kpop, a playlist: 11 best kpop solo debuts of the 2020s so far

check out the best solo debuts of popular kpop idols since the start of 2020

2020 was a dumpster fire. 2021’s been wild so far, too. But one bright spot: last year was amazing for kpop, and this year’s already off to a fantastic start. One of the most exciting developments has been well-established idols going solo for the first time. Here are 11 of the best debuts of the 2020s so far, in no particular order.

1. Han Seungwoo of VICTON – Sacrifice

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Spooky and silky at the same time, this song perfectly showcases Seungwoo’s voice and made his first solo away from VICTON a song to stream on repeat.


2. Kai of EXO – Mmmh

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EXO is my ult group, but I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Kai solo. It turns out he can stand on his own better than fine. His solo blew me away, and the single Mmmh shows just how alluring his delicate voice can be.


3. YooA of Oh My Girl – Bon Voyage

In the midst of a dark, dark year, YooA brought the sunshine with this sweet, uplifting track that sounds like a day at the shore.


4. Kim Wooseok of UP10TION – Red Moon

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Wooseok‘s breathy, ethereal voice makes the title song from his first mini album completely entrancing.


5. Ong Seongwu of Wanna One – Gravity

After fun promotional and predebut songs, Ong Seongwu finally released his first solo mini album in 2020 led by this title track that gives him the chance to showcase his powerful vocals.


6. Solar of MAMAMOO – Spit It Out

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Solar was the last member of MAMAMOO to make a solo debut but her fun, feisty single track backed by a Latin beat and funky guitar was well worth the wait.


7. Suho of EXO – Let’s Love

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Suho‘s entire debut mini album was a gorgeous tour of soft rock sound all brought to life by his beautiful voice. The single gives me John Lennon solo vibes, that’s how good it is.


8. I.M. of Monsta X – God Damn

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Has there ever been a better name for a song? I.M.‘s debut video and song both had me saying that expletive over and over again because it’s just. so. good. (And god damn, so sexy)


9. Lee Suhyun of AKMU – Alien

Given how experimental and imaginative AKMU‘s music is, I was already pretty sure Suhyun could pull of any kind of song she wanted to, but I was still surprised by this radio-ready pop track. It was definitely in my top 10 list of kpop songs last year.


10. Wonho of Monsta X – Open Mind

Wonho‘s departure from Monsta X was upsetting, but when he came back on his own, it was a huge consolation. Open Mind has a funky, enticing sound that proved Wonho will be just fine on his own, and the rest of the mini album is equally strong. Plus–those abs.


11. J.DON of N.FLYING – Clicker

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I don’t know if I can take this solo debut happening so close to I.M.’s, not with how fun it is. Add the adorable music video in and I’m seriously concerned my heart can’t take it.


You can check out the music videos for all of these debut songs on our YouTube playlist. Watch and then drop a comment letting me know which was your favorite.

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