Ah, the rainy season. Days filled with dripping water off of building corners, intense downpours drenching us, humidity making us resemble out-of-control monsters.
Oh, is that just me then? Right, sorry.
With the rain comes a larger than usual amount of time spent inside, longing for sunnier, drier days. Despite any issues with my hair, I say “Why? Why do we hide from the rain? It’s only a little water falling from the sky!” We should embrace the rain! Not only is it vital for life but, when you’re a KPop fan, it means you get to enjoy the best music on the planet.
In the spirit of helping you feel more excited and accepting of the rain, here are 7 songs to help you get in the right state of mind.
1. B.A.P. “Rain Sound” — If you’re not familiar with this song, I am really surprised. This is one of B.A.P.’s most well-known songs and one that really makes me think of rainy summer weather. There’s a softer quality to the song that makes this one of my favorite B.A.P. songs ever. I can’t count the times I’ve listened to this in my car when I had a rainy drive to make. It really is perfect for this time of year. The video is interesting and has sparked countless debates between me and my friends about why green, why mannequins, how badly did the squib explosions have to hurt? If you’re not familiar with squibs, they are what make bullet shots look like they do on film.
2. B.A.P. “Hurricane” — Maybe this is cheating having two B.A.P. songs back to back, but they sound so completely different that you could be forgiven for thinking they’re by two different bands. Well if you’re unfamiliar with B.A.P. you might think that, but fans can hear their signature voices quite clearly. Unlike the softness of “Rain Sound” this song is faster and more of a dance song. I like this for this time year, I really shouldn’t tell you all of the times I’ve driven too fast with this song on. There are two added bonuses to this song: 1) How good all of the members look and 2) the 1:24 mark. That has to be my second favorite part of the song, the other being the build up that starts at 2:39. I’m serious, 1:24 makes me smile every time and want to tuck Himchan into my pocket for safe keeping.
3. Philtre “Fade” with Younha — This was one of the first indie songs I heard that really spoke to me. It also was my first introduction to Younha and her light, dreamy voice that is also so emotional. This started my love affair with this indie style,which led me to people like Neon Bunny. “Fade” sounds like pouring summer rain and the light sadness it can bring with it, with Younha’s voice being the promise of better days. This video is pretty awesome as well, from the cool technique of having it backwards, to the vivid colors, this video is one of the more well-done artsy videos out there.
4. Lim Kim “Rain“ — Lim Kim is another singer with a light yet soulful voice. This song is actually about the rain, unlike the other songs so far. The video is simple and matches the song perfectly. When this came out last year, I listened to it, and the rest of her album, almost non-stop during a tropical storm we had. One of the most interesting things about Lim Kim to me, is the fact that her voice has so much maturity and emotion when she herself was actually she was quite young when she recorded this.
5. Heo Young Saeng “Rainy Heart“ — Man I love his voice. If you’re not familiar, Heo Young Saeng was in the group SS501 until it “disbanded” a few years ago. I discovered him as a solo artist when I heard “The Art of Seduction” last year. Man, I wish I’d heard of him before! This song is so good, smooth and full of rainy day feels. I love his voice so much, I have to put him up there with K.will in terms of tone.
6. Daesung aka D-Lite “Rainy Rainy“ — Oh Daesung, again with the pretty voice. This is in Japanese of course, but I still added it because, well…Daesung! I feel like he’s got a rather underrated voice and personality because of the high-energy, larger-than-life personalities that are in Big Bang. I don’t always like Japanese versions of songs or even Japanese songs by KPop idols, but this is one of those exceptions. The song is smooth and relaxing, every time I hear it I wish this was a full length video instead of the typical partial video we see with Japanese releases. I also appreciate a behind the scenes style video, particularly when it’s done as well as this one.
7. Rain “Rainism” — If you thought you were getting out of a monsoon season playlist without Rain, you were mistaken. This is one of his most famous songs and often the gateway drug for people to get in to KPop. There’s a long-running internet joke that the reason this video is impossible to find online in 1080p is because if they uploaded him like that, Rain would melt the internet. I’m fairly sure that’s not accurate but for whatever reason, 1080p versions of this video are impossible to find. If you’re not familiar with this song, prepare yourself as best you can. This is Rain at his bad-boy best, perfect for rainy days indoors.
Monsoon season is upon most of the world, bringing heavy rain that makes normal activities difficult. Unless you’re a KPop fan, then you can enjoy yourself no matter the weather! Sitting here writing this list and listening to the rain hit my metal awning I am glad that I have KPop to help me appreciate wet, rainy days, aren’t you? Can you think of any I missed? Let us know in the comments!
Edited by: Laura Dees
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