Top Songs of Summer

Autumn has officially started, even thought Wisconsin doesn’t think so, which means its time to discuss the songs that I was listening to on repeat during the summer time. As some of my readers may know, or may not know, I have what I like to call a “musically obsessive” personality. Meaning, when I like a song or artist I will listen to them non stop until I find a new song or artist to listen to.

My summer consisted of mainly pop music, since I am a person who listens to music based off the seasons (spring and summer are usually pop while fall and winter are usually rock). Recently, my pop music of choice has been Kpop (Korean Pop), and by recently I mean the past few years that is literally the only pop music I listen to. Its a deep, dark, bottomless hole that I have no intentions of climbing out from.

So as fair warning, this list might possibly (or 100%) be Kpop oriented. Once again, this list is in no particular order and all songs are not just from 2017. I will provide release years along with genres and video links.

  1. “Really Really” by WINNER (2017, Kpop)
  2. “Why” by Taeyeon (2016, Kpop)
  3. Touch My Body” by SISTAR (2014, Kpop) –side note I had to add a SISTAR in here.. D’:
  4. “Spring Day” by BTS (2017, Kpop)
  5. “View” by SHINee (2015, Kpop)
  6. “Where Were You” by Every Avenue (2008, Pop Punk)
  7. “A Capella” by Chase Goehring (2015, Pop…but debatable)
  8. “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus (2017, Pop)
  9. “Good Times” by All Time Low (2017, Pop Punk)
  10. “Hard Times” by Paramore (2017, Alternative)

Initially, writing this list up I had 8 Kpop songs that I had been listening to non stop, but for the sake of my non Kpop fans out there, I revised it to be half and half. Most of my Kpop songs are some older ones like SHINee and SISTAR. But they have such a summer vibe to them that they are staples for that time of year.

I also threw in a throwback pop punk song by Every Avenue that accidentally came up on my shuffle on iTunes and it hit me with a wave of nostalgia. This was a song I listened to non stop in the summer during my high school days.

Finally, I added a solo artist that I feel is a bit underrated, Chase Goehring. If you have not heard his song “A Capella” you need to! Its got such a great flow and rhythm to it that is very infectious. And, it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t have one or two staple pop punk or alternative songs in the mix. I need that refreshing break from the pop every once in a while. And All Time Low and Paramore are always my go to for that type of break.

I do, however, have an honorable mention that really pained me to take off the list, but it was released later in the summer so I decided to switch it out. “Yacht” by Jay Park (2017, Kpop) if you love Kpop, you need to listen to this song.

Once again, I do keep a playlist on Spotify of all the songs that I listened to this spring/summer that feature more songs than what is listed here. Also, because of a glitch in Spotify, some of the songs I have listed here are not on my playlist…they disappeared. So, please make sure you check out the videos I linked above.

Feel free to leave music suggestion in the comments below! I will be looking for new music to listen to for fall and winter!

-Stefanie

I’m Kpop Trash

I don’t know how or when it happened. It was like I woke up one day and all I cared about was Korean Pop music. I was 10 feet deep in MVs, live performances, dance practices and English Subbed interviews and game shows.

I went from not knowing anything about Korean Pop music, to knowing all the names and birthdays of members of a 12 piece group. My recommended videos on YouTube went from alternative rock videos to all Kpop groups.

I am Kpop Trash. Its official.

I basically don’t listen to anything else right now, and my friends and family’s concerns are growing stronger by the day. I don’t normally read YouTube comments, I actually never read YouTube comments, but when it comes to Kpop videos (especially a group I am listening to for the first time) I read the comments. Not just the top few liked comments, I read a few pages of comments! And I actually laugh or have the urge to like or reply to a comment.

Who am I? I ask myself everyday.

But, I have accepted this lifestyle and I am working to  embrace it. I am listening to my philosophy that good music is good music, no matter what genre or country its from. Kpop makes me feel good. Yea, I don’t know what they are saying, but it makes me listen to the music more. It makes me focus on how the song makes me feel.

I’ve noticed the music of songs more from listening to Kpop and I find myself commenting on the actual instrumentation of songs more so than the lyrics or the vocals. Its also great sometimes to listen to a song and create your own meaning or interpretation of the song. Yes, you can do this with all music, but when you can understand the language you have a better idea of what it is actually about. But when you don’t know the language, you can use the feeling and even sometimes the music video to come up with your own story for the song. That is what I find fun about it.

So I like Kpop. I love Kpop. But I also like and love all the genres I loved before and I continue to keep up with all my other favorite artists and genres. I am slowly swimming back to the surface after taking a long LONG dive into the Kpop ocean.

If you are a Kpop fan, you understand everything I am saying. If not, you will. Kpop is not for everyone, but trust me, if you are a sucker for catchy songs and pop music in general, you will get sucked in and never return.

For all my Kpop fans, my favorite artists are (in no particular order):
1. EXO     (all of the units)
2. BTS
3. Got7
4. Jay Park
5. Taeyeon
6. Seventeen
7. Pentagon
8. NCT U
9. Lay     (heart attack when I found out about his solo mini album)
10. Dean

I obviously listen to more, but these are my top ones that I listen to the most. And, because you are going to ask, my EXO bias is Lay and Chanyeol. They both kill me every time. My BTS bias is Jungkook, but my bias wrecker is V. And my Got7 bias is JB but my bias wrecker is Mark. (literally shaking my head at the fact I just admitted this by using fandom terminology)

If you’re curious on Kpop and want to watch something to get introduced by it and not be overwhelmed, I would suggest these videos:

EXO – Monster

BTS – Fire

Got7 – A

Jay Park – Drive (Ft. Gray) (for my friends that like more hip-hop)

Taeyeon – Starlight (Ft. Dean)

I could post more, but I think this is a good start. You got Got7’s “A” for more Pop side, Jay Park’s “Drive” for more hip hop, and then EXO’s “Monster” and BTS’ “Fire” for a medium ground. I also threw in a female voice to represent the feminine side of the genre, and Taeyeon is my favorite female vocalists in Kpop and this song “Starlight” features another one of my favorite artists, Dean.

I picked my favorite songs by my top 5 artists listed above, and again, I could list more videos because I’m trash.

My absence is all do to the fact that I’ve signed my life away to Korean pop music. I’m ashamed and proud. Please, if you’re reading this and a Kpop fan, be my friend. I have no friends that like Kpop. I need you. (in the least creepy way possible, of course)

I’m back, more posts to come.

-Stefanie