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May 14, 2014

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EXO’s back and we’re talking about their latest song “Overdose.” Check out the awesome dance for the video (and don’t pay too much attention to the WTF intro):

Now, we mentioned how we checked out their album as well, and how we actually like the rest of the album more than Overdose itself. We do know, though, that those songs wouldn’t be fit for a music video. There’s music for eyes and music for ears, and Overdose is definitely one that’s made for visuals. Does that make sense? I don’t think Moonlight and Thunder are as easy to dance to. They’re not as marketable, and can’t emphasize EXO’s talents as much as Overdose can. I think it’s kinda like how, still, “What is Love” is our favourite EXO song of all time, and definitely in our top three Kpop songs of all time altogether, but that didn’t really have its own video or dance.

We were motivated to get EXO’s album after last week’s Music Monday, thanks to the comment section here. Unicornsgalaxy said “Unfortunately, a lot of hidden gems get missed that way though and unless you know someone who is a huge fan and can persuade you to listen to the B side songs or you happen to stumble over them you will never know what you’re missing.” And so we figured we’d give EXO’s album a shot and see if this is the case.

We were pleasantly surprised! And now I’m actually intrigued: we like the rest of the album more than the title track; does that happen with you often? Have we been missing out on a lot of great songs, or is this the exception and are title tracks usually the best tracks on an album? Should we be talking about the albums more in our Kpop Music Mondays? We’re thinking about doing a Music Monday talking about some of the best hidden gems on Kpop albums, so if you’ve got any suggestions for awesome un-marketed songs, we’d love to hear em!

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We’ve also got some bloopers, including a lot of bucket talk. Not bucket hats, but…MMMBUCKET. It’s an inside joke we have with each other. I even made Martina a MMMBUCKET shirt for her birthday. Hard to explain what it is. Just…MMMBUCKET!

Also, if you like the EXO anthem, we put the Extended Version in our store. Get it if you like it!

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  1. My favorite album song is ‘Baby I Miss’ from 2NE1’s album ‘Crush’

    3 years ago
  2. Aww Meemers doctor’s office ^_^
    It seems like EXO gets the favorite treatment from SM in terms of their album songs, bc I have yet to hear a cringe-worthy song from them. Some of my favorite kpop songs are from their albums =] Their recent album is no exception. Best song for me was Love Love Love
    The rap is my favorite part of Overdose too, the first time for an EXO song. Also agreed with the wall punching and the ridiculous bucket hats LOL
    YES MIROTIC :D

    3 years ago
  3. I have been a K-Pop enthusiast for a few years now and EXO’s album wolf was the first album I ever listened to from the first track to the last. I went on a throwback and listened to their MAMA mini-album and I loved every song there too. Same case for Overdose mini-album. It was a feat for me because considering that I am a Super Junior fan but for some reason there are tracks from their albums that I just do not like listening to. I am no expert when it comes to describing music styles and all, but I feel like EXO’s albums provides enough variety in terms of their sound and style that every song would feel like it’s EXO but it’s not overwhelming that listening to the songs repeatedly would make me sick (not sure if I made my point there, but yeah…)

    3 years ago
  4. Sharing my find of the week… Watch Full Cuts of Chanyeol’s Laws of the Jungle here: http://goo.gl/boRylK

    3 years ago
  5. Listen to shinee’s orgel!

    3 years ago
  6. I agree. Some of the best songs arent really marketed when it comes to kpop. I love what sm did though during the wolf era, they inserted the best tracks in the Wolf Drama Ver Mv. This way, people who arent die hard fans wouldnt miss the other songs just bc they didnt check out the album. So maybe next time ya guys make a kpop music monday, you’d want to talk about the songs you personally like along with the tittle track? :D

    3 years ago
  7. I was so obsessed with Password…I’d be at work and like singing it randomly and people would be looking at me like “you’ve got an issue” :P haha I’m so glad you like it, too :)

    3 years ago
  8. I’m with you (howling?!?) — I admire their skills and energy, just don’t find them striking the sweet spot for me. Maybe cuz I don’t care for werewolf, vampire themes (looking at you, my otherwise dear Sunmi). But, as the ancients said… de gustibus non est disputandum.
    Sorry for their fans who are experiencing a loss. I know how that feels for my favorite group. You have my condolences. It’ll get better, just won’t ever be the same. Sad.

    3 years ago
  9. YES, add my voice to those SHOUTING for BLOCK B!

    3 years ago
  10. YES! Add my voice to everyone telling the world that — PINK TAPE by f(x) takes you on an amazing journey.

    3 years ago
  11. I often like the album better than the title song. SHINee’s last…what? three albums, I thought that of. Bilasa’s January album. But like you said, there is a song for liking like WHOA, and there there is one that is made to be a video. Also, I thought my sister and I were the ONLY people who called “DO”, “deoderant”…hehe! EYK for the win! Also, the choroegraphy style reminds me of the Wolf style, and lot of hard hitting ground work….probably the same people. Really group formation oriented. Oh yes, I agree with SHINee on the silly hats. They should be in there. But SHINee’s wardrobe has always been of the silly variety…

    3 years ago
  12. Hey guys, a really good song that doesn’t have an m/v is ‘Body & Soul’ by B.A.P in their First Sensibility album (1004).
    It’s one of those R&B songs you can’t help playing over and over, it’s so nasty!

    3 years ago
  13. This video is a must watch, just for the wonder EXO anthem! It took me a while to remember their names, until XOXO had posters with info on the members on it. Definitely helpful to remember all 12 members names.

    As for the silly hats – I am going to have to go with Super Junior M’s Perfection… Its the fur was too much for my liking. I really felt sorry for Zhoumi, Henry, Sungmin and Eunhyuk who wore them.

    However, I totally agree that the stylist for Overdose went too far on making look like big kids. They started off with MAMA where they had a very stylish look and then changed to wearing over the top baggy clothes.

    3 years ago
  14. I sometimes find myself loving the B-sides songs more then the title tracks haha! For example:

    B1A4`s whole “Who Am I” album… god those songs were paradise to my ears!!!

    Exo`s XOXO – Don`t even get me started girl.. I was largely unimpressed and disappointed with Wolf but then I stumbled upon EXO-M`s whole album on youtube and BAM I became a fan with Don`t Go, Heart attack, Black Pearl, Peter Pan, My lady….

    Exo-M (Don`t kill me I just prefer some songs by them) – Moonlight, Thunder, The First Snow, My Turn to Cry

    The Boss – Lady, What Are You, Yume Made Ito, Sad Story (This song is about how they just want to be on stage and sing, but they keep getting into problems. Despite the English, this song really tugged on my heart)

    SHINee – Symptoms, Obsession, Romantic (I LOVE their R&B songs)

    B2st (Don`t they go by beast nowadays?) – When the doors close (Dongwoon and Doojoon duo), In rainy days, The fact (It`s actually an intro but omg Dongwoon`s voice kills it), When I Miss You, It`s Not Me, Special, How To Love, Will You Be Alright, I Knew It

    Mr. Mr. – Mr. Mr (Don`t kill me for this GOOD music is still GOOD music)

    U-kiss – Cinderella, It`s time to go, More Painful than Pain

    C-Clown – Good Night, In the car (Still don`t know why it`s called “in the car”)

    DBSK – Bolero, Why did I fall in love with you

    Eric Nam – Love Song

    Henry Lau – Off My Mind

    Infinite – I`m going to you

    K.Will – Lay Back

    MBLAQ – Because There Are Two, 12 Months (I didn`t really care for it at first), Key, Again

    Royal Pirates` whole album!!! All of their songs!!!

    2PM – Game Over, Dangerous, Tired Of Waiting

    Dynamic Black (Yes I know they`re not an actual group, but they can certainly pass for one) – Yesterday

    BTS – Tomorrow (This song is what made me a fan, once again I just happened to stumble upon it.)

    That`s it. Those are my favorite B-Side songs thank you for those who actually read this! :D

    3 years ago
    • I read it! And thanks for mentioning B1A4 – they don’t follow the beaten path, maybe don’t get as much attention, but omg do they sound amazing. Jinyoung is one of the youngest, yet best songwriters… in the world! (I’ll check out your suggestions, thanks!)

      3 years ago
  15. After the Exo names song, I truly didn’t think this video could get any better. Then Simon yelled “Screw you, Haymitch!” and nope, I was wrong. It got better and I cackled on.

