2012 had been a great year for my iTunes!
Payphone • Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
Every time I think I’m getting over Maroon 5, they keep coming out with better songs. I, LOVE, “Payphone”.
Starship • Nicki Minaj
If it’s a great dance-pop song, it must be by RedOne. Personally, I like this much more than Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”; it’s THE summer track of the year, regardless of whether starships are indeed meant to fly (by the way what is a starship actually?).
I Knew You Were Trouble • Taylor Swift
Country or not, I come to Taylor Swift for good music, and I always get one. Swift is stepping up the game with “I Knew You Were Trouble”, and I raise my hat for that.
Call Me Maybe • Carly Rae Jepsen
No wonder “Call Me Maybe” made it big this year; it’s so adorable that everyone just can’t say no!
Good Time • Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen
"Good Time" sounds light and fun, and so I listen to it when doing my homework — trying to convince myself that I’m having a good time.
Little Things • One Direction
What’s with this song?! It’s so beautiful! And before you judge, I was no 1D fan, but I am leaning towards that side now because of “Little Things”.
Crayon • G-Dragon
YG might have spent a little too much on its music video, but “Crayon” screams “GD” and is a genius track nonetheless, in music, concept and lyrics.
That XX • G-Dragon
Combined with the music video, “That XX” is a work of art, full stop.
풋사과 (Unripe Apple/Green Apple) • Hyuna feat. Ilhoon
It’s great that the producer doesn’t seem to be trying to cover Hyuna’s lack of singing skill by giving a song that suits her and just her. The song oozes a lovely falling-in-love vibe, and Ilhoon’s featuring is also a nice addition. As a big Hyuna fan, I’m really glad she came out with “풋사과”.
I Feel Good • EXID
I didn’t expect this from EXID, and this track is just outstanding. Their vocal & dance moves seem to be improving too. Definite thumbs up for the girls.
Burning • Phantom
Never pay attention to the band until this song came out. And wow, I’m impressed. “Burning” sounds kinda Nell-ish, but with more K-Pop vibe. I love it.
오늘 뭐해? (What Are You Doing Today?) • Hello Venus
Though my preference gave no mercy to cookie-cutter aegyo-abusing rookies, I gotta give way to Hello Venus with this one. “오늘 뭐해?” is a cute energetic song, which seems to suit the group’s concept just fine.
I Love You • 2NE1
So flawlessly composed. Some will despise it, some will like it in a heartbeat, and I absolutely belong to the latter. Notice that YGent got a new person in the team, a “Lydia Paek”, and well guys I just decided I like her too. It’s such a shame that the music video is a downgrade! This song deserves a much, much, better & artsier video.
Baby I’m Sorry • B1A4
Whatever happened to those tacky-looking, “Ok! Go”-singing losers?! (Don’t feel offended, fans, that’s really just my honest opinion!) “Baby I’m Sorry” erased all B1A4’s sins in my eyes.
P.S. I saw them performing one of their songs live at Music Core (yes, I went to SK in the summer!). They were very nice & polite, and I was very touched. Bonus points to B1A4 — I’m so keeping an eye on their future releases.
Step • A Pink
"Step" is a lovely track in itself. The girls’ voices sound so delicate, and are arranged in soft layers that made me fell in love with this song instantly.
I Got You • A Pink
Another song from the same A Pink album, “I Got You” got me hooked for no reason. Maybe it’s because the crazy high notes Eunji pulled off at the intermezzo, or the sassy cute vibe this song oozes. It’s likely to be both though.
백야 (White Night) • Nell
Ah, Nell always come out with great songs to rip our hearts apart. We all know how awesome Kim Jongwan is, and I honestly cannot imagine anyone else singing “White Night” as perfect as he does.
1, 2, 3, 4 • Lee Hi
Sure, she’s the awkward new girl from YG when you see the music video, but watch her perform “1, 2, 3, 4” live and you’ll see how even the senior performers of K-Pop can’t match Lee Hi’s performing quality.
Talk That • Secret
Yay, a sad song! (I’m also into sad songs if you guys don’t notice that already) Not really a fan of the music video, but definitely one of the song. It’s too bad the Secret members got into a terrible car accident when they were just starting the promotion for “Talk That”, partly taking away the success it deserves.
Loving U • Sistar
WOW, Sistar. A great K-Pop summer track that complements the members’ voices (especially Hyorin’s) perfectly. I’d pick this song as an alternative to Hyuna’s “Bubble Pop!”.
Alone • Sistar
Alright, so another Sistar song. Before you raise your eyebrows, I feel obliged to say that I’m really not into Sistar’s sexy songs and concepts (and outfits, yikes), but this song sounds like the right blend of sexy and classy, and I hope they’ll limit the group’s concept to stuffs like this and not go overboard like what they did with “So Cool” in the future.
Electric Shock • F(x)
Finally, an F(x) song that we all can agree on! I love this song to the point of deciding that “Electric Shock” is SMent’s best release this year. If you guys are curious, the music video also made it to the 4th most viewed K-Pop videos of 2012.
Sexy, Free & Single • Super Junior
First of all, I have to admit that the title cracks me up. But it’s catchy, in a good way, and the track definitely belongs to K-Pop’s level of classy (not sexy, SM). Probably the best Super Junior comeback since the legendary “Sorry, Sorry”.
Caffeine • Yoseob
Flawless. I cannot say much about Yoseob since I’m not a big fan of his voice, but rookie producer and fellow bandmate Yong Junhyung has finally reached producing perfection with “Caffeine” (and you know, those slow raps are just sexy). If he continues making songs like this, I’m all ears.