20 Favourite BTS Songs

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About a year ago I wrote a list of my favourite BTS songs, narrowing it down to ten. I wanted to write an updated list but up it to twenty so that I could include more of their solo songs because some of them are just as good if not better than the group songs and I wanted a chance to include them all. So here we go, enjoy my updated list!

20. Danger

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My favourite choreography video will probably forever be the ‘Danger’ one. It’s just amazing and let’s be real, it was definitely J-Hope’s era because he looked amazing. I’ve always wanted to see BTS perform this live but unfortunately I don’t think they ever will because it’s quite an old song and not really one of their ‘popular’ ones which is a shame because I’d love to see the choreography live for this. So whilst it’s not in the top ten for my favourite songs I’d say the choreography would be number one.

19. I’m Fine

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I low-key wish they’d played this at the Wembley concerts instead of ‘So What’ but at least I got to see it live at the Paris concert last year. This song is amazing, the best bit definitely being when Suga comes in absolutely spitting fire. I really like it, I’d love to see them perform it live again someday when I’m not too tired to appreciate it.

18. I Need U

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This song always reminds me of the first time I saw them at K-Con Paris. They didn’t play many songs because obviously there were a lot of groups to fit in so they had a limited set list but they performed this one and I’m so glad they did. Becca says ‘Run’ always reminds her of our trip to Paris but for me I can’t listen to ‘I Need U’ without remembering that trip. It was our first trip abroad together and to be able to see BTS was an amazing bonus (and also the purpose of the trip haha). I think I’d love this song regardless though as it’s one of the first songs I listened to when becoming a fan.

17. Fun Boys

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This used to be my favourite song but unfortunately I think I listened to it one too many times. It’s still one of those songs though that I always want played at a BTS concert because it’s so much fun! Unfortunately I haven’t seen them perform it at one of their own shows but luckily did get to see it at K-Con Paris. I was certain they wouldn’t play it and when they announced their last song I thought it would be ‘War of Hormone’ or something so when the music for Fun Boys started I literally turned to my friends in shock and made sure I had a lit time watching it. So although it’s gone down a few places, it’s still a fun song!

16. First Love (Suga Solo)

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This was Suga’s solo song from the Wings album and I remember listening to it because Jess was telling me about the solo songs from the album and described Suga’s as ‘intense’. I gave it a listen and quickly saw what she meant. It goes quite hard considering he’s rapping about piano but like it’s still a good song and I don’t care what anyone says, it’s one of my favourites from the Wings album.

15. Mikrokosmos

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This is a song I’d normally skip because I’m not really into slow songs but after hearing them perform it live at their Wembley shows I actually quite liked it. When I was listening to it before the show I was kind of like ‘yeah this is okay’ but I wasn’t blown away by it or anything. However them performing it to close the Sunday show after we’d all made them cry by singing ‘Forever Young’ was a touching moment, it made me feel closer to the members somehow and this song is just associated with a good memory now so it’s one of my favourites.

14. Answer: Love Myself

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Everybody needs this song in their life. I’m serious. Another song that became better after seeing them perform live and one that I can always rely on when I’m feeling down. The message is just so important and I love everything about it. If you only listen to one BTS song from this list I definitely recommend it be this one.

13. Fake Love

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I don’t think I was certain about this song when I first heard it but I think it was released during my phase of ‘oh dear, do I still like BTS?’ before they grabbed me by the heels and pulled me back in again. This is probably one of my favourite ones to see live just because I love the fan chant during the chorus because it’s so easy, they sing ‘Fake Love’ and we yell ‘FAKE LOVE’ back at them, doesn’t get much easier than that. This is another one with amazing choreography, my favourite being when they all line up and like take it in turns to dance, I’m not sure how else to describe it – I tried to describe it to Becca at Wembley and just couldn’t but it’s the best bit of the choreography!

12. Anpanman

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The first time I heard of this song was on my way to a K-Pop Night in Birmingham when my friend Jess was like “HAVE YOU HEARD ANPANMAN BY BTS, I LOVE IT SO MUCH” – I didn’t think much of it but they performed it at their concert and I realised that it actually is a fun song. I feel like I love their songs more after seeing them live? I don’t know, there must be something about seeing a group live that makes the songs more enjoyable. But this song is fun and I loved seeing it at Wembley when they had all the inflatables on stage, it looked like so much fun.

11. Airplane Pt.2

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I like listening to this song at the airport or on a plane for relatively obvious reasons. I’m a nervous flyer so having some catchy songs to listen to is always a good idea. I also love listening to it when I’m out and about, I can’t describe how it makes me feel but it’s one of those songs where I feel like you can pretend you’re in a music video whilst walking around while you’re listening to it. It’s just one of those songs.

10. Dionysus

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This song is so lit, let’s be real. They opened both Wembley shows with it and it was the perfect song to kick off the shows as it got everyone pumped and kick started the evening. This is another one that I loved the choreography for, I need to watch the video for it. Ever since the concert I can’t stop listening to it and it’s an amazing song.

9. Serendipity (Jimin Solo)

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This is another one that for ages was my favourite song but again, I think I listened to it one too many times but it hasn’t fallen too many places because I still love it. I don’t understand people who say Jimin can’t sing, I think the boys got an amazing voice and I could listen to this song on repeat for hours without getting tired of it. I loved seeing it performed live and I hope if they tour again they do their solo songs again (I doubt they will but a girl can dream) so I can see this all over again.

8. Singularity (V Solo)

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Yet another song that hadn’t impressed me too much when I listened to it on the album but impressed me a lot seeing it live. In France V’s solo performance was one of my favourites and after watching the BTS Movie I’m shocked to realise how sick he was and how much it upset him afterwards that he felt like he hadn’t put his all in. I genuinely couldn’t even tell at the time of the concert that he wasn’t well and it definitely didn’t affect his solo performance which was one of the best. I love the hazy feel to this song, it reminds me of being drunk and I just really enjoy it. Definitely one of my favourite solo songs.

7. The Truth Untold (Vocal Line)

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(I couldn’t find a gif for the song so enjoy this gif of the Vocal Line)

I really didn’t appreciate this song enough in Paris. Me and my friends Becca and Jess had literally gotten back from Asia a couple of days beforehand so were jetlagged enough but we then had to get up on Friday at 2AM to catch our flight to Paris, queue all day and honestly we were exhausted so whenever BTS performed a slow song I unfortunately zoned out a little bit. I’m so glad they performed it at Wembley because after the concert it quickly became one of my favourite songs and it was nice to be able to fully appreciate it this time. It’s an amazing song and I love it so much.

6. Epiphany (Jin Solo)

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I actually LOVE this song which surprised me as I normally really hate slow songs (I say as I add like a million of BTS’ slow songs to this list). It’s just beautiful and an amazing song to see live, the venue always looks so pretty with all the light sticks lit up. When he performed it after the first Wembley show Becca turned to me and went “MAN’S GOT PIPES” and she ain’t wrong. She definitely ain’t wrong.

5. Just Dance (J-Hope solo)

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The best solo song from the Love Yourself album, let’s be real. Also one of the best solo songs to see live because J-Hope is just so full of energy and never gives a bad performance. I loved seeing it at the Wembley show because we started up a ‘J-Hope’ chant and you could tell how much it meant to him. This song never disappoints and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.

4. Lie (Jimin Solo)

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My absolute favourite solo song, loved it from the moment I first listened to it. And now I love the song even more because it’s associated with a happy memory. Unfortunately I never got to see it live but this song always reminds me of our trip to South Korea. We went to karaoke one night, sang this song and it was an absolute mess especially the high note. I think it was my favourite song that we sang because it was so bloody funny. The song itself is just amazing and again, Jimin has an amazing voice. This is definitely one of the best solo songs.

3. Tear (Rap Line)

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This song goes HARD and I love it. It’s one of the songs that if I’d have listened to when I first became a K-Pop song I’d have thought ‘oh God this is intense’ but now that I’m more used to K-Pop it’s one of my favourite songs. This was another great one to see live, the black and white filter on the screens made it seem really edgy and I just loved it. The rap line are so energetic I swear to God, I couldn’t rap like that whilst dancing around the stage I’d be absolutely floored before the chorus even hit. I like whacking this song on when I wanna listen to something ‘angsty’ and it never fails.

