Top Korean Songs

Do you want to expand your iPod playlist to include top Korean songs? Well here is a list of songs that you may find interesting for your purpose.
South Korean music, is to a large extent, inspired by western music, thanks to the influence exerted by the large forces that the US and allies had in the country. K-pop, especially trot, are forms of music that are popular not only in South Korea but also throughout Asia. The list is incomplete without songs by K-pop performers. While songs composed using indigenous instruments are still enjoyed by a large group, popular music is more westernized.

Most Popular Korean Songs of All Time

The list is a combination of the best Korean songs that have been rated as popular and favorites by listeners of Korean music. It is difficult to list the top songs because of the varied genres of music popular in the country.
  • 8282 - Davichi
  • A Good Person - Park Hyo Shin
  • A Time of Love - M.C. the Max
  • A.Mi.Go - Shinee
  • Abracadabra - Brown Eyed Girls
  • Ah - After School
  • Always - Big Bang
  • Angel - Shinhwa
  • Anything - Shinhwa
  • Are you Crazy - Son Dam Bi (Ft. Eric)
  • Because I'm a Girl - K.I.S.S.
  • But I Love You - Rain
  • Come to Me - Clazziquai Project
  • Cooking? Cooking! - Super Junior Happy
  • Don't you Know - Shin Hye Sung
  • Endless Moment - Super Junior
  • Fan - Epik High
  • Fire - 2NE1
  • Flip Reverse - Jang Woo Hyuk
  • Forest of Phantasm - Kinetic Flow featuring Yiruma
  • Gee - SNSD/ Girls Generation
  • Good Life - Drunken Tiger
  • Heartbreaker - G-Dragon
  • Heffy End - Seo Taiji
  • Honey - KARA
  • Holding Back the Tears - Tong Vfang Xien Qi
  • How Do I Say - Shinhwa
  • I Do - Rain
  • I like You - U-Kiss
  • I Love You Cheol Su - Lee Jung Hyun
  • In Dreams - Lena Park
  • Insomnia - Wheesung
  • Last Farewell - Big Bang
  • It's Okay - Hwayobi (FT. Untouchable)
  • Losing the Mind - Nell
  • Love 119 - K Will (Ft. MC Mong)
  • Love Club - Big Bang
  • Love like This - SS501
  • Love Rain - Kim Tae-Woo
  • Maria - Kim Ah Joong
  • Marry U - Super Junior
  • Lover - Shin Hye Sung and Jang Nara
  • Mia - Lee Ji Eun/IU
  • Miracle - Super Junior
  • Mirotic - Tong Vfang Xien Qi
  • Moon - Lena Park
  • My Girl - Taegoon
  • My Name - BoA
  • Nan - Rain
  • Neorago (It's You) - Super Junior
  • Not Even a Call - Wax
  • O' Jung.Ban.Hap. - Tong Vfang Xien Qi
  • Oh My Friend - Big Bang
  • Ocean Blue - Shin Hye Sung and Lee Minwoo
  • One - Epik High
  • Oopsy - Shim Eun-Jin
  • Overclass - Verbal Jint
  • One More Time, OK? - Cheon Sang Ji Hee
  • Real Lips - Sori
  • Replay - Shinee
  • Requiem - ISU & JinYi
  • Restriction - Fly to the Sky
  • Rising Sun - Tong Vfang Xien Qi
  • Rocinante - Panic
  • Rokkugo - Super Junior T
  • Shine - Tong Vfang Xien Qi
  • Shock - Beast
  • Snow Flower - Park Hyo Shin
  • Sorry Sorry - Super Junior
  • Standing There - Park Hyo-Shin
  • Survivable - Brand New Day
  • Talk to Me - U-Kiss
  • Tell me - Wonder Girls
  • Thank You - Nell
  • The Goddess's Tree - Cherry Filter
  • Tell me Your Wish - SNSD/Girls Generation
  • The Road - g.o.d.
  • The Lee Ssang Blues - Lee Ssang featuring Jung-In
  • This Love - Big Bang
  • U R Man - SS501
  • Wanna - Kara
  • White Dove - Lee Seung-Chul
  • Words I Can't Express - Wheesung
  • You Made an Impression - Sung Si Kyung

Traditionally, Korean music was one of two styles, either based on folk music or a genre of music that is popularly known as court music. Court music refers to the music that originated under the regime of Joseon dynasty and was influenced by the court music of China and Japan. Of course, the music in Korea today has come a long way from the music of ancient Korea. This change of tastes in music is also reflected in the Korean songs which are popular in South Korea. In North Korea, the music scene was largely eliminated after the Japanese invasion. Today, music is controlled by the government and is mainly released in the form of propaganda, influenced by Russian and Chinese music. In fact, the laws are so strict that listening to music from South Korea or rock music can be considered a crime. This is one of the prime reasons why this list of popular Korean songs comprises songs from South Korea and have such a wide influence of western pop music.
Last Updated: August 23, 2011
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