Though they’ve only been around since 2018, Stray Kids have quickly amassed enough singles to be eligible for a top ten list. Not only have they made constant comebacks since their debut, but they’ve also filmed videos for many of their side tracks.
Because of this, I had to leave a few strong tracks off of this list. Honorable mentions go to Hellevator (yep, it grew on me), Victory Song, Voices and Mirror.
10. Get Cool (2018)
A bouncy, irreverent pop ode to the small pleasures in life, Get Cool is a playful respite from Stray Kids’ more hard-hitting tracks.
9. I Am YOU (2018)
Fueled by an angsty hip-hop meets alt-rock sound, I Am YOU’s slow-burn approach took awhile to grow on me. But, its sentimental chorus and dynamic bridge ended up standing the test of time. (full review)
8. Levanter (2019)
Another pensive entry into the Stray Kids’ discography, Levanter upped the theatrics with a guitar-laced hook and anthemic refrain. (full review)
7. Astronaut (2019)
An upbeat EDM-fueled pop track, Astronaut catches the guys at their most mainstream and genial, drawing influence from their bright, quirky personalities. (full review)
6. Grow Up (2018)
An early indication that Stray Kids could tackle laid-back melodies just as well as intense hip-hop, Grow Up is the perfect hazy sing-along for long summer days. (full review)
5. Double Knot (2019)
Double Knot is a sparse, aggressive hip-hop track that could come off as posturing in other groups’ hands. But, Stray Kids imbue the instrumental with a welcome hookiness that anchors the swag. (full review)
4. My Pace (2018)
Harnessing rock influences in a different way than their debut, My Pace hinges on its rollicking, sing-along hook. Its verses and chorus are more restrained, but become more addictive with time. (full review)
3. Side Effects (2019)
Experimenting with sound and song structure, Side Effects is a brute of a pop song, gradually unveiling its charms before attacking the listener with a trance-fueled knockout. (full review)
2. District 9 (2018)
District 9 is one of the best debut songs in recent years, perfectly encapsulating Stray Kids’ mammoth hip-hop sound while bringing in bombastic rock guitar for a throw-down-the-gauntlet chorus. As a statement of intent, it doesn’t get much stronger than this. (full review)
1. Miroh (2019)
Only a year after their debut, Stray Kids one-upped themselves with the incredible Miroh. Driven by a hypnotic chant and unrelenting EDM loops, the track makes a breathless build toward the most cathartic, galvanizing chorus of its year. They don’t make pop songs much bigger than Miroh. (full review)