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The Best Kpop Non-Title Tracks

May 20, 2014

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Alright: we’ve been talking about making this video for a while now, and we’ve finally gone through with it. What are the best Kpop songs that weren’t promoted or don’t have official music videos? We made our list and talked about them. They’re in a playlist as well, if you’re interested!

We skipped out on a few, however, because we didn’t want an unseemly long video. Here are the other songs we really like but didn’t get a chance to talk about:

B.A.P – Shady Lady

Damn this is a great song! It has a Zion T vibe to it, and is really reminiscent of their Coffee Shop track, which was just loooovely. We’re always conflicted about B.A.P. We love it when they’re badass and awesome; hate it when they’re whiny and whimper. Songs like this are totally different from both sides, and I think they actually pull this off, in many ways, better than their tracks with music videos. Damn they’ve got some smooth-ass voices! I…just don’t think Zelo fits the vibe of tracks like this very well. Bang Yong Guk has a smooth, deep voice; Zelo’s energy just doesn’t fit the wavelength. But he’s not terribly off in this. It’s still a really lovely track. Check it out!

MBLAQ “둘이라서 (Because There are Two)”

This really isn’t like anything we’ve seen from MBLAQ before, though it does have elements of their more Spanishy sounding tracks. It’s very much a Kpop sounding song, but the background track is really different. It’s got DJ scratching in the background, and just makes for a different listen. Give it a shot. Let us know what you think.

After School “Dressing Room”

Thank you so much to Amyaco for the recommendation. HOT DAMN THIS SONG IS GREAT! Listen to it with headphones. Right from the get go you hear the “uh uh uh” panning left and right and it’s just badass as hell. The whole song has a driving feel to it and you’ll be biting your lip and head bobbing to it instantly. Great stuff here. Really great stuff.

The Snuggly One “41 Days”

Here’s another song that does a great job of left/right panning. Get some good headphones and listen to the bass hit left/right…left/right. It’s awesome. The whole song has a lost in the city at night and feeling hopeless about the world vibe to it. A bit M83 ish, almost. And M83 is one of my favourite bands ever. I could do without the “how it feel right now” part, though…

Yeah! So that’s our list, as well as our honourable mentions. Let us know what you thought of our list, and feel free to add some more!

We’ve got some extra scenes that didn’t make the final cut. A lot of scenes, in fact. We talked for almost an hour and trimmed this video down A LOT. Here’s what didn’t make the cut:

And, lastly, if you liked this video, make sure you click on the fancy pants button below to let us know!

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  1. For me, my fave of all time will be Super Junior ‘Why I Like You’ and ‘My All Is In You’, GD ‘Missing You’, U-Kiss ‘Obsession’ and Shinee ‘Ayo’..F(x) ‘Toy’ has a great chorus but the rest is mehhh..

    2 years ago
  2. God I loved this. So many people just give up on listening to the whole album but they’re missing out on sooooo much sometimes. Not gonna lie though, there’s something I’ve noticed you guys say sometimes that really bugs me. You tend to say that something “doesn’t sound like kpop”, usually when you’re saying you like something. But the thing is it IS kpop, kpop has loads of different sounds and it just seems iffy of you guys to say that. F(x) doesn’t sound like kpop, they sound like F(x). Big Bang doesn’t sound like kpop, they sound like Big Bang. That’s why sometimes the term kpop kinda bugs me, because it just lumps together so many different types of music when their only real similarity is that it’s Korean. I know you like kpop too, but when you say that you like a kpop song and then that it “doesn’t sound like kpop” it kind of just seems like it diminishes the worth of Korean music. PS I LOVE YOU THIS HAS JUST BEEN BOTHERING ME FOR A WHILE <3 <3 <3

