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20 Criminally Underrated K-Pop Songs You Probably Slept On

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As with all things in life, the success of a K-pop song is subject to chaos and luck. While many globally popular tracks do deserve their success, for every successful track there are dozens of others that are just as good—or better—but flew under the public radar for whatever reasons. In other words, there are so many tracks out there that are criminally underrated.

What’s our criteria for “underrated”? Well, the term itself is subjective and I’m sure some readers will point out that this song or that song isn’t really underrated. For me, I think any song that’s top-tier material but falls way short of top-tier popularity (think “Love Scenario” by iKON or “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” by Blackpink) is properly underrated. And to measure popularity, I’ll use the most globally recognized media platform: YouTube.

Generally, 100 million views seems to be the most commonly used milestone for measuring a K-pop song’s success on YouTube, so I’ll be using 30 million views as the cut-off for underratedness. For a baseline comparison, iKon’s “Love Scenario” has 332 million views and Blackpink’s “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” has 935 million views.

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1. “How People Move” by AKMU

AKMU - ‘사람들이 움직이는 게(HOW PEOPLE MOVE)’ M/V

Download “How People Move” by AKMU on iTunes

2. “Mamma Mia” by SF9

[MV] SF9 (에스에프나인) _ MAMMA MIA

Download “Mamma Mia” by SF9 on iTunes

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3. “Like It” by CLC

CLC(씨엘씨) - 'Like It' (Choreography Practice Video)

Download “Like It” by CLC on iTunes

4. “Hands Up” by B.A.P

[MV] B.A.P _ HANDS UP

Download “Hands Up” by B.A.P on iTunes

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5. “Mosquito” by Red Velvet

Red Velvet (레드벨벳) - Mosquito (Color Coded Lyrics Eng/Rom/Han)

Download “Mosquito” by Red Velvet on iTunes

6. “Hush” by Everglow

EVERGLOW (에버글로우) - 'Hush' (Color Coded Lyrics Eng/Rom/Han/가사)

Download “Hush” by Everglow on iTunes

7. “Good Tonight” by GOT7

GOT7 - Good Tonight [Color Coded Han/Rom/Eng Lyrics]

Download “Good Tonight” by GOT7 on iTunes

8. “Pow Pow” by Elris

[MV] ELRIS(엘리스) _ Pow Pow

Download “Pow Pow” by Elris on iTunes

9. “Sunshine” by Sistar

Sistar - Sunshine [English Subs + Romanization + Hangul] HD

Download “Sunshine” by Sistar on iTunes

10. “Get It” by Pristin V

[MV] PRISTIN V(프리스틴 V) _ Get It(네 멋대로)

Download “Get It” by Pristin V on iTunes

11. “FM” by Crayon Pop

[Crayon Pop] 크레용팝 'FM' M/V - official

Download “FM” by Crayon Pop on iTunes

12. “Myself” by Monsta X

MONSTA X (몬스타엑스) – MYSELF (Coded Lyrics Eng/Rom/Han/가사)

Download “Myself” by Monsta X on iTunes

13. “Ladi Dadi” by AOA

AOA (에이오에이) - Ladi Dadi (Color Coded Lyrics) [HAN/ROM/ENG]

Download “Ladi Dadi” by AOA on iTunes

14. “Cupid” by KARA

KARA(카라) - CUPID(큐피드) Music Video

Download “Cupid” by KARA on iTunes

15. “Chase Me” by Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher(드림캐쳐) _ Chase Me MV

Download “Chase Me” by Dreamcatcher on iTunes

16. “Heart Attack” by Loona

[MV] 이달의 소녀/츄 (LOONA/Chuu) "Heart Attack"

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17. “Sting” by Stellar

스텔라(Stellar) - 찔려(Sting) MV (Dance Ver.)

Download “Sting” by Stellar on iTunes

18. “Airplane” by Iz*One

IZ*ONE (아이즈원) - 'AIRPLANE' Lyrics [Color Coded_Han_Rom_Eng]

Download “Airplane” by Iz*One on iTunes

19. “I (Knew It)” by Sonamoo

[MV] SONAMOO(소나무) _ I (knew it)

Download “I (Knew It)” by Sonamoo on iTunes

20. “Still” by Loco

Still-Loco Ft. Crush

Download “Still” by Loco on iTunes

What to explore more K-pop goodness? Check out our list of K-pop essential listens, as well as the best of bubblegum K-pop music and the most addicting K-pop dance music videos.

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