    3 years ago
  16. Your animals are SO DARN CUTE!! Martina, you really are amazing – how on earth did you make this genius song? I would defolindo pay for an EYK concert (hey, you need to have some live music when opening up the café, hint hint!). I’m really excited to listen to the other songs from their album now, I’m glad they are good too. I often find myself disappointed of whole k-pop albums, usually it’s just the main song that works for me. The exceptions has been Block B and Jay Park, and of course G-Dragon. He is, and alway will be my favorite k-pop artist.

    * Sorry for spamming you about this all the time, but how is your page updates going? If I want to comment on your website I need to go to disqus.com and search for your post. It’s not horrible or anything, but I am commenting less than I use to, and half of the fun is to read and see what other nasties are thinking (there is always so many nastyyyy and funny comments here). Going through disqus just takes a bit more time, and I’m spoiled yo!

    3 years ago
  17. During my morning walk across my human’s keyboard, I was struck down by the vision on the screen …yes, by my one true love. Those ears, that coat, the twinkle in his eye. I know my nine lives will never be the same again.

    And he’s a doctor.

    No one touch my Meemers Oppa.
    And I mean EVER. [sharpens claws]

    3 years ago
  18. Kris, Kris, you’re the one that I’ll miss
    You got your lawyer on
    Now you’re singing a solo song…

    Actually, he should catch up with Professor Dragonious. He is very tortellini.

    3 years ago
  19. I personally would love it if you guys did a review of un-marketed songs because I’ve found a lot of other songs that were on an album, but weren’t the title track. I think it also helps form a better opinion about a group or artist besides just mainstream marketed music.

    3 years ago
  20. Rea

    I feel like EXO just keeps on surprising me with their amazing talent.

    3 years ago
  21. with out kris

    3 years ago
  22. SHINEE’s Evil was actually the first thing that came to my mind.. I think they could have done a really good MV with a darker theme and the part where the dancers cling onto their legs is just so cool…

    3 years ago
  23. I thought f(x) had some very interesting and somewhat experimental songs on their album Pink Tape. Also, saw the recent Baths interview, I was wondering if you guys like Animal Collective?

    3 years ago
  24. shinee symptoms because its emo and makes me laugh inappropriately

    3 years ago
  25. Well, everybody else is doing it so I’m just gonna go ahead and share my favourite Kpop hidden gems too ^^

    Albums full of hidden Gems

    f(x) – Pink Tape
    Miryo (BEG) – Miryo AKA JoHoney
    Miss A – Independent Women pt 3
    Sunmi – Full Moon
    SPICA – Russian Roulette (amazing debut album. I still love every song [more than the title lol])
    IU – Modern Times
    AKMU – Play
    Lee Hyori – Monochrome
    Trouble Maker – Chemistry (this album really surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much, but I was really impressed)
    SHINee – Lucifer
    EvoL – Let Me Explode
    Ladies Code – Code 01
    Brown Eyed Girls – Black Box

    More Hidden awesome songs

    BAP – Bang x2
    Batoost – Lightless
    Bigbang – Cafe
    Brown Eyed Girls – Vendetta , Hot Shot
    Block B’s Kyung – When Where What How ft. Jo Hyunah
    Exo – My Lady, Thunder
    Fiestar – Wicked ft. Tiger JK
    Gain – The Gaze ft. Yoon Jongshin , Black and White
    Girls’ Generation – Goodbye, Soul, TRICK, Baby Maybe , Day by Day , OMG (Taetiseo)
    Hello Venus – Hello
    Ladies Code – I’m Fine Thank You
    T-ara – Because I Know , Goodbye OK
    Miss A – Mama I’m Good, Hide and Sick, Over U, Step Up
    SHINee – Symptoms, Honesty
    Sunny Hill – Anything You Want
    Orange Caramel – So Sorry
    Michelle Lee – That’s OK ft. Oh Taeseok
    2NE1 – If I Were You , Crush , I’m Busy
    2yoon – Why Not (why the hell did whoever’s in charge pick 24/7 as their title track?! T.T)

    Sorry for the overwhelming lack of men in this list. I just listen to more girl groups than boys ^.^ (though I’m not that sorry, as I’m probably restoring the balance lol).

    3 years ago
  26. I thought of some good non-title tracks…
    B.A.P have some great ones – ‘What The Hell’ from Power is so damn catchy, for example.
    I really like Block B’s ‘Nice Day’ from Very Good. Pretty much every song from Seungri’s solo stuff is amazeballs. Ditto with Royal Pirates! ‘Rockstar’ by Super Junior is a really fun song, too :) those are the ones that come to mind… Now, where’s my hat…

    3 years ago
  27. You have good taste! I love all those full albums you listed so I think I’ll check out your B-side recommendations that I haven’t heard ;)

    3 years ago
  28. Wow! Martina that song is superduper awesome!!! You did a great job and I had so much fun watching the video – so, thank you very much EYK! :***

    3 years ago
    • Btw: CN Blue’s “Cold Love” from “Can’t Stop” is amazing! It’s my favorite song of their new album even though you get kind of depressed… ;)

      3 years ago
  29. I am not ashamed that I didn’t know a single member of EXO’s name. I like their music, and their videos but that as far as my caring goes – I don’t even have anyone to talk to them about so……yeah. I did like Martina’s song and you obviously worked hard on it and it has your signature cool editing style to it but…….it was kind of long (totally understandable given the material though) and then the rest with Simon just talking seemed even longer since it was quite as exciting as the song/m-v. I liked the topic but I don’t have anything to add – if it’s not in front of me, I don’t have time to dig for music. Therefore, I totally welcome some more suggestions ;). Man, if SUJU had “Perfection” in their hand, why did they lead with “Swing”? And didn’t the members suddenly lose ten years on their faces? I miss Shindong. Whoa, I actually know some of the members names in SUJU? Ack! No! Run away! Run away!

    3 years ago
    • SuJu-M’s Perfection came out in 2011. Swing was their newest release. Shindong isn’t part of Suju-M but I can understand how you would miss him since it has been so long since (main) SuJu has made a comeback.

      3 years ago
      • Just more proof that I am not a hard core fan ;) Thanks for the info.

        3 years ago
  30. I laughed out loud when Simon was all “SCREW YOU, HAYMITCH!” but I also heard Captain Jack’s voice in my head singing “I’ve got a [box] of dirt~!” So perhaps the gift wasn’t as useless as you thought? ^^

    3 years ago
  31. I personally like the track “Run” a lot…and “Thunder” and “Moonlight” also… :-)

    3 years ago
  32. I laughed a lot harder than was probably necessary at those hats. It’s like North American fashion is hitting SM Entertainment an entire decade late. In the 2000’s it was SuJu and TVXQ sporting the Korean take on the mullet and now it’s the 2010’s and EXO is a 90’s boy band.
    (Seriously though, I had to pause the video the second that hat appeared because I was laughing so hard)

    3 years ago
  33. I agree with you! I’ve been really surprised by how much I consistently enjoy their music and how- no matter what kind of mood I’m in- there seems to be a Block B song for it. Plus I don’t really skip songs on their albums to get to the singles I like more than others, which is pretty rare. I loved “When, Where, Do What How”! I found it to be such a different type of kpop song than I’m used to. And Zico’s solo mix tapes are just as enjoyable, especially “Wake Me Up” and “Battle Royale”. I had read that the Jackpot album would be postponed but I haven’t seen anything further on a possible release date. Have you, by chance?

    3 years ago
    • Glad to know there’s someone out there who knows about this!! Yess to the fact that I also don’t have to skip a song!! Hahahah I thought the same, Kyung’s voice took me by surprise but I’m glad they took the risk, that song is a great one, have you heard Zico’s singing voice? He has a great voice, raps like mad, and has the ability to write awesome lyrics, I just want to thank his parents. I love zico’s mixtapes, and yes I love battle royale, but now I have on repeat “I’ll treat you better next time”, have a listen please. Sadly I haven’t heard about the release, I just know that they won’t be promoting because of the ferris tragedy, but I don’t mind waiting :D

      3 years ago
      • Hahah, I also thought the same about rappers! and then BOOM, zico came into the picture.

        I still have that song on repeat, I can’t get enough of it.
        Is that true? If so I will personally slow clap to both of them.
        I love that too! Did you see in the Jackpot MV where they are dancing with this colorful tuxedos and making ridiculous but incredible moves, Zico’s face is the best!! hahah, I had to rewatch those seconds just to laugh.
        That’s great! I can’t even remember how I started watching S&M but I know I’m stuck with these guys haha

        3 years ago
  34. I´m not very good at english, but I noticed something and I want to share it here.
    I just saw all the EXO teasers and I found out that not only there are remixes of their MAMA album… they had songs of their Growl album remixed there! Black Pearl, My Lady, Baby Don´t Cry are on the teasers… I mean, they debuted on 2012.
    MAMA was released on April 2012 too; however Growl was released on June 2013! I don´t know if I´m explaining myself. My point is that I was suprised because there is more or less a year of diference between both albums, and their Growl songs were already done even before their debut. On the teasers there are even more songs remixed like “Metal”, “El Dorado” or “Phoenix” that there are not been released yet. Should we wait for them in the future?

