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. This is officially a new feature! I’ll still do being it in the TTT format, but it’ll be a regular monthly thing. The first five are non-Korean, the last five are Korean.
Love So Soft | Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson was my favorite artist for a few years–to the point where I went to her concert when she came into town, and she still remains one of my favorite singers. I loved how jazzy she went with her recent comeback. With Love So Soft, she proved that she’s very much still in the game, and it’s great to see her experimenting/deviating from the pop norm.
Better Life | P!NK
Technically, this is cheating because I already highlighted Beautiful Trauma in last week’s Monday Musts and mentioned Better Life, but this album has such a special place in my heart right now. Incredibly proud of P!NK for the songs on this album, and I’ve had these on repeat since they released.
That said, I saw a recent video of her performing Beautiful Trauma live (I think it was on SNL?), and that was not great. She didn’t have any of the charisma that I noted when watching her previous performances of her songs like Just Give Me a Reason and Just Like Fire. She seemed more like a drunk, B-list celebrity singing in some bar than the high-powered, rock-pop star that she is. Disappointing, but the music’s still great.
Hey There Delilah | Plain White T’s
As I’ve been transferring my music from YouTube to different platforms (SoundCloud and Spotify), I’ve been changing up my playlists, rediscovering old songs, and falling in love with new ones. Hey There Delilah is one of my old favorites that I found again and fell back in love with. Its sweetness and simplicity is everything.
Coming Over | Dillon Francis & Kygo ft. James Hersey
I don’t always do house, but when I do, I like Kygo and Dillon Francis. Coming Over’s in the small group of house/electronica/EDM songs that I’ll listen to by myself, at any given point in the day, and it’s done some great things to help me find more music in the genre to enjoy.
Today’s the Day | Aimee Mann
I found Today’s the Day by accident on Spotify while trying to find something else, and I added it to my playlist after a few listens. There’s something melancholy familiar about it that I really like, almost reminds me of the The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack.
Glass Bridge | Savina and Drones
Even though this is sung in English, I’m categorizing it as a Korean song because it’s a Korean group. The song’s part of the OST of a drama called The Bride of the Water God. The drama itself was just so-so, but the song was seriously amazing. Admittedly, actually reading the lyrics may pour cold water all over it because Savina’s pronunciation is pretty bad, but she manages to capture the emotion of the song perfectly.
Spring Love | Eric Nam, Wendy
Lately I’ve been exploring much more of the Red Velvet soloist singles, and so far, my favorite’s got to be one of the first that I stumbled upon–Eric Nam and Wendy’s Spring Love. The lyrics aren’t super special, but I love the way their voices meld together. I’m warming up to Eric Nam, and I’m currently deciding to support SM’s Station initiative because I feel as though, at the very least, they’re attempting to highlight their artists more. Also really enjoying Im Seul Ong and Joy’s Always in My Heart.
Think About You | Younha, Lee Chanhyuk
I came pretty late to the show on Think About You–I only just found it a few weeks ago. It’s great to see that Chanhyuk is getting more involved in the production side of things, especially with other artists, and I think their voices go well together. Not like Suhyun and Chanhyuk’s voices go well together, but it’s still a nice, mellow kind of song.
Go Away | 2NE1
From time to time, I come back to BLACKPINK’s As If It’s Your Last music video. For one thing, YouTube likes it a lot in my shuffle. For another, the music video is super well made. It deserves the records that it set. It highlights each member really well, especially my favorite, Rosé. And while I was watching this video again, I was reminded of 2NE1’s Go Away, one of my favorite songs by them that sounds similar to As If It’s Your Last. Since then, I’ve been repeatedly coming back to this song and other favorites from 2NE1’s album ^-^
Hush | Primary & JB
Reallllly debated between featuring this Hush and featuring Tük, a song on the same album that’s sung by HIGHLIGHT’s Yoseb because I listen to them with the same degree of frequency. Eventually decided on Hush because I like it just a tiny bit more, even though I enjoy Yoseb’s voice more than JB’s. Unfortunately, a lot of the songs on Primary’s albums tend to sound the same, so overall, I thought it was lacking, but these were the ones I enjoyed most.
What music have been you listening to lately?