2. Mic Drop

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This song is LIT, I don’t even care what anybody says, if you don’t like it then fine but you can’t deny it’s lit. I wasn’t a big fan of the Steve Aoki remix at first but now I think I prefer it, it’s easier to sing at concerts as well as there’s more English lines. This song came out when I was going through that ‘do I still like BTS’ phase and it definitely put my faith back in them as this song was amazing upon first listen and I couldn’t get enough of it. I think it’ll forever be one of my favourite songs.

1. Idol

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I did love this song upon first listen but I think it became solidified as my favourite after seeing it live at Wembley because it was definitely the most fun song of the night. The music videos a bit weird yeah but I still like it and I definitely love the song more than anything. If this song came on during a night out you’d best believe I’d be tearing up the dance floor and I hope BTS don’t remove it from their set-list anytime soon because it’s amazing.

There you have it, my twenty favourite BTS songs. Feel free to leave a comment with your favourites!

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Favourite vs. Least Favourite K-Pop Songs

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When I was a teenager I loved pretty much any song my favourite artists released but K-Pop is funny as the same group can have many completely different sounding comebacks. When I first got into K-Pop this really surprised me – I remember being a big fan of 2NE1’s ‘I Am the Best’ so I decided to listen to more of their stuff and clicked onto ‘Come Back Home’ which had a completely different vibe.

Anyway, even if I love and stan a group they can sometimes release songs that I’m not a massive fan of so I decided to write a list of my favourite vs least favourite songs by my favourite K-Pop artists!

Girls’ Generation

Favourite Song: I Got a Boy

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Least Favourite Song: Genie

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It’s been no secret on this blog that my favourite Girls’ Generation song is ‘I Got a Boy’. It was the first song I listened to by them and I loved everything about it. Even now I don’t think anything will top it. Now I don’t hate Genie but I really don’t like the leg movement (as shown in the gif) and compared to their other songs I just find it a little annoying. Fun fact, I got proper backlash when I responded to a tweet that said ‘Girls’ Generation’s worst title song is Party’ – others were replying with their least favourites so I responded ‘Incorrect, it’s Genie’ and suddenly I was getting messages from angry SONEs who clearly thought I hated the whole group! I deleted the tweet because it was clearly taken the wrong way but gosh, people need to learn to chill.

Crayon Pop

Favourite Song: Uh-Ee

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Least Favourite Song: HaPaTaKa

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My favourite song by Crayon Pop changes quite regularly because I love pretty much all of them. However, I really didn’t like ‘HaPaTaKa’ from the FM album. It only had three songs, I obviously loved ‘FM’ and I thought ‘1,2,3,4’ was sweet but ‘HaPaTaKa’ is just boring and pointless. At least it’s not a title track I suppose but yeah, not particularly a fan of that one!

BTS

Favourite Song: Idol

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Least Favourite Song: Just One Day

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To be honest my favourite BTS song changes all the time and I don’t doubt that I’ll post it and immediately have a new favourite song but at the moment I do love ‘Idol’. I don’t think I loved it at first listen but after a couple more times it quickly grew on me and seeing it live at Wembley was SO much fun. It’s such an energetic song! There aren’t many songs I dislike but unfortunately I find ‘Just One Day’ a little bit boring. I haven’t listened to it a ton so who knows, it may grow on me one day? I’m not sure I’ll ever be a massive fan of ‘Ma City’ because it’s my friends alarm tone so the start of the song just reminds me of extremely tiring, bad mood mornings from sleepovers haha!

AOA

Favourite Song: Bingle Bangle

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Least Favourite Song: Heart Attack

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I won’t go on and on about this one because I’ve already mentioned how much I dislike the song ‘Heart Attack’ on this blog before but yeah, I’ve tried several times to like this song and I just can’t. I love pretty much all other AOA songs, especially ‘Bingle Bangle’ – Jimin’s rap absolutely makes the song, you can’t tell me otherwise. But I can’t get into ‘Heart Attack’ no matter how much I want to.

Red Velvet

Favourite Song: Really Bad Boy

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Least Favourite Song: One of These Nights

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Everybody proper hyped up ‘Bad Boy’ and although I liked it I can’t say it’s ever been one of my favourite Red Velvet songs because I prefer something a bit more energetic. Like don’t get me wrong, it was good and I liked the vibe but it’s not really my usual type of song. ‘Really Bad Boy’ hooked me right from the start and is definitely more my type of song. As already mentioned I’m not the biggest fan of slow songs so I didn’t really enjoy ‘One of These Nights’. Sure, Red Velvet’s vocals are good but it’s still not their most interesting song.

Mamamoo

Favourite Song: Egotistic

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Least Favourite Song: Starry Night

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After ‘Starry Night’ was released I started to go off Mamamoo a little bit because I didn’t like ‘Egotistic’ either. Until Jess gave me a lift home one night and blasted that song the entire way back. I started listening to it on Spotify and started to appreciate it a lot more until it eventually became my favourite song. I can’t get into ‘Starry Night’, it’s another song that just feels too boring for me. I’m not sure how much I love Mamamoo anymore but I’ll keep an eye on their future releases.

Block B

Favourite Song: Very Good

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Least Favourite Song: Toy

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Now I don’t dislike ‘Toy’ but like most songs I’m not a huge fan of it’s just a bit slow and doesn’t really capture my interest. Also was the dab in the choreography necessary? I prefer their other upbeat songs, ‘Very Good’ being one of my favourites. I do love ‘Jackpot’ as well though. Block B have some absolute bangers, I’m just not a massive fan of ‘Toy’.

TWICE

Favourite Song: Yes or Yes?

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Least Favourite Song: Signal

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You either love or hate TWICE and I absolutely love them. I’ve loved pretty much all of their comebacks except some have taken a little longer to grow on me. For example everybody was hyping up ‘TT’ but I didn’t see the appeal. Even now that I like the song it’s still not my favourite TWICE song. But my least favourite was quickly replaced with ‘Signal’ – it’s not a bad song and I don’t hate it but God it’s definitely not their best. My favourite TWICE song changes pretty much every comeback and I loved ‘Yes or Yes’ straightaway so that’s currently my favourite.

EXO

Favourite Song: Monster

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Least Favourite Song: Wolf

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Not many people love Wolf, let’s be fair – I’m not the biggest EXO fan on the planet so I don’t know a ton of their songs but I do like quite a few of them, my favourite being Monster. I’ve only listened to one EXO-CBX song and that was because me and my friends were showing each other the cringiest K-Pop songs we could find and they put on ‘Ka-CHING’ which although cringey I actually really love.

Oh My Girl

Favourite Song: Closer

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Least Favourite Song: Secret Garden

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I wasn’t really a big fan of Oh My Girl’s releases last year. I liked ‘Banana Allergy Monkey’ but that was a subunit debut so it doesn’t really count. Oh My Girl are one of my favourite groups so I did want to like their comebacks last year but I just… Didn’t? I didn’t really like ‘Remember Me’ either. I love their older stuff like ‘Liar Liar’ and ‘Windy Day’, and especially love ‘Closer’ but I don’t know. Their stuff this year just wasn’t doing it for me.

Black Pink

Favourite Song: Kill This Love

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Least Favourite Song: Playing With Fire

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Most new Black Pink songs take a while to grow on me before I decide that yeah, they’re good songs. ‘Kill This Love’ was different because from that first listen I was in love. It was just so… I don’t even know but I couldn’t stop listening to it! I loved absolutely everything about it – even my sister who’s not really a fan of K-Pop was getting hyped about this song. Now I don’t dislike ‘Playing With Fire’ but I think out of all their songs it just doesn’t interest me as much. Weirdly I quite liked ‘Stay’ considering my hatred for slow songs but couldn’t get into ‘Playing With Fire’ as much.

So yeah, those are my favourite vs least favourite K-Pop songs! Feel free to leave a comment with yours and we can compare!

BTS at Wembley 2019: Review

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You have no idea the relief I felt when BTS announced they were coming back to Europe and I saw I’d actually be around for their London show. Even better, they were coming on a Saturday (1st June 2019). I wouldn’t need to book any time off work and travelling to London would be much better than travelling back to Paris yet again – I’d seen BTS twice and both times had had no choice but to travel to Paris if I wanted to see them. I wrote a review of their Paris show at their last tour here if you want to read that.

I’d thought buying tickets for the Paris was a nightmare, which it was, but this took it to a whole new level. I was more prepared this time and told work I’d be in two hours late instead of one and sat at my computer ready to battle it out for tickets. Ticketmaster had other plans though and kept being a dick and kicking me, Becca and a ton of other fans on Twitter out of the virtual queue. Fans on Twitter were advising people to use the app so I downloaded it and gave it a go – it showed me some tickets and I swear I clicked straightaway only for it to be like ‘lol, sorry no’. We tried for ages until eventually the website wasn’t even trying anymore and was just telling me it was now sold out.

