K-Pop Challenge: My 'AHH! THIS IS MY JAM!' Playlist
My friends make fun of me because when we're all listening to music together - whether we're at Coachella or sitting in someone's car - my most commonly used phrase is "I love this song!" or "This is my jam!" or "This is my favorite song!" I can't help it. Music gets me really excited. It's why I used to have my own radio show. Sharing my enthusiasm for my favorite songs is just something I feel like I need to do with everyone. Constantly.
Needless to say, this was the WORLD'S FASTEST K-POP PLAYLIST for me to ever make because I can already recall all of the times people put these songs on and I immediately rushed into the room pounding my fists like a weirdo, shouting "AHH! THIS IS MY JAM!"
So without further ado, in no particular order, and with much inspiration from @MattK95, this is my appropriately titled 'AHH! THIS IS MY JAM!' K-Pop Challenge Playlist.
1. SHINee - "Ring Ding Dong": This is the most ridiculous song of all time. None of the English makes any sense at all. And are they say "Cola" over and over again? I mean, are you thirsty, Jonghyun? Plus this music video is completely ridiculous. There's a lot of dancing and then they all grow wings at the end. And Taemin drinks milk. I guess since he's the youngest, he could use the calcium, but seriously, what is this song? I'm obsessed with its weird, and I sing along to it every. single. time.
2. TVXQ - "Keep Your Head Down": You guys, the English title to this song is so much longer than the actual title of this song. A lot of K-Drama addicts might know this, but the Korean title of this song - "왜" or 'wae' - means "Why?" in English. That's why you hear them say 'wae' 10,000 times in this song, which would be hilarious if it was actually in English. Could you imagine a Justin Bieber song where he was just saying "WHY??? WHYYYY??? WHYYYY???!?!?!" over and over again? I just love singing along with all the 왜s in this. Especially the really fast WAEWAEWAEs during Yunho's rap part and Changmin's really long WAAAAAAEEEEEE note.
3. Sistar - "Alone": Sometimes I listen to this song, like, six or seven times in a row without realizing it. The verses hook you just as much as the chorus does, and I love how simple but effortlessly cool the choreography is. The more I study Korean, the more I like to change the lyrics to the chorus to be really stupid. Essentially they're singing "I watch TV alone." or "I eat food alone." and all of the other things they do now that they're, well, alone. But I like to change the lyrics to things like "I study Korean alone.", "I belch alone.", or "I eat dog food alone." and all of my Korean exchange student friends give me weird looks. (Also, can we take a moment to talk about how fierce Bora is? Thank you.)
4. Jun.K of 2PM - "No Love": I knew of 2PM for a long time, and of course, I vaguely knew of most of the members, but I didn't really realize how much I loved Jun.K's voice until I heard him sing the South Korean national anthem live at a concert I went to. Homeboy can sing the phone book, you guys. English permitting, he could probably sing me the preamble of the US Constitution too. So, obviously, I love "No Love" so much, and when he sang it during the 2PM concert I attended last year, my friends made fun of me because I was already screaming my head off one note into the song.
5. Girl's Day - "Expect": When I think of K-Pop, I think of songs like this. The chorus has a fun hook, the background track is super high energy, and the suspender dance has definitely become iconic. I remember I tried to do the dance in my living room once, and my sister thought I was pretending to hula hoop. We can't all have Hyeri's grace.
6. 2PM - "A.D.T.O.Y": This song has such a cool 90s R&B feel to it, and I remember when it first came out, I couldn't stop replaying it over and over and over and over. I like how effortlessly the vocal and rap parts transition back and forth. There's nothing not smooth about this song. And okay, maybe the butt wiggle part is a teeny bit awkward, but I love the whole chair dance concept. Plus Jun.K. Preamble of the Constitution. Have you forgotten already?!
7. Beenzino - "Boogie On & On": This song will always remind me of my very best friends, Janelle and Simeon aka the other two-thirds of what we frequently referred to as the 'Awesome Triplets'. Back in the day, we used to sit in Janelle's car and listen to this over and over. We even used to have this little inside joke where we'd sing the opening lyrics, "Nan kwaenchaanaaaa~", to break awkward silences. Currently, Janelle is teaching English in South Korea and Simeon is doing missionary work in Thailand, but whenever I listen to "Boogie On & On", it reminds me that even while we're all in completely different parts of the world, we're still all in this together. (Nan kwaenchaaanaaa~)
8. Dynamic Duo - "Friday Night": For a hip-hop group from the other side of the world, I've certainly seen Dynamic Duo live quite a few times at this point. I can't help it. They're my favorite K-Pop anything, and while I love them far too much to ever pick a favorite song, "Friday Night" is the one I always jump and scream the lyrics to the loudest. It gets me pumped!
9. "?" - Primary featuring Zion.T and Choiza of Dynamic Duo: So whenever my friends ask me who my Korean guy crush is, I always say Choiza and get laughed at. (Yeah, that's right. I liked him before Sulli made liking him cool.) And I owe a lot of my Choiza crush to his serious coolness in this Primary song. This whole Primary album is actually amazing, so if you haven't gotten "Primary & The Messengers", I highly encourage you to check it out. But anyway. Choiza. What is an f(x)? Call me.