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The Top 40 K-Pop Album Tracks & B-Sides of 2022 (40-21)

The Top 40 K-Pop B-Sides of 2022I spend the whole year plucking “buried treasures” from K-pop’s vast slate of albums, and now it’s time for those b-sides to have their own countdown! As usual, some of 2022’s strongest music was never promoted with a glossy video or music show blitz. Over the next two days, I’ll be counting down my forty favorite b-sides of the year.

This countdown encompasses any track that didn’t receive a full music video. This includes album tracks, as well as songs that may have been performed but never actively promoted. It also includes Japanese b-sides from Korean acts. Just like the Top 50 Singles list, all songs here were released between December 1st, 2021 and November 30th, 2022.


Honorable Mentions:

CRAVITY – New Addiction
Oh My Girl – Replay
Mirae – Welcome To The Future
BTOB – Higher
Rocket Punch – In My World
Kwon Eunbi – Simulation
Yena – Pretty Boys
Pentagon – Call My Name
Tempest – Raise Me Up
iKON – Dragon
OnlyOneOf – Gaslighting
Monsta X – Burning Up
Xiumin – Feedback
Yuju – You’re My Americano
Lee Chaeyeon – Danny

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40. TO1 – TROUBLEMAKER


TO1 embrace their inner rock stars with a bounding track that thrives on its heavy guitar riffs and energetic rapping. (full review)


39. ITZY – FREE FALL


Free Fall‘s gimmicky chorus is sure to polarize, but this is my favorite ITZY song of the year. It’s surprisingly funky and delightfully weird. (full review)


38. GHOST9 – MONSTER


Recorded as part of KBS’s Listen Up series, Monster could have easily been a title track. It’s got all the bells and whistles. Even better, it’s one of the few examples of jarring tempo changes working to enhance a mood. (full review)


37. MIRAE – JUICE


Mirae proves themselves adept at light, funky sounds. Juice surpasses both of their 2022 title tracks thanks to its buoyancy and catchy bubblegum hooks. (full review)


36. OH MY GIRL – PARACHUTE


Speaking of lightness and buoyancy, Parachute is well-named. It unfurls as a gentle glide through beautiful scenery. A giddy chorus acts as rocket fuel to the horizon.


35. KINGDOM – BLINDER


Kingdom excel at their Renaissance Faire schtick, but their secret weapon is genre flexibility. Blinder‘s fizzy EDM showcases that asset with gusto. You’ve gotta love its climactic high note. (full review)


34. BRAVE GIRLS – LOVE IS GONE


Brave Girls harness their dancefloor supremacy for a disco throwback that hits all the right notes. The track swirls with gleeful abandon, centered by the group’s strong vocal performance.


33. BAE173 – ANNOYED


Another Brave Sound production, BAE173’s Annoyed throws back to an earlier K-pop generation, when heartbreak fused with club beats to create a dramatic, strobe-lit fantasia. (full review)


32. CHUNGHA – LOVE ME OUT LOUD


Dance music is an excellent venue for heart-on-your-sleeve catharsis. Love Me Out Loud plays as a galvanizing confessional, anchored by its gutsy chorus. (full review)


31. H1-KEY – HEART LIGHT


The summer smash that never was, Heart Light merges punky guitar with pinwheeling dance beats to create an anthemic mix that put this rookie group on the map. (full review)


30. IVE – MY SATISFACTION


IVE’s discography may be small, but they have a strong track record. My Satisfaction is my favorite IVE b-side — a song that takes advantage of their vocals and delivers a killer shot of attitude underlined by tense percussion. (full review)


29. OH MY GIRL – BLINK


This is the kind of funky summertime pop that Oh My Girl do best. It feels like an aural sequel to YooA’s Diver, highlighted by a sing-along post-chorus that sends the track soaring. (full review)


28. DREAMCATCHER – FAIRYTALE


I love when Dreamcatcher embrace the cheesier elements of stadium rock. Fairytale smooths their edgy sound and injects a hearty dose of pop melody. It’s hard to resist something this upbeat. (full review)


27. DRIPPIN – TRICK AND TREAT


DRIPPIN took a hard heel turn with the pummeling rock of Trick And Treat. Its incessant shoutiness shouldn’t work, but the song has its tongue in its cheek and delivers a youthful energy that begs you to chant along. (full review)


26. SF9 – DRIVER


SF9 pull off smooth funk better than most groups. Driver adds a synth-fueled breeziness to that recipe, resulting in an incredible chorus that will sweep you off your feet. (full review)


25. WINNER – 10 MIN


10 Min‘s icy synth palette fueled many a summer day this year. Its chorus is a major standout, but the entire track drips with personality and energy. (full review)


