It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted on Tuesdays by The Broke and the Bookish. The theme for today is ten artists that I love, with a focus on soloists. I don’t post TTT next Tuesday, so I’m taking the freebie :)
I feel as though I focus on groups that I love a lot, so today I’m highlight solo artists that I love and want to hear more from! This list doesn’t include soloists who come from a group (like iKON’s Bobby or Sistar’s Hyolyn, whom I both love as well).
Ah-yeon is one of my favorite Korean soloists right now, second among the girls after Lee Suhyun. She has a beautiful voice, and I hope to hear much more from her in the future. I like that she’s steadily coming out with content and staying in the spotlight.
I recently found that I really enjoy Giriboy’s music. He has a very distinctive style, and I came to fall in love with it with this song. The lyrics aren’t terribly deep, but I like the sound and feel of it.
Zion T. also has a super distinctive style. Like Giriboy, he grew on me slowly, and I’ve been venturing into his music more. Unlike Giriboy and Ah-yeon, the mellowness of his songs never grates on me. His songs are always just enough in the best way, and they’re perfect for relaxing background music.
I know this isn’t the best representation of Mad Clown because he’s with another soloist (San E), but I’ve highlighted so many of his other videos that I can’t remember exactly which ones I have and haven’t. I also especially love his rap style in Fire, Once Again, Like Romance Comics, and Love Wishes.
Jung Seung-Hwan is another singer who came out of K-Pop Star. Now that I think about it, all of my favorite power vocalists came out of K-Pop Star. But they all stand alone, and he’s no exception. Jung Seung-Hwan’s voice is incredible, and he brings real depth to already incredibly deep songs.
Crush is a hit or miss for me, but he’s been coming out with a few great songs recently. I think he’s a great songwriter, and some of his music, like 가끔, is seriously good. There are also songs of his that I wish I didn’t like (Oasis) but those are fun to listen to as well.
DEAN was introduced to me by several friends, but the song that cemented his place as one of my favorite Korean soloists was And July. It’s quirky, and I love Dean and Heize’s collaboration on this.
I was never a huge, huge fan of Jimin, but I stumbled upon some of her old K-Pop Star videos and began to really miss the gem that she was when she was on that show. Of course, I do love her recent comebacks (specifically her collab with D.ear) but I miss her old work and wish that she could show herself off the way she deserves instead of being stuck hosting After-School Club.
Okay, technically, hyukoh is a band and Oh Hyuk is its only/lead singer, but Oh Hyuk rarely does things all by himself, so I took my favorite song by their band. I also love Parachute, Bawling, and A Little Girl.
I’m also bending the rules a bit for Sleepy, but I let him into this list because I almost exclusively know him as a soloist. I’ve heard one song from his former group, Untouchable (which was actually one of the first kpop songs I listened to on my own), but I’ve recently discovered him as a soloist.