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The Best Kpop Songs of 2013

June 18, 2013

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To begin with, Martina got sick on Friday and we were hoping she would get better but she got worse and lost her voice on Sunday. Her voice is still gone today so we couldn’t film Kpop Music Monday and we’re trying to not push it so she can heal up and film a TL;DR and WANK this week. SUPER LUCKILY we happened to film this before the weekend with the intention of posting it up at the end of the week, but now it will take place of Music Monday. Hey, it’s still technically a Kpop Music Monday right? Right!

Half of the year is done, and a whole boatload of songs came out. We reviewed a bunch of them, but there are also loads of songs that we didn’t get the chance to talk about and express our love for. And so, here is a list of the best Kpop songs of 2013 thus far, in no particular order.

Heo Young Saeng “The Art of Seduction”

Simon likes but doesn’t love this song, while I LOVE LOVE this song. It has a peppy disco funk feel with the slap bass in the background but it also has rocking synth and an awesomely catchy chorus that makes you want to sing along. This would be an awesome track for the introduction of an 80s TV show with sassy characters all working as undercover detectives but with multiple talents. Think GEM the cartoon show made into a live action. Oh yeah. Also, you might have noticed I enjoyed changing the “Oppa neun eottae” (how is this Oppa) to “I’m burning up yaaa”.

MBLAQ “Smoky Girl”

Probably both our favourite song of the year. It’s really, really, really good. Start to finish, there’s nothing bad in this song at all. The one small complaint, which is debatable: the chorus is a bit too repetitive, but it also kinda works in the song’s favour as well. Everything else in the song is ridiculously great. Even the rap sequence fit in nicely! It doesn’t even sound like a Kpop song, you know? It’s hard to explain why that is, but the song sounds like it can be played anywhere in the world. It’s definitely one of those songs that we’d be happy to share with our friends that aren’t into Kpop. But legitimate question: what does smoky girl even mean? She’s stinky? Difficult to see? Has smokey eyeshadow? Are they trying to say she’s mysterious? I don’t know. Just SMOKY GURL SMOKY GURL SMOKY GURL SMOKY GUUURRRLLL

Psy “Gentleman” – Check the Music Monday for it!

It’s the biggest Kpop video of the year, with hundreds of millions of views. No other video this year has been watched as much. It’s almost the most viewed YOUTUBE video of the year as well, isn’t it? If not, it’s definitely high up there. Though, yes, it’s not as popular as “Gangnam Style,” we actually like this song more. But we’re not sure if it’s because we just heard Gangnam Style too much. Question: remember when dances were fun and easy to imitate in Kpop? Like Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry”? Why did that stop happening? There aren’t really any fun dances to do lately, in my opinion, but PSY’s “Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman” are easy to do, and catchy. We also feel disappointed that so many people write off PSY as a one hit wonder when he’s been producing tons of amazing songs way before Gangnam Style! If you’re new to PSY check out “Champion” (awesome video) “Right Now” (also awesome), “Shake It”, and “It’s Art”. In my opinion, PSY is now dealing with what I have dubbed “jelly hater syndrome”, which is once you’re popular, people automatically want to hate anything you do, thus “Gentleman” being dubbed as “not as good as Gangnam Style” or “a copy of Gangnam Style”. Check out “Right Now: and you’ll see PSY has always been making videos like this. And why does it have to be compared to “Gangnam Style”, it can stand alone as its own song, and it’s certainly better than most of the songs that came out this year.

Wonder Boyz “Tarzan”

Coming right after PSY, which is the most viewed Kpop video of the year, second most viewed Kpop video EVER, this song barely has any views in comparison. It’s still a really awesome song, though. It’s totally fresh and original, which – let’s be honest – isn’t a quality that you hear in a lot of Kpop songs out there. How many bands have done reggaeton, and done it well? And to be a rookie group with a song like this is really ballsy, and gets a lot of respect from us. Really, we were totally amazed by B.A.P.’s debut in January 2012 last year, and we can say that Wonder Boyz’s “Tarzan” is easily the best rookie song of this year for us so far.

T-ara N4 “Jeon Won Diary” – Check the Music Monday for it!

I have no idea why Martina doesn’t like this song. She hates this song and hates 4Minute’s “What’s Your Name.” Yes, both songs are a bit clunky and not really smooth, but they’re ridiculously fun. RING GA RING GA RING GA RING! And the dance is silly and easy. What’s wrong with that? I like it. Martina here. Hey, I like the chorus of this song, I think it’s awesome but everything surrounding the chorus was unpleasant for me. I don’t like girls rapping to begin with unless they’re ACTUALLY GOOD AT RAPPING and a lot of this song has clunky rap-speaking that made me want to poke out my ears. But hey, that chorus was indeed fun and catchy and I do enjoy dancing the boob shake dance too.

