Tim Howe's Korean Pop Playlist (팀의 케이팝 재생 목록)

안녕하세요! This page lists some of the K-Pop that I have been listening to over the past year or so. In most cases I would say that these songs are not to be listened to as 'background music' - they are better off being pumped out loud in the car or listened to on headphones. The latter is particularly true of the heavily studio-produced stuff as there is actually a *lot* to listen to (many layers and nuances).

I have included Spotify and Youtube links for songs here rather than actual files. It is important to support artists (of any nationality) by buying CDs or MP3 downloads, as the payout for each stream on services like Spotify, iTunes and Google Play is pitiful. If you are interested in details such as composers, arrangers, musicians and choreographers then the site www.genius.com is good - just search for the song and beside the lyrics pane there will be a 'Track Info' pane.

Hangul Subtitles

Hangul subtitles are a great way to help you follow the lyrics of a song in real-time and improve your reading speed. Unfortunately there are many youtube videos where Hangul subs are not available, perhaps not surprising given that native Korean speakers would not need them. I have coded subs for a number of songs where I have found them to be missing and these may be downloaded here (.srt format)


Mamamoo (마마무)

Mamamoo is a South Korean girl group formed by Rainbow Bridge World (RBW, formerly WA Entertainment) in 2014. The group officially debuted on June 18 2014. They have very strong vocals and are recognized for their retro, jazz, R&B styles. They are now one of the top 10 KPop Girl Groups.


Red Velvet (레드벨벳)

Red Velvet is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group debuted on August 1 2014 and having cranked out quality material year after year, they are now one of the top 5 KPop Girl Groups.

Sad news: On 25.12.19 Wendy fell from a stage platform and sustained a broken wrist, cheek bone and pelvis.

Update: As of August 20th Wendy is beginning to resume activities with Red Valvet after 3 months in hospital and 5 months of further healing...


Cosmic Girls / WJSN (우주소녀)

Cosmic Girls is a South Korean girl group formed by Starship Entertainment and debuted on February 25 2016. Their vocal style is somewhat more 'girly' than the others listed here but the tunes are very well delivered. As a dance troop, WJSN really excel and are considered leaders in their genre.


Bolbalgan4 (볼빨간 사춘기)

Bol4 is a South Korean girl duo formed by Shofar Music in 2016. This is good, simple Korean pop music with a slight folky-feel and is not over-produced. Ahn Ji-young (안지영) has a very distinctive voice and singing style.


Ace Of Angels / AOA (에이오에이)

AOA is a 7 member girl group formed in 2012. A sub group of AOA have performed tracks (like Get Out) on stage with real instruments, something that is quite unusual for 'manufactured' KPop groups.


Crystal Clear / CLC (씨엘씨)

CLC is a 7 member girl group with a number of good hits.


Fiestar (피에스타)

Fiestar was a 5 member girl group formed in 2012. They disbanded in 2018.


IZ*ONE (아이즈원)

IZ*ONE is a 12 member girl group formed in Sep 2018 from the Korean/Japanese Produce 48 project.


Weki Meki (위키미키)

Weki Meki is an 8 member girl group formed in 2017.


Various Artists

This page contains songs from various other groups.



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