With 2014 coming to an end, and me pretty much not caring about whatever else happens, I decided to do a list of songs from 2014 that I really liked.
Before we get started…
- This is not a list of the best songs, but my favorites.
- It’s predominantly women.
- There is no definite order, but like there will be one? In other words, I could look at this list later and think that could have been higher, and all that.
With that being said, let’s get into #20-11
20. Thank U Very Much by Bestie
Bestie has given me a lot this year musically. They were one of the two acts at the beginning that I was really into (the other was Ladies’ Code). Later in the year they released their first ep, which I wasn’t the biggest fan of. However they did continue to release nice songs throughout that (Hot Baby was my song of the summer alongside a couple other tracks). However they started out the year with the lowkey and breezy Thank U Very Much. I feel like this was a great follow up to Love Options, but at the same time released at the wrong time. Thank U…feels like it should end the summer, not start the year. Despite that, I think Bestie and co. got it right.
Personally I think this is the group’s second best song (maybe tying with Hot Baby),
19. LUV by Apink
Disregarding the title and lyric segregation, we have a nice song. It fits in with APink’s safe image, but it felt like a small step up from their perpetual cute vibe (the lack of cheerleader and school girl outfits visually as well as them not sounding absolutely positive while singing this). Like I said before, I thought this was a bit of a ballad sped up and given something akin to a catchy chorus. I’m not the biggest fan of Apink for whatever reason (I do know everyone by name though), but I think they have a cute lane for themselves. Apink is a cute group. They are the bubblegum pop, Mandy Moore vibe, type of girlgroup. Almost all their singles feel positive in nature, and even their love lost ballads, they still feel very vibrant. They only downside is the fact that they pretty much play it safe, and downplay a lot of the groups talent (even Eunji’s). LUV doesn’t step out of that 100%, but over the last two releases, we have seen Namjoo (of all people) take a step forward as a singer. That is a mere shallow level of what I am talking about, but it is something. Of course by their next release I will want something more from them, especially after they gave me this (it’s not a lot but it will do) . Luv for me was catchy, and fun to watch, and really helped shine through an otherwise boring ass November (yes November was boring as hell to me).
18. Mr. Mr. by SNSD
A lot of people gave this song flak, but to be honest, I think this is one of the group’s best. I mean I also liked I Got A Boy, so taste is not something I have. Still I think this was a rather solid offering from SNSD. What I liked most was that it felt grown up. If I have one major beef with SNSD is that their music is not only safe but childish and boring. Yeah I said it. Most of their B-sides are lackluster to me. I don’t get it. Their singles will be something musically oon point, but then that sound, idea, concept will just fly out the window for the remainder of the album. It sucks. The same thing happened on Mr. Mr., but I liked some of the other songs, so eh…Still Mr. Mr. was where I thought SNSD should be. I do think they could have been a little more dynamic on the chorus, and maybe not given Tiffany the high note that everyone pretty much complained about. However I was totally into what Mr. Mr. had to offer.
17. Never Ever by Jiyeon
Any and every time I talk about T-Ara I got to be a little sad because their careers are…well…they are one of those smh moments of K pop. Still people pretty much live for their music, which is good. One of those offerings came in the guise of a solo effort (one of two before the group made their return). Jiyeon’s ep was pretty much one of my favorites this year. One three songs long, it was concise, theme driven, and diverse…and once again…only three songs. Moving along, she promoted the ep with her single 1Min 1Sec (aka Never Ever), and it was one of the best of the 1st half of the year. A lot of people will disagree with me, and that is perfectly okay, because I don’t care. I am all about releasing songs at the right moment, and her giving us this darker themed song about heartbreak at this time was just…right. Love it. Also…the video pretty much sealed the song for me as well. A music video that made sense, was story driven, and ended right? How often in K pop? How often outside of K Pop?
I think Jiyeon really gave me something great, that a lot of people are not going to recognize…but whatever.
