Top 100 K-Pop Singles (90s-2010s): 10-1

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The grand finale!

Again, thank you guys for keeping up with this project. After days of going through 100 songs, we arrive at the final destination. Without further ado, let's dive into my top 10 K-Pop singles!


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10. Infinite- Be Mine (2011)

9. Infinite- Back (2014)

8. BTS- I Need U (2015)

The moment everything changed for BTS. Thanks to its magnificent electronics and captivating performance by each member, I Need U saw the boys deliver a timeless, sentimental anthem. The chorus hits like a sledgehammer, RM provides an amazing second-verse rap, and the Jungkook-Jimin combo at the end is chilling! Things were never the same after this transformative release.

7. G-Dragon- Crooked (2013)

6. Girls' Generation- Into the New World (2007)

5. TVXQ!- Catch Me (2012)

4. Big Bang- Haru Haru (2008)

3. Infinite- The Chaser (2012)

Infinite has a lot of masterpieces, but none can match this magnum opus. After opening with an out-of-this-world synthesizer, The Chaser builds to an authoritative, brassy chorus that avoids being a typical pop song. Every section of this massive single is a highlight, leaving no room for boredom. Dongwoo's rap, the second verse slow-down, Woohyun's key change - you name it!

2. SHINee- Sherlock (Clue + Note) (2012)

After a year without a Korean single, SHINee returned with the much-anticipated Sherlock (Clue + Note). This song isn't a simple return - it's a Broadway show! SHINee opens the song up with the infamous "SHINee's back" over a rubbery bass before delivering a funky beat with stabs of brass. The verses and bridge are exciting musical moments. In the middle of this spectacle is a towering chorus. The refrain is simple, yet it's harmonically sung with power. After this experience, you'll do what the climax told you - "Give it up for SHINee!"

1. TVXQ!- Rising Sun (2005)

Ladies and gentlemen, this is my best K-pop single of all time!

Pairing a legendary producer with standout performers was brilliant, creating a song that sounds like little else out there. Rising Sun has everything you need as other-worldly - dramatic percussion and strings, aggressive rapping, sky-high vocals, a towering chorus, and a sudden bhangra breakdown. It's the perfect bridge between the '90s and 2010's K-pop. There have been many high-quality songs in K-pop history, but this Frankenstein sits at the top of the list!

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