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"
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"
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
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!
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.