OSKP’s Top 10 Songs And Music Videos For The K-Pop Beginners
Are you a new initiate to the K-Pop world? It’s quite vast, with all sorts of groups and styles to browse through. While that’s incredible for many fans, it can be quite intimidating for first timers, so that’s why OSKP is here to help!
Without further ado, here’s OSKP’s top 10 songs and music videos to introduce you to the wonderful world of K-Pop.
10. Dreamcatcher (드림캐쳐) “Chase Me”
Dreamcatcher (드림캐쳐) is a girl group that stands out from many of the others, especially in their song “Chase Me“. Instead of going with a cute concept with bubbly tunes and adorable movements, these girls went for the fantasy approach.
The music video has definite vibes of the classic show, The Shining mixed into it while telling a new story. The mix of the anti-mainstream concept with a rock pop combo has won over the hearts of many K-Pop fans who are normally not fond of girl groups. They avoid the cute movements and style, instead focusing on embracing their concept wholeheartedly.
Dreamcatcher steps outside the box and attracts fans who are wanting a little something more alternative.
09. TWICE (트와이스) “TT” (티티)
TWICE (트와이스) is probably on the complete opposite spectrum of Dreamcatcher in terms of style. The group is often referred to as the ‘female face’ of Korean music, with worldwide popularity and continuous release of popular tracks.
One of the best ones to check out would have to be “TT” (티티). The track was originally release in October of 2016, and fans have flocked to it from near and far. The cute concept isn’t overdone, and is just enough to make you say ‘awe’ while still appreciating their talent. The dance is also one of the things that will get you, and it’s almost a guarantee you’ll find yourself in front of a mirror trying it out someday.
TWICE are the epitome of modern day girl groups, their style and music have a vibe that is increasingly popular amongst fans who enjoy the ‘cute’ side of things.
08. B.A.P “One Shot”
Originally released back in 2013, B.A.P’s “One Shot” is one of those tracks and music videos that will stick with you for ages. The story, the song, and the overall vibe will definitely be enough to reel you right into the blackhole that is K-Pop.
The music video paired with this song tells a story that will have you at the edge of your seat in anticipation. Honestly, it feels more like a movie than a music video at times! Paired with an energetic and unique dance, this track is sure to have you bobbing your head along to the beat.
B.A.P doesn’t stick to the normal mainstream style, and instead has a unique mix of a rougher style, with elements of rock and hip-hop tied together in a pleasant blend.
07. GOT7 (갓세븐) “Just Right” (딱 좋아)
If you’re looking for a group that tries all sorts of styles, GOT7 is the way to go. Each time they make a comeback, they incorporate new styles and elements into their music. That’s not all though, some of their songs have messages hidden within, or in the case of “Just Right” (딱 좋아), they have messages blaring right in your face.
This track is inspirational for people everywhere. When society says you’re not what’s expected, they say just be yourself; you’re perfect the way you are. The entire music video follows that message, with heart warming moments that are just too cute for words. Much like many of their songs, “Just Right” is also extremely catchy, with their powerhouse vocals and intense raps winning over fans all over the world.
If you want a group who can change things up each comeback and impress you with their individual talents and group talents, GOT7 is definitely one to check out.
06. Super Junior (슈퍼주니어) “Sorry Sorry” (쏘리 쏘리)
Super Junior’s (슈퍼주니어) “Sorry Sorry” (쏘리 쏘리) is one of the classics of K-Pop. Originally released in 2009, the song is easily one of the most well known from it’s generation. Fans, old and new, usually recognize the track and are able to dance alongside it!
Super Junior is considered to be a second generation classic, with the vocals and skills to match. They have a different style than many of the newer generations, but are still as entertaining! “Sorry Sorry” is a perfect example of that, with an energetic beat and amazing ability to get stuck in your head.
Super Junior is a classic while not being out of date. They recently released a new album which shows that they’re just as incredible now as they were when they debuted! The group has the ability to draw you in, and if you’re a new K-Pop fan, binge watching these guys will be the perfect choice.
05. HIGHLIGHT (하이라이트) “Plz Don’t Be Sad” (얼굴 찌푸리지 말아요)
If your are looking for a group with an inspirational story and a cheerful vibe, look no further than HIGHLIGHT (하이라이트)! Their first track after changing names from “Beast” to “HIGHLIGHT” is perfect for those who are looking for a dose of smiles.
