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Top 100 K-Pop Singles (90s-2010s): 4

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4. Big Bang- Haru Haru (2008)


 

Opening

The song starts with a gorgeous piano melody and G-Dragon's monologue. There's a rich sadness to everything unfolding here.


First Verse*

I think this is the best first verse in K-Pop history. When talking about the best rappers in K-Pop, G-Dragon and T.O.P are up there. This section proves their worth.


Not only is the rapping intense and fast, but the structure is amazing! I love the back-and-forth between the two. I think it's an underrated aspect of what makes some K-Pop songs sound great. Mix the rapping with the propulsive beat, you get yourself a rousing verse.


There's no pre-chorus, so Haru Haru replaces it with T.O.P's finishing lines. Excluding the driving beat was genius, allowing the piano and T.O.P to deliver a rousing build-up.


Chorus

This is Haru Haru's grand moment. Over a driving beat with emotive strings, the guys sing in unison to deliver a rousing chorus melody. Every line hooks you by the ears within this intense and poignant production.


Post-Chorus

After the monstrous chorus, the G-Dragon monologue-piano combo returns to simmer things down. It's a brief but perfect pause for this passionate single.


Second Verse

The second verse brings the surging beat back. Finally, the vocalists have their spotlight, specifically Seungri and Daesang.


But, G-Dragon and T.O.P shine the brightest, rapping back at each other to intensify the build-up for the incredible chorus.


Bridge

The bridge stretches out the vocalists' abilities. Daesung sings in a lovely tone, while Seungri backs him up with gripping lines - "nareul itgoseo saragajwo" and "haruharu jinamyeon." Their performances are passionately dramatic over the soul-stirring piano and strings.


The strings go away to allow Taeyang to have his moment. He starts singing softly before slowly arriving at his best highlight - the potent "Chueoge mudeo dugil barae baby."


Climax

The ad-libs are the true heroes here. Thanks to Taeyang and Daesung, they offer extra vocals to bring the excitement up. My favorite is Daesung's "chama bolman have," but everything is a blast!

Skip to 4:59 for the true ending. After the last chorus, G-Dragon returns with the piano to offer the track's final goodbye. It's the perfect callback to the opening after witnessing Haru Haru's enormous production.

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