Top 20 – October week 1

Big changes this week after three songs had dominated this chart for almost two months. Lee Seung Ki’s remake version of "제발" (Please) made a big leap from No. 13 to No. 1 this week. It’s the biggest jump to No. 1 ever on this chart. The song scored 951 points this week, also one of the highest scores for No. 1 songs this year. Lee came close to hitting No. 1 earlier this year with the song " 하기힘든말" (Words hard to tell). This is his first No. 1 song on our top 20 chart. Congratulations to him!

No. 2 and No. 3 songs are both from new singers of this year. Jang Ri In’s "Timeless" jumped four more spots to No. 2. There was some controversy regarding the popularity of this song when it won the SBS Inky Gayo Mutizen award two weeks ago. Since our ranking summarized a lot of different charts in Korea, it proves that this song is indeed popular.

At No. 3, just eight points behind Jang Ri In, is the collaboration between Brown Eyed Girls & See Ya. Their song "The Day" jumped six spots to No. 3 this week, its second week on the chart. See Ya’s "미친 사랑의 노래" (Crazy Love Song) fell out of the top 20 this week, but they are represented by this song even though only one member (Kim Yeon Ji) is involved. Since their debut in March, we’ve seen them on the chart every week for the past six months with five different songs.

We also have a lot of new songs this week: five brand new ones and a re-entry (Big Bang’s "눈물뿐인 바보" at No. 17). As a lot of major albums were released in mid-September, the title songs of these albums are starting to enter the chart now. Leading the way, just shy of the top 10 at No. 11, is Koyote’s "I Love Rock & Roll". This is already their ninth album, and they are still going very strong. The song is slightly different from their usual dance beat songs. The melody is more like 80s music. Joo Young Hoon, who has written many hits for Koyote in the past, is once again the composer of this song, along with Shin Ji’s lyrics, making this another hit that Koyote fans shouldn’t miss.

The next two new songs are both from members of very successful groups. G.O.D.’s Son Ho Young debuted at No. 14 with his first solo effort "운다" (Crying). This song reminds us very much of G.O.D.’s ballads. At No. 16, former Baby Vox member Kan Mi Youn comes in with "옛날여자" (Woman In The Past). Unlike Son Ho Young, Kan Mi Youn’s song is totally different from her Baby Vox days. This is a nice ballad which really proves her vocal skills, which a lot of people think is the best of all Baby Vox members.

Debuting at No. 18 is a very underrated R&B artist Il Rak (real name: Yoon Dae Geun). He debuted two years ago with a song "준비할께" (I’ll be Ready), which received very good reviews but failed to become a hit. His current hit "애수" (Sadness) is the title song from his second album. The song has been lurking below the top 20 for a few weeks already. It is good to see him finally hitting the top 20 this week.

Another underrated artist, Park Ki Young, comes in at No. 19 with "그대때문에" (Because of You). She goes back to more pop-oriented music for her 6th album, after having many rock tracks on her previous (fifth) album. This sad ballad reminds us of "산책" (Taking A Walk) from her fourth album. Park Ki young wrote both the song and the lyrics.

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1. (+12) Lee Seung Ki – 제발 (Please) *** 1 WEEK No. 1 + BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Lee Seung Ki Remake Album – When A Man Loves A Woman Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Lee Seung Ki’s remake album "When A Man Loves A Woman". 제발 (Please) is originally sung by Lee SoRa. Lee Seung Ki is remaking songs from female singers on this album.
IPB Image Music: Kim Hyun Chul / Lyrics: Lee Sora
Score: 951

2. (+4) Jang Ri In – Timeless
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Jang Ri In – Timeless Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Chinese singer Zhang Liyin’s debut single album titled "Timeless," this elegant song brings out an oriental melody with an R&B groove. It’s a traditional ballad by Zhang Liyin and TVXQ!’s Xiah. The song dwells on a love that’s both everlasting and sorrowful.
IPB Image Music: Foreign Song / Lyrics: Kenzie
Score: 796

3. (+6) Brown Eyed Girls & See Ya – Th Day
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Brown Eyed Girls & See Ya – To My Love (Single) Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on See Ya & Brown Eyed Girls’ single project album titled "To My Lover," this song is sung by lead vocalists of the rival female groups, See Ya’s Yeon-ji and Brown Eyed Girls’ Je-a. The lyric talks about a woman unable to forget her past lover.
IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Min Myung Ki
Score: 788

4. (-3) 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.
IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Lim Sung Hoon (Turtleman)
Score: 745

5. (+2) Bae Chi Gi – 마이동풍
Genre: Hip Hop
Album: Bae Chi Gi Vol. 2 Track 2 –Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: The title song from Bae Chi Gi’s 2nd album, written by famous rapper MC Sniper. The song blends an opera style intro with a quick flow of rap, which adds creativity to this hip hop song.
IPB Image Music: MC Sniper / Lyrics: Bae Chi Gi
Score: 710

6. (-4) 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.
IPB Image Music: Park Soo Jong / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 703

7. (-4) Psy – 연예인 (Performer)
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.
IPB Image Music: Psy / Lyrics: Yoon Gun Hyung
Score: 671

8. (-3) Park Jung Ah – Yeah
Genre: Pop/Rock
Album: Park Jung Ah Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featuring on Park Jung-ah’s first solo album titled "Yeah," this pop-rock style song differs somewhat from Jewelry’s previous music. Its hopeful and encouraging message is expressed in a rock melody. The song’s exciting rhythm in the chorus nicely blends with Park Jung-ah’s refreshing vocals, delivering a sense of freedom.
IPB Image Music: Mark Jackson / Lyrics: Cho Eun Hee
Score: 637

