Okay, we're finally back. And to kick off 2019, we'll take a look back at ten of the coolest (or dopest to use a more fleetingly trendy vernacular) KPop songs of 2018, performed by female artists or girl groups. Now, these aren't necessarily the "best" songs, or even necessarily our ten favorites. Huh? Well, some of them are but no, they're ten KPop tracks and their corresponding videos that someone who's never experienced KPop or thinks they don't like KPop might really enjoy. Even if they won't ever admit it. Something your music nerd friends would like. Maybe.
Moving on from #35 though #21, we present #20 through #11. One we noticed as we compiled the list is that none of the songs actually feature any of our "biases." Hopefully, with careful browsing of this site, it would be clear who our two favorite groups are. One of them released a STATION throwaway that we definitely enjoyed, the other released an outstanding album - that would be on our top album lists, but despite the overwhelming success of the singles they released in 2016, none of them were as good as the next songs on this list:
Not everything that comes out of South Korea is KPop. Or phones, TVs and cars, for that matter. There is a thriving and vibrant music scene featuring some innovative, smart, talented and just plain good artists and musicians generating music that doesn't involve beauty, choreography and countdown shows. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
In part one, we presented some of KPop's important artists and a peek at some of the ways KPop is presented and absorbed: music video, live television, dance practice and performance videos, radio, even game shows, etc. But we didn't even scratch the surface. If you made it this far, having absorbed all of part one, we'll introduce some essentials, some personal favorites, and some of the unusual aspects of KPop culture that you won't find anywhere else.
To really give a good representation of the KPop Experience, it takes a little bit more than just a list of videos, "essential" or not. This list is intended to give anyone not familiar with the South Korean pop music scene a more well-rounded look some of the things that make it the modern entertainment phenomenon that it is.