Turtles still remain at No. 1 with “비행기” (Aeroplanes). Overall this song has been No. 1 for 5 weeks (non-consecutive). If they stay on top for next week, it will be the first song ever in this chart to record 6 or more weeks on top. Several other songs had been 5 weeks No. 1. With the top 3 songs remaining unchanged for yet another week, and with M!Countdown not having a show this past Thursday, I’d say Turtles have a very good chance to stay at No. 1 next week.
Park Jung Ah’s first solo song “Yeah” moves up 7 spots to No. 4, looking to become the next No. 1 song, or at least challenge the top 3 songs which seem to have remained there forever.
However, Park Jung Ah’s song is not our biggest mover. It belongs to Shinhwa’s “Throw My Fist”, which rebounded from No. 19 to No. 11 this week. It looked as if this song was on the way out, but has made an impressive come back this week.
There are 4 new songs this week, led by Paran’s “다섯걸음” (Five Steps) at No. 9. This quartet debuted late last year, and both singles of their 1st album barely missed entering our top 20. This time, they not only make their first appearance on our chart but enter straight into the top 10.
SM entertainment’s prized new female singer Jang Ri In debuted at No. 15 with ‘Timeless” (featured Xiah of DBSG), while YG family’s prized new group Big Bang entered at No. 19 with “눈물뿐인 바보” (Tears of a Fool). Both companies spent a lot of time and effort to train and to promote them. They have a bright future for sure.
The last new song was Lee Jung’s “그대 그대 그대” (You You You) at No. 17. It was the follow up song on his 3rd album. The first single “열” (Fever) made it to the top 10 earlier this year.
To listen to the 1 minute sample, you need to follow the links to melon.com and install the melon player to your computer. After that, click on the song title to listen.
1. (–) Turtles – 비행기 (Aeroplanes) *** 5 WEEKS NO. 1 ***
Album: Turtles Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
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.
Music + Lyrics: Lim Sung Hoon (Turtleman)
2. (–) Psy – 연예인 (Performer)
Genre: Pop / Hip-Hop
Album: Psy Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on Psy’s 4th album titled "Ssajip," its lyrics are very much like the one from Psy’s hit song "Utopia" with exciting and refreshing rhythm. In this song, he sings about being an entertainer to a woman he loves. Psy plays a double role of a genuine man and a comical angel through this music video.
Music: Psy / Lyrics: Yoon Gun Hyung
3. (–) 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
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.
Music: Park Soo Jong / Lyrics: Choi Kap Won
4. (+7) Park Jung Ah – Yeah
Album: Park Jung Ah Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
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.
Music: Mark Jackson / Lyrics: Cho Eun Hee
5. (+2) Cherry Filter – Happy Day
Album: Cherry Filter Vol. 4 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
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.
Music + Lyrics: Jung Woo Jin
6. (–) Girl Friends – May Be I Love You
Genre: Pop / Hip-hop
Album: Girl Friends Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Pretty ‘Girl Friends’ don’t look like they’re in their 30s, they said ‘Maybe I love you’ is their thanks to music fans who have supported them for the past 10 years. Their album is great, so it will come as no surprise if more songs of theirs enter our top 20. Their next single could be ‘Bite my lips’ (Track 04 – feat. Big Tone)
Music: Lee Sang Baek / Lyrics: Park Hae Woon
7. (+3) YB – 오늘은 (Today)
Album: Yoon Do Hyun Band Vol. 7 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on YB’s seventh album titled "Why be?" this song is a sentimental rhythm rock music. The lyrics and melody deliver a hopeful message and instill energy to all listeners. The music video which stars all the members of YB adds to the listening enjoyment.
8. (-3) Seo Young Eun – 좋아좋아 (I Like It)
Genre: Pop Ballad
Album: Seo Young Eun Remake – Romantic 2 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on Seo Young Eun’s 2nd remake album titled "Romantic 2," this album includes the remake hits from the 70s to 80s. It makes the older generation reminiscent of old times, while introducing the new music to the younger generation. This title song is a remake version of The Weather Forecast’s song "I like it."
Music + Lyrics: Na Deur
9. (New) Paran – 다섯걸음 (Five Steps) *** HOT SHOT DEBUT ***
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: Paran Vol. 2 Track 2 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on Paran’s second album titled "Beyond The Blue Sky," this medium tempo song combines a strong beat with charismatic vocals. A member from Usher’s production team participated in the making of this eight-beat dance song. The group displays dazzling dance skills in the music video which was shot in Thailand.
Music: Garry Haas / Lyrics: Park Ki Hyun
10. (+2) MC The Max – 사랑을찾아서 (Searching For Love)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: Somewhere Over The Rainbow Vol. 2 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on digital omnibus album titled "Somewhere over the RAINBOW vol. 2," it is a bossa nova style music displaying somewhat different feel from the group’s previous songs. Its poignant lyrics are about a man separated with his lover still wandering around her, not having to forget her. This lyrics are in perfect harmony with member Lee-su’s vocals.
Music + Lyrics: J
Featured on Shinhwa’s 8th album titled “State of the art Special Edition" and Japanese album titled "Inspiration #1," this song is arranged in Solid Groove Mix version and its dynamic hip-hop sound gives more strength to the song. The music video features two of the group’s members – Eric and Kim Dong-wan – chasing one another.
