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7 K-pop Songs to Kick Off Your Week

Just when you were feeling relaxed and well rested, another weekend has come and gone and it’s time to go back to the daily grind. A good morning run and a healthy breakfast can help pump you up, but a solid playlist can also jump start the busy week ahead.

K-pop has become an umbrella term for most of Korean music, from hip-hop to R&B, but what made it the international sensation that it is today is it’s generally catchy and upbeat sound. Since the late 1990s, Hallyu or the Korean wave has been dishing out a vibrant fusion of pop, rock, and electronic music that’s perfect for boosting your spirits.

We picked 7 K-pop songs that will help you kick off a kickass week at school, at work, or anywhere you need a good pick-me-up.

1. PICK ME – PRODUCE 101/IOI


What better song to pick you up (sorry, not sorry) for the week than one of the best bops of the last five years? A product of an idol group reality show and originally sang by 101 idol aspirants, Pick Me is arguably Korea’s song of 2016, having been featured in several commercial films, television shows, and yes—in the national elections.

Its easy sing-along chorus and addictive drop, matched with the iconic dance that even Gong Yoo from Goblin knows, makes you ready to be in the center of things and inspires you to volunteer for that extra credit or the next office project.

And if you can’t get enough of this Produce 101 gem, you can check out its male counterpart from Season 2.

2. VERY NICE – SEVENTEEN


Remember that time when your high school crush smiled at you and your heart almost jumped out of your chest? Seventeen perfectly captures that sensation in their single Very Nice from the repackaged version of their first full studio album “Love & Letter.”

The song and its lively and complex choreography did not just bring suspenders back to fashion but also inspired a lot dance covers from Korean and international fans. If you have time, make sure to watch live performances where there’s a 100% chance it will make you sing “Aju Nice!”

3. YES I AM – MAMAMOO


Mamamoo recently made a comeback to save summer with the single “Yes I Am” from their latest album “Purple.” The lively and colorful music video alone should hype you up for the week, but Mamamoo’s trademark mixture of excellent vocals and refreshing rap will surely get you up on your feet.

If you look for subtitles, the song also offers empowering lyrics such as “whenever I wear sleeveless shirts, it becomes summer,” “don’t be shy, you’re Vogue” and its chorus “If I were to describe myself, I’m a confident woman.” And if Mamamoo says it, you better believe it.

4. PLZ DON’T BE SAD – HIGHLIGHT


The title of the track, “Plz Don’t Be Sad” may sound silly, but the song is guaranteed to make you smile with that earworm of a hook and the adorable choreography of self-confessed ahjussis.

These “middle-aged men” are formerly known as Beast, one of the most awarded K-pop groups of all time that then disbanded in 2016 as the contracts of the idols with their agency expired. Thankfully, 5 out of 6 members decided to form their own entertainment company and start anew under the group name Highlight. And as if they never left, the group is back to the top of the charts with a song will surely keep a smile on your face.

5. BOOMBAYAH – BLACKPINK


Widely dubbed as monster rookies, Blackpink announced that they are “in your area” in their powerful debut song “Boombayah.” This song and Blackpink’s other debut track “Whistle” broke records by reaching the top spots in the iTunes worldwide chart a week upon release.

The song is a declaration of dominance and kicks off with the lyrics “when I kick open the door, they all look at me,” a perfect soundtrack to give you confidence in entering any place. When you get to the chorus, the shout of “Boombayah!” and that awesome drop should pump you enough for the rest of the week.

6. 365 FRESH – TRIPLE H


When do you have to feel fresh? Triple H says, “365 Fresh”. This debut song from Triple H, a project group by Cube Entertainment, is a rare co-ed collaboration and a refreshing break from all-male or female idol groups.

With Uptown Funk vibes matched with HyunA’s brand of rap and Pentagon’s E’Dawn and Hui’s vocals, the song definitely gives that liberating feeling that you can be fresh and do anything.

7. DOPE – BTS


Honestly, a kick-off-your-week playlist can be completed with just BTS songs, as most ARMYs would agree, but if the author had to choose one then “Dope” would be on the top of that list. While some K-pop songs would sometimes mix it up by having contrasting sound, lyrics, and music video, “Dope” is a great combination of all three.

So go on and load up your playlists with these awesome K-pop songs to start the week right.