9. (-5) Cherry Filter – Happy Day
Genre: Rock
Album: Cherry Filter Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Cherry Filter’s fourth album titled "Peace N’ Rock N’ Roll," this is very much like the typical Cherry Filter style song. Its acoustic piano sound is in great harmony with the cheerful and refreshing modern-rock feel of the music. The song’s unique and colorful lyrics represent Cherry Filter. The group has secured an identity as a modern rock-band, while displaying more mature and refined sounds.
IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Jung Woo Jin
Score: 615

10. (-2) Paran – 다섯걸음 (Five Steps)
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: Paran Vol. 2 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Paran’s second album titled "Beyond The Blue Sky," this medium tempo song combines a strong beat with charismatic vocals. A member from Usher’s production team participated in the making of this eight-beat dance song. The group displays dazzling dance skills in the music video which was shot in Thailand.
 Music: Garry Haas / Lyrics: Park Ki Hyun
Score: 571

11. (New) Koyote – I Love Rock & Roll *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: Koyote Vol. 9 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Koyote’s 9th album "London Koyote". This song is written by long time Koyote hit-maker Joo Young Hoon, lyrics by member Shin Ji. This track is a very well known rock and roll melody known to Korean people. The parts that Kim Jong-Min sings will be like listening to ‘Elvis Presley’ songs.
 Music: Joo Young Hoon / Lyrics: Shin Ji
Score: 508

12. (-2) YB – 오늘은 (Today)
Genre: Rock
Album: Yoon Do Hyun Band Vol. 7 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on YB’s seventh album titled "Why be?" this song is a sentimental rhythm rock music. The lyrics and melody deliver a hopeful message and instill energy to all listeners. The music video which stars all the members of YB adds to the listening enjoyment.
IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Yoon Do Hyun
Score: 468

13. (-2) Seo Young Eun – 좋아좋아 (I Like It)
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."
IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Na Deur
Score: 453

14. (New) Son Ho Young – 운다 (Crying)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Son Ho Young Vol. 1 Track 5 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Son Ho Young’s first solo album titled "YES," this ballad song nicely displays a Korean sentiment with its simple and lyrical melody. Son Ho Young covers a range of three octaves in this song. The music video, which was made from clips of the movie "Old Garden" starring Yeom Jung-ah and Ji Jin-hee, is in wonderful harmony with the song’s beautiful string-instrumental melody.
 Music: Park Sun Joo / Lyrics: Joo Young Hwa
Score: 449

15. (-3) 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 of music displaying a somewhat different feel from the group’s previous songs. Its poignant lyrics are about a man who is separated from his lover, but still hangs around her because he doesn’t want to forget her. This lyrics are in perfect harmony with member Lee-su’s vocals.
IPB Image Music + Lyrics: J
Score: 437

16. (New) Kan Mi Youn – 옛날여자 (Woman in the Past)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Kan Mi Youn Vol. 1 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Kan Mi Youn’s first solo album titled "Refreshing," this is the debut song from the former member of female vocal group Baby V.O.X. The song uses the melody from Irish folk music "O, Waly Waly," and blends it with the sound of a pan-flute in the introduction. Its sad lyrics and Kan Mi Youn’s emotional vocals nicely express innocence and pure love.
Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Yoon SaRa
Score: 353

17. (Re-entry) Big Bang – 눈물뿐인 바보 (Tears of a Fool)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Big Bang First Single Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on BIGBANG’s first single album titled "BIGBANG." BIGBANG is YG’s five-member rookie group composed of G.DRAGON, TAEYANG, DAESUNG, V, and T.O.P. The group members not only dance and sing but also write the lyrics and the music. For the first single album, the group is divided into teams to select the songs they like to sing and promote.
IPB Image Music: Jun Seung Woo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
Score: 351

18. (New) Il Rak – 애수 (Sadness)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Il Rak Vol. 2 Track 7 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Il Rak’s 2nd album "Sorrow". This is a mid-tempo R&B song that became his first ever top 20 hit.
Music: Kim Do Hoon / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Score: 323

19. (New) Park Ki Young – 그대때문에 (Because of You)
Genre: Pop ballad
Album: Park Ki Young Vol. 6 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Park Ki Young’s 6th album "Bohemian", this song is about her personal and painful experience of breaking up with her lover. Park Ki Young wrote both the song and the lyrics.
Music + Lyrics: Park Ki Young
Score: 313

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

Arirang TV: Featured on Shinhwa’s 8th album titled “State of the art Special Edition" and Japanese album titled "Inspiration #1," this song is arranged in Solid Groove Mix version and its dynamic hip-hop sound gives more strength to the song. The music video features two of the group’s members – Eric and Kim Dong-wan – chasing one another.
IPB Image
Score: 285

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14. See Ya – 미친 사랑의 노래 (Crazy Love Song)
15. Girl Friends – May Be I Love You
16. Lee Ji Hye – Love Me Love Me
17. Buzz – My Love
18. Hwan Hee – Tomorrow
20. TRAX – 초우 (Cold Rain)

Sources of the top 20

The sources of this top 20 chart are 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 October week 1:

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, Ohdio) – 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, MNet M!Countdown, MTV Live Wow, MTV Top Choices, MTV Breakfast Club, Show! Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%