If you’re a K-Pop fan trying to introduce your friends to K-Pop, what songs to pick can be tricky. Most people don’t want to venture into listening to music in a language they don’t understand, so when picking what songs to play for them you want to make sure you’re leaving the absolute best first impression. Redditors picked their favorite songs to slip into a non-fan-friend’s playlist to subtly K-Pop things up:
1. Red Velvet – Bad Boy
The song that appeared the most times in the thread was Red Velvet‘s chill R&B bop, “Bad Boy”. No matter what the language, “Bad Boy’s” sultry yet hard-hitting vibe is undeniable. Plus, there’s an English version if you want to ease your friends in even more!
2. NCT U – “The 7th Sense”
On the wave of chill R&B vibes, NCT U’s “The 7th Sense” is another viable contender. Listeners don’t even have time to realize they’re listening to Korean lyrics – they’re immediately swept away into a bass-heavy trance.
NCT U ‘The 7th Sense’, perfect song for kpop beginners 🙂
– Reddit: @cocolier
3. DPR LIVE – Jasmine
Chill, K-Hip-Hop vibes seems to be the way to go, as DPR LIVE was listed a few times as well. Any DPR LIVE song will be laced with the perfect blend of serenity and woozy, attention-grabbing beats that’ll have your friends asking “who is this?” (in a good way!)
I like to add some …DPR Live… it definitely shows a much more chill side to Korean contemporary music and my friends usually vibe with it!
– Reddit: @t-dinero
4. BLACKPINK – “DDU-DU DDU-DU”
BLACKPINK‘s “DDU-DU DDU-DU” is a perfect introductory crash-course in K-Pop. Not only are BLACKPINK the #1 girl group in the world, but “DDU-DU DDU-DU” is the most watched K-Pop video of all time – evidence everyone already loves it. Add to that the fact that it’s a certified bop, you can’t go wrong with this one!
5. BTS – Boy With Luv (Feat. Halsey)
Introducing your friends to K-Pop couldn’t be easier than showing them your favorite BTS song. The amount of people who don’t know of BTS is dwindling by the minute as the boys are taking over the entire world. If they haven’t taken the time to listen to BTS yet, “Boy With Luv” is a great pick because not only is it an amazing song, but it features Halsey – who doesn’t love Halsey?
6. Anything Popular!
From PSY‘s “Gangnam Style” to the classics like 2NE1‘s “I Am The Best,” if you know your friends are more likely to know of a song, you can start with that! Once you’ve gotten their feet wet you can go all out with your favorite deep-cuts to really get them used to the K-Pop waters.