K-POP is a genre of pop music that has roots in South Korea. Although K-pop encompasses many different subgenres and styles, it is most commonly defined as a style of pop music with elements of hip hop, electronic dance music, and R&B. It has been popular in East Asia and parts of Europe since the late 1990s when Korean Wave (Korean pop) swept across Asia and other parts of the world. While K-pop is primarily associated with South Korea, many K-pop artists are now gaining popularity outside the Korean Peninsula.
K-pop is a global phenomenon, with fans from all over the world. K-pop’s popularity has grown significantly over the past few years, and you can find it on nearly every continent. K-pop has evolved a long journey since its humble beginnings in the ‘90s. It’s now has become one of the most admired genres in the world, and it’s attracting more fans every day.
There are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on K-pop – from its diverse range of sounds and styles to its growing influence on fashion and cultural trends. When it comes to K-pop albums, it’s hard to beat the classics. Whether you prefer your K-pop albums with a few upbeat tracks or a few slower ones, there’s something for everyone. Then there are the mixed albums: two or more artists put together to form a cohesive whole. These are great for discovering new artists, and they can be a lot of fun too.
You can’t go wrong with any of these albums, from the hits to the hidden gems and everything in between. Each one is sure to please your ear and your heart. So take a look at our list of the best K-pop albums of year 2022 and pick one or two to add to your collection. Then enjoy all the best K-pop songs and albumsthis year and beyond!
Super Yuppers by WJSN CHOCOME
Super Yuppers is the second k-pop album by the very famous WJSN CHOCOME. It was released on January 5, 2022, with "Super Yuppers!" serving as the title track of the album.WJSN Chocome is a girl group WJSN which is a consistent brand. Their quirky, retro electropop is quite similar to the efforts of that of Orange Caramel, CocoSori, and Crayon Pop. Although Super Yuppers, is only their second single, their two songs are so popular that help them to keep in this category. It’s the latest in a long trend of retro synth-pop. The "Super Yuppers" music video is with a touch of a superhero aesthetic and the storyline isa reflection of anime such as Sailor Moon, which makes WJSN Chocome's striking resemblance to Japanese pop music and a bit of kawaii culture.
The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE by TXT
TXT's latest album, "The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE," has to be on the list of the best K-pop albums of 2022. It is their second studio album, and it is a genre mash-up of pop-punk, electronic pop, and pop-rock.It’s the best hit album in South Korea. TXT has been famous of bring something new to the K-pop world and is always looking for working on new ways to reinvent itself.This album has a youthful vibe to it. It appears dramatic, but it also has the motivation to givethe courage to get back up after falling. The melodies and lyrics in these compositions are fueled by foreboding, but they make you feel alive and live. "The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE" creates a pop style which is appreciated by people of all tastes while it remains different.
Grey Suit by Suho
The atmospheric alt-rock of "Morning Star" kicks off Suho's Grey Suit in a reviving manner, but it's difficult not to feel melancholy as the song progresses. The soft and slow rock style is what makes this a unique piece. The EXO member's vocal performances are delicate and emotional.In the chorus of "Bear Hug," the length with which he holds a note is the point where it is conveyingthe gist. It's as if the singer is hugging them with his voice, extending himself toward the person he misses. Grey suit is a hint of huskiness to some parts of the song which gives a heartwarming feeling, while the higher tone during the bridge and chorus is just so charming, beautiful and heavenly.
Don't Call Me/Atlantis by SHINee
SHINee has faded from public view due to military enlistments. SHINee is the Prince of K-pop, on the other hand, they came back better than ever, with Don't Call Me. It’s their seventh studio album, and they're sticking to their pop formula which is hip hop. Don't Call Me: Atlantis is the band's repackaged version of the album, and it takes the album to new heights. This album was new and different that’s why people liked it.
Don't Fight the Feeling by EXO
EXO's seventh album Don't Fight the Feeling is more lovely and upbeat, and quite not a choice if you are looking for some serious music. When this album was revealed, it was a bust from K-pop fans. This album is a special one as it was a souvenir to come back tothe k-pop world. Don’t fight the feeling come back was full of hopefulness and energy. The album is infectious and a good gift to EXO fans.
YOUNG-LUV.COM by STAYC
This one is a mini album by STAYC which is in English and is quite different from the typical Kpop style. So STAYC experimented with the album to broaden the opportunitiesfornon-K-pop fans to enjoy their music. This album is a full bust of variety from singles to confident stereotype pop songs. The guitar backing songs are just too melodious and hypnotizing.
The Reve Festival 2022 — Feel My Rhythm by Red Velvet
Red Velvet delivered a dreamy album that reflects the elegance which is their signature style. Their musical references are equally classic and they are always ranked at the top because you have to be ready for what they come up with everytime (the surprises). "Feel My Rhythm" samples Bach, and "In My Dreams" employs a waltz structure. The Reve Festival 2022 — Feel My Rhythm is hip-hop that Red Velvet is experts for. The vocal harmonies of the members are super duper. They have made a gold standard in the k-pop world.
Sticker/Favorite by NCT 127
Their previous hit ‘sticker’ was a massive hit so NCT 127 came up and hit the k-pop world with ‘Favorite’. The whole k-pop family become so excited and it just hit the strings of their heart. NCT is an innovative brand that brings new ideas and items to its list. Both albums contain three songs which are hard-hitting raps and beautiful ballads, making it a must-listen!
LOVE DIVE by IVE
In 2022, a specific type of melody and singing style will be heard in the choruses of songs by K-pop girl groups. It's made up of low-noted melodies sung in a spoken-like, sometimes whispered style. IVE's LOVE DIVE is unquestionably the best in its category. The enigmatic effect is created by the dramatic chord progression behind the members' vocals. It's surrounded by enigmatic "oh ohoh" chants that appear in both the pre-and post-chorus."LOVE DIVE" has the potential to be one of the best K-pop choruses in 2022. Would you dare to listen?
Blood Moon by ONEUS
When combing traditional Korean music with new touch is the speciality of oneus and the blood moon is a classic example of it. The second song of this album ‘Luna’ is a classic example of a traditional song and is made interesting with its notes. The synthpop beats combined with 80’s music, flutes and strings make the album so beautiful and a masterpiece. This is the in K-pop this year is the combination of "Into: Window" and "Luna."
The best K-pop albums are considered to be those that showcase the best talent in K-pop. In other words, they need to be good both musically and visually. Album artwork plays a big role here, as it needs to be eye-catching and memorable. Many K-pop fans also consider an album’s overall production value when choosing their favourites.