    P.D: I hope to have explained myself correctly :)

    3 years ago
  35. OMG I died laughing at the hats throughout the whole KMM. At first I was like: “Maybe they had an editing mistake or something…” NOPE! X’D

    3 years ago
  36. I agree so much about infinite! Their title songs are AMAZING but they have a lot of songs on their albums that I just can’t get into :(. I loved Destiny and Inception but Mother was so not my style…

    3 years ago
  37. I gotta say, you’re really missing out if you don’t listen to full kpop albums. I always make a point of listening to new albums at least once through because even if the title song isn’t my style, I almost always love at least 1 or 2 other songs on the album. Especially for SM groups, the title track is almost never my favorite (take SHINee’s Everybody for example – universally agreed to be the least awesome song on the album).

    There are too many wonderful B-sides to list and I’m sure I would forget some, so I’ll just list some of my favorite complete albums (as in 95% or higher approval rating, the ones I always listen to all the way through). In no particular order —

    **SHINee** – Literally everything oh my god why haven’t you listened to every album they’ve made their songs are so good 100% unbiased opinion (no for realz though they’re really really good what are you still doing here go listen to Orgel and Symptoms right now)

    Sunggyu – Another Me (such a solid album + contains one of my favorite songs ever, 41 Days)
    Tablo – Fever’s End p1 & p2 (hnnnnnnnnnggggg)
    f(x) – Pink Tape
    Block B – Blockbuster & Very Good
    Troublemaker – Chemistry (!!!!)
    Vixx – Voodoo
    MBLAQ – Broken & Sexy Beat (so funky and chill, srsly just listen to the opening 25 seconds)
    Jaejoong – WWW
    Hyosung – Top Secret (only three songs but they’re really good!)
    EXO – XOXO & Overdose (honestly all of their albums have been solid, but most importantly if you haven’t listened to My Lady or Black Pearl what are you living for)

    BTS – All of their albums, especially their latest Skool Luv Affair. Don’t let the horribly embarrassing titles fool you! There are some songs that I’m not always in the mood for and a few tracks with only the members talking (which lose appeal quickly when you don’t understand korean >_>), but they put a LOT of effort into making their albums complete artistic packages and I really respect that. I get pretty sick of seeing debut minis with 1 title track, 1 ballad, 2 mediocre songs and the title track ‘instrumental’.

    3 years ago
  38. HA! Log as a hat…..

    3 years ago
  39. I’m surprised the box set wasn’t mentioned like usual, lol! I don’t normally mind the boxes honestly but I swear they picked the worst box possible and gave it to EXO for Overdose. It gave me a migraine with all those cray lights flashing D:

    3 years ago
  40. This makes the 3rd SM comeback in a row that follows the whole interactive camera dance in a box for live performances…. Do they not realize that everyone jokes about their box MVs already? o_O

    3 years ago
  41. G Dragon….Black
    U-KISS….Cinderella
    Big Bang..Feeling
    B1A4…How Many Times?
    EXO…It’s My Turn to Cry
    ….XOXO
    ….Heart attack
    ….Let Out the Beast
    GOT7..I Like You
    ….Like Oh
    BTS…팔도강산
    VIXX..Say U Say Me
    Teen Top..Mad at U

    3 years ago
  42. Sometimes the title track is the best song on the album but sometimes i find a song and i’m like OMD this is amazing!! why did they not use this?? like for example Shinee’s symtoms, that song be my jam and with BTS’ latest album Boy in love was actually my least fav song whilst Tomorrow was like my jam and with f(x) as well with their songs Step and Toy and more… so much more… so yeah i’d personally like a hidden gems video about the cool songs that get missed on albums XD

    3 years ago
  43. One song that deserved a kickass MV because it’s sooooo damn good : “Lips”, by Miss A. It was the second track on the mini-album “Touch”.

    3 years ago
  44. I love f(x)’s “shadow”
    IU’s “Everyone has a secret” and “Between the lips” (actually love the entire “Modern Times” album)

    3 years ago
  45. You guys have been missing SO MUCH by not listening to albums! I would actually say check out EXO’s first album, XOXO and listen to it all because the whole album is MIND BLOWING! “Black Pearl” “Heart Attack” and “Don’t Go” are some of my favorite songs of last year they were so good. SNSD’s “Mr.Mr” was great, but “Goodbye” shows off their vocal talents way more. F(x) had some great song on Pink Tape, “Ending Page” being my favorite. And last but certainly not least, my absolute FAVORITE song of 2013 was After School’s “Love Beat” off their First Love mini album, which like you guys said, would have been hard to make a music video out of, but was such an awesome song! EVERYONE NEEDS TO LISTEN TO THAT SONG!!!
    I feel bad making more work for you guys, but would you ever consider doing album reviews? Maybe every once in a while?

    3 years ago
    • Yeah, ALBUM reviews! Maybe Soozee should do this, cuz she understands Korean like a native. Or… even better, interview ARTISTS and songwriters to talk about what they hoped to do with their album. Still need a native Korean to interview them. :D

      3 years ago
  46. You guise have the best furry children evar!!!

    3 years ago
  47. I will be honest, While I love K-pop, I can find it hard to sit through an entire K-pop Album. There are even a few Albums that I will only like the title track and maybe one other song. Im not the biggest Fan of EXO, not saying their bad-, just the music doesn’t grab my attention (this is going off of the videos i have seen, personal taste blah blah blah) I love Taeyang, but I can only listen to like 3 songs of Solar. So far, there have been few Albums in which every song has caught my attention. GD- coup d’etat is definitely one that was on repeat for about 2 weeks after it was released…. and my cat just sat on my arms… as I type this. I think he is trying to tell me I have said to much.. but I digress.Great songs that do not have videos that I honestly feel deserve them and GO!

    GD-
    1.R.O.D
    2.Runaway
    3. 나무 좋아 (I like it)
    4.Window

    PSY
    Tree Frog

    2NE1
    Crush ( would have preferred video over Happy)
    CL-
    Solo MTBD (though we all know why it is not possible -_- )

    3 years ago
  48. I’ve been extremely passionate about the topic of hidden gems on albums for a while now. So many times I feel Simon and Martina have made an opinion about a certain artist based solely on their title tracks, when honestly nearly all title tracks these days don’t do justice to the groups’ full talent. That being said, I think doing a KMM on B-sides is a fantastic idea and could really shed a different light on K-pop in general. Instead of giving you guys a list of my personal favorite album sides, I’d like to suggest songs that I think S&M would personally enjoy themselves. At the same time I’m going to try not to repeat anything that has already been listed by other commenters. I apologize for the length of this post in advance.

    SNSD – Soul (Mr. Mr.) IF THERE IS ONLY ONE SONG YOU LISTEN TO OFF THIS LIST MAKE IT THIS ONE!!

    SNSD – Goodbye (Mr. Mr.) [Really showcases each members’ vocal talent and features ones you don’t often hear]
    SNSD – Animal (Girls & Peace) [This and Reflection are real club dance songs]
    SNSD – Reflection (Girls & Peace)
    SNSD – Beep Beep (Flower Power) [SNSD’s impression of B1A4]
    SNSD – I’m In Love With The Hero (Girl’s Generation 1st Japan Album)
    SNSD – Trick (The Boys)
    SNSD – Way To Go (1st Mini Album Gee) [My one personal favorite SNSD song out of hundreds]
    SNSD – You-aholic (Girl’s Generation 1st Japan Album)
    SNSD – Stay Girls (Girls & Peace) [I know you both don’t usually like ballads, but give these next two a chance]
    SNSD – Not Alone (Girls & Peace)

    SHINee – Breaking News (BOYS MEET U) [These songs are all phenomenal, like SNSD, most of their Japanese releases are better than the Korean ones]
    SHINee – Burning Up! (BOYS MEET U)
    SHINee – Dazzling Girl (BOYS MEET U)
    SHINee – Password (BOYS MEET U)
    SHINee – 3,2,1 (Single)

    B.A.P – Crash (No Mercy Repackaged Album) [B.A.P have a fun and lighthearted side as well]
    B.A.P – Unbreakable (Warrior)
    B.A.P – What The Hell (Power) [This really gets your blood pumping]

