The Top 10 K-pop songs of 2014
2014 was a fantastic year for K-pop. It was the year of the K-pop/hip hop artist duets, quite a few of them making our Top 10 list. From emotionally packed ballads that pared down and showed us the raw talent of the artist, to bigger and amazingly produced songs, this year had it all. Based on the amazing songs that have come out in 2014, we can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us. What songs made the top of your list this year?
10. AOA: Miniskirt
AOA came out with "Miniskirt" at the beginning of the year, but it still managed to make it on the list almost a year later. The song is super catchy and something you'll find yourself singing all day. The dance-pop vibe interspersed with bits of swing and jazz make it slightly different from other songs in the genre, giving it that extra lift up. Although the video leaves something to be desired, the song is worth listening to.
9. Yoon Mi Rae with Tiger JK and Bizzy: Angel
Yoon Mi Rae has an incredible voice, and when you add in the great rapping skills of Tiger JK and Bizzy, the contrast makes for a beautiful song. The back-and-forth nature of the song is seamless. Overall, just an excellent, solid song. I especially love the depth of the meaning behind the song, speaking about their actual lives and what has happened to them all over the last year and in the end sending a message of hope.
8. Akdong Musician: 200%
Akdong prove themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. Their folksy, pop-rap song had enormous success, and for good reason. The brother and sister duo are incredibly talented and bring a fresh, lighthearted sound into the K-pop mix. This song has been on my repeat list for a while and will continue to stay there for a while longer. I can't wait to hear what they come up with next.
7. B1A4: Lonely
B1A4 came out with a fantastic ballad with R&B elements that leaves all swooning over the dreamy melody. The hip hop sounds mixed with a sadder undertone of the crooning variety leave us with a unique ballad that has become one of their biggest hits.
6. Hyolyn & JooYoung: Erase
Two incredibly talented artists came together to form a fun, jazzy track that gets stuck in your head. Newcomer Joo Young is shown off in this song, and I'm excited to see what comes from him in the future.
5. San E & Raina: A Midsummer Night's Sweetness
Here we have yet another duet, but this one I think works particularly well. With super hooky choruses, rapping, and big harmonies, the well-produced sound that comes from this song is incredible. The energy between the two artists is palpable and translates well into a great collaboration.
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4. Seo Taiji & IU: Sogyeokdong
This amazing song is complex and quite different from most of the others on this list. IU manages to subdue her singing, not going for that bigger and better girl group sound, adding in complex and unique harmonies. Add to that all the different sounds of the synthesizer, and you get a out of this world experience. The meaning and the choices for the instrumentation behind this song help to take it to the next level.
3. TaeYang: Eyes, Nose, Lips
A deceptively simple song, but powerful nonetheless. We were waiting for TaeYang's comeback, and we were not disappointed! The fact that it was a ballad had us shocked. By going against what we all expected of him and having the confidence to do a seemingly simple ballad, he showed us all how incredibly talented TaeYang actually is.
2. TVXQ!: Something
TVXQ! celebrated their 10th year on the K-pop scene with this incredible big band track. Their singing and harmonies are flawless, their energy off the charts. They seemed to have fun going into all sorts of different genres with this number, and because of their talent they were able to pull it off, showing us they still have so much to give.
1. Beast: Good luck
The emotional punch packed into this song from the melancholy piano lines to the more aggresive lyrics and highly produced end product. The instrumentation in this song is huge and yet doesn't detract from everything else going on. These guys show off their amazing talent through their singing and rapping putting it all out there for us to see. We love it all, and that's why Beast made the top of our list for the year.
Let us know what songs you felt were the best in 2014. Were you a fan of the hip hop/k-pop duets?