사계 (Four Seasons) – 태연 (Taeyeon)
Usually, the Taeyeon song is at the top of my list because of her singing, but this song is catchy by itself!
Boyfriend – Ariana Grande & Social House
Not an Ariana Grande fan, but this song is the best duet of the year, with interesting melodies and singing.
Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
I started watching Stranger Things and this song seems like it should be part of that soundtrack. The Weeknd moves from his Michael Jackson-inspired 80s sound to New Wave-esque electronic. I like it! and I don’t think it’s just because it’s a late entry in the year.
Higher Love – Kygo & Whitney Houston
I guess how you should think of this song is that it is a remix of an old Whitney Houston song. I’ve never been interested in Kygo’s other music, so it’s really the sample that gets the attention from me.
Memories – Maroon 5
This year, I really tried to like artists like Lauv and Troye Sivan, and I can just say that I don’t really like their style of music. This song seems to be in the same style but sung by Adam Levine. Maybe I just don’t like the sound of the other artists.
블루밍 (Blueming) – 아이유 (IU)
This title track from her EP is much different than all of the other tracks. It is straight up Pop, and feels like a stylistic successor to last year’s single Bbi Bbi (although it won’t be as long lasting). Also, what is a “Blueming”?
챈슬러 (Angel) – Chancellor ft 태연 (Taeyeon)
This year, I was a lot less interested in KPop. I guess the phase is over. In any other year, if I found this song, I would say that it is a niceslow jam, but this year I only listened to it because of the feature.
Senorita – Shawn Mendes & Camilla Cabello
This is probably my kids’ favorite song of the year. It’s not bad of a duet, but is not as great as Ariana Grande’s.
Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
Between this and her Calvin Harris track from a few years back, looks like Dua Lipa’s niche are dance tracks. I’m fine with that. This is a solid hit but nothing that can elevate it to a higher tier.
춘천가는 기차 (A Train to Chuncheon) – 태연 (Taeyeon)
New remake of an old song I never heard of, with some electronic tinges. Another notch in Taeyeon’s discography but nothing to get too excited about.
Sucker – Jonas Brothers
At the beginning of the year, there weren’t a lot of songs so this was the top pick for its catchy hook. But the song is really just the hook and once you’ve heard it enough times, it…sucks.