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Industry Experts Pick Top 10 K-Pop ‘Hidden Masterpiece’ Songs of 2022

Recently, three industry experts, Jo Yoon Kyung, Hwang Hyunand Kim Young Daelisted ten tracks from 2022 that are hidden masterpieces. Jo Yoon Kyung is a songwriter with whom he often collaborates SM Entertainment artists. Her earliest credits began with Boasecond album, No. 1. Hwang Hyun is a composer in a music production and publishing company single-tree who has worked with artists such as LONDON, Red velvet, golden child, NFB, Super Junior, and more. The last expert is Kim Young Daemusic critic and member of the Korean Music Awards.

Here are ten songs chosen by them!

1. “Hope To Be Like You” WOODZ

WOODZ | @woodz_dnwm/Instagram

WOODZalso known as Cho Seungyounrefreshed his solo career under a new pseudonym after promotion in an already disbanded group, X1and group UNIQwhich is currently suspended. The talented idol has various compositions, productions and credits in which he participated Mnet‘s Show me the money, Ugly Rapstar 3and Produce X 101where he ranked fifth overall.

WOODZ released his fourth EP in May this year, Colorful trauma. His song “Hope To Be Like You” was named the hidden masterpiece of the year.

2. “Beatbox” by NCT ​​DREAM

SEN NCT | @nct_dream/Instagram

Almost a year after the release of the first album entitled Hot sauce, NCT dream released their second full-length album Fault mode. The album was repackaged two months later with four additional new tracks including “Beatbox”.

“Beatbox” quickly caught fans’ attention with its catchy chorus and fun dance.

3. “Lucky Like That” by Girls’ Generation

Girls generation | @GirlsGeneration/Twitter

Generation of girls they reunited this year for their fifteenth anniversary, releasing not only a new song, but an entire album. The group promoted the title track “FOREVER 1” on music programs, organized a concert fan meeting and even joined SM Entertainment family for the annual concert, SMTOWN LIVE 2022.

Their new album evoked a sense of nostalgia, referring to their debut song “Into the New World” woven into the tune of “FOREVER 1”, and also gave the band members Muslin and Sooyoung opportunity to use your talents in songwriting and production.

Girls’ Generation’s new upbeat and light pop song “Lucky Like That” was voted the year’s hidden masterpiece.

4. “Lonely Boy (ring finger tattoo)” by TXT

TEXT | @AMAs/Twitter

text made a strong comeback with their fourth Korean-language mini-album, Mini-Episode 2: Thursday’s Childin May this year. The EP had no skips, with the members presenting a darker, more mature concept as “good boy(s) gone bad”.

Hueningkai and Yeonjun were credited as the lyricists of TXT’s song “Lonely Boy (The tattoo on my ring finger), which won industry experts acclaim for its hidden masterpiece.

5. “MVSK” by Kep1er

Kep1er | @official_kep1er/Twitter

Kep1er debuted in January this year, but has already caught the attention of industry experts. Their debut mini-album First strikecontained six songs, including the debut singles “WA DA DA” and “Mvsk”, which was hailed as a hidden masterpiece!

6. “Russian roulette” THE BOYZ


BOYZ released their third single, Maverickat the end of 2021. Their song “Russian Roulette” caught the attention of industry experts.

Lyrics about dark, deadly love, a catchy melody and an opportunity to shine with the voices of all members make this a song not to be missed.

7. “Show Must Go On” ONF

NFB | @wm_onoff/Instagram

NFBwho are currently serving in the military at who is Japanese also deserved the distinction of having a hidden masterpiece in 2022.

Before five of the six members joined, the group released their seventh mini-album Goosefleshand their second special album, ONF storage.

The song “Show Must Go On” was featured Gooseflesh and created a list of hidden masterpieces.

8. “Villain” by SHINee’s Key (featuring Jeno from NCT DREAM)

SHINee key | @SHINee/Twitter

After the successful release of his first solo album Face in 2018, SHINee‘s Key returned with equally successful releases, with a mini-album, Bad loveand the second album, Gas.

For his new track “Villain”, Key joined NCT DREAM only to bring the song to life. This modern, fashionable piece has become a hidden masterpiece.

9. “Circles” SEVENTEEN

SEVENteen | PLEDIS entertainment

SEVENTEEN released their fourth full-length album, Face in the sunin May this year. They repackaged the album as Sector 17 in July, which included their track “Circles”.

“Circles” inspired many fans with encouraging lyrics co-written by the band members Woozyabout overcoming life’s challenges. The stripped-down instrumental track allowed the band members to showcase their beautiful vocals, sparkling solos and come together in a powerful post-chorus.

The upbeat song was included in the list of 10 hidden masterpieces of 2022.

10. “Illusion” by aespa

aespa | @aespa_official/Twitter

Finally, espaThe song “Illusion” made the list! aespa released their highly anticipated second EP, Girlsin July this year. Their title track of the same name was a strong new single and fans also fell in love with their pre-release track “Illusion”.

The confident lyrics and choreography are loved by fans, and the song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised the electronic and futuristic hyperpop sound.

The best of the year


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