Four K-pop songs are on Billboard’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2018, the U.S.-based music brand announced on Dec. 11.
The four are BTS’s ”Fake Love” (No. 22 on the list), Red Velvet’s ”Bad Boy” (No. 43), Pentagon’s ”Shine” (No. 69) and IU’s “BBIBBI” (No. 87). Last year, BTS was the only Korean act to make the cut.
Billboard K-pop columnist Jeff Benjamin said that while “BTS proved that conscious K-pop can cross over, IU makes the case for deeply personal K-pop.”
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22. BTS, “Fake Love”
The group’s Love Yourself album series can be seen as a traditional narrative arc, and this historic smash is the part in the story where the band mines the depths of despair, loneliness and heartbreak. So it felt natural that the K-pop superstars sonically pushed themselves to new places as well, wallowing in the angst of this track’s emo-rap vibes and its wailing chorus. It’s not enough for BTS to pen another breakup song — the real tragedy, they say, is the sense of self lost in the wreckage of a failed love. — C.K.
Source: Korea.net, billboard