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Top 7 Underrated Kpop Songs

October 1, 2013


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Since we stopped doing the KpopCharts Updates, we’ve got some emails from people asking us to do at least something like it from time to time, because there are a lot of videos that come out every month, and we only talk about 4 of them, if we do a Music Monday every week, and – considering our constant traveling over last month and this coming month, we’ve been missing out on a bunch. So here are a few videos from the summer that we didn’t get the chance to talk about that we think you should check out.

Royal Pirates “Shout Out”

We said in the video that we met James, the bassist, over the weekend. It was really interesting talking to him, because he said he was in a band, and we wouldn’t know what it was, and when he said Royal Pirates we told him that we were planning on talking about his video on Monday, which he didn’t believe. See James! SEE! You thought we were just being polite. Ha!

Anyhow, we like Royal Pirates. Have liked them for a while, so it’s really great to see them debuting in Korea with an original song. Hopefully we can do something with them soon! I know some people have been asking us on Twitter for it. Maybe soon. Just maybe…

Sunmi “24 Hours”

Dang it Sunmi, your name got butchered today! SUN-me, SUE-me, this is why I hate reading Korean names in English, it’s just better to read them in Korean which is what I did AFTER I filmed the video. GAH! Okay, so if you want to know what song I was talking about by Passion Pit, check it out here. Probably one of my favourite videos of the year. Yes, we watch lots of other music videos outside of Kpop! Also, some people that follow our last fm account notice that a lot of Kpop doesn’t show up and that’s because we have one of those portable plug your iphone in speakers that Martina uses when she’s getting ready. She plays music from her iphone music so that she can hear it and none of the 23847283782937r5982378 kpop songs register on last fm that way. Anyhoo, the point is, you see what I mean about this video being similar right? Yes, it’s undeniably similar, and, yes, JYP definitely got inspired by our tweet. That’s beyond the point. What I want to talk about is how we want to see videos be more creative. I want to see a video that accompanies a song. I don’t want to see a video that looks like a portfolio for models. Music Videos should be interesting and they should help you get into the music, not just a photography shoot with background music. Do something fun and interesting and relevant and new. Come on Kpop videos: you can do it! We’ve seen it happen!

GI “Booshit”

Okay, now I’m sure a lot of you are going to be on Simon’s side since he didn’t actually like this song and video. I actually really liked the song and I thought the simple beat mixing in with heavy guitar sound was pretty bad ass. I know the video is really really simple, and the outfits aren’t flashy, and the choreo isn’t mind-blowing, but none of that bothered me. This band debuted specifically saying they were sticking to a tomboy concept (the fact that they have a management team that gives them a concept is why I call them a kpop hip-hop group and not just a hip hop group) and thus far they have followed through with it. The plain unclustered concept of this video and song is what drew me to it and kept me watching it. I see so many rookie kpop videos cluster the screen in colours and accessories and props in, what I feel, is an attempt to cover up the newness and awkwardness of the band. GI are just clearly open in this video. Their choreo is not totally in sync, but at least I can watch their choreo. So many videos now are just quick flashy cuts and zoom ins that I have to watch the live performance to even see a bit of the dance, and even then the camera dudes do all these cheezy twisty zoom ins. Which, BTW, is another reason why I loved EXO’s dance version of “Growl”. I guess I’m really getting sick and tired of kpop groups debuting and being called “hip hop” when a lot of them aren’t actually good at rapping. That’s right, I said it! Just because you call someone a rapper doesn’t mean they’re actually good at it, and although GI has more growing to do, I think they’re giving the kpop hip hop title more veracity than a lot of current kpop groups.

Lee Jung Hyun “5”

Next to Sunmi’s “24 Hours” this is not that far behind Sunmi’s song for me (it’s Simon again). This is a lot more fun, even if it is a bit too reminiscent of Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” at times. Sunmi’s song is really serious, and not really great morning music, while this song is perfect for getting pumped for the day. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea as it’s pretty quirky and weird. Yeah, it’s just straight up weird, but we like weird. That’s how BILASAAAA conquered our hearts. Anyhoo, the video is very creepy but still good at the same time. I’ve never seen a hot Korean chick make herself look so silly in a video before. She seriously rolls across the ground and it’s not sexy looking, but it totally matches the doll theme. Even the weird blue dress with diaper like underwear dance is…weird…but also so interesting at the same time. This was the first time for me to hear and see her videos but Soozee told us she often goes for this doll theme. Check it out and share it with your friends to creep them out.

