We are back with part 2 of a 4 part series. Once again 2016 has been a surprising meh year, but I found some gems that I did indeed like. Sadly once again, I did not get the full spectrum of music in 2016, so this list is heavy on established idols. Hopefully next year this will be remedied.
- The order is non-existent except for the fact that the top 10 were played more throughout the year for me.
- The list is mostly women…hopefully next year I won’t think boygroups are releasing crap.
- A special link will be available for this list in the upcoming future
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Red Velvet- One Of These Nights
One of two comebacks that Red Velvet made in 2016. The ballad of the two, the song was used to spearhead the world The Velvet, their sophomore EP and a representation of their softer more mature side. The album felt less of a follow up of The Red and more of a stand alone… Basically SM was doing a lazy attempt at versatility without having either side come to head. One Of These Nights is a lovely ballad and one of the group’s stronger singles so far. Taking influence from a Korean tale (which the Korean title promptly reflects), the song sort of has a fairy tale quality that makes it dreamy but not childish. The songs biggest mark is the switch in styles going from a traditional ballad to more of an R&B song midway through. While at its release I questioned whether or not this was successful, I found myself still listening to the song afterward. The only song I can think that is better than One Of These Nights has been Russian Roulette (a cheeky love song with a morbid video), and the only reason that song isn’t on the list is because I decided that I wanted to stick my neck out for this track.
SHINee-1 Of 1
IN 2016, Shinee decided they wanted to be a corny ass boy group of yesteryear and it worked. That’s it. 1 Of 1 takes all the cringe and cheesy of early 90’s boy groups and put it on top of a slight karaoke rendition of a more fleshed out New Jack Swing beat. The song isn’t their strongest, lacking the sort of enthusiasm that one would expect from SHINee. However they nonetheless make the song enjoyable with their more mellowed approach (said approach is also seen on their hit View from last year). At this point in their careers I don’t expect them to top themselves. Instead they just got to not disappoint me.And 1 of 1 doesn’t. The weakest points of the song are of course the rapping. But it just comes in and out before you register that either Key or Minho sucked the fun out of the song with this tempered sad excuse for rap. All in all, 1 of 1 is no Sherlock, Everybody or Juliette…but it certainly isn’t Ring Ding Dong or Why So Serious.
APink- Only One
I said this in my review for them: It’s been five-almost six years since their debut. They have long since solidified their positions as a top girl group, and they are STILL doing the musical equivalent of a peach-beige mix. It’s time to stop hoping and expecting change. Especially since they mostly leave more mature imagery for their concerts. If it happens, then it happens, but Apink (like another girl group) are the cute concept group…even if all of them are legally able to drink at the bar of a strip club. Only One is a nice track. It does give off a more mature vibe, lacking a certain pastel like quality (compare this song to Mr. Chu No No No or even LUV). However it is very much in the realm of Apink so there isnt much to say other than they are consistent.
Wonder Girl- Why So Lonely
This song’s positions is so low for one reason, I gave up on life at the worst time. The best thing about the song, like most Wonder Girls records is the dedication. It doesn’t sound like a half-hazard attempt at reggae. Instead the song shows some layers and depth. The Wonder Girls biggest strength lies in their ability to devote more than 85% of themselves to a concept, especially if it “retro”. They became a band, last year they were a pop group from the 80’s (and not just in image). For Why So Lonely, the song isn’t just reggae but a conglomeration of several aspects of the 70’s, having some psychedelic rock motifs. Once again, the group proves to be a little more on the know than most would ever. Sadly I stopped listening to the song almost two months after release…I was going through it.
Black Pink- Stay
I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about Black Pink. I have no ill will towards them, and any negative things are mostly criticism towards their sound and minor things like that. I see the potential of this group, but I do not like where they are so to speak. With four songs under the belts (organized as two comebacks), I have been weary of the group’s musical journey. None of their songs are bad, but they are oddly familiar. It was their last song, Stay that really convinced me of the group. What I love about this song is that it sounds like the end of an album. It’s a song that has a finality to it. If this was on an album, I would stop right after this song. That’s the beauty of it, it is the ending song and that last part…with Ros(accent mark)e ending the song with that one phrase…it’s perfect. Hats off to Teddy; while he is often regarded as a mixed bag musically, when he is on…he is on. The group should also be praised, giving a sweet and age appropriate performance. They don’t feel like they are being molded into 2ne1 here. The group is allowed to breathe on a crisp note. If I could say a couple of things…I do wish they find something to do with Lisa. She feels pushed into this rapper position and giving her a whole verse to clamber over just doesn’t do her right. Also I kind of wished for a more acoustic sung at home feel, a less “produced” feel…but it doesn’t take away from the song.
Here are the second batch of songs! Hope the holidays are being good to you! Next we hit the top 10 which means more in depth discussions of these songs! ANTICIPATE!