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Our Favorite Kpop of 2012

January 6, 2013

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Ok, so this isn’t a real KpopCharts Update, because there’s no point in us doing those yet, since next Music Monday will be on Infinite’s “The Chaser,” since they won the Best Potential Kpop Music Monday award for our EYKAs. Yes, that means some other band has just been screwed over for this week. It would probably be Girls’ Generation’s “I Got a Boy,” buuuuut since it just came out it will probably hold on tight for two weeks. TVXQ’s “Catch Me” held on for almost three weeks. Girls’ Generation can do the same, right. RIGHT?!

Anyhow, since we’re not promoting voting on the KpopCharts, we thought we’d talk about our favorite Kpop songs and videos of the year. A lot of the time, what gets voted into first place on the KpopCharts doesn’t represent what we personally like the most. So we wanted to talk about those videos here – yes – not as thoroughly as we would in a Kpop Music Monday, but at least you can know what songs we happen to love.

Mostly, it was the girl groups that got the shaft this year. The first half of our talk is mostly about the girl groups that didn’t get voted in, while the second half is about the boys. We did review all the boys we talked about. We just wanted to talk about how our opinions changed of those songs and videos. For those of you who are upset that girl groups get the short end of the stick on the KpopCharts – believe me – we’re upset as well, and we want to give them a bigger chance. We’re trying to find a solution for it on the KpopCharts. We think we’re almost there. And – no – us doing TWO KPOP MUSIC MONDAYS A WEEK is not the answer. We need some equalizing factor…or something.

Anyhow, I’m sure a lot of you will be like “Y U NO MENTION ____” Yes, we can’t talk about every band that is out there. We just wanted to talk about what stuck out for us the most. I’m sure there’ll be other bands and songs that pop up in our minds later that we’ll be like “oh! We should have mentioned them!” but it’ll be too late. Also, there are some bands that we distinctly were NOT impressed with, which we will IN NO WAY MENTION OUT LOUD. We won’t incur the wrath of the internets. But, let’s face it, some songs and videos sucked hard. We just won’t say which ones :D

Yeah! So that’s it. In case you haven’t seen some of the videos, we put them in a playlist below! Check it out from the second video (we don’t know how to embed a playlist starting from a specific video, rather than just the first. Sorry!)

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  1. i really liked shinees nightmare but they never made a video for it T^T

    5 years ago
  2. GET OUT THE WAY!! YESSSH!!!
    And you mentioned Younha and J-Min too. I like you :p

    6 years ago
  3. best song was led apple’s time’s up underrated but amazing song

    6 years ago
  4. No Mercy, What Is Love, Oh My God and Don’t Hate me!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  5. No order :

    The XX – G Dragon (awesome)
    Mama – Gangkiz (love the whistle part, like the video, love the dance)
    Lips – Miss A (no video but such a great song)
    Fantastic Baby – BigBang (wow, fantastic baby, dance, woohoo, boom shakalaka…)
    I Wish – FT Island (can’t get enough of that song, video is great, but he should lose the tiara)
    Have, Don’t Have – Dal Shabet (song is just so great)
    Bloom – GaIn (the sexy video, but so freaking long intro, the song is just awesome)
    Lovey Dovey – T-ara (love the song, totally love the zombie version)
    Hey You – CNBlue (video not so much, song is stuck in my head)
    Like This – Wonder Girls (love the dance, so simple yet so cool)

    Welcome 2013! I’m excited to see (and hear) what’s in store for us this year!

    6 years ago
  6. TROUBLEMAKER WAS RELEASED IN 2011.

    sorry I had to get that out of my system. For the 2012 EYKAs, there were hundreds of comments asking “Y U NO include TM?” Sigh.

    6 years ago
  7. Dancing Queen was epic. I haven’t come across a girl group that are so cute and likeable in ages :D

    6 years ago
  8. Jen

    Hahah Shinee was how i got into kpop too! I was looking up a japanese movie on utube, and i looked over and there was Ring Ding Dong…which i loved..which then led me to Super Junior (Sorry Sorry) and then from there all the rest. :-D And now i’m planning my second vacation to SK and hopefully will be teaching over there in two years. We shall see! lol.

