⭐ STEP IT UP! THE KARA DISCOGRAPHY RATE - WINNER REVEALED! ⭐

RUNAWAY

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IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING......
















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(big thanks to @junglefish for all the incredible graphics coming your way)


On March 29th, 2007, 14 years and 1 week ago, KARA debuted in South Korea and K-Pop would never be the same. Originally marketed as “The Second Fin.K.L”, they mirrored the original group that had left DSP Entertainment in 2005, but broke away from that mold to become one of the biggest second generation K-Pop groups to ever exist, shattering records in both Korea and Japan. Debuting with Break It, and their first album entitled “The First Bloooooming“, the group was not a runaway success with the GP, even though their album received acclaim from critics at the time, and after just 1 year, Sunghee left the group and completely retired from the entertainment industry. The group was forced to shelve the second full album they had recorded, and start anew. With an image change and 2 new members, the group made a comeback with Rock U, their first single produced by Sweetune, and Sweetune’s first ever writing and production credit. The Sweetune sound would go on to revolutionize the sound of K-Pop, and the group would continue to be produced by the team until 2013 with Damaged Lady being the final collaboration between KARA and Sweetune. Nicole would continue to work with the team after going solo, with them producing her first single MAMA, and her Japanese singles Something Special and DON’T STOP, and member Hara would collaborate with them a final time on her 2019 Japanese single Midnight Queen. With the group experiencing more lineup changes with the departures of members Nicole and Jiyoung, the group recruited their final member Youngji from an internal DSP audition which was aired as the competition program Kara Project which also featured former Puretty members Shiyoon, Chaekyung, and Somin. Shiyoon and Chaekyung would go on to participate in the first season of Produce 101 with Chaekyung joining I.B.I. and later APRIL, while Somin went on to be the original leader of APRIL, and later joined co-ed group KARD. The show also featured current APRIL member Chaewon, Son Yoo-ji currently of 3YE, and the late Ahn Sojin. Youngji eventually won the show and became the new KARA member, and the group made 2 more comebacks in Korea with Mamma Mia and CUPID before officially disbanding in 2016. I have a lot of feelings about this group, but we’ll save those for the write-ups. What I would like to say before starting is: Kim Sunghee, Nicole Jung, Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Kang Jiyoung, Goo Hara, and Hur Youngji - thank you all so much for your service and for introducing me to the world of K-Pop all the way back in 2008. This is my first rate I'm running from start to finish, and I hope it does the group justice <3333333


Now, onto the rating of the groups entire discography! This is Part 1, consisting of the group’s Korean releases. Please enjoy!




☆ SONG LIST ☆


The First Bloooooming
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못 지킨 말 (Broken Promise)
Break It - MV
맘에 들면 (If U Wanna) - MV
Secret World
Don’t Be Shy
우리 둘 (The Two of Us)
I’ll Be There
눈물 지우개 (Tear Eraser)

카라 1st
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Rock U - MV
Baby Boy
이게뭐야 (What’s This?) - Plastic version
Good Day - Season 2 MV
Wait

Pretty Girl
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하니 (Honey) - MV/single version, album version, Version 2
Pretty Girl - MV, Bani version, School Rock version
요를레이 (Yodel)
My Darling
나는.. (Ing) - Acoustic version

Revolution
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미스터 (Mister) - JPN MV
Wanna - MV
마법 (Magic)
몰래몰래 (Secretly, Secretly)
Let It Go
Take A Bow
Aha
똑 같은 맘 (Same Heart)

루팡 (Lupin)
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Tasty Love
루팡 (Lupin) - MV
Umbrella
Rollin’
Lonely

점핑 (Jumping)
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Love Is
점핑 (Jumping) - MV (Korean), MV (Japanese)
Burn
Binks
With

STEP
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STEP - MV
Rider
Strawberry
따라와 (Follow Me)
Date (My boy)

Pandora
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Way
Pandora - MV
Idiot
그리운 날엔 (Miss U)

Full Bloom
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둘 중에 하나 (Runaway)
숙녀가 못 돼 (Damaged Lady) - MV
1+1
In The Game
Follow Me
Smoothie
2Night

Day&Night
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Live
맘마미아 (Mamma Mia) - MV (Korean), MV (Japanese)
So Good
멜랑꼴리 (24/7)
빨간불 (Red Light)
이야기 (Story)

In Love
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Starlight
CUPID - MV
그땐 그냥 (Just Back Then)
I Luv Me
Peek-A-Boo
Dreamlover

Extras
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Fighting
Love is Fire
별을 따다줘 (Stars Falling From the Sky)
We’re With You - MV
2Me (투미) - MV
편지할께요 (I’ll Write You A Letter)
나비 (나루토 질풍전 1기 엔딩) (Butterfly) (Naruto Shippuuden 1st ending)
Beautiful Night
Love Letter

Don't Hurry
My Angel
세상속으로 (Into the World)


THE RULES:
1. Please give all 76 songs listed above a score between 0 and 10, with your ONE favorite song getting an 11. Simple and complex decimals are allowed and encouraged for tie-breaking purposes.
2. Commentary is greatly encouraged, but not required whatsoever. I have a lot of fun doing the write-ups, so the more you say, the easier my job is! If you would prefer to say nothing and comment in the thread instead, that’s fine as well!
3. Please DO NOT troll. If you don’t like KARA outside of their singles, this is not the rate for you.
4. Some songs have both Korean and Japanese versions, and remixed versions as well. Please rate whichever version you prefer!
5. Please send your ballot in a private message to me by MAY 31ST @11:59pm MDT.
 
