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Starting Monday: The Top 50 K-Pop Songs of 2015

Top 50 Singles of 2015K-pop is suffering a major lull this month, which means…

It’s time to look back at years past!

Starting Monday, I’ll be counting down my top fifty K-pop singles of 2015.

There’s already a 2015 countdown rattling around this site somewhere, but it was created prior to the launch of The Bias List and is embarrassingly out of date. With half a decade’s worth of hindsight, I’m ready to publish something much more definitive.

2015 was a prime year for K-pop. It saw the return of industry royalty, as Bigbang blitzed the market with no less than seven singles. It acted as the launchpad for many of today’s top acts (Twice, Seventeen, GFriend, Monsta X, Oh My Girl, DAY6, etc) and fostered the growth and resurgence of others (BTS, Red Velvet, BTOB, GOT7). In fact, I think the case can be made for 2015 being the start of a whole new K-pop generation.

It was also a year without one definitive musical trend. This allowed for a diverse palette of sounds and ideas. At the same time, many of K-pop’s modern genre touchstones (house, tropical, EDM, trap) really began to flourish in 2015. The year was transformative in so many ways, and my list will only touch the tip of that iceberg.

I hope you’ll look forward to it. The countdown starts on Monday, with honorable mentions a day earlier!

11 thoughts on “Starting Monday: The Top 50 K-Pop Songs of 2015

  1. Ooh I’m excited for this! 2015 was the year I started listening to some kpop songs (starting with Dumb Dumb btw). I can’t believe it’s been that long and yet there are many good songs I haven’t listened to. This will be a good opportunity to change that 🙂

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  2. Good to see you still kicking after the bts review.

    Anyway, i’m interested. I remember seeing your previous blog and saw super junior’s “devil” on top for it. Considering that you kinda fell out of love from that song i guess the top will have some shuffling

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  3. Ohh, this is definitely needed after how july has been! Looking forward to it!

    I’m extremely bad at keeping clear lists so don’t recall at all which songs came out in 2015 (besides View)

    And I will resist the urge to google so I can be pleasantly suprised and feel the nostalgia!

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  4. I think I’ve already said this before, but I wasn’t in the kpop community until 2020, but according to my memory, there were quite a few artists who were at their game in 2015

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  5. I’m excited for this. This is a year where I really wasn’t paying attention to K-pop whatsoever. My most listened-to albums of the year were by Young Thug, Smashing Pumpkins, Future, Title Fight, Basic Channel, and My Bloody Valentine. So mainly trap and alt-rock. two genres I still love.

    So I’m excited to be able to dive back in beyond what I’ve discovered on my own.

    Currently, my fav song from 2015 is Lovelyz’s “Achoo”, so excited to see where this goes.

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  6. How did you manage to parse it out?? 2015 is one of my favorite years ever in K-Pop, and it sort of makes me head spin with how many top notch releases there were. It’s hard to imagine that f(x) and Twice had albums within the same week of each other, let alone the same year. It was a wonderful meeting of gen 2 groups with a mature sound, and fresh new songs from brand new groups!

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