1 - @Attis
Another 1-pointer is Ailee's debut single, the excellent Heaven. Oh I was such a debut era Ailee stan back then, y'all have no idea. As a Filipino, I was raised on singing competitions and karaoke so I was obsessed with divas (Mariah, Whitney, Celine, our very own Regine). And Ailee was just that. Let me just say that Heaven's ad libs are embedded in my core and it takes everything in me not to sing along to them whenever I'm listening to the song in public FFFFFFFFF!
CHERRY BLOSSOM ENDING
1 - @askew
Awwwww, this is one song that I didn't expect to get a vote, probably because this was HATED so much by International K-Pop stans back then. This is Busker Busker's perennial spring hit, Cherry Blossom Ending. I couldn't even admit I liked this back then because I didn't wanna get bullied by the commenters on sites like Netizenbuzz and Asian Junkie! But I really do like it primarily because Jang Beom-June's voice is just... it does things to me!
I still follow Asian Junkie on Twitter, bestie FFFFFFFFFF!! Kpopalypse’s radio show died like three years ago (I used to request songs for shit and giggles). He was dragged HARD on Twitter two weeks ago when he shaded Nugu Promoter TAFSHSNSJSJS!! And Antikpopfangirl (the site) has died years ago, I think? I genuinely have no idea kii!!This whole post is so- sdlfjsjlfsk we're experiencing the same K-pop life, huh ? The Asian Junkie mention omg, how is that bitch doing now ? Kpopalypse ? Antikpopfangirl ?
And you got me there with Ailee, Heaven is such a huge song in SEA, even bigger than many major hits at that time and still a vocal wanking staple in nearest karaoke.
naega saneun iyu neonikkaaaaaaaaaaaaa
And final result for tonight...
2 - @askew
Our last result for tonight is the excellent debut single of Lee Hi, 22.214.171.124! Oh it hurt to remove this from my top 10 (I was initially gonna give this 4 points) but I realized it just wasn't as strong as the other songs in my ballot. See, I am a very rational voter keke! No but this was probably my most anticipated debut of 2012 and it did not disappoint. I started following Lee Hi during her stint in the reality talent show KPOPSTAR where she finished second to Jimin Park (now known as Jamie). I was hurt that she didn't win but I was elated that she got signed by YG Entertainment anyway. Yes, 2012 was my peak YG stan era FFFFFF like I know I would stan a cockroach if it was from my YG Entertainment! 126.96.36.199 was such an assured and confident debut for Lee Hi. Watching the music video now makes me so weirdly proud of her, like I gave birth to her or something. She was so awkward back then (she was 16 okay!) but boy that voice simply cannot be denied. A star was born!
Just noticed that we're not rating a single ITZY song this year...mama the whiplash
Songs that received 3 and 4 points will be revealed tomorrow!
Oh I’m not, Monster is just the best song ever! Broken clocks etc
Son Dam Bi
3 - @Ana Raquel
@Ana Raquel actually voted for Son Dam Bi's Queen but I learned that it was released in 2010. So I contacted @Ana Raquel and asked her to change her vote but I guess she hasn't read my message yet. So I made the executive decision to give her 3 points to Son Dam Bi's Dripping Tears which was released in 2012.
Next up is Son Dam Bi's Brave Brothers-produced single, Dripping Tears. I'm gonna repeat this phrase all throughout the rate but yes, this was my introduction to Miss Son. And wow, what an introduction. The song bops for sure but it's the music video that really made the most impact to me. What kind of Lady Gaga homage? I love it so much! They don't make K-Pop music videos like this anymore and I'm so sad!