Top 20 – October week 4

Koyote scored another No. 1 song, with "I Love Rock & Roll" moving up from No. 2 last week and exchanging spots with Lee Seung Ki’s "제발" (Please). Even though Koyote had many No. 1 songs over the years, "I Love Rock & Roll" was their first No. 1 song since 2004 when "불꽃" (Sparks) from their sixth album hit No. 1. Son Ho Young’s "운다" (Crying) remained third this week.

We have two big movers this week – Lee Seung Chul’s "소리쳐" (Screaming) and DBSG’s "오-정반합" (O – Union) both moved up 10 spots to fourth and fifth respectively. Although Lee Seung Chul still hasn’t come out to perform this song on any gayo shows yet, his song remains well accepted. DBSG are the opposite, we have been seeing them everywhere these days. Both songs are expected to be in the top three and challange for the top spot next week.

Half of the songs in the top 20 are falling this week, but we do have four new songs in the chart. The highest debut is at No. 13, MC Mong’s "아이스크림" (Ice-Cream). MC Mong recently released his third album. Once again, his hip-hop songs are very pop-oriented. Singers like Lisa of M-Flo, Park Hyo Shin, Maybee, and Ivy are featured in this new album.

Coming in at No. 14 is the latest hit from the prince of ballad Sung Shi Kyung. His new song "거리에서" (On The Street) is a very smooth ballad, written by singer-songwriter Yoon Jong Shin. The melody is fairly easy to remember. The music video of this song was shot in Shibuya, Tokyo with Japanese actress Okura Erika. I’m sure this song will be another chart-topping hit for Sung Shi Kyung.

A highly-recommended song at No. 16 is ERU’s "까만안경" (Black Glasses). I think this is the best ballad song I’ve heard all year. The song featured female singer Daylight, from the group of the same name. However, We’ve seen ERU performing this song with Bae Seul Ki on gayo shows. It is a very well written and arranged song. The female voice featured at the end added some sugar and spice to the song. Let see if this song will become ERU’s first big hit.

The last debut song at No. 20 is Hong Kyung Min’s "사랑,참…" (A Thing Called Love). Hong Kyung Min is one of the few singers in Korea who is promoting both up-tempo and ballad songs each album. This time it is a ballad, perhaps more suitable for winter months. The song reminds us of his ballad "To My Friends" from his sixth album.

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1. (+1) Koyote – I Love Rock & Roll *** 1 WEEK No. 1 ***
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: 870

2. (-1) Lee Seung Ki – 제발 (Please)
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: 783

3. (–) 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.

IPB Image Music: Park Sun Joo / Lyrics: Joo Young Hwa
Score: 739

4. (+10) Lee Seung Chul – 소리쳐 (Screaming) *** CO-BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Album: Lee Seung Chul Vol. 8 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Lee Seung-chul’s eighth album titled "Reflection of Sound," this medium tempo ballad song nicely blends a poignant melody with Lee Seung-chul’s unique vocals. Its simple lyrics and melody delivers the true meaning of love with which we can all empathize.
 Music + Lyrics: Hyun Jin Young
Score: 656

5. (+10) DBSG – 오-정반합 (O-Union) *** CO-BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Album: DBSG Vol. 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: Featured on TVXQ!’s third album titled "O-Union," it is a crossover song that combines various musical genres including hip-hop and electric music. This song is based on a Korean-style melody carrying a speedy guitar tune, strong electric music, and a colorful beat. The group displays a dazzling performance through its magnificence and message to the world.

 Music + Lyrics: Ahn Eun Jin
Score: 625

6. (+7) Oh Jong Hyuk – 죽을만큼… (Deadly)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Oh Jong Hyuk Vol. 1 Track 9 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Arirang TV: Featured on Oh Jong-hyuk’s first solo album titled "Issue," this is his first album since becoming a member of the popular boy-band group Click-B. The song nicely blends his powerful vocals with a gentle R&B beat. The song expresses the heart of a man having just let go of the woman he loves.

IPB Image Music: Choi Min Suk / Lyrics: Kim Soo Hyun
Score: 592

7. (-1) 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: 579

8. (-4) 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: 562

9. (-4) 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: 555

10. (-2) 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.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Kim Jong Wan
Score: 550

11. (–) 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: 539

12. (-5) 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: 528

13. (New) MC Mong – 아이스크림 (Ice-cream) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Hip-hop
Album: MC Mong Vol. 3 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on MC Mong’s third album titled "The Way I Am". This song introduces a new MC Mong style called "Neo-Hip Hop". It is a song that can be very addictive and it has an airy rhythm.

Music: Kim Gun Woo / Lyrics: MC Mong
Score: 527

14. (New) Sung Shi Kyung – 거리에서 (On the Street)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Sung Shi Kyung Vol. 5 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Sung Si-kyung’s fifth album titled "The Ballads," this song displays a new vocalism by uniquely using the falsetto. Its lyrics, written by Yoon Jong-shin, are about a man walking the street that holds precious memories of his lover from whom he has just separated. It is a Sung Si-kyung style ballad song displaying his gentle tone and vocals. Sung Si-kyung’s kissing scene with a Japanese actress was the highlight of the music video.

Music + Lyrics: Yoon Jong Shin
Score: 508

15. (-5) Big Bang – La La La
Genre: R&B / Dance
Album: Big Bang 2nd single album "Big Bang is VIP" Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on BIGBANG’s second single album titled "Bigbang is V.I.P," YG’s main producer PERRY and G-dragon have written the song, which carries a cheerful tempo rhythm and a refined melody. All the members have taken part in writing the lyrics that aims to have fun.

Music: Perry + G-Dragon / Lyrics: Big Bang
Score: 496

16. (New) ERU (feat. Daylight) – 까만안경 (Black Glasses)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: ERU Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on the second album of ERU (son of Tae Jin Ah) titled ERU Level II, this beautiful ballad is one of the best written songs of 2006. It is about lovers learning the beauty of departing and remembering the pains of loving. Female singer Daylight is featured at the end of the song. Famous movie star, Ahn Sung-Gi, actress Lee Young-Ah and singer Kim Hyun-Joong (from SS501) have been chosen to be in this song’s music video. All three of them will get into a love triangle.

Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Score: 473

17. (-8) 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: 395

18. (-6) 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: 374

19. (-2) 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: 357

20. (New) Hong Kyung Min – 사랑,참… (A Thing Called Love)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Hong Kyung Min Vol. 7 Track 5 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Hong Kyung-min’s 7th album titled "Evolution of Rhythm," this song is written by a hit-maker Jun Hae-sung. Unlike his previous ballad, it displays a unique composition along with Hong kyung-min’s rough vocalism. Actress Choi Jung-yoon who starred in a drama with Hong kyung-min plays the main role in the music video.

Music + Lyrics: Jun Hae Sung
Score: 349

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16. YB – 오늘은 (Today)
18. Psy – 연예인 (Performer)
19. Im Jae Bum – 가로수그늘아래서면 (Standing Under The Tree)
20. Paran – 다섯걸음 (Five Steps)

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 4:

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