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Posted by Susan-Han Friday, August 27, 2021

Melon partners up with 35 music critics to name the 'Top 100 Best K-Pop Songs' of all time

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One of the top music streaming platforms in South Korea, Melon has published its list for the 'Top 100 Best K-Pop Songs' of all time.

Melon partnered up with 35 music critics and experts from the music industry over a period of 5 months, undergoing two rounds of selections. During the first round, the critics and experts narrowed down 1,120 candidates. In the second round, each song was scored in 10 unique categories. 

Finally, here are Melon's 'Top 100 Best K-Pop Songs' of all time, below!

#1 BoA - "No.1"  ||#2 EXO - "Growl"
#3 Psy - "Gangnam Style"  ||#4 BTS - "Dynamite"
#5 Girls' Generation - "Gee"  ||#6 Girls' Generation - "Into The New World"

#7 2NE1 - "I Am The Best"  ||#8 Brown Eyed Girls - "Abracadabra"
#9 Wonder Girls - "Tell Me"  ||#10 TVXQ - "Mirotic"
#11 SHINee - "Sherlock (Clue+Note)"  ||#12 Super Junior - "Sorry, Sorry"

#13 BLACKPINK - "DDU-DU DDU-DU"  ||#14 S.E.S - "('Cause) I'm Your Girl"
#15 IU - "Good Day"  ||#16 Lee Hyori - "10 Minutes"
#17 H.O.T - "Candy"  ||#18 KARA - "Mister"

#19 Big Bang - "Lies"  ||#20 Red Velvet - "Red Flavor"
#21 Seo Taiji and the Boys - "I Know"  ||#22 Lee Jung Hyun - "Wa"
#23 INFINITE - "Be Mine"  ||#24 Big Bang - "Fantastic Baby"

#25 BTS - "Blood, Sweat, & Tears"  ||#26 Miss A - "Bad Girl Good Girl"
#27 Wonder Girls - "Nobody"  ||#28 Sunmi - "Gashina"
#29 Sechskies - "Couple"  ||#30 g.o.d - "Lies"

#31 TWICE - "Cheer Up"  ||#32 BTS - "Spring Day"
#33 Girls' Generation - "I Got A Boy"  ||#34 IU - "Twenty Three"
#35 2PM - "Heartbeat"  ||#36 Taemin - "Move"

#37 2NE1 - "Fire"  ||#38 Baby V.O.X - "Get Up"
#39 Gain - "Bloom"  ||#40 f(x) - "4 Walls"
#41 Lee Hyori - "U-Go-Girl"  ||#42 EXID - "Up & Down"

#43 HyunA - "Bubble Pop"  ||#44 Clon - "Kung Ddari Sha Bah Rah"
#45 f(x) - "NU ABO"  ||#46 Taeyang - "Eyes, Nose, Lips"
#47 G-Dragon "Crooked"  ||#48 IZ*ONE - "Fiesta"

#49 (G)I-DLE - "Lion"  ||#50 NCT U - "The 7th Sense"
#51 Kim Chung Ha - "Gotta Go"  ||#52 Oh My Girl - "Secret Garden"
#53 SHINee - "View"  ||#54 Deux - "In Summer"

#55 f(x) - "Rum Pum Pum Pum"  ||#56 TWICE - "TT"
#57 Fin.K.L - "Forever Love""  ||#58 H.O.T - "Warrior's Descendant"
#59 Deux - "Please Look At Me"  ||#60 ITZY - "Dalla Dalla"

#61 Park Ji Yoon "Adult Ceremony"  ||#62 Rain - "How To Avoid The Sun"
#63 Orange Caramel "Catallena"  ||#64 T-ara - "Roly Poly"
#65 Wanna One - "Energetic"  ||#66 GFriend - "Rough"

#67 Uhm Jung Hwa - "Invitation"  ||#68 Shinhwa - "Brand New"
#69 LOONA - "Butterfly"  ||#70 BTS - "DNA"
#71 SISTAR - "Alone"  ||#72 Rain - "It's Raining"

#73 Zico - "Anysong"  ||#74 BTS - "Boy With Luv"
#75 g.o.d - "Road"  ||#76 After School - "Bang!"
#77 iKON - "Love Scenario"  ||#78 - WINNER - "Really Really"

#79 Taeyeon - "I"  ||#80 Seventeen - "Very Nice"
#81 Shinhwa - "T.O.P (Twinkling of Paradise)"  ||#82 IU - "Through The Night"
#83 MAMAMOO - "Um Oh Ah Yeh"  ||#84 Lovelyz - "Ah-Choo"

#85 Red Velvet - "Psycho"  ||#86 S.E.S - "Dreams Come True"
#87 SHINee - "Ring Ding Dong"  ||#88 Fin.K.L - "To My Boyfriend"
#89 NCT 127 - "Cherry Bomb"  ||#90 Busker Busker - "Cherry Blossom Ending"

#91 Seo Taiji and the Boys - "Come Back Home"  ||#92 Pentagon - "Shine"
#93 BoA - "Atlantis Princess"  ||#94 NRG - "You Can Do It"
#95 Epik High - "Fly"  ||#96 Jinusean - "Tell Me"

#97 SHINee - "Replay"  ||#98 TVXQ - "Hug"
#99 Seo Taiji and the Boys "Classroom Idea"   ||#100 Trouble Maker - "Trouble Maker"

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Anna_2276 pts Friday, August 27, 2021 14
Friday, August 27, 2021

I'm kind of disappointed that this ended up being more of a popularity contest than real criticism of the music. For example, I wanted less emphasis on sales & impact (although those two are important) and more emphasis on originality & creativity. Almost everyone on this list has much better songs than the ones that were named. For example, Infinite has better songs than Be Mine, BTS has better songs than Dynamite, EXO has better songs than Growl, SNSD has better songs than Gee, 2NE1 has better songs than I AM THE BEST, BIGBANG has better songs than Fantastic Baby, BEG has better songs than Abracadabra, BoA has better songs than No. 1, BlackPink has better songs than DDU-DU DDU-DU, etc. I could go on & on.

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Yet again, the impact of these songs are obviously important, but for a list deemed "Top 100 Best K-Pop Songs", I expected more authenticity on 'Best'. This is more of a list, in my opinion, on songs that have solidified themselves in K-Pop history.

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BlissZ (Banned)511 pts Friday, August 27, 2021 2
Friday, August 27, 2021

What EXACTLY were those ”10 unique categories”??? I’m kind of dumbfounded by the order of these songs....

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