This was a first for me – no matter how difficult it’s been I’ve always managed to get tickets to a concert I’ve been desperate to go to. As they were only doing one night me and Becca decided we’d try and get some resale tickets. This also turned out to be a nightmare as a couple of times I went through the whole process on getmein only for it to tell me at the last second it was sold out. Luckily eventually Becca secured us two tickets and we both went to work. Our tickets were worth about £70 each and we’d spent £180 each on them. We spent more to sit towards the back than we would’ve had to if we’d sat at the front.

Now I HATE scalpers, I hate the whole principal and a lot of fans on Twitter were like ‘don’t buy them as it just feeds the fire’ and whilst I agree I was just so desperate to go that I had to pay it. My cut off for ticket prices had been £200 each so this was technically still in my budget. To be truthful though I wasn’t like thrilled we were going, just relieved and annoyed that I’d had to spend so much more ‘cos of some asshole trying to make some extra cash.

A few hours later ticketmaster started tweeting some teasing stuff to BTS fans and I just knew they were gonna announce another date and I was fed up by this point. Me and Becca discussed it and because we’re such trash bags we decided if they did announce another date we’d try again for tickets. If we got official ones then great but if not we wouldn’t buy off scalpers this time. And of course the very next morning they announced there was gonna be a Sunday (2nd June 2019) concert too.

I didn’t dare go into work and ask to come in late yet again so I had to try and buy them whilst AT work which proved to be yet another nightmare of ticketmaster not working. After about an hour I decided to try on the app again and it loaded for ages before finally showing me two tickets. I clicked, thinking what would happen before would happen again, but I started entering my info. I was shaking so much and my heart was beating fast but soon I’d hit check out and the tickets were ours! They were better seats than our Saturday ones and they’d cost a little bit less, about £140 each. That was settled, we were going for both nights.

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It came around a lot quicker than I thought it would and before I knew it we were on the train on our way to London. The journey went quite quickly and we went straight to check into our hotel at Kings Cross. Not the best hotel we’ve ever stayed in but we didn’t intend on spending much time in the hotel anyway. Unfortunately it was super hot that weekend in London and our room didn’t have any air con or even a window we could open (just a door leading outside which was stressful) but as mentioned, we weren’t planning on spending much time in the hotel anyway. We dumped our heavy bag in the room before heading to Kings Cross to get some lunch.

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We had a quick lunch at Giraffe, withdrew some cash and then started off on the 30 minute underground journey to Wembley Stadium. It was still quite early at this point but we wanted enough time to arrive, have a look around, find the right entrance, wait in line, get a drink etc. before finding our seat. I’d moaned in the Paris review about having to stand at the back and that I prayed we’d get seated tickets next time so I was relieved when they announced every ticket was seated. It’s honestly just so much easier and more enjoyable.

To be fair if you hadn’t been able to get a ticket online it might be worth just turning up and hoping for the best as a few people were selling tickets right outside the tube station when we arrived. The walk to Wembley Stadium was packed full of people walking and taking photos as there were lots of banners up with the members faces on them. Me and Becca took a couple as well but with so many people around it was hard to get decent ones.

We’d both agreed beforehand that we wanted a light stick each. Neither of us were sure how much they cost but we took out £50 each and hoped that would be enough. The queue for light sticks was long but not too long as luckily there were several different stands to buy light sticks so we joined this straightaway. It was hot out and we were both dying but the queue moved quite quickly. When we got to the front I had no idea what the guy was saying but luckily Becca understood and it turned out to be £94 for two light sticks so about £47 each including batteries. Quite expensive but apparently when Becca looked on Amazon there were some going for about £60 each so in the grand scheme of things not too bad.

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We both sat down to figure them out which is when my phone decided to be an asshole and just wouldn’t connect to any internet so I couldn’t download the bloody app to sync up the light stick even though Becca managed to download it in like twenty seconds. We went off to find the queue whilst I stressed about my phone not connecting for no reason whatsoever. I was probably doing Becca’s head in but I hadn’t just spent £47 for it not to sync up. There were pairing booths dotted around the arena so if worst came to worst I’d have to use one of those.

Finding our entrance was a NIGHTMARE, we were entrance A and the first person we asked told us to go right so we walked up but the signs were telling us to go left so we did, then we got directed downstairs, then we got directed to the back of a long queue which we joined only when we got to the front the guy told us we’d been in the wrong queue all along. We were getting a bit annoyed by this point so Becca was like “but we just waited all that time?” and the guy was like “well yeah but it was the wrong one, you should’ve checked” and she was like “We did? Four times?” After what felt like forever though we finally managed to go through our actual entrance.

By this point my phone had finally gained some signal and I’d been able to download the app. We both grabbed a drink then headed to our seats which weren’t actually as bad as I’d been anticipating. We were quite far up but over to the left instead of right at the back of the arena. Our view was clear and to be honest I appreciate that at K-Pop concerts so you can see the amazing choreography.

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We decided to sync up our light sticks and I dunno what the fuck is wrong with my phone but no matter how hard I try (I’ve even tried at home) it just won’t pick up my light stick. Becca’s connected almost instantly and I didn’t really know what to do until the light stick instructions played on the screen (this happened regularly before the show started) and luckily advised that you can sync up more than one light stick to one phone so Becca kindly synced mine up on her phone so they were both ready. For anyone not sure what I mean by syncing it up – you put in your ticket information and then throughout the concert the light sticks change colours to match the songs and they can change by sections and stuff, like for example during ‘Anpanman’ the whole place was rainbow themed and it looks amazing as someone controls all the light sticks. It does look incredible.

There was a long wait until the start of the show but at least we were sat down so it wasn’t too bad. They played BTS music videos whilst we were waiting, and me and Becca tried to learn the name fan chant. Well we know their names but we wanted to get the order right. We kept fucking it up and it was pretty useless as although we eventually learnt the chant we weren’t sure when they came in. Whenever the crowd started chanting I never picked it up until they got to Kim Taehyung anyway. The one time I did manage to get it on Jung Hoseok and nearly knocked Becca out with my light stick ‘cos I was so excited about it.

After about an hour and forty five minutes I’d guess a video started playing on screen and there had been some cloths on stage which were pulled back so that’s how we knew the concert was starting – they couldn’t dim the lights as it was an open arena so it was quite bright for most of it. We all stood up and the concert began!

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They opened with ‘Dionysus’ which was lit as hell. To be honest I hadn’t been overly keen on ‘Boy with Love’ when I first heard it so I’d sort of put off listening to the album but had listened to it a few days before going to the concert. That’s probably my favourite song off the album as its so much fun and seeing it live was awesome. Then they moved onto ‘Not Today’ which is one of the most motivational songs ever – I listen to it at the gym and it always keeps me moving. They didn’t perform ‘Not Today’ when we saw them in Paris so it was amazing to finally see it live. The next song was ‘Outro: Wings’ before they all went backstage and the first solo stage started.

My favourite solo song off their album is definitely J-Hope’s ‘Just Dance’ as it’s just such a fun song! It was nice to actually be able to see it this time instead of having to look over hundreds of people’s heads in Paris. In the middle of the song we all started up a chant of “J-HOPE! J-HOPE! J-HOPE!” and you could just see how much fun he was having with it. I love that song so much that I was sad when it finished but at least I knew I’d be seeing it again the following night.

Next up was Jungkook with ‘Euphoria’. To be honest ‘Euphoria’ is probably my least favourite solo song but the performance was still good. Before we’d gone Becca had been telling me about clips she’d seen of the tour on Twitter and had told me “Oh yeah and Jungkook swings round the stage, you know like that girl that pretends to be dead? Just like that” then after a pause said “Well you know, not exactly like that”. I’d pissed myself imagining Jungkook pretending to be dead as he swung around the arena singing ‘Euphoria’. He did glide over the crowd but it was much more graceful than Becca had originally described!

The boys came back on stage and performed ‘Best of Me’. I hadn’t listened to that song much before the concert but it was good and as usual the boys were full of energy that it was just impossible to have a bad time. I was really glad me and Becca had the light sticks as to be honest sometimes at concerts I’m not really sure what to do with my arms so at least I had this to wave around.

