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, 2018 and Nov. 30th, 2019.
Curious about last year’s countdown? Check out the masterpost here!
50. Dongkiz – Fever
Though still unknown to many, Dongkiz have quickly proven to be one of K-pop’s most consistent purveyors of feel-good pop. Fever‘s ecstatic disco beat is as infectious as it is cheesy. Embrace the jazz hands, guys! (full review)
49. Park Jihoon – L.O.V.E
Initially, L.O.V.E‘s beat drop chorus felt too trendy for my taste, but the song’s EDM elements ended up being its strongest asset, warping the instrumental to sky-high peaks of electronic bliss. (full review)
48. IZ*ONE – Violeta
Many were bowled over by 2018’s La Vie En Rose, but as far as I’m concerned, Violeta was the song that fully capitalized on IZ*ONE’s potential. It’s an electronic dance track taken right from WJSN’s playbook, stuffed full with dynamic splashes of synth and powerful vocals. (full review)
47. TXT – Nap Of A Star
Nap Of A Star may not have been promoted beyond its stunning music video, but its ethereal, harmony-rich sound marked it as one of the year’s strongest ballads. We don’t hear this kind of dreamy, alt-pop style nearly enough in the idol group world.
46. R.Tee x Anda – What You Waiting For
What You Waiting For is the BLACKPINK song that never was, and arguably superior to anything that BLACKPINK actually released this year. R.Tee and Anda make a powerhouse duo, echoing charismatic vocals with fractured, complex EDM wizardry. (full review)
45. Astro – All Night
Astro’s All Night was a step in a different direction for the group, but retains their crisp, polished vocals and penchant for a good synth-assisted hook. The song is delightfully retro without being a pastiche, and “matures” their sound without going unnecessarily dark. (full review)
44. Lovelyz – Beautiful Days
Lovelyz got a Sweetune-assisted jolt into my top ten last year. Beautiful Days fits more strongly within their wheelhouse, marrying their refined vocals to a sprightly dance beat that gives the track just the right amount of oomph to stand out. (full review)
43. GOT7 – You Calling My Name
GOT7 haven’t made my year-end countdown in the last three years, but all it took was some nimble funk hooks and gorgeous vocal textures to bring them back. You Calling My Name is so good that I can even forgive its awful English-language bridge. (full review)
42. Dongkiz – BlockBuster
The second track by one of 2019’s most underrated rookie groups, BlockBuster arrived just at the right time this past summer — a jolt of energetic, goofy fun in a season stuffed with self-serious hip-hop. I’m not usually a fan of over-obvious samples, but the Ghostbusters theme is used brilliantly here. (full review)
41. Twice – Feel Special
In a year that saw Twice re-purpose their once-cheerful sound into something more sophisticated, Feel Special was the icing on the cake, and proof that Fancy was no fluke. It turns out the girls pull off deep house just as well as — if not better than –bubblegum pop. (full review)