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The funnest parts, to me at least, about being into Kpop while not(currently) speaking Korean, is looking up a song I really enjoy and finding out the lyrics and meaning the song was portraying. 
But one of the most interesting thing about Kpop, to me, is the ability to feel the emotions without even knowing what they’re saying. I can’t tell you how many times I end up crying over a song that is actually really up beat, then find out the lyrics were really saddening. So, here’s a list of my favorite songs(and some songs in general) that have insanely beautiful and/or meaningful lyrics. Enjoy.

2NE1- I AM THE BEST

Truly the ‘I am a boss ass bitch’ anthem in my mind. A a club-worthy beat, topped with lyrics screaming about self-worth and body confidence, 2NE1′s song is definitely one that makes you feel like a Queen, and damn ready to show the world your power.

I refuse to be compared
I’m telling you the truth
If we’re talking about my value
I’m a billion dollar baby

BLOCK B- TOY

Basically a 180 from 2NE1′s song, Toy touches on the feelings of being so low in your own thoughts and being nothing more than a toy for someone to play with until they’re bored of you, to be so consumed and desperate for love and affection, one doesn’t really care that it’s not truly love and affect their getting. 

When I’m no longer useful you would secretly throw me away
If only I can be remembered
Even just a little bit
Everything, I do it for you
I’m a toy, toy

TAEYEON- 11:11

(I believe, I read this once, but can’t find the article again)
The lyrics’ writer’s original meaning was towards her deceased father and wishing he was with her again, the song’s lyrics were altered a bit to fit into wishing for her former lover to be back again, and trying to overcome the breakup in a beautiful melody.

Everything finds its place and leaves
You took all of me and left
But like the two hands of the clock in my heart
I keep lingering in the same place

2NE1- I DON’T CARE | GO AWAY

Honestly 2NE1 are such a girl’s best friend when it comes to life. Both songs touch on being cheated on, and putting themselves first and not putting up with such an unforgivable act.

For that lipstick on your collar
I can’t ever forgive you
Every day, your phone’s always off
It doesn’t seem like you’re going to change oh oh

GOT7- JUST RIGHT

The first time I read the lyrics, it honestly made my heart flutter, it was so sweet. The lyrics are full of the positive message of loving oneself and not looking for flaws that don’t exist, or simply don’t matter and just because they’re there, doesn’t make us unattractive or ugly in the slightest.

No matter how much I take you apart
And look and look at you
I can’t find that part of yourself
That you think isn’t pretty

GAIN- FXXK U

Topped with a very explicit video, both MV and lyrics heavily express and talk about a frustrating relationship and unwanted sexual advances, something I found really enjoyable and brave for a song seeing as there’s so many songs that have such underlying assault lyrics that it concerns me.

Fxxk U, don’t want it now
I don’t wanna lay down next to you as if it’s natural
Fxxk U, you know, Fxxk U
I don’t wanna do it like this
This isn’t how I feel

EXO- SING FOR YOU

Theorized to be a goodbye song to past members, the ‘annual sad Christmas EXO song’ expresses fondness for an unseen/spoken for individual, singing words of love and adoration for someone long lost. 
Playing into the theory, the lyrics never indicate a significant other or female as most ‘love’ songs do, so I find myself agreeing with the song being a sad goodbye to memories made with the ex-exo members.

The way you cry, the way you smile
I wonder how much they mean to me
The words that I regretted when I looked back
I will apologize but just listen
I will sing for you, sing for you
Just act casually

NCT- BACK 2 U

Lyrics that portray their emotions and thoughts after a breakup, that seems to be built on material wants, the cash, the diamonds, the pearls you spend, it’s nice to see lyrics that recognize an unhealthy relationship and although feeling the emotions of this person clinging tightly and refusing to leave them be, they stand their own and refuse to fall back into the relationship.

I barely fell asleep late at night
The ringing sound wakes me up
But I turn around and close my eyes

LADIES’ CODE- I’LL SMILE EVEN IF IT HURTS

A beautiful tribute to RiSe and EunB, members of Ladies’ Code that were in a car accident and ultimately succumbed to their injuries, the song regardless of knowing the lyrics is full of such raw emotion from the mourning girls that you can’t help but cry either way. 

But I won’t cry, so you won’t feel bad
I’ll try living without you now
No matter how much it hurts, even if tears keep coming
I wanna smile, I wanna think of you and smile

BTS-SPRING DAY

I gotta be honest, I stopped watching BTS’ MVs because they make me crying instantly? I don’t know what that’s about…but never the less, lyrics of a relationship that has changed, the lose of a friend and longing for things to be remembered and erased.

Did you change?
Or did I change?
I hate even this moment that is passing
I guess we changed
I guess that’s how everything is

2NE1- UGLY

Though not as hard hitting in the upbeat live performance of said song, the lyrics punch you in the gut none the less. Spinning emotions of not being the idea beauty in the world of Kpop and South Korea, 2NE1′s song expresses one’s desires to be just like her, I wanna be pretty.

