As with 2017 and 2018’s lists, this is just my personal twenty favourite K-Pop songs from 2019 (as it’s so late I’m only doing 20 this year!). As with the previous years a group will only be mentioned on here once but soloists and sub-units can be mentioned even if the group has already been on here. Here goes nothing!
20. Rocket Punch – Bim Bam Bum
Rocket Punch had their debut in 2019 with this song and I loved it from first listen. It’s not my favourite song ever but it was a solid debut and I’m looking forward to seeing what else Rocket Punch release in the future. Good luck to them!
19. G-Friend – Sunrise
Whilst I still love G-Friend I wasn’t feeling their releases last year as much as I have in previous years. ‘Fever’ really isn’t my bop although I did like ‘Sunrise’ – it’s just not as iconic as previous years like when they released ‘Rough’, ‘Fingertip’ or ‘Memoria’. I still love the group and will be keeping an eye out for their 2020 releases because I’m sure they’ll continue to have good comebacks.
18. Oh My Girl – Bungee
I mentioned in 2018’s post that I hadn’t been too keen on ‘Oh My Girl’s releases. They just really weren’t my cup of tea and I found them a bit boring. I much preferred ‘Bungee’ because it was much more lively and a really fun song. It’s not their best song but it’s still a lot of fun and it’s really cute!
17. Itzy – Dalla Dalla
Another girl group debut that was pretty good – it didn’t blow my socks off or anything but Itzy did have a solid debut and I also enjoyed their comeback with ‘Icy’. I don’t think Itzy will ever be my favourite group but I enjoy their songs and their concept so far so you never know. I’m looking forward to seeing what they release in 2020!
16. Chungha – Snapping
When it was announced Chungha was going solo I was really excited – she’d been my IOI bias and I was looking forward to seeing what kind of songs she released. Unfortunately I wasn’t fond of her debut and I found that I didn’t love her early comebacks. I still loved her but I wasn’t really vibing with her music. I’m pretty sure I heard ‘Snapping’ at a K-Pop Night in Birmingham so decided to check it out and suddenly I had this song on repeat and couldn’t stop listening to it. I’ll be looking forward to more Chungha releases in the future!
15. Dreamcatcher – Piri
I love this song but I have a feeling I’ve listened to it one too many times – otherwise I think it would’ve been further up the list. But objectively it is still a good song and I wish I could’ve seen Dreamcatcher live last year but unfortunately their show was on a week day and I really didn’t want to take two days off work to go and see them again. More weekend concerts in the future please!
14. SuperM – Jopping
I won’t lie to you, I wasn’t thrilled at the thought of ‘SuperM’. I think as a one-off collaboration I’d have been more down but a permanent group as a mix of members from already established groups just seemed like a really weird idea? I’m not a massive boy group stan (except for BTS really) so although I liked all the groups individually I wasn’t too hyped to give this song a listen but everyone on Twitter was talking about it so I put it on and actually really liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Still not sold on the idea of ‘SuperM’ but I have to admit, ‘Jopping’ was a good song.
13. Cherry Bullet – Q&A
Yet another girl group debut that I loved – it seemed like a lot of groups debuted last year, I swear we’re getting more and more every year. I love the gaming concept Cherry Bullet have so was excited to listen to their debut and they didn’t disappoint. I did like their comeback with ‘Really Really’ but I don’t think it was as good as ‘Q&A’. This is another girl group I’ll be looking out for in 2020!
12. AleXa – Bomb
This came up on my YouTube recommendations and I quickly discovered this was AleXa’s debut song and for the first verse I wasn’t 100% sure on the song but by the time the chorus hit I was sold. It’s super catchy, the choreography is incredible and AleXa is just clearly super talented. I’m looking forward to seeing what she does in 2020!
11. Nature – Oopsie (My Bad)
I gave Nature a listen in 2018 and liked their song ‘Some (You’ll Be Mine)’ – it wasn’t incredible and not a song I had on repeat or anything but it was a decent song and made my list last year. Then last year Nature came back with ‘Oopsie (My Bad)’ and I actually loved this song upon first listen. So catchy and fun! I’ve said this with most of the songs I’ve chosen but I’m looking forward to seeing what else Nature comeback with.
10. Hwasa – TWIT
Although I wasn’t massively keen on most of Mamamoo’s most recent comebacks I’ve still been keeping an eye out because like you never know. Then suddenly Hwasa released a solo song – I think all the members of Mamamoo are insanely talented so I’d always check out any solo songs the girls decided to release which is how I heard Hwasa’s ‘TWIT’ and instantly loved it. The girl can do pretty much everything – sing, dance, rap and she definitely showcased her talents in this song. I hope she gets more solos in the future!
