#KS⟲TY2022: The K-Pop Song of the Year 2022 Rate | TOP 70

Slice of Life

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Ten years ago.

But for some of us, it seems like it was just yesterday.

The 2012 version of Slice of Life was a totally different person. I was then a struggling Accountancy student who only subsisted on a diet of junk food, Facebook, pretentious arthouse movies and K-Pop music. And speaking of K-Pop, 2012 was the first full year of me as, uh, a K-Pop stan. Although I discovered K-Pop back in 2009 thanks to 2NE1, I only fully accepted that K-Pop is not just a phase anymore in late 2011. It's probably for life.

It was also in 2012 when the drama Reply 1997 came out. Set in 1997, the series follows female high school student Sung Shi-won (played to perfection by Apink's Eunji), who idolizes boyband H.O.T, and her five high school friends. As a teen, Shi-won was obsessed with a boy band. Now 33 years old, Shi-won and her friends are reviving their memories at their school reunion.

And let me tell you, I fully made Reply 1997 my personality for at least six months after its showing. Back then, I was already an avid Korean drama fan but my obsession with Reply 1997 was different. Tell me why I spent hours and hours reading online reviews of the show instead of reading my accounting books... no wonder I failed a few subjects. And it proved to be not just a phase either. From then on, I followed all the dramas that Director Shin Won-ho made and every single one of them lived up to my sky-high expectations, the quality doubling with each new effort.

But Reply 1997 will always be the most special to me. It's the only one I have rewatched so far and I must say, it still holds up incredibly well. Yes, that includes the gay representation! And I will say, I do find the main character, Sung Shi-won, more relatable today than when I first watched the series back in 2012. I'm maybe not as crazy as her as a fan of a K-Pop act (debatable, I know) but I love how she was portrayed not as a caricature but as a fully-formed character.

So I think it's only right that I pay homage to the year 2012... and I would love for you to join me in this journey.

Let's honour the past and celebrate the present. The future can wait.

This is...​


That's right, oppa-deul and unnies. It's KSOTY season once again!

But let's settle some things first. I am here to make it clear that:

♡ The #KSOTY2022 Rate is the main rate.
♡ The #KSOTY2012 Rate is only a side rate.

The #KSOTY2012 Rate, the side rate, will be explained here.

In this portion of the post, let's only talk about the K-Pop Song of the Year (#KSOTY2022) Rate.

What exactly is the #KSOTY2022 Rate?

It is a yearly rate where the people of the K-Popjustice subforum gather and rate 101 K-Pop songs released this year and decide which one is The Best K-Pop Song of the Year 2022.

How are the 101 K-Pop songs chosen?

They are chosen through these procedures:
60 songs are taken from the monthly K-Popjustice Charts. These songs placed in the top 5 of the charts.
40 songs are submitted by you, the voters, through a process called SUPERREVIVE. It is explained in detail in the next post.
♡ 1 song is submitted by me, @Slice of Life, the host of this rate.

How are we rating these songs?

By rating all 101 songs on a score of 0 to 10. The complete set of rules is explained in this post.

Alright, I've said enough for now. Let's get down to business. Let's go!


Slice of Life

Staff member


What is a SUPERREVIVE SONG? It's a song, released in 2022 of course, that you love but didn't place in the top 5 of the monthly 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 SUPERREVIVE SONGS, they will be included in the final list of songs that we will be rating.

But here's the catch: we only have space for FORTY SUPERREVIVE SONGS. Because not every song can be revived.

There will be four rounds of SUPERREVIVE. The first 10 people to complete the missions in a round shall be entitled to submit one (1) SUPERREVIVE 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 65 people who voted during the #KSOTY2021 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. The Spotify playlist in the next post is missing ten songs that placed in the top 5 of the monthly K-Popjustice Charts. Name and post a YouTube link of one of those songs.
3. The Spotify playlist in the next post contains ten songs that did not place in the top 5 of the monthly K-Popjustice Charts. Name and post a YouTube link of one of those songs.
4. 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 SUPERREVIVE SONGS before January 2, 2023, 23:59 GMT.

