I’ve listed my “top tens” for many artists, but it’s time to rummage through entire discographies and rank every single from worst to best. This feature will primarily tackle groups who have disbanded or gone on indefinite hiatus. It’s a way for me to re-evaluate my initial thoughts on their singles run. Don’t be surprised if the order has changed from past countdowns. These things are always in flux!
A.C.E are currently on hiatus as members complete their military service, so with any luck we can consider this list a mid-career check-in. Hopefully in a year or two they’ll be back and better than ever.
11. Savage (2019)
Shrug. Not every single can be a winner. (original review)
10. Down (ft. Gray) (2021)
A perfectly serviceable imitation of Western pop trends. (original review)
9. I Feel So Lucky (with Hcue) (2018)
Not the most original track, but that thumping percussion is nice.
8. Higher (2021)
This takes a while to get to the majestic post-chorus hook. The wait is mostly worth it. (original review)
7. Take Me Higher (2018)
Bright and bubbly, even if the full group couldn’t participate. (original review)
6. Changer (2021)
I love the bounding energy of this track. The chorus feels like such a rallying cry. (original review)
5. Stand By You (2020)
My favorite kind of ballad. The vocals and melody compete to see which can be more gorgeous.
It’s a draw. (original review)
4. Cactus (2017)
Bringing hardstyle to the K-pop mainstream, Cactus does what few debuts accomplish by giving A.C.E a perspective of their own. (full review)
3. Goblin (Favorite Boys) (2020)
Roaring back with a ballsy rock-meets-hip-hop sound, Goblin is a striking display of their talent. (original review)
2. Under Cover (2019)
After a too-long stint as a sub-unit, A.C.E reunited in full with this brilliantly bombastic burst of rock-infused attitude. (original review)
1. Callin’ (2017)
The most distilled injection of the group’s energy. That chorus soars and the hardstyle breakdowns clobber listeners in the best way. (original review)