American website, Popdust, has recently revealed its ‘100 Best Songs of 2012’ list and four K-pop songs were included!
Lee Hi‘s ‘1,2,3,4‘ was ranked 89th. Popdust’s staff explained their choice, saying: ‘2007′s neo-soul invasion finally reached South Korea with this smash hit from Survival K-Pop Star winner Lee Hi, who sings with a Winehousian groove with that belies her 16 years.’
It is definitely a good year for Big Bang. Their song ‘Bad Boy‘ took 60th place with the explanation: ‘Few K-pop singles are involving enough that you barely even have time to notice that they’re in another language, but Big Bang’s hip-hop ballad does the trick, with sweeping production, swag to spare, an enjoyably understated video, and two English lyrics on the chorus that carry the song’s emotional content on their lonesome: “I’m sorry I’m a bad boy / You a good girl.’
Additionally, G-Dragon‘s solo song, ‘Crayon’, was ranked 41st! The staff wrote: ‘”Why so serious?” Good question—luckily, not one that needs be asked of G-Dragon, whose “Crayon” was one of the year’s goofiest, least-predictable and most stupidly thrilling pop songs. We’re guessing that knowing what the lyrics meant wouldn’t help make it much more intelligible—hoping, really.’
PSY’s the greatest hit, ‘Gangnam Style’, took place number 11, because: ‘Yes, it’s a novelty song whose popularity is driven largely by one awesome music video. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still auditory pleasures to be found in “Gangnam Style,” from the zip-zip-zip of the opening synths to that booming hook in convenient English: “HEYYYY SEXY LAY-DAYYYY.” If “Gangnam Style” leads to more Americans embracing the K-Pop industry, we’ll all be forgiven for not understanding its apparently biting social critiques.’
Congratulations to the artists!
Lee Hi – 1,2,3,4
Big Bang – Bad Boy
G-Dragon – Crayon
PSY – Gangnam Style
Article by Karolina & Jenny
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