PopAsia&039s Top 100 Asian pop songs of 2019: 50-1 | SBS PopAsia

Yesterday we shared the primary half of our High 100 countdown and now we have the ultimate 50 for you!

From record-breaking Okay-pop songs to the very best in C-pop, J-pop, Vietnamese pop and far more, this record comprises a few of the high songs of 2019. Whereas we could not embrace all of our faves, we guess you may discover tons to like on this record and to make your personal playlist of the very best Asian pop songs of the 12 months.

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Take a look at the highest 50 under and inform us what you assume!

50. Hiroomi Tosaka: “Supermoon”

J SOUL BROTHERS III from EXILE TRIBE member Hiroomi Tosaka focuses in on digital pop with “Supermoon”, together with his vocal vary placing this observe a minimize above different comparable releases. In a single track he packs in as many falsettos as decrease tones, and even some autotune to maintain us on our toes.

49. (G)I-DLE: “Lion”

What begins off gradual turns into a roaring anthem as (G)I-DLE declare themselves queens, forging forward with willpower. The pulsing rhythm of “Lion” matches completely with the message: the ladies are right here, they’re rising up and so they’re solely going to go increased.

48. J SOUL BROTHERS III from EXILE TRIBE ft. Afrojack: “Scarlet”

“Scarlet” takes cues from R&B ballads and amps it up into an Ibiza nightclub-worthy observe by enlisting the manufacturing energy of Dutch DJ Afrojack. Simply once you assume it’s reached the height, the track takes itself even increased with heart-racing digital beats.

47. Crimson Velvet: “Umpah Umpah”

Queens of summertime jams, Crimson Velvet returned with one other onomatopoeic earworm. The core of this track is within the vocals; you possibly can envision it being an ideal acapella observe. The music borrows from 90s pop and R&B with the almost-hidden synth riffs and ‘oompah-pah’ vocal samples, to create one thing mild and contemporary. The self-referential lyrics add just a little one thing particular to it too.

46. ONE N ONLY: “Class”

J-pop boy group ONE N ONLY’s up-tempo bop “Class” pumps with EDM vitality that matches the track’s message to be your self, ignore stereotypes and exist exterior of the foundations society tries to put on you.


“HIP” marries the very best parts of MAMAMOO’s one-of-a-kind musical fashion: a concentrate on instrumentals with jazzy undertones, particular verses that give every member a second to shine, and better of all – a message that lets the haters know that they’re unfazed by unfavourable consideration that tries to pigeonhole them inside society’s expectations of girls.

44. RADWIMPS: “Is There Nonetheless Something Love Can Do?”

If Weathering With You didn’t break you emotionally, the film’s theme track definitely will. RADWIMPS all the time know the right way to tug at our heartstrings, and it’s the simplicity of this track that makes it so universally relatable. Specializing in a sole voice and mild piano development at the beginning, it grows in the identical means the feelings of affection, despair and pleasure do within the movie: a cinematic tackle love with a sentimental message.

43. ITZY: “ICY”

ITZY’s message of self-confidence carries into their second single. The rhythm bass that underlies the whole thing of “ICY” is a deceptively highly effective hook, particularly when mixed with the ladies’ particular person vocal kinds and the assorted dips and turns in tempo. Their rise to the highest really feels unstoppable with tracks like this underneath their belts of their first 12 months.

42. ASTRO: “All Night time”

Simply when “All Night time” has lured you into mid-tempo consolation, it whips out synths and a persistent percussive beat on the refrain. With the members’ voices taking part in with repetition within the lyrics, and their distinct colors on particular person elements, it’s a track that highlights ASTRO’s skills to create a buoyant environment.

41. Official HIGE DANdism: “Shukumei”

Official HIGE DANdism modified it up for this observe, bringing a daring horns part into the track to raise it out of mid-tempo and make it an inescapable smash hit. The core of their music stays constructed upon a easy piano riff however right here it grows into an anthemic tune about ambition and goals.