    6 years ago
  9. Yay! D-Unit’s Missing You! I had that on repeat for months! I love that song

    6 years ago
  10. You know, if you don’t find a technical way of equalizing the votes, why not just dedicate one Music Monday every quarter or so in which you pick out a song/MV you’ve been really wanting to talk about or believe got buried by the local EYK fan favorites? I mean, general consensus is all well and good, but a touch of KINGLY POWER has its place now and then! Ho ho! ☆~(ゝ。∂)

    6 years ago
  11. Haha I saw that too! I was like *twitch* is that… COLES BRAND :DDDDDDD

    6 years ago
  12. LOVE that you guise did this!!! Many of your favourites made it to our K-pop Awards ^^. http://www.samsoondowntherabbithole.com/2012/12/k-pop-awards-best-of-2012.html

    I totally agree with you about listening to the songs sans head phones. I am totally in love with GD’s album. My fave from the album might be “Light it Up” – ah, I just love it!!! I also really loved Hot Potato’s “Pillow” which I became aware of because of your awesomeness!!! Thanks for all you do to spread the Korean and K-pop love!

    6 years ago
  13. ooooh… favourites… well, here are some of my personal faves.

    Tarantallegra by Xia
    Blue and Fantastic Baby by Big Bang (basically, the whole Still Alive album was gold)
    Sherlock by Shinee
    The Grasshopper Song by Sunny Hill
    I Love You by 2NE1
    One of a Kind and That XX by G-Dragon
    Twinkle by TaeTiSeo
    Poison by Secret (yeah, I know the dancing is kind of gross, but I love the song)
    Roulette, Painkiller, and Lonely by SPICA, one of the most underrated girl groups EVER

    Everything TVXQ did this year, I loved. The song Catch Me was just okay, but the album it was part of was INCREDIBLE. I love almost every song on it. My favourites are Viva, Getaway, How Are You, Gorgeous, I Swear, and Humanoids! I loved their Japanese stuff this year too. I am so proud of those two. *_*

    6 years ago
  14. My 10 favorite songs of the year (without being biased) are:
    – Volume Up ~ 4minute
    – Ticket ~ Nine Muses
    – Bad Boy ~ 100%
    – It’s cold ~ Epik High
    – Crayon ~ G-Dragon
    – Monster ~ Bigbang
    – The Chaser ~ Infinite
    – Punishment ~ Roh Ji Hoon
    – 60 sec. ~ Kim Sungkyu
    – Alone ~ Sistar

    6 years ago
  15. You said it. I’m used to the bashing, but in this one, S&M were already super tactful? I felt like flipping a table when I saw this. You just can’t please everyone. =_= http://unpopular-eyk-confessions.tumblr.com/post/39635273777

    6 years ago
    • Isn’t that confession referring to something that was said during the EYKAs, not this video? This video is tactful. As for presenting their own opinions, to be fair, that confession said that S&M should do it. I guess I’ve just seen a lot worse confessions written on that tumblr (imo).

      6 years ago
  16. sunnyhill-> grasshopper song
    fiestar and iu -> moonlight sea
    chaos-> kiss kiss
    b1a4-> tried to walk
    ga in-> bloom
    son dam bi-> tears are falling
    glam-> party
    ulala session-> beautiful night
    boa-> the shadow

    6 years ago
  17. Im an ELF but i think my favorite-favorite song of 2012 was Fantastica Baby oh and Tasty´s You Know Me

    6 years ago
  18. My faves this year were

    Big Bang: Blue (!!!) & Fantastic Baby

    Junsu: Tarantallegra (particularly loved the rap by Aziatix’ Flowsik! I want a JYJ/Aziatix collab SO badly!)

    SHINee – Sherlock (Clue/Note)

    BOA – Only One

    PSY – Gangnam Style (because its phenom status doesn’t detract from its original awesomeness.)

    _____

    EXO’s Mama grew on me the more I heard it, but I think that was mostly because it reminded me so much – in essence and feel – of TVXQ’s Triangle.

    6 years ago
  19. Ah you guys are such electronica junkies :p

    Here’s my favourite Korean songs of the year (in PLAYLIST MODE!!): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmhZeTp2c040YWe4bS9ihShlLlwihI8ns&feature=mh_lolz

    Random thoughts I had while watching this:
    – You’re eating my macadamia nuts!!! :D
    – Martina’s talk about OC was prematurely cut off D: Like….like what? Like this yo? (Nine Muses too T_T)
    – I apologise for not nominating Nine Muses or Dal Shabet for anything. Nine Muses was originally nominated for Best Dance, and Dal Shabet for Most Bizarre, but yea, they got removed in favour of more outstanding videos.
    – It’s kinda sad, but while I watched this I kept thinking about the hate comments that could result from this…. =_= It’s sad how people nitpick everything you say these days.
    – I’m going to take a wild guess and say that Simon’s favourite GD song was Without You? It’s full of autotune but the girl was great. And I don’t expect you to love Light It Up as much as I did – hip-hop ain’t really your thing huh?

