With 2012 coming an end, JpopAsia's staff has looked back through the past year for the best music Asia had to offer. Check out what everyone's favorite tracks have been and give the songs a listen. Who knows, you may discover a hidden gem before the year is up!
Keia: You know, I never really listened to this band, but this song caught my attention and in the end I think it's the song I listened to the most this year. For me, it creates a peaceful atmosphere and I calm down a lot while listening to it. I also think the PV tells a really nice story.
NaNaShinobi: What can I say about this awesome song? It has wonderful lyrics, a wonderful video, wonderful music, wonderful everything! G-Dragon and T.O.P composed the lyrics, creating a romantic ballad that doubles as their way of telling the media they aren't monsters despite the group's scandals.
Bluesweater: Brave Girls' second mini album, "Re-Issue", was released in February with the track "Nowadays You" as the lead track. Wrapped in masculine concept and smooth choreography, this catchy song has been one of my favorite songs of the year!
Aysohmay: EXO-K began their career as one of the most annoying groups in K-pop history, inundating people with way too many teasers for their own good; however, things immediately changed when they released their first music video for "What Is Love", becoming a breath of fresh air with their soulful song about love. Only a handful of ballads have been able to convey as emotion as this song did.
Honorable Mentions: "Torn Heart" by Ivy and "Rakuen" by Miliyah Kato
sergel02: The up-tempo beat is juxtaposed with poignant lyrics of needing to say goodbye. The bittersweet feeling of the song is one of the best points. It makes you want to dance and sing a long, but doesn't neglect or hinder the importance of the lyrics. Overall, the song is a great balance of catchy beats, melodic sounds, harmonies, and nice singing with a painful but inspiring message.
CharlesDefon: Jasmine has the impressive capability of coupling an immensely powerful voice with passionate emotion, resulting in a deeply moving piece. This talent is displayed once again in Jasmine's "Best Partner". The song's meaningful lyrics detail an intense bond between two individuals who will always be able to count on each other for support. The instrumental sets the tone of the piece, utilizing the sounds of an orchestra combined with an energetic beat to effortlessly fluctuate between uplifting encouragement and a slightly solemn undertone. The music video compliments the song's attributes, bringing together simplicity and an artistic style to enhance the experience without detracting from the song itself.
silverlining: Rainie Yang had one of the most emotionally evocative songs and music videos to come out of Taiwan this year. The simple melody paired with the deep pain and longing to just be happy created one of the most powerful ballads this year.
elenko94: "The Grasshopper Song" is my favorite song this year due to its catchy lyrics and beautiful music. With this song, Sunny Hill has once again reinvented themselves and released something not quite like anything else on the K-pop market.
What were your favorite songs of 2012? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to vote for your favorites in the JpopAsia Music Awards nomination round!
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