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Top 100 K-Pop Singles (90s-2010s): 60-51

Updated: May 12



Honorable mentions

100-91

90-81

80-71

70-61

 

60. TVXQ!- Keep Your Head Down (2011)

After a messy situation, TVXQ! came roaring back with an intimidating single in Keep Your Head Down. After what took place, the guys proved they can still deliver a high-performance production, no matter the circumstances. The pairing of Yunho's rap and Max's vocals make them a super duo, capable of overpowering any other group that has more than two members.






59. Brown Eyed Girls- Sixth Sense (2011)

I like to think of this as the female version of the last track. Sixth Sense shows what the industry is missing in girl groups these days. The girls command authority throughout this imposing single, displaying vocals that collide with the instrumental to create a daring piece of music.






58. Infinite- Destiny (2013)

I'm sensing a pattern here. Destiny continues the tradition of K-Pop distributing songs that are out of this world. The combination of symphonic strings and electronics provides an aggressive attack, while the group's singing and rapping match the intensity of the arrangement.






57. TVXQ!- O-Jung.Ban.Hap. (2006)

O-Jung.Ban.Hap. has to be TVXQ!'s most underappreciated single. The fierceness of this track shows why this group is legendary. Over a potent blend of ferocious instruments, the guys presented performative vocals and raps that are filled with formidable charisma.






56. Infinite- BTD (2011)

While this didn't put them in the upper tier just yet, BTD, or Before the Dawn, is the group's breakthrough single that provided the first template of what the guys can bring to the table. Dramatic strings, ear-catching brass as well as synth, and vocals that are all about making a statement!






55. Brown Eyed Girls- Abracadabra (2009)

The song launched the group into superstardom and helped kickstart a new era of K-Pop. Abracadabra's electro beat and new wave sound treaded Brown Eyed Girls into new territory, watching them grow audaciously. The result is successful, as it has become a classic in the industry.






54. NCT U- Without You (2016)

This is a track I want any unit from NCT to return to again. It's not experimental like their most popular tracks, but Without You showcases a euphoric chorus that features the group's best vocals over a chugging guitar and a few other instruments that makes this production complete.






53. Big Bang- Monster (2012)

Easily the group's most underappreciated masterpiece. Monster boasts a few treats within itself, including the gorgeous piano melody and spoken dialogue at the beginning. In the end, it's all about that emotive chorus that challenges people's expectations of what an idol group should sound like.






52. Kim Sung Kyu- 60 Seconds (2012)

Out of all Infinite's sub-singles, 60 Seconds stands as the most driven and passionate project. Sungkyu conveys an attractive vocal performance with the help of a modern rock instrumental. While it may not be an iconic song, this stands as one of my favorite tracks from a soloist.






51. Infinite- Nothing's Over (2011)

Everything about Nothing's Over puts a smile on your face! Just when you thought you heard the best out of the song after the repetition of its name, the track takes a step further to deliver mesmerizing melodies over a lively brass instrument and an evocative guitar hook. It's a feel-good piece of music that sticks to your head!


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