This list was a CHORE to make. Not because I had to decide WHICH songs to include, but because I had to decide the ORDER in which I loved them. That was the hard part. And, it was difficult to choose just 10. But, “Top 14” just doesn’t have to same ring to it.
However, after much listening, re-listening, organizing and reorganizing, I’ve finalized my list. So, let’s do this!
Some of these songs benefit highly from some great speakers. My Skullcandy headphones with extra bass put some of these songs into a whole other category in terms of grooving.
10 – Red Velvet – “Happiness”
When I was first introduced to this video, I heard just the chorus and I was unimpressed. The jungle atmosphere and the endless chorus of “la la la la la la la la la la” was just not my style. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from the KPop hits of 2014, it’s that repetition is my friend. After numerous random encounters of the song and my 127th encounter of the “la la”, I said, enough already, let’s watch this whole thing and I’m so glad I did. They had me at, “BOOYAH!” and I’ve loved it ever since.
This song has a great melody, fantastic bass and percussion and the video is creative to say the least.
9 – Boys Republic – “The Real One”
Some teaser videos that are released in anticipation of a new single leave a lot to be desired (more on that in an upcoming post) but then there are others that just get you pumped up and excited for a great new song. That was the case with this one. I was really looking forward to seeing this video after getting a glimpse from the teaser and the song and video were better than I was hoping for.
Everything about this video speaks to my love for the aesthetically pleasing. The overall tonal quality is great and giving the men suits with personality adds to the overall look and feel. The added bonus for me is the choreography and the twist that they put on it.
8 – BTS – “War of Hormone”
I’m not one for aggression, but this approach works for BTS. I’m loving this in-your-face rock/hip-hop fusion sound that they have. They know how to grab your attention right from the start and keep the momentum going.
I love the tonal quality of this video, too – a really good look and feel.
7 – WINNER – “Empty”
WINNER is hands down the one group that I am so happy to have discovered last year. I enjoy the overall atmosphere and feel they bring to each performance, interview and song.
This song and video has a nice, calm and classic feel.
We’re just getting the ball rolling here so let me know what you think so far.
Are any of these songs on your list for the best from the past year? Any guesses as to what’s to come? Let me know!
Be sure to catch the continuation of the countdown this Sunday!