K-Pop: Songs I’m Currently Obsessed With

Professional shot of Leedo of ‘ONEUS’. Copyright goes to ONEUS and RBW.

Hi! It’s Annie!

It’s been difficult for me to find new K-Pop news to talk about considering my brain has been filled with nothing but thoughts of the upcoming BTS concert. I can’t even begin to express how excited I am! But, recently, I was playing a random K-Pop playlist on my phone when I came across a couple songs that I hadn’t heard before. And now I’m absolutely obsessed. Not to mention some songs from the regular groups I mention that just keep playing over and over again in my head. So, in the interest of actually talking about some of the songs currently haunting me (and in the hopes that I could possibly introduce you guys to some songs or groups you haven’t heard of before), here are the songs that are currently on my mind all the time.

“No diggity” by ONEUS:

I know what you might be thinking. There’s already a song called “No Diggity” and it’s definitely not from a K-Pop group. And I can assure you, this isn’t that song and it isn’t even a cover of it. This is a completely different, and in my opinion, a far superior song. Its Korean name actually means more along the lines of “unable to be refuted”, which is a much more clear explanation of what the song is. I very recently heard this one, and I haven’t been able to listen to any other song for days. It’s just so addictive. From the first background beats, to the dark rap of Leedo, to the chorus that’s so catchy it’ll be stuck in your head for days. And the MV is bright, colorful, and even more of a joy to watch. I seriously can’t get over this choreography either. I also love that it’s not just another song about money or fame. The “get your hands off of her” theming that almost coincides with a love song at the same time is pretty unique. Though it isn’t a song with a heartfelt message, it is a badass love theme that’s unusually more hype than most songs about love. And I love it. The song makes for both a great listen and a badass performance. And “Twilight” is also an amazing song, especially for the harmonies, if you’re looking for another song by them after all of that. Because I know I definitely was. Just so you know, I’m definitely listening to “No diggity” on repeat as I type this.

“Drink It” by THE BOYZ:

I had heard of this group before, purely through ‘Kingdom’ which I was watching for the ATEEZ performances. But I hadn’t looked too much into them until I heard this song on a playlist recently. This song immediately caught my attention for its catchiness and now this is yet another song that’s stuck in my head. This one is definitely a bit more on the “sexy” side in both choreography and lyric meaning but it mostly caught my attention for the catchy chorus and the amazing vocals. I liked their music from what I watched of ‘Kingdom’, but this is definitely my favorite of their projects that I’ve seen. This is a bit more vocals focused, which I love and I also love the mysterious aesthetic of the song. I also have to say, the rap pieces interchanged with whispering really makes some of the verses. Over-all it’s a great all around song and I love listening to it.

“Voice” by LOONA:

I kept hearing about LOONA, but I didn’t look too much into them. I think I heard a couple of their songs and then moved on. But when I also heard this song recently on a playlist, I listened to it twice afterwards. This is a pretty typical love song all things considered, but what I like about it is how gentle the song feels. There’s just something super cute about the idea of someone’s voice drawing you into waking. I also can’t say enough about the vocals in the song. The song is definitely more about showcasing vocals than anything else and it does it really well. I have to say, Chuu really stood out to me the first time I heard the song, but the seamless transition between the vocals really made me love all of their voices by the end. And, yes, this is absolutely another song that will get stuck in your head. It’s a nice song that manages to be both exciting and calming at the same time.

“Rhythm Ta” by ATEEZ:

I could choose so many ATEEZ songs that I’m currently obsessed with. Recently while driving to and from work I listen to a lot of ATEEZ, because their music distracts me enough to calm me down. And really I could name any song here. I’ve been listening to “Deja Vu” in particular ever since it came out. But I kind of want to draw more attention to one of their cover songs that I listen to a lot, especially because we’ve already done a few posts about “Deja Vu”. “Rhythm Ta” is a song that was originally made and performed by the group iKON and ATEEZ’s version is practically unrecognizable. The song feels darker and grittier, and that’s not just because they did a dark revolution theme with their performance. The song is completely in a lower register. The song feels much more ATEEZ, which in general is pretty badass and always exciting. If you haven’t checked out the performances for any of the groups on the last ‘Kingdom: Legendary War’, I highly recommend it. We also have a post about it here on our blog!

“Nilili Mambo”- Block B:

It has come to my attention that I have not yet talked about Block B on this blog and I am very sorry for that. Block B is freaking amazing. I feel like you’ve probably heard “Nilili Mambo” even if you don’t think you have. For a long time it was all over TikTok, and I know I didn’t think I had heard it until I was made aware that this was the song that was everywhere. It has an amazing melody as well as amazing pirate vibes that eventually inspired ATEEZ. Right now I’m also kind of obsessed with “Jackpot” which has a really fun carnival theme to it that comes across in both the MV and the song itself. These are both songs where you watch the MV and you immediately understand what the theming is going to be just off of the vibes of the song.

“Blood, Sweat, and Tears” by BTS:

Obviously I had heard this song before and most of you probably have as well. But BTS recently performed this for the online concert and I freaked out. I didn’t watch much of the online concert. If you’re wondering why my sister and I didn’t have a post about that concert, it’s because we’re trying to go to the LA concert as unprepared and ready to be surprised as possible. But I couldn’t help but hear that this was part of the setlist, and this has been one of my favorite BTS songs since I began stanning them. In fact, this was the song that fully brought me into ARMY. So the prospect of possibly getting to see this live is insane to me. We’ll have to see if it’s part of the LA concert setlist, but I think I will melt if they actually perform this. I can’t wait to see if they do, but until then I will be listening to this song on repeat and trying not to cry.

I always love hearing new groups and finding more amazing K-Pop to download on my phone. And now I’m freaking out over it all more than usual with the BTS concert on the horizon and the possibility of ATEEZ going on tour soon. I’m going to be fully immersed in K-Pop for a while. So I definitely think I could do with more variety on my playlist while I listen to only K-Pop for the foreseeable future. And I think in the future it looks like I’ll be listening to little more ONEUS. Damn, there are so many talented artists in this industry!

See you across the pond!

Sincerely, Annie

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