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It was time for another couple of solo stages and next up were Jimin and RM. Jimin entered the stage from below inside of a bubble and I couldn’t resist quipping to Becca “HE CAME UP IN A BUBBLE DAWG” (if you saw that Wicked Witch of the East meme you’ll know what I was referencing). I wasn’t sure about this song upon first listening to it but it quickly climbed the list and became one of my favourite songs. It’s one of those I listen to when I’m pissed off about something and it calms me down. I love the song so much that if I wasn’t such a J-Hope stan I think Jimin would be my bias. The performance was incredible as usual, Jimin is so talented.

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Next up was RM with ‘Trivia: Love’ which is another song I love. This one was good because towards the end of the song they were adding special effects to the screen to make it look like RM was drawing hearts and stuff like that. It just looked really incredible!

The boys came back out and there was a group performance of ‘Boy with Luv’ which is their new title track. To be honest I wasn’t 100% sure if I liked it when I first heard it – I love the music video, the aesthetic and the choreography but I wasn’t sure about the song itself. Whilst it’s still not of my favourites it has definitely grown on me and it was a fun performance. Next up was a medley of ‘Dope’, ‘Bapsae’ and ‘Fire’. ‘Dope’ and ‘Fire’ are two of my favourite songs and while I wish they’d performed both songs in a full version I appreciate that with all the solo songs there are only so many full songs they can sing. At least they were included although I do wish they’d add ‘Fun Boys’ back to the set list.

Next up was ‘Idol’ which to be honest is probably one of the list lit songs of theirs to see live. They’d opened with it at the Paris show and although I’d appreciated it there was something much more fun about it at the London shows. As I had more energy I was dancing and screaming the lyrics at the top of my lungs, it was just so much fun!

Another solo song next and this time it was V with ‘Singularity’ which again, hadn’t loved originally but had grown on me. I just like the hazy feeling to it, it reminds me of feeling drunk and I love the performance with the masks and everything. In this one V appears on the stage in a bed with his eyes closed then opens them just as he begins to sing. It was an amazing performance before the rest of the boys joined him to perform ‘Fake Love’. ‘Fake Love’ is another song that’s more fun when it’s live, I love doing the ‘FAKE LOVE’ chant during the chorus and I love the choreography for this one too.

It was time for the last solo stages which of course were Suga and Jin’s. Suga was up first with ‘Seesaw’ which has grown on me more since the concert but all I can hear in the chorus is “alright, I want the cheesecake” – I know those aren’t genuinely the lyrics but that’s all my stupid brain can hear. Luckily that’s what Becca hears as well so the two of us just sang that without a care in the world. That’s the one annoying thing about K-Pop concerts, you wanna sing along but you know you’re pronouncing every word incorrectly.

Next up was Jin’s ‘Epiphany’ which is a BEAUTIFUL song. To be honest I didn’t like it at the Paris show. I was exhausted and I’ve never really loved slow songs anyway so although I appreciated the lights in the venue I wasn’t having a good time. Now I LOVE that song, that song makes me feel so many things. It’s such a lovely song and I can’t believe there are people who say Jin can’t sing. Becca turned to me at the end and went “MAN’S GOT PIPES!” She ain’t wrong.

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‘The Truth Untold’ was next which is the vocal line Jin, Jungkook, V and Jimin. Another song I hadn’t appreciated at the Paris show because I was so tired that any slow song sort of sent me drifting off. I was quite sad because it quickly became one of my favourite songs and I hadn’t appreciated it enough so I was glad to see it again. It was a beautiful performance but it did look like Jimin was crying which was proper stressing me out. I think he was sick because he kept holding his throat and did cough a few times the next day but he sounded absolutely amazing so you’d have never guessed.

It was time for the rap lines song next which is ‘Outro: Tear’ performed by J-Hope, Suga and RM. This is another song that I liked at the time but now love more that I’ve left the concert. On the screens they put a black and white filter which gave it an edgy vibe and the three of them were just so energetic. I wish I’d gotten a video of it but I was just enjoying the moment.

Back to group performances it was time for ‘Mic Drop’ which they claimed was their last song of the night but we all knew it wasn’t. We’d been given banners as we’d entered Wembley and were told to get them out when ‘Army Time’ appeared on the screen and it hadn’t appeared yet. They played the remix version of ‘Mic Drop’ and it was LIT, I got a video of me and Becca singing to it and it was another one of those songs that was so much fun to see live.

They went offstage but the lights stayed down so we all knew they were gonna come back for an encore. It was a bit of a wait but it didn’t matter as it gave us all a chance to sit down. There was a lot of chanting and then we all started doing Mexican waves around the arena for some reason. After about maybe ten minutes I wanna say, maybe less, BTS came back out and performed ‘Anpanman’ which was fun as they blew up some inflatable’s in the middle part of the arena including a bouncy slide so the members sang whilst playing around on them which was random but a lot of fun! I feel like there was a lot more going on visually at this concert compared to the Paris one last year but maybe that’s just ‘cos I could actually see this year!

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I can’t remember at what points specifically but the boys did stop to interact with the crowd occasionally. RM drove Becca absolutely up the wall by only speaking in a British accent for some reason. All the members attempted to speak completely in English except for Suga when a translator got involved. I was glad we were at the London show as the translations were made to English but to be honest it didn’t 100% sound like the translator knew what he was doing – a bit like the one at Block B previously, a member would say something really long, there’d be a pause and the translator would be like “He is having a good time”.

I can’t remember everything every member said but I know Jin talked about how he was amazed to be playing at Wembley and talked about the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ before the doing the whole ‘AY-O’ bit that Freddie Mercury had done. RM also brought up other groups that he looked up to that had played at Wembley and mentioned ‘Coldplay’ which Becca was outraged by. The boys also got us all doing yet another Mexican wave with our light sticks. They kept thanking us and talking about their disbelief in playing at Wembley and it was really touching, you could tell just how grateful they were for their fans. The only moment that had me shook was when V was making his speech and at the end he said, in the most sincere voice I’ve ever heard, “fuck you” – Becca’s convinced he meant to say ‘thank you’ but I can’t tell. If he’d like shouted it or something then I could maybe think okay but it was said in the sweetest voice! [Disclaimer: I just watched a video and he’s actually saying ‘thank you’ in a British accent – oh dear hun, it definitely sounded like ‘fuck you’!]

Up next was ‘So What’ which like is a good song but personally I’d have preferred ‘I’m Fine’ but never mind, ‘So What’ is still good. Except for the video Becca took where you can hear us both singing along and we sound like overexcited sea lions. This was followed by ‘Make It Right’ before finally ‘Army Time’ appeared on the screen, we took out our banners and the boys performed ‘Mikrokosmos’. And just like that Wembley day one was over!

Getting onto the tube with thousands of other fans who had been at Wembley was a nightmare to be honest but luckily the train was mostly empty so we managed to get on. We were right at the front so we could’ve got a seat but unfortunately I hesitated and we missed out, something Becca was very keen to keep reminding me of on the journey back to our hotel as the train was packed full. Luckily we weren’t that many stops away from the venue so we came off the tube; grabbed some snacks and we were soon back at our hotel.

Last time we’d been to London we’d had a late night and an early morning making us both hate our lives but luckily this time we didn’t need to get up early for anything so we were both looking forward to a lie-in. The lie-in wasn’t as long as I’d been hoping for as neither of us slept well – the beds weren’t very comfy, the slightest noise was so loud and it was boiling hot. Irritatingly there wasn’t a window, just a door that leads to the outside which kept me paranoid all night long.

We’d originally intended to make a plan for the day but as usual neither of us had planned anything. However we’d seen everyone walking around with BT21 headbands at the concert the day before so we decided we’d quite like one. We had a quick breakfast at Pret then for some reason decided to visit the Harry Potter shop in Kings Cross. I had more money than I’d had last time so I bought a couple of necklaces whilst Becca was sensible and didn’t buy anything. After that we headed to Camden to visit the BT21 pop up shop.

Jesus Christ. We joined the queue and after a few minutes were told most things had sold out and we were now about an hour away from the front. I asked if they had any headbands left and they said no which was disappointing but we decided to wait anyway as we’d seen other people coming out with pillows and they looked quite cute. It was absolutely boiling in that queue, neither of us had a drink and we were stuck there for legit almost two hours. It was Hell but eventually it was our turn and we went upstairs into the shop. To be honest I feel like it was difficult to appreciate ‘cos I was hot and tired by this point, and fed up of being surrounded by other people. Me and Becca took a couple of photos, grabbed a pillow each (I got Chimmy and Becca got Koya), grabbed a post card and just checked out. Our next stop was a drink, just something hastily grabbed from Superdrug because I couldn’t be arsed to shop around.