40. ONEUS: “Valkyrie”

ONEUS have launched a couple of excellent single this 12 months, however we selected “Valkyrie” for its power as a debut observe. It’s irresistibly catchy and provides every member an opportunity to shine, with Leedo’s gravel tones and Hwanwoong’s clean vocals standing out particularly. It’s the proper debut single to peak curiosity within the group, and their 2019 releases don’t disappoint.


Rookie woman group EVERGLOW’s “ADIOS” makes use of a whistling chorus and a deep bass to lure you in earlier than completely blowing the roof off with the EDM refrain that slams dwelling the track’s message.

38. Sunmi: “Noir”

A relationship in its remaining section, a call-out on the vapidity of social media – Sunmi’s “Noir” is open to interpretation relying on whether or not you’re taking the track by itself or workforce it with its tongue-in-cheek music video. Both means, it’s a intelligent pop gem that groups her addictive vocals with a retro-synth beat you possibly can’t get out of your head.

37. Noo Phước Thịnh: “I am Nonetheless Loving You”

An up-tempo track with a bittersweet theme, solo star Noo Phước Thịnh’s voice is the true star right here. He sings of unrequited love over a pulsing beat, utilizing his falsetto and refined key adjustments to precise the craving in his lyrics. From the opening acoustic guitar by means of to the ultimate lyric, it retains you shifting to the beat.

36. LOONA: “Butterfly”

Vibrant and ethereal, “Butterfly” permits for LOONA’s various vocals to shine individually with a hook that focuses on falsettos that make the listener really feel like floating – apt for the track’s message of withdrawing and following your goals.

35. SF9: “RPM”

SF9 have persistently launched standout pop songs that someway don’t get the eye they deserve. “RPM” is one other distinctive flip from the boy group: it completely subverts the listener’s expectations on its synth and bass-heavy refrain and stands out from the pack with its aggressive instrumentation and memorable refrain.

34. Woosung: “Face”

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The Rose singer’s solo debut is a minimalist ode to need with a easy message: I like your face. Woosung’s voice is genuinely like no different, immediately recognisable and endlessly fascinating, it’s the glue for a track that makes use of low-key instrumentation to let him actually stand out. The music video can also be an admirably inclusive illustration of our bodies hardly ever seen in Okay-pop.

33. Hwasa: “Twit”

“Twit” seems on floor stage to be a peppy observe with a easy refrain, but it surely provides MAMAMOO member Hwasa room to showcase her vocal vary and actually draw the listener in. It’s catchy however defiant, the lyrics twisting between guilt and annoyance in a relationship that’s principally over. It’s sincere and in a means, brutal, but it surely’s confection-like refrain makes it a delight.

32. Bích Phương: “Let’s Du Dua”

Disco meets fashionable EDM for a enjoyable observe that’s made for the membership dancefloor in “Let’s Du Dua”. Bích Phương muses on the palpable stress of a brand new crush and the primary rush of emotions with a cheeky vibe permeating the observe, each within the teasing refrain and when she goes for a husky spoken tone in direction of the observe’s finish.

31. Taemin: “Need”

Prince of Okay-pop sensuality, Taemin brings his signature charisma to the fore on “Need”. He’s assured as he beckons the listener to need extra whereas by no means getting sufficient – an unquenched thirst all Taemin followers will likely be aware of. Each facet of this track is flawless: Taemin’s voice is honey clean, the incessant digital twitches and beats are addictive, and the lyrics tease in that means that solely Taemin can.

30. Aimyon: “Haru no Hello”

Wistful nostalgia tinges Aimyon’s single “Haru no Hello”, the place the highlight is on her voice and lyrical ingenuity. The light melody will get caught in your head together with the rolling guitar riff, for a spring track that conjures recollections of loves identified and unknown.

29. IU: “Blueming”

Taking a web page out of 2000s woman rock, “Blueming” is a track solely IU might ship. Musically, the main target is on band instrumentation that rollicks and rolls, whereas vocally IU is vibrant as she expresses the thrill of blooming love.

