8. “Twit” — Hwasa
Hwasa of Mamamoo made her debut as a solo artist early in the year with the trap-pop hit “Twit.” Her influence on the K-pop scene has been unparalleled since then. With powerful vocals and fierce raps, the sassy single was a monstrous debut from the youngest member.
7. “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)” — TXT
After a strong debut EP, the boys of TXT made an even bigger impression with their second project and magical new single. The cinematic music video for “Run Away” introduced a new universe for TXT and it’s only gotten more captivating.
6. “Wave” — ATEEZ
Only a year into their debut, K-pop group ATEEZ has already established themselves as one of the industry’s brightest new acts with their intense performance styles and unique sonic flair. They’ve built up a loyal fanbase as fans voted to decide the title track from their third EP — a strategy that is underutilized nowadays. “Wave” came out on top as the song was a breezy switch-up from their previous darker singles.
5. “Kill this Love” — Blackpink
The bombastic single “Kill This Love” from Blackpink was everywhere. With killer choreography and visuals, these girls were unstoppable and became the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella.