Before I start I wanna make it clear that as with all other posts this is just my opinion! I’m pretty sure there are tons of debuts and comebacks that I missed this year so I may at some point change my mind about this list but right now, I wanted to make a quick list of my top thirty favourite K-Pop songs from 2017. This could include comebacks, debuts or solo releases. This list was originally only supposed to have twenty songs but there were so many good songs this year that I had to extend the list to thirty!
Any artist listed won’t be included again with any other songs they had this year.
30. Momoland – Freeze
This song is really cute and I like the music video for it. Momoland are all really talented but unfortunately pretty underrated. I did enjoy this song but it wasn’t one of my favourites this year. I still recommend giving it a listen though!
29. Winner – Really Really
I wasn’t really a big fan of this song when I first heard it but after listening to a cover of the song by ‘Dreamcatcher’ I realised that actually it’s brilliant. I do low-key feel like Winner got robbed of the Song of the Year award because this song was extremely popular. Although it wasn’t one of my favourites this year I did like it and I hope Winner continue to rise in popularity!
28. CLC – Hobgoblin
This song was amazing, I hadn’t listened to much CLC beforehand but I am a fan of ‘High Heels’ and ‘Oh No No’. I’m sad that most fans dropped CLC after the hype of ‘Hobgoblin’ but to be fair although I’m a fan of some of CLC’s older songs I did think ‘Where Are You’ was pretty boring and probably wasn’t the best move by Cube after the success of ‘Hobgoblin’. Either way this song was great and brought some well-deserved attention to CLC.
27. Weki Meki – I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend
I hated this song when I first heard it, I thought it was really annoying. But after a few listens the song did grow on me. I wouldn’t say it was one of my favourites or anything but I am looking forward to seeing what Weki Meki release in 2018. I hope they can continue to do well!
26. Cosmic Girls – I Wish
For a while I really couldn’t get into Cosmic Girls. I thought their music videos were so aesthetically pleasing and I liked the idea of them but I wasn’t a big fan of their songs until eventually I started liking ‘Happy’ which lead me to start liking ‘Secret’ and ‘I Wish’. Although ‘Secret’ is probably my favourite I still think ‘I Wish’ is brilliant with such a pretty music video. Cosmic Girls are great, they deserve more views!
25. Hyuna – Lip & Hip
I wasn’t particularly a big fan of ‘Babe’ but I do love Hyuna so when she released ‘Lip & Hip’ I gave it a listen. It’s such a good song! And I love the music video, I don’t care what anyone says. This song was lit and now I’m willing to give ‘Babe’ another chance.
24. Girls’ Generation – Holiday
It was the comeback I’d been waiting for, I was counting down the days until their ten year anniversary so I could finally hear something new from my favourite group. Although I loved both ‘Holiday’ and ‘All Night’ I’m a bit disappointed that there wasn’t particularly any meaning behind the two songs to celebrate ten years of them being together. ‘Sailing’ was a nine year anniversary song and it held so much meaning. I’m not saying it had to be slow but I don’t see the point in either of the songs like they’re great as just songs but ten year anniversary songs? Anyway I’m getting a bit salty. Either way I’m glad my girls finally came back this year.
23. NCT 127 – Cherry Bomb
I’m not a massive fan of NCT, mainly because I’m not a fan of the amount of members and units and I just find the whole thing a bit confusing so I don’t really want to get invested in them personally. I gave this song one listen and didn’t particularly like it until my friend sang it nonstop on a trip we went on. I came home and had it on repeat for ages because it’s actually a pretty decent song. It hasn’t quite convinced me to get more invested in NCT but I can’t deny it’s catchy.
22. EXID – DDD
Although I’m sad that Solji isn’t currently promoting with EXID I can’t deny that this song was good. Although I thought this was good and ‘Night Rather Than Day’ was good I still can’t help but feel like EXID have lost something. Like I feel like ‘Up & Down’, ‘Ah Yeah’, ‘Hot Pink’ and ‘Lie’ are all so iconic but their releases this year have been relatively average for EXID. I still love EXID and will continue to support them in the future and although I loved their releases this year I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed. ‘DDD’ is still a great song though.
21. iKON – B-Day
I’m not particularly a massive iKON fan but this song was really good! I’m not really invested in iKON personally but I can’t deny that their songs are always so catchy and fun! They’re another group I’d love to see live one day because I bet it’d be a lot of fun. This song was great along with ‘Bling Bling’ so if you haven’t checked them out I really recommend it!