    B.A.P – Spy (First Sensibility)
    B.A.P – Bang Bang (First Sensibility) [The definition of a banger]

    Younha – Audition (Debut Single) [Younha used to be a rocker before she started singing only ballads these days]
    Younha – Gossip Boy (Someday)
    Younha – Hero (Someday)
    Younha – Password 486 (The Perfect Day To Say I Love You) [Kickass rock piano solo]
    Younha – Someday (Someday)

    CNBLUE – Get Away (Where You Are) [CNBLUE have tons of amazing songs but here are a few that stand out]
    CNBLUE – In My Head (Ear Fun)
    CNBLUE – Intuition (CN Blue)
    CNBLUE – Voice (VOICE)
    CNBLUE – Can’t Stop (Can’t Stop) [this entire album is awesome]

    Boyfriend – Love Style (Love Style) [The bass line in this song is incredible]
    Boyfriend – Wonderful Girl (Love Style)

    EXO – History (MAMA)
    EXO – Machine (MAMA)

    IU – Love Attack (IU…IM)
    IU – Marshmallow (IU…IM) [Pretty sure you guys already reference this song often]
    IU – You Know Rock Ver. (Growing Up)

    J-Min – Stand Up (To The Beautiful You OST) [J-Min is a true female rocker and this song is just epic]

    F(x) – Airplane (Pink Tape) [This entire album is a masterpiece]
    F(x) – Ending Page (Pink Tape)
    T-ara – Bubi Bubi (Bubi Bubi Single) [This one’s for you Simon, have a field day]
    T-ara – I Really Really Like You (John Travolta Wanna Be)

    Kara – Burn (Jumping)
    Kara – We’re With You (We’re With You Single)

    TVXQ – Tense [Their entire 7th album is awesome]
    Kim Hyun Joong – Lucky Guy (Lucky) [This song is filled with classic video game sound bites]

    Kim Yeo Hee – My Music (My Music Single) [Highly underrated talent IMO]

    Miryo – I Love You, I Love You (MIRYO a.k.a. JOHONEY) [This one features Sunny of SNSD]
    BOA – Shout It Out (Single)
    Heyne – LOVE007 (LOVE007) [This girl is the queen of aegyo, with an incredibly unique voice, amazing choreography, and hilarious acting skills]

    I give up at this point. If I don’t stop now I could go on for several days. Hopefully you guys have enough time to give these songs a listen. I tried to pick songs that I thought you would enjoy personally, so any feedback on my intuition would be appreciated.

    3 years ago
  49. Reminiscence by KRY is my favorite song of all time. It’s so different but it’s beautiful!

    3 years ago
  50. There’s a lot of good albums with better b sides. The first one that came to my mind was After School’s latest album. I don’t really like the title track but thank god I listened to the full album! It had one of my favourite songs from 2013 in it! “Dressing Room” and “Love Beat” are amazing!

    I also realised that I actually like EXO’s b side songs the most from all of their releases! O_O I haven’t listened to the new album though but you never know. Though Overdose is a good song by itself too.

    3 years ago
  51. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Meemers and Spudgy wear the unicorn horn that I sent. Spudgy through it off his head pretty far! Wow! He looks so cute with it on!

    3 years ago
  52. I’ll just speak about a recent album, for example MBLAQ’s Broken in it’s entirety is a hidden gem like whoa~~ the whole album was good. But there were a few songs that I like more than Be A Man (their title track). For example: 12 Months and Because There Are Two are the best songs on the album! ^^ I just hope you guys see this so maybe you two can check out the songs yourselves because they are really awesome!

    3 years ago
  53. There are a lot of hidden gems I love but a song that hasn’t been cycled out yet is my go-to song for essays and that is
    GDragon’s Without You from his Coup D’etat album.
    It’s really soothing and keeps me going when I am writing an essay. I’m a history major and I have written many essays so this song has been there for me and helped me endure many essays.

    3 years ago
  54. Go for it! I would like to see your review of your favorite hidden gems.
    Can Leigh and Soozee participate too?
    Then maybe Soozee can introduce her favorite songs from the 1980s and 90s?
    Then Leigh can introduce her favorite hidden gems? I really like her taste in music and I am down for any more cool jams.

    3 years ago
  55. this was an awesome KMM guys. it’s so true about the songs Moonlight and Thunder. I prefer them over Overdose. Exo’s other album XOXO got me too. I loved Growl, but the songs Don’t Go and XOXO were just SO amazing too. I was always disappointed they never really performed the song Don’t Go in its entirety.
    and Simon&Martina, everyone felt the same way about those stupid hats. LOL. that Exo anthem u guys did was super funny though if u watch Exo’s Showtime u really see the members for their personalities. Girly Tao (even if he raps/does martial arts TRUST ME- he’s not like that for real), bigmouth Baekhyun, cute owl-eyes D.O., galaxy Kris…watch guys, u’ll see. xD

    3 years ago
  56. A million times yes!

    3 years ago
  57. Just want to thank Simon for throwing in NWA’s F*** the Police for Spudgy’s rap. You are awesome.

    3 years ago
  58. oh god yes, i feel like this question is the question i have been WAITING to answer my entire life. there are a lot of non promoted k-pop songs that suprised the blue jesus out of me with their awesomeness. but somehow is this is a rare phenomenon i think (in kpop at least). a lot of the releases (albums, EPs) feel extremely rushed, especially in the last three years (which is why almost all the tracks I like are from 2011 OLD FART ALERT)
    my favorite ones as far are

    T-ara – I Really Really Like You (cheesy title, but this is absolutely GLORIOUS. i thinks it’s better than roly-poly THERE I SAID IT)
    Girls’ Generation – Trick (man I know how you hated ‘the boys’ but the album itself really has a lot of gems, ‘trick’ is one of them)
    Girls’ Generation – Oscar (also from ‘the boys’, has a similar dark and synthy sound like ‘trick’, and taeyeon from snsd said this is actually one of the few tracks from her band that actually liked and wished that SM ent would start giving them more darker sounding songs)
    Girls’ Generation – Top Secret (also from ‘the boys’, but sounds really swing-y and doo-wop-y and more related to the ‘hoot’ era)
    After School – When I Fall (there are actually two versions, i prefer the rerecorded one from their 2011 album ‘virgin’, and HOLY SHIT IS THAT SONG PRETTY)
    Orange Caramel – So Sorry (supposedly this was the song they were originally intenting to promote instead of catallena, but plans for a comeback in november got scrapped in favor of finding a better track, but this one is pretty amazing as well)

    on a side note Lady Gaga’s song Gypsy falls into a similar vein, meaning THAT SONG IS THE SHIT and I don’t know how people can even survive a day without NOT listening to it.

    3 years ago
  59. This KMM was hilarious, especially the multiple hats/random-stuff-that-can-fit-on-my-head part. Which leads me to this:
    Y u no use Mexican hat?! I was expecting it to pop up, but it never did. It didn’t really bother me, I just think that that hat is so awesome that it should be everywhere.

    3 years ago
    • Very easy reason: we left it at Brad’s house. He was having a Mexican food party. We came with Soy Un Dorito hat, and forgot to bring it back.

      3 years ago
    • That hat is reserved for TaeMAN references. SOY UN DORITO!

      LOL It would’ve been hilarious to have it, though xD

      3 years ago
  60. Jia

    I voted for Exo’s bucket hats because I’m an American. Represent!

    3 years ago
  61. There are TONS of awesome Kpop songs that aren’t used to market. TONS. Too many to list. You guys should just buy every Kpop CD ever and listen to all the songs. XD Lol

    3 years ago
  62. You guys said What Is Love doesn’t have a music video… but it does. It doesn’t have a dance but it does have a video.
    You guys should really start listening to whole albums, not just the title tracks. Especially SM artists’ albums, you might appreciate them more.
    All groups under SM have great music~~

    3 years ago
  63. Holy hat batman, SM Ent seriously needs a hat intervention. First blobs of fur that they attempted to pass off as hats, now plastic bucket hats. What’s next, this monster hats?

    3 years ago
  64. Hey, memorizing names is one thing, matching them to the correct faces is another! lol

    3 years ago
    • That’s my problem and why I can’t remember who’s who in kpop. After enough hair colour changes and haircuts, I can’t figure out who’s who.

      3 years ago
    • I can’t even do that with real people!
      ….not that Exo aren’t real people…cause I’m pretty sure that they aren’t just really good holograms…right?

      3 years ago
      • They’re real people, though considering all the past incidents with certain “fans”, I wouldn’t put it past SM to substitute them with holograms when need be.

        3 years ago
  65. SM seriously needs a hat intervention. First the fur blob hats and now these plastic bucket hats. What’s next, monster hats?

    http://i01.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/471/225/418/418225471_065.jpg

    3 years ago
  66. Had a feeling that you guys were gonna do Overdose and I’m really glad you guys did. That Anthem, I could have used it. I still get people mixed up sometimes. I also feel you on Chanyeol’s voice vs his face. You don’t expect it, the same with V from BTS. Was I the only one ok with the fashion? Ok, yeah just me. And OMG I so ship Meemers and Kai~
    I’m definitely also notorious for only listening to the title track when it comes to bands I only like or are getting into. For gems
    SHINEE: Symptoms, even though they did technically do that on stage, Spoiler, One Minute Back
    VIXX: Well I’m a die hard Starlight, but I’d say Love Letter, Secret Night, Light Up the Darkeness, I Don’t Wanna Be An Idol
    GOT7: Follow Me, Like Oh, I Like You, honestly the rest of the songs they had were better than GirlsGirlsGirls

    EXO: Oh god where do you start? Black Pearl, Let Out The Beast, Baby Don’t Cry, Thunder, Moonlight (gave me some problems)
    Also another problem is with EXO, there’s two versions and sometimes you gotta listen to both versions. Kris is my bias so I always have to listen to the M version to hear him, plus there’s different people and the language change. I actually do have songs I prefer in Korean or Chinese.

    3 years ago
  67. My first thought when I saw how they were dressed was ‘dear god don’t bring back the 90s’

    3 years ago
  68. You’re also missing out if you don’t listen to the Exo-M versions! Their talent is a lot more evenly distributed throughout the group (but Thunder is a legit banger with K + M it has to be said)

    3 years ago
  69. There is a SHINee song way back when, and it is my favorite non-title track song. It’s called Love.Still.Goes.On. but I forgot which album it is on.

    3 years ago
  70. Heehee! Brilliant song Martina! I wish I had had it when I was trying to learn all of their names. (Shoe-min=genius) And omg that horn on spudgy is the best hahahaha

    3 years ago
  71. oh yeah, random…..you shoulda called this ‘Kpop Tune Tuesday’………

    okay now that i left my lame irrelevant comment….see ya!

    3 years ago
  72. another great song by a wtf band that had many bad reviews since ” baby one more time” is jewellery. The song is ” look at me”

    3 years ago
  73. Shinee’s “why so serious” was a great album. I know Martina didn’t like the title track but the songs on the album are quite good!!

    3 years ago
  74. o.o “Kai oppa”?
    … I thought Dr. Meemersworth was a male… XD

    3 years ago
    • he is but I have heard some guys call each other oppa because they were teasing or trying to act cute and silly, Heechul of Super Junior is one of the worst offenders of this, lol

      3 years ago
  75. HATS, HATS! HATS ARE AWESOME!!!! I’m saything this in the tune of Martina’s EXO anthem

    3 years ago
  76. Exo has a number of songs on the XOXO album that were much better than Wolf and I wish they’d had MVs or at least more exposure – like Black Pearl and Let Out The Beast. Oh, and Machine from their Mama mini-album. I loved Thunder.

    As for other songs on albums without MVs, I’m still very annoyed that Boom Boom/Bad Girl from Super Junior’s Bonamana album never had an MV because that song is ADDICTIVE. Then there’s Want It from SS501’s UR Man Special Album (something addictive about that too). I’m pretty sure Fire by SPICA never had an MV, and nor did No More. I think they’re both from Painkiller. Spectacular by Tasty (from Spectacular) is a short, fun listen but even better when you watch the choreography (Woolim’s put up a dance practice of it on their channel). Then from VIXX there’s Light Me Up (Jekyll). Roh Ji Hoon’s first mini album is all worth a listen, IMO. (I love Fly With Me and Maker). Infinite’s albums are usually worth a listen because you’re likely to find a couple of other songs you like. Then there’s Why by 100% (Real 100%) – still digging that track and vastly preferring it to the promoted one. Oh, and LC9! ALL the songs on their mini-album Skirmish are worth a listen (my favourite’s Ready Set Go). I also love BTS’ s Coffee and If I Ruled the World from O! Rul8,2? 9Muses has a couple, too, like A Few Good Man (pretty sure that wasn’t an MV – I think it’s in the Prima Donna album).

    And then there’s Block B’s Very Good mini album. If you haven’t listened to the whole of that, God help you and go buy it now. I’m not really a Block B fan at all, but that’s my most-played album on iTunes. If you liked Very Good, sure, it was amazing and bombastic (one of my favourite songs from last year) but it’s not even the best song on the album. Nice Day could easily have been the promoted track, and as for Park Kyung’s solo Three W’s and one H… I can’t even start on it. It’s just too good!

    Admittedly this is my personal and rather biased opinion on this, but I hope at least one person will have found another song they like on this. Everybody has different tastes in music, after all.

    One last thing – Simon and Martina, if you’re planning to talk about/do a special on songs overlooked as they’re not promotional tracks and hidden away in albums (please please please do!), could you also do one on instrumental tracks of songs? These sometimes get released on albums too, usually for the title tracks, and sometimes the instrumentals are even better (or way better, depending on the original song) than the version with lyrics. Some that spring to mind are the instrumental versions of 2ne1’s I Love You, SS501’s Love Ya, T-ara’s Ya Ya Ya, LC9’s Mama Beat, Sunny Hill’s Saranghanda, Snipersound’s Not In Stock and Infinte’s Before The Dawn. (I also personally love the instrumentals for NS Yoonji’s Yasisi and A-Jax’s Never Let Go, along with SPICA’s Painkiller and all the LC9 instrumentals.)

    3 years ago
    • I was just singing Boom BoomBad Girl on my way to work today! And doing the dance (I don’t recommend doing it while driving but hey! I’m reckless! ). I love that song!

      3 years ago
      • By far and away my favourite SuJu song. Not even Sorry, Sorry comes close. :)

        3 years ago
    • Oh, and how could I forget DBSK/TVXQ/Tohoshinki’s Break Up The Shell?! That’s a Japanese b-side, though….

      3 years ago
  77. For me, two of the best K-pop albums that I’ve heard would be Super Junior’s ‘Sorry Sorry’ (the repackage version) and Shinee’s ‘Misconceptions of Me.’ They’re both really solid albums and there’s so many good songs on both.
    Anyways, good KMM this week guys! I totally agree with Martina – Moonlight was the best song off Exo’s album.

    I just remembered CNBlue’s new mini – ‘Can’t Stop.’ That album is really good too!

    3 years ago
  78. Those bucket hats are awful but they don’t have anything on those furry SJM atrocities…

    Loved this KMM – well worth all your hard work!

    3 years ago
  79. The Kpop charts on this site can be a good way to find hidden gems. i didn’t have enough itunes money to get Jae Joong’s whole WWW album when it first came out. I went to the charts and went through the comments to see which songs were the most liked and bought those first. Butterfly and 9+1# are my favs from those.

    There’s almost always something good on BAP’s albums: My favorite BAP song ever is Unbreakable off of “Warrior”. other good gems are What the Hell off of “Power”, Dancing in the Rain off of “No Mercy”, SPY, BangX2, and Save Me from “First Sensibility”

    3 years ago
  80. OK. I’m back. Here are some of my favorite B sides:

    DayDream, Gulliver, Now, From U –> Super Junior – Sexy Free & Single (repackage)
    Oops (ft F(x)), Andante –> Super Junior – A-CHa

    Baby, Don’t Cry –>Exo -XOXO

    Kiss It Away –> Lee Minwoo – MTen

    Awaken –> Shin Hyesung — Live and Let Live

    Oasis –> Beast – Beast is the B2ST
    내 여자친구를 부탁해 (Say No) –> Beast – Shock of the New Era

    On Rainy Days –> Beast – Fiction and Fact

    Almost every song on every album –> Shinhwa (Hey, they wouldn’t be my favorite group if I didn’t like the majority of their songs!) In the interest of giving some examples though…
    Jam #1 –> Only One
    Reminiscence, Egotism, Never Can Rewind –> Hey Come On
    Red Angel –> Perfect Man
    79, Shooting Star –> Wedding
    Oh, Liar –> Brand New
    Paradise –> State of the Art
    Destiny of Love –> Volume 9
    Welcome, Breathin –> The Return
    That’s Right, Scarface, Mannequin, Acquainted Guy –> The Classic

    3 years ago
  81. Your question about hats has left me unsure how to vote. “Whose silly SM hats were better?” Do you mean which was sillier? Because then I’d totally go with the Super Junior M fur hats. If we’re just talking about which hat was better, it’d be EXO’s fisherman hats (because that is what I call them). The hats are actually practical and I don’t think they look as bad as everyone seems to think. Ok, maybe they look ridiculous on hot young Korean boys in a music video, but it probably was made worse because their outfits in general where pulled from a 90s MV.