28. SEVENTEEN: “Worry”

Self-producing artists SEVENTEEN had a 12 months of inventive, typically experimental, Okay-pop releases and “Worry” is the highest tier of it. Ominous, highly effective and electrical, “Worry” is a mature SEVENTEEN entering into the highlight. From Wonwoo’s attention-grabbing intro by means of to Seungkwan’s cry of “somebody inform me what ought to I do?” and the cumulative refrain, it’s a track that blends SEVENTEEN’s modern manufacturing with Okay-pop melodies.

27. G.E.M.: “Actual Speak”

Chinese language singer-songwriter G.E.M mixes rap together with her signature vocals as she takes on senseless pack mentality. She sounds brimming with anger as she energetically calls out those that do the identical as others, admitting her personal faults alongside the best way and her willpower to stay her personal life exterior the socially acceptable norms for ladies.

26. NCT 127: “Superhuman”

Dare we are saying that is certainly one of NCT 127’s extra typical songs? That doesn’t take away from it being an absolute hit and a development in NCT 127’s futuristic sound, that someway additionally touches on retro parts utilizing synths and an anthemic refrain that matches the superhero theme. The vitality reaches inconceivable heights in its 4 minutes, and teamed with the ingenious choreography, it’s one other observe that heralds NCT 127 as top-of-the-line in Okay-pop proper now.

25. TXT: “Crown”

“Crown” sparkles with efferverscent youth from the second it kicks off. Containing all of the qualms of adolescence in a shining pop observe, TXT’s charms are instantaneously felt and fallen in love with. Their harmonies have the proper stability of sunshine and darkish, and the adlibs energy the sing-along impact that have you ever coming again for repeat listens.

24. CLC: “NO”

CLC returned in 2019 to say that they received’t play by society’s guidelines with “NO”, and the response was a convincing “sure” and “thanks”. The woman group name out the calls for placed on them to decorate, speak and behave a sure means, and make it clear they’ve little interest in doing something they don’t wish to. The message goes past linguistic boundaries and can have you shouting “NO” alongside them; empowered, indignant and delighted.

23. Stray Youngsters: “Miroh”

Stray Youngsters showcased infinite vary in 2019 with releases starting from heart-rendering (“Levanter”) to aggressively anthemic (“Double Knot”). “Miroh” is a battle-cry, a motivational anthem that soars on the again of aggressive digital beats, their united shout of ‘Stray Youngsters!’, and a message of preventing by means of adversity irrespective of the obstacles.

22. Fromis_9: “Enjoyable”

There is no such thing as a different solution to describe this than by its title: Fromis_9’s “Enjoyable” is pure, unbridled, enjoyable. It’s three minutes of bubblegum pop at its best, hitting all of your senses directly. The visuals are tongue-in-cheek and dazzlingly vibrant, whereas the vocals are on-point: it’s so joyous it’s nearly overwhelming. “Enjoyable” is the pick-me-up it’s worthwhile to get by means of the day and put a smile in your face.

21. MONSTA X: “Observe”

Giving their signature aggression a contemporary twist with evocative instrumentation, “FOLLOW” highlights all of MONSTA X’s strengths. There’s charisma from the entire vocal line and particularly in Kihyun’s energy and Shownu’s seductiveness; whereas Jooheon and I.M are fascinating with their rap fashion. MONSTA X has all the time stood out with their specific model of passionate, darkish music, and “FOLLOW’ matches whereas showcasing their progress and potential.

20. ATEEZ: “Say My Title”

The monster rookies of Okay-pop at this second, ATEEZ’s “Say My Title” makes you wish to observe wherever they lead. The whole lot right here is bombastic: triumphant chord progressions, emphatic lyrics that demand consideration, a rally cry for followers to consider in them and observe them to larger heights – which absolutely will come.