2PM “ADTOY”

Remember everyone, A.D.T.O.Y = A Donkey Tickles Onew’s Yoohoo. That’s what this song is about.

Martina here. No, but really: this song is muuuuuch better than “Come Back After You Listen to This Song Right Here Right Afterwards Ok Don’t Delay Because It’ll Be Bad And I Totally Ordered Pizza And It Will Get Cold If You Take Your Time Returing After You Have Listened To This Entire Four Minute Song But Right After You Finish Listening And Maybe Peed And Brushed Your Teeth Then Comeback Right Away,” though that song was okay! A.D.T.O.Y was a lot sexier and coherent, in my opinion. The heavy breathing background voices are amazing and the quick rapping with the heavy emphasis on the ending of syllables was awesome sounding in contrast to the clean ballad singing. I even liked the weird robotic sounding background singing over the chorus. All in all I just loved the frantic pace of this song. The guys sounded really horny stressed out and it matched the topic of the very adult song perfectly. And how about the falsetto part? MAN! AWESOME AWESOME!!! Though, yes, it had a rather silly dance which kind of ruined the sexiness of the song and lyrics so I pretend the video didn’t exist and I just imagine a scene from True Blood with Eric wanting to be with Sookie instead.

Lee Hi “Rose” – Check the Music Monday for it!

Martina likes this song a lot more than I do. It’s one of those songs I can appreciate, like “yeah, I can see that this is a good song,” but it’s not something I want to listen to in my spare time but I’ll still hear it from time to time and be like “damn. I forgot how nice of a song this is.” I also think people seem to forget that Lee Hi is a rookie. It’s like their logic is instead, “Well Lee Hi is under YG so she doesn’t get rookie status” which isn’t fair at all. Rookie means first time in the crazy musical field, dealing with all the stress and issues that come with it, and yes, Lee Hi has incredibly grown up sounding vocals but that doesn’t mean she’s exempt from being a rookie. Perfect rookie example, Lee Hi is a dreadful actress, but I dare say it has improved a lot more with the music video for “Rose”.

4Minute “What’s Your Name”

Ok, we couldn’t be more opposed than we are here. I actually really like the song and find it mindless fun, perfect for zombies. It’s silly, it’s colorful, and it’s catchy. Martina just flat out doesn’t like it. Yes, the chorus sounds like WASH YOUR NAY WASH WASH YOUR NAY. That’s not getting in the way of me liking it, though. Martina here. Okay, I loved “I My Me Mine”, “Huh”, “Hot Issue”, “Muzik” and “Volume Up” but WHOA is this song ever SUCKY. Just when I thought they were sticking with the whole chipper LA LA LA LA LA LA LA feel of the song it ends up coming back at the end. Nothing changes in this song!!! It’s so boring and 4minute aren’t usually boring. GARHHH…

Alright, so that’s our list of songs so far. Martina wanted to include UKISS “Standing Still” and Jaejoong’s “Mine” but the list was already getting long however, we did do a Music Monday’s on both of those videos so you can check those out if you haven’t seen them yet! Let us know what your favourite songs of the year are so far and what songs you agree and disagree with us on. Six more months to go!

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  1. Just in case S&M didn’t see my comment on yt…

    The link in the video description to this blog post is wrong! it’s “THE-best-kpop….” and no “best-kpop…”

    3 years ago
  2. Get well soon Martina

    3 years ago
  3. I can’t see it :(

    3 years ago
  4. do it! do a least fave song video! i wanna see it!

    3 years ago
  5. doesnt smoky girl mean hot girl? like smoking hot

    3 years ago
    • Nic

      It could mean a bunch of things. I thought maybe it was a Konglish word but when I asked my husband and other Koreans they hadn’t really heard of it. Besides from something like “smoking hot”, it could mean something like “bad girl”, it could refer to the smoky eye makeup (though the girl in the video does lack really smoky eye makeup), I’ve also heard that it means a girl who is hard to catch, like trying to catch smoke.

      3 years ago
  6. Hyde by VIXX is hella underrated. The song is great. THE LYRICS ARE AMAZING. (seriously the lyrics make sense and are coherent and go with the concept)
    So much fun to listen too, and the MV fit the song really well too. This is a song that you don’t need to see a performance of to like the song. But when you see the performance it makes it even better and doesn’t detract from the song itself .

    3 years ago
    • In general, I love how VIXX does their harmonies. That’s hard to find. All the clashing notes that resolve flawlessly. I don’t hear that much in kpop, so when I do, I’m an instant fan. Both On and On and Hyde have amazing harmonies, so I’m satisfied.

      3 years ago
    • I personally liked VIXX’s On and On better as a song by itself, which was actually released this year, but because it was in January I think it was overlooked.

      However, as far as concept goes, Hyde hits it out of the park! It’s not just the lyrics that work so well with the concept, the actual chorus of the song matches as well. The chorus goes from minor to major using the same melody over top the chords which can suggest being two sides of a person. Just thought that was interesting!

      3 years ago
      • I wasn’t really into the Phantom of the Opera opening of the song, but i loved everything else about the song. The video wasn’t anything to right how about, but the dance was great. I watch the practice video a lot. I find myself dancing to it at random points and get side eye from my family.

        Hyde on the other hand for me checked all the boxes for me. Although i really wish Ravi would stop with what i find to be awkward English intros.

        3 years ago
    • Well, the video and concept were awesome, yes. The song though, I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s just that the video –which, again, was balling awesome– was much better than the song for me.

      3 years ago
      • Totally get it.

        Personal, I heard the song first cause i think i was on someone’s tumblr page an it played. Finally figured out where the sound was coming from and saw what the song was. looked up the video and lyrics and was super impressed that everything went together.

        3 years ago
    • I agree good song, but it’s doing horrible on the charts

      3 years ago
      • They were in 2nd place at some point, and managed to hold on to the top three for three weeks, but got screwed over because of EXO and CL. Kinda pissed me off. I know for a fact that both of them could have held on for a hell of a lot longer. Just a tad bit bitter here. XP

        3 years ago
      • You mean on EYK charts on korean ranking charts? D:
        I honestly thought they were starting to gain popularity

        D: D: D: D:

        3 years ago
        • korean charts it’s not doing well

          3 years ago
        • Ah. That’s really sad ): *flounders about*

          3 years ago
        • Their album ranked number 1 on world albums chart however. so for rookie kpop group thats kinda amazing! EXO also did that just for perspective.

          They are gaining a lot of popularity in korea too but ya know…slow rise to the top in kpop. another couple years at this rate and they’ll be up there. Teen Top and Infinite debuted in 2010 and are only really up towards the top now

          3 years ago
    • Completely agree as well, it’s actually one of my favorite songs for the year thus far. The whole schizo thing within the lyrics really does it for me. Also, the dance might not be the most complex dance to some, but to me really fits the song and was kinda what attracted my attention first.

      3 years ago
      • The dance is totally what made this song for me. I thought the idea of splitting up into pairs and having the two halves “fight” each other throughout the dance was seriously brilliant and mirrored the lyrics and concept perfectly. Also, that reaching up in the chorus was beautifully matched with the pleading, desperate feeling of that part of the song.

        3 years ago
        • became a Starlight cause of this song & performance. Was on the edge with On and On but Hyde clenched it for me.

          3 years ago
    • Nic

      I agree!

      3 years ago
  7. Nic

    I really like A.D.T.O.Y, Tarzan and Rose. I quite like Smoky Girl, though my husband and I weren’t that sure about it at first. I thought it was too repetitive and he was annoyed by some of the Korean pronunciation, but after a few more listens it was a lot better, and so catchy.

    What’s Your Name is catchy, but then in a way where it’s stuck in your head and you want to scratch your eyes out in frustration…

    3 years ago
  8. Only listing those with MVs.

    Mine – Jaejoong
    On & On – VIXX
    Hyde – VIXX (better mv than O&O, but i prefer O&O in terms of song)
    Safety Zone – Dalmation/DMTN
    Love Blossom – K. Will
    With Laughter or With Tears – Seo In Guk
    Joah – Jay Park

    Honorary mentions(?!): Nine Muses’ “Wild” and Chocolat’s “Black Tinkerbell” (haven’t decided if I really really like the two songs enough yet), LC9′ debut song (can’t rmbr the title but the mv certainly left an impression and the dance is pretty cute actually)
    Anything and everything released by Nell. Even if it doesn’t have an MV. (obvious bias is obvious. =P)

    3 years ago
  9. Get better soon Martina!

    3 years ago
  10. Martina always seems to be in bad condition :( get well soon!

    3 years ago
  11. Martina singing “Smoky girl” while Simon talked pretty much sums up how I feel about that song — please, make it stop! (Sorry…) Also, it’s obviously hard to say this for sure, but if I had heard Gentleman first, I’m not sure I’d have bothered listening to any more PSY songs. Agreed on Rose, Tarzan (LOVE it!), and Jeon Won Diary.

    Some of my favs so far this year have been Lunafly’s Fly To Love, Henry’s Trap, VIXX’s Hyde, Bilasa’s What’s Happening, and Infinite’s Man in Love (that was this year, right?).

