The Top 40 K-Pop Album Tracks & B-Sides of 2020 (40-21)

I’m the type who likes to listen to every major K-pop album at least once. Maybe that’s a bit obsessive, but it guarantees that no buried treasures slip through my fingers. And although much emphasis is put on title tracks, more and more the best K-pop songs are relegated to b-sides.

This countdown encompasses any track that didn’t receive a full music video. This includes album tracks, as well as songs that may have been performed but never actively promoted. Just like the Top 50 Singles list, all songs here were released between December 1st, 2019 and November 30th, 2020.


Honorable Mentions:

SuperM – Together At Home
ITZY – Nobody Like You
TXT – Your Light
BTS – Inner Voice (V solo)
ONEUS – Airplane
Dreamcatcher – Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind
Twice – Do What We Like
April – Doll

2020 YEAR-END MASTERPOST


40. OH MY GIRL – NEON

A perky 8-bit retro track that pixelates Oh My Girl’s pop sound while retaining their personality-rich performance. (full review)


39. ROCKET PUNCH – SUMMER PUNCH!

A missed opportunity for summer ubiquity, Summer Punch crystalizes much of the season’s clichés and forges them into a rollicking good time. (full review)


38. P1HARMONY – NEMONADE

A quirky funk track with moments of robust melody that make this a real treasure trove of hooks.


37. TXT – EVERLASTING SHINE

A surging anime anthem, powered by chugging acoustic guitar and a swirling, cinematic refrain. (full review)


36. NCT 127 – ELEVATOR (127F)

An unbearably funky throwback jam, anchored by one of the year’s most addictive, wordless refrains. (full review)


35. ATEEZ – HORIZON

A beguiling blend of hypnotic chants and EDM fury, Horizon continued to push ATEEZ’s sound in exciting new directions. (full review)


34. GFRIEND – GRWM

A thumping prelude to the party, GRWM gives GFriend the mighty dancefloor stomp they’ve always deserved. (full review)


33. STRAY KIDS – TA

A thundering call-to-arms, melding Stray Kids’ hip-hop power and a driving EDM beat to create boundless energy.


32. LOONA – VOICE

A stately synth-pop trifle, Voice is so good that LOONA gave the English version its own music video. (I, of course, prefer the Korean!) (full review)


31. DREAMCATCHER – BLACK OR WHITE

A guitar-driven funk track, punctuated by moments of strings-assisted majesty and groovy bass. (full review)


30. NCT DREAM – DEJA VU

A carnival-like dance track that paints Dream’s youthful charm with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink beat that’s just as bright. (full review)


29. GOLDEN CHILD – THAT GUY

A gorgeous ballad, built around bravura power notes and a satisfying sense of build and release. (full review)


28. DRIPPIN – LIGHT

A kaleidoscope of synth textures and melodic hooks, Light climaxes in a sweeping, two-part chorus that reaches for the sky.


27. KAI – NOTHING ON ME

An atmospheric slow-burn that pulls you in before delivering a hard hitting synth drop that vaults the track to another level. (full review)


26. VERIVERY – BEAUTIFUL-X

A convincing argument for VERIVERY to return to the light dance pop of their debut year, Beautiful-x pulses with the kind of funk energy they deliver best. (full review)


25. UP10TION – STOP THE CLOCK

A good old-fashioned funk-pop track, bursting with rhythm guitar and bolstered by a dynamic, full-throated chorus. (full review)


24. THE BOYZ – INSANITY

A brittle dance track, Insanity becomes more addictive the more you hear it, spearheaded by the staccato post-chorus hook that recalls K-pop’s second generation. (full review)


23. EVERGLOW – UNTOUCHABLE

A continuation of La Di Da‘s retro flair, Untouchable settles on a delicious synth groove and tethers a bright, addictive melody on top. (full review)


22. MCND – BUMPIN’

A track that truly lives up to its title, grooving with a potent blast of percussion that forms the backbone to a funky, SHINee-esque hook. (full review)


21. GFRIEND – TAROT CARDS

A robust reminder that GFriend’s music can be fierce and hard-hitting, Tarot Cards boasts a guitar-fueled drive that feels like a gut punch in the best way. (full review)


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