Not all kpop styles are for everyone. Sometimes there may be styles you just don’t like, even if you try.
Even if you have an open mind and a wide taste in music, not all kpop styles will work for you, you may need to listen around a bit before realising where your interest lies.
But we’ve put together a quick list of songs that could help you find what kpop styles you like and dislike:
Gangnam style – Psy
(If you haven’t heard this at least once, you may want to check the news to see if there’s been any other phenomena in the last couple years you’ve missed. )
This track, realeased on July 15th 2012, was so popular that on December 21st 2012 – the day the Mayan calendar expired and the supposed date of the apocalypse – the music video reached 1 billion views on YouTube and became it’s most played video ever. (And, while this song was such a huge hit internationally, the song was not actually that popular in Korea!!)
Personally, I don’t think this song is a fantastic introduction to kpop as it blurs the boundaries between the bizarre, comical and real-world in a way that a lot of people find too much. People’s problems with the video can range from the strange meaning of the lyrics (trust me, by kpop standards, I don’t see the weirdness), the sexualisation and the plain weirdness of it all. But still, I think it’s a fun song to listen to and teaches you a very important word in the world of Korean entertainment – Oppa!
Fantastic Baby – BIGBANG
This song was my first real introduction to the world of kpop. My sister was a fan of kpop before me and one day showed me this video:
This song embodies the slightly crazy but meaningful and undeniably awesome world that is kpop and Bigbang. I’ll be honest, when I first saw this my thoughts were ‘What the hell did I just watch?’, ‘Why’ve they all got crazy hair?’, ‘Why’s the little one surrounded by kitty women?’, ‘Who’s the blue-haired guy?’, ‘Can I get blue-guy’s number?’, ‘Are those tattoos real?!’, ‘Wow, blue eyebrows too!’ and so on. And I also thought that G-Dragon was four different people. It’s a crazy video but it’s really interesting, so catchy and I was really impressed that each of the members designed their own segments for the video!
Spy – Super Junior
With a very recognizably smooth and sexy style, with a James Bond style and Michael Jackson-esque choreography, Spy is a very easy song to love
With style, cool dances and catchy songs, Super Junior are a very good group to begin with.
One of a Kind – G Dragon
This is a very cool song with a taste of G-Dragon’s hiphop routes. It’s a fantastic song with awesome dances (that verge of hilarious) that has a lot of fun and character in it. It’s a fun and fast song and the music video is timed to really fit with the song!
Crooked – G Dragon
This one is a big contrast to the wild and fun songs like One of a Kind. Crooked shows the more deep and emotional side of G-Dragon and lets us in on some of the pain and difficulty of the artist’s life. It’s a sad song, but it doesn’t lack in energy or appeal to the pop audiences.
Very Good- Block B
This song is nothing short of bizarre. The wacky costumes and styles of the members really fit the high energy and hiphop genre of the song. Every member has their own identity within the group and all only add to the awesomeness of their songs. (and, if you liked that, check out their new song Jackpot: )
And we’ll be back with more ‘Find Your Style’ pieces to help you figure out
What did you think of the songs? Were there any you particularly loved or hated or do you have any recommendations for songs to add to the list? Please share in the comments! xx