    You’re still trying to convince people to stop being biased? Wow. I admire you. Keep it up yo!!

    6 years ago
  20. I loved Tarentallegra by Xiah, it was really out of the box and the video was awesome. Another one of my favorite songs is Monster by big Bang. I totally love the music video and the song is just beautiful. Catch me by TVXQ. I dont even know how many times I listened to it, lost count. FT Island’s i wish, awesome song with Spanish guitars. Lastly, Exo’s Mama. Just adore that song. Don’t even know the names of the members yet, but that’s one of the best songs of last year for me.

    Oh i forgot to add infinite’s only tears, im addicted to that song. Nuest, not over you.

    6 years ago
  21. I would definitley say Gains Bloom was one of the best songs this year!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  22. Rem

    My top songs this year were
    U-KISS -Stop Girl it really is addicting
    EXID-I Feel Good
    EPIK HIGH-Kill this Love
    SISTAR-Loving U
    BLOCK B-Mental Breaker
    ZE:A-Phoenix
    Urban Zakapa-All the Same
    Phantom-Burning
    Secret-Poison

    6 years ago
  23. for me, my fave K song of the year – i discovered it thanks to EYK – has to be Nell – The Day Before…its such an amazing song and video and i find myself listening to it soooo many times…will def be on the lookout for more songs by Nell.

    6 years ago
  24. My Favourite songs this year that really made an impact/stuck on me based on sound/lyrics etc.:

    Exo’s ‘What is Love’
    B.A.P’s ‘Power’ & ‘No Mercy’
    Nell’s ‘The Day Before’ + entire cd tracklist of Slip Away+ white Night & Holding Onto Gravity ( I turned into a huge Nell fan this year)
    Ga In’s ‘Bloom’
    G-Dragon’s ‘One of a Kind’ & ‘That XX’
    Xia Junsu’s ‘Uncommited’
    B1A4’s ‘Tried To Walk’
    Boyfriend’s ‘Janus’ & ‘Love Style’
    Ailee’s ‘Heaven’
    2AM’s ‘I wonder if you hurt like me’
    Jo Kwon’s ‘Just A Kiss’
    Big Bang’s ‘Bad Boy’
    INFINITE’s ‘The Chaser’
    Kim Sunggyu’s/Infinite “Only Tears’
    PHANTOM’s ‘Burning’
    TOXIC’s ‘LONELY’+Get Out+No More (They brought back my rock/sent me back to J-rock/ feels~ I really really want these boys to have more recognition, especially since they produce/pen their own stuff and formed before debuting, so they’re like authentically breaking the past K-pop trend)

    and others, too many, but these were my favs!

    6 years ago
  25. It’s so hard to choose my favorite song of the year, mainly because i usually don’t remember when songs were release. But i think that will be (in no particular order) :
    Led Apple – Let the wind blow
    Beast : Midnight
    T-ara : Day by day
    Secret : Talk that
    K.will : please don’t (but more for the video than the song, wich is great but not my favorite)
    BTOB : father and WOW
    100% : all of their song were AMAZING ( i loved Bad boy, can’t hear this song without dancing on it. and a guy like me was just <3)

    Tablo : Bad (i know it had been release in 2011, but i heard it in 2012 so it count. Plus it's one of my favourite song ever)

    Actually this year i was more impress by male group than female. But i was still disappointed that girl artist didn't won any EYK award. I mean like Aillee or juniel released awesome song and have beautiful voice. Same for Secret that i really love and non of their video have made it to the first place ( so sad (°^°)). Anyway thank you for sharing your opinion. It would be fun if you do that more often

    6 years ago
  26. It’s so hard to choose my favorite song of the year, mainly because i usually don’t remember when songs were release. But i think that will be (in no particular order) :
    Led Apple – Let the wind blow
    Beast : Midnight
    T-ara : Day by day
    Secret : Talk that
    K.will : please don’t (but more for the video than the song, wich is great but not my favorite)
    BTOB : father and WOW
    100% : all of their song were AMAZING ( i loved Bad boy, can’t hear this song without dancing on it. and a guy like me was just <3)

    Tablo : Bad (i know it had been release in 2011, but i heard it in 2012 so it count. Plus it's one of my favourite song ever)

    Actually this year i was more impress by male group than female. But i was still disappointed that girl artist didn't won any EYK award. I mean like Aillee or juniel released awesome song and have beautiful voice. Same for Secret that i really love and non of their video have made it to the first place ( so sad (°^°)). Anyway thank you for sharing your opinion. It would be fun if you do that more often

    6 years ago
    • I know right ! They’ve amazing skill when it comes to dance and sing. When you hear them singing you doesn’t have the feeling that there rookies! And the choregraphy is ssssssssoooooo addictive! I really like it

      6 years ago
  27. My favorite song, based on amount of plays, was Sexy, Free and Single. I listened to that song a RIDICULOUS amount of times.

