#KS☊TY2020: The K-Pop Song of the Year 2020 Rate

Slice of Life

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It has been 20 Earth years since then. I don't remember everything but I do remember thinking this: I was never coming back.

The pandemic which was supposed to end after a month (or maybe three, I said I don't remember everything) went on and on until it was all we knew. Borders and businesses were closed. Masks were suddenly the trendiest fashion and/or health item. As for me, I was cooped inside my cozy Gangnam apartment. I was recording new music everyday... music that I thought I would release when all of this is over. Suffice to say, I didn't get to do that.

It was late November 2020. A quarter after two in the dead of the morning. I was bored shitless, spending exorbitant amounts of money by shopping (online, of course) the latest skincare products that somehow never worked with my skin type. But I had the money so why not splurge, right? Anyway, I'm getting distracted. Yes, it was late at night/early in the morning. I was alone with my stuffed animals when at least fifteen people dressed in shiny black coats carrying Polaris Entertainment-produced weaponry entered my home without my permission. I couldn't even scream from the absolute shock of it all. They didn't hurt me physically though, bless their souls. I don't remember what happened next. I just remember waking up the next day in the whitest room I've ever seen. And a few minutes after that, the president of South Korea, Kim Jong-Un... wait, that's the North Korean president. I mean, Moon Jae-In, entered my room.

He told me I was chosen as one of five South Korean citizens to take part in an experiment that aims to save humankind. I and four other lucky people would be extensively trained by the Korea Aerospace Exploration Agency for just a month to survive in space. I'm sure it's obvious by now but I'm definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer, let's get that out there, so I wasn't sure how I was gonna survive in space. I can't even cook rice in a rice cooker, for God's sake. How was I gonna learn how to operate a spacecraft in a month? I was gonna tell him I can't do it but he wasn't exactly asking for my permission. This is worse than signing a slave contract with SM Entertainment. I didn't even get to sign anything. So for the next month, I was trained alone by a lovely Korean-Russian cosmonaut. And you bet I aced the training like I did most things... I'm joking, of course I sucked real bad but I was still somehow deemed fit for space travel.

Now here's where my memory fails me. It must be the impact of space travel or maybe my brain just isn't wired to remember the most important things but I don't quite remember the journey itself. I was assigned to travel a few galaxies away from the Milky Way, enter a black hole named, ironically, BU55Y, and hope that I somehow end up in a world free from the pandemic. I was told I was assigned to the latest black hole the agency discovered so they literally don't know shit about what would happen to me when I go in there. I was told I just needed to believe. And so I did. And now I'm here, living in a planet so foreign yet somehow so familiar. I married the person [citation needed] who rescued me when I arrived at BU55YLAND. And you won't believe this... but I'm actually the biggest pop star in this planet. I told you this place is both foreign and familiar.

Being this planet's biggest pop star has its perks, true, but it also comes with a lot of pain. When my husband first discovered that I could sing, he made it his mission to make me BU55YLAND's biggest star. But he knew I had to hide my real identity or else I'd be sent back by the authorities to wherever I came from. I adapted a new name. I never spoke to any press, never had any interviews. I'd prepare for my stage, sing my songs and go home almost immediately. That was my routine for two decades now. And this drove people crazy. All types of rumours followed me - that I was not a BU55YLAND native (true), that I was made in a factory (partly true; I had to give up some of my vital organs and have them replaced with shatterproof metals and shit so I'd survive the space travel), that I was an industry plant (untrue; I am not Ava Max, please). And honestly, I'm tired of hiding. And over time, I have grown confident that the BU55YLAND populace won't exactly murder me or worse, send me back to Earth once they learn I am not one of them. I will be accepted. I will be loved.

So to celebrate my 20th year here on BU55YLAND, I am finally taking off my mask. And I'm gonna do it the most extra way. I will release a new album containing 10 songs. These will be remakes of songs from 2020, the year I left Earth for good. But I can only choose one song as my title track. And I'm gonna need your help deciding that.

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Well, hello there, oppa-deul and unnies. I hope y'all enjoyed the ballad of Bombarella. If you didn't read all of that (wouldn't hold it against you), don't worry, I, @Slice of Life, am here with the TL;DR version:

☊ Yes, this is still the K-Pop Song of the Year (#KSOTY2020) Rate. In a pool of 100 songs, we are to decide which is The Best K-Pop Song of the Year 2020.
☊ The winning song will be be the title track of Bombarella's new album.
☊ Uh, I guess that's it.

