KPOP has exploded over the last few years and grown ever more global due to the internet. Baekhyun made his solo debut this year and with a voice like liquid gold and phenomenal popularity, it was sure his solo debut would be a success. The ever experimental group dropped their title track Fear and the dark vibe fits the maturing members to a Tee. TXT only debuted in March but have already begun to prove themselves as a top player in the industry.
Every year, the South Korean music industry serves up a wide array of music that spreads its reach across the globe, experimenting with the limitations of popular music. The past 12 months, however, were transformative for reasons beyond the music: long-overdue conversations regarding the unjust structural and social issues became unavoidable. We went into the year disillusioned by idol culture and facing the grim realities of power dynamics in South Korea, and are coming out with increasingly loud cries to protect our idols , particularly women. With the world now truly entering what is largely being called the "Fourth Wave of K-pop", we are looking at an industry standing on the precipice of much-needed change: in terms of how it treats its stars, how they connect with fans, and how its existence is gradually becoming a normal part of global music culture. Taking this all into account, we put our heads together to determine what were the stand-out songs coming out of the Korean scene amid all of this. Focusing on singles, we named the top 25 songs of and shared our thoughts below. It turns out: yes, and resoundingly so. Everything marvelous about "Jopping" -- shouted vocals, airtight production, half-time choruses befitting pugilist highlight reels -- is rooted in how SuperM treat partying as a heroic act, as the most important of endeavors. Anchoring the single was Jvcki Wai, her Auto-Tuned crooning like caustic flecks of shrapnel. Their braggadocio was deserved.
Korean artists made some of the most creative tracks this year. These are a few of our favorites. Skip navigation! Story from Music. Natalie Morin. It was also a year for major change in the Korean music industry. Even though K-pop prides itself on being a mix of genres and bending the rules , groups continue to further push past boundaries and experiment with innovative styles, concepts , and even languages.