The 40 Best K-Pop Deep Cuts of the Decade So Far: Critics' Picks

These Billboard picks will turn you onto the best deep cuts in K-pop this past decade.

10/22/2021 1:00:00 PM

These Billboard picks will turn you onto the best deep cuts in K-pop this past decade.

These 40 selections confront the misconception that K-pop is solely manufactured bubblegum pop.

. On “Tinkerbell,” she delivers a distorted lullaby about a nighttime rendezvous. But while it’s easy to get distracted by Ga-In’s penchant for selling sex, “Tinkerbell” is so much more than a sexy concept. The song is both texturally complex and full of empty space, with the choppy opening achieving a bit of a fake-out by sounding like a CD skipping. It would feel psychedelic if the glitches weren’t dealt with mathematical precision. In one of the song’s more adventurous moments, a booming electric guitar feels like it’s going to climax, then it abruptly cuts to a drowsy acoustic guitar. The prescient incorporation of Spanish guitar precedes the

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in K-pop. This flurry of sonic techniques confirms “Tinkerbell” as one of the most technically ambitious songs in K-pop. --C.K.The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2, 2015)It feels like every week BTS is breaking new ground in the global K-pop takeover and a large part of that is thanks to the material that goes deeper than most pop. One of the band's most insightful reflections is felt on"Whalien 52," which compares loneliness and feeling like an outsider to a still-undiscovered whale species who seems to be the only animal to speak at the atypical frequency of 52 hertz, earning the nickname as"

." The K-pop kings turned this into a complex and fascinating album track, an indication of BTS' profundity as songwriters. -- Read more: billboard »

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