But yes, welcome to the K-Pop Song of the Year (#KSOTY2020) Rate. Remember the fun and mess we had for the #KSOTY2019 Rate? Yeah, let's all do that all over again!


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From SUPERTRASH... to SUPERSARANG... to SUPERSALVATION... to SUPER별 (SUPERBYEOL).

What is a SUPERBYEOL SONG? It's a song, released in 2020 of course, that you love but didn't do that well on the K-Popjustice Charts and therefore isn't included in our initial list of songs to be rated. It can be any song as long as you love it. No other qualifiers.

By becoming SUPERBYEOL SONGS, they will be included in the songs we will be rating.

But here's the catch: we only have space for forty SUPERBYEOL SONGS. Because not every song is meant to become a star.

There will be four rounds of SUPERBYEOL. The first 10 people to complete the missions in a round shall be entitled to submit one (1) SUPERBYEOL SONG. And every round will happen spontaneously so you better click that "WATCH THREAD" button to not miss any updates. For the first two rounds, only the 53 people who voted during the #KSOTY2019 Rate can participate. The third and fourth round will be open to all.

So for the first round, here are the mechanics:
1. Like the opening post.
2. Name one (1) of the first 10 persons in space that are not from Soviet Union/Russia or USA. State their name, nationality, and the date they died. No repetitions of answers allowed. You cannot copy an already entered answer. PLEASE POST YOUR ANSWERS IN THIS THREAD.


First round will close when all 10 slots are filled. I will post and tag the 10 people who successfully won the round. They will need to submit their SUPERBYEOL SONGS before January 2, 2021, 23:59 GMT.

The first round starts now.
 

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Finally, here are the songs we will be rating for this edition of the KSOTY Rate.

0415 - Yerin Baek
Alien - Lee Suhyun
Apple - GFriend
ASSA - cignature
Ayayaya - IZ*ONE
Back Door - Stray Kids
Barbie - Jang Yeeun
Bazooka! - GWSN
Beach Again - SSAK3
Better - BoA
Better - Twice
Black Mamba - aespa
Boca - Dreamcatcher
Bouncy - Rocket Punch
Butterfly - WJSN
Cool - Weki Meki
Criminal - Taemin
Cry for Me - Twice
Cut Me Off - BoA
Day & Night - LOONA
Dazzle Dazzle - Weki Meki
Dear Me - Taeyeon
Dessert (feat. Soyeon & Loopy) - HYO
Diver - YooA
Dolphin - Oh My Girl
Dream in a Dream - Lovelyz
Dream of You (with R3HAB) - Chungha
Dumhdurum - Apink
Dun Dun - Everglow
eight (feat. Suga) - IU
Endless Night - Dreamcatcher
Feel Good (Secret Code) - fromis_9
Fiesta - IZ*ONE
Future - Red Velvet
Ghosting - TXT
Girls - Nature
Goblin (Favorite Boys) - A.C.E
Good Guy - SF9
Helicopter - CLC
Holo - Lee Hi
How You Like That - BLACKPINK
I Can't Stop Me - Twice
Ice Cream - BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez
Initial S - Sori
J.us.T - Eyedi
La Di Da - Everglow
La La La - Bling Bling
Labyrinth - GFriend
LALALILALA - April
Lay Back - VERIVERY
Lie - Imfact
Life Sucks - HA:TFELT
Like This - STAYC
Losing You - Wonho
Love Me or Leave Me - DAY6
Lovesick Girls - BLACKPINK
Mago - GFriend
Monster - Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi
More & More - Twice
Music, Dance - NCT 127
Naughty - Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi
No Big Deal - Elris
Nonstop - Oh My Girl
Not Shy - ITZY
Obliviate - Lovelyz
Ohio - Crush
Oopsy - Weki Meki
Panorama - IZ*ONE
Physical (feat. Hwa Sa) - Dua Lipa
pit-a-pet - Yukika
Poison - Dahye
pporappippam - Sunmi
Ready or Not - Momoland
Red Sun - Dreamcatcher
Say My Name - ANS
Say My Name - Hyolyn
Scandalous - KEEMBO
Scream - Dreamcatcher
Secret Story of the Swan - IZ*ONE
Sequence - IZ*ONE
So Bad - STAYC
So What - LOONA
Soul Lady - Yukika
Sour Candy - Lady Gaga & BLACKPINK
Stay Tonight - Chungha
Sukhumvit Swimming - ONF
Tag Me (@Me) - Weeekly
That's A No No - ITZY
Tiger Eyes - Ryu Su Jeong
Universe - LOONA
Untouchable - Everglow
Voice - LOONA
Waking Up Down - Yaeji
Wannabe - ITZY
We Ride - Brave Girls
What Do I Call You - Taeyeon
Why Not? - LOONA
Wing - Park Ji Hoon
Wish - Dreamnote
Yesterday - Yukika
Zombie - DAY6







