Top 30 K-Pop Songs of 2017
2017: K-Pop Songs for Solo and Group Comebacks
Not going to lie, this post took way longer than it should to write. Basically, I’m just really indecisive and love way too many songs. So in no particular order (because it’d be 2018 before I decided a #1), here are my top 30 favorite K-Pop songs released in 2017.
1. “Cure” / 함께 by Yoo Young-Jin and Taeyong (유영진 X 태용)
This song didn’t get the recognition it deserved, in my opinion. The lyrics are very powerful with a great meaning, and the vocals are amazing. “Cure” was one of the first songs I thought of for this list, and the MV is great too!
2. “Spring Day” / 봄날 by BTS (방탄소년단)
BTS never fails to impress and “Spring Day” is still one of my very favorites by them.
3. “Wake Me Up” by Taeyang
Taeyang’s solo comeback mini-album was one of my most anticipated releases this year (next to G-Dragon’s), and he didn’t disappoint with this dreamy title track.
4. “Tonight” by Taeyang ft. Zico
If I absolutely had to choose just one, “Tonight” would be my pick for favorite off of Taeyang’s solo release. The music in this one really stands out to me.
5. “Untitled, 2014” / 무제(無題) by G-Dragon
While we’re on the topic of Big Bang solo comebacks, might as well mention the one and only G-Dragon. I don’t think I need to explain myself on this one, but G-Dragon has such an individuality to him that all of his music are instant hits.
6. “As If It’s Your Last” / 마지막처럼 by BLACKPINK
Another YG Entertainment group (do we see a theme here?), BLACKPINK’s “As If It’s Your Last” was the perfect summer hit that was on repeat for many people, including myself.
7. “Ko Ko Bop” by EXO (엑소)
While I don’t love all of EXO’s music, “Ko Ko Bop” really stood out to me with the different style it had in comparison to their prior releases and other songs out there this summer.
8. “In Love” by Bobby
Bobby from iKON (yes…YG again) released an entire solo album and while it was hard to choose just one song, “In Love” took the win. It’s a slower, sweet song that really showed off Bobby’s talents as a vocalist and not just a rapper.
9. “Mic Drop” by BTS (방탄소년단)
Name a better rap line in K-Pop. “Mic Drop” was the perfect, hard-hitting song (and choreography) to show off why BTS is as popular as they are.
10. “DNA” by BTS (방탄소년단)
So many records broken with this song. It’s amazing and you should listen to it (I’m sure pretty much everyone already has).
11. “Crystal Snow” by BTS (방탄소년단)
I promise this is the last BTS song on this list! Their recent Japanese mini-album release included “Crystal Snow” and the vocals are killer (especially those by JungKook and Jimin).
12. “Sorry” by The Rose (더 로즈)
While still a little unknown to the K-Pop, The Rose really impressed me with their latest track “Sorry”.
13. “Shall We Dance” by Block B (블락비)
Block B, who also has an incredibly strong rap line, went with an urban vibe for their latest comeback and really nailed it.
14. “Donut” by pH-1 ft. Jay Park
Jay Park is another favorite of mine, and pH-1 is an artist I believe will just keep gaining popularity really quickly. “Donut” is a light and fun song that’s super catchy.
15. “Heart Shaker” by TWICE (트와이스)
I talked about this song in my latest “Friday Favorites”, and it’s still playing around my house constantly.
16. “DRAMARAMA” by MONSTA X (몬스타엑스)
I started becoming a MONSTA X fan earlier this year, and while they’ve had some really good releases in 2017, “DRAMARAMA” caught my attention the most. They really remind me of BTS with their rap verses and sharp choreography, but of course, they have their own style and vibe that set them apart.
17. “Don’t Wanna Cry” / 울고 싶지 않아 by SEVENTEEN (세븐틴)
How can this many people be so in-sync with choreography this difficult?! They’re so talented, and “Don’t Wanna Cry” was probably one of the bigger hits this year.
18. “Between Calm and Passion” / 냉정과 열정 사이 by Sanchez (산체스)
Sanchez is a member of the group Phantom, and released a solo EP with “Between Calm and Passion” as a track. I’m really hoping to see more music released from him soon!
19. “Yacht (K)” by Jay Park (박재범) ft. Sik-K
Jay Park with another summer hit that you just have to dance to.
20. “Middle Fingers Up” by G-Dragon
Love this song. G-Dragon telling it like it is.
21. “Cherry Bomb” by NCT 127 (엔시티 127)
NCT 127 is the only NCT sub-group I’m really into (just my music style), but Mark’s rap and Taeyong’s dancing really stood out to me in this release.
22. “Tomorrow, Today” / 내일, 오늘 by JJ Project
I really liked the lyrics and the MV has great scenery.
23. “Teenager” by GOT7
I loved the chorus in “Teenager”, and the performance MV made me love the song even more.
24. “I’m Serious” / 장난 아닌데 by DAY6
How can you not love these guys?
25. “Gang” / 깡 by 비 Rain
Rain released music. It’s amazing. He’s amazing. Watch the video now.
26. “I Smile” / 반드시 웃는다 by DAY6
Again, I was tempted to put many more songs from them on this list, but I refrained.
27. “Peek a Boo” / 피카부 by Red Velvet (레드벨벳)
With hit after hit, Red Velvet is easily becoming my favorite K-Pop girl group. Each member has their own personal individuality and specialty in the group, and I think Red Velvet and SM Entertainment has done so well with Red Velvet’s music and MV’s this year.
28. “Artist” by Zico (지코)
Zico is who I see as becoming the next G-Dragon. He’s a producing powerhouse, beyond talented rapper and song-writer, and seems like everyone wants to collab with him. “Artist” shows off his unique creativity and talents so well.
29. “Be My Friend” / 친구해 by Jooheon x I.M
Can I please have more music by these two from MONSTA X? This one song simply isn’t enough.
30. “Red Flavor” / 빨간 맛 by Red Velvet (레드벨벳)
Easily the song of the summer, I’m still playing this song well into Winter. And, of course, Red Velvet kills it with the choreography too.
31. “Martini Blue” by DPR LIVE
DPR LIVE released his debut album this year, but recently released “Martini Blue” as a single. Be careful, this song will be stuck in your head all day. But, I promise it’s not a bad thing. With collaborations with Jay Park, Dean, and Crush, DPR LIVE is sure to keep impressing next year.
What were some of your favorite K-Pop songs this year?