I think I’m ugly
And nobody wants to love me
Just like her I wanna be pretty
I wanna be pretty
Don’t lie to my face tellin’ me
I’m pretty

BIGBANG- LOSER

Lyrics that really punch you in the throat about how low people think of themselves, Loser spins an image of self-worth, or more or less the lack of confidence in yourself that I think everyone can relate to at some point or another.

Honestly, I’ve never fit in with the world
I was always alone
It’s been a long time since I’ve forgotten about love
I can’t listen to hopeful love songs anymore
You and me both
We’re just sad clowns, tamed, and scripted

*Something anti black happens in Kpop*

Black fans rightfully voice their concerns

non blacks: they didn’t do anything wrong uwu, leave our faves alone

random ass black fan: actually i’m black and this doesn’t bother me

non blacks: see, this 1 black fan isn’t bothered so this proves our fave did nothing wrong

yet another struggle of being a kpop stan
  • *after someone figures out you like kpop*
  • person: *sees asian writing*
  • person: what does this say?
  • me: uh I don't know, why?
  • person: well you listen to kpop so you should know
  • me: ....please exit

I never really listen to 4Minute, KARA, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, etc., that much but I cannot deny that these girls have made a huge impact on the K-Pop world. Each of them have their one (or more) song(s) that will not be forgotten any time soon. When I saw the news that each one of them were disbanding, it felt as if one of my bias groups were disbanding. Thank you girls for all that you’ve done and for dedicating so much of your life making music for us. You won’t be forgotten.

Jeon So Mi: One of the members is a secret fan of the other. I really like Minzy sunbaenim. I’ve only listened to 2NE1 songs since way back. There was a time that I got really frustrated because my mom ripped my 2NE1 poster. They’ve always been my role models since I was younger, so I’m so touched that we’ve become a team like this. I passed my audition by singing a 2NE1 song.

MinzyLet’s be good friends now.

How do two of the biggest entertainment companies manage to get both of their biggest girl groups to disband? That must be a new record. These groups would still be making music if not for poor management and just general lack of interest for artists’ development.

They literally got pushed aside for younger, “cuter” girl groups (which baring in mind this isn’t their* fault either, they’re just working like anyone else) but what both companies seem to forget is that both Wonder Girls and 2NE1 were an integral part to getting JYP and YG where they are today.

I only really started listening to 2NE1 last year and WG two years ago but it’s obvious that their music has impacted a lot of people. Especially girls and women. Not everyone cares about what’s new- some like one, some like the other, some (like me) like both. But people will listen to music they connect with.

And just a reminder both generations can co-exist under the same label. This never seems to be an issue for boy groups.

*EDIT: If it wasn’t obvious, when I say “their” I’m referring to new girl groups, who are obviously not at fault. This isn’t about blaming anyone other than the companies with more than enough money and resources but yet seem to be incapable of managing multiple girl groups properly. These same companies keep up the longevity of many boy groups. This is worth repeating.

can i just say, that with all these members leaving groups, and groups disbanding, i am SO thankful for shinee. im so thankful they’re still all together after nearly 9 years and are still producing music to this day. who knows what problems they had to go through, and what obstacles they faced. yet they’re still here, and i am so grateful for that. we don’t know what will happen, when they will disband, if they will disband, but i am so happy that today, they’re still part of the few older groups that still remain together.

Tagged by the wonderful @angelyoons for my top ten girl group songs <3 thank you so much!!! <3 :) These are not in any particular order btw I’m just listing them off the top of my head because I like a good bit of gg songs and I can’t list them in order ok

  1. Stay by BlackPink
  2. WeeWoo by Pristin
  3. TT by Twice
  4. Black Widow by Pristin
  5. Russian Roulette by Red Velvet
  6. Gotta be You by 2ne1
  7. You Think by SNSD
  8. Rum Pum Pum by f(x)
  9. Fingertip by GFriend
  10. Like Ooh-Ahh by Twice

Tagging @exosexual @leetaeiil @bbysquirrelsblog @jeonfhan @jeongjarsofhannie

*kpop fan speaking* See this is why kpop is so much better then american music. They don’t shake their asses and dress like sluts. Kpop is 100x better, all American artists do is talk about sex, drugs and alcohol.

Q&A

rules: tag 9 people you want to know better

relationship status: single and ready to mingle if youre lee taeyong ;))
favorite colors: black, white, grey
lipstick or chapstick: chapstick
last song i listened to: 2NE1′s Falling In Love
last movie i watched: Necromentia……while i was babysitting…..lol
top three tv shows: only things i watch are american dad, bobs burgers, and south part so those
top three characters: Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, Ginger from Ginger Snaps….and Brigette from Ginger Snaps….yeah that works
top three ships: lmao yeah right. 

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