Though they’ve only been active since 2014, JYP boy group GOT7 have already become one of k-pop’s biggest acts — especially internationally. They’ve released just enough title tracks to create a top ten list, though I’ve mentioned before that their Japanese output really pales in comparison to their Korean material. As usual, only promoted title tracks with music videos are eligible, though Home Run and Yo Moriagatte Yo are pretty solid in their own right.
10. Around The World (2014)
GOT7’s hip-hop heavy Japanese debut may have essentially been an extension of their first Korean mini album, but it lacks much of the charm of their better material.
9. Love Train (2015)
Kicking off with a faux-cinematic flourish, Love Train is their strongest j-pop single, thanks to that punchy, rock guitar-fueled hook.
8. Fly (2016)
Though its relative low energy suffers in comparison to their best title tracks, Fly has proved to have more staying power than I’d first expected. (full review)
7. Confession Song (2015)
Yes, it’s technically a Christmas release (complete with sleigh bells), but there’s no denying Confession Song‘s warm, uplifting chorus.
6. Girls, Girls, Girls (2014)
A slinky blast of attitude-infused hip hop that introduced the guys as a charismatic force in the idol world. That ever-repeating electronic squiggle already feels iconic.
5. Stop, Stop It (2014)
Taking its cues from midtempo 90’s r&b, Stop, Stop It overcomes its autotuned production with a sticky hook and smooth, crooning vocals.
4. Hard Carry (2016)
The heaviest title track the group has released so far, Hard Carry‘s trendy sledgehammer beat hits with enough irresistible force to cement their status as one of the year’s leading boy groups. (full review)
3. If You Do (2015)
If we were to illustrate this list on a timeline, the bottom seven tracks would be bunched relatively close to one another, but these top three would be off on the other side, in a class of their own. If You Do spotlights the group’s darker, melodic side. No other GOT7 title track shares this emotive sound, and that’s a shame because they absolutely nail it.
2. Just Right (2015)
A ridiculously sunny, feel-good burst of hip-hop flavored pop music. Its chorus remains one of their strongest, effortlessly shifting from one inventive hook to another. K-pop simply doesn’t get any more fun (or catchy) than this.
1. A (2014)
The first time GOT7 showed that they were more than just a simple hip-hop group. A‘s bright, retro beat underlines their most successful melody — evoking summer and youth in an effortless distillation of what makes pop music so irresistible. Even the song’s extended outro features one of their most memorable refrains, punctuated by a funky burst of 80’s synth.