My 10 Favorite 2017 K-Pop Releases {Something Different Sunday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Something Different Sunday! Last week, I talked about the songs that dominated my 2017 playlist and included a whole buch of songs. But if there’s one thing I’ll remember about 2017 musically, it’s my growing love and adoration for k-pop. So I figured I could do another music themed post, focusing solely on k-pop and more specifically, my favorite 2017 releases.

Now, I’m still a relatively new fan and there are sooo many bands and artists out there that I can’t even begin to get to know. So I’m always open to new k-pop recommendations! But in the meantime, here are mine:

BTS – Spring Day

Let’s get the toughest one out of the way first! I love pretty much every single song this band releases and 2017 has had a lot of awesomeness from them. So this was a tough decision as I wanted to include them all, but while Not Today got me through the year, DNA was the first comeback I got to experience and Mic Drop remix is such a jam, there is no denying that the sweet and beautiful Spring Day is one of their best songs and videos ever. The MV alone is like a little gorgeous short film.

Monsta X – Dramarama

This band has been on my radar for a while and I have loved many songs by them, but Dramarama took it to a whole other level again.

EXO – Power

Though others may add Ko Ko Bop to their list, I’ve been especially addicted to the catchy tunes and cheesy kitschy music video of Power.

BlackPink – As If It’s Your Last

BlackPink in your area! I love this band and can’t wait for their 2018 comeback, but in the meantime I’ll just keep jamming to this song and singing along to Lisa’s rap.

NCT127 – Cherry Bomb

Though I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of this at first, the catchy tunes and awesome choreo quickly won me over and now this song gets me going like crazy.

Twice – Likey

I don’t know Twice that well, but this bubblegum song had me addicted pretty soon. I can’t get ready now without singing “BBCream papapa, lipstick mamama”….

Chanyeol & Punch – Stay With Me

Goblin is my favorite k-drama that I watched in 2017, and the gorgeous soundtrack may have had something to do with that!

Cross Gene – Black or White

This band is so underrated and deserves much more. Black or White is so sexy and catchy. Warning: the video is very dark and bloody and pretty much a little horror movie. Also, kdrama lovers may recognize the group’s leader Shin Won Ho from his role as Tae-o, the cute hacker boy in The Legend of the Blue Sea.

Taemin – Move

This song is just so sexy, and Taemin is a dancer you can’t tear your eyes away from.

G-Dragon – Untitled

I love G-Dragon and his solo album this year was so good!


Well, the music video was released in 2017 so this counts, right? Anyway, a k-pop list without Big Bang feels incomplete and FXXK IT is just such a feel good song.


12 thoughts on “My 10 Favorite 2017 K-Pop Releases {Something Different Sunday}

  1. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader says:

    Okay: YES! I adore Move, Stay With Me (Chanyeol’s voice…), Spring Day, Power and Dramarama too. Although I have to say that my favorite Monsta X song might be Beautiful and that I’m addicted to The Eve by EXO over Power. Also really like Love by Taemin and anything and everything Blackpink.

    I’m rambling now, sorry! I hadn’t heard of Cross Gene before, so I listened to it while writing this comment and the song is amazing! Thanks πŸ˜€
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Ah yay, glad to hear you love so many of these songs too! Beautiful and The Eve are such great songs too! Getting this list down to ten was so hard. But it’s so great that we have so many great songs to listen to so that’s a plus πŸ˜‰ I didn’t know Love by Taemin yet, but I’ll have to go check it out!
      Haha, glad you like Cross Gene! I also really love their song Na Hago Nolja.

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Ah Monsta X is definitely amazing! And FXXK IT is such a jam indeed πŸ™‚ Oh that’s a long time listening to k-pop! I’d definitely be interested in hearing about some of your faves throughout the years πŸ™‚

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