Sugar Baby’s 2021 KPOP Mid-Year Draft Picks

In all honesty, this year has kinda been serving? Maybe it’s because we’ve been getting some reunions from 2nd gen as well as a more explorative sound with 3rd gen? Idk but I have found that it has been hitting and for that we had to stan! If this momentum keeps up then a few of these may not show up at the year end list. Yes this is a month late but I was on a break leave me alone and be grateful.

Note: For the purposes of my list, I will be identifying the first song released with the album (not pre-releases) as the title track and additional songs are bsides.


Top Ten Title Tracks

10. Next Level – Aespa

You have to be of a certain caliber to truly understand and vibe with this song. If you get it, you get it. If you don’t, then sorry to you.

9. Lilac – IU

This is IU’s world and we are just living in it. I can’t tell you how soothing IU’s voice is to me. Just perfection tbh. Jieun, you are THAT woman.

8. ONEUS – Black Mirror

Wow, Oneus making the list two years in a row? That’s peculiar….

7. Kang Daniel – Paranoia

It’s the way I finally see the worth in Mr. Kang Daniel.. He really ate this shit up so much. Congrats on making the list.

6. Brave Girls – Chi Mat Ba Ram

I remember calling Brave Girls one hit wonders, but they shut me right up when they released this song. SONG OF THE MOTHERFUCKING SUMMER.

5. ENHYPEN – Drunk-Dazed

Maybe this is why BTS isn’t making good music? Their hoobaes are taking all the good ones? Idk. All I know is this song puts me in the mood to have a GREAT time.

“Honestly I’m scared my reflection in the mirror is unfamiliar. The pitiful truth behind this mask, but I never escape.”

4. Weeekly – After School

Here is my hot take on Weeekly…. This is so much better than Tag Me, idc. The way this just elevates my energy all the time and just gets better with every listen? Yeah…..

“We’re on our skateboards, stamping our feet like we’re dancing.”

3. EVERGLOW – FIRST

Everglow are queens and they don’t ever miss. Hit after hit after hit. Imagine having such a flawless run of singles, I know some people are sick to their stomach.

“Your past is making you scared, but know your power. For the final time, be first.”

2. TXT (ft. Seori) – 0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)

Idk what to tell y’all… I really didn’t see this coming… I am in shock. I guess TXT kinda did that. I can’t explain it, but I think they put crack in this album.

“My life before you was a mess couldn’t win one round of this chess.

1. Golden Child – Burn It

I can’t explain it, but Golden Child has been SERVING me this year. Don’t ask me the name of any member though, I can guarantee that I don’t even know how many members are in this group. LMFAO.

“We’re in the fire then you’ll be fine. I’ll burn up all your sadness so it won’t come any closer to you”

Top Ten B-Sides

10. SHINee – Heart Attack

SHINee knew why they promoted this alongside the title track and it’s because it is superior. Argue with your momma.

9. CIX – Young

I know they have a particular sound for their title tracks which I enjoy, but I think this would be great style to try for a title release. This song is so addictive to me.

8. Wonho (ft. Kiiara) – Ain’t About You

I just know Wonho caused that whole controversy so he could leave the contract with no problems. I see right through your sexy ass! Ugh he’s just server up food constantly and I am eating it.

7. TWICE – Scandal

Can you believe that Twice had THIS on their EP but gave us Alcohol Free instead? Okay weirdos. Literally every song on the mini is better than the title track they chose. Maybe Dahyun was in her bag for this one.

6. ONF – The Realist

They did what they had to do with this song and this album. I am sick because men are getting way too many rights this year. Disgusting.

5. TXT – Anti-Romantic

I told y’all there is crack in this album.. Did this get stuck in my head like grits because of TikTok? Maybe.. Do I care? Absolutely not. Hahaha.

“Sorry I’m an anti-romantic. I don’t trust it anymore, romantic. That my heart will all burn away and only black soot will be left. I’m afraid.”

4. EVERGLOW – DON’T ASK DON’T TELL

As I have stated not once, not twice, but more times than is necessary. EVERGLOW is a group that does not miss. I am so excited to get a FULL album with more than four songs from them. I just know they will devour.

“Yesterday’s painful memories, I want it gone with a trace, baby. Enjoy it to the fullest as if this is the last night..”

3. Purple Kiss – Hello

We know that RBW is good for vocalists and boy this song shows off the powerhouse tone of their main vocalists. Swan’s voice is literally everything! There is no other KPOP girl that is sounding like her. I am so proud of them and I really can’t wait to see more of them.

“This place without you is a million miles away. The only light in my dark heart.”

2. OH MY GIRL – My doll

I suppose OMG will always make my list one way or the other huh? Why is this just so good? The way their voices compliment each other.. Like I said when I review the album, it feels like a counterpart to Closer.

“One day I cried getting my pillow wet with tears falling down my cheeks. My doll whispered, ” don’t cry”. I forgot, I’m sorry.”

1. YUQI – Bonnie & Clyde

OHMYGOD. THE WAY YUQI JUST GIVES ME EVERYTHING? Y’all know she is my bias in Gidle because I love her vocal tone so much and to have two songs that were just entirely her voice was everything I ever wanted and needed.

“We don’t need money to feel good. ‘Cause you’re the ride or die the rest of my life. Don’t need a party to feel high.. We’re like the modern version Bonnie & Clyde.”

Guaranteed Spot in my ‘End of Year List’ aka Favorite release to date

ONF – Beautiful Beautiful

For the first time since I started doing this, a boy group song has stolen the number one guaranteed finalist spot in my ranking. I suppose 2021 is the year I put down my feminist card and encourage men. Congrats!

Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam
Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam
Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam
Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam

With just 0.1 seconds of my breath, you can feel my deep truth
You and I are in the big universe that is expanding even now
In this deep universe

So I’m not gonna try to force myself
Into a frame that others have made
Let me set up my courage to receive hate
Pain helps me grow even more
So again today, I’m blessing myself for doing a good job

I’m beautiful, sing it, yeah yeah yeah
All of my shouts in my life will soon be art art art
I’m wonderful, feel it, la la la la
We’ll blossom so big for all to see as we sing

Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam
Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam
Beautiful
Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam
Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam

Set me free, throw it all away
Let me be, just as I am
I awake, no one can control me
I’m my own master, my own master

What I wanna become isn’t number one
But the only one
Each day is fierce, it isn’t getting stronger
It’s getting stranger
Yeah, I shine more than anyone else
I get excited seeing myself like this
That’s me, this me, listen
I’m raising a glass for myself

I’m beautiful, sing it, yeah yeah yeah
All of my shouts in my life will soon be art art art
I’m wonderful, feel it, la la la la
We’ll blossom so big for all to see as we sing

Everyone has a Milky Way in their hearts oh oh
When you overcome the darkness, you can shed tears
Oh
So you can become a bright star

Beautiful, sing it, yeah yeah yeah
All the things we do together become art art art
I’m wonderful, feel it, la la la la
We’ll blossom so big for all to see as we sing

Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam
Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam
Beautiful
We are alive and dreaming
The beautiful us, we are here
Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Bbambbabambbabam bbam
Brrram bbabam bbabam bbambbam
Beautiful


Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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