This feature is usually reserved for more established groups, but Golcha don’t yet have enough title tracks to warrant a Top Ten Singles countdown, and there’s no way I’m letting Road To Kingdom’s grave injustice go by without spotlighting my current bias group today.
If you’re new to Golden Child, consider this a crash course, outlining how many buried treasures exist within their burgeoning discography. If you’ve been a fan since debut, hopefully this week’s turn of events has you in the mood to celebrate their music. After all, we’ve got a new comeback on the horizon!
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YTMOB (You Turn Me On Baby)
10. Compass (2019)
Compass is often described as a healing song, and its soft pop melody certainly soothes. There’s a shimmer to the track that feels timeless and melodically engaging. As usual, the group’s vocals elevate the song even further. (full review)
9. All Day (2018)
An utterly perfect pop ballad, fueled by a gorgeous vocal blend that capitalizes on Golden Child’s suite of diverse tones. The arrangement from the bridge into the final chorus gives me goosebumps every time.
8. What Happened? (2017)
The rap verses of Golden Child tracks are rarely brooding or self-serious. Instead, they inject an immensely enjoyable punch of energy, like a comic book come to life. What Happened’s sledgehammer beat allows plenty of opportunity for these endearing jolts to break through.
7. No Matter What (Jangjun & Tag ft. Joochan) (2019)
My favorite of Golden Child’s unit tracks, No Matter What gives rappers Tag and Jangjun plenty to chew on, courtesy of an addictive EDM beat. As if that wasn’t enough, main vocal Joochan threatens to steal the show with a hard-hitting chorus. (full review)
6. Sea (2017)
As far as I’m concerned, pop songs that embody summertime will always be at a premium, and Sea is a euphoric ode to warm weather and beach-side adventures. The central instrumental loop is pure jubilation, surrounded by bright melodies and playful rap verses.
5. Crush (2018)
Crush merges a potent pop-rock stomp with bucket-loads of personality. It’s such a perfect extension of the group’s year one singles, offering a spark of charismatic energy and hooks upon tightly-stacked hooks.
4. She’s My Girl (2019)
She’s My Girl filters the clobbering funk of SHINee’s Sherlock through the adept production of the talented Monotree team. The result is Golden Child’s most aggressive wallop of showstopping dance pop. (full review)
3. Lately (2019)
Yep, Lately’s gone on to (slightly) edge out She’s My Girl as my Reboot b-side of choice. A chugging slice of disco power pop, the track has a welcome sense of refinement that paints Golden Child with an air of regality, reminiscent of agency seniors Infinite. (full review)
2. Eyes On You (2018)
Eyes On You is Golden Child at their most Chaser-esque, leveraging an inventive arrangement and propulsive beat to forge a mighty blast of glittering dance pop. Jangjun once described it as a “new sensation,” and I’d wholeheartedly agree. (full review)
1. I’m Falling (2018)
I’m Falling wasn’t always my favorite Golden Child b-side, but its simple pop appeal has only grown with time. It’s a dynamic blend of strummy guitar pop and surging EDM anthem. The uncluttered arrangement highlights the potency of the group’s vocals, climaxing in a cathartic bridge that amps the drama to exhilarating heights. (full review)