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allkpop's Top 50 K-Pop Songs of 2013: 21-30

December 18, 2013 @ 6:39 pm
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From an over-abundance of debuts to a handful of career-defining comebacks, 2013 has been a big year for K-Pop. But what were the best, most important songs of 2013? Here at allkpop, we're trying to answer that question with our 'Top 50 K-Pop Songs of 2013'!


Some of the staff members combed through this year's numerous releases to bring you a list of fifty of the year's most noteworthy songs. Check in every Wednesday between now and the new year (January 1) for the next group of songs in our ranking. Note: To be on this ranking, the songs had to be released between the dates of December 1, 2012 to November 15, 2013 for consideration. Today, we bring you the ranking for numbers twenty-one through thirty on our list.


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30. Akdong Musician "Crescendo"

Album: SBS K-Pop Start Season 2 Top 6
Label: SBS Contents Hub
Release date: March 10th, 2013



Sometimes its easy to forget that Akdong Musician haven't technically debuted yet, having already put out more hits that some musicians will have in their entire careers. The 'K-Pop Star' judges may have worried that Akdong Musician's sound wouldn't translate well into the mainstream, but judging by the success of their self-composed, self-empowerment anthem "Crescendo", the mainstream was more than ready for a change.



29. miss A "Hush"

Album: Hush
Label: JYP Entertainment, AQ Entertainment
Release Date: November 6th, 2013





We were promised a hotter-than-ever miss A comeback once Suzy came of age. After a far-too-long hiatus, during which Fei came out of left field as the latest idol-of-the-moment, the quartet delivered on that promise with the restrained sexiness of "Hush". This marks the first time miss A has come back with a song written by someone other than J.Y. Park - thankfully, E-TRIBE did a great job of keeping with the spirit of what makes miss A great.



28. Trouble Maker "Now"

Album: Chemistry
Label: Cube Entertainment
Release Date: October 28th, 2013





Trouble Maker were up to more trouble than ever with their sophomore release, "Now". Moodier and more dramatic than their debut, the duo went for a Bonnie and Clyde theme this time, reminding us all that tomorrow is never promised to anyone.



27. K.Will "Love Blossom"

Album: Love Blossom
Label: Starship Entertainment
Release Date: April 4th, 2013




K.Will's popularity doesn't seem to end! Just like last year, he released two highly popular songs, both of which he won music shows with. However, his song in the beginning of the year, "Love Blossom", had everyone humming along and was the perfect song for the spring. Of course, his "You Don't Know Love" in the fall did just as well, but it was his hit earlier in the year that took him a step higher on his already soaring career.



26. Soyu & Mad Clown "Stupid in Love"

Album: Stupid in Love
Label: Starship X
Release Date: September 10th, 2013




While it's usually Hyorin and Bora who get the spotlight, either with SISTAR19, solo projects, or variety appearances. This year, Soyu got her time to shine with her Mad Clown duet, "Stupid in Love".



25. Jung Hyung Don "Gangbuk Cool Guy"
Album:
 Park Myung Soo's How Is It
Label: MBC
Release Date: January 5th, 2013





The guys of 'Infinity Challenge' made a huge splash earlier this year when their songs took over, crowding out other musicians and idols out of the music charts. The biggest of the three was "Gangbuk Cool Guy", a lighthearted "Gangnam Style" parody composed by Park Myung Soo and performed by Jung Hyung Don.



24. Lyn featuring Baechigi "Tonight"
Album:
 Glass Heart
Label: Music & New
Release Date: April 26th, 2013





Baechigi was everywhere this year, and it seemed like everything they touched turned to gold- including Lyn's pre-release song "Tonight", which went on to out-chart and out-sell her actual single!



23. SISTAR "Give It To Me"
Album:
 Give It To Me

Label: Starship Entertainment
Release Date: June 11th, 2013





While SISTAR didn't quite dominate 2013 the way they did 2012, they still had a strong showing with their moulin rouge-inspired hit, "Give it to Me". Also, 2013 saw a lot of solo and unit activities for the girls, all of which were highly successful.



22. SHINee "Dream Girl"
Album:
Misconceptions of You
Label: SM Entertainment
Release Date: February 19th, 2013





SHINee took a lot of risks in 2013, breaking away from the sound that made them famous and trying out a new, more theatrical style. While not every Shawol was sold on the new style, "Dream Girl" was their highest-selling song of the year, and marked one of the only promotion cycles in recent memory for which all five members were present and uninjured.



21. Ailee "U&I"
Album:
 A's Doll House
Label: YMC Entertainment
Release Date: July 12th, 2013





Ailee's "U&I" may have drawn some criticism for Beyonce-like vibes, but the thing that no one ever called into question was her talent. With a killer combo of vocal power and control alongside an amazing stage presence and charisma, it's hard to remember that some still consider her to be a rookie.


