IZM, the biggest music critic site in South Korea, recently listed their top tracks of 2019.
They curated music from a variety of genres, putting together a list of the ten best songs from Korea of the year. Within this list, there are only three idol groups that made it to represent K-Pop.
Check them out below:
1. BTS – Boy With Luv
IZM noted that “Boy With Luv” was noticeably different from BTS‘s previous title tracks such as “Danger”, “DNA”, and “Idol” that had a more hip-hop feeling to them.
They enjoyed how much easier to the ears this song was, and the pleasantness was aided by Halsey’s clear voice in the chorus.
2. LOONA – Butterfly
Although still a rookie group, LOONA gained attention for the diversity of “Butterfly”. The song and music video sent a powerful message about unity.
Their lovely vocals and intense dance break also made it an even more interesting comeback.
3. (G)I-DLE – LION
(G)I-DLE‘s latest song “LION” gained widespread attention despite being a track for Mnet‘s Queendom and not a standalone comeback. IZM praised how elegant and sharp the sound and choreography of the song were.
Other non-K-Pop songs that reached the top 10 list include the following: