No matter how many TV shows or radio stations a group or an idol has participated, music charts decide their rank by their music and music only. Those TV shows and radios may affect music charts a bit since the charts are sometimes driven by popularity. However, it’s the ears of people mainly that decide who goes to the top and who doesn’t.
Being in the top of the music chart means that the group’s or an individual’s work has been approved and enjoyed widely by the public. Also, when someone tops the music chart, it is then TV broadcasts and radio stations send invitations to participate as their guests.
Knowing how fair and influential music chart is, now shall we take a look at Gaon Music chart for the 35th week of 2017?
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 WINNERcomes 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, SNSDcelebrated 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 Apinkwere 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, KARDmade 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”
AKMUsongs 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.
Red Velvet had topped the August big data chart for girl groups this year. The sweet fresh summer image Red Velvet brought this August was just beyond unique and impressive. It wasn’t only their song, but their fashion and their style which became a huge issue. Every clothes and accessory they wore on stage and on TV just made everyone search for them.