    2 years ago
  3. Some time ago I was lisening to the radio and the song had that same kind of beat as MTBD-CL and I could sing it along through the whole song, I just think it’s a very basic, many used beat, awesome song btw!! I liked Over u- Miss A, Wait a minute – SNSD, Big Bang-Big Bang and lots more! Martina don’t know if it was your intention but you really remind me of Sandy in Grease which is aweseme!^^

    2 years ago
  4. On another note (I promise it’s my last comment) :

    Coup d’État is said : coo (like in “cool”) – day – ta (like the “ta” in “tackle”)

    2 years ago
  5. Block B’s Nice Day or Action! or Mental Breaker!
    I have a felling you would like them, they’re really fun, catchy and energetic songs :D

    2 years ago
  6. Vixx B.O.D.Y and Shinhwa just 2 be with u

    2 years ago
  7. I loved Shadow too!! Haha I’m a Big Bang fan and I loved How Gee and Wonderful which didn’t seem to be promoted as much :( Wonderful has that 90s feel with the catchy chorus and How Gee has that groovy saxophone-y thing going!

    2 years ago
  8. I’ll say it again, for me one of the best non-title track is “Lips” from Miss A. It’s just such an amazing song for getting psyched or to dance to.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDM7F6PGrKs

    2 years ago
  9. YAY! MBLAQ and The Snuggly one. MBLAQ’s – Broken and Sunggyu’s – Another Me are two of my favorite albums that I can play on loop and not get tired of. Lol in fact I’ve been listening to Another Me all morning. I get busy with work and don’t even realize it’s playing over and over again. I’m honestly not sure I could pick favorite songs off of those two albums. Glad you guys found a favorite from each to share.

    SHINee’s – Why So Serious?: The Misconceptions of Me; I still highly recommend it. :)

    2 years ago
  10. I’m honestly curious. Simon, why do you seem like you are so against listening to the older Kpop? Martina seems more open to it but Simon just seems like he doesn’t even want to take the time to listen to it. Is it because it’s older? If so that doesn’t really make sense because you reference a lot of older non-kpop songs. So why the ‘turned up nose’ when it comes to older K-pop songs? I’m not scolding or anything, just honestly curious. I’ll admit that yeah most of the songs are dated and listening to them now is funny (but in that funny awesome way that you’re like WOW… um..yeah but then think about it and go yeah that was awesomely 90’s and secretly jam out). I can’t imagine that you would have listened to the majority of them and not liked them thus not wanting to try anymore.

    Once again, I’m just honestly curious (and before anyone comments..yes he is allowed to want to listen to and not want to listen to whatever he wants so don’t even waste your time commenting that). Why the aversion?

    2 years ago
  11. I was surprised by the track for MBLAQ, G.O would be pleased as “Because There are Two” is one of the two songs he wrote on the album. However, my favorite non-title track by them is “I Shouldn’t Speak”.

    http://youtu.be/XOcERJ7icaUI

    2 years ago
    • MBLAQ totally nailed this live version, they’re so good!!!!

      2 years ago
    • Wow, a live version! They don’t sound as good though, probably because they’re obviously tired as hell.

      2 years ago
      • haha do you see that sweat everywhere! haha this was during their full concert in japan, it was smack in the middle of their concert so yeah they’re tired, but still G.O kills that song!! ^^

        2 years ago
        • Yeah. I love G.O.’s voice. I could listen to it all day, every day. Few others are like that for me. Soohyun of U-Kiss, Jun.K of 2PM, and Brandon Boyd of Incubus. There are others I really enjoy, but I don’t like them enough to just listen only to them all day. On the fence for me are Sunggyu of Infinite ( his solo stuff is amazing! ), Zion.T, Wooyoung and Junho of 2PM, Junsu and Jaejoong of DB5K, Seungho of Mblaq, a few others I can’t think of at the moment.

