I’ve mentioned it once or twice or a lot of times…I like Korean Pop. A lot. So two of my three songs will be those. I’ll provide English version lyrics or subtitles so don’t worry about not understanding what it says. I know that a different language music is quite strange for most people, even after Dragostea Din Tei was such a huge hit. 🙂
K-pop for me has been a really big positive thing in my life. I’ve made a lot of new friends and have a best friend who also shares in the spazzing/fangirling with me. I do listen to some Pop, Rock and other American or people who sing in English which would explain the song I hate. The reason I spend more time fixed on Kpop is because there’s always something new released! It’s not like say, Gaga or Katy Perry who release an album and spend a year promoting it. In K-pop they’re constantly releasing new stuff! Granted, not all of it is good but there are some gems that even after time has gone by…I still listen to them!
My favorite artist in all of Kpop has to be Super Junior. I’ve mentioned this once or twice too! I love all of the members, including the two extra members of the Super Junior M(M stands for Mandarin, as in Mando-pop) Henry and Zhoumi. In fact, Henry is my favorite Super Junior or SuJu member. This song is from the core group itself from when it used to have thirteen, yes thirteen, members so Henry isn’t in it. He’s a sub-unit member. But enough about him and onto the song itself! I give you Super Junior’s ‘Neorgao (It’s You)’
Oh whatever anyone anyone says, it doesn’t matter to me
Oh whoever whoever curses me, I’ll only look at you
Even when I’m born again, it’s still only you
(Still Still) Even as time goes by
I’m a sucker for this song. It was the one that really got me into K-pop. I’d liked K-pop and Jpop since High School but this song’s lyrics really just stood out to me. They still do. It’s my most played song everywhere! The reason I chose this part of the lyrics after scrutinizing the song and looking at the translation over and over again is because I think all of us can relate to it. We’ve had or have a relationship where you feel that the love you have for that person is so strong that you’ll only love them and it’ll only be them forever more. Neorago, when I listen to it now, it still makes me emotional, it’s a song that just makes me grab my heart and think about love for a while. It’s one of those songs that I just can’t stop listening to…no matter how emotional it makes me…
My next song was also a difficult choice, more so than Neorago. As soon as I read that we were writing about music and songs that we love, I already had picked out Neorago. The second choice was harder. I could pick something from back in High School or I could pick something from the past few years that I’m still listening to today. It was so difficult! I love music too much! I wanted to pick a feel good song after showing you ‘Neorago’ but it was really difficult since there were too many!
For the second song I finally chose After School’s ‘Shampoo’. You can check out the subtitled MV here.
I’m a sucker for a good beat aside from lyrics. The thing that drew me into this song was in fact the instrumental before the lyrics themselves. I love the instrumental and sometimes just youtube the instrumental alone to give it a listen. You can too by clicking here!
I want to become shampoo, flowing down your hair
I want to cover you with my thick scent
If you used to like other scents, erase them now
I’ll make you drunk with all the scents in the world that don’t exist
Those are the song’s opening lines and I found them to be really poetic along with the rest of the song. Some people find the song to be that of a creepy stalker because it talks about being someone’s shampoo and making their eyes sting if they hurt her but I found there to be a real poetic value on that. The sweet lyrics make me smile a little as I listen to them. This song as a whole gives me joy, frustration and again joy with it. It’s the kind of poetic message that really speaks out to me. This song came out last year and I still listen to it with a smile on my face. It’s a nice, sweet song about a girl who really loves a guy and would love to envelop him in her scent, which could easily symbolize her love.
The song I hate was rather easy. Even though people question my taste in K-pop, I tell them that there’s a real poetic value or a deep meaning in it as shown in Shampoo and in other songs, like Super Junior’s Neorago, IU’s ‘Good Day’, 2NE1’s ‘Ugly’ to name a few. Other times it’s just kick butt dance music for fun like Big Bang’s recently released ‘Fantastic Baby’, 2NE1’s ‘I Am the Best’ to also give examples. Those may be party songs but they still have some sort of value to me.
On the other hand…Justin Beiber’s ‘Baby’ is just a mess. People love it, people adore it and girls adore the crap out of him. It’s catchy, whatever. It doesn’t have any real poetic value. It’s just him going ‘Baby, baby, baby, oooooooh’ for like more than half of the song anyway. It also sounds like he’s being cocky… ‘You know you love me, you know you care’. Uh Justin, no. I don’t care. I don’t love you. I think you’re overrated and look too much like a girl to take you seriously. Sure, some Asian men look feminine but I blame the culture for that one. You? Well…no. That’s namely why I don’t like this song or him. The song holds no real substance and carries a hint of arrogance. People may like it…but it’s just catchy. That’s it. I like it when my music is more than catchy.