The K-Pop 100: Idol Group Songs – #10~#1

[The K-Pop 100: Idol Group Songs]

Introduction
#100 – #91
#90 – #81
#80 – #71
#70 – #61
#60 – #51
#50 – #41
#40 – #31
#30 – #21
#20 – #11
#10 – #1

10. Fly to the Sky – Sea of Love

Fly to the Sky - Sea of Love

From Sea of Love (2002)
Label: SM Entertainment
Composition/Writing/Arrangement: Yoo Young-jin
Links: music video, audio, live

“Sea of Love” is what a lot of dance tunes, even many in this list, are not: evocative. A longing nostalgia pervades the song; the lyrics do part of that work, but “Sea of Love” works more effectively through its sounds. From the opening wave effects to breathtaking chorus, there is scale and wonder built into the medium-tempo composition that sets the song apart. Hwanhee and Brian also enjoy the best-balanced vocal rapport of their FTTS careers in this album, and it shows in their complementary harmony and weights that feel just right.

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The K-Pop 100: Idol Group Songs – #20~#11

[The K-Pop 100: Idol Group Songs]

Introduction
#100 – #91
#90 – #81
#80 – #71
#70 – #61
#60 – #51
#50 – #41
#40 – #31
#30 – #21
#20 – #11
#10 – #1

20. 2NE1 – Ugly

2ne1 - 2ne1

From 2NE1 2nd Mini Album (2011)
Label: YG Entertainment
Composition/Writing/Arrangement: Teddy; additional composition by Lydia Paek
Links: music video, live

Catharsis, validation, freedom. “Ugly” is an anthem for all of these things. Starring a narrator (presumably) with body image and self-esteem issues, 2NE1’s best song to date attempts to give voice to an underrepresented group of people and poke at an unhealthy culture. The cynic might say “marketing ploy”, but the end result is pretty effective. The effort is helped along by an explosive full-band arrangement and racing refrain with a satisfying payoff. It’d be the best dance song of 2011 (and I actually picked it as such at the time), if it weren’t for one upcoming track.

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Top 100 (Korean) Songs of the Decade: #60~51

Previous Entry (#70~61):

https://jdbae.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/top-100-korean-songs-of-the-decade-7061/

60. Tei – 사랑은… 향기를 남기고 (Love… Left a Scent)
Album: The First Journey
Release: 1-5-2004

As far as successful debuts go, Tei couldn’t have asked for a much better one. “Love… Left a Scent” topped one music countdown show’s main chart for five consecutive weeks, setting a new record that was only ever tied once (the contender was “겁쟁이” (“Coward”) by Buzz, if you were wondering) before that show got shut down. Tei is a phenomenal singer–not necessarily endowed with the most flashy technique, but instead with an interesting husky tone and emotional control. Listeners were introduced to both in this song. The rather difficult modern-ballad melody has Tei doing vocal acrobatics all over, but it still somehow manages to convey that emotion of melancholy yearning. The song is doubly effective in that the satisfaction of the final chorus’ catharsis is matched only by the intensity of the brooding aftertaste it leaves.

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