BtoB “When I Was Your Man”

Okay, so Simon doesn’t really love this song but he doesn’t hate it or anything. I was just surprised to hear such an unusual song from a kpop group, because this is the sound of Korean Indie music. Seriously, you know how we review K-Indie on Sundays? Well a lot of the ballad we hear sound like this and if you snuck this into the request list with them under a different name I never ever would have called this out as kpop. Probably because this isn’t a kpop song. This has korean drama soundtrack written ALL over. I just recently started re-watching Boys Before Flowers and was reminded of just how terrible the soundtrack they used was. It really could have used this song. Like, really. So for any of out BToB fans, I’m curious if you like this song or if it strays too much from what you’re used to?

Spica “Tonight”

We met Spica back in Singapore a short while ago. We had heard a couple of their songs and talked about them in KpopCharts updates, but we haven’t really heard about them since. There are too many bands to keep up with now and it seems Spica themselves were feeling that too. The reality TV show I was talking about is called Lee Hyori XUnni, and although I didn’t see it myself Soozee (who is not really into kpop) had a lot to say about it. It seems likes an interesting show because it shows you what life is like for a struggling kpop band. Since we live in Korea, we do see the reality of which bands are popular and well known outside of all the music performance shows, and I gotta tell you, a lot of International fans are kindof in denial. We learned that when we saw the shock from Busker Busker beating BAP and EXO last year for Rookie of the Year during our EYK Awards. Truthfully, most Korean people won’t know any of the the newer bands that have come out, even if they have a huge internationally following. So Spica’s TV show with Lee Hyori really helped them become better known the a broader Korean audience. Anyhoo, the video is really pretty, the colours, costume changes, use of interesting editing, all makes for a very whimsical kindof video. I’m not sure I like it more than Sunmi’s video, but it’s still lovely.

5Dolls “Jjak 1 Ho 짝1호”

Okay, what the heck is the name of this song? I’ve heard people call it Soulmate, Soulmate #1, and other names, but 짝1호 is what they wrote in the title, so that’s what we’re going to call it. I hope we didn’t come across as rude when we talked about this video. The video was just…really boring which was surprising because it had a kindof seamless camera pan concept going on as well as many set changes. I think the girls might be a bit too new to handle how much acting was needed to pull of this kind of video, just like how Lee Hi’s has terrible acting abilities. And AoA. I said it. Their debut video had TERRRRIIIIIBBLLLEEE acting in it! But forget the video for now, the song is super fun and catchy, it has a light summertime feel to it and man, I wish there was a wicked addictive T-ara like dance to go a long with it. I feel like they ALMOST nailed it, but just something was off. Maybe a funnier video? Also, why didn’t you get someone to check that newspaper article?! The random lack of capitalization and weird awkward spacing is KILLING ME! KILLLLINNGG MEEEEEE!!!!!

Okay, so final thought on everything! I’m loving browsing the Kpop Charts. Yes, I know we designed them, but our awesome EYK mods help to keep the chart up-to-date and it’s awesome to read all your comments and opinions on the videos. I haven’t had the chance to really browse the kpop charts since we stopped doing the Saturday updates but I’ll get back to browsing them because I was missing out on some awesome stuff. It’s kindof cool that we have this little internationally community which is creating a ranking of our own feelz on kpop. Onto the GD winners!

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  1. hey, is that a certain dothraki man warrior in a wig on the decks in the backround? XD

    2 years ago
  2. Was that a Hunny senpai cup I saw, Simon?

    2 years ago
  3. Yeah!! I loved Hole in Your Face, I still play it in the car :)

    And the one before that. 19 Song.

    2 years ago
  4. In BtoB’s When I was Your Man’s description, what terrible BoF soundtrack are you referring to? I guess that’s not SS501’s songs coz’ I definitely won’t agree with you.

    2 years ago
  5. In BtoB’s When I was Your Man’s description, what terrible BoF soundtrack are you referring to? I guess that’s not SS501’s songs coz’ I definitely won;t agree with it.

