Top 50 K-Pop Singles of 2012: 20-11

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Honorable Mentions





20. Sistar- Loving U

Every journey has a beginning. For Sistar, their road to becoming "Summer Queens" began with this song. Loving U was the first to present Sistar's signature summer sound with a joyful chorus and carnival-like brass section. You can't deny the sound of the season in this track!

19. 9Muses- Ticket

Ticket's hook should be illegal. The repeating words "ticket" and "one way" gave this song its distinct, fun characteristic. Busting out a surf guitar and recognizable synth melody that appears several times, this energetic single is hard to resist.

18. Big Bang- Bad Boy

Bad Boy surges as a masterful old-school hip-hop track, employing stunning rap verses by G-Dragon and T.O.P, as well as a stirring swag-filled refrain. Few groups can match the deadly combo of charisma and enduring production showcased here.

17. Kara- Pandora

Pandora goes into a state of frenzy during its electronic opening, only to build up to a galvanizing chorus, assisted by an electrifying horn section and mammoth vocal harmonies. If ever you need to listen to something high-octane, this track has you covered!

16. Big Bang- Blue

A song like Blue shouldn't sound this great with its restraint production, but due to its seesaw synth, entrancing singing/rapping, driving beat, and timeless hook, this nostalgic classic arrives as a mellow magnum opus.

15. Boyfriend- Love Style

Funky from the beginning, Love Style crests as a modern reiteration of any great 80's pop song. Every second of this track is enjoyable, so don't be surprised if you're playing this on repeat. The melodies and instrumental are addicting!

14. Kim Sungkyu- 60 Seconds

After a mellow opening verse, 60 Seconds turned things up a notch and injected a powerful rock sound for its hook, showcasing a melodically driven, high-soaring production. Sungkyu sings at his absolute best in this undervalued pop-rock masterwork.

13. Ailee- I Will Show You

The first verse couldn't be any more misguiding. What started as a soulful, piano-led ballad, I Will Show You turned a 180 and dropped a firecracker of a chorus! Think of it as a modern equivalent to Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive.

12. Girl's Day- Don't Forget Me

Don't Forget Me asserts itself as an underappreciated tears-on-the-dancefloor synthpop anthem. After each verse, the song reaches for the sky with its colossal refrain, driven by emotional vocals over a glossy, propulsive instrumental.

11. EXO- What Is Love

What Is Love is a spectacular pre-debut song, showcasing phenomenal vocal performances by D.O and Baekhyun over constant strumming and several instances of alien-like synths, giving this track its mysterious and breathtaking soundscape.

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