    Though I do have to admit to singing “One Way Ticket” anytime I was traveling or was doing something related to tickets. Mainly at the airport this summer.

    6 years ago
  28. The list you’ve made has almost every of my favorite song of the year.
    There’s one missing though : I love whistle in song (I totally loved Troublemaker, the whistle part is my cellphone ringtone) so Mama from Gangkiz is one of my favorite song of 2012. The drama mv is good, not awesome, but I like it. And I really like the dance (in the dance mv) with the hand moves for the whistle part. in fact, I like all the hand gestures they do.

    6 years ago
    • Wow never expected anyone to mention Gangkiz. Yea they were actually pretty decent.

      6 years ago
  29. I love how every person who’s mentioned Epik High so far has a different favourite song. Just shows how ALL their songs are great~~ XD *is biased*

    6 years ago
    • Haha, I couldn’t choose between DHM or New Beautiful, I love both >.< Though after some reconsideration have to say the New Beautiful is my favourite Epik High song from their latest album XD

      6 years ago
  30. Hahaha that system reminds me of this board game “Puerto Rico”, where every card that isn’t chosen in a round has money piled on it in the next round. And if it STILL isn’t chosen in the next round, even more money is piled on it.

    Anyway yeah, good suggestion!! Now how will I explain it to all the complaining fangirls T_T

    6 years ago
  31. I’ve noticed JYP often replaces his whisper with an actual appearance or some other cameo – eg. on money bills or by just including his Diamond Headphones in the MV. In The DJ Is Mine, he just makes an appearance.

    Speaking of JYP’s whisper…did he write She’z – My Way? Because that song is amazing, and I swear that’s a ‘Jay Why Pee’ right at the start….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPJRWq2Lw8g

    6 years ago
  32. REPRESENT!!! AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE :D

    6 years ago
  33. Phantom – Hole In Your Face!! <3 I was thinking the same thing. The MV was released last year, but it was on their 2012 album. I love that song sooo much!

    6 years ago
  34. Wow! That Sunggyu song from Immortal Song was AMAZING! Thanks for the link :)

    6 years ago
    • That was honestly my favorite song by him until 41 Days.

      6 years ago
      • Yes, 41 Days is still by far my absolute favourite Sunggyu song! but I also love the whole album, its the first Kpop album that I’ve actually liked every single song! XD

        6 years ago
  35. Though I really like 2NE1’s I Love You, Sistar’s Alone, and Secret’s Talk That, my favorite song by a girl group this year is Miss A’s Touch.

    6 years ago
  36. I’m curious! Do you remember if it was it in the last 4 years (2009-2012)? I want to find the song.

    6 years ago
  37. F*** yes ukiss and australia!! How they didnt get nominated for the sbs popasia awards i dont know but personally i really think they would have one :/ but they are sooooo biased towards big bang and yg that i am no longer a fan of either groups. It got me soooo frustrated that they played big bang or gd like 3 or 4 times an episode >:( but UKISS FTW!!

    6 years ago
  38. mmm what song stuck out for me the most… i think that Blue and Bad Boy were 2 of the most amazing songs of this year (and i’m not saying that because i’m a vip, i was really disappointed by Love Song last year), i loved also :

    GD’s That XX

    Se7en’s When I Can’t Sing

    BoA’s Only One

    miss A’s Touch

    Sistar’s Alone

    4minute’s Volume Up

    Orange Caramel’s Lipstick

    Block B’ Nilili Mambo

    MIB’s So It’s Only Hard For Me

    Nell’s The Day Before and White Night

    and so many others, it was really a good year for korean music :D for the rookies, i really like C-Clown and Juniel, i love their music and their voices

    6 years ago
  39. oh i forgot GaIn’s Bloom, Miryo’s Dirty, JYP’s You’re The One, JoKwon’s Animal and Sunny Hill’s Goodbye For Romance :D i’m sure i forgot many others great songs

    6 years ago
  40. I think my favorite song was Dancing Queen by Crayon Pop….the song really surprised me for a rookie group and the thinking dance is so wonderfully quirky. Much less, who doesn’t like “Dancing in the moonlight” at times?

    6 years ago