One thing that threw me off when I first got into K-Pop were subunits. I’d never realised they were a thing and was confused when I couldn’t hear all the girls voices in Girls’ Generation’s ‘Twinkle’ – until I realised this was because it was a subunit and only three of the members were in it! So I figured I’d write a list of my favourite subunit songs!
10. Pristin V (Pristin) – Get It
I was waiting for Pristin to have a group comeback last year but unfortunately they didn’t. However they did debut their subunit ‘Pristin V’ and their song ‘Get It’ was pretty good. My friend Jess really loved it and for a while it was the only song she’d play while I was in her car. It is a good song and the MV’s really good!
9. EXO-CBX (EXO) – Kaching!
I can’t remember why but me and my friends Becca and Jess once spent an evening watching the MVs for the cringiest K-Pop songs we could find. This was one of the first songs they recommended and to be fair it’s a bad song but like in a way that it’s so bad it’s good. I’m pretty sure it’s a Japanese release and I don’t know, even though it’s so bad I can’t help but like it.
8. Oh My Girl Banana (Oh My Girl) – Banana Allergy Monkey
I don’t care what anybody says, I love this song! The dance is really cute, the song is really catchy and I love the MV. I’m glad the other members got to get involved in some way and it wasn’t just focused on the three subunit members. I haven’t been a big fan of Oh My Girl’s recent full-group songs unfortunately so I’m glad they tried something different for their subunit. It was a bit hit and miss with the public but it was a hit with me!
7. LOONA xxyx (LOONA) – love4eva
From the moment LOONA were announced I wanted to be a fan. I didn’t really keep up with each member being introduced but I was eagerly anticipating their debut. Now I’m normally a fan of cute songs but I just didn’t particularly like ‘Hi High’. So far the only LOONA song I really like is this one. The MV is aesthetic goals and the song is awesome. I will keep trying with LOONA because I want to love their songs!
6. Bastarz (Block B) – Zero for Conduct
A couple of years ago me and my friend Becca saw Block B in London (we got a wave off Kyung and Zico acknowledged our existence, it was a good night) and they played this song. It was one of the most lit songs from the entire night. I’m so glad I got to see it live, I love this song so much. I don’t think I liked it from the first listen ‘cos when I first got into K-Pop I kept thinking songs were ‘too intense’ but I soon learnt to love it.
5. Orange Caramel (After School) – Catallena
I’ve mentioned this before but this was technically the first K-Pop song I heard but I don’t count it because I actually thought it was J-Pop. I was just becoming a fan of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu when this song came up in the recommended and I decided to give it a go. I didn’t really like it at first listen, it’s one of those K-Pop songs that I will admit is a bit strange. After a few listens though I love it and it’s pretty much iconic at this point. What a good song. I love Orange Caramel to be honest, they have some great songs like ‘Lipstick’, ‘My Copycat’ and ‘Aing!’. They’re such a good subunit!
4. TTS (Girls’ Generation) – Twinkle
When I first listened to this I got confused about why I couldn’t pick out the other girls voices. I hadn’t been a fan of Girls’ Generation or K-Pop for that long so I didn’t know about subunits but I could pick Sunny’s voice out of most songs. When I couldn’t hear her in this I got confused until I noticed the ‘TTS’ written after ‘Girls’ Generation’ and realised it was a subunit made up of members Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun. SM aren’t very creative with their subunit names, are they? Anyway TTS are some amazing vocalists and have some good songs but my favourite is probably ‘Twinkle’. ‘Dear Santa’ comes a close second followed by ‘Holler’. They just have some awesome songs!
3. Hwasa & Moonbyul (Mamamoo) – Dab Dab
I will argue until the end of time that this song was way better than Solar and Wheein’s ‘Angel’. I’m getting better with slow songs but oh my god, it was boring! Although I did like ‘Dab Dab’ from the beginning it took me a while to properly ‘love’ it but now I do. I’m not much of a fan of the studio version as it seems a bit… I don’t know, dull? Lifeless? The live version was so energetic and so I keep listening to that one instead of the studio version. I’d love to hear it live one day but I doubt that will ever happen.
2. BTS Vocal Line (BTS) – The Truth Untold
I’ve mentioned it before but I don’t particularly like slow songs. I get a bit bored and I prefer something more upbeat and energetic. There are however certain slow songs I will listen to and this one is one of them. To be truthful I find it hard to get into other songs on the album that aren’t the title track so I only gave this one a listen because it was on the set list for the concert I was going to. I quickly ended up loving it and now I listen to it all the time. I love it so much!
1. Strawberry Milk (Crayon Pop) – OK
I loved this song from the first moment I heard it and love pretty much everything about it. I know the entire dance because I love it, the MV is so cute and so much fun, and the song itself is just amazing. I listened to it on the day I was heading to a convention and over the weekend if there was a break during the con I would head up to my hotel room and listen to this song because I just loved it. It’s definitely my favourite subunit song!
Feel free to leave your favourite subunit songs in the comments!