R&B Is The Biggest K-Pop Sound Influence Right Now—Here Are 7 Recent Bangers To Prove It

K-pop can incorporate a ton of different genres from around the world, but there’s one that’s really been trending lately—R&B! That classic sultry sound is really in this summer, and here are just a few recent releases that prove it. The vibes are immaculate across the board!

TWICE’s Nayeon – “ABCD”

A great example of modern R&B combined with the dance-centered K-pop sound, TWICE’s Nayeon came back recently with her solo title track “ABCD.” It’s a total 180 from her solo debut with “POP!” in a great way, showcasing her versatility as an artist. You can’t beat the Y2K nostalgia here!

Zico – “SPOT! (feat. Jennie)”

One of the hottest collabs of the summer, it’s Zico and BLACKPINK’s Jennie! Zico has been loyal to the hip hop and R&B sound ever since he started his career, so you can tell that he’s dedicated to this sound. If you want a groovy track that will keep you dancing all night long, this is it!


Practically the perfect example of an R&B sound in K-pop, BABYMONSTER’s recent B-side “LIKE THAT” features the sultry vocals that are a hallmark of the genre and a fairly minimal backing track. The beat keeping the song in line combined with the light melody makes for a track that’s easy listening without being boring.

THE BOYZ’s Sunwoo and Eric – “Honey”

Another song that’s a great showcase of what happens when you combine the dance-focused style of K-pop with the smoother, lighter vibes of R&B, THE BOYZ members Sunwoo and Eric totally killed it with “Honey” earlier this year. The low-key vibes of this song are totally addictive!


EVERGLOW is a girl group usually known for their high-energy dance tracks, so “ZOMBIE” is a little bit of a refreshing switch-up! The light vocals are what really make this track feel like R&B, but there’s still enough of a grounding beat in the chorus that the K-pop energy comes through. It’s a unique blend that only EVERGLOW could pull off.

Stray Kids – “Lose My Breath”

An all-English track from Stray Kids, “Lose My Breath” is a lot lighter than the average Stray Kids—but not in a bad way! The members mastered the fresh vocals, and the rap section doesn’t feel incongruous with the rest of the song. It’s a laid-back version of the K-pop/R&B mix.

NewJeans – “Bubble Gum”

If you want to push it to the max on chill R&B vibes, NewJeans’s recent release “Bubble Gum” is the perfect song. There’s enough of a backing track that the vocals don’t feel empty, but it’s not overwhelming in the slightest. Plus, it’s just fun to listen to! It’s the ideal track for summer.

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