2009 In Review, Part II: It’s a K-Pop Thing, Y’all.

Damn straight. :]
Talk about process of elimination. K-Pop presents so many great options to choose from, it takes quite a while to choice which ones you think are “best”. But, I gave it a go, and here’s what I came up with. Take a look!

Best Song


As far as K-Pop songs go, it’s hard to find anything sweeter, cuter, or catchier than Gee. And for that matter, I don’t think a single song matched the popularity or ubiquity of Gee in 2009. The song stayed at #1 on KBS Music Bank for nine weeks straight, its video accumulated over one million YouTube views within the first day of its release, and the song scored Girls Generation their first mega-hit and turned them into sure-fire household names. It is by far the most memorable K-Pop song of 2009.

Honorable Mentions

Wheesung – Insomnia

2NE1 – FIRE

SHINee – Ring Ding Dong

Best Mini-Album


Let’s face it – 2009 was 2NE1’s year. They had by far the most successful debut of any artist of the year and some of the biggest hits to boot. I guess they’ve just got that “FIRE”. Snicker.

Honorable Mentions

SHINee – 2009, Year of Us

SeeYa – Rebloom

Girls Generation – Sowoneul Malhaebwa (Genie)

Best Debut


I couldn’t decide. xD So it’s a tie! I did previously say that 2NE1 was more or less the biggest act of the year, I also feel that f(x) had a really strong debut with LA chA TA, and deserve some recognition. They had a bit of a misstep with their recent single, Chu~♡, but  their yet-unreleased track Mr. Boogie very well might become one of the most memorable songs of 2010.

Honorable Mentions

Park Bom

MBLAQ

BEAST

Best Album


Who consistently impresses her listeners with every new release? Younha. Who has proven herself to be one of the most talented solo artists in K-Pop? Younha. And who is never hesitant to explore new genres, even when the results sometimes border on, ahem, plagiarism? That’d also be Younha. Though not a match for her brilliant masterpiece Someday, released in August 2008, Part.A: Peace Love & Ice Cream is another notch on Younha’s exceedingly impressive belt. And the accusations of plagiarizing Lady Gaga and the Jackson 5 – well, whatever. It’s just a part of being an artist. I meant to include the second volume, Part.B: Growing Season, but I didn’t get around to reviewing it before I made this list. Expect that review very soon, though!

Honorable Mentions

Super Junior – Sorry Sorry

2PM – 1:59PM

Younha – Part.B: Growing Season

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What a year it’s been, huh? All the debuts and new releases in 2009 mean endless possibilities for great music in 2010. It makes me very excited. Once again, if you have a comment, leave one!
I’m going to make a short announcement right after this to round out the year. Stay tuned!

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