One song. Every day. Alphabetical order.
Mama (from Mama – 2012)
It would not be an overstatement to say that Mama was the song that cemented my love for K-pop. I’d dabbled with idol fare before, but this song’s bombastic mixture of Gregorian chants, heavy metal dance breaks and rock opera fervor proved too dynamic to ignore. It remains one of the most idiosyncratic debuts in K-pop, fighting against so many ideas of what we think a big pop single should be. This is SM Entertainment at their most grandiose, wrapping earth-shaking power vocals around a militant kick and jittery strings. And this is all before we hit the absolute freak-out of a bridge, which moves from electric guitar dance break to shout-rap intensity without missing a step. Seven years on, and Mama stands as a staggering piece of work, as big and bold as K-pop can go.