“Plz Don’t Be Sad” (얼굴 찌푸리지 말아요) mixes the group’s charismatic energy with a catchy tune that has the ability of bringing the smile out of anyone. The music video even focuses on it! Smiles are a big part of this group, and a huge part of their songs.
For the fans who are interested in a group that has pulled through thick and thin and constantly comes together to deliver energetic tracks that have a strong summery vibe, than look no further than HIGHLIGHT!
04. SF9 (에스에프나인) “O Sole Mio” (오솔레미오)
SF9 (에스에프나인) is one of the more recent debuts on this list, but that doesn’t change the fact they are worth checking out! Especially for new K-Pop fans. This boy group goes out of their way to show vast amounts of improvement in each of their comebacks.
That strive for becoming better and trying something new can be seen in their latest comeback with “O Sole Mio” (오솔레미오). Most groups toss English lyrics into their tracks, and in some cases, they serve as a good chunk of the hook/chorus. SF9 did that with their latest track, but instead of using English, they used Spanish.
The change in language and heavy influence of a latin style is one of the things that stands out most in both the video and song itself. It also shows that the group is confident in trying out new styles and branching into new territory.
So, if you’re looking for a boy group that crosses boundaries and tries new things while constantly improving, SF9 is the group to check out!
03. Girl’s Day (걸스데이) “I’ll Be Yours”
What day is complete without a full dose of sass and confidence? If you’re looking for a girl group that has attitude and knows exactly what they want, then Girl’s Day (걸스데이) is definitely the one for you!
Their track “I’ll Be Yours” has the ability to make fans that aren’t fond of girl groups drop everything to watch! The track has a 70’s vibe and screams ‘I’m in charge’. The music video follows that vibe, with the girl’s show off their kickass moves and style.
This group tries multiple styles and isn’t afraid of stepping out of the box and breaking stereotypes. They embrace their sexual appeal while showing that they have the talent to back it up!
If you’re looking for a group to knock your socks off, these ladies are the way to go!
02. Monsta X (몬스타엑스) “Dramarama”
Monsta X is a group originally formed by the survival show, No Mercy. The emotional show won the hearts of many, and the group has come to be known for their passionate love of their fans.
Recently, they made their comeback with the track “Dramarama“, which brought the group their first music show win! While the group has tried various styles in their comebacks, they tend to stick close to their roots and embrace their hip-hop meets pop style. With powerful rappers that can own the stage mixed with powerhouse vocals that can carry some incredible tunes, the group has the potential to do a variety of things.
“Dramarama” is an excellent example of those two skills meeting in an elegant harmony that made for an amazing song. The video follows suit, telling various little stories and showing off a challenging dance.
Monsta X is definitely a group to check out!
01. BTS (방탄소년단) “DNA”
BTS (방탄소년단) can probably be considered one of the hottest things in the K-Pop world right now. From reaching number one of the U.S charts with their “MIC Drop” remix featuring Aoki to performing at the AMAs, they are paving the way for many to find their way to K-Pop.
BTS has a wide variety of styles in each of their albums, with their members contributing heavily to each album. Their latest track, “DNA” broke a multitude of records, and continues to climb in popularity.
“DNA” is a mix of insanely catchy and beautiful. The track has both beautiful vocals and raps that aren’t just powerful, but flow right into the music. The dance fits the track well, with the collaboration between members clear. BTS and their fans ARMY truly follow the saying “Teamwork makes the dreamwork”, which can be seen time and time again in their tracks, and the movements and poses in “DNA” exemplify that.
BTS is sure to appeal to quite a few new fans!
K-Pop is a diverse industry. There are a multitude of groups, many of which go almost unknown. However, if your looking to find a collection of incredible talent, the groups listed here are just a start. Each group is able to showcase multiple genres, and this is just 10 of them! There are so many groups out there that are worth checking out; such as BTOB, NCT 127, Block B, and EXID, just to name a few!
For those new fans, welcome to the K-Pop world! It’s overwhelming at first, but you’ll be sure to fall in love again and again.