While we say goodbye to 2020 with some relief, we can continue to enjoy all of the great music the K-pop world has brought us all year round. And that means it’s the perfect time to take stock of the hidden gems and underrated tracks of 2020! Follow our favorite underrated songs from the first half of 2020 Here are 20 more underrated k-pop songs that were released around the second half of the year. From groups that make more money to overshadowed singles and B-sides from famous artists, this list has a lot to look forward to!
20 must-have K-pop songs from 2020
1. “BBUSYEO” – ONEUS
The fun and upbeat “BBUSYEO” is the perfect start to this list! This bright and funky concept was new to ONEUS and once again proved the amazing versatility of the group – but sadly it didn’t get the attention that some of the group’s other comebacks have. “BBUSYEO” is colorful, quirky, and easy to love. So don’t miss it:
2. “Tears of Chaos” – E’LAST
E’LAST only made their debut this year, but they are already proving that they are a group to watch out for. “Tears of Chaos” is a bold second release for a rookie group: it’s dramatic, dark, and decidedly mature. “Tears of Chaos” builds from a sad start to a powerful, brassy chorus, eventually working with symphonic strings and breathless raps before cutting off the instrumental to focus dramatically on the members’ voices. It’s a musically complex masterpiece with an interesting and aesthetic music video.
3. “Mermaid” – CLCYeeuns
“Mermaid” is a sparkling, reverberant track reminiscent of a magical underwater world, and Yeeun’s vocals are as enchanting as a siren’s – which is amazing when you consider that she is the leading actress on CLC rapper! The song was Yeeun’s last performance from Mnet’s hip-hop reality show “Good Girl” (you can watch it too Live performance including Rohann) and is a fascinatingly beautiful jewel that you would not want to miss.
4. “Pit A Pat” – Kim Junsu (XIA)
Kim Junsu’s distinctive vocals take us back to the early days of K-Pop, and “Pit a Pat” borrows from that mood with an instrumental reminiscent of the 2010s. But that’s not the only reason “Pit a Pat” is such a strong track: it has wonderfully positive energy that is hard to love and a dramatic urgency that maintains it from start to finish without getting bored .
Taemin releases so much good music it’s hard to keep track of and got “2 KIDS” criminal overshadowed by his other releases this year. While “Criminal” and “IDEA” are more of Taemin’s characteristic sultry style, “2 KIDS” is a beautiful, reflective and nostalgic piece about a past romance of one’s own youth. In this MV, Taemin shows spectacularly emotional choreography while wondering how things would have turned out differently if he and a lover hadn’t been “just too young and stupid”.
6. “Obliviate” – Lovelyz
Lovelyz brought us their most mature concept to date in “Obliviate,” in which they work a spell to erase memories of a painful romance. Still, the group is still taken for granted and only scores one music show win for the mysterious, magical track. “Obliviate” is a strong and undeniably catchy release and deserves a lot more!
7. “Villain” – 1THE9
In August we sadly said goodbye to the 1THE9 project group that was formed by the Survival Audition Show. “Under 19. “But before the members split up, they left us with some powerful and very underrated marks.“ Bad Guy ”is one of them: It offers a boost of intensity with an unforgettable chorus in which the guys boldly proclaim that they will do anything for a girl – even be a bad guy!
8. “Abracadabra” – Oh my girl‘s YooA
Every song on YooA’s “Bon Voyage” EP is a gem and marks this as a strong debut solo for the Oh My Girl singer! “Abracadabra” is characterized both by its funky atmosphere and by the way it shows YooA’s outstanding and versatile talent: She starts the chorus sexy before changing gears so that her clear vocals sparkle playfully – that is none of the must-watch video performance!
9. “THAT’S NOT A SONG, 1929” – 2:00 pm Jun.K.