          2 years ago
        • Right! I think Seungho’s voice is strange but in a good way you know? It sounds almost muffled?? idk if that’s the word I’m looking for haha and it’s really low even though he can sing falsetto pretty well ^^ I think his voice works really well with a rock genre. He really likes Maroon 5 so it’ll make sense ^^

          2 years ago
    • I want to like this comment a million times because dear lawd i love this song! it really displays their amazing vocals well and Mir’s emotional rapping!!! And along with this beauitiful video! The reason why I love MBLAQ so much is they actually like and feel their own music. G.O just blows me away with his amazing emotional voice he should be more recognized as a singer *sigh*

      2 years ago
      • omg yes G.O — amazing, powerful singer — so good live!

        2 years ago
        • RIGHT! Only the professional, higher ups, recognize his powerful voice, and you know it because he’s done a whole bunch of songs with rappers (his voice is perfect with rapping!) also he’s finished his 3rd musical already! The professional music artists are really loving him that’s for sure!

          And about his powerful voice, you know what I really love! When you listen to him perform on stage at like Mcountdown, music core etc.. you hear his own voice wayyy over the playback track. He does it so amazingly here–> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQKOnFDgA8U

          2 years ago
  12. Thanks for the awesome list! I love after school#s dressing room and im always listen to the whole album of bands I like! Bc otherwise i would miss so many awesome songs!

    2 years ago
  13. In my opinion the best non title k-pop track ever is SHINEE – LIKE A FIRE :-) It is on the Why So Serious? Chapter 2 Album. I love the pop feeling in the song. I think the voices harmonizes SO well! :-)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CVy4gsgmDs&feature=kp

    2 years ago
    • *cough* You forgot excuse me, miss. That is blasphemous.

      2 years ago
    • Great stuff!! Thank you Helena!
      I love the progression of this song. From the soft electronic sounds to a funky guitar that sounds like it could be sampled from a song by the Kooks, to a soulful chorus with the addition of clean synths.
      This kind of quality is sorely lacking in the Kpop world. I want more songs like this.
      LOVE.

      2 years ago
    • I really loved all the songs on this album and Dream Girl, I play the songs all the time. but this song is really my favorite. It really gets stuck in my head and I love it so much! I also love Spoiler though for the shear fact that it really is a spoiler. At some point in the song they reference to every song on the two albums and I think that is so cool lyric wise. It’s also really catchy like Like A Fire. Both songs are the best. :D

      2 years ago
    • I LOVE THIS SONG and also, Sleepless night from the same album. HOW COME THESE TRACKS DON’T GET FAMOUS

      2 years ago
    • my fav song of the MCS album :D loveeeeee it

      2 years ago
    • Actually all the other songs on the album were far better than why so serious (except sleepless night).

      2 years ago
  14. Gulliver and walkin’ by Super Junior. Also Boys Republic’s I’m Ready.

    2 years ago
  15. Ooh you chose Girl’s Day’s Telepathy! Had you heard it before or was it from my recommendation? It’s definitely in my top 5 songs EVER and currently my ring tone. …well, has been my ring tone for two years and I don’t think I’m ever going to change it. The video game sounds are just perfect! :3

    2 years ago
  16. Youhave inspired a blg post, because many of my favorite songs aren’t title track songs. Off the top of my head are:
    EXO Thunder, Moonlight, Peter Pan, Don’t Go, Heart Attack,
    1TYM Danger, Kiss, Hello, Take it Slow, Can’t Let You Go,
    Jinusean Celebrate, I Will Microphone, Welcome, Jinusean Bomb
    SHINee Romantic, In my room, Four Seasons, Love Pain, Your Name, Beautiful, Aside, Shine, Nightmare, Evil…I’m not SHINee biasex, I swear.

    I could keep this list going for days honestly. And I LOVE old school kpop. Ask and I shall recommend.

    2 years ago
  17. YAY YOU MENTIONED SO SORRY! I love that song so much! I think I’d prefer it without a music video, it doesn’t seem like it would be as quirky as Catallena was.

