Top 20 – September week 1

Turtles hold on to the top spot for the third straight week with "비행기" (Aeroplanes). Psy is closing in at #2 with "연예인" (Performer). Let see if Psy can overtake Turtles for No. 1 next week.

Quite a boring week as there are no new songs entering the chart. The two "new" songs are all re-entries. Lim Jung Hee, who recently announced that she will launch her career in the US, came back at No. 20 with "흔적" (Trace). Jang Hye Jin also came back at No. 17 with "불꽃" (Sparks) after a one-week hiatus. Expect bigger changes next week with a lot of new songs entering the chart.

A new feature starting this week – I am gathering song descriptions of our top 20 hits, extracted from "Pops In Seoul". I hope our readers will have a better understanding of these songs and be more interested. smile.gif Keep in mind that not all 20 songs will have descriptions available.

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1. (–) Turtles – 비행기 (Aeroplanes) *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Genre: Pop
Album: Turtles Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on Turtles’ 4th album titled "Buy Turtles!", it’s a refreshing Turtles-style dance track blending the cute melody with the exotic sound of Hawaiian baby guitars. This song brings back the childhood memories to people who are tired of their everyday lives. Its addictive rhythm adds an exquisite fascination to the music.
 Music + Lyrics: Lim Sung Hoon (Turtleman)
Score: 937

2. (+1) Psy – 연예인 (Performer)
Genre: Pop / Hip-Hop
Album: Psy Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on Psy’s 4th album titled "Ssajip," its lyrics are very much like the one from Psy’s hit song "Utopia" with exciting and refreshing rhythm. In this song, he sings about being an entertainer to a woman he loves. Psy plays a double role of a genuine man and a comical angel through this music video.
 Music: Psy / Lyrics: Yoon Gun Hyung
Score: 887

3. (-1) Ha Dong Kyun – 그녀를사랑해줘요 (Please Love Her)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Ha Dong Kyun Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
 Music: Park Soo Jong / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 868

4. (–) See Ya – 미친 사랑의 노래 (Crazy Love Song)
Genre: R&B ballad
Album: KBS Drama "Invisible Man Choi Jang Soo" OST Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

This is the theme song of the drama "Invisible Man, Choi Jang-soo", which stars Chae Si-ra and Yoo Oh-sung. Also featured on the O.S.T of the drama, the song’s sad lyrics and medium tempo with bright melody give ironic color to the song. The music video is a sequel to the song "Slippers" from the group’s first album.
 Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 716

5. (–) Superjunior – Dancing Out
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: 06 SM SummerTown Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on SM TOWN’s summer album titled "06 SUMMER SMTOWN," this song blends rock’n roll and dance beat. It brings out the perfect harmony between the guitar and keyboard play. The members’ vocals, rap, and repetitive melody add excitement to the song.

Score: 631

6. (+6) Girl Friends – May Be I Love You
Genre: Pop / Hip-hop
Album: Girl Friends Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
 Music: Lee Sang Baek / Lyrics: Park Hae Woon
Score: 624

7. (–) Kim Jong Kook – 사랑한다는말 (Words of Loving You)
Genre: Mid-tempo ballad
Album: Kim Jong Kook Vol. 4 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on Kim Jong-kook’s 4th album titled "Fourth Letter," it’s a refreshing medium tempo song where its lyrics and melody add poignancy to the song. Yoon Eun-hye, who is a close friend of Kim Jong-kook, displayed a great act in the music video. Kim hasn’t been in the limelight for some time due to his military service, but you can catch a glimpse of his back in the video.
 Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Yoon SaRa
Score: 608

8. (-2) Rumble Fish – I Go
Genre: Modern Rock
Album: Rumble Fish Digital Single – Listen here for 1 minute sample
 Music + Lyrics: Ahn Sung Il
Score: 607

9. (-1) Lee Ji Hye – Love Me Love Me
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: Lee Ji Hye special single # + 1 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on Lee Ji-hye’s special single album titled "#+1," it is written by the S#arp’s hit maker Park Hae-un. Its modern rock beat and jazz style guitar melody are in perfect harmony with the lyrics.
 Music: Park Hae Woon / Lyrics: Kim Young Ah
Score: 537

10. (+4) Buzz – My Love
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: Buzz Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on Buzz’s 3rd album titled "Perfect," it’s a story about two lovers waiting for separation. Its moderate piano and string play add to the song’s poignant feel. The lyrics are connected from the song "My Darling," which is included in the group’s third album. Continuing the titled song "You Don’t Know Guys," Buzz’s guitarist Sohn Sung-hee put on a great act in this music video.
 Music: Lee Sang Joon / Lyrics: Lee Jae Kyung
Score: 513