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We went to Primark but neither of us bought anything, had lunch in McDonalds and then we desperately needed some more AAA batteries. Becca had checked the battery on her light stick that morning via the app and it was on low so we’d both need to replace them. Neither of us knew where to get batteries from and after a lot of debate Becca rang WHSmith who said they did sell them. On the way back to the hotel we picked some up, had a ten minute rest in the hotel before heading back to Wembley for night two.

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We’d been considering getting some merch but it was mostly just t-shirts so we decided to give it a miss and headed into the venue. Our entrance was a lot easier to find this time and we quickly found our seats. We were much closer than we’d been the day before, the only issue was that the chairs weren’t the comfiest and were a lot smaller than the ones in the stands are so it was a bit more uncomfortable waiting for the concert to start but it didn’t matter too much as we’d be stood up for most of the concert anyway.

The set list was the same as the day before but there were a couple of differences when they stopped to interact with us. The first was that they added a ‘Harry Potter’ section. Jin used stupefy on Jungkook, I can’t remember all the other spells, someone said ‘lumos’ then all our light sticks lit up. V came forward and said ‘purple’ and all our light sticks turned purple. Becca, being the massive nerd she is, was like “That’s not even a spell!” J-Hope cast a ‘fire spell’ which made fire appear from the stage. I’m glad they did that instead of making the typical fish and chips jokes that many groups make when they come to England.

Also when they left after ‘Mic Drop’ just before their encore a message appeared on the screen advising fans of a secret event we were going to do for BTS. When the words ‘Army Sing’ appeared on the screen we were all going to sing the final chorus of ‘Forever Young’. This was really exciting as I’d never done anything like this at a concert before and I turned to Becca and went “I really hope they cry!” Sounds harsh but like I wanted it to be emotional!

After they’d all made their final speeches they prepared to sing ‘Mikrokosmos’ again but the music for ‘Forever Young’ started. It was quite sweet as they didn’t really know what was happening then turned around and saw the lyrics on the screen and realised. I’m so glad they put up the lyrics as I don’t actually know ‘Forever Young’ all that well (they’d played the music video for that about fifty times in the venue so they were clearly preparing us). I know Jimin, Jungkook and J-Hope definitely cried and the others looked close to it if they weren’t actually crying.

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It was actually really emotional, I didn’t cry but I was extremely close to it. Until of course Becca leaned over and went “Yo Taehyung’s highlighter is popping, I need some of that!” to which I responded “Becca, I’m trying to cry.” After that they each made a speech, Suga said he thought they’d messed up with the music when it started playing. I’m glad we went for both nights in the end as I would’ve hated to have missed that moment.

Before we knew it that was it. No more BTS concerts to look forward to. The comedown was hard when I went back to work I’m not gonna lie. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll come back to Europe again, do two more nights in London and I can get tickets to both again. Going to both nights was definitely better than just the one. It was nice to finally see them at their own concert and have a bit of energy instead of feeling half dead like I did in Paris.

This was quite long, sorry about that! I hope you enjoyed it anyway. If you were at either of the shows let me know your favourite part!

30 Favourite K-Pop Songs of 2018

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I’ve only made this for fun, similar to when I made last year’s post. This is just my opinion, feel free to disagree or leave comments with any songs you think I missed this year! I’m only featuring groups once on the list and the songs could be comebacks, debuts, solo releases and it’s not just K-Pop some Japanese songs may be included. Here goes nothing!

30. KHAN – I’m Your Girl?

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I don’t know much about KHAN but I came across a tweet on Twitter hyping up this song so I decided to check it out. It’s a good song – not my favourite from 2018 but still a good song nonetheless. I wish KHAN every success for the future!

29. Moonbyul ft. Seulgi – Selfish

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Considering Moonbyul is my Mamamoo bias and Seulgi is my Red Velvet bias it’s safe to say that when I heard about this song I was super excited. The girls suited each other so well and it was an amazing collab. We need more collabs between companies, this song was amazing!

28. Oh My Girl – Secret Garden

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Last year Oh My Girl were at number 16 on my list with ‘Colouring Book’ but unfortunately this year they’ve dropped a few places because I wasn’t really a fan of their comebacks this year. I’m not sure what it is because I know I’m not a fan of like the chill vibe in songs but ‘Closer’ was relatively chill and I love that song so much. I’m not sure; I just wasn’t a big fan of Oh My Girl’s releases this year. But ‘Secret Garden’ still made it to the list because it is a sweet song!

27. Pristin V – Get It

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My friend Jess probably would’ve placed this song a lot higher up the list because she loved this song. I remember at one point she’d give me a lift places and this song would be on repeat the entire time. We went to a K-Pop Night in Birmingham and she requested that the DJ play this song (I don’t think he did which she was disappointed about). It is a good song but not really 100% my taste. Still a good song though!

26. Nature – Some (You’ll be Mine)

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Nature only debuted this year and I think this was another song I found through people raving on Twitter. At first I’m not sure this is the song for me because it’s quite sweet but then the chorus hits and it goes hard. The girls’ dancing is amazing and the song is really good! I hope they’re another group that continue to do well.

25. EXID – Lady

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Everyone’s been raving about EXID’s ‘I Love You’ but truthfully, I wasn’t a massive fan. Obviously I’m over the moon that Solji’s back so I wanted to love it but unfortunately I didn’t. To be truthful I’m not the biggest fan of EXID’s new stuff because it doesn’t feel as iconic as their old stuff but ‘Lady’ was still a good song and I’m still looking forward to future EXID releases.

24. NCT U – Baby Don’t Stop

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I feel like the only reason I listen to NCT songs is because Becca sings them on repeat so I end up checking them out because they’re stuck in my head. I first heard this song when on holiday in Greece. We were driving through Crete and Becca was in charge of the playlist and she played this song. I actually enjoyed it so the next day I asked if she could put it on again. I’m not the biggest NCT fan but they do have some bops, this one included!

23. Cosmic Girls – Dreams Come True

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Cosmic Girls came in at 26th on last year’s list with ‘I Wish’ – with hindsight I probably would’ve ranked that song higher because I love it more as time has gone on. No doubt something similar will happen with ‘Dreams Come True’ because although I think it’s a good song, it’s not my favourite song ever. But it’s still a great song; I can’t wait to see what Cosmic Girls release in 2019!

22. Laysha – Pink Label

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I only discovered Laysha this year with their song ‘Chocolate Cream’ which I instantly loved. So when they dropped their ‘Pink Label’ comeback I was quick to watch it and loved it pretty much straightaway. It’s a cool song!

21. J-Hope – daydream

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J-Hope is my BTS bias so when I found out he was releasing a solo song I was over the moon and he definitely didn’t disappoint. I loved pretty much everything about it, the song, the music video… It was all amazing and you could tell how hard he’d worked on it. I’m so proud of my boy and I love this song so much!

20. Hyolyn – Dally

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Okay but to have a body and able to dance like Hyolyn… Would actually be a dream come true. This song is absolutely perfect for Hyolyn and she absolutely slayed it. I think it took me a couple of listens to get into but once I did I was gone, it’s such a good song.

19. Jennie – Solo

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I’m a bit sick of people moaning that this sounded like ‘Gashina’. I love this song and I think Jennie did amazing. As the first member of Black Pink to do a solo I think she did incredibly well. It’s a good song and I loved it from first listen. I hope more Black Pink members get solos in the future because this one was awesome.

18. 24K – Bonnie n Clyde

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So 24K made the announcement this year that Kisu was joining the military and that they’d added a new member called Kiyong. It was their first comeback without Kisu and I was a little disappointed as Kisu’s always been quite high on my bias list. But this song was still amazing and I love Kiyong, he’s so sweet. I went to see them in Paris and had the best time ever; hearing this song live was amazing. I can’t wait to see what 24K comeback with in 2019!

17. Oh My Girl Banhana – Banana Allergy Monkey

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Okay, there’s been some divide about this song… But I don’t care; I think it’s a cute and fun song! I don’t care if it’s a bit childish; sometimes music can just be fun! I preferred this song to Oh My Girl’s main releases this year and loved that they didn’t take themselves too seriously and just went for it. I wasn’t 100% sure at first but as time went on I loved it a lot. Definitely one of my favourite songs of 2018!

