Because BTS is collectively our favourite kpop group, we decided to eliminate them from regular categories or else everything would be BTS.

So we give you our top picks for all kpop and just BTS:

Best Song

Lisa: Boys Republic – Get Down
There were so many songs I could have chosen here. I had at least 2 different choices before I landed on “Get Down” by Boys Republic, (Kanto’s “Lonely” and Snuper’s “It’s Raining”). I love this song because it doesn’t sound like anything else I’ve heard this year. The chorus and the verses are so different but work so well together. The vocals are phenomenal and I’ve been anxiously awaiting a comeback from them since this song released!

Nah Dee: Kisum- 2 beer
I picked Kisum’s “2 Beer” as the best song because I’ve been addicted to it since I first listened to it.  I can remember the exact moment I found out about Kisum, where I was to what the weather was like outside. It quickly became a song I listen to almost every day, and I make others listen to as well. I can easily tell that this will be a song I will still be listening to long into 2017, and for years to come.  And honestly if that doesn’t make a song “best”, then I don’t know what does.

Keru: NCT U – The 7th Sense
Out of the many kpop songs I heard this year none of them caught my attention like “The 7th Sense” by NCT U. The slow beat mixed with the hypnotic chorus kept this song on repeat. Taeyong’s deep vocals are easily my favourite parts of the song.

 

BTS Best Song

Lisa: Forever Young
There are few songs that effect me the way this one does. It’s not one of BTS’ fast paced songs, it’s not swag-tastic, it is honest and wistful. Having hooked itself onto my heart and clutches it a little tighter every time I hear the song. Jungkook and Jin’s vocals compliment each other perfectly in the chorus, and the group chorus make me nostalgic for when I was younger too. The song is beautiful and the absolute perfect ending to their HYYH series.

Nah Dee: First Love
This was a hard pick for me as I love so many of BTS’s songs, and I’d say most of their best ones were eligible.  But I don’t think I’ve gone a single day since “Wings” dropped without listening to “First Love”. I will always have a soft spot for piano, and Suga’s style of rapping, so when both are combined I’m helpless.

Keru: Ma City
BTS is my favourite kpop band, which makes choosing a favourite song from them difficult. While “Mama”, “Boy Meets Evil”, and “Awake” were strong contenders for me, my top pick has to be “Ma City”. I love the drumbeat, which lays the foundation for the upbeat song. Watching the live performances of this song is always special as you can see how much they love performing this song.

 

Best Album

Lisa: Jonghyun – She Is
If you’ve never heard this album, you are doing yourself a disservice. It’s an absolute gem. Jonghyun (from Shinee) is phenomenal at the best of times, but this album really showcases his incredible talent. His voice is smooth, low, high, and silky all at the same time. It’s like a velvet hug. The songs are more suggestive than his regular fare with Shinee, which I am all for! The standout tracks for me have to be “Moon”, “Dress Up” and “White T shirt”.

Nah Dee: Day6 – Daydream
Much like with Kisum, I can remember the exact moment I heard Day6 for the first time, (it helps that I bought tickets for them the very next day). Day6 are easily one of my favourite bands, kpop or otherwise. My “Best Song” pick probably would of been from this album, but “Blood” isn’t a single. So do yourself a massive favour and check out the entire album if you haven’t already.

Keru: Day6- Daydream
Day6 is a band I had the pleasure of hearing perform live shortly after discovering them. This small group is filled with talented musicians with amazing voices.  What makes this album my favourite from 2016 was how good every song was. “Letting Go” was the single they released but tracks such as “Blood” and “Hunt” could have easily been singles as well. After you give the album a listen, treat yourself to the many covers they do. With their comeback on the horizon I am excited to see what Day6 give us on every Day 6. (The first 6th happened and it was amazing. Dowoon looks amazing, the songs sound amazing and I am just…Wow. 2017 is your year, Day6!)

 

BTS Best Album

Lisa: Wings
It was really difficult for me to pick which of the two BTS albums this year I preferred. Both “Young Forever” and “Wings” are different in so many ways, but both work so well overall. Whilst “Young Forever” has some of the most iconic BTS songs, “Wings” has some of the most heartfelt songs I’ve ever heard. You can really tell that a lot of time, dedication, and love went into this album. The songs showcase each of the member’s individual talents whilst allowing the group to come back together as whole for others. It’s really hard to pick my favourite songs from this album, but I think I’d have to go with “Begin”, “Lie” and “One! Two!”.

Nah Dee: Young Forever
This was a really easy pick for me, considering there were only two options to choose from.  I do also love “Wings”, but I find “Young Forever” to be much more of a cohesive album.  Every song goes together so well and nothing sounds out of place. “Wings” isn’t like that, even Rap Monster has said that the Interlude sounds a little out of place and different.  Each song is fantastic,  and I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to “Wings” at this point, but “Young Forever”, to me, is an album in its entirety.

