Rolling Stone has unveiled its year-end listing of “The 100 Best Songs of 2022”!
Early this month, a number of K-pop albums had been featured on Rolling Stone’s listing of “The 100 Best Albums of 2022.” On December 5 native time, many extra K-pop stars had been highlighted because the American journal’s picks for this yr’s finest songs!
The highest rating Korean music was NewJeans’s hit observe “Hype Boy” from their self-titled debut EP, which got here in at No. 24. Kristine Kwak wrote, “With its addictive choreography and catchy chorus – ‘Cause I know what you like, boy/You’re my chemical, hype boy’ – this was a standout from NewJeans’ hit-filled first EP. ‘Hype Boy’ lets each member’s voice really shine through, and Hanni notably contributed to the cute lyrics that encapsulate young love (‘got me chasing a daydream’). NewJeans’ peers and seniors in the K-pop industry, like Stray Kids, STAYC, TWICE, and even JYP [Park Jin Young] are still covering the ‘Hype Boy’ dance at events and concerts. RM of BTS was also recently captured singing and dancing along to a recent performance. It’s the kind of phenomenon that makes it clear NewJeans have hit on something special.”
In No. 35 was BLACKPINK’s “BORN PINK” pre-release observe “Pink Venom,” on which Rob Sheffield shared,” When Rosé yells, ‘I’m so rock & roll!,’ consider the girl. BLACKPINK kicks down the door of their summer time hit ‘Pink Venom,’ an unbelievably enjoyable raising-hell anthem filled with 80s hair-metal glam. Even the music title sounds just like the identify of a tribute band enjoying Poison and Def Leppard covers on the sleaziest bar on the town. The BLACKPINK queens warn you to not mess with them, as a result of you may’t deal with their ‘Pink Venom,’ boasting in Korean and English. It peaks as Rosé sneers, ‘Look what you made us do,’ proving that unhealthy blood is a common language.”
SEVENTEEN’s “HOT” took the No. 38 spot, with Kristine Kwak writing, “SEVENTEEN’s popularity grew exponentially this year following the release of their fourth studio album, ‘Face the Sun.’ The 13-member South Korean group known for self-producing, both in songwriting and choreographing, filled the album with hits like ‘CHEERS‘ and ‘Darling,’ but ‘HOT,’ the lead single, towers above them all. You can’t help but to ‘drop it like hot, hot, hot’ when you hear the Wild West-inspired guitar strum that kicks off the track.”
Landing in No. 53 was “After LIKE” by IVE. Kristine Kwak commented, “2022 was quite a year for girl groups in K-pop. IVE, although they officially debuted in December of 2021, had a first year full of hits, and choosing between ‘ELEVEN,’ ‘LOVE DIVE,’ and ‘After LIKE’ was a struggle. Three iconic bops stood before us; ‘After Like’ made it out on top. From its disco-pop beat, to the Gloria Gaynor sample, to the dance break, to the fireworks scene in the music video, ‘After Like’ gets better and better with each listen.”
Trailing carefully behind was Stray Kids’ “Maniac” in No. 56, with Kristine Kwak writing, “K-pop never gets old because groups are always experimenting with new sounds and genres, and Stray Kids’ ‘Maniac’ deserves recognition for the way it pushes that envelope. The group’s sixth EP, ‘ODDINARY,’ is all about ‘odd’ people breaking ‘ordinary’ social norms; this song’s harsh, twitchy electronic production makes that theme real. Felix’s repeated ‘Maniac’ in the chorus will have you ‘spinning, going crazy,’ as intended.”
“Girls” by aespa got here in at No. 65 and Kristine Kwak wrote that it “captured aespa’s signature sound with its strong bass and synth sound, blending hip-hop with touches of hyper-pop and EDM.” She added, “With a music video whose sets and costumes were more reminiscent of a high-budget blockbuster film, the Korean group unveiled more of their storytelling – this time, the girls and their digital avatars are continuing with their pursuit of defeating the evil Black Mamba. You don’t need to know that to enjoy a hit as catchy as this one, though. ‘Bow down’ to these girls.”
The first Korean soloist on this listing is BTS’s Jin at No. 68 with “The Astronaut,” which is co-written by Coldplay and “was released as a message to fans ahead of Jin’s upcoming mandatory enlistment in South Korea’s military.” Kristine Kwak added, “The lyrics capture how BTS make their fans feel: ‘When I’m with you/There’s no one else/I get heaven to myself.’ Fans will surely be listening to Jin’s strong vocals and heartfelt message in ‘The Astronaut’ for years to come, especially while they miss Jin’s presence as he completes his service.”
