top 10 kpop songs of may 2021

check out our & your 10 favorite songs released by kbands, kpop groups and solos in may

our picks

#10 – Gaho – Rush Hour

We fully intend to make Gaho‘s Rush Hour a part of our summer soundtrack. Its rocky spirit and catchy tune are perfect for keeping you pumped up on the last leg of that long road trip.

#9 – Oh My Girl – Quest

Gaming becomes a metaphor in this sweet B-side from Oh My Girl‘s latest release. The words are clever, the vocals are so pretty and the rap shows skill that other girl groups often fail to bring. And the whole thing is enhanced with those 8-bit audio production flourishes that take us back to the days of blowing the dust out of our Super Mario Bros cartridge.

#8 – Ailee – Ain’t Talkin’ About Me

With the single off of her latest album, Lovin‘, Ailee proves that she’s still the queen of kpop R&B. Her soulful voice is perfectly set against a classic pop beat, adding up to a totally bop-able song.

#7 – Taemin – If I Could Tell You ft. Taeyeon

Taemin often gets praised for his incredible charisma and astounding dance talents, but this soft B-side from Advice shows that he’s an expressive vocalist, too, and the whole track is made so much more emotional with the presence of legend-in-her-own-right Taeyeon.

#6 – NCT Dream – Hot Sauce

The Dreamies continue NCT‘s tradition of putting out daring, experimental singles that don’t sound like anything around. Hot Sauce is as spicy as its name suggest with that raucous chorus, playful rap verses, dramatic vocals and unexpected layers of sound all grounded by a Latin-inspired beat.

#5 – Highlight – Not the End

It’s been almost a month since Highlight returned with their album The Blowing, and the single from it still gives us chills. The vocals are truly gorgeous, the musical backing is hopeful and soaring, and the lyrics make a poignant promise to LIGHT who waited three years for the group to make their return. To us, it was well worth the wait.

#4 – TO1 – The Beast

TO1‘s latest single is driven by a funky bassline, emboldened by feisty rap and rooted in skilled, powerful vocals. It sounds like what classic boy group kpop is at its best, and we still can’t stop listening to it on repeat.

#3 – The Volunteers – Violet

The Volunteers‘ debut album was solid and free of skips from start to finish, and to us, Violet is its pinnacle track. While the song reminds us of western indie rock from the late 90s and early oughts, Baek Yerin‘s haunting voice makes it a decidedly modern kband sound.

#2 – Heize – Happen

Heize‘s unique voice shines through the warm, rich verses and ethereal chorus of the title song from her new album. The song is expertly produced, and the lyrics poetically describe the workings of fate.

#1 – WJSN: The Black – Easy

Disco-inspired kpop is a thing right now, but we’ve yet to hear a group pull off the sound as capably as WJSN: The Black does in Easy. The sexy vocals remind us of the west’s biggest divas of the 70s like Diana Ross and Thelma Houston, and the production gives it just enough retro sound. At the same time, EXY and Bona’s rap adds of-the-moment sass that keeps the sound fresh and fun.

your picks

10. Butter by BTS

9. Hurt by Baekhyun & Seomoontak

8. Dun Dun Dance by Oh My Girl

7. The Lady by Bumkey & Moonbyul

6. Advice by Taemin

5. The Real by ATEEZ

4. Make Up Your Mind by Ailee

3. Black Mirror by ONEUS

2. Beautiful Night by Yesung

1. 0x1=Lovesong by TxT

What was your favorite kpop song of May 2021? Drop a comment and let us know.

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