My top 10 K-Pop comebacks of 2020
2020 was a rough year for all of us, but we still got tons of great K-Pop comebacks from our favorite groups. Today on this list, I'd like to list my favorite songs of this year to complete 2020 before we move to 2021. Alright, now let's hop into this list.
10. "Stay Tonight" by Chungha - At first, "Play" was my favorite song by Chungha but then I was introduced to this song and it hit me like a truck. I loved how the pre-chorus builds up to that chorus we got and we need to talk about the dance break. Chungha absolutely SLAYED it. Why are y'all not streaming this song yet?
9. "Lovesick Girls" by Blackpink - This song was much better than I was expecting. After the disappointing pre-releases of Blackpink's new album, which were "How You Like That" and "Ice Cream," I wasn't expecting anything new from this group. But this comeback did something much different than the rest of Blackpink's songs. It's classic YG Entertainment style, similar to 2NE1, YG's older girl group. And Rosé's vocals really fit the pre-chorus and ending. Plus, Lisa and Jennie's rap verse was one of the best. It's very satisfying to hear Blackpink not devalue into their formula for this song.
8. "Wannabe" by Itzy - Yes, it sounds similar to "Dalla Dalla" but Itzy's "Wannabe" takes that formulaic structure and does different things with it. Adding a guitar riff to the chorus, and Ryujin finally gets her big moment in both the second verse breakdown with her gritty rapping skills and the dance break. And of course, the shoulder dance. That dance will forever be iconic in the K-Pop industry. This song is definitely on my playlist.
7. "pporappippam" by Sunmi - This song got me into city pop. In case you don't know, city pop is a musical subgenre that originated in the late 80s in Japan. Sunmi pretty much pioneered the retro trend that prevailed K-Pop this year. And the chorus is one of the most beautiful choruses I've ever heard this year. A catchy melody, funk guitar sounds, and Sunmi's vocals were great as usual in her songs.
6. "Dumhdurum" by Apink - Apink has continued with releasing bop after bop each comeback. I also loved the disco vibe this song gives me with the synth riffs. The riffs are easily one of the most addicting ones I've ever come across. I loved how the group moved from releasing typical bubblegum pop songs to more elegant concepts. It's different from their songs as the girls don't rely on aegyo-influenced vocals and actually sing, and that's what I absolutely loved.
5. "BOCA" by Dreamcatcher - Dreamcatcher has been known for being different from other girl-crush groups, using more rock-influenced tracks unlike other groups. "BOCA" proves no different. The group uses more tropical-pop influenced beats and creates an absolute banger of a song fueled with the girls' vocal energy. Also, Dami's "Hold up, I'm a geek, the big paradox" will also be an iconic killer line.
4. "Dynamite" by BTS - This is the only boy band song I've included on this list, not counting honorable mentions. It's BTS' first English release (I know "Mic Drop" had mostly English but it was Korean-laced) and I was ready for it. Jungkook and Jimin of course delivered with their vocals, and we got upbeat disco-influenced beats going on in the background, yes!!! And the music video's pastel palette really reminded me of last year's "Boy With Luv." And then we get to the final chorus key-change. That final part instantly sold me. The sentimental value and upbeat instrumental were what got me to love this song.
3. "I Can't Stop Me" by TWICE - Of course, for this list to be complete, I had to include a TWICE song. When I listened to this song, I was immediately reminded of Dua Lipa's song "Physical" with its synth-pop beat and retro vibe. The girls have also shown their vocals much more than their previous releases, opting for a more sophisticated delivery instead of a more quirky side. The only bad part was the pre-chorus where it uses more modern percussion, but we can move past that as we get to that epic chorus we were waiting for. Oh, and how can we forget Chaeyoung's "Risky risky wiggy wigi this is an emergency" line. I say that in my head whenever there's an emergency meeting in Among Us.
2. "MAGO" by GFriend - Again with the disco songs, right? I just can't get enough of GFriend's songs. They keep producing bops all the time and this song is no different. It fuses songs like "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" and "Hung Up" (which the latter famously sampled) and produces this greatness of a song. While I still think "Labyrinth" (even though it's a b-side) is their best song of the year, "MAGO" comes second. The two-part chorus, combined with Yuju's vocals, are the best parts of the song.
Before I get to my number 1 pick, here are some honorable mentions:
- "God's Menu" by Stray Kids
- "Blue Hour" by TXT
- "eight" by IU feat. Suga of BTS
- "Secret Story of the Swan" by IZ*ONE
- "Star" by LOONA
- "Not Shy" by ITZY
And now my number one pick for the best K-Pop comeback of the year is... Oh come on, you already know what it is.
1. "La Di Da" by Everglow I didn't at all expect Everglow to go this direction. They've already released great songs such as "Dun Dun" at the beginning of this year, and I was expecting it to be the same as their other songs. But when I took a listen, I was blown away. This song was agressive synth-pop galore.. Complete with a synth instrumental, amazing vocals from the group, and stellar choreography, this song instantly shot to number one as my favorite song of the year when I first watched the music video. I don't know how to say this, but this is Song of the Year material. My favorite moment has to be that dance break where Aisha shouts "This one's for the players and the haters! I don't give a what!" and where Yiren says "Turn it up loud, shake it up now." This is by far Everglow's best song yet.
And that's it for my favorite K-Pop songs of the year. Hope y'all have a great 2021.