Top 20 – October week 2

There were no gayo shows on air last week, but there was still a lot of movement in the charts. Lee Seung Ki holds on to the top spot with "제발" (Please), again with a very high score of 955. Koyote’s "I Love Rock & Roll" jumped nine spots to number two. Even though Koyote’s recent albums have not been selling as well as before, their title songs of each album are still always hitting number one or two. This one is no exception. Call them the most consistent hit maker in k-pop.

Moving up with an even jump is the first solo hit by G.O.D. member Son Ho Young. His song "운다" (Crying) moves up 10 spots to number four this week. Like Koyote, G.O.D.’s songs are always at the top of the chart in the past. Son Ho Young is continuing this tradition by himself.

The three new songs this week are led by former Click-B member Oh Jong Hyuk’s "죽을만큼…" (Deadly) at No. 13. He is the latest ex-member of a successful group from earlier this decade who turned solo. Unlike Click-B songs, Oh Jong Hyuk’s first hit is an R&B ballad. Let see he will be as successful currently on the chart as other former group members like Son Ho Young and Kan Mi Youn.

The next new song at No. 18 is by Im Jae Bum’s "가로수그늘아래서면" (Standing Under The Tree). We haven’t seen an Im Jae Bum (who I called Rod Stewart of Korea because of his low voice) song on the chart for a long long time. This song is coming from a compilation album "Past Romance" by composer Lee Young Hoon. It is a remake of a 1991 Lee Moon Sae hit.

The last new song at No. 19 is from the rock group Nell. Their latest hit "마음을잃다" (Losing one’s mind) is another vintage mid-tempo rock songs that we are familiar with them, like "Thank You" from their last album.

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1. (–) Lee Seung Ki – 제발 (Please) *** 2 WEEKS No. 1 ***
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Lee Seung Ki Remake Album – When A Man Loves A Woman Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Lee Seung-ki’s special album titled "When a Man Loves a Woman," this special album holds ten female singers’ sad love songs with Lee Seung-ki’s vocals. The title song "Please" is a remake of song by Lee So-ra, where the women’s sad emotions have been reinterpreted to express that of a man’s love.
IPB Image Music: Kim Hyun Chul / Lyrics: Lee Sora
Score: 955

2. (+9) Koyote – I Love Rock & Roll
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: Koyote Vol. 9 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Koyote’s ninth album titled "London Koyote," this song blends a rock & roll melody that is familiar to Korean listeners with a particularly heavy blues rhythm. Joo Young-hoon wrote the song while Shinji wrote the lyrics. Kim Jong-min’s fascinating low-toned voice is in perfect harmony with Shinji’s playful vocals.
IPB Image Music: Joo Young Hoon / Lyrics: Shin Ji
Score: 832

3. (+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.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Lim Sung Hoon (Turtleman)
Score: 723

4. (+10) Son Ho Young – 운다 (Crying) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
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.

IPB Image Music: Park Sun Joo / Lyrics: Joo Young Hwa
Score: 707

5. (-2) Brown Eyed Girls & See Ya – The 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: 694

6. (–) 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: 668

7. (-2) Bae Chi Gi – 마이동풍 (My Way)
Genre: Hip Hop
Album: Bae Chi Gi Vol. 2 Track 2 –Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Baechigi’s second album titled "My Way," this song mixes veteran singer Baek Seol-hee’s song with a hip-hop rhythm that is full of Korean emotions. It expresses the group’s persistent passion for singing music and their determination to pursue their own path despite what others say.

IPB Image Music: MC Sniper / Lyrics: Bae Chi Gi
Score: 667

8. (-6) 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: 653

9. (+1) 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.

IPB Image Music: Garry Haas / Lyrics: Park Ki Hyun
Score: 627

10. (-3) 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: 603

11. (-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: 577

12. (-3) 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: 569

13. (New) Oh Jong Hyuk – 죽을만큼… (Deadly) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Oh Jong Hyuk Vol. 1 Track 9 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on former Click B member Oh Jong Hyuk’s first solo album titled "Issue". This R&B ballad showcased Oh Jong Hyuk’s vocal, which we don’t hear enough on his Click B days.

Music: Choi Min Suk / Lyrics: Kim Soo Hyun
Score: 509

14. (+2) 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.

IPB Image Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Yoon SaRa
Score: 490

15. (-3) 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: 450

16. (-1) 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: 404

17. (-4) 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: 377

18. (New) Im Jae Bum – 가로수그늘아래서면 (Standing Under The Tree)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: The Story of Musicians – 엣사랑 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on composer Lee Young-hoon’s project album titled "Past Romance – The Story of Musicians," this is a remake of Lee Moon-sae’s hit song, "Standing Under the Tree," released in 1991. Actor Cho Jae-hyun directed and starred in the music video which was shot at an island near Tongyeong in southern Korea.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Young Hoon
Score: 331

19. (New) Nell – 마음을잃다 (Losing one’s mind)
Genre: Rock
Album: Nell Vol. 3 Track 8 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV:Featured on NELL’s third album titled "Healing Process," this modern rock-band discovered by Seo Taiji holds emotional melody and unique vocals. Vocalist Kim Jong-wan’s poignant vocals and orchestral play provide a magnificent sound. The lyrics express the difficulty of forgetting a past lover due to many wonderful memories together.

Music + Lyrics: Kim Jong Wan
Score: 313

20. (-3) 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: 301

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18. Il Rak – 애수 (Sadness)
19. Park Ki Young – 그대때문에 (Because of You)
20. Shinhwa – Throw My Fist

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 2:

ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown + MNet Internet Chart – 20%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 Chart (1 week lag) – 15%
Various Internet charts (Melon, Jukeon, Dosirak, MaxMP3, Muz, Bugs, Hanteo Gayo Chart, Ohdio) – 15%
MTV Korea – Artist & Music Charts – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (Show! Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%