The end of the year countdowns are finally here! As always, things kick off with the big one… The Bias List’s top 50 songs of the year! Each day this week, I’ll be counting down ten of the year’s best, until number one is revealed on Friday.
To be eligible for this top 50 list, songs must have had a Korean release as a title or promotional track between Dec. 1st, 2017 and Nov. 30th, 2018.
Make sure to check out the rest of the countdown first!
Day One: 50-41
Curious about last year’s countdown? Check out the masterpost here!
40. Apink – I’m So Sick
In one of the year’s most successful transitions, Apink brushed aside their bright, cheerful image in favor of a beguiling, synth-infused dance track with a killer vocal hook. (full review)
39. Nu’est W – Help Me
As a conclusion to their sub-unit activities, the dramatic Help Me ratchets up the intensity with a mix of bombastic balladry and claustrophobic electronics. (full review)
38. The Boyz – Giddy Up
The Boyz proved their mettle with this jolt of unabashed funk-pop energy. Propelled by groovy rhythm guitar, Giddy Up unleashes its megawatt chorus with precision and panache. (full review)
37. iKON – Love Scenario
Released all the way back in January, Love Scenario‘s immense success framed much of what would follow in 2018. Laid-back hip-hop beats, sing-song hooks and an indie sensibility that favored candor over showmanship. (full review)
36. BoA – Woman
After several years of relative silence, K-pop legend BoA returned in a big way this year. Woman was the strongest of her 2018 singles, riffing on its undulous bassline to create a self-empowerment anthem that harnessed her lethal charisma. (full review)
35. Rainz – Turn It Up
Though I was initially unimpressed with its heavy reliance on its EDM instrumental, I quickly came around to Turn It Up‘s old-school K-pop sound. It’s a dynamic throwback with one hell of a chorus — an exceedingly rare thing to find in 2018. (full review)
34. Dreamcatcher – You And I
Dreamcatcher have always resisted temptation to slot neatly into one of K-pop’s mainstream girl group categories. You And I continued to streamline their rock sound, delivering a razor sharp chorus over fist-pumping guitar riffs. (full review)
33. Momoland – BBoom BBoom
This January wasn’t short on chart-conquering hits, but the most unexpected came from Momoland. BBoom BBoom is the kind of global phenomenon that became harder to resist each time you heard it, converting skeptics to fans with its ubiquitous hook. (full review)
32. Infinite – Tell Me
Infinite are no stranger to the top half of my countdowns. But even when they take a more subdued approach with trendy material like Tell Me, their unparalleled vocals elevate the track to something compelling and memorable. (full review)
31. Cosmic Girls (WJSN) – Save Me, Save You
Cosmic Girls’ music has a way of sneaking up on me, and Save Me, Save You was no different. The song’s evocative brew of spacey synths and crystal-clear vocals builds beautifully to its pulsing, catwalk-ready climax. (full review)