2018 is upon us. It has been a wonderful year for K-POP in my little Rios world. I want to share two of my fave K-POP moments from Texas: 1. I met Taeyang and I saw him live in concert! (Aaaaahhhh!!) 2. I was driving home from an interview and the radio was blasting a K-POP song! I screamed because I’m a dork but it was such a neat moment for me. (It was BTS: Mic Drop) It was so cool to hear it on the radio in Texas.
Anyway, this is my personal top 20 list for K-POP songs from 2017:
20. SEVENTEEN: (세븐틴) – 울고 싶지 않아 (Don’t Wanna Cry)
This song will get stuck in your head forever.
19. Apink: Five
This is such a lovely song. Their voices are delightful and Eun-ji, Bomi and Son Na-eun have won me over via K Dramas.
18. Monsta X: Dramarama
17. Wanna One: (워너원) – 에너제틱 (Energetic)
This song is so much fun and these young men can siiing.
16. Chung Ha: Why Don’t You Know
15. Super Junior: Black Suit
This song is so catchy and Siwon holds a special place in my heart.
14. KNK: 해, 달, 별 (Sun, Moon, Star)
13. B.A.P.: Honeymoon
This is a feel good song for me. Also, the video is beautiful.
12. TWICE: Knock Knock
This song reminds me of dancing in Itaewon and walking around Namdaemun Market. It makes me feel nostalgic and of course because it’s a TWICE song, it will get stuck in your head for the rest of your life.
11. Red Velvet: 레드벨벳 ‘피카부 (Peekaboo)
This song is so much fun. I always love everything Red Velvet puts out. You should def watch all of their music videos.
10. EXID:(이엑스아이디)] 덜덜덜(DDD) 뮤직 비디오
9. GOT7: Paradise
8. WINNER: Island
I love WINNER. Their songs are addictive.
7. Exo: 엑소 ‘Ko Ko Bop’
Exo is one of my favorite groups, period. Their vocals are always on point.
6. K.A.R.D.: Don’t Recall
I was introduced to K.A.R.D. this year and I fell in love with their music. Their songs make me want to move my hips and go out dancing.
5. WINNER: Really Really
As I mentioned before, I love WINNER. When I first heard this song, it was so refreshing and mellow and wonderful and it makes me really happy.
4. BTS: (방탄소년단) ‘DNA’
BTS is a new group to me. I kept hearing so much about them so, I watched their AMA performance and then I went down a BTS rabbit hole and fell in love with their music. I love the vibe of this song and this video is gorgeous.
3. Sunmi: Gashina
This song is fierce and wonderful and it made me fall in love with Sunmi.
2. BLACKPINK: 마지막처럼 (AS IF IT’S YOUR LAST)
I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to this song. BLACKPINK does not disappoint.
1. Taeyang: Darling
Taeyang’s White Night was one of my favorite albums of the year. I love his voice and have loved every album he’s put out.