0415 - Yerin Baek
Alien - Lee Suhyun
Apple - GFriend
ASSA - cignature
Ayayaya - IZ*ONE
Back Door - Stray Kids
Barbie - Jang Yeeun
Bazooka! - GWSN
Beach Again - SSAK3
Better - BoA
Better - Twice
Black Mamba - aespa
Boca - Dreamcatcher
Bouncy - Rocket Punch
Butterfly - WJSN
Cool - Weki Meki
Criminal - Taemin
Cry for Me - Twice
Cut Me Off - BoA
Day & Night - LOONA
Dazzle Dazzle - Weki Meki
Dear Me - Taeyeon
Dessert (feat. Soyeon & Loopy) - HYO
Diver - YooA
Dolphin - Oh My Girl
Dream in a Dream - Lovelyz
Dream of You (with R3HAB) - Chungha
Dumhdurum - Apink
Dun Dun - Everglow
eight (feat. Suga) - IU
Endless Night - Dreamcatcher
Feel Good (Secret Code) - fromis_9
Fiesta - IZ*ONE
Future - Red Velvet
Ghosting - TXT
Girls - Nature
Goblin (Favorite Boys) - A.C.E
Good Guy - SF9
Helicopter - CLC
Holo - Lee Hi
How You Like That - BLACKPINK
I Can't Stop Me - Twice
Ice Cream - BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez
Initial S - Sori
J.us.T - Eyedi
La Di Da - Everglow
La La La - Bling Bling
Labyrinth - GFriend
LALALILALA - April
Lay Back - VERIVERY
Lie - Imfact
Life Sucks - HA:TFELT
Like This - STAYC
Losing You - Wonho
Love Me or Leave Me - DAY6
Lovesick Girls - BLACKPINK
Mago - GFriend
Monster - Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi
More & More - Twice
Music, Dance - NCT 127
Naughty - Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi
No Big Deal - Elris
Nonstop - Oh My Girl
Not Shy - ITZY
Obliviate - Lovelyz
Ohio - Crush
Oopsy - Weki Meki
Panorama - IZ*ONE
Physical (feat. Hwa Sa) - Dua Lipa
pit-a-pet - Yukika
Poison - Dahye
pporappippam - Sunmi
Ready or Not - Momoland
Red Sun - Dreamcatcher
Say My Name - ANS
Say My Name - Hyolyn
Scandalous - KEEMBO
Scream - Dreamcatcher
Secret Story of the Swan - IZ*ONE
Sequence - IZ*ONE
So Bad - STAYC
So What - LOONA
Soul Lady - Yukika
Sour Candy - Lady Gaga & BLACKPINK
Stay Tonight - Chungha
Sukhumvit Swimming - ONF
Tag Me (@Me) - Weeekly
That's A No No - ITZY
Tiger Eyes - Ryu Su Jeong
Universe - LOONA
Untouchable - Everglow
Voice - LOONA
Waking Up Down - Yaeji
Wannabe - ITZY
We Ride - Brave Girls
What Do I Call You - Taeyeon
Why Not? - LOONA
Wing - Park Ji Hoon
Wish - Dreamnote
Yesterday - Yukika
Zombie - DAY6
 

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1. Rate all the songs from 0 to 10. You can use the following decimals if you want to be very precise with your scoring: .25, .50 & .75. All other decimals are not allowed.

2. You may give one song - and just one - your coveted score of 11.

3. Commentary is not mandatory but is very welcome. I love commentary! Bury me in commentary, unnies!

4. You must rate every song. No exceptions.

5. Please please please submit your scores in the order I list them. It makes everything easier for everyone.

6. You may change only one score after you submit your votes. Once your scores are in, they're locked. If you reconsider, you may have one change on one single song. This is to cut down on spreadsheet errors and miscommunication, so please think things over before you send!

