In the world of K-pop, title tracks get all the glory, but behind all the glitz and glam of hits like “Ko Ko Bop” and “Untitled, 2014” there are more than a couple hidden gems. Check out our favorite K-pop B-side tracks from 2017!
“The Eve” – EXO
“Ko Ko Bop” was the single that heralded EXO’s venture into reggae K-pop, but while we enjoyed the experiment, we can’t help but feel that B-side track, “The Eve,” is better in practically every way.
“Coming Home” – JJ Project
We’re loving this new, mature soft rock sound that JJ Project has opted for in their second album, but “Tomorrow, Today” isn’t the only gem in the tracklist. “Coming Home” is Jinyoung’s self-produced track, and with a soft groove and melancholy lyrics about finding one’s way back to his or her roots, it sets the tone for the rest of the album.
“Bulls–t” – G-Dragon
Fans were a bit divided when G-Dragon unveiled the slow, emotive “Untitled, 2014” as the title single for his latest comeback. The K-pop star, however, still delivered his signature hard-hitting hip-hop and rap sound with “Bulls–t,” one of the more powerful tracks on his newest album.
“Good Thing” – NCT 127
“Good Thing” is a lot simpler than “Limitless” in terms of production and concept, but the song’s addictive brass riff and vocal hook is all you need to enjoy this straightforward pop song.
“Cameo” – Lovelyz
Lovelyz has made a name for themselves by servicing the bubblegum-pop-craving side of the K-pop fandom. Their last release, “WoW!” gave us all the best of what this Woollim girl group had to offer, and “Cameo” is the perfect B-side track to follow it up with.