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The Ultimate K-Pop Summer Playlist

It’s that time of year again! Even if it doesn’t always feel like it here in the Pacific Northwest, summer is on the horizon. This is my favorite season for k-pop, with a strong focus on energetic, upbeat releases. Unlike the Ultimate 80’s Playlist I featured earlier in the year,  “summer” is a far more subjective topic. It’s hard to put your finger on what exactly makes a song suitable for the season, but there’s a certain combination of strummy seaside guitar, bright, colorful synths and a carefree attitude that make a track feel like bottled sunshine.

Here are some of my favorites, straight from my unwieldy itunes playlist in no particular order. Please add your own suggestions in the comments!


B1A4 – Solo Day

Sistar – Loving U

Infinite – In The Summer

Bestie – Hot Baby

Bigbang – We Like 2 Party

H.O.T – Candy

UP10TION – Tonight

Boyfriend – Love Style

Boys Republic – Hello

Cho Yong Pil – Bounce

Dickpunks – Viva Primavera

Boys Republic – Dress Up

Eric Nam – Can’t Help Myself (ft. Loco)

EXO – Love Me Right

Oh My Girl – A-ing (ft. Skull & HaHa

Seventeen – 20

f(x) – Hot Summer

Girl’s Day – Darling

GOT7 – A

Astro – Breathless

Halo – Fever

GOT7 – Just Right

Infinite – Cover Girl

100% – Summer Hero

BTS – Boyz With Fun

Infinite – That Summer (Second Story)

NCT 127 – Switch

Jay Park – So Good (ft. Common Ground)

A.cian – Driving

Kang Seung Yoon – Wild & Young

Kara – Unbrella

Oh My Girl – Hot Summer Nights

San E & Raina – A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness

Shinee – View

f(x) – Vacance

Akdong Musician – Give Love

Shinee – Punch Drunk Love

Uhm Jung Hwa – Festival

Sistar – I Swear

Henry – Holiday

Sistar – Shake It

Super Junior – Sexy, Free & Single

Block B – H.E.R

Teen Top – Ah Ah

Shinhwa – Eusha! Eusha!

VIXX – G.R.8.U

100% – U Beauty

B1A4 – A Glass Of Water

2NE1 – Happy

Primary – See Through (ft. Gaeko & Zion.T)

Roy Kim – Love Love Love

Infinite – She’s Back

Girls’ Generation – Party

B.A.P – Feel So Good

Shinee – Dazzling GIrl

Seventeen – Healing

Eric Nam – Ooh Ooh (ft. Hoya)

The Solutions – Ticket To The Moon

Halo – Mariya

Sistar – Touch My Body

Nine Muses – Hurt Locker

DAY6 – I’m Serious

A.Cian – Please, My Summer

Teen Top – Lovefool

Seventeen – Swimming Fool

Infinite – I Like You

Triple H – 365 Fresh

Deux – In The Summer

Shinee – Boys Meet U

Pentagon – Pretty

ZE:A – Watch Out

H.O.T – Full Of Happiness

BTS – Look Here

Sechs Kies – The Way This Guy Lives

CLC – Like

Bigbang – Sunset Glow

Dickpunks – Let’s Play In Han River

Akdong Musician – 200%

B1A4 – What’s Happening?

Super Junior – Dancing Out

HyunA – Bubble Pop!

Boyfriend – On & On

Beast – Beautiful Night

AOA – Heart Attack

Infinite – Inconvenient Truth

Seventeen – Very Nice

Taeyeon – Starlight (ft. DEAN)

Brave Girls – High Heels

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