceptable! Japanese, Chinese etc releases are not.
Addendum 2020+: Songs that have both Korean artists AND Korean vocals in them are allowed. This means some songs from artists like K/DA qualify.

Voting is simple: List your top 10 tracks of the year. The #1 gets 10 points, #2 gets 9, #3 gets 8 points, and so on.

This poll will be open for at least a few weeks. So get your lists in, and feel free to tweak them later.

If you're allergic to posting or just unable to for some reason, you can pm/tweet/dm/etc your votes to me and I can add them to the thread.



Releases:

Here's the wikipedia entry of 2021 in kpop.

Also, a few youtube playlists full of releases, by no means complete:

KPOP 2021 (358+ videos)
Female Kpop Songs of 2021 (215+ videos)
Kpop 2021 (1,196+ videos)



Previous polls: (click the year to visit the corresponding thread)

Year #1 #2 #3
2020 Loona - Voice / Star Everglow - La Di Da (G)I-DLE - Oh My God
2019 Red Velvet - Psycho Mamamoo - Destiny (G)I-DLE - Lion
2018 IZ*ONE - La Vie en Rose Fromis_9 - Love Bomb Red Velvet - Bad Boy
2017 Winner - Really Really Sunmi - Gashina Mamamoo - Finally
2016 Blackpink - Whistle Blackpink - Playing With Fire Oh My Girl - Step By Step
2015 Oh My Girl - Closer Red Velvet - Automatic IU - Zezé
2014 Poll not held
2013 Crayon Pop - Bar Bar Bar Girls' Generation - I Got A Boy EXO - Growl
2012 T-ara - Lovey-Dovey T-ara - Day by Day Sistar - Alone
2011 Kara - Step T-ara - Roly-Poly IU - You & I
2010 Girls' Generation - Hoot Kara - Lupin Girls' Generation - Run Devil Run

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2021, 08:50:20 PM »
omg I don't think Ive posted here in years >>;;

1. IU - Celebrity
2. LUCY - Run To You
3. Dreamcatcher - 4 Memory
4. IU - strawberry moon
5. STAYC - Stereotype
6. Dreamcatcher - BEcause
7. IVE - Eleven
8. Rose - On The Ground
9. LOONA - PTT (Paint The Town)
10. Dreamcatcher - New Days

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2021, 02:01:24 PM »
It feels like 2021 was not a very good year for Kpop. Many of the big groups didn't release anything that grabbed my attention.
As a result, making this list was a lot harder than during previous years. There weren't that many releases that stood out.
Luckily, with IVE having made a successful debut and many more interesting new groups on the horizon, next year should be a lot better!

10. Aespa - Savage

I've been going back and forth between Aespa and Punch for the final spot in my top 10, but I feel like I had to include Savage.
It's a unique and fun song, very catchy and I listened to it quite a bit. That said, some of the transitions are way too rough.

09. Dreamcatcher - Odd Eye

This is the first Dreamcatcher song that came out this year and was also their best release this year.
For me, while still good, it's nowhere near "Deja Vu" or "Scream" level.
And with "BEcause" being even more mainstream, I'm a bit worried for the direction of the group.
"Odd Eye" is still a good and I especially like how the guitar follows the vocal line.
It loses some points for the uninspired and unnecessary rap section.

08. Jo Yuri x Lee Seok-hoon - Autumn Memories

When it comes to natural talent, Jo Yuri is right up there with the best of them. She has an incredible range and a wonderful timbre.
To be honest, I was quite disappointed with "Glassy." Both the style of the song and the overall image didn't really suit her.
It's ballads like "Autumn Memories" and "My Love" where she really shines.

07. IVE - Eleven

Fantastic debut. It's a well written song with plenty of hooks. The high bass line reminds me a lot of f(x) - Rum Pum Pum Pum.
This feels like the appetizer to a great new era of fresh girl groups.

