I have been into K-pop for over 6 years? (Maybe more), since my primary school days. I will never forget the hit songs like ‘Gee’ and ‘Nobody’ has brought to my childhood. I still remember binge-watching SNSD music videos all the time in 5th Grade.
However, sometimes I get bored of listening to the generic K-pop music. They are all catchy, has a good beat and always have the same lyrics. K-pop is more of the kind of music which you stop listening after a month.
Therefore, there are so much more in Korean Music that is yet to discover!! The R&B music there is amazing! And here are just a few recommendations to start your exploration in k-music!! 🙂
I think most of you guys will know this guy. Because he’s one of the most famous R&B artists in Korea and internationally. With his hit track ‘Yanghwa Bridge’, his career was high ever since. Each track he releases tops the charts and are quality! They are soo nice to listen to and his voice is mesmerising.
He is known for his infamous sunglasses wherever he goes and performs. His songs aren’t catchy at your first listen, but give it time, it will grow on you!
Here are some of my favourite songs from him!
Yanghwa Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLUvHUzd4UA
No Makeup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqcte1r3aiQ
*Basically all his most famous songs heehee but his album ‘Eat!’ is very good and all the songs are soo good!*
Who is this cutie pie!? (hahah fangirl mode on!) Yes, this is my favourite R&B artist in K-music, he’s called Crush. He’s only 24 and debuted at 20.
He has an amazing voice and his songs are all self-composed (pure talent!). He’s friends with Zion T. and they were shipped together for a long time (because they were in the same company) but ever since Zion T moved to YG ent., they became distant 😥
(Hence the song ‘Empty’ by Zion T)
I really enjoyed his album ‘Crush On You’, his most recent album ‘Interlude’ was great as well!
Here are some of his best songs:
Whatever You Do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efvicp2UysY
Sometimes (Baek Yerin Cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtJTcnyGZ04
3) Eddy Kim
Here is an artist who is more on the acoustic side of R&B. Eddy is known for his appearance in the survival show ‘Superstar K4’ as one of the finalists.
He is know for his delicate sweet voice and his guitar skills. All his songs are self-written and are the perfect songs to listen to when you’re chilling or reading a book. It’s just so relaxing.
I often find myself listening to him in the dark before I go to sleep, like a lullaby (hahha)
Some of my favourite songs from him:
The Manual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4mH2KvzUQ0
Slow Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIG5BPyjDlw
My Lips like warm coffee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjWMQyZXm20
Coffee and Tea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3owhJfYZXGQ
4) Sam Kim
This is a rookie artist and just debuted this year . Sam Kim was originally from Seattle in USA and came over to Korea to participate in the survival show ‘K-pop Star 3’, and he finished second!
He’s only 19 and has a lot of talent. He is known for his extensive guitar skills and his soft voice. On stage, he has a lot of charisma. (fan girl alert for those dimples!)
Due to the reason that he has just debuted, not a lot of people has heard his music and I would say he’s underrated for his talent. Therefore, please give him a listen!!
Some of his best songs:
No Sense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TnK6iitTYg
Since he doesn’t have that many songs out yet, here are some covers he did 🙂
That xx (G-Dragon): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDV8p5wwguI
Englishman in New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR-_41ntgK0
5) Lee Jin Ah
Last but not least, our only female R&B artist in the list! (Shows that I’ve such a soft heart for boys ahha)
I wouldn’t say that Lee Jin Ah’s is proper R&B but she is definitely contemporary R&B artist, with acoustic elements as well.
She also participated in ‘K-pop Star 4’ and finished third!
She is known for her high-pitched and cute voice. Her voice is very distinct but at the same time very soothing. Her piano skills are also no joke!
*She also just debuted this year, so doesn’t have that much original songs*
Here are some recommendations:
Time Please Slow Down (Keyboard version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c84p7Gm2uSA
I’m Full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB57Dss5XG4
I love you song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haOgUkBHxz8
Sing the Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4diiYCvptJw
I don’t know if some of these artists are truly R&B style but still, I find them very relaxing to listen to.
Hope this was useful! Follow for more music recommendations!!
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