While we bid 2020 a quite relieved farewell, we are able to nonetheless proceed to get pleasure from all of the superior music that the K-pop world has introduced us all year long. And that signifies that it’s the proper time to take inventory of the hidden gems and under-appreciated tracks of 2020! Following off our favourite underrated tracks from the first half of 2020, listed below are 20 extra underrated songs launched roughly within the second half of the yr. From teams that deserve extra to overshadowed singles and b-sides from widespread artists, this checklist offers you a lot to feast your ears on!
1. “BBUSYEO” — ONEUS
The enjoyable and peppy “BBUSYEO” is the proper technique to begin off this checklist! This vibrant and funky idea was a brand new one for ONEUS, as soon as once more proving the group’s superb versatility — however sadly, it didn’t get the consideration that a few of the group’s different comebacks have. “BBUSYEO” is colourful, quirky, and simple to like, so don’t miss it:
2. “Tears of Chaos” — E’LAST
E’LAST debuted simply this yr, however they’re already proving that they’re a gaggle to maintain our eye on. “Tears of Chaos” is a daring second launch for a rookie group: it’s dramatic, darkish, and markedly mature. Building from a mournful begin to a strong, brassy refrain, “Tears of Chaos” in the end works in symphonic string sounds and breathless raps earlier than chopping the instrumental to focus dramatically on the members’ voices. It’s a musically complicated masterpiece with an attention-grabbing and aesthetic music video to match.
3. “Mermaid” — CLC’s Yeeun
“Mermaid” is a glowing, echoing observe that calls to thoughts a magical underwater world, and Yeeun’s vocals are as enchanting as a siren’s — which is superb, contemplating that she is CLC’s most important rapper! The tune marked Yeeun’s closing efficiency from Mnet’s hip hop actuality present “Good Girl” (it’s also possible to take a look at her live performance of it that includes Rohann), and is a mesmerizingly stunning gem that you just don’t need to miss.
4. “Pit A Pat” — Kim Junsu (XIA)
Kim Junsu’s distinctive vocals convey us again to the sooner days of K-pop, and “Pit a Pat” leans into this vibe with an instrumental that’s reminiscent of the 2010s. But that’s not the one purpose “Pit a Pat” is such a powerful observe: it has a splendidly optimistic vitality that’s exhausting to not love and a dramatic urgency that it maintains from begin to end with out getting uninteresting.
Taemin releases a lot good music that it’s exhausting to maintain observe, and “2 KIDS” obtained criminally overshadowed by his different releases this yr. While “Criminal” and “IDEA” are extra Taemin’s signature sultry model, “2 KIDS” is a beautiful, reflective, and nostalgic piece about a bygone romance of 1’s youth. In this MV, Taemin reveals off spectacularly emotional choreo as he wonders how issues might need turned out in a different way if he and a lover hadn’t been “simply too younger and dumb.”
6. “Obliviate” — Lovelyz
Lovelyz introduced us their most mature idea but in “Obliviate,” through which they solid a spell to erase the recollections of a painful romance. Yet the group continues to be taken without any consideration, solely garnering one music present win for the mysterious, magical observe. “Obliviate” is a powerful and undeniably catchy launch and deserved far more!
7. “Bad Guy” — 1THE9
In August we mentioned a tragic goodbye to mission group 1THE9, fashioned via the survival audition present “Under 19.” But earlier than the members parted methods, they left us some highly effective and really underrated tracks. “Bad Guy” is certainly one of these: it gives a burst of depth with a memorable refrain, through which the blokes boldly proclaim that they’ll do something for a girl — even be a villain!
8. “Abracadabra” — Oh My Girl’s YooA
Every tune off of YooA’s “Bon Voyage” EP is a gem, marking this a powerful solo debut for the Oh My Girl vocalist! “Abracadabra” stands out for its funky vibe in addition to for the best way it showcases YooA’s excellent and versatile expertise: she begins the refrain sexily earlier than switching gears to let her clear vocals sparkle playfully — and that’s to say nothing of the must-watch efficiency video!