20. IOI – Downpour
I’ll admit it, I cried whilst watching the music video for the first time. They were doing so well together and I loved them so much as a group, why did they have to disband? I hope they do some kind of reunion at some point to perform because I miss them and it hasn’t even been a year yet. I know they’re doing well whether that be returning to their old groups, debuting in a new group, going solo etc. but I still miss them! ‘Downpour’ was so good and I wept so much, if you haven’t listened to it then you’re missing out.
19. Block B – Yesterday
I became a fan of Block B when I saw them at ‘K-Con Paris’ last year – I wasn’t a big fan at the time but their set was so lit and they were probably the most fun group to see live. I was very happy when they announced a European tour earlier this year. Me and Becca went and had the best time ever – especially when Kyung waved at us! This song was released just before the concert and I love it. If you haven’t listened to Block B then you’re really missing out.
18. Black Pink – As If It’s Your Last
Can you imagine how well Black Pink would do if they actually had regular and decent promotions? The girls are already amazingly popular so if they were promoting regularly they could easily do well. But unfortunately YG only gave them one comeback this year for some reason? I’m salty but whatever. I did love ‘As If It’s Your Last’ but I still think compared to their debut songs it wasn’t as good. I can’t wait to see what else they release though!
17. HALO – Here I Am
I heard of HALO because they announced a Europe tour and I’m tempted to go and see them, assuming I have enough money. Before I made up my mind I decided to listen to some of their songs. To be honest with you I’ve only listened to ‘Here I Am’ so far but it’s brilliant! I really hope I can go and see them next year, they’re a brilliant group and I highly recommend them.
16. Oh My Girl – Colouring Book
I couldn’t stand Oh My Girl for a while but now I love them! Although I think some of their older songs like ‘Liar Liar’ and ‘Closer’ are better, I still think ‘Colouring Book’ is great. I’m sad that JinE had to leave but completely understand, it was definitely the right decision and I hope she starts to recover. I’ll continue to support the girls as a seven member group because I know they’ll continue to do well – I’m looking forward to their comeback in January!
15. Sistar – Lonely
This is another song released just before the group disbanded that made me want to cry. I’d just become a big fan of Sistar when they announced their disbandment, how cruel is that? The music video for ‘Lonely’ is probably one of my favourites and the whole song is definitely one of my favourites this year. I’ll miss you Sistar!
14. Good Day – Rolly
I love this song! It’s so cute and puts me in a good mood. I also love the girls’ sparkly outfits. There’s nothing about this song that I don’t love. ‘Good Day’ aren’t that popular but they’re really talented and I recommend giving them a listen!
13. Pristin – We Like
I didn’t like ‘Wee Woo’ when it was first released but after trying it a few times it grew on me and I ended up quite liking Pristin. When ‘We Like’ was released I didn’t like that either at first listen but by the second listen it had grown on me a lot. It’s so catchy and just really a fun song! I’m looking forward to seeing what Pristin release in the future, their songs are so catchy and I love them.
12. MiSO – KKPP
I’m quite a new fan of MiSO but she has some good songs. She’s the maknae of girl group ‘Girls Girls’ and she made her solo debut earlier this year. I first listened to ‘Pink Lady’ which I thought was really good then ‘KKPP’ which was even better! It’s a shame she’s from such a small company because she’s really talented and I’ll definitely be looking out for her work in the future.
11. Jessi – Gucci
Jessi is honestly so good, I think her voice is absolutely amazing and ‘Gucci’ is now one of my favourite songs. I liked some of her other songs like ‘Ssenunni’ and ‘Unpretty Dreams’ but ‘Gucci’ absolutely blew them away, I thought it was so good. Definitely one of my favourite comebacks this year!
10. Hyoyeon – Wannabe
I’m so glad my girl Hyoyeon is finally releasing solo music and proving to everyone that yes, she can sing despite everyone claiming she couldn’t and that she was only in Girls’ Generation because she’s a talented dancer. Hyoyeon can do both, believe it or not! Although I did like ‘Mystery’ I found it was a bit repetitive and didn’t really showcase Hyo’s talent. ‘Wannabe’ was perfect though, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I hope she releases more solo stuff in the future because she’s brilliant!
9. BTS – Not Today
When ‘Spring Day’ was released I was a little disappointed. I love that song now but I didn’t like it at the time because I’m not usually a fan of slower songs. So I was really happy when they dropped the music video for ‘Not Today’ because it was so my taste in music. I loved everything about it, especially the choreography. I’m glad BTS are doing so well but I hope they get chance to rest, I’m low-key stressed about them. Either way I’m looking forward to seeing what they release in the future and I’m still hoping they’ll do their own show in Europe someday but I won’t hold my breath.
