Weekly KPop Music Chart 2009 -Dec. Week 3

This is the final music chart of 2009. As usual, we are taking the last week of the year off to bring you the staff recommended top 20 songs of 2009. On December 31, we are bringing you the 2009 Soompi Gayo Awards Show. If you still haven’t voted for your favorite singers yet, please do so here.

I would like to take this chance to thank all our music staffs who contributes to our weekly music charts and related articles:
motoway065, purpletiger86, suejinners – new album and bonus track translations.
adikkeluangman – artist of the week.
~S2~ – new songs on the top 20 researches and yesterday once more segment.
Mardi09 – under the radar artistes.

Last but not least, I need to thank all our readers for your continuous support. I wish all of you Happy Holidays!

1. (–) 2PM – Heartbeat *** 3 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Score: 866
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: 2PM Vol. 1 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV  Live Performance
Despite dropping in points, 2PM remains No. 1 for the third straight
week with “Heartbeat”, ending the year as our final No. 1 song of 2009.
In this era of artists releasing singles and mini-albums, as popular as
2PM this is their very first full studio album titled “1:59”, where
listeners can see how much they matured. The title track is “Heartbeat”
which does not have an exact genre but shows 2PM’s style. One can hear
the sounds of a person’s heart palpitation along with drums and a full
orchestra, which all flow together to make a dynamic feel. 2PM is being
nominated for many categories in our 2009 Soompi Gayo Awards, let see
if they will bring home some awards.

2. (+3) U-Kiss – 만만하니 (Am I That Easy Going?)
Score: 772
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: U-Kiss mini-album “Conti UKiss” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
U-Kiss ended the year in a very promising note, moving up 3 more spots
to No. 2. with their latest hit “Am I That Easy Going?”. The group
recently released their third mini-album CONTI UKISS which did well on
the sales chart. The group added a new member Lee Ki Sub, making U-Kiss
a seven-member group. “Am I That Easy Going?” is a powerful hip-hop
dance tune written by Brave Brothers who is also responsible for the
group’s previous singles. Since we are on hiatus next week, U-Kiss will
have to wait two weeks to see if they will score their first ever No. 1

3. (+1) IU – 마쉬멜로우 (Marshmallow)
Score: 696
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Park Soo Jong / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
Album: IU mini-album Vol. 2 “IU…Im” Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
IU also moves up another spot scoring her first top 3 hit with the ever
so cute song “Marshmallow”. “Marshmallow” is a hybrid of the 60’s rock
and roll and french pop which is currently popular worldwide. It’s the
perfect combination of retro and modern which displays IU’s cute and
mature sides. Songwriter Kim Do Hoon, who has written many hit songs
recently, wrote this song for IU. IU is being nominated for the top
female vocalist and is also one of the singers on our voting poll for
the top 10 singers award.

4. (-1) F(x) – Chu~♡
Score: 682
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: F(x) first single Chu~♡ Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Just when we thought other female rookie groups are a lock for this
year’s best new artists, F(x) who debuted the latest, is closing in
faster than lightning. Their latest hit ‘Chu~♡’ is at No. 4 this week.
‘Chu~♡’ is a cute and trendy Euro-pop song. The song is about a girl
whom awakens after receiving a kiss, and is filled with curiosity and
expectations of wanting to get to know the world.

5. (-3) Brown Eyed Girls – Sign
Score: 681
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: Brown Eyed Girls Vol. 3 repackaged version Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
The title song of Brown Eyed Girls’ third studio album, Sound-G Sign.”
The song has a unique sound with a sweet but sharp melody line and a
sophisticated and tight up-tempo beat. The use of punctuation in the
lyrics such as “dot,” highlight the feelings of a girl on the verge of
a breakup. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

6. (+5) After School – 너 때문에 (Because Of You)
Score: 679
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Brave Brothers
Album: After School 2nd single Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Looking to solidify their place as one of the leading candidates for
the best newcomer award at year end, After School has done just that
with their latest hit “Because Of You”. It moves up 5 spots to No. 6
this week, surpassing their debut song “Diva” which went to No. 6.
Unlike their previous hits, this song is slower in tempo and has a
Shibuya kei style with electronic pop sounds. It is a new try for both
the group and hot songwriter Brave Brothers. Through this song,
listeners can see their top notch live performance. This song already
topped many internet charts in Korea.