9. “THIS IS NOT A SONG, 1929” — 2PM’s Jun.K
2PM’s Jun.K composed, organized, and wrote lyrics for this beautiful ballad, which showcases the singer’s wealthy and highly effective vocals. The refrain is downright shiver-inducing, and its distinctive title is derived from the artist René Magritte’s well-known 1929 portray that emphasizes the phrase “This shouldn’t be a pipe.” Take a pay attention and let Jun.K contact your coronary heart together with his velvety voice:
10. “HELL IN HEAVEN” — TWICE
“HELL IN HEAVEN” is a b-side off of TWICE’s “Eyes Wide Open” album, and it performs off the identical theme of temptation as their title observe “I CAN’T STOP ME.” But with flirty beats and sultry, breathless vocals, this tune is successful in its personal proper. “HELL IN HEAVEN” makes you are feeling such as you’re immersed in a steamy jungle of those girls’ appeal, and also you gained’t need to escape!
11. “IMAGINE” — BROOKLYN
If you haven’t heard of BROOKLYN, this solo artist debuted in 2019 and is simply getting higher, turning up the warmth for his 2020 launch! “IMAGINE” is an intense dance observe with a darkish, edgy really feel. With its driving instrumentals and catchy strains, we assure you’ll have “think about that, girl” working via your head!
12. “9LIVES” — Hyolyn
“9LIVES” not solely is an exquisite ballad, but in addition has a mesmerizing dance-focused music video that you just’ll need to watch time and again. The tune is in English, and thru her highly effective and emotion-laden vocals, Hyolyn tells a narrative about being on her final “life for love,” hoping that this closing likelihood will work out quite than leaving her damaged.
13. “Cartoon” — Block B’s Zico
Zico has been the ray of sunshine all of us wanted this yr, and if you happen to beloved his hit “Any Song,” you’ll additionally get pleasure from its underrated cousin “Cartoon.” The observe has the identical profitable mixture of infectious vitality and catchy melody, which suggests it’s sure to make you smile — as will its music video, which places a unusual spin on a post-apocalyptic idea!
As its title suggests, “Let Me Go” is a breakup tune, as R&B singer Crush and Taeyeon inform two sides of an impending parting. While it’s wistful, the ballad can be soothing and above all, stunning: Crush’s and Tayeon’s voices are every heavenly sufficient on their personal, however when the 2 come collectively to duet within the second half of the tune, it’s really a deal with for the ears.
15. “RIDE” — KNK
KNK is a perennially underrated group, and “RIDE” is their newest: a elegant dance observe with contemporary synths, the observe is a clean journey befitting of the mini album idea for “KNK AIRLINE.” Let the boys take you on a trip with this cool tune, and be sure to don’t miss their intricate choreography!
16. “MISS YOU” — B.O.Y
Listening to “MISS YOU” is like being wrapped in a comfortable blanket: it’s soothing, feel-good heat. The tune is straightforward, however that’s what makes it such an ideal occupation of candy emotions. It’s B.O.Y’s fourth launch as a duo, following the disbandment of MYTEEN, and we’re excited to see what the blokes have in retailer for us sooner or later!
17. “D.B.D.B.DIB” — SATURDAY
“D.B.D.B.DIB” is simply pure enjoyable, and its infectious vitality is tough to withstand! The girls alternate between a extra typical youthful girl group idea and flirtier sections with heavy bass and raps, protecting issues attention-grabbing. But it’s the saxophone riffs within the refrain that make this tune stand out and make it one of many extra distinctive dance tracks of 2020!
“Run away” is the title observe off of Song Mino’s second solo album, however one way or the other didn’t get practically the eye that his 2018 “Fiancé” garnered. This could be as a result of “Run away” is extra emotional and uncooked, as Mino begs a lover to get away from him earlier than their romance causes extra ache. With notes of vacancy, unbelievable rap verses, and an explosively highly effective refrain, “Run away” hits deep.
19. “OOPSY” — Weki Meki
Weki Meki has had a string of stable releases this yr, and whereas they lastly caught consideration with the daring “COOL,” their earlier launch “OOPSY” can be successful in its personal proper! With lyrics about unintentionally beginning to crush on somebody, the tune is a coy, playful delight that’s sure to get caught in your head.
20. “Like a Movie” — B1A4
“Like a Movie” is B1A4’s first comeback as a trio, and it sounds like one thing out of a fairytale. The tune has an old style cinematic really feel that’s befitting of those K-pop princes, and its heat and fuzzy vibe makes it not solely one of many strongest, underrated hits of 2020 but in addition a timeless feel-good tune.
Hey Soompiers, which of those songs or artists is your fave? What different songs do you suppose have been underrated this yr? Let us know within the feedback under!
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