IMPORTANT NOTE: These songs were chosen based on and ONLY based on their respective music videos. If a song has more than one music video, only the original version is considered. For this list, I am also including Japanese songs by Korean artists.
Phantom – “Burning”
An unrelenting blast of pure bravado is this year’s gem in a scrapheap of pretentious K-pop.
Secret – “Poison”
This skillfully crafted and juicily sexy noir shows why Secret is K-pop’s best kept secret.
Ji Young – “Wanna Do”
The youngest member of KARA shows off her pop-rock prowess in this beautifully simplistic power ballad.
Big Bang – “Blue”
Juggernaunt boy band BIGBANG never fails to impress both musically and visually with their slick and sharp style.
T-ara – “Day by Day”
Strong Eminem vibes combined with a respectably ambitious music video makes “Day by Day” one of the best rap pieces in recent memory.
Sistar – “Alone”
With a concept so bland and unappealing, you would rather watch grass grow.
Girls’ Generation – “Paparazzi”
Cringe-worthy outfits are just one of the many problems in this unbalanced and over-produced mess.
Girls’ Generation – “Flower Power”
You will not believe SNSD is capable of such low quality material unless you see it for yourself.
In case you missed my Best of K-pop 2011…