    2 years ago
  18. I am one of the few who checks out the whole album rather than just focusing on the title track alone, maybe because most of the time, title tracks tend to follow current trends that, to put it nicely, annoy the hell out of me. Unnecessary dubstep breakdowns, cringe-worthy Engrish intro (and outros, sadly), recycled lyrics – these trends almost always ruin a good title track. On the other hand, non-title track songs tend to be more experimental, more diverse, more awesome. On non-title track songs, the artists could do the songs they want to do without having the fear of not getting mass appeal. So my advice is to not judge an artist only by their title track. You might miss out on something life-enhancing or eargasmic.

    From the mentioned groups, I think f(x) has the best b-side songs. I became a fan because of their 2013 album Pink Tape (aka best SM album of 2013) and then I checked their past albums and was very much surprised of the quality of their non-title track songs. Beautiful Stranger, Ice Cream, Airplane, Toy, No More, Ending Page and so many more f(x) songs need to find more audience.

    2 years ago
  19. Wow, these are really great songs! I knew most of them, and I’m loving the new ones!
    Anyway, I think one of the best non-title tracks is Puppetry by Sunny Hill! It’s on Midnight Circus mini album, and it has a pop/rock feel to it, but also manages to calm me down a lot! You should check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwXh5g4bsxM

    SPICA’s Anger is also awesome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMo0Qx9kXlk

    SHINee’s Quasimodo and Obssession from the same album as Electric Heart are also completely awesome!

    I could just go on forever, so I’m going to stop before that happens! I love that you guys are giving attention to these awesome songs that most people don’t know! I know you are so busy right now, but if you have the time you should definitely do a segment dedicated to these songs! I’d watch it, for sure! ^^

    2 years ago
  20. I love BTS Tomorrow, the lyrics are great and i love the sound

    2 years ago
  21. I love I’m sorry from orange caramel. Such a great song! And I really like BAP S.N.S.
    I really love that MBLAQ song you guys mentioned. You should check out MBLAQ – If you come into my heart (they sang a full version of this song on immortal song 2 so watch that as well! You won’t regret it)

    2 years ago
  22. sunggyus album was just amazing. i hate when they say it wasnt successful. He sold almost 80.000 cds (without downloads) alone and infinite wasnt as present at that time. WTF unsuccessful? sell those CDs yourself and then we can talk. Its his album that got me into infinite. Shinee had like 100 songs that could be used as title

    2 years ago
  23. I really love Gotta be you from 2ne1, What the hell from B.A.P, Love love love from Exo and Dynamite from SHINee ~ :3

    2 years ago
  24. OMG, Trick indeed! I love this song sooo damn much. And lately, I feel like most of the greatest GG song are hidden in their album, it’s not really the most promoted or the title track anymore.

    2 years ago
  25. Missing you by G -Dragon- favourite kpop song ever

    2 years ago
  26. Helicopter Throat = Stutter Edit or Transformer(turntablist term)

    2 years ago
  27. I really liked MBLAQ’s Pray though… but i’m a sucker for ballads (i know you guys hate them sorryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy). but off their Broken album, i preferred 12개월 over 둘이라서. it’s really catchy and i sometimes get distracted by it playing in my head. also, Tablo’s Dear Tv. (though Tablo didn’t promote then errrrrrrrrrrrr)

    2 years ago
    • 12개월 is also my favorite off the Broken album, although 둘이라서 is a close second, but 12 months is soooo good. They have really good non-title tracks

      2 years ago
      • I was glad they liked a song one of them wrote. Broken is a really good album.

        2 years ago
        • yeah, I know. I loved the consistency of the album. They chose a theme and kept to it in a really good way. And, yeah, it doesn’t hurt that they liked G.O’s song XD

          2 years ago
  28. Ailee’s No No No (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6UKKvb1AlA) has got to be one of my favourites, along with Super Junior’s Why I Like You (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf7frZ11ADE). To me, No No No doesn’t sound particularly K-Pop-ish, and reminds me of more Western singers. In my opinion, Suju’s Why I Like You differs nicely from Sorry Sorry (they’re both on the same album) purely because it’s such a relaxing song to listen to – for that reason I like it a lot.

