Kpopmap Charts: Top 9 Best Female Idol Songwriters
We’ve seen many male idols such as the likes of G-Dragon, Dean, JinYoung, Gray, and Zico who are not only idols but competent producer songwriters as well.
But what about female idols? Some people seem to forget that there are also amazing female idol songwriters that have influenced and shaped the K-Pop music scene just as much as their male counterparts. Here are our nine best picks.
We believe that IU is possibly the best female songwriter in K-Pop. She may write music mainly for herself, but that’s because the core of her artistry is defined by her songwriting. There is also clear evidence that she may potentially be the best when we consider the fact that she had the most #1 songs on Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100.
The ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ probably has more songs written than any other female idol songwriters under her belt. She currently has a total of 88 copyrighted songs, even beating IU who has a total of 40. Needless to say, she is a veteran writer within the industry and her experience is something that we can’t help but respect.
BoA’s music repertoire has quite a long history. She is also another veteran songwriter in the K-Pop music scene as well. During her peak, she managed to hold a record of having six consecutive #1 albums in Japan. She is also in some ways a pioneer when it comes to debuting overseas. During her golden years, it was actually quite difficult in comparison to now for K-Pop artists to gain recognition overseas. Although it wasn’t a major success, her U.S debut contributed to a wider road and more chance for K-Pop artists to have relevance overseas.
The EXID member has a songwriting catalog that actually comes directly second after Miryo. With 51 copyrighted songs, she has worked with Verbal Jint, HyunA, K.Will, and that’s just a small fraction of the list. She was the lyrical brains behind Troublemaker’s ‘Troublemaker’ and ‘Now’. She has also co-wrote Jewelry‘s ‘Look at Me’, Secret‘s ‘Talk That’, HyunA‘s ‘French Kiss’ and Boy’s Republic‘s ‘Round’.
Mamamoo‘s sweetheart Moonbyul isn’t just your typical idol who only performs and awes fans with a radiant smile. She has 25 copyrighted records she has co-written in her catalog and has worked with Kye BumZu. Her lyrical talent can be heard on the song ‘Secret Love’.
Another notable idol songwriter to the list is Kim Boa of SPICA. She has co-written fellow girl idol group KARA‘s song ‘Step’ and the majority of SPICA’s songs as well. Her talent enabled her to work with artists such as Eric Nam, After School, and Rainbow.
Park JinYoung should be proud. These girls are not only mesmerizingly beautiful but more importantly, they really possess talent. Their ‘Reboot’ album, was entirely by themselves. Putting that into consideration, it really breaks the stereotype of pop stars not writing their own music.
The iconic member of 2NE1 has made many contributions to her group’s songs. She has shown her lyrical talents by co-writing the group’s songs ‘Crush’, ‘If I Were You’, ‘MTBD’, ‘Scream’, and ‘Come Back Home’.
There is a stark contrast between the music Hyolyn enjoys writing and the ones that she performed during her time in the girl group SISTAR. While the girl group’s music is mainly uptempo dance music, she has confessed that she prefers writing more downtempo and experimental music. She has co written SISTAR’s ‘Crying’, ‘Sunshine’, and ‘Say I Love U’. She even worked with Far East Movement on their song ‘Umbrella’. It’s unfortunate however that she wasn’t able to receive proper support from Starship Entertainment. We really hope she continues to write songs and bless our ears with her talent.