Weeee! Two of 2NE1 songs made it to the list! ^_^ Yey for their upcoming comeback this June! The whole world is ready for 2NE1! ^^

The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time

From lapsed ’90s metalheads to the glossiest girls of today’s generation, the best of the sublimely shiny sound that’s sweeping the world

Twenty years after its birth, Korean pop music has made its way from Seoul to Singapore to San Antonio to São Paulo and back again, “outbubbling” — as SPIN’s Chuck Eddy phrased it last year — its Western counterpart by tweaking and perfecting the formula on which both have long been based. It’s music that demands to be mainlined (hooks come sharper, choruses larger, visuals brighter), its gloss equaled only by the aggressiveness with which it’s been delivered to the international marketplace in recent years. By now, K-pop’s catalog of classics is deep enough to warrant a best-of list of its own, one we’ve assembled with our ears pointed to both past and present: The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time, a singles wrecking crew whose final, odd-numbered tally is a loving tribute to one of the current moment’s most beloved girl groups, 2NE1.

21. SoolJ feat. Suh Ga Young – “Waiting 4 U” (2011)
20. Shinee – “Lucifer” (2010)
19. TVXQ – “Doshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandaro” (2008)
18. Wonder Girls – “Be My Baby” (2011)
17. IU – “Boo” (2009)
16. T-Ara – “Roly Poly” (2011)
15. Super Junior – “Sorry Sorry” (2009)
14. Kara – “Step” (2011)
13. Big Bang – “Bad Boy” (2012)
12. f(x) – “Nu Abo” (2010)
11. Girls Generation – “Run Devil Run” (2010)
10. E.via – “Pick Up! U!” (2010)

9. 2NE1 – “Ugly” (2011)

Though “Ugly” scans like aggressive homage (or a rip, if you’d like) to TLC’s 1996 body-image breakdown “Unpretty,” its impact is more akin to the world-beating bubble-grunge of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Loud and brash, tender yet heroic, it encapsulates just about everything that’s so immediate about the 2NE1 crew. And on the strength of CL’s volcanic vocals, the four unleash here what’s arguably the most ferocious chorus in K-pop history.

8. Norazo – “Curry” (2010)
7. GD&TOP – “High High” (2010)
6. BoA – “Eat You Up” (2008)
5. SNSD – “Gee” (2009)
4. Seo Taiji & Boys – “Nan Arayo (I Know)” (1992)

3. 2NE1 – “I Am the Best” (2011)

“I Am the Best” might’ve been the best single released on the planet in 2011, even if not for its apocalyptic/futuristic video that kicks off on a catwalk and escalates into straightjackets, train-track break-dancing, ice cream cone rabbit-ear hats, and devil-horned hairstyles well before the aluminum bats and machine guns come out so 2NE1 can smash and shoot up the place. The stomping title hook sounds like “Neh-guh-ché Challa-GAH”; other big nonsense hook is the machine-gunned “bum-ratta-TATTA ta-tatta tah-tah.” Then there’s the froggie-reggae dancehall (“hot-hot-hot-hot FI-ya”) and Alice Cooper (“billion dollar baby”) references. Lyric plot: Hitting the city, taking no shit. World-class throat: CL.

2. HyunA – “Bubble Pop!” (2011)
1. H.O.T. – “Candy” (1996)

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Source: spin.com
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Comments on: "Article: 2NE1’s Ugly and I Am The Best on Spin’s “The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time”" (12)

  1. Reblogged this on edherei.

  2. UGLY song= NO ONE wants to sing this song!!!!ugh…
    I am the best= No. 3 ? wait….isn’t this supposed to be #1 ? :D
    Bubble pop?!….They love “dirty” songs….ewww…

  3. wewillreachthetop said:

    bubble pop??? Where’s Lies, Haru Haru, Fire, I don;t care, and Lonely?

  4. I agree with some of it, but, my gosh! even Haru haru, or even Lies or even Nobody did not made the list???
    what the hell?!!

  5. Pardon my grammar…I meant list not least! Lol..

  6. before reading the article, i am very confident that the song “i am the best” will be on the top spot but i found it on the third spot, kekek.. 2ne1 deserves the best spot. soo happy… no wonder why i love them.. ppbaam..

  7. Wow! Once again 2ne1 gets featured on Spin! The writer is obviously a CL fanboy lol…
    I don’t agree with the least though… I mean, why is “bubble pop” in #2 & IATB in #3??? “Lonely” is not even in the list…tsktsktsk ~

  8. I agree with most of it but at the top 2.. Hyuna’s bubble pop?? XD

  9. ilovessantokki said:

    Haha, I love that 2NE1 is ranked so much, but the writer could have spotlighted the rest of the girls too, y’know? Haha. No worries though. 2NE1 songs do show off CL’s vocals a lot. Just proud to have 2NE1 on the list!

    • CL did justice in the previous 2ne1 songs. She really did great! I absolutely agree with the writer :)

  10. paperscissors said:

    whatta cl-biased writer HAHA

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