16. Darling by Girls’ Day
I don’t think I have ever really appreciated Girls’ Day the way I should. They are no better or worse than the average group. They are a decent performance group. Pretty. Musically they have only improved in my opinion. Yet I can’t find the will to truly get into the way I feel is appropriate. Even today, after liking both of their big releases this year, I still don’t find much love for the girl-group. However I think 2013-2014 has been a good step in the right direction. 2013 and earlier this year was the year of the “Sexy” Girls’ Day. With every release I was into them. Then the summer they switched it up with the more “cute” Darling. This is the song that made me aware that I have something close to a complicated relationship with Girls’ Day. While I wasn’t exactly through the roof, and over the moon for the ep that it accompanied, I saw Darling as a great stand alone song. It is vibrant, fun, and once again plays to the strengths of the group. While it is pretty much a standard, by the book song, I was genuinely in love with Darling. It’s just a lot of fun as a song. I can’t be mad, or question why it exist. Hopefully 2015 will bring me and this group closer together.
15. Holler by TTS
If there was something I can give to SNSD as a whole, is that this year musically has been better. Mr. Mr. was nice, their Japanese releases were on point, and then TTS happened. Holler in my opinion is a step up from Twinkle in several ways. Some of the songs just felt a lot stronger, the ep was better. I think people gave Twinkle a lot it did not deserve. There are two songs that I really enjoyed on this ep, but I decided to focus on Holler because why not. The biggest issue I saw with this song was the fact that the chorus didn’t hit hard enough. I think with a catchy chorus this song could have been perfect. Without it is is a nice enough song, and definitely stronger than Twinkle. I think that is the main reason I like it, it’s better than that try-hard mess Twinkle (Yeah I said it). Also I love the bridge.
14. All Night by f(x)
Red Light was another success of an album. I have opinions about the album (good and bad), but there were songs that just hit the mark properly. One song in particularly had me partying. All Night is the slinky, cute, and positive pop treat that I love. I love songs that do not take themselves seriously, and just get you in a good mood. All Night does that. It’s not strong enough to be a single (in K Pop), but it’s exciting and positive vibes make it a standout. Lyrical content could be better, but that’s pretty much the only qualm I have with it. I think that’s the only reason this song is not even in the top 10. Lyrically it kind of just…takes a lot and tries to make sense of it, but doesn’t get all the way there. Why are you talking about colors, but then sing about all night? I don’t know. Regardless All Night is that fun, not serious pop song that everyone needs in their lives.
13. Oh My God by 15&
15&’s album Sugar took two years to happen, and I was left feeling happy about it. Not 100% content, but that’s nothing to really fret over. One of my favorite songs off the album happens to be the simple Oh My God. It is a smooth R&B track about a teenage girl falling in love. The biggest plus about Oh My God is that the song keeps it simple. No pretty flowering from Yerin and Jimin vocally (although they do flex their chops on occasion), no extra key changes, tempo changes. It just plays as a straight song. I also like that it was a bit realistic lyrically. A teenager being annoyed about people invalidating her feelings on love, and wondering if she is indeed in that place herself. It is very typical in my opinion.
12. A by Got7
JYP produced all their singles so far, and this was the only one he got right in my opinion. A is fun, is catchy, and allows everyone screentime (well almost, but it’s Mark and he is there to be pretty and quiet). Got7 has two sides to them. The fun boy group with R&B flavored pop tracks (like A), and the more cooler, edgier group with Hip Hop flavored R&b tracks (Girlsx3 and Stopx2 It). The only one that worked for me is the former. The sad thing is, A was the only good song from its respective album. The other two singles at least had something more to offer for me. A was a nice summer song that I don’t think is getting enough love as it should.
11. Happiness by Red Velvet
I liked I Got A Boy, so when it comes to taste, I may not be the best…and I know for a lot of people Happiness just wasn’t it. However I loved it. The main reason? It wasn’t pretentious. I think a lot of SM’s tracks have been trying to go above and beyond. That is fine, but sometimes it’s just good to give bare minimum. Now, soundwise Happiness comes off like a lot of SM’s tracks. Super cluttered with a lack of direction (especially as of late), however what made me like it was just how bright it sounded. Nothing felt like it was truly going anywhere, it was just a big ball of sunshine. Red Velvet as a group did a good job with it, they were fresh off the training room, fun and positive. Can’t ask for anything else. Of course I don’t want them to go back to this after having returned with Be Natural, but I do think finding a happy medium would between the bright pop vibes of Happiness and the overall mature look of Be Natural.
Well that gives you the 20-11. Once again, these could probably be put in any order and still be valid for me. The top 10 will be a little more exact.
So now I ask y’all, what were the songs that got y’all going in 2014? Comment and like!