Asian Junkie’s Best Of 2021

Hello and welcome everybody to Asian Junkie’s year-end content for 2021.

This post will serve as a clearinghouse for a year-long project where I basically listened to as many Korean releases as I could find, with the intention of finding the best the scene had to offer in 2021. While it was a lot of effort, the undertaking was also surprisingly fun and even rewarding, as you discover stuff you may have not bothered with otherwise and end up learning a lot about your preferences in the process.

Now obviously everybody has their own opinions, especially with something as subjective as music, which is cool. However, given that reality, I’d prefer if you all read this less with the mentality that the taste of one dumbass blogger must absolutely align with your own and more to simply discover new music or to gain new perspectives on releases. Of course, it’s also endorphin-tastic to revel in the fact that somebody else loved the same thing as you did or whatever, so naturally have fun with that as well.

Let’s go.

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Top 100 Korean Songs Of 2021

Top 10 Korean Albums Of 2021

Top 10 Korean Music Videos Of 2021

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Asking Myself Questions To Avoid Having To Answer Shit Later

What is the eligibility criteria?

Basically anything that was released in 2021 with some connection to the Korean music industry.

Why is all of this not ranked?

I understand that ranking shit is the best way to attract views and generate discussion regarding year-end content, everybody fucking loves rankings. However, I feel like this approach causes a lot of unnecessary mess that I no longer have the desire to deal with, especially since it’s just a distraction from the reason I do it to begin with. Also, I’m lazy.

Look, if I felt like rankings would foster good-faith discourse among readers, then I’d happily spend the time and effort, but let’s be honest, it mainly leads to people melting down over why so-and-so is #81 when their fave is #82 and it’s like obviously better or whatever garbage like that.

That said, it probably won’t be that hard to tell which songs I liked the best from the blurbs.

But are they in any particular order?

No.

The reason I choose to essentially randomize the lists is to avoid the potential of some parts being just from one or two artists, which I thought might be lame. Also, I figure it adds an element of tension for those who want that affirmation hit. Will your fave be on the list? Not yet, but maybe the last part, right? Stay tuned and find out!

Why so many posts?

Partially because having too many embeds on a single post causes major issues for people, but mainly because I feel like I deserve to milk the shit out of this for my effort, honestly. It is what it is.

Do you have bias?

Buddy, that’s the human condition.

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Asian Junkie’s Best Of 2021 Statistics

Gender

Male – 81
Female – 59
Coed – 10

Artists

ACOUSOLJAH – 1
ADOY – 1
Aespa – 2
AKMU – 4
ATEEZ – 2
BAEKHYUN (EXO) – 1
BDC – 1
B.I – 1
BIBI – 1
Brave Girls – 4
Cherry Bullet – 1
Chillin Homie – 1
CHOSNG – 1
CIX – 1
CL – 1
Colde – 1
DPR IAN – 5
DPR LIVE – 1
Dreamcatcher – 5
DreamNote – 1
E-CHAN (DKB) – 1
ENHYPEN – 1
Eric Nam – 1
EZUZ – 1
Fromis 9 – 2
(G)I-DLE – 1
GIRIBOY – 1
Golden Child – 3
HA:TFELT – 1
HOSHI (SEVENTEEN) – 2
IU – 5
Jackson Wang – 2
JEON SOMI – 1
JUNNY – 1
KANG DANIEL – 2
Kang Seung Yoon (WINNER) – 1
Keem Hyo Eun – 1
KEY (SHINee) – 1
KINGDOM – 1
Lee Mujin – 2
Lee Sun Hee – 1
Meaningful Stone – 1
Messgram – 1
MIRAE – 1
MOLDY – 1
MRSHLL – 1
NCT DREAM (NCT) – 1
NELL – 1
N.Flying – 1
NIve – 1
N.O.M – 1
OMEGA X – 1
ONEUS – 1
ONEWE – 2
ONF – 2
OnlyOneOf – 1
OurR – 2
Pink Fantasy – 1
PIXY – 1
PURPLE KISS – 3
Red Velvet – 1
Rocket Punch – 2
Rohann – 1
Sam Kim – 1
Seori – 2
SE SO NEON – 1
SEVENTEEN – 3
SHINee – 1
STAYC – 2
Stray Kids – 3
SUNMI – 2
Susan – 2
Sylarbomb – 1
Synsnake – 1
TAEMIN (SHINee) – 2
TEN (NCT) – 1
Tiger JK – 1
TK – 2
TXT – 6
TWICE – 4
Weeekly – 1
WJSN – 1
WJSN THE BLACK (WJSN) – 1
WONHO – 1
Woo!ah! – 1
WOODZ – 4
Woosung (The Rose) – 1
Yoon Mi Rae – 1
YOUHA – 1
Younha – 4
Yunho (TVXQ) – 1
YUQI ((G)I-DLE) – 1
Zior Park – 1

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