16. Hyo – Sober

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I wasn’t 100% certain on this song at first but after a few listens I suddenly couldn’t stop listening to it. I don’t normally like English versions of K-Pop songs but I ended up preferring the English version to this song for some reason. Hyoyeon just absolutely killed it. I also loved ‘Punk Right Now’ as well but ‘Sober’ was definitely higher up on my list of favourite 2018 songs. I can’t wait to see what she releases in 2019!

15. LOONA yyxy – love4eva

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Pretty much every K-Pop fan has heard of LOONA due to the loyal fan base who constantly spam pretty much everything with comments saying ‘anyway stan LOONA’. Ever since I’d heard about LOONA’s concept I’d wanted to become a fan but didn’t really enjoy their debut. However I loved the yyxy subunit song of ‘love4eva’ right from the first listen. I also love the music video and just pretty much everything about it. It’s such a good song!

14. Oh!GG – ‘Lil Touch

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Girls’ Generation were at 24 on my list last year with ‘Holiday’ – it’s safe to say I was way more impressed with this year’s comeback. Although I’m sad that there are only five members left it’s also good in a way because members who previously didn’t get many lines are now getting a chance to shine. I’m so glad Sunny got a chance to showcase her talent, although was annoyed at comments like ‘wow where has Sunny’s talent been all these years?’ Um right there in front of you, she’s just now getting a chance to actually show it. ‘’Lil Touch’ was an amazing song and if you haven’t heard it then you’re honestly missing out.

13. Mamamoo – Egotistic

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I didn’t really feel like giving Mamamoo much of a chance after listening to ‘Starry Night’ because I wasn’t really a fan and figured I was going off them. Then Jess gave me a lift home and this was her current song that she had on repeat. I gave it a listen on Spotify and actually ended up loving it. It really suits Mamamoo and I feel like they’ve found a sound that suits them. It doesn’t make me like ‘Starry Night’ though.

12. (G)I-DLE – $$$

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Although I liked LATATA I wasn’t over the moon impressed with it. I still liked (G)I-DLE so when this song came up in my recommended I decided to give it a listen and instantly fell in love with it. (G)I-DLE are so talented and I’m so glad I discovered this song because it’s amazing.

11. TWICE – Yes or Yes?

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TWICE can sometimes be a bit hit and miss with their songs but I feel like they’ve done nothing but impress me this year. Each new comeback has been my favourite – I put ‘Yes or Yes’ on the list as that was their latest release and I loved it at first listen. But ‘What is Love’ and ‘Dance the Night Away’ were amazing as well. I can’t wait to see what TWICE release next year but I really hope they take a well-deserved break soon!

10. Black Pink – Forever Young

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I loved DU-DUU DU-DUU at first listen but wasn’t so sure about ‘Forever Young’ initially because once the beat dropped it was almost like listening to a completely different song. But it grew on me and overtime became my favourite Black Pink song. I just love pretty much everything about it – even the beat drop I initially disliked.

9. SoRi – Touch

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I love CocoSori so much but I hadn’t been a big fan of Coco’s solo song. That didn’t put me off trying SoRi’s solo and I’m so glad it didn’t because I LOVED ‘Touch’ so much. I had it on repeat for ages when I first listened to it because I loved it. SoRi is amazing and I love her, she’s so talented. I also loved ‘I’m Ready’ from this year but ‘Touch’ is still definitely my favourite.

8. G-Friend – Memoria

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G-Friend have had some good comebacks this year but there was something about ‘Memoria’ that I automatically loved. This was another song that I had on repeat for ages and is probably my favourite G-Friend song at the moment. It’s just so sweet and so very G-Friend. I love it!

7. gugudan – Not That Type

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To be honest I’ve never really listened to gugudan – well I did listen to a couple of songs but wasn’t particularly impressed so didn’t bother again for a while. Then I decided to give ‘Not That Type’ a listen and oh my god, I was blown away. This song was amazing and I will definitely be checking out more gugudan in the New Year!

6. AOA – Bingle Bangle

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A few people were worried that without Choa that AOA would flop, but let’s be real… ‘Bingle Bangle’ was one of the best songs that AOA have ever released. Jimin’s rap part is definitely the best bit but it was a good song all around. I love AOA so much and this is definitely my current favourite song by them.

5. MOMOLAND – BAAM

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It’s crazy that on last year’s list MOMOLAND were at the bottom of the list with ‘Freeze!’ This year has been a good year for MOMOLAND’s careers since they blew up with their song ‘Bboom Bboom’. Unfortunately MOMOLAND have also low-key become the ‘in group’ to dislike but I love them and I loved ‘BAAM’.  While most people preferred ‘Bboom Bboom’ I much preferred ‘BAAM’. I hate that everyone’s moaning that ‘BAAM’ sounds quite similar – after the success of ‘Bboom Bboom’ of course they were going to play it safe, they need to establish a solid fan base before experimenting with different sounds. I’m proud of all MOMOLAND have achieved and I hope they continue their success in 2019.

4. BTS – Idol

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I’d been worried I was going off BTS last year but this year they’ve definitely reclaimed their place as my favourite boy group. It might help that I finally got to see them live at their own concert (after previously seeing them at K-Con Paris). I loved so many BTS songs this year but my favourite title track was almost definitely ‘Idol’. It’s just so much fun and was an amazing song to see live (from what I could see considering I was at the back of the venue).

3. Red Velvet – Really Bad Boy

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Red Velvet are another group that released bop after bop this year but I especially loved ‘Really Bad Boy’. I know a few people will disagree but I actually preferred it to ‘Bad Boy’, I don’t even care. I loved it from first listen and the music video is amazing. I can’t wait to see what Red Velvet release in 2019 because I have no doubt that it’ll be amazing.

2. Dreamcatcher – What

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I love Dreamcatcher but ‘What’ absolutely blew me away. I’d seen it was released but take a few days to actually get around to listening it – when I did though I loved it instantly, it reminded me of when I’d first heard them with ‘Chase Me’. I couldn’t stop listening to it until eventually I’d listened to it one too many times. But it’s still an amazing song and one of the best of 2019. Here’s hoping Dreamcatcher come back to Europe one day so I can see them live all over again!

1. CLC – Black Dress

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I did like ‘Hobgoblin’ but nothing could’ve prepared me for how much I loved ‘Black Dress’. It was definitely my favourite comeback of 2019, I knew from the moment it was released that it would be. CLC are amazing and can slay pretty much every concept and they did amazing at this one. I love everything about it and if you haven’t listened to it then what the hell are you doing? I wish CLC all the success in the world for 2019.

Feel free to let me know if you think I missed any amazing comebacks, debuts or whatever in 2019!

Review: BTS Love Yourself Tour in Paris

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Me, Jess and Becca had been hoping and praying that BTS would come back to Europe ever since we travelled to see them at K-Con Paris. We watched as they kept announcing dates for their ‘Wings’ tour but never announced anywhere in Europe. We were all gutted as we would’ve loved to go to that tour but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

When we booked our trip to Asia we began making jokes that BTS would finally announce they were coming to England and Europe whilst we were away. None of us believed for one second this would be the case but of course, it was the case. We would be in Japan while they were in the UK. We were in Asia for the majority of their Europe tour but luckily got back just in time to catch them in Paris two days after our return to the UK.

I had thought buying the tickets to K-Con Paris was stressful but the BTS ones were a whole new level of stressful. I warned work that I’d be in late ‘cos I knew getting the tickets wouldn’t be quick and easy but nothing had prepared me for how long I would sit there desperately looking at my laptop screen. Luckily Becca was on her laptop trying to get them as well because our screens told us we’d been kicked out of the queue and in frustration I closed the tab – Becca kept hers open and managed to keep her place. When she got through it kept saying everything was gone but we kept trying until finally we managed to secure three standing tickets and the two of us hung up skype without saying goodbye and ran to work. I had to ring up and say I was going to be later than anticipated because it had taken so long.

We hadn’t really wanted standing tickets because when we were teenagers yeah standing was tons of fun but it had quickly lost its appeal now we were a bit older – you have to queue a long time to get a decent view, everyone’s crushed together, it’s sweaty, you have to have the bare minimum of bags and jackets otherwise you’re cluttering everyone’s space. But it had been so difficult to get tickets that I was just grateful to be going even if it meant having to fork out for flights and a hotel.