7. Absolutely no trolling allowed. Trust me, I know what trolling looks like and I will not hesitate to publicly shame you for being a twat, I mean, troll. Trolling does not achieve anything except be an annoyance so please do not engage in such activity.

8. To combat trolling more effectively, you must give commentary to any song you scored below a 4.00. I will further examine the commentary if it is acceptable.

9. There is no number 9. Scroll down and pretend that it exists.

10. Accept Shaman Unnie as the inventor of the COVID-19 vaccine.
 

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101. Ice Cream - BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez
100. Physical (feat. Hwa Sa) - Dua Lipa
99. Losing You - Wonho
98. La La La - Bling Bling
97. Beach Again - SSAK3
96. Ohio - Crush
95. Music, Dance - NCT 127
94. Lie - Imfact
93. Goblin (Favorite Boys) - A.C.E
92. Say My Name - ANS
91. Poison - Dahye


90. Sukhumvit Swimming - ONF
89. Back Door - Stray Kids
88. Endless Night - Dreamcatcher
87. Waking Up Down - Yaeji
86. Wish - DreamNote
85. Dear Me - Taeyeon
84. Black Mamba - aespa
82. Wing - Park Ji Hoon (TIE)
82. eight (feat. Suga) - IU (TIE)
81. Bouncy - Rocket Punch


80. Ayayaya - IZ*ONE
79. Lay Back - VERIVERY
78. How You Like That - BLACKPINK
77. Life Sucks - HA:TFELT
76. Like This - STAYC
75. Monster - Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi
74. Zombie - DAY6
73. Helicopter - CLC
72. Ready or Not - Momoland
71. Love Me or Leave Me - DAY6


70. ASSA - cignature
68. More & More - Twice (TIE)
68. Holo - Lee Hi (TIE)
67. Dun Dun - Everglow
66. Dazzle Dazzle - Weki Meki
65. Butterfly - WJSN
64. Good Guy - SF9
63. Dessert (feat. Soyeon & Loopy) - HYO
62. Fiesta - IZ*ONE
61. Tag Me (@Me) - Weeekly


60. Red Sun - Dreamcatcher
59. Not Shy - ITZY
58. Bazooka! - GWSN
57. Say My Name - Hyolyn
56. What Do I Call You - Taeyeon
55. That's A No No - ITZY
54. Nonstop - Oh My Girl
53. No Big Deal - Elris
52. Future - Red Velvet
51. Dolphin - Oh My Girl


50. Panorama - IZ*ONE
49. Oopsy - Weki Meki
48. Sour Candy - Lady Gaga & BLACKPINK
47. We Ride - Brave Girls
46. Obliviate - Lovelyz
45. Initial S - Sori
44. Day & Night - LOONA
43. J.us.T - Eyedi
42. Dream in a Dream - Lovelyz
41. So What - LOONA


40. Boca - Dreamcatcher
39. Cut Me Off - BoA
38. Secret Story of the Swan - IZ*ONE
37. Ghosting - TXT
36. Scandalous - KEEMBO
35. Cry for Me - Twice
34. pit-a-pet - Yukika
33. Tiger Eyes - Ryu Su Jeong
32. Girls - Nature


30. Sequence - IZ*ONE (TIE)
30. Barbie - Jang Yeeun (TIE)
29. 0415 - Yerin Baek
28. Why Not? - LOONA
27. Yesterday - Yukika
26. Better - Twice
25. Better - BoA
24. Scream - Dreamcatcher
23. Soul Lady - Yukika
22. Untouchable - Everglow
21. Universe - LOONA


20. Feel Good (Secret Code) - fromis_9
19. Diver - YooA
18. Apple - GFriend
17. Naughty - Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi
16. Dream of You (with R3HAB) - Chungha
15. Alien - Lee Suhyun
14. Criminal - Taemin
13. So Bad - STAYC
12. Cool - Weki Meki
11. Labyrinth - GFriend


10. LALALILALA - April
9. Lovesick Girls - BLACKPINK
8. Stay Tonight - Chungha
7. Voice - LOONA
6. La Di Da - Everglow
5. Wannabe - ITZY
4. pporappippam - Sunmi
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So for the first round, here are the mechanics:
1. Like the opening post.
2. Name one (1) of the first 10 persons in space that are not from Soviet Union/Russia or USA. State their name, nationality, and the date they died. No repetitions of answers allowed. You cannot copy an already entered answer. PLEASE POST YOUR ANSWERS IN THIS THREAD.
Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, from Cuba, still alive.

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