11. (+7) Seo Young Eun – 좋아좋아 (I Like It) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Seo Young Eun Remake – Romantic 2 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on Seo Young Eun’s 2nd remake album titled "Romantic 2," this album includes the remake hits from the 70s to 80s. It makes the older generation reminiscent of old times, while introducing the new music to the younger generation. This title song is a remake version of The Weather Forecast’s song "I like it."
 Music + Lyrics: Na Deur
Score: 466

12. (+1) Ayumi – Cutie Honey
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: Cutie Honey (Digital Single) – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on Ayumi’s digital single album titled "Cutie Honey," this is the song which Ayumi adopted from the Japanese singer Koda Kumi’s remake hit from the O.S.T of the Go Nagai’s animation. Its unique lyrics and trot-style melody are in perfect harmony. It’s an exciting track with 8-beat European rhythm and strong tempo.
 Original song: Japanese version of "Cutie Honey" / Lyrics: Ayumi
Score: 456

13. (+3) Jung Jae Wook – 들리나요 (Can you hear?)
Genre: Mid-tempo ballad
Album: Jung Jae Wook Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on Jung Jae Wook’s 4th album, it was written in pop style of the 80s. The song displays grand sound of the string and wind instruments. It is a medium tempo song with exciting rhythm delivering sad and poignant lyrics. Jung Jae-wook’s shouting vocalism gives rock elements to the song.
 Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 433

14. (-5) Cho PD & Brown Eyed Girls – Hold The Line
Genre: Pop / Hip Hop
Album: Hold The Line (single) Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on composer Yoon Il-sang’s single project album titled "Hold the Line," it’s a refreshing fast beat song bringing out composer Yoon Il-sang’s popular melody and Cho PD’s unique style of rap. Brown Eyed Girls’ vocalism is in exquisite harmony with Cho PD’s rap.
IPB Image Music: Yoon Il Sang / Lyrics: Cho PD
Score: 425

15. (-5) TRAX – 초우 (Cold Rain)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: TRAX Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on TRAX’s first album titled "Cold Rain," this song expresses loneliness and sorrow of a person left alone. The music video is produced in music drama style on the theme of love, friendship, and betrayal. Members of the TRAX and Chun Sang Ji Hee’s Lina played the main roles in the music video.
 Music + Lyrics: Kenzie
Score: 411

16. (-5) SG Wannabe (feat. Danny Ahn) – 사랑했어요 (I Love You)
Genre: R&B/mid-tempo ballad
Album: SG Wannabe Vol. 3 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
 Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 409

17. (Re-entry) Jang Hye Jin (featuring Garry) – 불꽃 (Sparks)
Genre: R&B ballad
Album: 불꽃 Digital Single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on Jang Hye-jin’s digital single album titled "Sparks," it is Jang Hye-jin’s new attempt at hip-hop music. The song "Flame" displays poignant melody along with Jang Hye-jin’s abundant emotion and deeply appealing vocals. Garry from the hip-hop group Leessang has participated in the rap-making and featuring.
IPB Image Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 360

18. (-3) Byul – 큐피트 (Cupid)
Genre: Pop
Album: Byul Vol. 3 Track 6 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
 Music: Kwon Tae Eun / Lyrics: Byul
Score: 357

19. (–) Lee Seung Chul – 떠나지마 (Don’t Leave)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Somewhere Over The Rainbow Vol. 1 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Featured on a single album titled “Somewhere Over The RAINBOW Vol. 1.” This is a poignant ballad song promising the everlasting love to a lover, telling her not to leave. It is included in an omnibus style single album put together by Lee Seung Chul, Shin-ji and Paran.
 Music: Lee Kyung / Lyrics: Song Jae Woo
Score: 346

20. (Re-entry) Lim Jung Hee – 흔적 (Trace)
Genre: Pop/ballad
Album: Lim Jung Hee Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
 Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 345

All song descriptions credits to "Pops In Seoul" and Arirang TV

Dropped out from last week: sad.gif

17. Loveholic – 그대만 있다면 (Just With You)
20. Shinhwa – Once In A Lifetime

Sources of the top 20

The sources of this top 20 chart is pretty much the same but the weight assigned to each source may be different each week because some charts do not update weekly (e.g. MNet M!Countdown) and I assign fewer percentage when it happens. From now on, I’ll list my chart sources each week. For September week 1:

ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown + MNet Gayo Chart – 20%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 Chart (1 week lag) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, MaxMP3, Dosirak, Muz, Bugs) – 15%
MTV Korea – Artist & Music Charts – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MBC Kim Dong Ryul For You, SBS Music Wave, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, MTV Top Choices, MTV After Hour, Show! Music Tank) – 5%