    3 years ago
  12. Yes, SMOKY GURL is really one of the best this year. Maybe the only one that I don’t like is JEON WON DIARY and I kinda wish YooHoo was here but Simon&Martina don’t like YooHoo.. ^^

    VIXX – Hyde and Nine Muses – Wild are good too. Lee Hyori and Shinhwa also.

    3 years ago
  13. Although Wolf was not a great song, Baby Don’t Cry, Don’t Go, and My Lady were the best songs I’ve heard.. I’m not sure if I’m just a fan in denial or if people actually think it’s good but I think it’s the best 2013 song. I also liked Nu’est Hello and Lee Hi Rose

    3 years ago
  14. As someone who would like to continue watching your videos for years to come i recommend you DON’T make a list of the worst songs of the first half of 2013.

    Even if i think i know some of the songs you would choose, and i would be laughing and enjoying the video even if it’s my favorite groups song you hate. There are not many fangirls who can remain as calm as some Nastys. AKA Nastys would be down…Average kpop fan trollin youtube…not so much.

    3 years ago
    • controversy makes for more views also. for an article I once wrote, I got actual hate mail. Lol but I was also the most read article and most shared article I’ve ever written. I actually still get comments/mail from it.

      3 years ago
    • I completely agree. There would be a lot of arguments, hate comments, and chaos from people who can’t seem to accept their opinions. It’s not worth it for Simon and Martina to make and edit a video only to get a lot of unnecessary hate for it…

      3 years ago
  15. meh on some of those songs, they were okay but I didn’t really love any of them (other than MBLAQ and Lee Hi).

    My favorites so far this year have been:
    Dreamer- History
    MaMa Beat- LC9 (And their whole album which was great)
    SHINe (Medusa I)- Shinee (Loved this album, Orgel was good too)
    Smoky Girl- MBLAQ (Still getting into the album but its pretty good)
    EVERYTHING BY K.WILL
    Shaking Heart- C-Clown (Far Far was good too)
    EVERYTHING THE GEEKS (backpack was a perfect album)
    Man In Love- Infinite
    EVERYTHING INFINITE-H
    Rose- Lee Hi (The whole album was good tho)
    I’m really liking the other tracks on Exo’s album (NOT WOLF THOUGH)
    hyde- VIXX
    Mango – Cheeze
    Hello- Cho Yong Pil
    Wild- 9Muses
    Bad Girl- Bumkey <3
    Whats going on? – B1A4

    Its really a mix of genres and groups, but I really loved it all.

    3 years ago
    • SO I just got into LC9, Cho Yong Pil, 9Muses, and Bumkey because of your list up there! THANK YOU!!!! I had no idea Cho Yong Pil was such a legend for one thing. As for LC9, DAT MV! WUT??? It was like Fight Club – Korean pretty boy edition hahaha. All that gore! And then them all laughing like maniacs lol. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it in k-pop. I guess rookie groups need to make themselves memorable right off the bat these days! XD

      3 years ago
      • AHHHH! Yay! And LC9 is so cute, E.den actually does vlogs on youtube too(he speaks english)! I really loved the video ehueheuheuehe, it was really funny and interesting to me, their whole album was awesome too

        3 years ago
    • YES. It was really underrated :( And History is so cute :D

      3 years ago
    • I’d never heard of Cho Yong Pil until seeing your post. I went and looked him up, and I’ve had When I Am With You on repeat ever since. Thank you!

      3 years ago
    • Yes on Infinite H! OMG I was so blown away by their debut album! Simon and Martina, check out Fly High if you haven’t yet! That’s k-pop hip-hop done right. Hoya and Dongwoo have the talent and the swagger to really sell it! ‘Without You’ feat. Zion T is sooooooooo amazing!

      3 years ago
      • I’d say they are the best recent sub-unit in k-pop so far :)
        (AND DONGWOO BBY IS PERFECT<3<3)

        3 years ago
        • It definitely gave me a new appreciation for Dongwoo! Hoya is my bias in Infinite (Reply 1997 anybody?), but I’m so glad they both got to show off a little more of their personal style. ^^

          As for recent subunits, I’m also a huge fan of uBEAT even though they weren’t what I expected! I was expecting something more like Infinite H, but I’m really glad they stuck to their own sound! Since Kevin says he’s not officially a member though, it’ll be interesting to see how their style changes without him next time around. KEVINNNN BABY PLZ DON’T GO!!!!! <3

          3 years ago
        • I really want to see what uBEAT comes out with without Kevin doing vocals, I’m really hoping for a more rap/hiphop-ish feel :> I did like their album but I didn’t LOVE it like I did w/ Infinite H :o
          (Loved the Standing Still remix though)

          (I loved Hoya in Reply 1997 <3, and his singing was so beautiful in the Can u Smile remake<3 DINO-WOO IS MY BIAS FOR LYFE THO <3)

          3 years ago
    • Seriously, it’s like K. Will can do no wrong. I LOVED his album and he’s definitely one of my all time favorites.

