SS501 was DSP Media’s juggernaut boy group in the mid to late 00’s. Along with groups like TVXQ, Shinhwa, Super Junior and Bigbang, they’re responsible for writing the template of modern k-pop, but unlike those other groups, I feel like they don’t often get as much recognition as they deserve. Leaving behind a stellar kpop discography, SS501 released their last single as a group in 2010. Since then, members have gone on to solo careers and sub-unit Double S 301 promises to come back next week for their eleventh anniversary. That makes it the perfect time to look back at their ten best title tracks!
10. Snow Prince (2005)
A classically cheesy boyband pastiche, complete with swelling chorus and chintzy dance-pop beat. But none of this is a bad thing!
9. U R Man (2009)
U R Man presented a newly matured sound, highlighted by its layered chorus and repeating, ever-heightened key…
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Though they’ve only been active since 2014, JYP boy group GOT7 have already become one of k-pop’s biggest acts — especially internationally. They’ve released just enough title tracks to create a top ten list, though I’ve mentioned before that their Japanese output really pales in comparison to their Korean material. As usual, only promoted title tracks with music videos are eligible, though Home Run and Yo Moriagatte Yo are pretty solid in their own right.
10. Around The World (2014)
GOT7’s hip-hop heavy Japanese debut may have essentially been an extension of their first Korean mini album, but it lacks much of the charm of their better material.
9. Love Train (2015)
Kicking off with a faux-cinematic flourish, Love Train is their strongest j-pop single, thanks to that punchy, rock guitar-fueled hook.
8. Fly (2016)
Though its relative low energy suffers in comparison to their best title tracks, Fly has proved…
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For the first solo artist to feature on my Top Ten lists, I could really only choose one person. In many ways, G-Dragon represents the epitome of kpop — endlessly creative, wildly influential as a fashion icon, and charismatic to a fault. He’s the brains behind most of Bigbang’s best songs, but his solo career is often even more entertaining. He’s the first hallyu star I completely fell in love with, and still the king of kpop.
10. G-Market Party (2010)
Only G-Dragon could turn a song that’s essentially an extended advertisement for a website into something so funky and irresistibly catchy.
9. Breathe (2009)
With its heavy use of vocoder, Breathe presented a fresh, breezy pop track to counter some of his more attitude-charged work. It’s still one of his lightest, most colorful singles.
8. Coup De’tat (2013)
A stark, trap-influenced hip-hop track that plays like a slow-motion fever dream. It’s…
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