Everyone knows of the phenomenon that K-pop is nowadays, but there are still some misconceptions out there. Especially the idea that it is all boy groups and girl groups. Wrong. There’s a hand full of K-bands that have the greatest discographies in the whole industry. So if you’re into pop-rock and/or k-pop, you’ve come to the right place. And before giving you our playlist, here’s a little bit more about the bands we think you should be listening to.
The first k-band in our list is none other than The Rose. Originally formed back in 2015, The Rose started to release music officially and in the mainstream scene in 2018, debuting with their song ‘Sorry’. Unlike other bands, The Rose‘s sound is softer, leaning on indie pop. Something that sets them apart is also their vocalist voice: Woosung. He has a very emotional and distinctive tone that makes their music all the more exciting and unique. It also helps that they have excellent lyrics that always hit in the right place at the right time.
Song recommendation to get started: ‘Baby’, ‘I.L.Y.’, ‘Take Me Down’, ‘She’s In The Rain’
Now, DAY6 is the band that you can’t miss out on. Since 2016, DAY6 has done nothing but serve with vocals, talent, creating one of the most perfect discographies out there. With five very different and unique vocalists, DAY6 has created a discography that explores so many genres. They pull off every single one of those making a universe with all their albums. Not only that, but the lyricism in every single one of their songs is so beautiful and, most of the time, heartbreaking. If you’re into pop-rock bands that aren’t scared to experiment a bit, this is for you – but honestly, there’s a DAY6 song for everyone.
Song recommendation to get started: ‘You Were Beautiful’, ‘Shoot Me’, ‘Zombie’, ‘days gone by’
Formed on the show Superband back in 2019, LUCY debuted in 2020, bringing something very fresh and unique to the scene incorporating violin into their music. The violin is not only an element that sets their music apart from every other group out there, but it also helps create a specific sound and atmosphere that you can genuinely only find while in LUCY’s music. It helps a lot as well that they have insanely good, powerful, and unique vocals. Truly the sound of comfort.
Song recommendation to get started: Flowering, Stove, Hero, Jogging
They also collaborated with Young K (bassist and vocalist of DAY6) to cover Conan Gray‘s ‘Maniac’ and created probably one of the best covers of that song. It’s a fantastic rendition of the song from both Young K and LUCY.
N.Flying is one of the most known k-bands right now since they debuted back in 2013, their success has made them well known. Yes, N.Flying has changed line-ups a couple of times, but something that hasn’t changed is the quality of their music. While they’re mostly known for their bright songs such as ‘Rooftop’ and ‘Oh really.’, they also manage to mix rap with the rock genre seamlessly, creating something truly unique.
Song recommendation to get started: Oh really., Rooftop, Awesome, The Real
The next k-band on our list is ONEWE. They initially formed in 2015, but they later re-debuted under RBW Entertainment in 2019. In the past two years, they’ve proved to be an incredibly talented and versatile band. Their style varies from summer songs like ‘End of Spring’ to ballads like ‘Regulus’ and ‘Parting,’ passing through more rock songs. This is a band that has so much to offer, and it’s evident that they’ll be showing more sides of themselves in the future because they are just getting started.
Song recommendation to get started: End of Spring, Regulus, Parting, Q
And the last band on our list sets itself apart from any other band we’ve mentioned for one simple reason: it’s an all-female band. But it’s not only that that sets them apart. Rolling Quartz’s sound is closer to pop-punk and is much more rock than any of the bands mentioned before. Jayoung, Iree, Hyunjung, Areum, and Yeongeun just debuted in December 2020, which is why they only have their debut song: ‘Blaze,’ as well as a pre-debut collab: ‘Random.’ But it is enough to know that fantastic things are to come from this band. It’s definitely not too soon to stan.
Songs: Blaze, Random
And here’s the playlist with our recommendations!
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