      3 years ago
    • Zion.T’s album was perfect! I love it soooo much.

      3 years ago
      • True! But that’s what makes it hard for me to pick a favorite song. It really depends on my mood. Click me is definitely in my top 3 for him though, along with Babay & Doop.

        3 years ago
      • And bonus he was one of the writers for MBLAQ’s Smoky Girl.

        3 years ago
    • Perfect list! I’ve been listening to a lot of these songs on repeat this year.

      3 years ago
    • I also thought EXO’s new album was great. I liked Wolf okay but I thought they had some way better songs on there that would’ve made good title songs.

      3 years ago
      • I’m personally of the opinion that Wolf’s the title track cause it kinda sells better? Don’t get me wrong I love the other songs and prefer most, if not all, of them but I guess it’s easier to market a song like wolf vs a ballad, and possibly would be able to reach a wider audience. Just my theory though.

        3 years ago
      • Yes XOXO is surprisingly very good overall. Am I the only one who’s loving ‘Heart Attack’? Such an addictive song.

        3 years ago
        • ‘Heart Attack’ with ‘Peter Pan’ are my favourites. I actually really love the album as a whole, including ‘Wolf’. And I wasn’t a fan before XOXO, I became an Exotic with this album.

          3 years ago
        • Yay finally I see a Peter Pan here XD, it’s slowly becoming my favorite song of the album >.<

          3 years ago
        • Heart Attack is my favorite track on the album. Black Pearl comes in second. Wolf is down at the bottom somewhere lol. I deleted that 5 6 9 12 song or whatever that one was. It made my ears bleed.

          But yes, I would say Heart Attack could be my fav so far of 2013…it has the play count numbers on my ipod to prove it!

          3 years ago
        • I was kinda meh on that song, it wasn’t bad (I liked the beat) but I didn’t love the vocals, they seemed kinda awkward with the song to me? Idk :O

          3 years ago
      • Yessss Baby Don’t Cry makes me swoon like no other! Exo blew us away last year with their strong vocals in What Is Love, and BDCis kind of like part 2 in my mind <3

        3 years ago
        • I honestly think EXO should stick to ballads. What is Love and Baby Don’t Cry are two beautiful songs. My Lady was also really amazing, and would make an amazing dance from what I have seen from Kai’s teaser.
          I really disliked Wolf and I cannot understand how it is doing so well on the charts. I almost didn’t even bother with the other songs on the album, but I remembered What is Love and thought I would give it a try. I’m glad I did, because I would have missed out on some really nice songs.

          3 years ago
        • I’m one of the weirdos who actually loved Wolf lol, but I see your point! Their ballads are SO worthy and really should be promoted more. It’s what really makes them stand out from the other rookie groups! I’d like to see a model where they release one ballad for every dance track. I definitely don’t think they should do away with the dance tracks though! We need to give the dancers and some of the guys with more of an ‘edgy’ appeal time to shine. Don’t get me wrong, I’d listen to these boys sing ballads all day long! Angel is my favorite song to watch them perform live! ^^But if they were a ballad only group, some of the 12 guys (all beloved by fans) might be a bit superfluous ya know? :/

          3 years ago
        • I prefer their ballads too! Angel was my favorite song of the previous album actually =D
          About half the album is like pure ballad songs, which to me, is quite a bit? So there’s a good mix I think?

          3 years ago
        • I think I’m being a bit harsh by saying they should only stick to ballads, espically when they do have some good dancers. I’m honestly not much of an EXO fan. When What is Love came out I thought I would be, but I didn’t care for Mama and History. I really wanted to be a fan with this comeback, but I hated Wolf. But they do have other good songs, so I haven’t given up all hope. I would really love to see a full live of My Lady though. I bet that would win me over lol

          3 years ago
        • I wouldn’t really call it harsh, cause it’s your honest opinion based on your experience of the songs so far, and it’s not like you’re not keeping an open mind, since you’re not giving up hope haha~
          Oh yes a full live would be fantastic, they somehow manage to have nice dances for their ballads too, so I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised should that happen =)

          3 years ago
        • The fact that they can dance to ballads is awesome. I love how sexy and slow and jazzy it can all look.
          Could you recommend a performace for me? Like I said, I’m not much of a fan, but I feel like watching a cool dance xD

          3 years ago
        • I think the only full live ballad with dance they’ve done is for Angel/Into Your World (But I might be wrong XD), It might not be cool per say, but I think it’s nice haha (but I’m insanely biased cause I love the song, you have been warned XD).
          I’m not like a super crazy/dedicated fan who’s watched every performance and remembers them all, so I wouldn’t count on my recommendation being the best, but I think this fancam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llbfoyjgGR8)has a nice view, might not be the best performance of the song or the highest quality video, but you can more or less see the whole song for the whole dance >.<. It's only K in this vid though =/

          3 years ago
        • yeah wolf for me was a great video. really enjoyed it overall but I look back at songs like “what is love” and I think WOW!. these boys are talented. I would like to see them succeed with their great voices and not just to become another “hot” boy band only popular with fan girls. I just hope they can keep a mix of songs and types- like dance and ballads. their voices are too good not to have ballads as well.