    2 years ago
  6. This may be somewhat irrelevant but I want to say this: I still have this aching part of me about these underrated stars like my fave group U-Kiss, they really do exert well enough effort and passion to do amazing things yet they don’t get the things that they should be getting now. I’ve been following most of those in the list for a quite a time now, esp. Royal Pirates even before their debut recently and also Lee Jung Hyun, I just hope that they got all the recognition and awards that they really deserve and people will appreciate them even more. Good luck to U-KISS for their comeback this month and to all those stars, KEEP FIGHTING! ^^

    2 years ago
  7. I love Royal Pirates! They’re like a way cooler Korean version of Hanson. Thanks for turning me on to them!

    2 years ago
  8. Well said (or wrote actually) !

    2 years ago
  9. LUNAFLY is pretty underrated… ;( idk y but they have AMAZING VOCALS (their covers are amazing too)! Double A is underrated too. THEIR SONGS ARE AMAZING. Such smooth vocals. Ledapple, CCLOWN are pretty awesome too. But I’m so glad ledapple is starting to recognition~ thanks to their wonderful music notes. Hanbyul is awesome! But the other members are pretty awesome too~ AND AKLFJDJFLAJFLA CHECK OUT SPICA! THAT TONIGHT MV WAS SIMPLY AMAZING. I LOVED THE ARTSY FEEL.
    check some of their songs:

    DoubleA- Midnight Taxi (Check out ‘So Crazy’ too, Hoik’s voice sounds inhumane)

    Ledapple-Someone Met by Chance (this isn’t their most recent song but I love this song the most)

    CCLOWN-Shaking Heart

    SPICA- Russian Roulette

    ~and OH! 15& is pretty underrated too, overshadowed by LeeHI… they only have 1mill views on their ‘I Dream’ song. WHY?! THEIR VOCALS WERE AMAZING IN THEM! IT SHOULD GET LOTS MORE VIEWS.

    2 years ago
  10. i heard they’re preparing for their comeback soon and they’re working out cuz rumor has it that their next concept is gonna show a lot of ABS! heehee *Q*

    2 years ago
  11. OMFG. I LOVE C-CLOWN. THEIR SONGS ARE AMAZING. I’ve been following them ever since their debut~ I agree. They’re too awesome to be this underrated. and like hell! all the members are SUPER DUPER HANDSOME TOO AND THEY CAN ALL DANCE WONDERFULLY TOO! i have no idea why they aren’t more famous.

    2 years ago
  12. You guys always mention times you’ve met certain artists and groups and you usually mention it very casually so who else have you met besides who youve already mentioned and how popular are you among kpop artists? Do they sometimes already know who you are or do you tell them and how do you even get the opportunities?

    2 years ago
  13. Don’t worry guise…it’s impossible to please everybody.

    2 years ago
  14. For me, Nu’est is probably the most underrated. Every time they are about to get reviewed, something comes up ( ._____.)

    2 years ago
  15. Underrated (under viewed) of the summer:
    Chocolat – Black Tinkerbell
    Wassup – Hotter Than a Summer
    A-Jax – Insane
    Bestie – Pitapat
    Nell – Ocean of Light
    Wonderboyz – Open the Door
    Rania – Up
    Shu-I – Don’t Be Down
    I know some of these ones are pretty old, but i don’t think they ever got the popularity they deserved:
    LC9 ft Gain – Mama Beat
    Akdong Musucian – I Love You
    Geeks ft Ailee – Wash Away
    15& – Somebody
    Supreme Team ft Crush – Stay Still
    Kang Min Hee – It’s You
    Tasty – You Know Me
    Chaos – Racer
    2Bic ft Ailee – Love Again
    Mighty Mouth – Bad Man
    Phantom – Hole in Your Face
    Tasha ft Tiger JK – Get It In

    2 years ago
  16. Slightly off topic, but what do you think the right size is for a group? I’m at the 4-6 members. Anything larger seems to stifle individuals. I think it pushed TTS to do Twinkle and Tara N4’s Jeonwon Diary, which I liked both. However, the large groups have had issues. I think SSND’s members are becoming more independent and are growing in different directions, which is why I feel that “I Got a Boy” felt to me like a train wreck with the song, video and choreography going multiple directions and did not feel like cohesive unit. And we all know T♔ARA’s member issues.

    2 years ago
  17. Nell “Ocean of Light” I love Nell they are friggin awesome and no one ever votes for them!!!! Kim Hyun Joong “Unbreakable” And I don’t really care if its older than this summer BOOMs “Leave it to play” was so fun and dancable. Heo Young Sang ‘The art of Seduction’ was insanely good!

