Today, Billboard staff released their picks for the top 10 K-Pop albums for 2020, with BoA's 'BETTER' topping the list. The list, created by Billboard staff, is quite surprising and covers a wide variety of artists.
Billboard wrote, "No K-pop star from the 21st century can claim the consistency that BoA has. For two decades, she’s released countless songs that continually prove how much more attention needs to be paid her way. Given how long BoA’s been in the industry, it can be easy to forget that she’s only 34. But as with any artist as diligent and exacting in their craft, she’s marked every year with further refinement, further reason to keep listening. BETTER, her 10th Korean studio album, is one of her strongest records to date, and it’s filled to the brim with songs that present her as someone assured in her artistry -- its excellence is obvious."
Check out the results and a little bit of their reasoning on why they choose each album.
#1: BoA, BETTER - "No K-pop star from the 21st century can claim the consistency that BoA has. For two decades, she’s released countless songs that continually prove how much more attention needs to be paid her way."
#2 -WJSN, Neverland -"While WJSN brought an alluring, summer pop experience with “Butterfly,” the shimmery lead single is only the beginning of the journey down the otherworldly Neverland."
#3 Yukika, SOUL LADY - "Longing to be part of a bygone era felt fitting for a year like this, and Yukika’s SOUL LADY captured that perfectly."
#4 WOODZ, EQUAL - "From boy band member to breakout MC to behind-the-scenes music producer, Cho Seung-youn has lived many different lives in the K-pop scene, but the determined star truly came into his own as a multi-talented, multifaceted artist with his first solo EP released as WOODZ."
#5 NCT 127, Neo Zone - "One of the best things about NCT 127 is that their music is as expansive as they are. Neo Zone is a testament to this, as its 13 tracks find the group moving from classic R&B influences to '90s synths to even incorporating metal."
#6 TWICE, Eyes Wide Open - "After breaking nearly every record in the K-pop book, TWICE have little to prove, but they’ve still managed to hit a new artistic high with their sophomore full-length."
#7 Oh My Girl, Nonstop - "Oh My Girl not only saw the deliciously danceable title track “Nonstop” become an instant springtime smash, but their sweet acoustic B-side cut “Dolphin” connected big time with audiences to show the septet's range."
#8 SUMIN, XX, - "SUMIN’s kaleidoscopic XX, hardly remains static for long as it refracts into a series of thrilling musical styles throughout its brisk 12 minutes."
#9 Yerin Baek, tellusaboutyourself - "You can hear the sound of tellusboutyourself from saying the title out loud: it’s casual, conversational, intimate."
#10 Stray Kids, GO生 - "For an act whose albums read like a diary of youth, GO生 is the perfect graduation ceremony and start to a new era."
What do you think about this list, and what are some of your favorite K-Pop albums of 2020?