Though they only debuted two years ago, TXT’s habit of promoting several songs from each albums means they’re already eligible for one of my top ten lists!
The group has covered a lot of sonic ground in this short time, making for a strong and diverse list. Read on for my favorite releases, and make sure to leave yours in the comments. As always, only songs with mvs are eligible (sorry, Ghosting!).
(And yes, I’m well aware that Can’t You See Me exists. I still don’t care for that track…)
10. Angel Or Devil (2019)
The lightness of this mid-tempo pop track may bely the duality of its lyrics, but that seesawing hook proves irresistible – especially when coupled with TXT’s effusive performance. (full review)
9. Magic (2021)
It’s easy to dismiss an English-language track like this as a “sell-out,” but Magic’s fizzy, singalong chorus knows what it’s doing. And if that doesn’t get you, the clap-along climax surely will. (full review)
8. Cat & Dog (2019)
Cat & Dog’s silliness may have you scratching your head the first time through, but the song’s sticky hooks and endearing attitude will quickly win you over. By the time the guys start barking, its best to simply surrender to the irreverence of it all. (full review)
7. Nap Of A Star (2019)
Nap Of A Star‘s gentle, acoustic nature offered the first hint that TXT could pull off this shoegaze style with surprising tenderness and restraint. It’s a gorgeous track, coupled with a knockout video.
6. We Lost The Summer (2020)
A bittersweet trop-bop, We Lost The Summer wrings nuance and depth from a familiar sound. Its percolating groove supports a hypnotic chorus dripping with a sense of yearning. (full review)
5. Drama (2020)
A standout album track turned Japanese single, Drama lets TXT do what they do best. Its buoyant funk pop backbone bounds incessantly forward, building to a headrush of a chorus. (full review)
4. Blue Hour (2020)
Blue Hour only grows more addictive the longer you hear it. Driven by a light disco beat, the track unfurls like musical cotton candy, culminating in a stunning dance break bridge that’s essential to the song’s overall effect. (full review)
3. 0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You) (ft. Seori) (2021)
TXT go full-on emo, but unlike 2020’s Can’t You See Me, LOVESONG bolsters this angst with a pummeling pop chorus and a sense of sonic drama that lends the track a larger-than-life, cinematic appeal. (full review)
2. Run Away (2019)
After their bright, bubbly debut, Run Away’s rock-tinged dance pop came as a bit of a surprise. However, TXT tie the song’s heavier elements to a fantastical worldview that brings touches of whimsy to the track. If nothing else, that megawatt chorus is sure to get you. (full review)
1. Crown (2019)
TXT knocked it out of the park with their debut, unveiling a perfect shot of concentrated synth pop. Crown is fueled by its off-kilter choices, from the gorgeous vocal effects in the chorus to the playful choreography that brings the song to life. Beyond that, it’s a parade of hooks, each more optimistic and buoyant than the last. Bright boy group tracks don’t get much better than this. (full review)