Due to us being in Asia for about three weeks nobody really had much annual leave left so we couldn’t fly until the day of the concert meaning we all got up at about 2AM to get ready for our taxi at 3:30AM (who actually turned up at 3AM and stressed us out ‘cos we weren’t prepared) and then catch our flight at about 6:40AM. Our plan was to queue all day for the concert and hopefully get a good spot. Our thought was that since it was a Friday hopefully most people would be stuck at school or work and wouldn’t be able to queue all day. Ha.

It was about 11AM and the queue was already a mile long with people who had decided to camp out overnight and our queue was behind the long line of VIPs so we didn’t stand a chance but we decided to queue all day anyway. We were all hoping to nap and stuff in the queue but they kept bringing it forwards for no reason and at one point a member of staff even told Becca and some other girls “If you sit down it takes up too much space”? You really want us to stand in the queue for 7-8 hours then stand during the concert? I’ll bloody collapse before BTS have even hit the stage.

Me and Jess got a bit of a break from the queue ‘cos we took all of our bags to the hotel to check-in while Becca held our space in the queue. Our hotel wasn’t amazing because we’d booked a room with two singles and a bunk bed yet when we got up there it was a double and a bunk bed. Also me and Jess had been in the room all of five minutes when somebody else tried to get in. We weren’t given keys, just codes for the door and a couple outside were trying to enter a code into our door.

We got back to the queue and to be fair it didn’t feel like we waited that long – we’d all brought our books, journals, iPods etc. to keep us entertained in the queue but we hadn’t needed them and soon we were heading into the venue.

The moment we got inside we discovered it had been pointless waiting all day as we were banished to the back anyway. There was a blocked out section in the middle for the tech crew or whoever they were and there was a space free next to that so we stood there so we could lean over the barrier and we thought we’d have a good view there.

The wait inside felt worse as it was about 6:45 at this point and the concert didn’t start until 8 – another reason why I prefer seated, you can pop to the loo, grab some snacks, meander down to your seat at your own pace but for standing you’ve gotta stake your claim straightaway. And the moment you change to a comfortable position that takes up a little bit less room someone will steal that room.

BTS came out just after eight and kicked the night off by performing ‘Idol’ and for the first minute or so I was like “Great, I can’t see” because like a moron I hadn’t anticipated that everyone would have their hands/cameras in the air. I had to proper lean over the barrier to see past Becca and Jess, and then everybody else in front of me but at certain angles I could see them fine. There were also two screens either side of the stage for a better view but I don’t like watching concerts via the screens ‘cos I could do that at home. Sometimes I literally had no choice though unfortunately.

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I’m gonna get my little rant out of the way right now – if you were holding a camera or your light stick in the air and blocked my view then fine, I take no issue with that. But to the girl holding that paper sign who blocked my view of the sick dance move in DNA I hate you. And to the girl who kept holding up that stupid flag, I hate you even more. There was absolutely no need and it was always whenever BTS stopped to talk which is prime time for photos ‘cos the lighting is good and they’re not moving around but no, couldn’t take any ‘cos some girl wants to hold a fucking flag up that the boys didn’t even acknowledge. Thanks pal.

I’d looked up the set list in advance ‘cos I wanted to make sure I’d listened to each song at least once before we went in and so I was pretty much prepared. It was fun to see all their solo songs performed live – my favourites were probably J-Hope’s, Jimin’s and V’s. Other songs that I loved seeing live included Idol, Fake Love, Fire, Run, Answer: Love Yourself and my favourite was definitely Mic Drop.

I really wish I had been seated so I could’ve appreciated their dancing a little bit more because it was absolutely amazing. The only thing that made me sad was when Jimin was performing ‘Serendipity’ which was AMAZING and he was doing these amazing dance moves which of course got cheers but the loudest cheer of all was when his shirt came up and showed his abs. Like guys come on.

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BTS were full of energy as per usual although Jungkook didn’t take part in the choreography due to an injury but he still did amazing. V cried at the end because he’s been feeling sick so felt like he hadn’t put in as much effort as he could have but he was really good, his solo stage was one of my favourites! It’s nice to see that no matter how successful BTS are they still don’t slack off on stage and you could tell they put all of their effort into making that show as amazing as it was.

I’m hoping that as pretty much all of their Europe shows sold out they’ll include Europe on their next tour so that I can hopefully see them in London this time and hopefully seated because honestly I’m getting too old for this standing rubbish. I would prefer to see them in England ‘cos when BTS spoke in Korean this was translated to French which obviously was fine, we were at a show in France so that makes sense, it would just have been nicer to see them in our country but to be honest I’m just glad we were able to attend any of them.

Overall it was an amazing concert (I know I’ve used the word ‘amazing’ over and over again and I’m sorry) and I’m so glad we got to go even though I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it. I would buy tickets again in a heartbeat regardless of cost but preferably SEATED, PLEASE LET ME GET SEATED TICKETS FOR THE NEXT CONCERT. If you went to the show or any BTS show actually then leave a comment with your favourite moments!

K-Pop Tag

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I love doing tags because let’s face it, everyone likes the opportunity to talk about themselves and their interests. I thought I’d do a K-Pop specific one since I’ve started writing a lot of K-Pop posts so here goes nothing! I found this here [x]

1. Favourite solo artist

I’m actually already stuck on the first question. Most of my favourite soloists are from groups. I really like MiSO at the moment and Hyuna.

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2. Top 5 Bias Groups

24K, BTS, Oh My Girl, G-Friend and AOA

3. Do you ship anyone?

Not particularly.

4. What fan group(s) do you identify with? (i.e. VIP, Blackjack etc.)

I’m really multi-fandom so a ton. I’d say I’m a massive 24U, SONE, Buddy and ARMY though.

5. How did you get into K-Pop?

I was already a fan of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and I wanted to get into K-Pop so when I saw a photo of Crayon Pop with Lady Gaga on Tumblr I decided to give them a listen. I didn’t like them at first but the more I listened to them the more I got into them. Slowly but surely I started to like more groups until I became complete trash.

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6. Do you know how to speak to Korean?

Extremely limited but I do know the odd word. I could never hold a conversation or watch anything without subtitles though, it’s literally probably like ten words at the most.

7. Have you gone to any K-Pop concerts?

My first K-Pop concert was K-Con Paris where I saw Block B, IOI, BTS, f(x), FT Island and SHINee. Then I saw 24K who I’ve now seen three times. I saw Block B at their own concert again. Went to London Korean Festival and saw KNK, Snuper, EXID and Highlight. I also Dreamcatcher in February. BTS just announced their World Tour and I was so excited until I saw that they’d be in London while I was in Japan which is just bloody typical. Luckily they’ll be in Paris when we get back so we can just travel to see them there, assuming we get tickets.

8. Do you have any K-Pop merch?

Tons of K-Pop albums, a few t-shirts (one ASTRO, one BTS and one Crayon Pop), some cheering towels (Girls’ Generation and 24K), a few posters (BTS, 2NE1, Girls’ Generation and 24K) and a J-Hope phone case. I think that’s about it. Unless photo cards count too, I have a few of them.

9. Do you watch variety shows?

I’m never really sure what ‘variety show’ means but I watch Men on a Mission and Weekly Idol.

10. Top 3 biases?

Cory from 24K, J-Hope from BTS and Kisu from 24K.

11. What was the first K-Pop song you immediately liked upon hearing?

Ooh this is difficult because when I first got into K-Pop every song required a few listens before I liked it. I think it was 2NE1’s ‘I Am the Best’ because I’d gotten used to the beat from watching that advert the song appeared in – I can’t remember what the advert was for but I used to hear it every time I went to the cinema.

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12. A K-Pop group you really don’t like or don’t want to give a try?

NCT which isn’t 100% true because I do like some of their songs but because of their concept of having tons of idols in the same group and having everyone in sub-units it really puts me off. I just find it too confusing. But it’s not really 100% true because through Becca I’m starting to hear a ton more songs and they are good, I’m just not a fan of the concept.

13. Who is your LEAST favourite idol?

I don’t really have one because I don’t go out of my way to dislike anybody. I wasn’t a fan of the fat-shaming comments Super Junior’s Shindong made a while ago so I guess him.

14. Do you listen to solo artists as much as groups?

I think so, I do prefer groups but solo songs are just as good.

15. What has been your favourite comeback of the year?

We’re only in April so I’m hoping for some amazing comebacks this year but the first one that really blew me away was CLC’s ‘Black Dress’, I loved that from the first listen. I think that’ll chart quite high on my ‘Favourite K-Pop Songs From 2018’. Oh My Girl’s ‘Banana Allergy Monkey’ was good too but I wasn’t feeling it on first listen so I’ll go with ‘Black Dress’.

