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The Top 40 K-Pop Album Tracks & B-Sides of 2017 (Part One: 40-21)

Hundreds (if not thousands) of songs are released each year in Korea, but only a fraction receive full title track promotion. This leaves behind many buried treasures in need of a spotlight. Here are forty of 2017’s best:

+ Make sure to check out the rest of the year-end countdowns here!


40. TWICE – 24/7

A rollicking burst of percussive pop that deepened Twice’s bubblegum sound with its explosive chorus. (full review)

39. BTS – PIED PIPER

A flute-driven mid-tempo with enough breathing room to refocus attention on BTS’s underused vocal line. (full review)

38. SF9 – JUST ON MY WAY

A convincing stab at skeletal 80’s funk pop with a falsetto-led hook to die for. (full review)

37. RED VELVET – BODY TALK

A spacey, slow-burn synth ballad with gorgeous vocals and lushly produced atmosphere to spare. (full review)

36. TRCNG – I’M THE ONE

A refreshingly old-school boyband banger, drawing influence from the wonderfully bombastic side of millennial pop. (full review)

35. N.FLYING – R U READY?

An anthemic call-to-arms, where the rock quintet goes full rap-EDM with surprisingly addictive results. (full review)

34. NCT 127 – BABY DON’T LIKE IT

A moody piece of restrained hip-hop pop, featuring one of the group’s most strikingly beautiful choruses.

33. PRISTIN – TINA

A perky rush of brass-kissed pop, tethering the girls’ quirky sound to their most addictive melody yet. (full review)

32. B1A4 – YOU NEED ME

A prime example of B1A4’s propulsive power pop sound, augmented with just enough tropical tricks to give it 2017 appeal. (full review)

31. HALO – FLYING

A gargantuan slice of sky-high EDM from one of k-pop’s most consistently underrated boy groups, featuring a chorus so big the song can barely contain it. (full review)

30. GFRIEND – RAINBOW

A spunky dance-rock esteem-booster that lends renewed credence to the idea that GFriend should be soundtracking every anime series out there. (full review)

29. TEEN TOP – CALL ME

A deliciously 80’s call to the dancefloor, book-ended by one of the most effective riffs of synth nostalgia that Teen Top have ever delivered. (full review)

28. NCT DREAM – DUNK SHOT

An impossibly cheery update of a 90’s k-pop classic, produced to the hilt with layered, anthemic heft. (full review)

27. ASTRO – BECAUSE IT’S YOU

A convincing argument for “Astro the Balladeers,” blending a sweeping, sentimental melody with stunning harmonies.

26. SEVENTEEN – WITHOUT YOU

A sonic sequel to their own Don’t Wanna Cry, Without You once again transforms a trendy structure into something affecting and impressively melodic. (full review)

25. EXO-CBX – GIRL PROBLEMS

A sing-along dance/funk workout from EXO’s most charming sub-unit, featuring one of the year’s instantly endearing choruses.

24. EXO – TACTIX

A gigantic surge of synth-driven bombast with the kind of go-for-broke hook that used to be everywhere in 2nd generation k-pop.

23. RED VELVET – YOU BETTER KNOW

A vocal spotlight for the incredible Red Velvet, with an immense catharsis of a chorus that gseems to grow bigger and stronger with each repetition.

22. G-DRAGON – MIDDLE FINGERS UP

A moment of catchy, pop-oriented melody on the otherwise obtuse Kwon Ji Yong, Middle Fingers Up was the summer hit that remained a hidden treasure.

21. UP10TION – COME BACK TO ME

A glossy, ultra-melodic stab at old school pop that succeeds on the strength of its hook and charm of its ingratiating performance. (full review)


NEXT: 20-1

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