9. MOMOLAND – I’m So Hot
Last year wasn’t the best year for the group as two of the members have officially left with another pending a final decision. Two of the members didn’t participate for this comeback earlier last year but the song was still really good and one that I loved instantly from first listen. I’m proud of how far MOMOLAND have come over the past year but I hope the fact they’ve lost a couple of members and only had one comeback last year doesn’t affect them too much.
8. TWICE – Feel Special
To tell you the truth I wasn’t too fussed about this song or ‘Fancy’ when they were first released but for some reason in November I went through a TWICE phase and only wanted to listen to their songs. Whilst ‘Fancy’ is a good song I definitely ended up preferring ‘Feel Special’ for some reason. I’m not even particularly sure why because it’s not my usual type of song but TWICE smashed it and I absolutely love it – not as much as some of their comebacks from previous years but it’s still a great song!
7. Red Velvet – Zimzalabim
You know what, I don’t care what people have to say about this song – it was one of my favourite comebacks last year! Yes, it was a bit all over the place but plenty of good songs are – look at Girls’ Generation’s ‘I Got a Boy’. A bit of a mess upon first listen but once you get used to it it’s a lot of fun and really catchy. If you didn’t like it then fair enough but I really did!
6. BTS – Dionysus
To tell you the truth I wasn’t the biggest fan of ‘Boy With Luv’ – it’s a good song but it definitely would have been lower down on this list but I absolutely loved ‘Dionysus’ which was the song they opened with at both the Wembley concerts. It was a good song to get everyone lit and it makes me happy whenever I listen to it. I’m sure BTS will have another amazing year in 2020 and I’m looking forward to it! Here’s hoping they come back to the UK.
5. Somi – Birthday
I hadn’t realised Somi was having a solo debut until my friend Jess asked if I’d listened to ‘Birthday’. I heard it briefly at K-Pop Night in Birmingham, came home, listened to it and suddenly I was hooked. I’m surprised that many people are saying Somi can’t sing – the song didn’t have the largest vocal range and was presumably supposed to be a fun debut rather than show off what her voice can do. And a lot of people are saying she can’t handle being solo but I think it was a really good debut like I genuinely don’t understand? I’m sure Somi has a good career ahead of her.
4. Black Pink – Kill This Love
Black Pink absolutely smashed their comeback last year, this song will probably go down as one of those iconic K-Pop songs and honestly it deserves it. Although I like the majority of Black Pink songs this was the first one that I immediately loved upon first hearing it. It was instantly on repeat and is definitely my favourite Black Pink song to date.
3. Mamamoo – Hip
When I first listened to this song I was like ‘it’s okay’ but upon the second listen I was suddenly hooked. I’m pretty sure I had this song on repeat for two days and still didn’t tire of it but forced myself to listen to different songs so that I wouldn’t suddenly hate this one. Again, this is probably my favourite Mamamoo song released yet and I loved pretty much everything about it. The girls also looked incredible for this comeback, I loved Solar’s pink and black hair (although I’m pretty sure it was a wig but she should go for that look in the future). It feels nice to love Mamamoo’s songs again because I’ve always loved the members!
2. CLC – Me
Let’s be real, CLC slayed the game last year. I had trouble narrowing it down between ‘No’, ‘Me’ and ‘Devil’ but in the end settled on ‘Me’ because it’s definitely my favourite comeback last year. However, congratulations to CLC for finally receiving their long-deserved first win with ‘No’! I’m so proud of them for finally achieving this goal and ‘No’ was definitely an award-worthy song. I loved every comeback they had last year so much, CLC just keep providing solid comeback after comeback ever since they released ‘Black Dress’. I bet their songs will be just as amazing in 2020!
1. Weki Meki – Picky Picky
Although I’d enjoyed ‘I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend’ I hadn’t LOVED it and it’s not a song I can listen to on repeat. Then after that I wasn’t overly fond of Weki Meki’s comebacks but then I saw a meme on Twitter of someone saying ‘Why don’t you have a boyfriend?’ and someone responded with the ‘I’m so picky, picky, picky’ part from this song. It intrigued me so I listened to the full song and as with some of the songs on this list I was hooked from that first listen. I’m not sure what’s made it my number one song for this year, maybe because I’ve listened to it over and over again and it still hypes me up as much as it did the first time I listened to it. I requested this song at K-Pop Night in Birmingham and had so much fun dancing to it. It’s definitely making me look forward to more Weki Meki comebacks.
So there we have it, my top twenty K-Pop songs from 2019! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourites from last year.