Check back next week on Wednesday, December 25 for songs eleven through twenty!

       [ 41-50 | 31-40 | 21-30 | 11-20 | 1-10 ]

allkpop's 'Top 50 K-Pop Songs of 2013' is staff-determined and is not in any way connected with the fan-voted 2013 allkpop awards.

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dason
· Posted March 17, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

AKDONG

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lilyankpop
· Posted January 1, 2014 @ 6:50 pm
Woaa Ailee ^_^
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lilyankpop
· Posted January 1, 2014 @ 6:50 pm
Woaa Ailee ^_^
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mizuki-san
· Posted December 26, 2013 @ 2:17 am

Dream Girl should be in the top ten!

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kimlukas
· Posted December 24, 2013 @ 5:17 am
I think you enter the wrong for allkpop's Top 50 K-Pop Songs of 2013: 21-30
can you fix that please?
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jaijai_10
· Posted December 20, 2013 @ 9:17 am

Whenever I hear miss A's Hush, i always think CL is the one singing the repetitive "Yeah" part. 

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irkzuptang
· Posted December 20, 2013 @ 8:36 am

Oh! I thought Gone Not Around Any Longer did better than Give It To Me. 

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tina3256
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 10:01 pm
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2ne1gen
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

snsd 2ne1 better be in the top 10

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kdrama-love
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

U & I and dream girl. Very good songs. :)

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nicolee-k
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

Hush

Love Blossom

Stupid In Love

Give It To Me  



ALL GREAT !!

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kyra-kpopnymph99
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

i dislike Now because it almost sounds the same as Trouble Maker. i dont know how to describe it

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kyra-kpopnymph99
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

I'm not a Shawol but personally I LOVED Dream Girl. why didnt shawols like it? its great!

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crazy4bigbang
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

Can't wait for no.1 !!! :D

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sehunniebun
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

I think this is their list, so i don't understand why people are hating it, people have different taste in music

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fmydwita
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

I think they made this list based on quality of the music... not popularity

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a7lah
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

Akdon & Shinee & Miss A ... damn they many artists that I love her <33 

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baboom
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

why is this 'list' for? i don't get it.

Sooo obvious SNSD the BEST everybody else... just there.

amateurs like 4minute, sistar, missa   haha c'mon  :) they r just funny beginners.  

alrud
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 3:35 pm
You are so obvious as a fake sone... try harder LOL
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· Posted January 13, 2014 @ 6:48 am
HAHAHA! Why don't we talk about talents? Let us just see who'll look more like Amateurs if SNSD is to compete against Miss A in dancing and SISTAR in total performance!! XD
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seren1234
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

i am sorry but i cannot take this thing seriously

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verutzza
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

i totally disagree...SHINeee's Dream Girl was so popular in Korea!!

rickkelly
· Posted December 19, 2013 @ 3:13 pm
You're right, SHINee should be much higher because: 1. They won a triple crown. 2. They are from SM. 3. They are not Sistar. Reasons 2 and 3 are critical for AKP.
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· Posted January 13, 2014 @ 6:50 am
@rickkelly why do you say they are not sistar??
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· Posted January 13, 2014 @ 6:50 am
@rickkelly why do you say they are not sistar??
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rickkelly
· Posted January 14, 2014 @ 12:50 am
@ I said "they are not Sistar" because in 2013 Allkpop has shown a consistent hatred of Sistar. This is a bit of a joke to say anyone who isn't Sistar (like Shinee) gets extra points. (Sorry for the length from here on.) Examples of the anti-Sistar bias include the Album review, where the author said Sistar songs (not just the ones in the Album being reviewed) were cheesy and often stale. The author also said Sistar was one of the major acts in Kpop "at the moment", when they'd been a major act since "Alone" over a year ago. That's hardly "at the moment". The author did not even review two of the major Album tracks, "Crying" and "Bad Boy". Both songs charted well and "Crying" was written by Hyorin, obviously worth a mention. It wasn't just the one author, however. Gone Not Around Any Longer was a major hit, a triple crown winner. Allkpop rated it at 35 in their 2013 song countdown. OK, that can be personal taste, but the song also won song of the year by Billboard. Allkpop had featured other Billboard news throughout the year but they said nothing about this major accomplishment for Sistar. The surprising thing about all of this is that for 2012 Allkpop had good things to say about Sistar, and rated Alone and Loving U number 6 and number 1 for the year! I guess all of the Allkpop staff that liked Sistar have either left or are keeping quiet.
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· Posted January 14, 2014 @ 5:07 am
@rickkelly Ahh, I get it.. That was what I observed earlier when I read the 2012 rankings. We have the same to say about the author's review on SISTAR. But anyways, you said it all what I wanted to say. =))
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