06. IU - My Sea (The Sea of a Kid & I)
 
I'll have to admit I almost excluded this one from my top 10 for two reasons.
Firstly, I have quite a bit of IU on here already and I like to keep it varied.
Secondly, Girls Planet 999, where contestant were constantly screaming off key because they couldn't hit the right notes.
All that aside, I have to treat the song at face value and it's simply fantastic.

05. IU - Strawberry Moon

IU wrote Strawberry Moon as a 'feel good' song without complicated subtext. It's just what the world needed.

04. Woo!Ah! - Purple

I have a spot for songs that are fun and quirky. "Purple" is a perfect example of that. This song never fails to bring a smile to my face.

03. IU - Celebrity



Celebrity was one of the first songs that came out this year and it's been on heavy rotation ever since.
It's a fairly simple song, but it still manages to keep your attention. This version of the MV is just lovely.

02. Rocket Punch - Ring Ring



I love Rocket Punch. It's such a fun group. While "Ring Ring" is a solid release, I didn't like it as much as "Juicy."
Glad they made their Japanese debut with "Bubble Up!" this year, even thought that song was as mediocre as it gets.

01. Everglow - First



The whole world was wondering how Everglow could ever top "La Di Da" but with "First" they delivered another banger.
The dirty bass synth, the symphonic elements and the more prominent role for Sihyeon all work incredibly well together.


Honorable mentions in no particular order:

- Punch - My Everything: The emotion she can express with a single word is unbelievable.
- Lisa - Lalisa: Solid release, but I just don't find myself listening to it.
- Cignature - Boyfriend: Glad they're back, but I miss their 'signature' energetic vibe.
- Itzy - Maffia in the Morning: Looking at the PV now, it's much better than I remember.
- HyunA - I'm Not Cool: It's cool, but it already feels dated.
- Pixy - Wings: Awesome concept and PV, but the song is a bit of a mess.

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2021, 04:23:54 AM »
1. Everglow - First
2. LOONA - Wow
3. Everglow - Don't Speak
4. LOONA - Dance on my own
5. fromis_9 - Talk & Talk
6. WJSN The Black - Easy
7. fromis_9 - We go
8. IVE - Eleven
9. Oh my girl - DUN DUN Dance
10. LOONA - U R

Uhh not much variety in my list  :lol: But yeah haven't listened to many KPOP groups these days.

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2022, 07:27:49 PM »
I made a Twitter thread buuuuut... Here we go

10. Twice - The Feels (aka the song I ended up loving against my will)

https://bit.ly/3JHz5UF


9. SHINee - Atlantis (aka the song that made me remember why I was a SHINee stan)

https://bit.ly/34dnlJh


8. aespa - Next Level (aka the song that... made my interest in aespa grow to the next level?)

https://bit.ly/3eQr2qy


7. Everglow - Pirate (aka the song that gave me the most power in 2022)

https://bit.ly/3eRpsEK


6. Red Velvet - Queendom (aka, quite literally... the return of the queens)

https://bit.ly/3JMcOVK


5. SHINee - Don't Call Me (aka the song that restored my faith in humanity)

https://bit.ly/334SFcA


4. STAYC - ASAP (aka the song that made me feel like the future of K-pop wasn't looking so bad)

https://bit.ly/34dnr3B


3. Key - BAD LOVE (aka the song that made me want to shatter Key's glass closet)




2. aespa - Savage (aka the song that turned me into an aespa stan)




1. Billlie - RING X RING (aka the song I didn't expect to love but ended up loving because of how much it stood out from the rest)

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2022, 06:49:38 AM »
Painstakingly pruned a lot of songs I liked but here we go  :P

1. WJSN The Black - Easy
2. Mamamoo - Mumumumuch
3. Dreamcatcher - BEcause
4. Twice - Baby Blue Love
5. Purple Kiss - Cast Pearls Before Swine
6. Purple Kiss - Skip Skip
7. Dreamcatcher - Odd Eye
8. Purple Kiss - Ponzona
9. Moonbyul feat. Seori - Shutdown
10. Wheein - Water Color

