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The Top Ten Best Songs by TWICE

Twice debuted just over three years ago, but their unparalleled success has been buoyed a work ethic that’s driven a steady stream of singles. Though their Japanese releases leave something to be desired, their robust Korean catalog has largely been a ton of fun. Here are their best:

  • Updated 2-4-19

10. Signal (2017)

Signal‘s incessant bass and chirpy chorus go down easy, though its bratty, spoken-word hook may prove divisive. The song’s best instincts lean toward r&b — a genre Twice would do well to explore further. (full review)

9. Dance The Night Away (2018)

Taking a more generic route than most Twice tracks, Dance The Night Away’s beat-drop chorus is simplistic but effective, driven by the girls’ fun-loving performance. (full review)

8. Heart Shaker (2017)

Transitioning to a more traditional pop sound, Heart Shaker’s guitar-laced verses and explosive chorus proved that Twice could be just as potent when they went straightforward. (full review)

7. Yes Or Yes (2018)

A fizzy blend of retro synths and buoyant pop hooks, Yes Or Yes takes Twice’s now-iconic chant-heavy style and gives it a streamlined polish that proved difficult to resist. (full review)

6. What Is Love? (2018)

Though initially coming off as a retread of past material, the JYP-composed What Is Love proved to have immense staying power thanks to its sly, hook-filled chorus and addictive bridge. (full review)

5. Knock Knock (2017)

As the group’s first single without producers Black Eyed Pilseung at the helm, Knock Knock could have gone many ways. But, its perky melody and ridiculously catchy chorus have endured in the long run. (full review)

4. Likey (2017)

Heralded by a dramatic opening of thundering brass, Likey’s cuter moments are buoyed by what is the group’s most dynamic instrumental. It surges with ideas, but never feels overstuffed or disjointed. (full review)

3. Like Ooh-Ahh (2015)

Twice’s debut single became a slow-burn hit, and deservedly so. Writing the playful template that would define much of what followed, Like Ooh-Ahh is anchored by its massive chorus and stomping breakdown of a bridge.

2. TT (2016)

Before TT popped into existence, it was unclear whether Twice would be able to replicate the viral phenomenon that past singles had inspired. This concern quickly disappeared as the girl’s delivered one of modern k-pop’s most iconic tracks. (full review)

1. Cheer Up (2016)

Doubling down on the sounds that made their debut successful, Cheer Up truly launched Twice into worldwide superstardom. Its every-changing verses are bolstered by one of the catchiest choruses of the last few years and coupled with inescapable choreography. It finds the perfect balance between novelty and classic pop song brilliance, crystallizing everything that makes this group so addictive. (full review)

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27 thoughts on “The Top Ten Best Songs by TWICE

  1. It’s honestly so hard to rank Twice’s title tracks for me because they have a super-strong singles run, but my Top 3 would be Heart Shaker, Likey & TT. There’s just something about Heart Shaker’s pre-chorus that’s so charming to me, & boyyy that chorus hits like a sledgehammer.

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