24. LE SSERAFIM – THE GREAT MERMAID


The Great Mermaid reminds me so much of f(x)’s quirky electropop. This is a sound I’ve missed in K-pop and LE SSERAFIM revive it with flair. That chorus is delightfully edgy. (full review)


23. JINJIN & ROCKY – LOCK DOWN


Jinjin and Rocky are a fun match on the groovy Lock Down. Its thumping bassline is lethal, pushing the song forward with a single-minded intensity until we hit the bombastic chorus. (full review)


22. VERIVERY – VELOCITY


A brisk house track like Velocity is practically made for me. I love this unflagging energy. It’s like being strapped into a race car and slamming on the accelerator. (full review)


21. GIRLS’ GENERATION (SNSD) – YOU BETTER RUN


Girls’ Generation are a formidable match on the bold You Better Run. The clamorous chorus is an off-kilter beauty, fusing chants and high notes with an ear-catching instrumental that’ll make you think twice about messing with this group. (full review)


NEXT: 20-1

20 thoughts on “The Top 40 K-Pop Album Tracks & B-Sides of 2022 (40-21)

  1. Nice, some of these are among my favorites too (My Satisfaction, You Better Run, The Great Mermaid, Fairytale). The others, I don’t think I’m familiar with, so this gives me a chance to catch up with them. Of the honorable mentions, Rocket Punch’s In My World has been one of my favorite b-sides this year.

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  2. I don’t have an extensive ranking for the bsides really so just a list of my favorites with a heart for the ones I ended up listening the most lol:

    Kingdom Promise❤
    Kingdom Blinder
    Nmixx Cool
    Le Sseraffim No Celestial
    Le Sseraffim Impurities
    TXT Opening Sequence ❤
    Ichillin La Luna ❤
    H1-Key Heart Light ❤
    Trendz Villian (Their bsides…)
    Trendz Clique (… are fun)
    Xdinary Heroes Strawberry Cake ❤
    Xdinary Heroes Sucker Punch
    Xdinary Heroes Pirates
    SKZ Venom❤
    SKZ Charmer
    SKZ Freeze❤
    Ateez Cyberpunk
    Ateez Sector 1
    Ateez New World
    Dreamcatcher Starlight
    Dreamcatcher Locked inside a door
    Dreamcatcher Beautyfull
    Dreamcatcher Entrancing
    P1Harmony Before the Dawn
    Ive Royal ❤
    StayC Young Luv❤

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    • Some of those are my favorites too: STAYC’s Young Luv (just might be my favorite song by them), NMIXX’s Cool (ditto), Dreamcatcher’s Starlight (definitely my favorite song by them) & Entrancing (my 2nd fav song on the album), TXT’s Opening Sequence (my favorite TXT song this year). I’d add to that Enhypen’s Polaroid Love (according to Spotify Unwrapped, my most-streamed song of 2022!) and Fifty Fifty’s Tell Me.

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      • Ooh I liked Polaroid Love too! I didn’t really add it onto many of my lists so didn’t end up listening to it much but I really liked it! For Fifty-Fifty I liked their Lovin Me the most! The instrumental of that really struck a chord with me!

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  3. I find it funny how overall there were more amazing b-sides than the title tracks released this year.

    I hope TXT’s “Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go”, ATEEZ’s “Cyberpunk”, and Max Changmin’s “Fever” all make the Top 10 when it is revealed tomorrow…

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  4. I think the b-sides in 20-1 will be:

    1) DRIPPIN – Silence
    2) ATEEZ – Cyberpunk
    3) Golden Child – Knocking On My Door
    4) Golden Child – 3! 6! 5!
    5) PSY – Now
    6) TXT – Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go
    7) CSR – Euratcha!
    8) Key – Guilty Pleasure
    9) Dreamcatcher – Starlight
    10) Nayeon – No Problem
    11) Enhypen – Shout Out
    12) Changmin – Fever
    13) Cravity – Automatic
    14) WJSN – Done
    15) Everglow – Don’t Speak
    16) Golden Child – Miracle
    17) ATBO – Graffiti

    Maybe:
    Kara – Shout It Out
    VIVIZ – Love, Love, Love
    Kep1er – MVSK

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  5. My favorite b-sides are Another Life, Cyberpunk, and JUICE. Those three really cemented my faith on music this year. Speaking of lists, I happen to be doing my awards thing on my blog, deforestedmusic! I apologize for the sudden promo, but if you would like to vote please feel free to do so! I would really love your thoughts. The winners will be out on Saturday btw!

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