19. Official HIGE DANdism: “Pretender”

The track that made the four-member band a viral sensation, “Pretender” is a break-up track with all of the makings to tug in your heartstrings from the rolling rock riff and synth breakdown to the evocative lyrics of all of the missed alternatives in a love story.

18. Jolin Tsai: “Life Sucks”

Jolin Tsai flips the message of positivity on its head with a track that tackles negativity with a extra sincere strategy. As she sings concerning the struggles of day by day life, the EDM observe builds right into a euphoric refrain that’s nearly at odds together with her message of ‘be unfavourable, negativity helps, life has its ups and downs’. Her remaining sentiment is even stronger due to the electronica and her impassioned voice as she encourages you to know negativity as part of life’s journey: embrace it and rework it.


If any group has perfected the pop track and all its addictive qualities, it’s TWICE. “FANCY” looks like a easy tune as a result of TWICE make it look simple – that’s testomony to their expertise and expertise. From the choreography to the vocal performances, TWICE show they’re the queens of earworm pop with “FANCY”’s vibrant celebration of crushes.

16. TXT: “Run Away”

The frustrations of adolescence and the journey into younger maturity are captured within the whimsical world of TXT’s “Run Away”, the place every part from retro guitars to Harry Potter magic meld collectively to make heart-swelling music that requires escaping into the world completely of their very own invention.

15. A.C.E: “Beneath Cowl”

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After dabbling in each aggression and lightness on earlier songs, “Beneath Cowl” sees A.C.E throw the rule e-book away and return with one thing nobody else was doing this 12 months. A full-blown electro-rock track, it might’ve been simple for the members to get drowned out by the music, however as an alternative they every rise to the problem. Their vocals insert delicate melodies over grinding guitars whereas their choreography is heart-racingly highly effective. The visuals within the MV alone are worthy of Okay-pop’s Corridor of Fame.

14. Tremendous M: “Jopping”

The premise of SuperM appears outlandish at first: what would occur in the event you mix so many particular person skills in a brand new formation? Seems, you’d create an ingenious futuristic observe with all of the braggadocio you’d count on from an SM Leisure super-group that features members of SHINee, EXO, NCT and WayV. “Jopping” is an epic track that calls for stadiums, with every member’s skills shining brightly: from Baekhyun’s unimaginable falsetto to Taemin’s dance abilities and Mark’s rap break, there’s a lot occurring right here, it is overwhelming in the easiest way.

13. Apink: “Eung Eung”

Think about having Apink’s energy to make an onomatopoeic sound so catchy that it calls for repeat listens. “Eung Eung” is a near-perfect pop track: its rhythm drops and lifts to maintain the listener on their toes, and the ladies’ vocals are unanimously flawless.

12. GOT7: “You Calling My Title”

GOT7 has been persistently releasing top-tier music that exists in its personal universe of groove-laden, vocal-driven pop. “You Calling My Title” is seemingly retro but fashionable, utilising the very best of instrumental music (jangling rhythm guitar, keyboard riffs, regular percussion) together with an acapella strategy to vocals. The stripped again tackle the primary refrain heightens the stress in a track that’s remorseful but craving.

11. Sơn Tùng M-TP: “Hãy Trao Cho Anh”

Licensed Vietnamese famous person Sơn Tùng M-TP stuns with top-notch manufacturing on this contemporary trop-house track. His vocal fashion and cadence is what makes it stand-out; his voice creates its personal tempo above the backdrop that makes for addictive listening. The Snoop Dogg cameo additionally feels pure moderately than wedged in, making this a real summer time groove track with essentially the most chill vibes.

10. Kenshi Yonezu: “Uma to Shika”

From the primary strains of this track, you realize it’s Kenshi Yonezu. The singer/producer has developed a signature sound of emphatic percussion and constructing verses that result in hovering choruses. “Uma to Shika” strikes hardest when the strings meet Kenshi’s vocals, making melodic magic.