12. (-8) See Ya – 미친 사랑의 노래 (Crazy Love Song)
Genre: R&B ballad
Album: KBS Drama "Invisible Man Choi Jang Soo" OST Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
This is the theme song of the drama "Invisible Man, Choi Jang-soo", which stars Chae Si-ra and Yoo Oh-sung. Also featured on the O.S.T of the drama, the song’s sad lyrics and medium tempo with bright melody give ironic color to the song. The music video is a sequel to the song "Slippers" from the group’s first album.
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
13. (-4) Lee Ji Hye – Love Me Love Me
Genre: Pop / Dance
Album: Lee Ji Hye special single # + 1 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on Lee Ji-hye’s special single album titled "#+1," it is written by the S#arp’s hit maker Park Hae Woon. Its modern rock beat and jazz style guitar melody are in perfect harmony with the lyrics.
Music: Park Hae Woon / Lyrics: Kim Young Ah
14. (-6) Kim Jong Kook – 사랑한다는말 (Words of Loving You)
Genre: Mid-tempo ballad
Album: Kim Jong Kook Vol. 4 Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on Kim Jong-kook’s 4th album titled "Fourth Letter," it’s a refreshing medium tempo song where its lyrics and melody add poignancy to the song. Yoon Eun-hye, who is a close friend of Kim Jong-kook, displayed a great act in the music video. Kim hasn’t been in the limelight for some time due to his military service, but you can catch a glimpse of his back in the video.
Music: Cho Young Soo / Lyrics: Yoon SaRa
15. (New) Jang Ri In – Timeless
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Jang Ri In – Timeless Track 1 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on Chinese singer ZhangLiYin’s debut single album titled "Timeless," this elegant song brings out an oriental melody with an R&B groove. It’s a traditional ballad song by ZhangLiYin and TVXQ!’s Xiah. The song dwells on a love that’s both everlasting and sorrowful.
Music: Foreign Song / Lyrics: Kenzie
16. (+2) Buzz – My Love
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: Buzz Vol. 3 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on Buzz’s 3rd album titled "Perfect," it’s a story about two lovers waiting for separation. Its moderate piano and string play add to the song’s poignant feel. The lyrics are connected to the song "My Darling," which is included in the group’s third album. Continuing the titled song "You Don’t Know Guys," Buzz’s guitarist Sohn Sung-hee put on a great act in this music video.
Music: Lee Sang Joon / Lyrics: Lee Jae Kyung
17. (New) Lee Jung – 그대 그대 그대 (You You You)
Album: Lee Jung Vol. 3 Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
The follow up song from Lee Jung’s 3rd album titled "Rebirth of Regent". Lee Jung wrote this song himself. The melody continues to be an uptempo R&B tune, which has become Lee Jung’s trademark style.
Music + Lyrics: Lee Jung
18. (-2) Hwan Hee – Tomorrow
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: MBC Drama "Over The Rainbow" OST Track 16 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on the O.S.T of the drama "Over the Rainbow," this song is played in the drama "Over the Rainbow," starring Fly to the Sky’s Fany and rookie star Kim Ok-Bin. Its moderate lyrics and poignant melody are in perfect harmony. The song also brings out Fany-style soul music.
Music: Park Hae Woon / Lyrics: Kang Eun Kyung
19. (New) Big Bang – 눈물뿐인 바보 (Tears of a Fool)
Genre: R&B Ballad
Album: Big Bang First Single Track 4 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Features on BIGBANG’s first single album titled "BIGBANG." BIGBANG is YG’s five-member rookie group composed of G.DRAGON, TAEYANG, DAESUNG, V, and T.O.P. The group members not only dance and sing but also write the lyrics and the music. For the first single album, the group is divided into teams to select the songs they like to sing and promote.
Music: Jun Seung Woo / Lyrics: Ahn Young Min
20. (-6) TRAX – 초우 (Cold Rain)
Genre: Rock Ballad
Album: TRAX Vol. 1 Track 3 – Listen here for 1 minute sample
Featured on TRAX’s first album titled "Cold Rain," this song expresses loneliness and sorrow of a person left alone. The music video is produced in music drama style on the theme of love, friendship, and betrayal. Members of the TRAX and Chun Sang Ji Hee’s Lina played the main roles in the music video.
Music + Lyrics: Kenzie
Dropped out from last week:
13. Rumble Fish – I Go
15. Superjunior – Dancing Out
17. Ayumi – Cutie Honey
20. Cho PD & Brown Eyed Girls – Hold The Line
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 September week 4:
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, MNet Internet Chart, MaxMP3, Muz, Bugs, Hanteo Top 50, Ohdio) – 15%
MTV Korea – Artist & Music Charts – 5%
Gasoo appearance on gayo shows (MBC Music Core, SBS Inky Gayo, KBS Music Bank, MNet M!Countdown, SBS Music Wave, KBS Yoon Do Hyun Love Letter, MTV Top Choices, MTV Breakfast Club, Show! Music Tank, Pops In Seoul) – 5%