Top 20 – December week 4

DBSG’s "풍선" (Balloons) stayed at the No. 1 spot for the 2nd week in a row. The top 3 songs also remain unchanged with Sung Shi Kyung’s "거리에서" (On The Street) still at No. 2 and Se7en’s ""라 라 라" (LaLaLa) at No. 3. This will be the last top 20 chart in 2006. We’ll take a week off next week. Instead, we’ll announce the 2006 Soompi Gayo Award Results. Remember to vote for your DaeSang winner here, if you haven’t yet.

Not much movement on the chart this week, as we are getting into holiday season. We have 3 new songs this week, one of them is a re-entry. Jang Woo Hyuk’s 폭풍속으로 (One Way) came back to the chart at No. 19. Jang Woo Hyuk just recently starting to promote this song on gayo shows. I won’t be surprised if this song is moving back up again.

As for the new songs, we have a top 10 debut. SG Wannabe completed a very fruitful 2006 with another new song "사랑가" (A Song of Love) at No. 8. This is one of the new songs from their best hit album "The Precious History". The song features their good friend Vibe, and is also written by Vibe’s Ryu Jae Hyun, who has written SG’s hit "느림보" (Slow Tempered) earlier this year. Including this song, SG Wannabe has 3 songs in the top 20 this week, the other 2 songs are No. 12 with Brown Eyed Girls "Must Have Love", and No. 13 with Kim Jong Kook (S.101) "바람만바람만" (Only Wind Only Wind).

The other new song is "너에게 쓰는 편지 Part 2" (A Letter Written To You Part 2), the follow up hit from MC Mong’s 3rd album, coming in at No. 14. This song has 2 versions, the English singing version features Japanese group M-FLO’s Lisa, and the Korean singing version features Maybee. We’ll put both versions on the chart. Most of us remember very well the Part 1 of "A Letter Written To You", featured Lyn, from MC Mong’s debut album. That song was never officially released as a single, but it was popular as one of the love themes on the MBC sitcom "Nonstop 4". We are glad to see Part 2 is finally released as a single.

Since this is the last chart of 2006, I like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers who have supported soompi’s top 20. My posts are rather long each week, I’m trying to shorten it next year. But thanks for your patience to read through it. I hope this post gives you updated information on the world of k-pop each week. In 2007, I’ll also revise the scoring method a little bit, aiming at more accurately reflecting the most updated hit songs in Korea.

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1. (–) DBSG – 풍선 (Balloons) *** 2 WEEKS No. 1 ***
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: DBSG Vol. 3 Track 11 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Song included in DBSG’s 3rd album "O-Union." Balloons is a remake of the huge hit song of the popular 80’s group Five Fingers, and the new version has a color of its own. With new arrangements and DBSG’s unique harmony, the song is expected to be another hit with fans. The music video shows the cute and adorable side of the DBSG’s members and it goes well with the song.

Music: Kim Sung Ho / Lyrics: Lee Doo Hun
Score: 792

2. (–) 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: 759

3. (–) Se7en – 라 라 라 (La La La)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Se7en Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: The title song of Se7en’s 4th album. Teddy of One Time wrote the song and lyrics, and it is a 4-beat medium tempo pop ballad. Starting out with a rough and mature tone quality, the song slowly moves onto Se7en’s signature sweet voice. The vocal scheme is dreamy and it goes well with the emotional melodies. The lyrics about waiting for a woman whose having a difficult time over another man, will linger in your mind.

Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Score: 752

4. (+2) Kim Tae Woo – 하고싶은 말 (Words That I Want To Say)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Kim Tae Woo Vol. 1 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: The title song of the album of the same title, “I want to Say,” Kim Tae-woo’s special solo album. Kim Tae-woo, the vocal of the popular group god, has a solo album whose title song is “I want to say,’ which is a pop ballad sung in a moderated voice. You’ll hear the essence of Kim Tae-woo’s singing and his husky voice, as he sings about a couple missing the time when they used to be with each other.

Music: Kim Tae Woo / Lyrics: Lee Hyun Seung
Score: 709

5. (-1) Son Ho Young – 사랑은 이별을 데리고 오다 (Love Brings Separation)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Son Ho Young Vol. 1 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: From Son Ho-young’s 1st solo album, "YES." The lyrics of the medium-tempo ballad was written by Son Ho-young, himself, and the heart-breaking melody and lyrics are extraordinary. Sohn Ho-young starred in the music video, and the much talked-about underwater kissing scene is about longing and sadness of Son Ho-young’s character for his dead girlfriend.

Music: Lee Hyun Wook / Lyrics: Son Ho Young
Score: 687

6. (+1) 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.

Music + Lyrics: Hyun Jin Young
Score: 673

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

Arirang TV: Featured on Eru’s second album, this song was written by composer Yoon Myung-sun. It is a sentimental ballad song which talks about separation between lovers through the lyrics. Singer Daylight also features in the song. As a highlight, actor Ahn Sung-ki makes his first appearance ever in a music video. Along with him are actress Lee Young-ah and SS501’s Kim Hyun-joong who also play leading roles.

Music + Lyrics: Yoon Myung Sun
Score: 671

8. (New) SG Wannabe (feat. Vibe) – 사랑가 (A Song of Love) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: The Precious History Disc 3 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: This is one of the three new songs featured on SG Wannabe’s best hit album "The Precious History". It is a collaboration song with Vibe that is packed with the harmony voices of the 2 groups’ united 5 vocalists. The song is also written by Vibe’s Ryu Jae Hyun.

