Nothing hits like a good beat drop – except a good anti-drop. An anti-drop is basically what it sounds like: when a song builds up energy and excitement, but instead of offering a lighted beat-drop followed by a climatic chorus, it instead gives way to a more minimal, sometimes quite empty-sounding chorus. The anti-drop is more than just an instrumental choir or a mere break in the song. When done right, it can deliver a dose of simmering tension and heightened drama that no beat drop can match! The following 12 K-pop songs have some of the best anti-drops in K-pop. So read on to check them out!
12 lighted K-pop songs
1. “Dejavu” – NU’EST W.
“Dejavu” was an underrated gem by NU’EST W, with one of the most breathtaking anti-drops in K-Pop! The song skillfully builds anticipation before defying expectations and cutting into a mere chorus of resonant guitar sounds and the breathtaking singing of the members. This anti-climactic chorus adds to the eerily nostalgic mood of the song.
2. “I Got Love” – Girls’ Generation Taeyeon
The anti-drop in Tayeon’s sensual “I Got Love” increases the heat and changes from the singer’s singing to a simmering choir just for instrumentalists. The subdued quality and the saxophone foils make this track totally sultry! The song adds a bit more flair to its final chorus and overlays Taeyeon’s vocals.
3. “Now or Never” – SF9
“Now or Never” almost pulls a concept switch on us: It starts out bright and relatively modest, but then hits an anti-drop and makes a twist for the sexy. This is largely thanks to the contrast offered by Hwiyoung’s deep voice, touching the deeper, darker chorus that makes this song so addicting!
4. “Oh my god” – (G) I-DLE
“Oh my God” goes through several musical changes, from its dark intro to its playful verses with a Latin flavor. It builds up an incredible intensity that inserts a dramatic pause just before the chorus, which is reduced to simple beats and vocals and highlights the song’s utterly mysterious lyrics. This anti-drop gives “Oh my God” its wondrous, thought-provoking quality!
“Chocolate” is musically interesting enough to listen to over and over, and it has one of the most unique choruses! Saxophone notes and Changmin’s seriously spoken lines give this song a sexy quality, but it’s badly becoming an anti-drop allowing the choir to retreat into a sultry instrumental riddled with Changmin’s on the word ” Chocolate “plays.
6. “Whistle” – BLACKPINK
This OG BLACKPINK release is chilled right from the start with its casual whistle melody, fast beat and soft vocals. But where his jingling, full pre-chorus could build up into something explosive, he chooses things back on low heat instead, with a relatively empty chorus that’s hypnotically catchy. The song finally lets itself go and takes bass and vocals into its finale.
7. “Home” – SEVENTEEN
As one of the few songs here that doesn’t use anti-drop for a sexy effect, “Home” is pure warm, flaky comfort. The song’s pre-chorus seems to be preparing for a big drop, but SEVENTEEN instead opens up a beautiful space of emptiness. In order not to go into this minimalism, the song blossoms into a luxuriously cozy refrain. It’s exactly what we would expect from SEVENTEEN’s skilled songwriting!
8. “Stay tonight” – Chungha
In her sultry 2020 hit, Chungha prevents the chorus with a build-up that ends in a powerful high note – and pretends to be anti-drop with seductively breathless vocals and funky synthesizers. Even the bridge in “Stay Tonight” offers a kind of anti-drop in front of an instrumental that is perfect for this K-pop queen’s impressive dance break.
9. “Jungle” – CIX
“Jungle” was one of the most interesting releases of 2020, with a palpable darkness that matches its horror-steeped music video. The song uses the power of the anti-drop to create its most exciting moment: a few blows of heavy breathing noises, interrupted by the eerie command “run”, in front of a driving instrumental choir!
10. “AYA” – MAMAMOO
“AYA” is MAMAMOO in its sexiest form, and with this exotic concept the ladies tried something new both visually (hello, Solar’s Unibrow ?!) and musically. This includes doing without their famous, powerful vocals by interrupting the structure of the song with an anti-drop in an instrumental choir, relying heavily on flute sounds and enchanting chants. Of course, the finale of the song completely reverses that expectation, so be sure to listen!
11. “FACE” – The Rose’s Woosung
While “FACE” starts out playfully flirtatious and yet harmless enough, its anti-drop quickly makes it downright sexy! The song is wonderfully minimalistic, but where its reinforced pre-chorus seems to promise a more traditional chorus, the track instead focuses on Woosung’s nervous singing – which is a real treat!
12. “MMM” – TREASURE
“MMM” sheds light on TREASURE’s rap talent, and its soft beats suggest that this lighted track could have a powerful chorus. Instead, the group falls into an almost slow-motion, breathtaking area where members can show off the track’s memorable choreography. It also allows the song to reach an even more exciting climax in the end!
BONUS: “Fav Boyz (Steve Aokis Gold Star Remix)” – ACE feat. Thutmose
This Steve Aoki remix from ACE’s most recent release “Favorite boy“ Is something that could be heard in a club and it reinterprets the original track with a dramatic anti-drop. Whether you like the original or the remix better, it’s a unique take on ACE’s single!
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