The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014 - 3. G-Dragon & Taeyang - "Good Boy". G-Dragon and Taeyang's collaborative effort, a trap-inflected banger with heavy bass and pulsating synths, is 2014's most addictive single and guaranteed to be a new club anthem. The song structure is familiar and accessible, but the BIGBANG boys blur the line of rapping and singing as the guys trade off lines. GD x Taeyang hardly feels like a collaboration, but more like a cohesive artist.
The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014 - 7. INFINITE - "Back". "Back" opens with ballad-style piano as harps, 808s and siren-like synths are added to this slow-burning sonic mix. The beat drops and the single takes a drastic, energetic turn as synth-heavy breakdowns are infused with orchestral strings (best heard at the 2:23 mark) as if the seemingly disparate parts are working in tandem to be heard as one collective sound.
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The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014 - 1. Beast - "Good Luck". From big band to EDM to '80s synth-pop, some of the best K-pop songs of the year came from honing a particular concept. Pulling fresh music inspirations while retaining their signature energy, Beast nailed it. Emotional piano lines and heartfelt croons evolve into fierce kiss-off lyrics over fizzy electronic production. Meanwhile ominous cellos, sneering violins and other orchestral elements creep in before throbbing EDM and trap…
The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014 - 20. Apink - "Luv". The sweet girl group's latest single keeps their signature bright melodies, but adds a drop of melancholy in their voices as they long for a lost love. The complexity of the track is upped with its peppy, bubblegum-pop production at times waxing nostalgic on '90s hip-hop tracks -- think early hits by Will Smith and TLC.
The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014 - 14. 15& - "Can't Hide It". The teenage vocal duo proves that less in more with this slick, '90s R&B-inspired single that keeps the production simple and lets the girls' voices take the spotlight.
The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014 - 2. Seo Taiji & IU - "Sogyeokdong". Both the Korean rock legend and K-pop sweetheart dove into new sonic territory with this synth-pop spectacular. In a complex combination of sounds and emotions, IU's melancholy coos and honeyed harmonies detail South Korea's dictatorship days in the '80s amid Seo Taiji's symphonic storm of crunchy synthesizers. There's a lovely dreaminess to the track, but there's also a dark history in the lyrics and instrument choices.
The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014 - 18. Girls' Generation - "Mr.Mr.". The phenom's slick, R&B-pop confection stealthily grows second by second with more embellishments, ad libs and clapping on each section. While it's not nearly as sonically jarring as brilliant 2013 single "I Got a Boy," the outfit's latest is still infused with musical subtleties, they're just baked deeper inside.
The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014 - 11. MC the Max - "Wind That Blows". "Wind That Blows," is a classic, all-consuming rock ballad that devours a K-pop listener on first listen. Vocalist LSU's explosive, aching vocals over the dramatic production soared straight into the hearts of music fans this year for the best ballad of 2014.