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Top 100 K-Pop Singles (90s-2010s): 30-21

Updated: May 13



Honorable mentions

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90-81

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30. EXO- History (2013)

Not many would think about History as one of EXO's most iconic songs, but its jagged beat is convincing enough to make it one of the group's best singles. The production is a definite heavyweight, calling the guys over to deliver charismatic vocal performances with a sense of ambition behind it.






29. ZE:A- The Ghost of Wind (2013)

Just because you're not from the "Big Three" doesn't mean you shouldn't come out big. That's exactly what ZE:A believed in, and it shows through the track The Ghost of Wind. The gorgeous string section, the haunting operatic vocal sample, and the potent two-part chorus are key ingredients for the song's formidable sound, something you wouldn't hear on everyday radio.





28. Infinite- Man in Love (2013)

Man in Love is just pure happiness! The synth-induced opening is evident that it was going to be robust, and the main refrain supports that claim. What's even more satisfying is the climax, as it sees the song soaring to the sky to present a rich musical experience.






27. BoA- Atlantis Princess (2003)

While BoA is known for her hard-hitting singles, none can match the warm sound of Atlantis Princess. Its verses and pre-choruses effectively build-up to a swirling chorus that is melodically welcoming, while BoA adds some thickness to it. She also gives her best vocal moment during the song's final push.






26. Snuper- The Star of Stars (2017)

Out of the singles featured in this set, The Star of Stars is the most underrated track. It's a shame because not only is it an exciting song with captivating synths, but it's also the best song of the 4th generation. In a year when tropical became a trend, Stars took and transformed it into an exuberant piece of music production!






25. B1A4- Lonely (2014)

Lonely has what I'm looking for in a ballad - gripping hooks with character and an ear-catching chorus. It may not stand out at first, but its melodies are compassionate and compassionate. However, just as I said that the song offers a rousing build that explodes into a euphoric climax of the ages. It's worthwhile to listen during the first 2:40 just to hear that amazing ending!






24. Big Bang- Fantastic Baby (2012)

As someone said, this is the answer to the question "what is K-Pop?" Fantastic Baby perfected the tricks of the electropop craze during the early 2010s, becoming an iconic staple of modern K-Pop. More importantly, I expect you guys to say "wow, fantastic baby" before the drop occurs. That part is a classic in its own right!






23. B1A4- What's Happening? (2013)

I prefer Lonely as the best B1A4 track, but What's Happening? makes a strong case to be the group's best single. Unlike the former, the song is filled with pop energy, delivering comedically entertaining hooks. And yet, just like the former, this track presents a bridge that leads up to a volcanic ending. Every minute of this is pure pop enjoyment!






22. H.O.T- Hope (1998)

I've mentioned that '90s K-Pop has a specific character to it, but Hope is one of those songs that drift away from it. It's all thanks to its uplifting production, featuring vocals that are performative and emotional. This is as classic as a classic K-Pop male group song can get, and it has become a national anthem for SM Entertainment and 90s K-Pop.






21. Beast- Fiction (2011)

The song is already captivating at first listen thanks to its mesmerizing synthesizer. After that, the first verse is filled with a fierce, sentimental rap over a pound-for-pound beat. Then, just when you thought you figured out the outcome, Fiction reveals itself as an ear-catching moment in K-Pop history. Its magnificent chorus is a sound that isn't replicated much in the industry, making this an absolute classic!


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