The first round starts now.​

Slice of Life

Staff member

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

28 Reasons - Seulgi
a sign ~ anonymous - Billlie
After LIKE - IVE
Another Life - Key
Antifragile - LE SSERAFIM
Attention - NewJeans
Bamboleo - Red Velvet
Beautiful Monster - STAYC
Birthday - Red Velvet
Bop Bop! - VIVIZ
Brand New - Xiumin
Candy - NCT Dream
Can't Control Myself - Taeyeon
Chase - Minho
Chiquita - Rocket Punch
Cookie - NewJeans
Copycat - Apink CHOBOM
Dance On - Alice
Deep - HYO
Dice - NMIXX
Dice - Onew
Dilemma - Apink
Ditto - NewJeans
DM - fromis_9
Euratcha! - CSR
Eye To Eye - Limelight
Fearless - LE SSERAFIM
Feel My Rhythm - Red Velvet
Fire - EXID
Flash - Rocket Punch
Flip That - LOONA
Forever 1 - Girls' Generation
Forgive Me - BoA
Generation - tripleS (Acid Angel from Asia)
GingaMingaYo (the strange world) - Billlie
Girls - aespa
Glitch - Kwon Eun Bi
Heart Burn - Sunmi
Hot - Seventeen
Hype Boy - NewJeans
I Hate You - WOODZ
Illusion - aespa
In My Dreams - Red Velvet
In My World - Rocket Punch
INVU - Taeyeon
Last Dance - Youha
Last Sequence - WJSN
Like A Fire - Wonpil
Limbo! - Nature
Love Dive - IVE
Love In Space - Cherry Bullet
Loveade - VIVIZ
Maison - Dreamcatcher
Mascara - XG
MVSK - Kep1er
Need U - LOONA
No Celestial - LE SSERAFIM
Not In Public - Summer Cake
Phantom - WayV
Pink Venom - BLACKPINK
Pity Party - Jamie
Play - Yuju
Pop - bugAboo
Pop! - Nayeon
Pop? Pop! - CSR
Poppy - STAYC
Pose - LOONA
Pretty Boys - Yena
Real - CRAXY
Ring The Alarm - KARD
Rollercoaster - woo!ah!
Royal - IVE
Sag - youra & Mandong
Sharp Objects - Sorn
Shut Down - CLASS:y
SMiLEY (feat. BIBI) - Yena
Snap Snap - Red Velvet
Space Mulan - Bébe Yana
Sparkling - Chungha
Stay This Way - fromis_9
Step Back - GOT the beat
Super Yuppers! - WJSN Chocome
Talk That Talk - Twice
Tank - NMIXX
Thank You - Brave Girls
The Greatest - BoA
Tomboy - (G)I-DLE
Underwater - Kwon Eun Bi
Up! - Kep1er
Venom - BVNDIT
Wa Da Da - Kep1er
When I Move - KARA
Wildside - Red Velvet
Yeah Yeah Yeah - BLACKPINK
Young Luv - STAYC
ズルい女 - OnlyOneOf

1. 28 Reasons - Seulgi:
2. a sign ~ anonymous - Billlie:
3. After LIKE - IVE:
4. Another Life - Key:
5. Antifragile - LE SSERAFIM:
6. Attention - NewJeans:
7. Bamboleo - Red Velvet:
8. Beautiful Monster - STAYC:
9. Birthday - Red Velvet:
10. Bop Bop! - VIVIZ:
11. Brand New - Xiumin:
12. Candy - NCT Dream:
13. Can't Control Myself - Taeyeon:
14. Chase - Minho:
15. Chiquita - Rocket Punch:
16. Cookie - NewJeans:
17. Copycat - Apink CHOBOM:
18. Dance On - Alice:
19. Deep - HYO:
20. Dice - NMIXX:
21. Dice - Onew:
22. Dilemma - Apink:
23. Ditto - NewJeans:
24. DM - fromis_9:
25. Euratcha! - CSR:
26. Eye To Eye - Limelight:
27. Fearless - LE SSERAFIM:
28. Feel My Rhythm - Red Velvet:
29. Fire - EXID:
30. Flash - Rocket Punch:
31. Flip That - LOONA:
32. Forever 1 - Girls' Generation:
33. Forgive Me - BoA:
34. Generation - tripleS (Acid Angel from Asia):
35. GingaMingaYo (the strange world) - Billlie:
36. Girls - aespa:
37. Glitch - Kwon Eun Bi:
38. Heart Burn - Sunmi:
39. Hot - Seventeen:
40. Hype Boy - NewJeans:
41. I Hate You - WOODZ:
42. Illusion - aespa:
43. In My Dreams - Red Velvet:
44. In My World - Rocket Punch:
45. INVU - Taeyeon:
46. Last Dance - Youha:
47. Last Sequence - WJSN:
48. Like A Fire - Wonpil:
49. Limbo! - Nature:
50. Love Dive - IVE:
51. Love In Space - Cherry Bullet:
52. Loveade - VIVIZ:
54. Maison - Dreamcatcher:
55. Mascara - XG:
56. MVSK - Kep1er:
57. Need U - LOONA:
58. No Celestial - LE SSERAFIM:
59. Not In Public - Summer Cake:
60. O.O - NMIXX:
61. Phantom - WayV:
62. Pink Venom - BLACKPINK:
63. Pity Party - Jamie:
64. Play - Yuju:
65. Pop - bugAboo:
66. Pop! - Nayeon:
67. Pop? Pop! - CSR:
68. Poppy - STAYC:
69. Pose - LOONA:
70. Pretty Boys - Yena:
71. Real - CRAXY:
72. Ring The Alarm - KARD:
73. Rollercoaster - woo!ah!:
74. Royal - IVE:
75. RUN2U - STAYC:
76. Sag - youra & Mandong:
77. Sharp Objects - Sorn:
78. Shut Down - BLACKPINK:
79. Shut Down - CLASS:y:
80. SMiLEY (feat. BIBI) - Yena:
81. Snap Snap - Red Velvet:
82. Space Mulan - Bébe Yana:
83. Sparkling - Chungha:
84. Stay This Way - fromis_9:
85. Step Back - GOT the beat:
86. Super Yuppers! - WJSN Chocome:
87. Talk That Talk - Twice:
88. Tank - NMIXX:
89. Thank You - Brave Girls:
90. The Greatest - BoA:
91. Tomboy - (G)I-DLE:
92. Underwater - Kwon Eun Bi:
93. Up! - Kep1er:
94. Venom - BVNDIT:
95. Wa Da Da - Kep1er:
96. When I Move - KARA:
97. Wildside - Red Velvet:
98. WooAh HIP - MAMADOL:
99. Yeah Yeah Yeah - BLACKPINK:
100. Young Luv - STAYC:
101. ズルい女 - OnlyOneOf:


Slice of Life

Staff member

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 original Nation's Fairy.​

Slice of Life

Staff member

Since the #KSOTY2012 Rate is only a side rate, it is not mandatory for you to join but I would very much appreciate it if you do. Also, to make things simple for everyone involved, we will do the #KSOTY2012 Rate the same way we do the K-Popjustice Charts.

1. Send a PM that contains a ballot of your 10 favourite songs released in 2012 to @Slice of Life. Kindly rank these songs too.

2. The songs can be singles, album tracks, or whatever as long as it was released by a K-Pop artist in whatever language.

3. Your favorite song gets 10 points, scaling back all the way down to 1 point.

4. Ties are broken by number of voters, then by quality of votes received, and are left as a tie if we still can't break parity.

5. A song must earn at least 10 points and must be voted by a minimum of two voters to chart.​

10 points:
9 points:
8 points:
7 points:
6 points:
5 points:
4 points:
3 points:
2 points:
1 point:

It's hard to compile all the songs released in 2012. But I hope this playlist of singles released in 2012 could help you. Most of the songs here are taken from this Wikipedia entry.​

If you know of singles that aren't here, you can just post them here in the thread and I will add them to the playlist.​

Slice of Life

Staff member

2022 Main Rate
1. @evilsin
2. @Salami
3. @eatyourself
4. @tj-x
5. @drod93
6. @enjoy
7. @soratami
8. @ysev
9. @codecat

11. @Shockbox
12. @PopZeitgeist
13. @Remorque
14. @Ana Raquel
15. @boombazookajoe
16. @vague
17. @Conan
18. @Joli Chat
19. @Crisp X
20. @eccentricsimply

21. @ohdenny
22. @chrisjche
23. @aux
24. @ryjm
25. @Attis
26. @clowezra
27. @junglefish
28. @roblognick
29. @KimLippington
30. @Wills

31. @Newbie Four
32. @ultraviolet
33. @Lately
35. @lovechoerrymotion
36. @Crafty
37. @FunkyButChic
38. @Serg.
40. @GimmeWork

41. @thommyh
42. @ry123
43. @eliminathan
44. @Glitterizer
45. @Hurricane Drunk
46. @Music Is Death
47. @Sanctuary
48. @Oleander
49. @bbynewyear
50. @ohnostalgia

51. @Trinu 3.0
52. @savilizabeths
53. @leedlelee...
54. @Inland Empire
55. @askew
56. @He
57. @Macsun
58. @TéléDex
59. @GeiPanda
60. @Vixen

61. @Gintoki
62. @Slice of Life

2012 Side Rate
1. @codecat
2. @ysev
3. @Wills
4. @Salami
5. @Ana Raquel
6. @PopZeitgeist
7. @ohdenny
8. @evilsin
9. @chrisjche
10. @Empty Shoebox

11. @Overdose
12. @soratami
13. @Serg.
15. @Cotton Park
16. @Joli Chat
17. @Crisp X
18. @clowezra
19. @Dangerous Maknae
20. @Attis

21. @Pretty Places
22. @eatyourself
23. @eccentricsimply
24. @junglefish
25. @thommyh
26. @FunkyButChic
27. @KimLippington
28. @ry123
30. @eliminathan

31. @Newbie Four
32. @vague
33. @ohnostalgia
34. @Vixen
36. @Gintoki
37. @Hurricane Drunk
38. @Macsun
39. @askew
40. @Oleander

41. @TéléDex
42. @GeiPanda
43. @Remorque
44. @Slice of Life