8. TWICE – Heart Shaker
TWICE were on the first draft of this list but a lot lower down with ‘Knock Knock’ because I did love that song. I wasn’t as big of a fan of ‘Signal’ so that wouldn’t have been included. Then they released ‘Heart Shaker’ and they were immediately bumped up the list. I don’t know what it is about that song but I love it so much. I can’t stop listening to it! I hope TWICE continue to do well in 2018!
7. Mamamoo – Aze Gag (Dad Jokes)
To be honest when I first saw the teasers for this song I wasn’t impressed – I didn’t think it looked that great. When it was dropped I actually really liked it and it quickly became one of my favourite Mamamoo songs. I wasn’t as big of a fan of ‘Yes I Am’ which was the song I thought I’d prefer. I can’t wait to see what Mamamoo release in the new year!
6. 24K – Only You
This comeback was amazing and I don’t care what anybody says. I love 24K so much! This was a bit different to their other comebacks like ‘Bingo’ or ‘Superfly’ but it was still just as good. Please listen to 24K if you haven’t already, they’re so good and so lovely and I could talk about them all day so just give them a try! I hope they come back to Europe soon, I know they’re going to America next year but I really need to see my boys again soon even though I’ve already seen them three times this year. Am I being greedy or…?
5. Dreamcatcher – Fly High
I think Dreamcatcher are amazing, I love their unique songs and they’re so talented at dancing. I’ve loved all their releases this year but I think ‘Fly High’ is definitely my favourite. I can’t wait to see what Dreamcatcher release next year. It’s been officially announced that Dreamcatcher are doing a Europe tour next year which will include London! Tickets go on sale in the New Year and I hope I get one! I haven’t seen many girl groups live compared to boy groups so I’d love to see Dreamcatcher.
4. AOA – Excuse Me
I kept reading that AOA had completely ‘flopped’ with this comeback and everyone was saying it sucked and I really don’t understand? It was my favourite comeback of theirs so far, I loved everything about it! I had it on repeat from the moment I first listened to it and I still love it. Why does everyone else seem to dislike it? Most people said they preferred ‘Bing Bing’ and while I also loved that, I still thought that ‘Excuse Me’ was so much better. I’m sad Choa left but I hope AOA continue to promote, I’ll be devastated if they split up!
3. Red Velvet – Peek-A-Boo
Red Velvet have had a few comebacks this year and whilst I enjoyed ‘Rookie’ and ‘Red Flavour’ so one of them would’ve made the list, they would’ve been quite a bit further down. Until they released ‘Peek a Boo’ and I was absolutely slayed. It surprised me because I’m not normally a fan of this type of song but I’ve had it on repeat since its release. I’m a little salty it was released mid-November when it would’ve been so much better to release around Halloween, it’s the perfect Halloween song but whatever. I was a bit worried I was going off Red Velvet but nope, they’ve brought me back in again.
2. Girl’s Day – I’ll Be Yours
When I first heard this I hadn’t even realised it was a new release. I don’t know much about Girl’s Day but I assumed it had been out a while and I’d only just got round to finding it. I only know a couple of Girl’s Day songs and those are ‘Ring My Bell’ and ‘Something’ both of which I liked but didn’t particularly love. ‘I’ll Be Yours’ was amazing though, I loved everything about it. I haven’t seen the music video so I can’t comment on that but I love the song so much, I feel like I need to listen to more Girl’s Day now and I can’t wait to see what else they release because I honestly thought this song was brilliant.
1. G-Friend – Fingertip
I love G-Friend so much but you can’t deny that they have a particular sound which makes the majority of their songs sound very similar. That’s probably why I was so impressed when they released ‘Fingertip’. It’s quite funny because all the people who moaned about their songs sounding too similar moaned that this one sounded too different! Like what do you guys actually want? ‘Fingertip’ is so good and I was actually a little disappointed when they released ‘Love Whisper’ because I thought it sounded very similar to ‘Glass Bead’ which was my least favourite song by them.
Either way I love ‘Fingertip’ so much and I hope they release more songs like that in the future!
Let me know what your favourite releases this year were and whether you think I missed out on any absolutely great comebacks or debuts. I can’t wait to see what my favourite groups come out with in 2018 and here’s hoping some of them actually come to Europe so I can see them live!