Around The Web: 2021 K-Pop (And J-Pop) Year-End Lists

Did you think you were free from year-end content just cause I was done? Of course not, because everybody loves lists and shit, man.

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Worldwide Lists

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums

#46 – TXT – ‘The Chaos Chapter: Fight Or Escape’

NME: 50 Best Albums

#38 – TXT – ‘The Chaos Chapter: Freeze’

New York Times: Jon Caramanica’s 20 Best Albums

Honorable Mention – Aespa – ‘Savage’

Honorable Mention – NCT 127 – ‘Sticker’

BPM: 50 Best Albums

#22 – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – ‘Candy Racer’

#48 – TWICE – ‘Formula Of Love’

Billboard: 100 Best Songs

#40 – BTS – “Butter”

#89 – TWICE – “Alcohol-Free”

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Songs

#16 – BTS – “Butter”

#40 – Epik High (Feat. CL & Zico) – “Rosario”

#50 – TWICE – “The Feels”

NPR: 100 Best Songs

#84 – STAYC – “Stereotype”

NME: 50 Best Songs

#10 – BTS – “Butter”

#45 – Aespa – “Next Level”

Los Angeles Times: 100 Best Songs

#47 – NCT U – “OK!”

Honorable Mention – BTS – “Butter”

Esquire: 30 Best Songs

BTS – “Butter”

K-Pop Lists

The Bias List: 50 Best K-Pop Songs, 40 Best Album Tracks, 5 Best K-Pop , 5 Best K-Pop Albums, 10 Best K-Pop Artists, 10 Best K-Pop Rookies, 10 Best K-Pop Producers, 10 Best K-Pop Music Videos, 10 Best K-Pop Choreographies

Seoulbeats: 3 Best K-Pop Albums, 3 Best K-Pop Minis, Top 5 K-Pop Music Videos, 5 Best K-Pop Choreographies, 5 Best K-Pop Comebacks, 5 Best K-Pop Rookies, 5 Best Indie Artists

Time: 10 Best K-Pop Albums & 10 Best K-Pop Songs

Harper’s Bazaar: 15 Best K-Pop Albums

Nylon: 10 Best K-Pop Albums

SCMP: 25 Best K-Pop Albums

IZM: 10 Best K-Pop Albums

Idology: 10 Best K-Pop Albums

KPOPALYPSE: 30 Best K-Pop Songs

KPOPALYPSE: 30 Worst K-Pop Songs

Billboard: 25 Best K-Pop Songs

DAZED: 40 Best K-Pop Songs

NME: 25 Best K-Pop Songs

Marie Claire: 20 Best K-Pop Songs

Teen Vogue: 54 Best K-Pop Songs

The Ringer: 10 Best K-Pop Songs

SCMP: 20 Best K-Pop Songs

Pop Wrapped: 21 Best K-Pop Songs

Paper: 40 Best K-Pop Songs

IZM: 10 Best K-Pop Songs

Idology: 10 Best K-Pop Songs

Teen Vogue: 21 Best K-Pop Music Videos

Rolling Stone India: 21 Best K-Pop Music Videos

J-Pop Lists

Make Believe Melodies (1/2/3/4): 100 Best Japanese Albums

This Side Of Japan: 100 Best Japanese Songs

The Bias List (1/2/3): 50 Best J-Pop Songs

This Side Of Japan: 100 Best J-Pop Songs

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Difference of opinion with something as subjective as music is inevitable, but regardless, I value lists that put in the effort. They’re useful to find stuff I may have overlooked, or even just to gauge what people liked. The part about effort is key, and it’s always funny to me when publications do stuff like have 95 obscure indie artists and then just throw in 5 of the most mainstream songs from the most popular groups from Korea or Japan or whatever. I’m not saying it’s for sure lazy or disingenuous, but it feels that way.

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