    As for other songs on an album, it is very rare that the title song is my favorite. Like, super- duper, extremely, probably only happened once in my life, rare. And that isn’t just a kpop thing, that is an every cd I’ve ever owned thing (except those old ones that only had 2 songs on it and the second song was usually a not so fun sappy ballad. As a kid, those songs were horrid to sit through).
    One weird thing I’ve noticed is that I tend to really dig track number 6 on an album, this is especially true with SM artists…..

    3 years ago
  82. Exo two moons, baby don’t cry and Chen, luhan, beak hyun, and D.Os cover of open arms
    Shinee symptoms, spoiler, nightmares, and honesty
    UKISS baby don’t cry, party all the time, and the acustic version of standing still
    CNBLUE the whole new album expecially dimond girl.
    Ft island. Always be mine, marry me, sunshine girl, and the one.

    3 years ago
  83. i totally agree with you guys..i hate those hats :))..anyway, the dance is awesome, especially the begining part when they form a romb or something like that :)…My favourite song from the album is Thunder because I really love how their voices sound in this song..then is Moonlight. I think that all the songs from all the EXO albums are awesome..like seriously.. i never liked a whole album before, but i like all of their albums :))). My favourite songs from “XOXO” are “My lady” (this song is really awesome, it’s one of my favourite songs of all time), “Lucky” (even though the first two lyrics made me very sad, i felt like the writer disconsidered the international fans :(, it’s a really good song ), “Baby don’t cry” ( even though this song is pretty well known ,it has almost 4 mil. views on the live video, i think it should’ve been more famous) and the last one that i really like is “Peter Pan”( what can I say about this one?..I really like the sound, the lyrics, just everything :) )
    You should really check out BTS’s “Skool luv affair” album. I really like this album. My favourite songs are “Spine Breaker”, “Tomorrow”, “Just one day” and “Where did you come from”. I would say that I like all the songs, but “Cypher PT.2: Tryptich” isn’t really my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, I think that they are really good rappers, I admire their skills, but is just that I don’t really listen to rap music(only occasionaly).
    I have one last song to add: “Inception” by Infinite. I really love this song. Like seriously, I’m obsessed with it :)). Even though I would have many songs to put on the list they wouldn’t come to my mind right now :)).
    I’m very sorry if I made some mistakes, but my first language isn’t english.
    I really liked this music mondays, you, guys,are awesome. I hope you’ll check the songs that I mentioned :).
    With love from Romania ^_^ (I know the ending is cheesy)

    3 years ago
  84. I haven’t bought a lot of full K-pop albums but I have noticed with all of EXO’s albums there is another song I like more than the title track. On “Mama” I also adored “What is Love” and I still listen to it. “XOXO” was actually packed with amazing songs, “Black Pearl,” “Heart Attack,” “My Lady,” “Baby Don’t Cry,” and “Let out the Beast” were my favorites. “XOXO (repackage)” was good… I really liked “Growl” but “XOXO” was favorite of the new songs.” And I have to agree with you guys on “Overdose,” it’s a great song! But I love “Thunder,” “Moonlight,” and “Love Love Love” more (in that order).

    3 years ago
  85. I very rarely purchase full albums, only because I prefer the tangible versions (no downloading direct to device here, folks – besides all the pretty album photos/art that come with….my precious <- creepy Gollum voice), and as a 미국사람, that can get pretty expensive.

    That being said, it's a pretty solid occurrence (99.5% of the time) that I like a "B-side" song a whole lot more than the title track. It happened with Kim Jae Joong – love 'Butterfly' muchos more than 'Just Another Girl' ('Don't Walk Away' and 'Paradise' get much love, too). It happened with VIXX – 'Say U Say Me' gets just about as much play time as 'Voodoo Doll'. It's happened as far back as Fly to the Sky's 'Sea of Love' album (my first Kpop album ever while a brand new Korean language student… wow, I'm dating myself here, ahem…), where I loved 'Rains' above all the other songs.

    I guess the short version is – buy albums! There is so much B-side Love out there for you! (Wow…that sounds dirty now that I've said it…it's not getting erased.)

    3 years ago
  86. So glad you’re mentioning songs without MVs! In my kpop experience, I usually like the title track second best (or least, in the case of Why So Serious and Wolf), so there are tons of other songs that I love that I feel don’t get the recognition they deserve! Some of my all-time favorites are:

    Te Amo by U-KISS
    Beautiful Stranger by f(x)
    Boom Boom by Super Junior
    Dressing Room by After School
    Light Up The Darkness (어둠 속을 밝혀줘) by VIXX
    Ready Set Go by LC9
    The Rise Of Bangtan (진격의 방탄) by BTS
    Shake The World by GD
    Take Me Away by U-KISS (basically the only ballad that I love)
    Wanna B by Block B
    What Should I Do (어떡하지) by VIXX

    Some albums where literally every song (except for one or
    two) is great are:

    SHINee’s Misconceptions Of You
    SHINee’s Misconceptions Of Me
    EXO’s XOXO (try saying that 5 times fast)
    Big Bang’s Alive
    Royal Pirates’ Drawing The Line
    Lim Kim’s Goodbye 20
    Big Bang’s 2nd Mini Album
    AKMU’s Play
    Phantom’s Phantom City
    B.A.P’s One Shot Mini Album
    Cranfield’s Vol. 1
    Even if Simon and Martina don’t listen to all/any of these, I hope that some Nasties can pick up a few new songs they like. ^^

    3 years ago
  87. Heeeeey beautiful boy! Let me love you…

    3 years ago
  88. Personally, I tend to like the other songs on an album more than the title track. For example, I really love listening to “Peter Pan”, “Don’t Go”, and “Lucky” on EXO’s first album. On their new mini album, I am currently trying to learn the dance to “Overdose”, but I can’t stop replaying “Moonlight” and “Thunder”.

    As for some other songs that I prefer over title tracks check out the list below:) (this is off the top of my head)

    2NE1- CL’s Solo “MTBD”

    SHINee- “Symptoms”, “One”, “A-Yo”, “One For Me”, “Graze”, “Best Place”

    BTS- “Tomorrow”, “If I Ruled the World”, “Cypher Part 1”, “Cypher Part 2: Triptych”

    K.Will- “Come To My Crib”, “Hey You”, “Marry Me”, “Fade Out”

    3 years ago
  89. THE EXO SONG IS EPIC! I think it’s officially my fav besides taeman xD

    3 years ago
  90. You should definitely talk about the albums in your Kpop Music Mondays. My favorite songs on an album is almost always non-title tracks. You said you were disappointed with kpop last year, and yes maybe 2013 lacked amazing title tracks, but there were sooo many great full albums and non-title tracks released last year. If I was going to post all my favorites my list would go on forever. You have definitely been missing out!

    3 years ago
  91. Personally, I loved this song! Definitely more than wolf, and almost as much as growl (almost…).
    When I went threw the album, I FREAKING LOVED THUNDER LIKE WOO. It has a 2000’s r&b style that reminds me of the good old days before I got into Kpop, and just yes… I love it.
    I also love moonlight, but I wasn’t really feeling run or love, love, love. Although, I have a feeling that those songs will grow on me the more I listen to them.

    About the album thing: I have found that the title track does not represent an entire album. A ballad title doesn’t mean the entire album is mellow, and a hard-core rock title doesn’t mean the entire album is hard-core. Just because the title doesn’t suit my taste doesn’t mean I’ll dislike the rest of the album. That’s why I’ve made it a habit to look at entire albums to at least give groups a chance.

    I’ve actually noticed that your Music Mondays are very much based on the title track, and you seem to make judgements on the entire album or group based on the song (I might be wrong, its just a hunch) (No shade by the way… I don’t really mind. Just making an observation). So I definitely recommend you review the album, rather than just a song :) (and you get to find gems and know a group more so it’s a win-win really).

    Some suggestions:

    – BTS have some amazing songs on their albums (especially Skool Luv Affair), as well as pre-debut tracks. They write all their lyrics (and write/produce most of their songs), so you tend to find a lot more meaningful, relatable lyrics as compared to the common manufactured pop song
    (Eg. Tomorrow, School of Tears, Adult Child, Spine Breaker etc..) <—– Look at the Lyrics!! :D
    (Ps. If you haven't already, N.O. and No More Dream are two title tracks that have great lyrics that actually aim to HELP teenagers and question aspects of Korean culture and society, which is surprising for a rookie Kpop Group).

