2022 k-pop ranked (w/ little comments)

great year! good music

NewJeans - New Jeans
1.
100
literally the only group in the industry doing this kind of music. insanely refreshing and consistent, kind of blows my mind. listened to the album on loop for the first month of this coming out and i don't even know what to say. simply tremendous.
TAEYEON - INVU
2.
95
sonically and lyrically consistent, beautiful vocals, good mixing, interesting production
it's not enough to be the leader of the nations girlgroup, she has to be the nations soloist too
tripleS - Acid Angel from Asia <ACCESS>
3.
91
jaden jeong at it again! sitting in the prayer circle, hoping - in vain - that he does not abandon his project this time and wishing - less in vain - for more great music. more music like this.
SUHO - Grey Suit
4.
90
when decanting starts i feel my bones melt
NewJeans - Ditto
5.
89
nwjns continue to prove that their music direction is superior
권은비 [Kwon Eun Bi] - Lethality
6.
88
occasional glitches were super cool, would love for this to sound more electric and synthy than it already does.
at this point eunbi is the main suspect for a potential hyperkpop artist
FIFTY FIFTY - THE FIFTY
7.
87
left me so incredibly impressed that even the weird girl crush-y log in didn't spoil my enjoyment. i'll even go as far as to say that it's miles better than the other nugu girl crush we got this year?
and the first three tracks.... man. insane. for a debut? doubly insane. just casually popping in at the end of the year with one of the best minis of 2022 and one of the best debut minis ever.
Woo!ah! - Catch the Stars
8.
86
as close to universally loved as a kpop song could get?
LUCY (루시) - Childhood
9.
85
i love lucy so much it's unreal. they have A VIOLINIST YOU GUYS i don't even
Red Velvet - Bloom
10.
84
a shame this started to lag behind in the last three tracks, could have had a 90+ rating easily without them
XG - MASCARA
11.
84
played on repeat for MONTHS and never got boring. I feel like this is what got the beat is trying to do
Fromis_9 - Midnight Guest
12.
83
if the girls belting DOESN'T MATTEEEEEEER with all their might like five times in DM doesn't instantly restore all of your serotonin you might just be too far gone.

i never considered fromis to be album artists but they seem to be stepping up their game recently. their titles have been consistently great so here's to hoping their b-sides will stay on this high of a level as well
BIBI - Lowlife Princess: Noir
13.
82
putting vengeance as the third track was a bad idea - set the expectations way too high. the rest of the album didn't really deliver but was well done regardless
SEULGI - 28 Reasons
14.
82
never imagined seulgi would go for something like this
the power in her voice is just great, would love for more dark pop from her & the rest of the industry
OnlyOneOf - Instinct Pt. 2
16.
80
kinda wished the rest of the album was as edgy as the first couple of seconds of skinz made me believe it's going to be
now that vixx aren't really here anymore ooo have a good shot at claiming the kinky bg niche for themselves
XG - Tippy Toes
17.
80
same thing as mascara really, just slightly less
Kihyun - YOUTH
18.
79
after the disappointment of voyager kihyun fully redeemed himself in my eyes! incredible work
we were so close to greatness but we lost it with 2 government mandated snooze ballads at the end
Jo Yuri - Op.22 Y-Waltz : in Major
19.
79
what's with yuju and yuri and making the intro be the best song??
though unlike yuju the whole project is very very enjoyable and soft. not exactly glassy but i'll take it!
(G)I-DLE - I NEVER DIE
20.
79
loosing a member and having everyone forsee their down fall for half a year to then release a project titled I NEVER DIE filled with great music? bad bitch move
Woozi - Ruby
21.
78
really unrefined but i've grown used to it anyway
@woozi I'M BEGGING to explore this further and also maybe uhhh try enlgish lyricwriting once you're more confident in your ability to pull it off
WONHO - Obsession
22.
78
i like synths
Hyolyn - Layin' Low
23.
78
bitches be like
hear any hyolyn song and beg for her to step on them
i'm bitches
LE SSERAFIM - FEARLESS
24.
77
really digging the minimalistic aesthetic lsf are going for, super impressed with them keeping their vibe consistent & clearly identifiable while exploring different genres in their b-sides. expecting great things from the girls!
Rocket Punch - FLASH
25.
76
rocket punch continue to surprise this year! you go girls
CHUNG HA - Bare&Rare, Pt. 1
26.
76
let us all forget bicycle like the nightmare it was and return to the simpler, brighter times
(G)I-DLE - I love
28.
75
i regret to inform you that i am now officially a delusional soyeon stan. i'm so sorry but no amount of broken english can kill a song for me if it's performed by her
PENTAGON - IN:VITE U
30.
75
the game is an INSANELY fun track, where was this energy when it came to writing the rest of the songs? i always thought ptg to be a group on the funkier side of things, so hearing some good and pleasant pop music comes off as a little bit of a disappointment.
you were the chosen funky ones, pentagon, why are you doing generically good pop music and pleasant ballads!!
LE SSERAFIM - ANTIFRAGILE
31.
74
in desperate need of someone to explain to me why everyone's going crazy for antifragile (the song)
the album is pretty good but every b-side is better than the title??
Up10tion - Novella
33.
74
an incredibly pleasant surprise from a group i never cared much about
Girls' Generation - FOREVER 1
34.
73
the title is one of the best songs this year i will NOT hear about it being boring
Onew - DICE
36.
73
really wanted to love this bc onew's voice >>>>>> but it's just alright
YENA - ˣ‿ˣ (SMiLEY)
37.
73
beggin for yena to make up her mind about what she's going to do with her music career because the middle 3 tracks have the potential to evolve into some pretty great pop punk while tracks vacay and before anyone else sound like more cookie-cutter kpop i'm not really interested in
Wonpil - Pilmography
38.
73
КАК ОН ЧУВСТВУЕТ
SEVENTEEN - SECTOR 17
39.
73
super disappointed in svt this year. they are my ults but the relationship between us two and autotune is very rocky
hot is genuinely one of the worst songs they have released ever and the only thing stopping me from saying it IS the worst is the fact that ah yeah exist. the b-side game is as strong as always though and that's a saving grace of the album & repakage
_world is pretty cute, though not in a very interesting way
KEP1ER - TROUBLESHOOTER
41.
72
the desire to give this a 54 to keep the meme going was strong but the songs are surprisingly bopping and we fresh is the best title they have so far and like by a MILE
MIYEON - My
44.
72
can't shake off the feeling that the songs on this album are kinda wasted bc it's not like miyeon is going to perform them anywhere?
MAX CHANGMIN - Devil
46.
71
devil successfully tricked me into thinking that this is going to be a gospel-ish album. the rest of the songs were good enough on their own to not turn the project into a disappointment but
changmin
max
y'know
if you want to make a project full of songs like devil it's not like anyone's stopping you...
VIVIZ - Beam Of Prism
47.
71
now imagine where they would be if every single song was like tweet tweet
RAVI - Love&Fight
48.
71
his voice is an acquired taste but the music surprisingly enough kinda slaps (on occasion)
IVE - LOVE DIVE
49.
70
the b-side knocked it down considerably.
ive obviously don't have a good b-side game going, why don't they just abandon it entirely and do actually-single-singles until they figure out what they want to do for a mini album
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