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Best of K-Pop 2014

Discussion in 'K-pop' started by Big Bang, Jan 1, 2015.

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    2014, a year of change for K-pop. Nullified contracts, groups dispanding left and right, Microsoft deals, being kicked out of a group to sell sunglasses. We are in the age where newer groups are taking over from the older more established bands; iKON, Red Velvet, GOT7 and more will lead the way in 2015, but let's focus on 2014, a year where arguably the best music came from some of the lesser known groups and solo artists. Post your lists of everything from favourite songs to favourite videos to favourite albums! (Hint: Red Light should be your #1 album or at least in the top 3).
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  2. YASSS!! Was waiting for this but it'll probably take me hours to figure everything haha
  3. Unashamedly going to say that my favorite K-Pop song released in 2014 was Miniskirt.

    Favorite albums/minis include Puer Kim's Purifier and IU's Flower Bookmark.
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  4. Laboum, APink, and Ladies' Code.
    What About You, Mr Chu, LUV, and So Wonderful quite literally got me through this year.
  5. As if I didn't make it obvious enough, my #1 song of 2014 is Sugar Free.

    My top 20 singles would be as follows (In no particular order):

    T-ARA - Sugar Free
    Infinite - Back
    f(x) - Red Light
    EXID - Up&Down
    Block B - HER
    Fiestar - One More
    Dal Shabet - Big Baby Baby
    Seo Taiji & IU - Sogyeokdong
    Ladies' Code - So Wonderful
    Orange Caramel - Catallena
    Pungdeng E - Baechu Bossam
    Stellar - Mask
    Mamamoo - Piano Man
    KARA - Mama Mia
    Hyuna - Red
    Purfles - 1, 2, 3
    HA:TFELT - Ain't Nobody
    Wings - Hair Short
    15& - Can't Hide It
    Hyosung - Goodnight Kiss

    Best full albums: f(x)'s Red Light, After School's Dress To Kill, Clazziquai's Blink, 15&'s Sugar, Lee Sora's 8.

    Best mini albums: HA:TFELT's Me?, WA$$UP's Showtime, Puer Kim's Purifier, Hyuna's Red, Humming Urban Stereo Reform, T-ARA's And&End.

    Best debuts: Mamamoo, Lip Service, Purfles, Wings, Puer Kim.

    Biggest surprises of 2014: EXID's viral ascent from bottom feeders to #1 on the charts thanks to a fancam, Boys Republic, Block B's HER, WA$$UP coming back and exceeding expectations with Showtime, Stellar.

    Best MVs: Orange Caramel' Catallena & My Copycat, TVXQ's Spellbound, f(x)'s Red Light, HA:TFELT's Ain't Nobody, Wings' Hair Short, Topp Dogg's Annie, Ga In's Fxxk You.

    Worst MV: T-ARA's Sugar Free and its 671 cuts and transitions!

    Worst of 2014: 2014 sucking in general with countless member departures, group disbandments, and scandals. The unfortunate deaths of EunB and Rise. Even though it's not related to kpop, the Sewol ferry accident had a pretty significant impact on the industry. Sexy concepts getting neutered for no reason at the beginning of 2014.

    Song no one else but me seemed to like: Hyomin's Nice Body.

    Things I'd like to see in 2015: Crayon Pop's full album finally materializing. EXID remaining at the top of the charts. Korea finally getting over their butthurt feelings so T-ARA can finally return to the top tier of girl groups. 6Muses becoming relevant. Groups from smaller companies not disappearing after a single song release. Finally being able to attend a kpop concert.
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  6. Sugar Free and Red Light (the album in total) were the shit. Also, SNSD's Goodbye is the best Korean song they've done since IGAB.
    #1 Red Light by f(x) ... duh
    #2 CRUSH by 2NE1
    #3 DARK&WILD by BTS
    #4 Identify by GOT7 (That NO ONE even talked about …)
    #5 Shoebox by Epik High
    #6 Sugar by 15&
    #8 Crush on You by CRUSH
    #9 Season 2/Be Back by INFINITE
    #10 The Maginot Line by M.I.B

    **Obviously I’m just sticking with the Korean stuff because otherwise “Dress To Kill” would probably be #3 ...**

    MINI ALBUMS **No particular order**
    Showtime by WA$$UP
    Arario and AmadeuS by Topp Dogg
    Error by VIXX
    GOT♡ by GOT7
    Like A Cat and Short Hair by AOA
    Real Talk by Boys Republic
    A Talk by HyunA
    Small Album by Kidoh
    Full Moon by Sunmi

    SONGS **No particular order**
    Catallena by Orange Caramel
    B.B.B (Big Baby Baby) by Dal Shabet
    Miniskirt by AOA
    Red Light by f(x)
    RED by HyunA
    Good-night Kiss by Jun Hyosung
    Error by VIXX
    Can’t Hide It by 15&
    A by GOT7
    Gotta Be You by 2NE1
    LUV by APink
    KISS KISS by Ladies' Code
    HER by Block B
    I Swear by SISTAR
    One More by FIESTAR
    Shut Up U by WA$$UP
    Mask by STELLAR
    Just One Day by BTS
    Be A Man by MBLAQ

    ROOKIE GROUPS **No particular order**
    Red Velvet
    Bob Girls
    Puer Kim

    **I remember loving WINNER when they first debuted but after a week I grew tired of the album and both title songs ... which was kind of disappointing...

    I probably missed some things but that's what I could recall. I didn't do videos because that's way too hard for me to figure out. haha My first full year of K-Pop is now complete. Definitely ready for a new year though. Can't wait for missA, 9/7/6MUSES, BoA, iKON, Crayon Pop, Dal Shabet, and Jonghyun!!
  8. I haven't done any lists (yet?), but my favourite song is definitely "Red Light" by f(x).
  9. BBB, all of AoA's singles and HATFELT were some highlights.

    Cannot stand Red Light as a song and also hate Sugar Free.
  10. I blogged my top 10, but given I have a readership of three, here are my thoughts. Not surprised at BBB being a few people's favourites.

    #1 Dal Shabet - BBB
    #2 T-ARA - Sugar Free
    #3 2NE1 - Come Back Home
    #4 Rain - 30Sexy
    #5 Infinite - Back
    #6 VIXX - Error
    #7 HyunA - Red
    #8 EXO-K - Overdose
    #9 SNSD - Mr Mr
    #10 - I originally hat G-Dragon & Taeyang here, but Orange Caramel - My Copycat probably should have been there really...
  11. Best of K-Pop 2014.

    In no particular order:

    Red Light - f(X)
    Mr Mr - Girls Generation
    Whisper - TTS
    Happiness - Red Velvet
    I Miss You - Girls' Day
    Come Back Home - 2NE1
    Red - HyunA
  12. This is great, I really didn't listen to any K-Pop since 2013 so I'm playing catch up and this makes finding new music easier. Thanks guys!
  13. Best boy group song is Lonely by B1A4
    Best girl group song is Red Light by f(x)
    Best boy group album is Who Am I by B1A4
    Best girl group album is Red Light by f(x)
  14. My favorite comebacks were LUV, Mamma Mia, Full Moon and Stop stop it. Miniskirt and Big Baby Baby were nice, too.

    Taemin (Ace > Danger), Hatfelt, f(x), Got7, Apink, and Sunmi had good albums. Not the most exciting year in terms of music for Kpop, I still say 2008~09 were the best years. There was a lot of other things besides music going on this year, though....
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