          3 years ago
    • Yay for Cheeze!

      3 years ago
  16. M.I.B’s ‘Nod Along’ , Henry’s ‘Trap’ and Seo In Guk’s ‘Were we happy’ were my favourite songs so far this year :)

    3 years ago
  17. D: No EXO’s Wolf?

    3 years ago
    • XOXO as an album is amazing hands down amazing, but Wolf as a song all by it’s self without the dance and performance…not really one of the best songs of the first half of 2013

      I’m a huge EXO fan, but Wolf is not an amazing song. The lyrics make me cringe. (i regret looking them up…”Eat you like cheese”? seriously?)

      The performance of the song an the actual vocals on the track are great, because EXO has amazing vocalist and dancers. But just because the dance is amazing and the vocals sound good does not make the song good.

      Do you get what i mean?

      I voted for EXO to win on the music shows and help them as much as an international fan can. But it’s not because Wolf was a work of genius, it was because XOXO is a really good album, and the boys performance of the song they were given was amazing. (and they deserve and extra special award for keeping a strait face when singing some of that song)

      3 years ago
    • LOL ! Wolf is like the worst song for the year.

      3 years ago
  18. Agh, I really missed Henry’s ‘Trap’ from this list .__. I think it was really catchy and awesome, and for me it’s the best release from SM so far this year ^^
    Oh, and Lee Hyori’s ‘Miss Korea’ was really catchy too. Also I really loved Shinee’s ‘Why So Serious’ ^^

    3 years ago
  19. There were so many great songs this year, especially with all the comebacks. Haha wished SPEED with “Pain the love of heart” made the list, it’s one of my favorites :D

    3 years ago
  20. Yay Lee Hi on the list!! Gotta agree with you about “damn. I forgot how nice of a song this is.” I sometimes forgot how much I love Lee Hi and then when i hear her songs i’m just like ‘daymn this girl is amazing’ Actually her whole album is amazing. People need to check out her other songs like Dream, Because, Fool For Love etc…

    3 years ago
  21. I only know half of the songs on the list… XD I think I’ll listen to the rest of the songs soon! (:
    I would also add Shinhwa’s This Love, VIXX’ Hyde and Henry’s Trap to the list, because I think that those songs are awesome too! :D

    3 years ago
  22. And oh.. the XOXO album was amazing.. if we look past the horribleness that is 3,6,5.. really can’t with that song xD Sounds like something One Direction would put out.. >-<

    Apart from that the album was really good with some really good songs.

    3 years ago
  23. VIXX’s On and On is the best K-Pop song of 2013’s first half for me.

    3 years ago
  24. My favorite song of the year is EXO’s My Lady

    Now at first I was sliiiightly disappointed because the full version of the song wasn’t what I had expected from the teasers we heard back in the EXO teaser era. But once I rid myself of that (I kind of just wanted a full song with D.O.’s voice xD) I really like it, it’s sultry and smooth and the vocals are perfect.

    Though I do have to say that On and on and Hyde by VIXX is also one of my favorites, easily two of the best dance tracks this year for me!

    3 years ago
    • you too had the moment of “Oh…it’s not just Kyungsoo?” *pout lip* ?

      3 years ago
      • Yes.. I did.. like.. I love Baekhyun’s and Suho’s voices.. I really do and I think they work fantastically in baby don’t cry.

        But it was like My Lady was made for Kyungsoo’s voice, it’s just so sultry and rich and.. choco-latte~
        So yeah, that moment happened :P

        3 years ago
  25. The video’s not working >.<

    3 years ago
    • It’s working for some people, but not others, and I’m not sure why. I reported the issue to YouTube. Hopefully it can work soon!

      3 years ago
      • Saw it on your channel! Thanks!