Jun.K from 2 PM composed, arranged and wrote lyrics for this beautiful ballad that showcases the singer’s rich and powerful singing. The choir is downright trembling and its unique title is derived from the famous painting by artist René Magritte from 1929, which emphasizes the phrase “This is not a pipe”. Listen and let Jun.K touch your heart with his velvety voice:
10. “HELL IN HEAVEN” – TWICE
“HELL IN HEAVEN” is a B-side of TWICE’s “Eyes Wide Open” album and plays the same theme of temptation as their title track “I CAN’T STOP ME”. But with flirty beats and sultry, breathless vocals, this song is a hit in itself. With “HELL IN HEAVEN” you will feel like you are in a steamy jungle of the charm of these ladies and do not want to escape!
11. “IMAGINE” – BROOKLYN
If you’ve never heard of BROOKLYN, this solo artist made his debut in 2019 and is getting better all the time which adds to the heat for its 2020 release! “IMAGINE” is an intense dance track with a dark, nervous feeling. With its driving instruments and catchy lines, we guarantee you can imagine this, girls!
12. “9LIVES” – Hyolyn
Not only is 9LIVES a beautiful ballad, but it also has an intriguing dance-oriented music video that you will want to watch over and over again. The song is in English and through her powerful and emotionally charged vocals, Hyolyn tells a story about her last “life of love”, in the hope that this last chance will work out instead of letting it break.
13. “Cartoon” – Block B’s Zico
Zico was the ray of sunshine we all needed this year, and if you loved his hit hit “Any Song” you’ll enjoy his underrated cousin, Cartoon, too. The track has the same winning combination of infectious energy and catchy melody, which means it will make you smile – as does its music video, which adds a whimsical twist to a post-apocalyptic concept!
As the title suggests, “Let Me Go” is a break-up song as R&B singers Crush and Taeyeon tell two sides of an impending farewell. While wistful, the ballad is also calming, and most importantly, beautiful: Crush’s and Tayeon’s voices are each heavenly enough on their own, but when the two get together to duet in the second half of the song, it’s truly a treat for the ears .
15. “RIDE” – KNK
KNK is an underrated group time and again, and “RIDE” is their latest: A polished dance track with fresh synthesizers. The track is a smooth journey that corresponds to the mini-album concept for “KNK AIRLINE”. Let the guys take you away with this cool song and don’t miss their intricate choreography!
16. “MISS YOU” – BOY
Hearing “MISS YOU” is like being wrapped in a soft blanket: it is soothing warmth to make you feel good. The song is simple, but that makes it a perfect craft of sweet feelings. It’s BOY’s fourth release as a duo after MYTEEN broke up and we’re excited to see what the guys have in store for us in the future!
17. “DBDBDIB” – SATURDAY
“DBDBDIB” is just fun and its infectious energy is hard to resist! The ladies alternate between a more typical concept for teenage girl groups and more flirty sections with heavy bass and raps to keep things interesting. But it’s the saxophone riffs in the choir that make this song stand out and make it one of the more unique dance tracks of 2020!
“Run away” is the title track of Song Mino’s second solo album, but somehow it didn’t get nearly the attention that his 2018 “Fiancé” drew. This could be because “Run Away” is more emotional and rougher, as Mino is asking a lover to get away from him before their romance causes more pain. With notes of emptiness, incredible rap verses and an explosively powerful chorus, “Run away” hits deep.
19. “OOPSY” – Weki meki
Weki Meki had a number of solid releases this year and while they eventually stood out with the bold “COOL”, their earlier release “OOPSY” is a hit in itself too! With lyrics about how to accidentally start falling in love with someone, the song is a shy, playful delight that is sure to get stuck in your head.
20. “Like a movie” – B1A4
“Like a Movie” is B1A4’s first comeback as a trio and it sounds like something out of a fairy tale. The song has an old-fashioned cinematic feel to it that suits those K-pop princes, and its warm and blurry atmosphere makes it not only one of the strongest, underrated hits of 2020, but a timeless feel-good song too.