In No. 71 was “2 Baddies” by NCT 127, of which Michelle Hyun Kim wrote, “Cars are fixtures in the music of NCT 127, who use these sleek machines as symbols of futurism, masculinity, and technological progress befitting of their experimental electro-hip-hop production style. On their latest hit, ‘2 Baddies,’ the Porsche is their muse, as the nine-member group brag about their success over rubbery bass lines and twinkling metallic percussion. Between fluid raps about ‘cutting the line’ and charismatic outbursts – ‘Now you wanna ride these wheels?’ leader Taeyong growls – the group reveals their determination to keep racing toward their goals on an ‘open road covered in white.’ As Haechan and Doyoung sing in the climatic bridge: Their next destination is the moon, then infinity and beyond.”
BIGBANG’s hit music “Still Life” made the listing at No. 73 and Kristine Kwak shared, “After four long years, BIGBANG finally returned to grace us with this soft-rock hit. It’s not a party song like some of BIGBANG’s classic fan favorites – it actually couldn’t be further from that in terms of sound. But ‘Still Life’ has most of the other elements that make up a great BIGBANG song, from G-Dragon’s lyricism and soft-spoken voice to T.O.P’s heavier raps and Taeyang and Daesung’s vocals (which, while both strong, are easily differentiated). In the group’s first song as a foursome, the members reflect on their careers, which started in the 2000s, before K-pop became the global force it is today. Although BIGBANG sing ‘Goodbye now to my beloved young days,’ we’re surely nowhere near ready to bid them farewell.”
Ranked in No. 75 was “ANTIFRAGILE” by LE SSERAFIM, who “really upped the ante with this wildly catchy single.” Kristine Kwak wrote, “‘Anti-ti-ti-ti-fragile, fragile’ is the refrain that’s been ringing in our ears all year (especially after the deepfaked-yet-iconic Drake version made the rounds on TikTok). ‘I really liked it as soon as I heard it,’ member Huh Yunjin told Rolling Stone earlier this year. Same.”
The subsequent K-pop soloist on the listing was TWICE’s Nayeon, who got here in at No. 86 together with her debut solo music “POP!” Kristine Kwak commented, “The pressure was on for Nayeon’s solo debut as she became the first TWICE member to go solo after seven years as a nine-piece act – but the group’s oldest member exceeded expectations and served vocals, rap, outfits, and choreo with ‘POP!’ With all the makings of a pop hit, Nayeon leaned into TWICE’s classic bubblegum sound and made it her own. ‘You’re under my control,’ she sings, summing up the chokehold she and TWICE have on candy pop.”
“Nxde” by (G)I-DLE took the No. 88 spot with Kristine Kwak writing that their “music seems to gain new layers of depth and meaning with each release.” She continued, ‘Just when we thought’TOMBOY’ couldn’t be topped, (G)I-DLE dropped this groundbreaking observe, primarily based on the highly effective lyrics and association of the group’s chief, Soyeon. You may count on a music known as ‘Nxde’ (pronounced ‘nude’) to be a horny, sultry one, however they redefine the phrase to emphasise the thought of being one’s truest, barest self. With a melody taken from the 1875 opera ‘Carmen’ and references to Marilyn Monroe within the lyrics and the video, ‘Nxde’ addresses the objectification of ladies in a means that’s uncommon for a K-pop woman group.”
The last K-pop entry on this yr’s listing is “That That” by PSY that includes BTS’ Suga at No. 93. Michelle Hyun Kim wrote, “On ‘That That,’ the lead single of the first album released under his own label, PSY fuses the renegade spirit of a cowboy with his classic showman chops. Fueled by a Mexican horn riff that chugs exuberantly on a dance beat produced by BTS’ Suga, the track is an endless celebration of liking whatever the hell you want. As a foil to PSY’s good vibes, the BTS producer-rapper offers a fiery tongue-twister verse that encourages ‘lightly slapping’ your haters and ends with a cheeky reference to 90s K-pop. Paired with winning choreography – featuring both shoot-out gestures and the ‘shoot’ dance – the song took its place as the latest in PSY’s string of global hits.”
Congratulations to all of the artists!