7. (+5) T-Ara – Bo Beep Bo Beep
Score: 666
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: T-Ara Vol. 1 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Moving up neck to neck with After School is T-Ara’s latest hit “Bo Beep
Bo Beep”. It is the group’s 3rd top 10 hit after “Lie” and “TTL”,
coming from their first full length album which many top composers
wrote for them. “Bo Beep Bo Beep” is a hot dance track with additive

8. (+6) MC Sniper – 마법의 성 (Magic Castle)
Score: 579
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: MC Sniper
Album: MC Sniper Vol. 5 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This year, MC Sniper successful introduced Outsider to the mainstream
k-pop audience. Now MC Sniper himself is back with his 5th album
“Museum”. This album revolves around the concept of love. He produced
and wrote the lyrics based on this own experiences on love. MC Sniper
also has solid collaborations featuring including Rain’s producer, Tae
Wan along with Lucifer, MC BK, and Mr. Room9. The title track “Magic
Castle” has the trademark Sniper sound and it becomes his latest top 10
hit, moving up 6 spots to No. 8 this week.

9. (-1) K Will – 그립고 그립고 그립다 (Yearn Yearn Yearn)
Score: 547
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Hwang Chan Hee / Lyrics: Hwang Chan Hee, Cho Eun Hee
Album: K Will Vol. 2 Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
K Will is quietly enjoying a spectacular year in 2009, generating hits
after hits, whether it is from his own albums/singles or from drama
OSTs. Now he is releasing his 2nd full length studio album “Yearn Yearn
Yearn”. Despite having so many hit songs, this is K Will’s first full
album in more than 2 years. The principal track with the same name is
at No. 9 this week. “Yearn Yearn Yearn” is a powerful and emotional
ballad which fits perfectly to K Will’s vocal. With the addition of his
latest hit, K Will is among the favorite to win the top male vocalist
this year.

10. (-3) SS501 – Love Like This
Score: 504
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Lee,Scott,Alexander / Lyrics: Park Hae In
Album: SS501 mini-album “Rebirth” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of SS501’s mini-album “Rebirth.” It is an
up-tempo synth pop song with an impressive repetitive melody. Mixing
was performed by renowned award-winning U.S. music engineer Ken Lewis,
whose outstanding techniques contributed to the high quality of the
song. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

11. (-2) CL & Minzy – Please Don’t Go
Score: 475
Genre: Hip-hop
Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: CL & Minzy digital single “Please Don’t Go” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
2NE1 members are well represented in the top 20 this week. The group’s
two main rappers CL & Minzy, also have their own hit song as
“Please Don’t Go” is our highest debut at No. 16 this week. The song
was composed by YG’s main producer Teddy. It has fast hip hop rhythms
along with CL and Minji’s strong flowing rap. This hot song is perfect
for the winter. Another 2NE1 member, Park Bom, is just one spot below
with “You And I”.

12. (-2) Park Bom – You And I
Score: 474
Genre: R&B
Music + Lyrics: Teddy
Album: Park Bom digital single “You And I” Track 1
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of Park Bom’s 1st single album and her debut
song as a solo artist. It is an R&B hip-hop song that was written
by music producer Teddy. It is about promising everlasting love to a
person who has always been there to protect and help. Park Bom’s
powerful multi-octave voice adds charm to the song. (credits to Arirang
TV – Pops In Seoul)

13. (+18) Park Jin Young – No Love No More *** BIGGEST MOVER OF THE WEEK ***
Score: 427
Genre: R&B / Dance
Music + Lyrics: Park Jin Young
Album: Park Jin Young mini-album “Sad Freedom” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
The master himself is on the top 20! Having produced some of the most
successful k-pop artists this decade (2PM, Wonder Girls, 2AM, Rain,
G.O.D, etc.), Park Jin Young (JYP) is taking his turn as a singer and
returns to the top 20 this week with the title song “No Love No More”
from his latest mini-album “Sad Freedom”. Many of the younger fans may
not recall JYP as a singer and dancer, but he has many hit songs in the
past. He showcases his singing and dancing steps on this funky song.
After watching his performances, fans will understand why he has so
many bright pupils.

14. (-8) See Ya – 그놈 목소리 (His Voice)
Score: 408
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Lee Min Soo / Lyrics: Kim Ina
Album: See Ya mini-album “Rebloom” Track 1 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of SeeYa’s mini-album “Rebloom.” It has a
simple yet very addictive “hooky” melody and rhyming lyrics. It is an
electronic pop dance track with an abundant vocal effect, and it
represents the musical transformation of SeeYa, which so far was
popular for its ballads. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

15. (+2) Rainbow – Gossip Girl
Score: 380
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Rainbow mini-album “Gossip Girl” Track 2 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Yet another high-profiled girl group debuted! This one is from DSP
Entertainment, who launched FINKL and Kara. Rainbow is their latest
secret weapon. The 7-girls group has been training for four years.
Rainbow members are leader Jae Kyung, Ji Suk, Seung A, No Eul, Woo Ri,
Yoon Hye, and Hyun Young – one member each representing a color of the
rainbow. Their debut song “Gossip Girl” moves up 2 spots to No. 15 this
week. It is a fresh and stylish synth-pop dance tune.

16. (-1) Baek Ji Young – 잊지 말아요 (Don’t Forget: KBS Drama “Iris” OST)
Score: 379
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Kim Do Hoon, Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kim Do Hoon, Choi Kap Won
Album: KBS Drama “Iris” OST Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Korea’s ballad queen, Baek Ji Young takes part in the soundtrack for
the blockbuster KBS hit drama, Iris. The song will be the romance theme
song for Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee. The story is action packed with
lots of betrayal and romance. The song which was composed by top
composer Kim Do Hoon and penned by Choi Kap Won, depicts the two
people’s sad romance. “Don’t Forget” dropped 1 spot to No. 16 this
week. The “Iris” drama OST placed 3 songs on our top 20 this week.

17. (+7) Kim Tae Woo – 꿈을꾸다 (To Dream A Wish: KBS Drama “Iris” OST)
Score: 371
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music: Lee Hyun Seung / Lyrics: Kim Tae Woo, Lee Hyun Seung
Album: KBS Drama “Iris” OST Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Kim Tae Woo who has a big hit “Love Rain” this year, returns to the top
20 with a new single, “To Dream a Wish” for the drama series, Iris. “To
Dream a Wish” is the main theme number for Lee Byung Hyun; the song
depicts his lonely character. Kim Tae Woo’s vocals showcase this mood

18. (-2) Seo In Kook – 부른다 (Calling You)
Score: 346
Genre: R&B Ballad
Music: Bang Shi Hyuk / Lyrics: Bang Shi Hyuk, Baek Chan
Album: Seo In Kook digital single “Calling You” Track 2
Watch: MV Live Performance
This is the title track of Seo In-guk’s debut mini-album. It is an
R&B song with an intense melody line and dynamic and groovy mixing
revolving around the piano sounds. It was written by top ballad
producer Bang Shi-hyuk specifically for Seo In-guk, who made his name
on a singing contest. (credits to Arirang TV – Pops In Seoul)

19. (-6) Ivy – Touch Me
Score: 329
Genre: Pop / Dance
Music: Park Jae Sung, Yoo Gun Hyung / Lyrics: Park Jae Sung
Album: Ivy Vol. 3 Track 3 Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
Two years ago, Ivy rose to become one of the top female soloists in
Korea. Her career was briefly derailed by a scandal with her
ex-boyfriend. Now she puts the past behind her and finally returns with
her third studio album. This album showcases both her innocence as well
as her sexiness. The album title is “I Be” which means I’m Ivy as well
as I’m Starting and I Exist. The title track is “Touch Me” which is a
pop number that has a simple melody with electronica sounds. It was
composed by Psy and Yoo Gun Hyung. Like her past hit, Sonata of
Temptation, “Touch Me” shows her sexiness and charisma only Ivy can
bring out. This week “Touch Me” dropped 6 spots to No. 19.

20. (+8) December – 사랑 참 (Love Really: KBS Drama “Iris” OST)
Score: 318
Genre: Pop Ballad
Music + Lyrics: Park Jung Wook
Album: KBS Drama “Iris” OST Purchase this album
Watch: MV Live Performance
First time in our chart history that three songs from the same drama is
on the top 20 in the same week! “Boys Over Flower” also placed three
top 20 songs earlier this year, but they were not on the same week. The
third top 20 song from the mega KBS drama “Iris” is by a new ballad
duo, December. Fittingly, they scored their first ever top 20 hit this
month. Formed by Yoon Hyuk and DK, they released their 1st EP “Dear My
Lover” back in October. This song is also included in their EP and the
Iris OST. December’s voices and styles remind us of the classic Brown

21 . (+1) Tae Yang – 웨딩드레스 ( Wedding Dress ) : 243
22 . (-3) MBLAQ – Oh Yeah : 240
23 . (New) Lee Ssang (feat. Jang Ki Ha and Faces) – 우리 지금 만나 ( Let’s Meet Now ) : 207 *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
24 . (+16) Clazziquai – 핑 ( Round ) : 206
25 . (-7) SHINee – Ring Ding Dong : 205
26 . (–) One Two (feat. Seo In Young) – 못된 여자2 ( Bad Woman 2 ) : 204
27 . (New) Moon Shil Sisters – 사랑아 ( A Love ) : 197
28 . (New) Lee Chang Min (2AM) – 삼키지마 ( Don’t Swallow ) : 163
29 . (New) 4 minute – 징글징글 ( Jingle Jingle ) : 154
30 . (-10) Lee Seung Hwan – 좋은 날 II ( One Fine Day II ) : 150
31 . (-10) Lee Young Hyun (Big Mama) – 미안해 사랑해서 ( Sorry For Loving You ) : 149
32 . (-5) Lyn – 실화 ( True Story ) : 143
33 . (-4) Tei & Kan Mi Youn – 너에게 약속하는 7가지 ( The 7 Things I Promise You ) : 142
34 . (–) H-Eugene (feat. 8Eight Joo Hee) – 사랑경보 ( Love Warning ) : 140
35 . (-3) Mighty Mouth (with Navi) – 홀로 크리스마스 ( Christmas Alone ) : 139
36 . (New) Esther – 사랑이 변하니 ( Does Love Change? ) : 124
37 . (+9) Kim Kook Hwan – 안보여 ( I Can’t See ) : 123
38 . (New) Younha – 오늘 헤어졌어요 ( We Broke Up Today ) : 122
39 . (-1) Park Sang Woo – 바보를 위한 노래 ( Song for a Fool ) : 107
40 . (New) Brian – 내 여자 ( My Girl ) : 91
41 . (-4) FT Island – 러브레터 ( Love Letter ) : 88
42 . (+1) Shin Seung Hoon – 사랑치 ( Fool for Love ) : 86
43 . (New) Eun Ji Won – 사이렌 ( Siren ) : 82
44 . (New) Norazo – 형 ( Brother ) : 81
45 . (-15) Jang Hye Jin – 한 번만 울고 말자 ( Let’s Just Cry Once and Stop ) : 79
46 . (New) Various Artists – 크리스마스의 기적 ( Christmas Miracle ) : 78
47 . (-24) Beast – Bad Girl : 77
48 . (-13) SG Wannabe Lee Suk Hoon – 그리운 얼굴 ( I Miss Your Face ) : 76
49 . (New) Lee Ah Si – Hello : 60
50 . (-14) Dynamic Duo – 죽일 놈 ( Guilty ) : 52

Blue: Songs to watch out under top 20
Green: Editor’s recommendations under top 20

IhKa (feat. 1sagain) – 아파 (It Aches)
Genre: Pop Ballad

Album: IhKa Vol. 1 Track 2
Watch: MV
Our last bonus track this year is a great song. Known as the “unknown
musician”, producer and composer 1sagain makes a comeback with his
first project album with newbie singer IhKa. Back in 2008, Ikha debuted
with her first album [Introducing One’s Dream]. The song on this single
“It Aches” is a medium tempo ballad track that showcases IhKa’s sad
voice and 1sagain’s great rapping skills. The song was written by
lyricist Choi Kyung Yi and produced by composer Jung Pil Seung.
(credits to purpletiger86 for translations)

Lee Hyun Woo – 꿈 (Dream)
Genre: Pop / Dance

Album: Lee Hyun Woo Vol. 1 (1991) Track 4
Watch: MV Live Performance
Singer Lee Hyun-woo was born in Seoul in 1966. He studied in the US and
returned to Korea, debuting in as a singer in 1991. Lee Hyun-woo’s
debut album “Black Rainbow” was an instant success. Lee later entered
in the acting world, appearing in various television drama series.
Currently, Lee Hyun-woo performs as a singer, a radio DJ, an actor and
has also opened his own clothing store. “Dream” was the title song from
his debut album in 1991, and was the hit song that introduced Lee Hyun
Woo to the public. (credits to ~S2~)

Sources of the chart

Air Monitor Chart – 15%
MNet Top 100 + Cable Airplay Charts – 15%
Various Internet charts (Dosirak, MNet, Melon, Bugs, Monkey3, MusicOn, Cyworld, Soribada) – 15%
ChartKorea – 10%
Hottracks Weekly Album Sales (2 weeks lag) – 10%
SBS Inky Gayo Take 7 + Internet Chart + Music Video Chart – 10%
MBC Inky Top 100 Chart – 10%
KBS Music Bank K-Chart – 5%
MTV Chart – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows
(MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MNet M!Countdown, MBC
Music Travel LaLaLa, SBS Kim Jung Eun Chocolate, KBS Yoo Hee Yeol
Sketchbook , YTN Live Power Music, MTV Non-stop, Pops In Seoul) – 5%