    – BAP's latest album isn't actually as ballad-y as one might think judging from '1004'
    (Eg. Band X2)

    -EXO's previous albums are actually really really good too. Especially XOXO Repackaged version. Black Pearl and Heart Attack are personal favourites

    -Bigbang's 'Ego' is a special gem I've discovered recently

    -2NE1's Crush have plenty off songs that I've loved more than the title track actually, including MTDB (kudos to Martina for mentioning that) and an acoustic version of Come Back Home if the beats don't tickle your fancy

    -AKMU's album is also really sweet with a mellow sound. If the bright bubbly 200% percent or sad 'Melted' aren't your thing, there is always an array of mellow in-betweens that may suit you instead
    (Eg. Don't Hate Me, Subway etc.)

    So… that's all I can think of off-the-cuff. As you can tell, I'm a bit of a YG and HipHop biased fangirl. So other bands don't come to mind immediately… :/

    3 years ago
    • WOW. Almost forgot:
      SHINee: Symptoms, One Minute back
      GD: Black, Shake the World, Window, I like It
      Got7: Like Oh

      3 years ago
  92. This KMM was awesome! Martina, your song was amazing! Well worth the wait ;D

    Ok, so to the non-title tracks I love:

    SHINee – Orgel
    2NE1 – I’m Busy/I Don’t Care (Reggae Ver.) (seriously, this version is waaay better than the original IMO…I do’t actually like the original but this one is just awesome!)
    EXO – Heart Attack
    MBLAQ – Sexy Beat
    Ladies’ Code – Supergirl
    TVXQ – Love In The Ice (ok, this one is extra ballady, so maybe you won’t like it…but I fell in love with it when I saw it live on Youtube, so many feels!)
    XIA – No Reason/Turn It Up
    BTS – We On/Tomorrow/Like
    GOT7 – I Like You/Like Oh
    BAP – Punch/Check On
    Big Bang – Hands Up
    GD&TOP – Intro
    GD – Niliria/Shake The World/The Leaders
    SNSD – You a-holic (it’s in japanese, but hey…)

    Ok, I think this is enough for now haha

    Love you guise! =3

    3 years ago
  93. i like this song a lot and the songs on the album EXCEPT for one of them……i don’t know it’s name cos i listened to it halfway only once….
    and oh god those hats are soooooooooooooooo gross!!!

    3 years ago
  94. Have you guys heard the rest of the songs on EXO’s XOXO album? I LOVE literally every single song on that album.

    3 years ago
  95. Ahahahaha I love the EXO Anthem! I appreciate that you took the time to research our fandom’s inside jokes, like Xiumin being a baozi and Tao a panda…

    I agree that this EP is absolutely awesome. And yes, oh yes, there are so many hidden gems in kpop. I could go on and on listing 100 songs and I wouldn’t even be half done. But I’ll try to be brief…

    EXO:
    Black Pearl
    Don’t Go
    My Turn to Cry
    3.6.5

    Batoost:
    Freeze
    How to Love
    Lightless
    Thanks To
    Let It Snow

    Girl’s Day:
    Telepathy

    SNSD:
    Baby Maybe

    Hyorin:
    OMG
    Tonight

    INFINITE:
    Hysterie

    SHINee:
    Hitchhiking
    Runaway

    SISTAR19:
    A Girl in Love

    Sunmi:
    Frozen in Time
    If That Was You

    T-ara:
    Falling U
    Bye Bye
    Goodbye, OK
    I Really Really Like You

    TVXQ:
    Off-Road

    VIXX:
    Light Up the Darkness

    Wonder Girls:
    Sweet Dreams
    Stop!

    2NE1:
    If I Were You

    2PM:
    Even If You Leave Me
    Call My Name
    Angel

    And I swear, every single song by Bilasa. If there’s one group whose unpromoted tracks you should check out, it’s them.

    Okay so I went a bit overboard with this. Sorry ahahaha I understand if you give up after just looking at this list. And this is just a random selection btw, there are a lot more I wanted to include. Ehem. Well. Enjoy! :3

    3 years ago
    • Totally agree with your choices! EXO’s Don’t Go is my favourite song of theirs hands down and Black Pearl is pretty amazing too. XOXO was actually a pretty good album as a whole :)

      You missed Heart Attack! Its a great rnb track ;)

      3 years ago
      • XOXO is definitely an exceptionally good album, it seems to one of the most mentioned albums in this comments section! :)

        3 years ago
    • Weird. You listed a lot of my favorite B-side songs. And YAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS to every single song by Bilasa. Seriously, if you look beyond Bilasa’s sometimes-weird-sometimes-serious concepts, you will discover a TON of amazing songs. Real talk.

      3 years ago
      • Cool! Are there any other songs that you would have mentioned? There were so many that I left out that I like just as much, maybe we match even better lol… Oh and which are you fave B1A4 songs? Mine are Super Sonic, You Are My Girl, In the Air, Amazing, and the whole 1 album, especially Wake Me Up. Damn that’s one genius album.

        3 years ago
        • I actually just commented my favorite B-side songs of 2014 in this blog post, but since it wold probably take you forever to find it, I’m just gonna post it here. It’s only 2014 songs tho because the list would be endless if I include songs from the past years.

          B1A4/Bilasa ‘Who I Am’ album:
          – Too Much
          – Road
          – Seoul

          B.A.P ‘First Sensibility’ album:
          – Body & Soul
          – B.A.B.Y
          – With You

          BTS ‘Skool Luv Affair’ mini album:
          – Tomorrow
          – BTS Cypher PT. 2: Triptych

          2NE1 ‘Crush’ album:
          – If I Were You
          – Good To You

          Sunmi ‘Full Moon’ mini album:
          – Who Am I (feat. Yubin)
          – Frozen in Time

          Michelle Lee ‘Without You’ single album:
          – That’s OK (feat. Oh Taeseok of O Broject)

          MBLAQ ‘Broken’ mini album:
          – Our Relationship
          – 12 Months

          Akdong Musician ‘PLAY’ album:
          – EVERYTHING TBH

          EXO ‘Overdose’ mini album:
          – Moonlight
          – Thunder (aka BEST EXO SONG EVER! lmao)

          As for my favorite B1A4/Bilasa songs… why you gotta this? This is freaking hard. Is it okay if I choose five? I’ll exclude title tracks. Here’s my list:
          1. In The Air (from the In The Wind mini album which is my favorite B1A4 album yet)
          2. Good Love (from What’s Going On mini album)
          3. Because of You (from Ignition album special edition)
          4. This Time is Over (from Ignition album)
          5. Starlight Song (from What’s Going On mini album)

          Disclaimers:
          – I didn’t include any song from the latest album, Who Am I, because I need to listen to that album more. Although that album is underrated and awesome.
          – I also loved the first two mini albums but I think B1A4 truly established themselves musically from Ignition album. So that’s why there is no mention of songs from those first two minis. :D

          3 years ago
        • Ahahahahahha sorry didn’t mean to pressure you… Seems like we both have great taste in music :)

          3 years ago
        • I don’t mean to sound arrogant, but yeah, our taste in music is off the charts. lmao

          3 years ago
    • I love Exo’s Black Pearl and Sistar’s A Girl in Love.

      3 years ago
    • 90% of Block B’s B-sides are just as good as their singles. Especially “Nice Day”, “When Where How” and “Halo”.

      3 years ago
  96. Oh my God, I am speechless! This is so fantastic, you must have put so much work into it! I wish it existed when I was trying to learn their names. I had Xiumin, Kai and Kris right away, then Lay, Chen, D.O and Tao because they have specific looks, Chanyeol was easy to remember, so was Baekhyun, but then I confused Luhan, Sehun and Suho for a long time before I got them right.
    THAT SONG THOUGH
    AWESOME

    I’m glad you mentioned the album, because it is really good. Thunder is hands down my favourite, but I also love Run!
    You should really do that B side review you’ve been thinking about. I am definitely rooting for this.
    Thanks for a very entertaining KMM guys!

    3 years ago
  97. You should totally make a music Monday about the hidden gems, I personally find most of the album songs are better then the title song but those songs are hard to make a choreography for ,but the song is way better , the albums that I think you should check out are : shinee (misconceptions of me), Exo (xoxo),f(x) (pink tape), block b (blockbuster) , shinee (everybody), only to name a few . And their are alot hidden gem , so I recommend you listen to the album as a hole because the title song is not always the best song ( well most of the times it’s not).