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RUNAWAY

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못 지킨 말 (Broken Promise)
Break It
맘에 들면 (If U Wanna)
Secret World
Don’t Be Shy
우리 둘 (The Two of Us)
I’ll Be There
눈물 지우개 (Tear Eraser)
Rock U
Baby Boy
이게뭐야 (What’s This?)
Good Day
Wait
하니 (Honey)
Pretty Girl
요를레이 (Yodel)
My Darling
나는.. (Ing)
미스터 (Mister)
Wanna
마법 (Magic)
몰래몰래 (Secretly, Secretly)
Let It Go
Take A Bow
Aha
똑 같은 맘 (Same Heart)
Tasty Love
루팡 (Lupin)
Umbrella
Rollin’
Lonely
Love Is
점핑 (Jumping)
Burn
Binks
With
STEP
Rider
Strawberry
따라와 (Follow Me)
Date (My boy)
Way
Pandora
Idiot
그리운 날엔 (Miss U)
둘 중에 하나 (Runaway)
숙녀가 못 돼 (Damaged Lady)
1+1
In The Game
Follow Me
Smoothie
2Night
Live
맘마미아 (Mamma Mia)
So Good
멜랑꼴리 (24/7)
빨간불 (Red Light)
이야기 (Story)
Starlight
CUPID
그땐 그냥 (Just Back Then)
I Luv Me
Peek-A-Boo
Dreamlover
Fighting
Love is Fire
별을 따다줘 (Stars Falling From the Sky)
We’re With You
2Me (투미)
편지할께요 (I’ll Write You A Letter)
나비 (나루토 질풍전 1기 엔딩) (Butterfly) (Naruto Shippuuden 1st ending)
Beautiful Night
Love Letter
My Angel
세상속으로 (Into the World)
Don't Hurry


SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
(missing most of the extras)
APPLE MUSIC PLAYLIST
(missing 2Me and Butterfly)
YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
(missing Rider and 따라와 from the STEP album)
 
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RUNAWAY

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Member Spotlight #1 - Sunghee
Member Spotlight #2 - Gyuri
Member Spotlight #3 - Seungyeon
Member Spotlight #4 - Nicole
Member Spotlight #5 - Jiyoung
Member Spotlight #6 - Hara
Member Spotlight #7 - Youngji

Song Ranking:
#76 - 눈물 지우개 (Tear Eraser) - 5.413 average
#75 - Rollin' - 5.423 average
#74 - 나비 (나루토 질풍전 1기 엔딩) (Butterfly) (Naruto Shippuuden 1st ending) - 5.798 average
#73 - 편지할께요 (I’ll Write You A Letter) - 6.028 average
#72 - My Angel - 6.182 average
#71 - I'll Be There - 6.269 average
#69 [TIE] - Lonely - 6.375 average
#69 [TIE] - Dreamlover - 6.375 average
#68 - Wait - 6.394 average
#67 - 그리운 날엔 (Miss U) - 6.442 average
#66 - Baby Boy - 6.557 average
#65 - Don't Be Shy - 6.567 average
#64 - 나는.. (Ing) - 6.596 average
#63 - 우리 둘 (The Two of Us) - 6.663 average
#62 - 이야기 (Story) - 6.942 average
#60 [TIE] - Idiot - 6.951 average
#60 [TIE] - 별을 따다줘 (Stars Falling From the Sky) - 6.951 average
#59 - With - 6.980 average
#58 - 2Me - 7.009 average
#56 [TIE] - Love Is Fire - 7.028 average
#56 [TIE] - 맘에 들면 (If U Wanna) - 7.028 average
#55 - Love Letter - 7.067 average
#54 - 그땐 그냥 (Just Back Then) - 7.086 average
#53 - Fighting - 7.096 average
#52 - 요를레이 (Yodel) - 7.115 average
#51 - Smoothie - 7.173 average
#50 - Peek-A-Boo - 7.182 average
#49 - Good Day - 7.221 average

#48 - 몰래몰래 (Secretly, Secretly) - 7.230 average
#46 [TIE] - 못 지킨 말 (Broken Promise) - 7.259 average
#46 [TIE] - Tasty Love - 7.259 average
#45 - 빨간불 (Red Light) - 7.288 average
#44 - In The Game - 7.317 average
#43 - My Darling - 7.413 average
#42 - Aha - 7.432 average
#41 - 세상속으로 (Into the World) - 7.509 average