        3 years ago
      • from my web browser, it seems the embed youtube link on your webpage source code is

        src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/zbzvawkVJ1E&list=PLWQq9lbJ29_0hd17sztUemIlAHvepQSNs”

        (embed/zbzvawkVJ1E&list=PLWQq9lbJ29_0hd17sztUemIlAHvepQSNs)

        When trying to access it, it is actually an invalid link and becomes an error/black screen.

        one solution might be to change the link to

        src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PLWQq9lbJ29_0hd17sztUemIlAHvepQSNs”

        (embed/videoseries?list=PLWQq9lbJ29_0hd17sztUemIlAHvepQSNs)

        which seems to be done for all your other webpages in previous blogs. and when i access that link, it becomes PLAYLIST MODE :D

        3 years ago
      • I couldn’t get to work on the blog but it does work if I go into your YouTube channel to watch :)

        3 years ago
  26. i’m so sorry to hear that about Martina…hope she feels better soon…sending virtual hug
    but i’m sad Smoky Girl won’t have a KMM….i was sooo lucking forward to it….pls make one for them later on :d pretty please? :D
    as a personal favourite i will add to that list Henry’s trap…..it’s my new addiction

    3 years ago
    • Ale

      Well if we keep on voting our dream may become true(? I got really excited waiting for the video but ok I hope MBLAQ will keep on the first place for another week.

      3 years ago
    • Yeah, I was hoping for Smoky Girl last week as well!

      3 years ago
  27. Aww no G-Dragon :(

    3 years ago
  28. How strictly must they be ~kpop~ videos of the year? If it’s loose then I’d say MFBTY – Sweet Dream was one of the best songs to come out of this year so far. Is there a similar list for the whole of 2012? I’d rate NU’EST – Face pretty highly on that.

    3 years ago
  29. no SHINee???

    3 years ago
    • “Why So Serious” was one of our least favorite songs of the year…

      3 years ago
      • Dream Girl also came out this year, and I thought you guys liked that song.
        I personally love both; just my taste in music (and that I’m a little biased. I can admit it!)
        If I had to pick out of the two, I would pick Dream Girl.

        3 years ago
      • What about Dream Girl? O:

        3 years ago
      • “Why So Serious” wasn’t amazing, but the rest of the album was, I loved “Orgel”, “SHINe”, “Like a Fire”, and “Excuse Me Miss” <3

        I understand why they aren't on the list though- no MV.

        3 years ago
        • Actually, I think The Misconception of Me might become one of my favorites album this year, but I think it’s totally not Shinee-like. And Why So Serious wasn’t the best song at the album, but it was the most Shinee-like. I think SMEnt. might have been a bit afraid to promote with other song, that’s why they chose Why So Serious for promotions, but the album as a whole – wow, it might be the best for Shinee so far.
          (coming from not-so-hardcore kpop fan)

          3 years ago
        • yup, It had a really different, funky, un-pop feel to it, which I why I liked it. I always seem to love the rest of the album rather than the title song when it comes to Shinee though, I really hope they make more songs like the ones I mentioned.

          3 years ago
      • S&M I suggest you check fake/troll accounts here on your blog. Many accounts that dislike your comment have just random sequence of letters in their usernames.

        3 years ago
        • Nic

          Yeah I thought there was an unusual amount of down votes in a short amount of time.

          3 years ago
        • Lol at the thumbs down everywhere. Show yourselves, you people of the shadows!

          3 years ago
      • Stop thumbing me down, guise! Come on now!

        3 years ago
        • I hope my thumb up can make up for the 12 thumbs down…

          3 years ago
        • LOL to those thumbing down other people’s opinion. Just LOL

          3 years ago
        • Still thinking of doing that list of your least favorite songs of the year so far? Haha XD

          3 years ago
      • Did you guys check out the rest of the album?

        3 years ago
  30. Am I the only one who can’t access the embedded video…?

    3 years ago
    • No, you’re not. People have been saying it on Twitter as well. I’m not sure why. Some people can see it, but others can’t. I think it’s a YouTube issue. The comment section is broken on YouTube as well…

      3 years ago
      • The comment section on yt seemed to be working just fine when I was on there a few minutes ago

        3 years ago
        • Really? Because it is completely broken for me. It hasn’t worked all day. T.T Youtube has a ton of problems.

          3 years ago
      • I can access it from your yt page but yea, that’s it.

        3 years ago
  31. I agree with you Martina on 4Minute. I don’t know why that song got so popular? It is so boring. I know you repeat the same line in popmusic, but you can overdo it. What bothers me the most are the lyrics: they are saying they aren’t easy, but the entire song they ask for your name and your phone number, point at their vajayjays and shove their butts in the camera. Sorry but to me that sounds pretty easy. I liked their other songs, but I was so dissapointed with this one ): CUBE what are you doing to these girls?

    On another note. I really enjoy(ed) Henry’s Trap and Ivy’s new song song. Very refreshing (:

    3 years ago
    • Every part of this song is a hook, and the production is really great as well: the song that exists is the best possible version of this particular song.