9. TWICE: “Really feel Particular”

Whether or not you consider “Really feel Particular’’s lyrics as directed to followers, a liked one or the group members singing to 1 one other, the message is common. It’s a heart-warming, optimistic track that focuses on gratitude and appreciating the individuals round you. All that wrapped into one other of TWICE’s impossibly catchy tracks to make it a stand-out launch for 2019.


Dashing out of the gate at full-speed, JYP’s latest woman group arrived with a thumping feminine empowerment anthem that each introduced their presence and unfold a message of self-love and standing out from the group. The members’ particular vocal quirks all get an opportunity to shine towards a delicate EDM beat that has some intelligent breakdowns to modify up the sound simply once you assume it’s hit the height. Top-of-the-line debuts of 2019 indisputably.

7. WayV: “Moonwalk”

WayV confidently usher in a brand new period on the operatic “Moonwalk”, with swaggering raps and flawless excessive notes. Taking Chinese language pop into a special dimension, “Moonwalk” is cinematic in its scope: the strings command consideration, the piano lures you into false safety earlier than bursting right into a cacophony, after which there’s the grinding guitar breakdown full with dance break. The lyrics are replete with advanced imagery and the eagerness is clear in each second of this thrilling trip.

6. BLACKPINK: “Kill This Love”

“Kill This Love” is laden with small particulars that maintain you coming again: the important thing adjustments on Jisoo’s and Rose’s bridge vocals; Jennie and Lisa’s commanding rap exchanges; the sudden drop into the refrain once you count on it to go for max noise. The track transforms from a break-up track right into a self-empowered anthem by utilising marching band percussion and boisterous horns, demanding you sing alongside.

5. EXO: “Obsession”

EXO has been releasing a few of the most experimental and modern Okay-pop of latest occasions, and “Obsession” performs to all the members’ strengths regardless of the group being down to 6 members. The repetitive “I would like you” is a intelligent callback to the obsessive lyrical theme, whereas the sneering “I don’t assume so” creates a faultless call-response dynamic. The track pulses with underlying ominous beats, and the members’ harmonies are layered collectively to create new melodies. From manufacturing to choreography, each aspect of “Obsession” is mesmerising, making it simple to fall deeply for it.

4. Stray Youngsters: “Facet Results”

Stray Youngsters took a flip for the experimental on “Facet Results”, with its head-spinning mixture of ominous bass, English-language pattern and sudden adjustments in tempo all through. Every members’ skills are highlighted completely, whether or not it’s Felix’s deep voice or Changbin’s breathless raps. The music feels as frenetic and anxious because the feelings the lyrics seize; youthful worry and considerations laid out overtly.

3. Chungha: “Gotta Go”

Two days into the brand new 12 months and Chungha delivered top-of-the-line songs of 2019. The solo star stands sturdy on her personal with a seductive track that teases with thinly-veiled longing. Her beguiling vocals evoke the midnight vibes of the lyrics, whereas the already iconic choreography proves she’s a consummate performer.

2. Jolin Tsai: “Womxnly”

Jolin Tsai has been hitting laborious with songs full of socially aware messages and right here it’s an empowering reassurance to those that really feel uncomfortable in their very own pores and skin. Jolin’s voice is clean and stuffed with perspective as she presents comfort with phrases like ‘By no means let anybody change who you’re/boy or woman, you will be whichever you need’, and requires kindness over cruelty.

1. BTS ft. Halsey: “Boy With Luv”

A number of data damaged, many international locations toured, milestones made – BTS’ 2019 successes might fill countless pages. But the Korean title for BTS’ observe actually says all of it: “A Poem for Small Issues”. There’s one thing stunning on the planet’s greatest boy group singing that focuses on the trivia of life like ‘how’s your day?’ and ‘I wish to know every part about you’. It really works doubly as a romantic pop track and an ode to followers, as if to say irrespective of how excessive BTS soar, they received’t overlook the place that love comes from, and the way extraordinary it’s.

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