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 music I’ve been listening to lately. Top Ten Tuesday is currently on hiatus, but it’s been a while since I did a mass post on the music I’ve been listening to lately, so here goes! The first five are non-Korean, the last five are Korean.
Breathe Me | Sia
I’ve been a fan of Sia for years now, but it’s only recently that I’ve discovered Breathe Me, which could very well be my favorite song by her. It’s a close call between Breathe Me and Elastic Heart, both of which have lyrics that are poignant and meaningful (as opposed to Chandelier and Cheap Thrills). She’s an incredible singer, and everything comes together to make a truly great song.
Do I Wanna Know? | Arctic Monkeys
I just recently got into a few songs by Arctic Monkeys, and I’ve come to really enjoy their sound. It feels almost like some of the rock that I grew up loving but with the distinctiveness of today’s indie.
Look On Down From the Bridge | Mazzy Star
I got up to date with the most recent Rick & Morty episode about a week ago and have been eagerly awaiting the second episode of season three ever since then. I’m listening to this great song (and watching reruns) to tide me over; just hoping that somehow Pickle Rick takes out Tammy somewhere in season 3.
High Hopes | Kodaline
I found this one around the same time as I found the Arctic Monkeys’ songs, and its good for more serious alt. rock. They give me the vibe of a more to-date Snow Patrol, so I’m looking forward to checking out their other work.
In The End | Linkin Park
While we’re sticking with the somewhat-rock theme, here’s an old favorite that I’ve taken to listening to again recently (and different versions of it, especially Albert Chang’s short classical rendition) with the unfortunate passing of Linkin Park’s frontman. RIP Chester Bennington.
Oppa | Yu Seungwoo & Sandeul
I’ve grown to love Yoo Seungwoo’s voice over the past months, and I’ve known about Sandeul for a while now. Lately, I’ve been more preferential to the simplicity of K-indie music (probably perpetuated by AKMU). This song’s just so sweet and cute and summery without trying so hard ^-^
Flashlight | K-Pop Star Top 10
I had so much disdain for Flashlight when it first came out on Pitch Perfect 2 because the lyrics are so… tacky (and we won’t even speak of the grammar), but I enjoyed this stage the most out of the K-Pop Star Top 10 concert. Even with performances like Lee Hi and Jung Seung Hwan’s Breathe and Sam Kim, Bernard Kim, and Jung Seung Hwan’s covers of the Goblin OST, I thought this one brought together generations of K-Pop Star participants the best.
Wake Me Up | B.A.P.
I don’t usually listen to B.A.P. at all, but I heard about this song from Classical Musicians React and became curious about it when I heard it was about the leader’s mental illness. It’s actually a great song, and I think it does a good job of portraying the struggle that he’s going through and that mental illness is. Especially because mental illness is something that’s such a taboo in Korea, I think it’s really important what B.A.P. and its agency is doing to support Yongguk. You can read more about that here.
Calling You | HIGHLIGHT
Back when Highlight was known as Beast, it was one of the first K-pop groups that I was ever exposed to, and I have a lot of love for them. That said, their comeback this year was a bit of a flop for me. Plz Don’t Be Sad and It’s Still Beautiful aren’t songs I would listen on an everyday basis in any sense (though It’s Still Beautiful has a great music video and a lot of emotional value). Calling You was the one that did it for me, and I think it proves they’ve still got it even though they’ve undergone some changes.
What Would’ve Been | Psy ft. IU
I wasn’t that big of a fan of this song before this Fantastic Duo special stage, but I love this version of it. Everything has been pretty much stripped away except their voices. The background music is barely there, nothing’s added to Psy’s rapping, and IU doesn’t try to embellish her voice at all the way Lena Park (as much as I love Lena Park) does in the original version of the song. It becomes much more real and personal, and the song starts to mean something.
What music have been you listening to lately?