      Also, while I agree with you that the choreography is horrible and too obvious to be sexy, there’s no contradiction between being upfront about wanting to get to know a guy and saying you’re not easy. In the video you can see this when 4minute lovingly show off the “wall of no-name zombies”. When they find a guy they like, they’re straightforward about wanting to spend time with him, you know, like adults do, but that doesn’t mean they’ll sleep with any guy. I really like the aggressiveness of this song, it’s the “Call Me Maybe” of K-pop (complete with “Call Me” hand gestures).

      As far as why the song is popular, it’s because “What’s Your Name? What’s Your Number?” is an earworm in Korean, and not the annoying kind of earworm, but the fun kind. This song is really fun to sing.

      3 years ago
      • To me it’s really annoying though x] But tastes differ. I really don’t like this song.

        3 years ago
        • Oh yeah, the vocals aren’t strong with this one. 4minute can definitely do better (though they haven’t been great singing this live, either).

          3 years ago
    • You should totally check out LEDApple’s cover of “What’s Your Name”! It’s 10x better than the original xDD

      3 years ago
    • I totally agree! It’s not only boring…but I find the song really annoying as well. I’m not really their fan, but I did like “Volume Up” which is so much better!

      3 years ago
    • I think the parts where they sing “What’s your name?”, “Where do you live?” and “What’s your number?” are actually what the boys said to them, not really them saying those.
      Anyway the song is boring and repetitive to the level of giving me a headache after a few spins. The reason why the song did really well on charts is beyond my comprehension….

      3 years ago
    • well apparently many people like this song though and it already became a hit.. i also didn’t like this song much at first but after i heard it twice… LOVE IT!

      3 years ago
    • Agree

      3 years ago
      • Thank you I havent met a lot of people who argee with me on this one x]

        3 years ago
        • I didn’t really like this song too much either. Maybe I got too hyped up for it… idk. I feel kind of bad actually that Hyuna keeps stealing the limelight from all the other members… Personally? I don’t think she is that pretty. I’m more of a Hyorin type of girl haha

          3 years ago
  32. what…no zion T? (oh well at least I can listen to him in Smoky girl chorus and he did wrote that song along with SImon d) but no Infinite H? no..i dont’ remember who? it was a good year wasn’t it? we had actually a lot of choises this year while at some point I was really disapointed.

    3 years ago
  33. MBLAQ <3

    3 years ago
  34. ” Why did that stop happening? There aren’t really any fun dances to do lately, in my opinion”
    Try Secret’s Yoohoo~ that dance has some really easy and fun parts~! :3

    3 years ago
  35. The fact that MBLAQ’s SMOKY GIRL is on it, makes the list totally legitimate! hahhaa.
    that song deserves more recognition and love man!

    agree with the repetitive chorus part, almost like the debut song OH YEAH.
    But after listening to it more than once, you’ll get hooked fosure!

    3 years ago
  36. Shaking Heart by C-Clown and This Love by Shinhwa… Definitely agree with A.D.T.O.Y and The Art of Seduction though

    3 years ago
  37. Hey yay! Thanks for including MBLAQ’s smoky girl! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
    *just a random shout out from HongKong A+*
    and according to the members, they said Smoky Girl (it’s officially without ‘e’ lol) is a girl who used cosmetics (Smoky eyes? i guess?) to hide her sadness from her eyes (okay just……. still makes sense right? i hope it is lol)

    3 years ago
    • They also talk about a girl who disappears like smoke in the lyrics, so I think it’s a double meaning. Anyway, a scene girl XD.

      3 years ago
    • Yeah, it did make sense….. G.O. said it, right?
      Or maybe “Smoky Girl” just sounded cool to the village idiots :D

      3 years ago
      • yupppppp hahahahaha cool and sad Smoky Girl with smoky eye shadow who is smoking hot (?)

        3 years ago
        • The random waegukin in the MV looked everything mentioned above but sad :D I must say even the eye shadow wasn’t that Smok(e)y :D

          3 years ago
        • I swear…. I was like, hello there random white person in a club where there are NO OTHER WHITE PEOPLE….

          3 years ago
        • KPop MVs are like that generally, aren’t they? Hehe, it was more like Smoky Men for me than Smoky Girl….

          3 years ago
  38. Get well soon, Martina! ^_^
    Rest a lot and take it easy till you voice makes a comeback :P
    Then, maybe…..no, please review MBLAQ! Hehe, I was looking forward to it! :D

    3 years ago
  39. I don’t really like(hate) Jeon won diary…but ivy’s song is one of the best ones for 2013 imo

    3 years ago
  40. NO C-CLOWN?

    3 years ago