    3 years ago
  98. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with basically everything EXO has done so far. I kind of figured that with the huge promotional buildup they were bound to be a letdown musically, which isn’t really fair to them, but there you have it. I’ve really enjoyed their music so far, though. Let Out the Beast, Peter Pan, and 3.6.5 are three of my favorites from the first album.

    Also, in the not-quite-K-pop realm, Cho Yong Pil’s When I Am With You. I love that entire album (Hello), but that’s the song that introduced me to him, and it’s still my fav.

    3 years ago
  99. I totally agree think so many great kpop songs are missed because they’re not easy to dance to. some hidden gems from kpop albums (imo!)are SHINee’s “spoiler” and “symptoms”, exo’s “machine”, “heart attack” and “my lady”, b.a.p’s “save me”, got7’s “I like you” and “follow me”, and bts’ skool luv affair has so many awesome songs, “spinebreaker”,”tomorrow” and “cypher pt 2” is a damn good rap song!

    3 years ago
  100. Thunder Cats?

    3 years ago
  101. Thank you for acknowledging those terrible clothes. I haven’t laughed in weeks because of Uni work and stress; Simon’s hats were hilarious! I think you do miss out on really good songs when you don’t listen to an album, for example one of my favourite songs is G.NA’s Green Light. I hope you carry on talking about albums :)

    3 years ago
  102. exo’s xoxo, block b’s blockbuster (honestly all of their albums??), b1a4’s who am i, mfbty’s the cure, infinite h’s fly high, shinee’s sherlock, miscons of me, cnblue’s re:blue, bluetory are some of the albums that imo, are just ((((gold)))
    suju’s sorry sorry + shinee’s shinee world albums are def oldies but goodies (y)
    altho rly the perfect example of ‘hidden gem’ would be Symptoms ;u;

    3 years ago
  103. Tony Testa is the choreographer for Exo’s Overdose and Wolf and SHINee’s Sherlock, Dream Girl and Everybody. He is awesome.

    best hidden gems on Kpop albums:
    SHINee Why So Serious Album:
    *Excuse me miss
    SHINee Everybody album:
    *Symptoms
    *One Minute Back
    I’m maybe SHINee bias, but I want to share my fav songs from their two last albums x)

    3 years ago
  104. I have always been pleasantly surprised with EXO’s music. I really liked their first releases of “What is Love” and “History” and “Mama” was good but not my favorite. Then on that mini album I LOVE “Machine” it’s really a great track. On XOXO I really love “Black Pearl,” “Let out the Beast,” “Baby Don’t Cry,” “Heart Atack,” and “My Lady”. Probably “My Lady” is my favorite it has really smooth feeling, with snapping, a really nice guitar sound in the background, and a smooth jazzy, r&b overall feel (not sure that makes sense). That song always makes me feel really happy. EXO has always surprised me about that. Then I always love SHINee’s stuff like “Stranger,” “Up&Down,” “Dangerous,” and everything from Dream Girl; The Misconceptions of You. Random thoughts lead me to say miss a’s “Lips” off their “Touch” cd. Also I really love “Thunder” too!

    3 years ago
  105. FT Island’s Can’t Have You from The Mood. OMG that’s such a friggin good song, and yet they had to promote anotheeeer rock ballad. ****argh*****

    3 years ago
  106. SuJu hats were definitely the sillier of the 2. I didn’t hate the ones in EXO.

    3 years ago
  107. Life = made.

    3 years ago
  108. Great review! If you guys are still considering doing an album segment for KMM, here are some suggestions:
    – U-Kiss’ Collage
    – AKMU’s debut album
    – f(x)’s Pink Tape
    – Rain’s Rain Effect
    – TVXQ’s Tense
    – Lee Hyori’s Monochrome
    – Ga In’s Truth or Dare
    – Lunafly’s Ain’t No Normal Guy

    And others I forgot. ^^; Hope they’ll keep you guys busy!

    3 years ago
    • Totally agree about Collage! It is the album that made me truly notice U-Kiss. It is such a shame that “Amazing” from Doradora mini album does not have a music video. Seems like a great party track.

      3 years ago
      • Collage is one of my favorite U-Kiss albums! I agree with you on “Amazing”. I can picture the guys cruising around the city night and have an outdoor party on the rooftop– New York Style! :D

        3 years ago
  109. Martina!!!! I love your randomness when coming up with songs! Love the lip color/pattern. Yall make me laugh. Also, I like EXO’s Thunder as well :)

    3 years ago
  110. Thunder?

    3 years ago
    • wait lol i haven’t heard the song do they actually sing “thunder” as in Cheondung because that would be hilarious if they’re just singing his name xD

      3 years ago
      • ahh I see they’re calling out for Thunder hahaha xD Chanyeol really wants to get on his good side eh? haha I think i spelled his name right?? lol

        3 years ago
  111. Bwhaha, when I was first learning EXO’s names I kept mistakenly calling Luhan, Liu Kang also. XD That said, I always refer Luhan as Bambi.

    3 years ago
  112. I definitely think there are some hidden gems on Kpop CDs and that’s honestly what kept me in engaged in Kpop this past year when I wasn’t a fan of many of the singles/MVs released. There are a lot of great examples of this, but the main one that comes to mind for me is f(x)’s Pink Tape album. Personally, I hated “Rum Pum Pum,” but ended up loving most of the songs on the album. Shinee’s past few albums had some great non-title track songs as well. Even with SNSD’s “I Got A Boy” album, there were some great songs like “Talk Talk,” “Express 999” and “Lost in Love” (and I usually hate ballads) that weren’t given much attention because they weren’t exactly the type of songs that make for showy MVs. So I would definitely recommend listening through an album even if you dislike the title track, and I’d love to hear you talk about either the albums themselves or hidden gems in kpop at some point! :)

    3 years ago
  113. *runs in circles excitedly* ヽ(´∇´)ノ (∇´ノ) ヽ(   )ノ (ヽ´∇) ヽ(´∇`)ノ
    GAHH!!!!!!!! I WAS FEATURED IN THE BLOG POST!!! I’m not even sure why I’m so excited about that!

    I need time to process…I’ll come back later and leave some of my favorite ‘B’ side songs.

    3 years ago
  114. Shinees symptoms is also one of my favorites c:

    3 years ago
  115. Baby don’t cry is another good one from exo :) it has the urban rnb~soul vibe, hope you check it out!! It has a really nice piano + beat to it ~~

    3 years ago
  116. KARA – Mister is probably the biggest example of a b-side with no official video that became bigger than the main track. For me, Girls Day – I Don’t Mind, and Sistar19 – Girl In Love hit the sweet spot.
    Was about to hit post, then thought of BEG – Recipe. Also good

    3 years ago
  117. eheheh…I’m a normal fan but I remember all their names after watching their showtime…but I’m sure people will find Martina’s song an even more enjoyable way to learn… :-D… I laughed so much at the Kris part (your name is English and it’s easy to remember…XD)

    3 years ago
  118. OMG I just watched this here at the library but I had to stop this video because I couldn’t hold my laughter! The self-composed song is just hilarious, you guys are geniuses! And liked the hat-swop! The music video is typical Exo in my eyes quiet boring expect from the dance of course which is awesome, the song isn’t my favourite of all Exo songs as well, but I did like it especially the chorus!! Go EXO! P.S.: the wall banging reminded me of theri sunbaes DBSK-Mirotic^^

    3 years ago
  119. I feel bad leaving SHINee out of the silly hats poll, guys.

    http://kpoplyricscc.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/tumblr_mu4fjbf9c91rl1ahyo1_500.jpg

    3 years ago
  120. Where did you unearth all of those hats?? And are the knitted hats with eyk written on them for sale???

    3 years ago
    • We actually got a lot of them in packages people sent us. And we kept em :D That’s what our closet’s for!

      3 years ago
  121. It´s an amazing song. I think the lyrics are talking about their fans (stalkers, oh)…
    Moonlight is great. Also I loved “Black Pearl” and “Let out the beast” from Growl album.

    3 years ago
  122. Martina!!! How can a song be both hilarious and sexy sounding? That was amazing! That bit should be in it’s own video, too!

    3 years ago
  123. I think Overdose is a great mini album, but imo XOXO was a notch up – enjoyed every single song on it. MYNAME’s albums (or rather single albums), especially their latest one, and C-Clown’s albums have pretty quality songs too :)

    Also, good work on the song lol got a few laughs outta me.

    3 years ago
  124. is avril levine their makeup artist?

    3 years ago
  125. Ara

    BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM

    3 years ago