Top 20 – November week 1

Sung Shi Kyung leapfrogs a lot of strong challengers, jumping 13 spots from No. 14 to No. 1 with 거리에서 (On The Street). Just a month ago, Lee Seung Ki’s “제발” (Please) jumped a record 12 spots to No. 1. We are surprised that this record only lasted for a month, and Sung Shi Kyung did it one spot more.

DBSG’s “오-정반합” (O-Union) was the favorite to be the next No. 1 song, but lost out to Sung Shi Kyung mainly because of low internet chart scores. Its score is still rising, jumping from No. 5 to No. 2 this week. Let see if they can overtake Sung Shi Kyung next week.

Two other songs moved up 9 spots – MC Mong’s “아이스크림” (Ice-cream) and ERU’s “까만안경” (Black Glasses). These 2 songs are very popular in Korea now and are expected to move up further in the chart.

Four new songs this week, with two songs debuted into the top 10. Bi’s long awaited 4th album was released last month, and the title song “I am Coming” is our highest debutant this week at No. 8. Fans have been waiting 2 years for Bi’s new album and he certainly did not disappoint us.

Following right after Bi is Lee Seung Ki’s new song “원하고원망하죠” (Want and Resent), from his remake album. This song is a remade of an As One song. It replaced his 3 week No. 1 song ““제발” (Please), which was still No. 2 last week.

Debuting just under the top 10 is trot queen Jang Yoon Jung’s new song “이따,이따요” (Later, Later). Jang Yoon Jung has rekindled young people’s interest in trot music. She was our top female artist last year. Now she’s back with her 3rd album and it looks like another top 10 hit for her. This song will bring her even closer to pop fans because the melody is more pop friendly in my opinion.

The last debut song at No. 15 is from the “king of ballad” Shin Seung Hoon. He released his 10th album on October 10. The title song “Dream of My Life” entered our chart this week. The song is different from past Shin Seung Hoon songs with mid tempo melody and less “sadness”.

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1. (+13) Sung Shi Kyung – 거리에서 (On the Street) *** 1 WEEK No. 1 + BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
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.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Yoon Jong Shin
Score: 903

2. (+3) DBSG – 오-정반합 (O-Union)
Genre: Dance
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.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Ahn Eun Jin
Score: 818

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: 747

4. (+9) MC Mong – 아이스크림 (Ice-cream)
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.

IPB Image Music: Kim Gun Woo / Lyrics: MC Mong
Score: 741

5. (-4) 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: 740

6. (-2) Lee Seung Chul – 소리쳐 (Screaming)
Genre: Pop Ballad
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.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Hyun Jin Young
Score: 715

7. (+9) 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.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Score: 666

8. (New) Bi – I’m Coming (feat. Tablo) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Dance
Album: Bi Vol. 4 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Bi’s long awaited 4th album “Rain’s World”. This song is written and produced by Park Jin Young. Tablo of Epik High is also a guest rapper on the song. Bi again shows us his powerful dance moves on this song.

Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Score: 661

9. (New) Lee Seung Ki – 원하고원망하죠 (Want and Resent)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Lee Seung Ki Remake Album – When A Man Loves A Woman Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: 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. This song is a remake of As One’s song. It is the follow up song after his No. 1 hit “Please”

IPB Image Music: Shin Jae Hong / Lyrics: Yoon SaRa
Score: 537

10. (+1) 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: 505

11. (New) Jang Yoon Jung – 이따,이따요 (Later, Later)
Genre: Trot
Album: Jang Yoon Jung Vol. 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Jang Yoon Jung’s 3rd album “Later, Later”. This song is different from all her other hit songs she has made in the past. The song is very modern temp/bounce as we will be able to feel in the lyrics. The song is about a woman who is very impatient when it comes to love. She falls in love with a man because of his appearance and her heart wants to love him. This song is very genuine and refreshing just like Jang Yoon Jung’s image.

Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Hyung
Score: 497

12. (-6) 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: 456

13. (-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: 455

14. (-6) 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: 450

15. (New) Shin Seung Hoon – Dream of my Life
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Shin Seung Hoon Vol. 10 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Shin Seung Hoon’s 10th album titled “The Romanticist”, this is a song on a grand scale with Irish gospel elements in a guitar melody. This song expresses the people and their lives as they struggle with love and reality. Its music video is in a documentary format displaying the stories of four people striving to realize their dreams.

Music: Shin Seung Hoon / Lyrics: Shim Hyun Bo
Score: 442

16. (-6) 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: 439

17. (-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: 437

18. (-3) 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.

IPB Image Music: Perry + G-Dragon / Lyrics: Big Bang
Score: 428

19. (+1) 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.

IPB Image Music + Lyrics: Jun Hae Sung
Score: 405

20. (-11) 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: 392

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2. Lee Seung Ki – 제발 (Please)
17. Ha Dong Kyun – 그녀를사랑해줘요 (Please Love Her)
18. Cherry Filter – Happy Day
19. Turtles – 비행기 (Aeroplanes)

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 November 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, SBS Music Park, Hanteo Gayo Chart, Ohdio) – 15%
MTV Korea – Artist & Music Charts – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Music Core – Korean Drama Festival Special, 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%