Music + Lyrics: Ryu Jae Hyun
Score: 579

9. (-4) Jun Jin – 사랑이 오지 않아요 (Love Doesn’t Come)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Jun Jin First Single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: This song features on Jun Jin’s first single titled, "Love Doesn’t Come." Jun Jin who has displayed a strong image as a member of Shinhwa, presents a gentler and emotional vocalism through this song. Its sad lyrics are about the heartache of having to let go of a women in the past.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Yoon Jae
Score: 570

10. (-1) Lee Seung Hwan – 어떻게사랑이그래요 (How Can Love Be That Way?)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Lee Seung Hwan Vol. 9 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Lee Seung-hwan’s 9th album titled "Hwantastic," this Lee Seung-hwan style ballad song is a reminder of his hit, "For 1000 days." The song and the lyrics, which he wrote, are about a man’s pure love after watching a documentary about love.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Seung Hwan
Score: 537

11. (-1) Gavy NJ – 그녀가울고있네요 (She’s Crying)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Gavy NJ Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on gavy nj’s 2nd album titled "The Very Surprise," this song is a medium tempo R&B ballad that brings out the members’ appealing musicality. The music video is about the love for a friend’s older sister who turns out to be a gangster.

Music + Lyrics: Kim Se Jin
Score: 531

12. (+1) SG Wannabe + Brown Eyed Girls – Must Have Love
Genre: Christmas Ballad
Album: SG Wannabe Yong Jun + Brown Eyed Girls Ga In Single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on SG Wannabe & Brown Eyed Girls’ digital single album titled "SG Wannabe ‘Yong-jun’ & Brown Eyed Girls ‘Ga-in,’" this album brings together the gentle and emotional vocals of SG Wannabe’s vocalist Yong-jun and the husky and powerful vocalism of Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-in. This song’s refreshing and cheerful melody is like that of a Christmas carol.

Music: Kim Lee Na / Lyrics: Ahn Jung Hoon
Score: 504

13. (+3) S.101 – 바람만바람만 (Only Wind Only Wind) *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: S.101 Project Single Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

ewdard1849: Featured on project group S.101’s single "Only Wind Only Wind". S.101 is a superstar collobration between SG Wannabe and Kim Jong Kook. This is the 2nd time they collobrate. They formed a project group Big 4 together with Vibe and M to M earlier this year.

Music: Kim Do Hoon + Min Myung Ki / Lyrics: Yoon Sa Ra
Score: 456

14. (New) MC Mong (feat. Lisa [English ver.], Maybee [Korean ver.]) – 너에게 쓰는 편지 Part 2 (A Letter Written To You Part 2)
Genre: Hip-hop
Album: MC Mong Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on MC Mong’s 3rd album titled "The Way I Am". This song is the sequel of "A Letter Written To You" (feat. Lyn) from MC Mong’s 1st album. The song has 2 versions, the English version featuring Lisa of the Japanese group M-FLO, and the Korean version featuring Maybee, which MC Mong is performing right now.

Music: Kim Gun Woo / Lyrics: MC Mong, Lisa (English), Maybee (Korean)
Score: 428

15. (-4) Maya – 나를외치다 (Crying Out Loud)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: Maya Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on Maya’s 3rd album titled "Road to Myself". Unlike previous Maya title songs, this song is an emotional rock ballad which allows Maya to showcase her strong vocals. It reminds us of 사랑은 영원하다 from her 2nd album.

Music + Lyrics: Lee Won Suk
Score: 476

16. (-4) SS501 – Unlock
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: SS 501 Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on SS501’s 1st full album titled "SS501 S.T 01 NOW", this song is a combination of dance and rock music. "Unlock" present all five members’ individual image and color. Inside their smoothness they have strength and inside their strengths, they have a precise feel to themselves.

Music: Cha Sang Min / Lyrics: Kim Tae Hyun
Score: 452

17. (-3) 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: 383

18. (-1) Big Bang – Goodbye Baby
Genre: R&B
Album: Big Bang 3rd single Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

edward1849: Featured on BIGBANG’s third single album. "Goodbye Baby" is a song that touches the listeners with a feel of farewell.

Music: Perry / Lyrics: Tae Yang
Score: 323

19. (Re-entry) Jang Woo Hyuk (feat. Esther) – 폭풍속으로 (One Way)
Genre: Hip-hop / Dance
Album: Jan Woo Hyuk Vol. 2 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Title song from Jang Woo-hyuk’s 2nd album, "My Way." This is a hip-hop dance song that combines the featured singing of renown singer Esther and Jang Woo-hyuk’s powerful rap. Explosive sound is the result of fusing hip-hop dance beats with rock, and the 1st-person perspective music video, which makes the viewer feel in sync with Jang Woo-hyuck, is attracting a lot of attention.

Music: Park Jang Geun / Lyrics: Min Yong Sik
Score: 277

20. (-1) Jaurim – You and Me
Genre: Rock
Album: Jaurim Vol. 6 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample

Arirang TV: Featured on Jaurim’s 6th album titled "ashes to ahes," this medium tempo song was written by Jaurim’s vocalist Kim Yuna. She also wrote the lyrics, which talks about a relationship between lovers. This song not only displays each member’s individual instrumental play but also a solo electronic drum and keyboard. The music video also portrays Jaurim’s typical dream-like and gloomy style.

Music + Lyrics: Kim Yoon Ah
Score: 273

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15. Park Jung Ah (Featuring Jun Je Duk) – 결국…사랑 (In The End…Love)
18. MC Mong – 아이스크림 (Ice-cream)
20. Hong Kyung Min – 사랑,참… (A Thing Called Love)

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 December week 4:

ChartKorea – 20%
Hanteo Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 20%
MNet M!Countdown + MAXMP3 – 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 Show! Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MBC Kim Dong Ryul For You, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, Show! Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%