~✩+✧×_Hello everyone! On behalf of my wonderful co-host @codecat and myself... ×✧+✩~ ~✩+✧×_I welcome you to the Korean City Pop Music Rate! ×✧+✩~ Well... where to begin? City Pop is a genre of music that originated in Japan all the way back in about 1970. It's a style of music that combines elements of soft rock, R&B, funk, and disco, but of course relies on synths and other electronic music. Its popularity has drifted in and out over the years, but it has recently found a new, larger audience, with having a resurgence through K-Pop - either being the foundation of an artist's work, or simply being some fun for a comeback concept (or an album's B-side). For me, City Pop is such a distinctly fun, funky, and comforting genre of music. It really embodies everything I enjoy in my favourite kind of songs - pretty instrumentals, with opportunities for gorgeous vocals to be heard - and it's all wrapped up in a twinkly, jazzy, fluty, synthesized retro-styled package. Beautiful! We have 61 songs in this rate! It was a real struggle whittling them down originally from, like, 100+, ddd, but I believe @codecat and I have put together a really diverse range of songs for you! A lot of the entries included here really have their own flavour of city pop; whether it's fun boppable uptempos where you wanna dance on a building's rooftop, or slower crying in the back of a cab after a night out on the town self-reflective ballads, so hopefully there is something here for everyone to enjoy! Anyway, that's enough about that! Let's get to what we're here for! I'm sure y'all know the drill for these by now ddd, but here's the rules: 1. Send your ballot in a group inbox to us (@thommyh, @codecat). Score each and every song between 0-10. One song can receive your special 11. I will also allow scores in decimals, but only if they are in the classique .25, .50, or .75 format. I feel like if you enjoy this genre somewhat you won't feel the need to give any song here a full zero (0), kii, but if you do there better not be many of them! There are 61 songs (the Spotify playlist is 3hr 46m long) so please try to find the time! 2. Commentary is encouraged, but not required! Since this is my first time hosting a rate and I truly have no clue what to expect over managing commentary, and I probably give other rate runners nausea over how much nonsensical commentary I submit in each time ffff... do what I continue to do and don't let that stop you! We're all here to have a good time and relax, so write as little or as much as you want, kind or shady! But please do feel encouraged to send your thoughts in for any songs you like or dislike the most. Commentary for any song you score 2 or below is mandatory -- I wanna know this tea! 3. Trolling is not permitted. I think you girlies should be well-behaved, but if I notice that you are specifically here to be a clown, then I will ask you to reconsider your scores! I want as many of you to enjoy this rate and participate, but if I'm going through your ballots that have Night 1 slasher-voted off undeserving songs then it won't be enjoyable for me, @codecat, a few mystery guest elimination hosts (#StayTuned), or for you. Also, because this is a genre rate and not a particular artist's discography rate, if your average is really really low and you're not enjoying city pop for some demonic..psychotic..mind control..mp4 reason, I'll kinda be questioning why you're here in the first place! ddd. Side note: I tried to organize the song list to be in a more enjoyable listening order — basically evening the bops-to-ballads ratio, so you don't get too many of one kind in a row. This is why the PM-able list might look a little bit messy as artists aren't all grouped together, ddd. ~✩+✧×_SPOTIFY PLAYLIST:_×✧+✩~ (Suddenly - Yerin Baek may be unavailable for you depending where you are) ~✩+✧×_YOUTUBE PLAYLIST:_×✧+✩~ Click Here ~✩+✧×_APPLE MUSIC PLAYLIST: ×✧+✩~ Click Here (Created by @roblognick, thank you so much!!) ~✩+✧×_SONG LIST:_×✧+✩~ (PM-able friendly!) Spoiler NEON — Yukika I FEEL LOVE — Yukika Yesterday — Yukika SOUL LADY — Yukika Cherries Jubiles — Yukika Caffeine — Eyedi & New — Eyedi Venus — Rainbow note Memories of Summer — Rainbow note Asteroid — Rainbow note Cherry Blossom — Rainbow note Gwangalli — Rainbow note All Right — Red Velvet Ladies Night — Red Velvet Where are you? — CLC A train to chuncheon — Taeyeon Baby Don't Play — Wonder Girls Faded Love — Wonder Girls Lady — Yubin Rewind — Wonder Girls Black Pearl — Sunmi CHOICE — 9Muses Feel like Summer — ABRY MISS AGENT — 9Muses Gas Station — JUNE A day of weather — JUNE Iron Boy — Weki Meki Flash — uju ft. Dolidosi Any Call (Call Me Any Time) — uju Night in Seoul — uju Moon, Crystal, Love — uju Goodbye With A Smile — Brown Eyed Girls Warp Drive — Soulights All Night — (f)x Thinking About You — Muzie, SUMIN Sparkling — SUMIN Recipe — Stella Jang It's Beautiful — Stella Jang FOUL — Risso Blue Knight — Risso Fantasy — Lulileela Baby Baby Baby — Risso How Is Your Day — BehindtheMoon ft. The Hills Suddenly — Yerin Baek Aqua — Kim Areum ft. Muzie Midnight — Kim Areum It's over — JADE ft. Kim Areum Fairy of Shampoo — TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT) Paradise — GFRIEND Hope — GFRIEND TENNIS — OOHYO Night Rather Than Day — EXID Paradise — S.E.S. My Type — MIYU ft. Yoon Jong Shin Walking — Moon Hyuna & Pyo Hyemi (of 9Muses) Summer Dream — ELRIS Missing Call — LUCY ft. SURAN You Got — WJSN You, you, you — WJSN Neon Sign Love — Marstomoon ft. NAO, PDAY, Takyeon We Ride — Brave Girls This might be a tad bit controversial/annoying, but I didn't use the colour-coded lyric videos in the YT playlist; since a lot of these artists are mostly small indie idols, I figure the streams we give are better suited to going to some kind of official video. Let them be able to afford a new camera, juseyo! I hope you don't mind! ~✩+✧×_CURRENT DEADLINE IS:_×✧+✩~ Girl, we started!