I, too, am surprised I have 3 Purple Kiss songs on here lmfao

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2022, 07:10:56 AM »
1. WJSN THE BLACK - Easy
2. Mamamoo - Windflower (Dramatic ver.)
3. Mamamoo - Mumumumuch
4. Wheein - Butterfly
5. TWICE - Cruel
6. Moonbyul ft. Seori - Shutdown
7. Wheein - Water Color
8. Dreamcatcher - Alldaylong
9. IU - LILAC
10. (G)I-DLE - MOON

This was SO hard to pare down to only ten! Honorable mentions: Purple Kiss - Ponzoña,  EVERGLOW - FIRST, Oh My Girl - Dun Dun Dance

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2022, 06:36:54 AM »
1. Weeekly- After School
2. Rocket Punch- Ring Ring
3. Everglow- Promise
4. Cherry Bullet- Love So Sweet
5. Ariaz- I like you
6. Brave Girls- After we ride
7. Yuqi- Bonnie and Clyde
8. Ive-Eleven
9. Stayc- Stereotype
10. Yukika- Loving you

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2022, 03:39:51 PM »
Here's a guest list from Aline!

#1 dahlia - gidle
#2 dreams come true - aespa
#3 coin - iu
#4 savage - aespa
#5 in the morning - itzy
#6 the feels - twice
#7 next level - aespa
#8 asap - stayc
#9 lilac - iu
#10 scientist - twice

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2022, 12:27:26 AM »
1. EVERGLOW – First
2. Billlie – RING X RING
3. Dreamcatcher – Odd Eye
4. EVERGLOW – Pirate
5. Dreamcatcher – BEcause
6. Pink Fantasy – Poison
7. Pixy – Wings
8. aespa – Savage
9. IVE – ELEVEN
10. aespa – Next Level

Honourable mentions (in no particular order):
WSJN The Black - Easy
TWICE - The Feels
fromis_9 - WE GO
Girls Planet 999 – Shine
(G)I-DLE – HWAA
ITZY – Ma.fi.a in the morning
IU – Coin
SUNMI – Tail
IZ*ONE - D-D-Dance (cause IZ*ONE just needs to be on this list...)

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2022, 10:03:02 PM »
Another guest list, this one's from Amelia!

01. Twice - The Feels
02. ITZY - LOCO
03. Oh My Girl - Dun Dun Dance
04. Rocket Punch - Ride
05. Aespa - Lucid Dream
06. Twice - ICON
07. Twice - ESPRESSO
08. LOONA - Not Friends
09. MOMOLAND - Wrap Me In Plastic
10. fromis_9 - Talk & Talk

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2022, 04:49:27 PM »
This list is from the very mysterious tamatron!

1. Eleven / IVE
2. We Go / fromis_9
3. After School / Weekly
4. Lemonade / NCT127
5. Traffic Light / Lee Mujin
6. Hello, Sunset / Red Velvet
7. Savage / aespa
8. Queendom / Red Velvet
9. Hate that… / Key feat. Taeyeon
10. Easy / WJSN the Black

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2022, 05:11:58 PM »
...aaaand yet another list, this one from our very own Ari!

1. 마.피.아. In the morning - ITZY
2. LOCO - ITZY
3. Pirate - EVERGLOW
4. Dun Dun Dance - OH MY GIRL
5. After We Ride - Brave Girls
6. Thunderous - Stray Kids
7. The Feels - TWICE
8. DUMB DUMB - Somi
9. What Type of X - Jessi
10. Alcohol-free - TWICE

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Re: Best Kpop Songs of 2021
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2022, 02:33:46 AM »
My 1st post in I dunno how many years lol:

1. Stayc - Stereotype
2. Cherry Bullet - Love So Sweet
3. Brave Girls - Rollin' *
4. Weeekly - After School
5. Red Velvet - Knock on Wood
6. Everglow - Don't Ask Don't Tell
7. Fromis_9 - Airplane Mode
8. Loona - Not Friends
9. Lightsum - Vanilla
10. Rocket Punch - I Want U Bad

* If 3. Brave Girls - Rollin' doesn't count as a 2021 release, then please replace it with Brave Girls - After We Ride




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