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Best Kpop Songs of 2021

2021 gave us some fantastic music to wild out to. From SHINee releasing their anticipated album ‘Don’t Call Me’ to LISA taking over TikTok with her viral hit “Money.” 2021 was an excellent year for kpop! With the year coming to a close, we wanted to share a few artists who had us in a chokehold all year.

If you’re interested, check out our Spotify playlist for this list.

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Taemin – Advice

℗ SM ENTERTAINMENT

The king of dance had Shawols and kpop fans alike in a chokehold when he dropped his album ADVICE. With a dark and mysterious tone matched with a light trap beat, Taemin created a one-of-kind masterpiece.

℗ SM ENTERTAINMENT

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TWICE – The Feels

ⓒ JYP Entertainment

The catchy bubble gum pop song had us hooked as soon as Chaeyoung’s voice echoed the words, “Boy, I, boy, I, boy, I know. I know you got the feels.” The Feels is Twice’s first all-English single, and with its addictive post-chorus and relatable message, it took over my Spotify playlist like a thief in the night.

ⓒ JYP Entertainment

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ENHYPEN – FEVER

Enphyen’s first release Given-Taken was a great debut song; however, their second single, ‘FEVER,’ off the follow-up album BORDER: CARNIVAL, solidified the group’s potential to have longevity in the kpop world for years to come.

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WJSN – UNNATURAL

ⓒ STARSHIP ENTERTAINMENT

Leaders of the elegant concept, WJSN, return to their roots with Unnatural. A sweet pop song about trying to act natural in front of your crush and ultimately failing in the process.

ⓒ STARSHIP ENTERTAINMENT

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ATEEZ – Deja Vu

ⓒ KQ Entertainment

Ateez’s Deja Vu could easily be seen as soty material. Upon first listen, the song instantly captures your attention with the lyrics “Da, da-da-ra, da, da-da-ra.” As the music continues, each member adds their own element to the track to create a cohesive and compelling piece of work. The MV only maximizes the song’s greatness, making it even more memorable.

ⓒ KQ Entertainment

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ROSE – GONE

ⓒ YG Entertainment Inc

Rose’s GONE was an easy to love heartbreak song about feeling used after your significant other breaks your heart. Her soft vocals matched with hard-hitting lyrics captivate us.

ⓒ YG Entertainment Inc

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Bambam – riBBon

ⓒ ABYSS COMPANY

riBBon is a light, airy song about being renewed and reinventing yourself, whether it be for yourself or someone else. With a cohesive mix of pop and trap sounds, Bambam’s Ribbon is a true masterpiece that showcases his potential to be a front-runner in the kpop industry for a long time to come.

ⓒ ABYSS COMPANY

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HyunA & DAWN – PING PONG

ⓒ P NATION

In 2021 the power couple gave us an explosion of Y2K realness with their song “PING PONG.” The two orchestrated the project 1+1+1, with Dawn writing the track and Hyuna working as the visual director. The duo expressed their love for each other through a killer Moombahton beat.

ⓒ P NATION

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Sunmi – You Can’t Sit With Us

ⓒ ABYSS COMPANY

Continuing with the Y2K theme, Sunmi’s Can’t Sit With Us is a nostalgia-packed track that manages to bring millennials and Gen Z’s together by combining their two favorite things, early 2000s themes, and late 80s synth-pop.

ⓒ ABYSS COMPANY

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Woosung – Dimples

ⓒ Woolfpack

Woosung’s additive voice, matched with a retro-infused beat, all come together to create the high-quality song “Dimples.” The track itself is a playful sonnet about falling for someone because of their cute dimples.

ⓒ Woolfpack

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TRI.BE – WOULD YOU RUN

ⓒ Universal Music

‘TRIBE’ has been releasing hits since their debut in Feb 2021, and it seems like the only people who notice are their fans. Not only did the girls release a monster 2nd Single Album [CONMIGO] with ‘RUB-A-DUM’ acting as the title track, ‘TRI.BE’ also released their first mini-album [VENI VIDI VICI], with ‘WOULD YOU RUN’ being the lead single. Both projects are gems. However, we’d like to highlight ‘Would You Run’ for its addictive sound and beat.

ⓒ Universal Music

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BTS – Butter

ⓒ BIGHIT MUSIC

Diving into the retro trend, BTS dominated and ignited the summer with their single Butter! The catchy tune melted hearts worldwide and had us all singing the iconic line “Get it, let it roll!”

ⓒ BIGHIT MUSIC

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AESPA – NEXT LEVEL

℗ SM Entertainment

SM is known for making hits from previously released songs, and aespa’s Next Level can attest to that notion. Next Level is a highly addictive genre-bending track that had everyone in a chokehold. So much so that it was banned during South Korea’s National Exam Period for being too catchy.

℗ SM Entertainment

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From20 – From20

ⓒ THE FAKER CLUB

From20 is a soft rock song about reflecting on life during your 20s. The music perfectly describes the in-between adult stages most people go through during that time. From feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders to just being free and loving life. From20 is like a letter to your younger self.

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ⓒ THE FAKER CLUB

WJSN THE BLACK – Easy

ⓒ STARSHIP ENTERTAINMENT

I’m convinced that WJSN is allergic to mediocrity. In a kpop world filled with Moombahton and Trap-influenced music, the group decided to take a different route and release a track with a pop and R&B flair. The song was a breath of fresh air from its tantalizing post-chorus to its alluring main chorus.

ⓒ STARSHIP ENTERTAINMENT

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