Top 20 – September week 2

Psy finally moves up to the top spot this week with "연예인" (Performer). This song debuted at No. 3 four weeks ago, but took a long time to move up to No. 1. Turtles’ "비행기" (Aeroplanes) falls back to No. 2, while Ha Dong Kyun and See Ya remain strong at No. 3 and 4 respectively. These four songs have occupied the top 4 spots for the last 4 weeks. Let’s see if there are new challengers next week.

There are 3 new songs this week. YB (Yoon Do Hyun Band) debuted at No. 12 with "오늘은" (Today). Last year, Yoon Do Hyun had the overall No. 1 song "사랑했나 봐" (Seems to fall in love) on our chart. That was his solo effort. This time he is re-united with his band members with their 7th album "Why Be".

Shinhwa’s "Throw My Fist" comes in at No. 13, one spot below YB. This is their follow-up song to "Once In A Lifetime". It’s too bad that they have already ended their album activity, so we may not see them performing this song on gayo shows.

The last new song is MC The Max’s "사랑을찾아서" (Searching For Love) at No. 18. It is from the project (single) album "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" Vol. 2. Lee Seung Chul’s "떠나지마" (Don’t Leave), which fell out of the top 20 this week, was from Vol. 1 of this series.

Song descriptions – We have now gathered the song descriptions of all 20 hits, thanks to our member Aquarius and also Arirang TV’s "Pops In Seoul".

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1. (+1) Psy – 연예인 (Performer) *** 1 WEEK NO. 1 ***
Genre: Pop / Hip-Hop
Album: Psy Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: 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: 910

2. (-1) Turtles – 비행기 (Aeroplanes)
Genre: Pop
Album: Turtles Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: 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: 889

3. (–) 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

Arirang TV: Featured on Ha Dong-kyun’s first album titled "Stand Alone," this ballad song’s poignant lyrics and sweet melody are in perfect harmony with Ha Dong-kyun’s powerful vocals. Its simple and refined arrangement nicely blends with Ha Dong-kyun’s unique vocals. His powerful musicality and husky vocals hidden behind his delicate look is quite amazing.
 Music: Park Soo Jong / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 885

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

Arirang TV: 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: 721

5. (+1) Girl Friends – May Be I Love You
Genre: Pop / Hip-hop
Album: Girl Friends Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Aquarius: Pretty ‘Girl Friends’ don’t look like they’re in their 30s, they said ‘Maybe I love you’ is their thanks to music fans who have supported them for the past 10 years. Their album is great, so it will come as no surprise if more songs of theirs enter our top 20. Their next single could be ‘Bite my lips’ (Track 04 – feat. Big Tone)
 Music: Lee Sang Baek / Lyrics: Park Hae Woon
Score: 627

6. (+5) 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

Arirang TV: 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: 603

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

Arirang TV: 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: 590

8. (+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

Arirang TV: 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: 541

9. (-1) Rumble Fish – I Go
Genre: Modern Rock
Album: Rumble Fish Digital Single – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: With the success of their 2nd album last year, Rumble Fish is back with a digital single "I Go", which continues their modern rock, upbeat style.
 Music + Lyrics: Ahn Sung Il
Score: 508

10. (-3) 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

Arirang TV: 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: 458
11. (+1) Ayumi – Cutie Honey
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: Cutie Honey (Digital Single) – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: 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: 457

12. (New) YB – 오늘은 (Today) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Rock
Album: Yoon Do Hyun Band Vol. 7 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Aquarius: One year passed since the hit ‘Seems to fall in love’ from Yoon’s solo album ‘Difference’ that topped all the Kpop-charts, we see Yoon Do Hyun back again to us with his band. ‘Today’ featured on their 2CDs called ‘Why Be?’ is Yoon Do Hyun’s style of orchestra rock. Their performance at the ‘1st Seoul Drama Awards’ was great too.

Score: 444

13. (New) Shinhwa – Throw My Fist
Genre: Dance
Album: Shinhwa Vol. 8 Track 9 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Aquarius: After being silent for times (no studio albums released), Shinhwa’s comeback really made a storm, we can see they’re still doing good at both album sales chart and top favorite listed songs. ‘Throw my first’ is included on their 8th album, chosen to be a 2nd single to promote despite ‘Coming to Japan’ Project is still available.

Score: 421

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

Arirang TV: 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: 408

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

Arirang TV: 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: 405

16. (+4) Lim Jung Hee – 흔적 (Trace)
Genre: Pop/ballad
Album: Lim Jung Hee Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Lim Jung-hee’s 2nd album titled "Thanks," this music video expresses the emotional state of a man going through separation. The scene captures him walking in the rain. It brings out Lim Jung-hee’s powerful musicality which nicely blends with the sad lyrics.
 Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 367

17. (-4) 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

Arirang TV: 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: 353

18. (New) MC The Max – 사랑을찾아서 (Searching For Love)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: Somewhere Over The Rainbow Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on digital omnibus album titled "Somewhere over the RAINBOW vol. 2," it is a bossa nova style music displaying somewhat different feel from the group’s previous songs. Its poignant lyrics are about a man separated with his lover still wandering around her, not having to forget her. This lyrics are in perfect harmony with member Lee-su’s vocals.
IPB Image
Score: 342

19. (-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

Arirang TV: 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: 329

20. (-3) Jang Hye Jin (featuring Garry) – 불꽃 (Sparks)
Genre: R&B ballad
Album: 불꽃 Digital Single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: 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: 313

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16. SG Wannabe (feat. Danny Ahn) – 사랑했어요 (I Love You)
18. Byul – 큐피트 (Cupid)
19. Lee Seung Chul – 떠나지마 (Don’t Leave)

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 2:

ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown – 20%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 Chart (1 week lag) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, MaxMP3, Muz, Bugs, MNet Internet Chart, Hanteo Top 50, Ohdio) – 15%
MTV Korea – Artist & Music Charts – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, MNet M!Countdown, MTV Top Choices, MTV Breakfast Club, Show! Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%