In recent generations of K-pop, many artists have begun to favor aggressive, hard-hitting beat drops and instrumentals to match the intensity and power of their dances. Although some listeners frown upon this style of music, calling it too “loud” or comparing it to “construction noise,” it is clear how well-loved this genre of music has become. Without further ado, here are some of the best K-pop songs that unapologetically embrace the title of noise music.
1. EVERGLOW – “DUN DUN”
Kicking us off is EVERGLOW’s “DUN DUN,” one of the group’s most audacious and successful singles to date.
2. KARD – “Bomb Bomb”
KARD is known for their discography of club-ready hits, and 2019’s “Bomb Bomb” is no different. It still makes for an infectiously energetic track that packs an undeniable punch.
3. ATEEZ – “Guerrilla”
In their latest title track, ATEEZ seems to have mustered up every ounce of power and attitude in their bodies, combining it all into the banger that is “Guerrilla.” . With “Guerrilla,” ATEEZ proves that their boisterous, wild energy remains unmatched.
4. aespa – “Savage”
Among all of aespa’s innovative, experimental tracks, Rapper and vocalist Karina takes this track to the next level with her dark tone and addictive vocal fry, which feel right at home in “Savage.”
5. GOT7 – “Hard Carry”
Can you believe it’s been six years since GOT7 blew our minds with “Hard Carry”? Its title suggests, it really does go hard.
6. CLC – “HELICOPTER”
While CLC is deeply missed, the third-generation girl group made sure to go out with a bang through the edgy trap and heavy EDM-infused “HELICOPTER” as their final single.
7. Stray Kids – “Thunderous”
“The Thunderous ones have arrived,” Stray Kids declares in this intense brush off to their haters. Its instrumental chorus is unlike any other, perfectly emulating the stomach-dropping feeling of going down a steep rollercoaster. Plus, what better way to end off this list than with the kings of noise music themselves?