    2 years ago
    • Do I detect a TripleS? If so Hyung Jun’s song with Kota from Sunny Hill was also really good – not quite as catchy as Unbreakable or Art of Seduction (I love that song and video!). And I’d have to say I prefer ‘Perfect’ over ‘Ocean of Light’ – but that whole album is brilliant!!

      2 years ago
  18. Lee Jung Hyun seems like the Korean equivalent to (the earlier) Brittany Spears to me. Same kind of sound and that one artist you listened to when you were in middle school.

    2 years ago
  19. What about Drunken Tiger’s The Cure?!!! I have no idea how many views it has now, but its such an amazing song!! The first time I heard it, I was stunned, the music (even if I cant understand what its saying) just completely filled my soul with such a sense of Nirvana, of wholeness, just GOD. I cant describe it with words. I feel like they should be getting WAY more notoriety for making such awesome and artistic stuffs.

    2 years ago
  20. OMG Guys – You hit on so many of my favorites that have been totally underrated: Spica, Five Dolls, GI, Lee Jung Hyun and Sunmi. I would love to see this format once a season – Underrated Songs of Autumn, Winter and Spring so that lesser known groups/artists with great songs can get some more exposure.

    A few more underrated songs of Summer 2013:

    Moya – AOA
    Hollywood – KOYOTE
    Meeting a Girl like You – Sunny Days
    Love Sick – Tahiti
    Take on Me – Bikiny
    Black Tinkerbell – Chocolat
    Study – Stellar
    Pretty, Pretty – Ladies Code
    All Right – Lim Kim
    Hot & Cold – Jewelry
    Come back to me – N Train
    Halo – BBDe Girl

    2 years ago
  21. OMG SO GLAD YOU GUYS KNOW BTOB ^^ I LOVE THEMMM <3 btob are a bit underrated (or my friends are just too obsessed with exo… :( ) which make me really sad but i so happy you acknowledge them^^

    2 years ago
  22. This was a great change of pace. Some of my favorites got their due: SPICA, Lee Jung Hyun, Sunmi, and GI released great material.
    Since everyone’s chiming in with their own picks, I’ll throw my vote in for Ladies’ Code. They’re still my top 2013 rookie group, and have yet to release something I haven’t loved.

    2 years ago
  23. I love GI’s latest album. Your Kpop chart update of them is what got me listening to them in the first place. I, surprisingly to me, really like hip hop.

    For my underrated song, I’m going to have to go with AOA Black’s “Moya”
    I loved AOA when they first came out. Their female rapper is just like. *__*!!!! Amazing. (i’d love to see a duet with her and Zico of block B)
    Anyhoo. The song is great. AOA Black is the ‘band’ part of the group, I guess? They’re form the same company as FT Island and CNBlue. It’s a good song. ^^

    2 years ago
    Oh my goodness gracious, it was AMAZING!! That’s all I gotta say

    2 years ago
  25. I love SPICA’s Tonight! I also started following them after XUnni. They’re really awesome!

    2 years ago
  26. Firework by Katy Perry? that’s what it reminds me of a bit (at the beginning of the song anyway)

    2 years ago
    • Hmmmn. Not what I was thinking [I’m referring to the beginning too, the very beginning of the chorus] but I can see why you would think that. I think the song it reminds me of is Sistar’s Loving You. :)

      2 years ago
  27. A lot of the time, I’m not bothered what song you review.
    For me, YOU’RE the entertainment.
    Whatever you do I know it’s going to be funny and I know I’m going to enjoy it.
    People take the whole voting thing way too seriously.

    2 years ago
  28. okay… someone let me know if i’m completely off my rocker/ blind as a bat…. BUT

    JO from syfy’s FACE OFF season 1… resembles martina a bit. i started watching face off around season 3, but recently decided to start watching the 1st season and i keep seeing a resemblance. of course martina is way nicer and bubblier than jo, but face-wise i think jo looks like she could be related. anyone else?

    2 years ago
  29. Digging the Sailor Moon cups AND Lumi-L PoPoPo Was a very good song

    2 years ago
  30. I think most of the KPOP bands need to get more attention. I really like Never mind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09Taj2mvSA4&feature=share&list=PLXjJGhIOc1arl-h-Eox0B2xVNkjUDQAOH) and Toxic, unless they’re considered Indie. I know LUNAFLY and Led apple are fairly popular, but I still think they deserve more attention.

    2 years ago
  31. Hi:)
    I have a few songs that I feel its under-rated. More like the entire group is. The group is ZE:A and their song ghost of the wind. I don’t whether it’s really summer for this song but its constantly hot in S’pore so heck it. f(x)’s Rum pa pa pum is i guess underrated too. They didn’t win anything and I don’t think it got reviewed, its sad, their songs are fantastic, in my opinion. Navi’s song too, 집에 안갈래, the song is good. I’m not sure about the video but the song IS good, it’s catchy:) That’s what I think:)

    Oh and during one of BTS’s N.o perf, the intro part i think, they had to rip their shirt and one of the members under shirt got ripped apart too!!! Exposed his entire upper body. wardrobe malfunction!!!!!! I feel so sorry for him, he still had to dance and cover his body up cause there’s the no two nipples at one go…. stupid rule… Anyways, that’s just extra:) BTS is underrated too, esp for their first song, no dream or something like that, see even I can’t remember… Sad..
    HAHA, I talk too much. SOrry:)

    2 years ago
  32. A-JAX’s Insane is really underrated. I think their release timing was a bit unfortunate because people were STILL getting over SHINee’s comeback, so the first thing people would say is “This reminds me of SHINee.” But it’s not SHINee, not even close. A-JAX has been really good from the beginning. I wish people would give them a chance.

    2 years ago
  33. I love Royal Pirates!! :D

    2 years ago
  34. I know that he’s really ig in Korea (or at least I think so) but I really deplore not seeing XIAH perform on any music show his new song… Because it was really good and I really wish I had seen it. That might not be what you meant by underrated because you talked about it…

    2 years ago
  35. I like Spica, and I really, really liked Tonight. Also I absolutely loved Tiger JK’s The Cure and Beautiful life. 2NE1’s Do You Love Me was another of my favorite summer songs.

    Thanks for covering the underrated songs, I like that we get to hear about the songs that didn’t quite make it to Music Monday.

    2 years ago
  36. I got a song!!!! I took me an entire day, but I finally figured out a song that I feel is majorly underrated. ZE:A’s Ghost of the Wind! I can’t say that I’ve ever been a fan of ZE:A’s music before, to be frank it just really wasn’t my cup of tea (Except Phoenix, that song is so catchy and the dance too! I’d find myself randomly humming it). This song though is PERFECTION! The mv isn’t too entertaining, but the song is SUPER catchy and gorgeous with it’s violin base, and the dance is beautiful not too complex, but still enough to catch your eye. Please check it out guys it only has a little over half a million views!!!!!!


    2 years ago
  37. Here are some of my favorite underrated songs of the 2013 (so far):
    MIB – Dash
    Double A – Come Back
    A Jax – Insane
    Lunafly – Fly To Love
    N Train – Come Back To Me
    GI – Booshit
    Defconn – N.G.
    Speed – Pain the Love of heart
    C-Clown – Shaking Heart
    M.Pire – Can’t Be Friend With You
    24K – U R So Cute
    TOXIC – Count Down
    Nell – Time Walking On Memory
    Geeks – Fly
    Kim Hyun Joong – Unbreakable
    Outsider – Sadly Crying Bird
    Broken Valentine – Aluminum
    GB9 – Going Crazy
    Roh Ji Hoon – Punishment
    Phantom – Come As You Are
    M4M – Sadness (okay, they may sing in Chinese, but they trained under CubeEntertainment)
    100% – Want You Back

    There are a lot more that I think need more attention, but these had to be my favorites. =P

    2 years ago
  38. I’m seeing a lot of Lukies around here. do all of you have tumblr? because i feel like we should be following each other so we can share the lunafly feels

    2 years ago
  39. simon i like your hair

    2 years ago
  40. *yey* Thank you for this video! :) love GI and Royal Pirates!

    Uhm I don’t think I have exactly 7 underrated kpop videos but here they are…

    Loco – Take care (feat. Park Narae from Spica).

    Kye Bum Zu – Something Special (feat. Dok2)

    Adamiro – Waiting (feat. Double K)

    임정희(Im CheongHwi… I think) – Luv is

    SoYou and Mad Clown – Stupid Love

    P.S: wow Simon…. Passion Pit…. has a really strong video(can’t say I enjoyed it though…it has a bitter taste to it)… the song was pretty cool… but as I was listening to it…I remembered James from Royal Pirates, saying he likes dubstep… he would like this song.

    Great work guise! :D


    2 years ago