    Another favourite is TRAX with their album “Blind”. It is one of those rare moments where I like, and I mean really like, every single song in the album. Everything, from the first track Blind all the way to Silent River is one of the best I’ve ever listened to. I wouldn’t say that a non-title track is better than the title track, but I will say that they are equal. So damn good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8ZU1CWMfqg&list=PL2D9964B6D1710EC6

    2 years ago
    • MmM

      Why I Like You is an amazing song :)

      2 years ago
    • Why I like you is probably my favorite Kpop song of all time! I also like their song Monster, it has an interesting beat. :D

      2 years ago
  29. My favorite SNSD song will forever be ‘Wake Up’ (from the Hoot album), and I’m still sad that they didn’t promote it /sad face

    2 years ago
  30. DBSK’s “Rumour” from KYHD! It’s this perfect smooth-lounge style song that is a part of my “wind down” playlist! ^_^! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UE5r0B1Puw

    2 years ago
  31. Title tracks are often times just the most commercial and marketable tracks. And I find that I often like the other songs on an album better. Three of of my favourite untitle tracks are GDragon’s “Missing You” ft Kim Yuna Missing You; Tablo’s “Home” ft. Lee Sora; and GD&TOP “Oh Yeah ft Park Bom (although they did release a mini japanese MV)

    2 years ago
  32. Believe me … I’m a huge fan of non-title songs. I like to listen the whole album, not just a promoted song.
    EXO – ‘Thunder’
    SNDS – ‘Trick’
    Orange Caramel – ‘So Sorry’ etc.
    Thanks for this kind of video !

    2 years ago
    • I loved this song too! I like all of Wooyoung’s solo album, and I really like Jun.K just at all, so this is great. There’s a few bits in it that bother me though, so I prefer the other songs.. but this is still great!

      2 years ago
  33. I like b.a.p’s Bang x2 and IU’s gloomy clock.

    2 years ago
  34. All I could focus on was how 80’s Martina’s hair is…I had to watch it twice…even so I am not sure I actually paid attention to everything they said…the hair…oh the tall, curly, big hair….oh the hair….*whimper*

    2 years ago
  35. I really love B.A.P’s Bang x2 and Excuse me and Secret’s Sexy and Bastard! Don’t forget Hana’s (or Zinger’s) Amazinger~~

    And can I just say… B.A.P is freaking awesome live. So many feelings and so much passion~ So impressed

    2 years ago
  36. I just can’t get over the Avatar reference it was so great!!

    2 years ago
  37. FTISLAND Cannot hav you. Seriously guys, you should listen to this track!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhI4RYm5c0U I want an FTISLAND review by the way. Please :)

    2 years ago
    • If you can find it, you should listen to some of their Japanese tracks like Black Chocolate, Beautiful and You are My Life. The last two actually have videos.

      2 years ago
      • I know all of them. :) I’ve recently became a huge fan of FTI and went through all of their songs

        2 years ago
  38. I loved every song you talked about, there’s something about those hidden jewels in the albums that make one wish those had been the one’s promoted instead of the actual title tracks. Thanks for the awesome playlist, and for the new songs I didn’t know.
    I’m torn between MBLAQ’s 12개월(12 months) and 둘이라서 to be honest, I really can’t decide which I like more, but I do agree on the rest of the songs :D

    2 years ago
  39. Shadow is seriously my fave song from the Pink Tape album it’s amazing!

    2 years ago
  40. Dal Shabet’s “Rewind” from the B.B.B. mini album is amazing. (even if they seem to have an interesting time trying to rhyme ‘rewind’ with ‘behind’)
    http://youtu.be/Can9MkG1ofc
    Also Sunny Hill’s “Sitcom” from the album “Young Folk” is also quite good.

    2 years ago