K-Pop Beyond BTS And BlackPink

K-pop and BTS may be synonymous but K-pop is so much more than one boy band. Or one girl band. It’s beautiful, brilliant, and so very diverse.

Disclaimer: Not hating on any band – I love blackpink songs and I can also see why people like BTS. There is just a whole lot more to discover.

Here’s a list of some amazing K-pop idols and songs you can explore to sort of expand your K-pop horizons. There’s never enough k-pop idols to love!

1. IU

IU is everything. She is a singer, a songwriter, a kdrama actress and everybody’s darling!

🌸 Palette

A soothing song with a visually aesthetic video and a relatable/much-needed message. It’s for anybody in their mid 20s. I’m sure this song will resonate with you.

🌸BBIBBI

This is a more upbeat song. I love it because I really need to work on my boundaries with people and I try to channelize IU and this song every time.

2. Zico

Zico manages to make songs that make you want to dance but still have a deep/beautiful meaning. That combination is one I always look for and treasure the most.

🌸Any song

The most relatable AF song – being sick and tired of your daily life but trying to still be involved. This song also literally makes me jump and dance.

🌸Cartoon

This song approaches the typical scenario of developing a crush on someone in a humorous way.

3. Sunmi

Sunmi is bold and she isn’t afraid to channelize all parts of her – sexy and fragile.

🌸Gashina

This song is made for you if you are going through a breakup or getting over someone who made you feel like shit. Also, I am not a dancer but Sunmi’s song Gashina got me trying to learn the dance routine.

🌸Heroine

This song is for you if you’re trying to get over someone you like but know is not good for you. It always puts me in a very specific mood (lingering sadness but also acceptance).

4. Mamamoo

Yes, we finally have a girl group! I know every fan believes that the group they stan is underrated but I truly, truly believe so for Mamamoo.

Each of the members have their own styles and strengths and the group as a whole never tries to fit into conventional trends. Their lyrics are fresh, their dress style is comfortable (to them) and this band just feels mature and authentic to me as a whole.

🌸Gogobebe

A fun song about giving yourself a break and being okay with not being okay.

🌸Egotistic

The song that got me into k-pop! It’s so powerful and hot, really. The vocals, the set, the style. Also a great ‘fuck you’ to all the narcissistic and self-obsessed people you’ve ever come across.

5. Bol4

This band used to have two members but as of last year only has one – Ahn Ji-young. Irrespective, the two members have created some really beautiful and soul-touching music.

🌸Travel

Ugh. This song is going to be everybody’s anthem once we’re past covid-19. It’s uplifting and hopeful.

🌸We loved

This is probably one of the most calming and lovely songs I have ever heard – Korean or otherwise. It will also give you all the feels if you’ve loved and then just moved on.

What do you think?

Which K-pop singer/band do you think is very underrated and which song of theirs would you recommend? Let me know in the comments.

Also, this is just part 1 because I feel like I have only gotten started! I am so excited for you to try these songs. Hopefully you’ll like them as much as I do.

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