Ever want to get your friends into K-Pop so that someone in your life will understand your excitement when your bias group has a comeback? Look no further! I've compiled a 10-song playlist of some of the best introductory songs to get your friends into K-Pop: one song listen at a time! Here are 10 of the best K-Pop starter pack songs to listen to:
10. Cereal - Crush ft. Zico
Is your friend stressed out by big groups with a lot of names and people who dress the same? Try showing them R&B or rap solo artists to keep them from feeling overwhelmed! "Cereal" by Crush ft. Zico is a great place to start!
9. Shut Up and Groove - Heize & Dean
Just like the prior example, Heize and Dean are more palatable and less intense than some of K-Pop's most bubblegum pop sounds. To the Westerner especially, "Shut Up & Groove" is an awesome starter song.
8. The 7th Sense - NCT U
NCT is gaining a huge amount of traction in the United States, and as a result, many Eastern and Western listeners find that they're attracted to their music. "The 7th Sense" is a good choice for those who are into domestic electronic music, but have yet to venture into foreign electronic.
7. Siren - Sunmi
For those who feel that they like to understand what they watch, Sunmi's MVs come with English subtitle of what she's saying. In addition to that, the music track for Sunmi's "Siren" has been a common hit for those who aren't keen on K-Pop, but want to venture into the genre.
6. Egotistic - MAMAMOO
Show your friend that K-Pop isn't just showmanship and gaudiness! In fact, the genre has a number of powerhouse vocalists. MAMAMOO is a great example of a group that stresses vocals above anything.
5. Run - BTS
Even those who are unfamiliar with K-Pop tend to know a little about BTS, therefore, they serve as an excellent starting point for any beginner trying to get acclimated with the genre! ALLKPOP recommends starting off a newbie with older BTS songs and working their way up to the present day.
4. Get it - PRISTIN V
Getting a newbie started with a smaller, less intense fandom is sometimes conducive to deeper liking and understanding of K-Pop in general. PRISTIN V's "Get It" serves BlackPink and Red Velvet sass and sound without the nuances of a giant fandom.
3. Bad Boy - Red Velvet
Help your friend get used to K-Pop by giving them a Korean song that was recorded in English! Red Velvet's "Bad Boy" has a great English version to help ease them into full Korean tracks. It won't seem so weird after they've listened to all the releases!
2. Really Really - WINNER
For those who deem BTS tracks a little too much stimulus, there is WINNER! WINNER serves as a great starter boy group who doesn't have too many members. They're easy to learn, get to know, and fall in love with!
1. Solo - Jennie
Jennie's "Solo" is the perfect mix of Eastern and Western pop. Her ultra-modern sound gives an easily listenable feeling that is really well-received by people all over the world. Not to mention, "Solo" is so catchy even a K-Pop hater might catch themselves slipping up with a "Bichi naneun sollo"!