Keru: Young Forever
While “Wings” was a very good album, I fell in love with the “Young Forever” album from the first listen. Not only is it my favourite BTS album, it is arguably my favourite Kpop album ever. With a good mix of upbeat and slower songs I highly recommend it to anyone who listens to Kpop.

 

Music Video

Lisa: Ladies Code – The Rain
Oh man, Ladies Code are rocks. Considering everything they have gone through in the past, they have had a great 2016. The girls have comeback with a beautiful concept, and the MV for “The Rain” certainly shows that.The visuals are stunning in every sense, whether it’s the girls dancing, or merely sitting in various rooms.  There is something dark and alluring about this video, and the umbrellas with the flowers underneath are such a neat prop. The video suits the tone of the song really well, and it’s a cohesive piece that tells a story without being overly reliant on the video to prop up the song, as I’ve seen from other groups this year.

Nah Dee: Got7 – Hard Carry
This was easily the hardest category for me to pick. There were so many fantastic MV’s this year, it was difficult for me to narrow it down to just one. I decided on “Hard Carry” because I feel like it tells a very interesting and comprehensive story while still leaving it open to an individual’s interpretation. I also really loved how the story was carried over from the “Fly” MV, (which almost won). I feel like there was a lot of thought put into this MV, and there doesn’t seem to be anything that’s placed there “simply because”, everything has some meaning behind it. I am sad that this has been the only single from Turbulence because the entire album was fantastic and you should check it out if you haven’t yet.

Keru: Got7 – Hard Carry
This was definitely the hardest decision to make for this list. I managed to narrow my choices down to four: “Liar Liar” by Oh My Girl, “Hey Mama” by EXO-CBX, “Tell Me What To Do” by SHINee and “Hard Carry” by Got7. From that point on I have changed my mind constantly. As of right now I chose “Hard Carry” by Got7. I felt that they made a really good music video, it had great set design and lighting that complemented it. Transitions between scenes were done well and they had a good balance of dancing and other visuals. “Hard Carry”, like “Tell Me What To Do” had a darker aesthetic but a much faster pace.  The styling was great for the members, though it is a bit odd Jackson only lost one sleeve. All of these videos are worth a watch, but “Hard Carry” stands out for me with their set and lighting

 

BTS Music Video

Lisa: Blood, Sweat and Tears
What can I say about this that hasn’t been said already? Everytime BTS come back, they bring something new to the table. Everytime I think I couldn’t possibly be surprised, I’m proven wrong in the absolute best way. From the cryptic teasers to the literary quotes, “Blood Sweat and Tears” could not have been more anticipated. The sets are beautiful, the costumes are incredible and don’t even get me started on how great the guys look and sound. Everything about the video met my incredibly high expectations, and then some.Hands down the best MV of 2016.

Nah Dee: Save Me
I originally had “Fire” as my first pick, there’s just so much greatness about it; the dance, a car exploding, the back up dancers, and literal fire. But it’s the simplicity of “Save Me” that keeps drawing me to it. There’s something almost hypnotizing about watching these boys dance with nothing else to look at. It amazes me how such a simple concept, when executed well, can feel so complete.

Keru: Fire
What makes “Fire” my favourite BTS music video of 2016, is how fun it is. Everyone looks great and are having a great time. I really enjoyed their other videos such as “Save Me” and “Blood Sweat and Tears” but if I only have time for one video, I always find myself putting on “Fire”. Plus, the ironing Jin scene is adorable.

 

Catchiest Song

Lisa: Twice – TT
If you’ve been on the Internet at all over the past couple of months,  you’ve heard this song. It’s everywhere. It’s inescapable. Cute girls and easily replicated dance moves are a lethal combo. Once I think about this song,  it’s stuck in my head. The very mention of Twice, JYP, TT or even GOT7, can get this song stuck in my head. Dahyun’s little pout when she sings her lines especially sticks in my head. So goddamn catchy. It makes me like TT…

Nah Dee: San E – Like An Airplane
Why out of all the extremely catchy songs that got stuck in my head this year, looking at you “Chewing Gum”, did I pick “Like An Airplane”? Because I heard this song once, when it first came out, and then months later it got stuck in my head to the point where I had to look up this video in attempts to get it out. It did not work. It didn’t even come close to working. In fact, this song is stuck in my head even worse now.  And worst of all, I like this song so I’ll actually search it out and put it on! I get this song stuck in my head so often that I have a specific dance for the chorus. Bright side I will never forget how to say “Airplane” in Korean. “bihaenggi bihaenggi haenggi haenggi machi bihaenggi bihaenggi haenggi haengg”

Keru: I.O.I – Very Very Very
There were many catchy songs this year, but the one that would get stuck in my head the most was “Very Very Very” by I.O.I. After hearing the song the course and dance would stay there the rest of the day. The bright colours in the video paired with the upbeat song leave a lasting impression.