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12 Unbiased Reasons Why K-Pop Is Amazing

K-Pop has been a developing subject of discussion for years.  When Psy broke onto the mainstream music scene with his hit “Gangnam Style,” K-Pop truly started to spread its global reach. It currently stands as the most viewed Youtube video of all time at over 2.8 billion views.  Soon, fans everywhere took the dive to learn more about this genre of music and the culture behind it.  What does “oppa” mean?  What is Gangnam?  Who is that girl?

Five years later, K-Pop’s popularity has never been better. Here are 12 reasons why real fans know that K-pop is truly a great music genre:

1. Singers Are Highly Talented

It is evident how skilled these idols are. Starting at a young age, it takes years of dedication to hone their craft. Dance practice, sing practice, regular school work…these kids are working harder than your average student.  All for a CHANCE to one day debut and make it big.  The idol life isn’t for the faint of heart.

2. Fandom Nicknames

K-Pop bunches have a ton of fun names for their fans. Big Bang calls their fans “V.I.Ps,” eliciting a cool, exclusive vibe from their fanclub.  AoA uses the term “Elvis,” which was derived from their debut single.  BTS has their “A.R.M.Y,” which stands for “Adorable Representative M.C for Youth.”  And it just sounds badass to call your fanclub the ARMY.  No matter who you are an enthusiast of, you’ll generally have a cool name to associate yourself with so you can support your favorite singers while also being a special one yourself.

3. Their Choreography Is Amazing

Practice videos are sometimes even more popular than the actual music video. Usher was awesome back in they day, but what if you took his dance skills and put it in to 4, 5, or even 12 members of one group? This is merely the norm nowadays.  Groups like EXO and 2NE1 have been known to impress hundreds of thousands of people with their amazing choreography so if you haven’t yet seen their videos on YouTube or Vimeo then it may be high time that you give them a view.

4. The Fancams

Sometimes awesome.  Sometimes creepy.  They are a fan’s closest companion. There are numerous fancam websites and videos out there so K-Pop fans can rejoice from having a seemingly endless supply of content from their favorite groups. As fancams become more and more popular, K-Pop idols can actually regard themselves as pioneers in the industry.

5. Their Videos Are Oscar Worthy

From the astounding visual impacts to the astonishing storylines, K-Pop videos are truly at the top of their class. If you’ve never seen a K-Pop video, it may be high time that you go to YouTube and immerse yourself for a few hours.  No other music genre comes close.

6. How About We Don’t Forget Airport Fashion?

K-Pop icons constantly figure out new ways to look perfect even before and after a really long flight. This is something not as common in the world of regular pop and dance, where singers mostly dress clean but casual. K-Pop fans will know that G-Dragon and IU always look impeccably stylish before a takeoff.

7. K-Pop Idols Say The Darnedest Things

Don’t take our word for it.  Google yourself interviews and variety show excerpts, and you will see that most K-Pop artists can provide a hell of a fun time. They are trained to be relatable while still having all the answers.  Trained in the art of PR with a PhD in adorableness.

8. They’re Funny

If parodies and skits are your thing then K Pop artists are something you should not miss. In general, they seem to take themselves a lot less seriously than most American artists.  I mean can you imagine an American Running Man?  Ridiculous gags are par for the course in Korea.

9. International Superstars Like Them, Too

G-Dragon and PSY have been known to pose with Justin Bieber while Chloe Moretz has posed multiple times with the girl group Mamamoo. Therefore, you should not be surprised if you see regular pop and K-pop artists posing together.

10. Joint Efforts


Joint collaborations with Western artists are awesome. If you are not sure what we are talking about, here are a two titles to look for: Dirty Vibe (Skrillex feat Diplo, CL, and G-Dragon) and Hangover (Psy feat Snoop Dogg).

11. Groups Can Be Anything They Want

They can be adorable as strawberries or wild as flame. Group “concepts” change all the time.  Sometimes from video to video, sometimes for extended runs.  It’s not uncommon for your favorite groups to reinvent themselves into something even more awesome than your previously knew.

12. Your World Stops When You See Them Perform

This isn’t just my opinion.  This is real scientific fact. When your favorite group hits the stage, the entire world stops for that moment. It’s the magic happening right in front of your eyes that makes you believe in love and miracles.

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