#39 [TIE] - Live - 7.538 average
#39 [TIE] - Binks - 7.538 average
#38 - We're With You - 7.548 average
#37 - 똑 같은 맘 (Same Heart) - 7.567 average
#36 - Burn - 7.615 average
#35 - Rock U - 7.625 average
#34 - Let It Go - 7.644 average
#33 - Don't Hurry - 7.673 average
#32 - Beautiful Night - 7.682 average
#31 - 이게뭐야 (What’s This?) - 7.711 average
#30 - Take A Bow - 7.730 average
#29 - So Good - 7.75 average
#28 - 1+1 - 7.846 average
#27 - Pretty Girl - 7.855 average
#26 - Date (My boy) - 7.865 average
#24 [TIE] - 2Night - 7.894 average
#24 [TIE] - I Luv Me - 7.894 average
#23 - Strawberry - 7.913 average
#22 - Starlight - 8.00 average
#21 - Umbrella - 8.009 average
#20 - 마법 (Magic) - 8.105 average
#19 - Secret World - 8.173 average
#18 - Love Is - 8.230 average
#17 - Follow Me - 8.240 average
#16 - Break It - 8.259 average
#15 - 따라와 (Follow Me) - 8.288 average
#14 - 멜랑꼴리 (24/7) - 8.355 average
#13 - Way - 8.509 average
#12 - 둘 중에 하나 (Runaway) - 8.625 average
#11 - Rider - 8.798 average
#10 - 하니 (Honey) - 9.057 average
#9 - Wanna - 9.144 average
#8 - 숙녀가 못 돼 (Damaged Lady) - 9.461 average
#7 - CUPID - 9.548 average
#6 - 점핑 (Jumping) - 9.576 average
#5 - 루팡 (Lupin) - 9.711 average
#4 - 미스터 (Mister) - 9.730 average
#3 - 맘마미아 (Mamma Mia) - 9.817 average
#2 - Pandora - 9.884 average
#1 - STEP - 10.009 average

11s lost:
요를레이 (Yodel) - @evilsin
Binks - @Wills
Rock U - @RUNAWAY
하니 (Honey) - @M24
Wanna - @Love Deluxe
숙녀가 못 돼 (Damaged Lady) - @Attis, @askew
CUPID - @junglefish, @ysev, @Vixen
점핑 (Jumping) - @vague
루팡 (Lupin) - @GeiPanda
미스터 (Mister) - @lalaclairi_
맘마미아 (Mamma Mia) - @Cotton Park @lovechoerrymotion @aux @clowezra
Pandora - @Slice of Life @Ana Raquel @BEST FICTION
STEP - @Hurricane Drunk @Crisp X @KimLippington @Joli Chat @Remorque
 
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I've known their singles since my early K-Pop years, but this is (only) going to be my second dive into their discography, to say I'm excited to see some early favorites be confirmed or find new ones is an understatement! I remember some of them being Japanese B-Sides as well, so I already can't wait for Part 2.
 

RUNAWAY

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Now that the thread is finally open, is there any ~content~ y'all are craving before the rating period is over? I'm definitely considering full album write-ups, but not sure if I can get all 11 done myself. Would anyone want to contribute as well and write about their favorite KARA releases? Maybe member spotlights or something like that??
 

RUNAWAY

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I've updated the second post with the newly created Apple Music playlist (thanks @junglefish!!)

How is everyone doing? A little explanation regarding my decision to use a Google form:

I am absolute garbage with spreadsheets, and wanted to make it as easy as possible on myself, so that prompted the decision. Also the neat organization of the commentary when submitted through the form was a deciding factor as well. I would prefer if the Google form gets used for everyone's votes, but if you decide to submit a PM, that's completely fine too. Any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me via PM. Can't wait for the ballots to start coming in!
 
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I've updated the second post with the newly created Apple Music playlist (thanks @junglefish!!)

How is everyone doing? A little explanation regarding my decision to use a Google form:

I am absolute garbage with spreadsheets, and wanted to make it as easy as possible on myself, so that prompted the decision. Also the neat organization of the commentary when submitted through the form was a deciding factor as well. I would prefer if the Google form gets used for everyone's votes, but if you decide to submit a PM, that's completely fine too. Any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me via PM. Can't wait for the ballots to start coming in!
If you've just received a ballot without scores, that must be me!

I just wanted to know if you could send it and still edit it afterwards, which I remember doing on past Google form things. It looks like it's possible as my attempt results in two options, edit my ballot or send another one.

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But when I use the original link again, it makes me start over nn. Guess it's better to work on our scores and finalize them somewhere, and then input them all at once on your Google form right?
 

RUNAWAY

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If you've just received a ballot without scores, that must be me!

I just wanted to know if you could send it and still edit it afterwards, which I remember doing on past Google form things. It looks like it's possible as my attempt results in two options, edit my ballot or send another one.

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But when I use the original link again, it makes me start over nn. Guess it's better to work on our scores and finalize them somewhere, and then input them all at once on your Google form right?
Ahh yes, so sorry I forgot to mention that part! If you need to stop, you can fill in the rest of the answers, and then when you're done, you can save the "edit my responses" link to come back to your scores and continue! If this is way too convoluted, I'm happy to just accept PMs and then input them myself into the form and do it that way, but just thought I would give multiple options!
 
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