August is coming to a close, and it’s about that time again – time to buckle down and get back to school! However, it doesn’t have to be that much of a drag, does it?
For this week’s Kpopmap Charts, we decided to round up ten of our favorite songs from the summer to create a special back-to-school playlist for you. Check out which singles made it on our list, and make sure to give them all a listen. We guarantee these tracks will have you dancing straight up through midterm exams!
1. Wanna One – “Energetic”
Easily the most anticipated debut of the summer, “Produce 101” project group Wanna One started off their year-long activities with a bang that was quite, well, energetic. “Energetic” became August’s unofficial K-Pop anthem, making it #1 on our end-of-summer playlist.
2. EXO – “Ko Ko Bop”
Speaking of things that were heavily anticipated, everyone was looking forward to a comeback track from EXO. However, we don’t think anyone anticipated how much it was going to take off. Be honest – how many of you have done the #KoKoBopChallenge?
3. Red Velvet – “Red Flavor”
Leave it to Red Velvet to give you a song that will have you bouncing around straight through the summer. Did you know “Red Flavor” helped the girls break a very big record this summer? Most number one albums by a K-Pop girl group. Get it, girls!
4. WINNER – “Love Me Love Me”
Every time WINNER comes back after a long break, it’s always incredibly exciting, and while we were sure that their previous bop “Really Really” would be a tough act to follow, the boys absolutely nailed it with this upbeat summer vibe track “Love Me Love Me.”
5. SNSD – “Holiday”
This summer, SNSD celebrated ten whole years since their debut with a brand new album. Their title track “Holiday” totally captured the celebratory mood of the milestone and showed the girls laughing and dancing around in a way that shows just how close the girls have gotten!
6. Apink – “Five”
This summer, the ladies of Apink were back to steal our hearts with “Five,” the title track their chart-topping “Pink UP” album. We’re big fans of this music video’s pastel-heavy ‘garden party’ concept. It’s not too late to go on one last summer picnic, is it?
7. GFRIEND – “Love Whisper”
Speaking of music videos that make us want to go outside, GFRIEND‘s “Love Whisper” was a lovely comeback track that showed a whole different color to one of our favorite girl groups. We still can’t tell if that water dancing scene was deliberate or a spontaneous move made on a hot day shooting outside!
8. KARD – “Hola Hola”
This summer, KARD made the debut we feel like we’ve been waiting an absolute eternity for – and they definitely delivered! Their debut track “Hola Hola” undoubtedly set this summer’s mood, be it the track, the fashion, or this video’s stunning locations.
9. AKMU – “Dinosaur”
AKMU songs always seem to put a smile on our faces, and the unusual concept for their latest single “Dinosaur” was so cute that we kind of wish it was a full-length movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, all you need to know is the Loch Ness monster has apparently been vacationing in Korea this whole time.
10. BLACKPINK – “As If It’s Your Last”
In a move that may have been intentional, our very last track on the summer playlist is BLACKPINK‘s “As If It’s Your Last.” This time around, the ladies proved they’re no rookie group any longer – both breaking records and breaking into the Japanese market with this fun dance single.