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16. What is your least favourite concept/era from your favourite group?

24K – U R So Cute – I actually quite like the song but it’d still be my least favourite
Girls’ Generation – Genie – That leg dance move they do is just super annoying
BTS – NO – It’s an okay song but it’s not my favourite

17. Has your bias acted in any films or dramas at all?

I’m pretty sure Cory was in a thing but I don’t know if it was a drama. Other than that I don’t really know, I don’t go out of my way to watch idols in K-Dramas. I did wanna watch V in Hwarang but I never got around to it.

18. Are you one those people that stans trainees or groups before they debut?

No, I don’t know any trainees and I generally wait until the groups debuted before I start to get interested. I’ve heard a lot about Loona and I keep thinking of checking them out but I think I’ll wait until their debut. I can’t really be bothered until then.

19. Who was your first ever bias in the K-Pop industry?

I suppose Soyul from Crayon Pop but the first person I ever actively biased was probably J-Hope from BTS.

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20. If you had a Korean name, what would it be?

I hate questions like this.

21. Who would you want as an older brother?

Jin from BTS, think of all the yummy food he’d make.

22. Who would you want as an older sister?

Probably Gummi from Crayon Pop because she seems like a really caring person so I imagine she’d make a great older sister.

23. Funniest couple?

I don’t know, I’ve never really thought about like two people who I think are funnier when they’re together.

24. If your bias kissed you, how would you react?

This has sort of already happened to me because Kisu kissed my hand at the 24K fan meet. Other than that I’d probably be like ‘well’. I don’t know, it’s a weird question.

25. If your bias asked you to marry him/her, how would you react?

I think we all sit back and we’re like “I’d say yes!” But let’s be real for a second. I’d have said yes if Gerard Way had asked me to marry him when I was thirteen but now I’d be stuck with a middle-aged man making music I don’t care about anymore. We don’t genuinely know any idols so it’d be easy for me to be like “yes” but how awkward if we had nothing in common?

26. Worst looking idol?

None of them, for crying out loud.

27. TOP or G-Dragon?

I don’t really listen to either of them but probably G-Dragon.

28. Which company is your favourite?

I think regardless of how much you think you like a company each of them is low-key shady. I’d probably say Chrome, the company that Crayon Pop were from. I liked Big Hit for a while but I don’t know I’ve read some stuff that’s put me off a little bit.

29. In terms of looks, which group is the best?

I think Oh My Girl have some stunning visuals. If you also want a boy group then BTS I guess.

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30. In terms of songs, which group is the best?

I’d say Girls’ Generation because they have such a wide range of concepts. For boy groups it’s between 24K and BTS.

31. Which group would you prefer to have as classmates in real life?

After watching Knowing Bros I’d love to have Heechul as a classmate but I wouldn’t particularly want the rest of Super Junior. I guess for a whole group I’d want 24K, they’d be hilarious.

32. Who would you want as a best friend?

I feel like I’m repeating a lot of idols so I’ll try and pick someone different! I think Hyoyeon from Girls’ Generation is pretty funny so she’d be a great best friend. Or Hyolyn from SISTAR, she seems pretty cool.

33. Who would you want as a boyfriend?

I always say Cory from 24K or J-Hope from BTS although realistically I don’t think I have much in common with either of them.

34. Who would you want as a husband?

Refer back to question 33 I guess.

35. How many kids will you have with them?

None, kids are annoying.

36. Which K-Pop star do you wish to have a body like?

Probably Hwasa from Mamamoo, I think she’s proper body goals.

37. Which K-Pop star do you wish to have a face like?

Hmm I guess Yooa from Oh My Girl because she’s literally stunning or Sunny from Girls’ Generation.

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38. Lastly which group would you like to work with in real-life?

Either 24K or BTS because I think both of them would be really funny.

This tag was supposed to have 40 questions but I took a couple out, because they were just annoying. Feel free to comment some of your answers!

Ten Slow K-Pop Songs I Like

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I don’t particularly like slow songs. I think they’re okay sometimes when I’m feeling something chill or I’m sad and wanna stick on depressing songs. But even then I can’t get into many slow songs. So today I thought I’d write a list of ten slow K-Pop songs that I actually like!

10. IOI – Downpour

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I loved IOI but I really couldn’t get into Wanna One. Not that I tried, in all fairness, but I was still mourning IOI and the fact Wanna One were getting better opportunities and promotions (not even gonna go into it at this point). I love this song even though I cried buckets when I first listened to it. This is a slow song that I don’t hate and could happily keep listening to.

9. BTS – Butterfly

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This song makes me sad too, it’s like my go to song whenever I’m feeling upset even though it doesn’t make me feel better. I just love everything about it and I’d love to see them perform it live someday. It makes me sad that even if I did get to go to their concert one day I doubt this would be on the set list. Probably just as well because I’d start crying at the concert and nobody needs that. Either way I love this song.

8. Crayon Pop – 1, 2, 3, 4

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Not sure if this counts because compared to other songs on this list it’s not really ‘slow’ but compared to other Crayon Pop songs it is. This is a song I loved pretty much straightaway. Crayon Pop released their ‘FM’ album and there were only 3 songs on the album – FM, 1 2 3 4 and HaPaTaKa. I was not a fan of HaPaTaKa but I loved 1, 2, 3, 4 almost instantly and I still do. Such a good song and really shows Crayon Pop’s talent!

7. 2NE1 – Goodbye

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Another disbandment song that made me cry! Why do girl groups have to do this? I loved 2NE1 and they didn’t have a comeback when I became a fan. I was a fan for like two years and they didn’t have a single comeback until they released ‘Goodbye’. That’s not good enough if you ask me. I loved this song straightaway even though it is slow because it’s so sad and I just loved everything about it. Well, I wish they hadn’t done Dara dirty with the amount of lines she got but other than that it’s amazing.

6. Strawberry Milk – Hello

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Strawberry Milk are Crayon Pop’s sub-unit, made up of the twins Choa and Way. When I first heard this song I didn’t actually like it that much. I was so hyped after listening to ‘OK’ and ‘Feel So Good’ that I felt a bit deflated after listening to ‘Hello’. I love it a lot more now though. I love Choa and Way’s voices so much and this song is beautiful.

5. Jessica Jung – Gravity

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I’m pretty sure this is a cover so I’m not entirely sure it counts but I still love everything about it. Jessica’s voice is so beautiful and this song really showcases that. I wish I was as talented as Jessica because honestly the girl can sing.

4. Ladies’ Code – I’ll Smile Even If It Hurts

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I can’t listen to this song without crying and I doubt there are many who can to be honest. It was written about the deaths of Ladies’ Code’s members EunB and RiSe. I don’t really want to talk about it too much because I feel a bit bad for including this on such a list but it’s a truly beautiful, heart-breaking song and you can really feel the member’s emotion.

3. Girls’ Generation – Sailing

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I HATED this song when I first heard it. I had been so looking forward to a Girls’ Generation comeback and I was really disappointed with the song and the boring music video. But over time, the more I listened to it, the more I learned to love it. Apparently Sooyoung wrote the lyrics and it’s a beautiful song. It was to celebrate their 9th anniversary and I honestly love it.

2. AOA – With Elvis

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I really love AOA recently so I’ve been listening to more of their songs because I think they’re actually amazing. I came across this one when I read it was a song they’d written for their fans so I decided to give it a listen. And I loved it! I think it’s amazing. My favourite part has to be Jimin’s but the whole song is just generally really good.

1. Taeyeon – Rescue Me

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I’m not sure if this counts as ‘slow’ or if it even counts as K-Pop because I’m pretty sure it’s actually Japanese but I love it. It’s one of my favourite songs in general at the moment and I just don’t think there’s anything about it that I dislike. Taeyeon is an amazing singer but I am getting a little sick of all her comebacks recently like it feels like every month we get a new Taeyeon song. I liked her earlier stuff like ‘I’, ‘Why’ and ‘Rain’ but I’m starting to get a little bored. Regardless, I absolutely love ‘Rescue Me’ and really recommend giving it a listen.

BONUS: Bear Planet – The Road

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I listened to this because it featured Choa and Way from Crayon Pop in both the song and the MV so I decided to listen to it. The MV is actually one of my favourites and I love it. This song is really good and is another that can make me cry if I’m feeling sad enough. I recommend watching the MV for this one!

So there we go, ten (technically eleven) slow songs that I really love! Feel free to leave me some recommendations for slow K-Pop songs that you enjoyed!