2015 in Review: Day 13 – Song of the Year

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[The 2015 in Review Series]

1. Prelude (Best Album Art)
2. R&B and Soul
3. Rock and Alternative
4. Rap and Hip-hop
5. Dance and Electronic
6. Pop and Ballad
7. Folk and Country
8. Jazz and Blues
9. Crossover and Other
10. Best Collaborative Work
11. Rookie Artist of the Year
12. Artist of the Year
13. Song of the Year
14. Album of the Year
15. Staff Picks
16. Other Recognition
17. Concluding Remarks

Song of the Year 2015

Yi Sung-yol – 노래1 (Nore1)

Composed/written/arranged by Yi Sung-yol

SYX was a much mellower album than V as a whole, but even then, “Nore1” was Yi Sung-yol at his most tender. The backdrop of this dreamy ballad seems to stretch out over an open expanse, with its fading synths, soft brush percussion, and subdued but determined piano cadence. Yi’s lyrics appear a dedication to music itself, observing how youthful attitudes and bitter grudges alike pass away in song. It’s thoughtful, touching, and inspiring, and it feels like an appropriate snapshot of how far a great career has come.

Runner-up Song of the Year 2015

Boni – I Love You (live MV here)

Composed/written/arranged by Grace Shin

This wintry single came out in December 2014, making it ineligible for our 2014 in Review series. Logistics aside, “I Love You” was incredible. A mesmerizing piano intro turns out to herald the only instrument involved, as Boni breathes out a shy but brave confession over the light accompaniment. Grace Shin‘s melody is as nuanced as it is gorgeous, occupying a line between tender and assertive. It was a compelling example of the power of austerity, and the best love song of the year.

The First Ten Out/Honorable Mentions

Fairy Tale - Another Dreams

3. Fairy Tale – 신바람 (High Spirits)

Composed by Kim Mun-seok (Chami); arranged by Fairy Tale

Ravie Nuage - 청춘 (Youth)

4. Ravie Nuage – 바람부는 날 (Windy Day)

Composed/written/arranged by Jeon Jin-hee; additional arrangement by Pomme, Park Chan-hyuk, and Shim Hyung-joo (all from Ravie Nuage)

Red Velvet - Ice Cream Cake

5. Red Velvet – Ice Cream Cake

Composed and arranged by Hayley Aitken, Sebastian Lundberg, Fredrik Haggstam, and Johan Gustafsson (Trinity Music); written by Cho Yun-kyoung and Kim Dong-hyun

Loro's - Time

6. Loro’s – Time (Featuring Yi Sung-yol)*

Composed and written by Do Jae-myung (Loro’s); arranged by Loro’s

Huckleberry P - Everest

7. Huckleberry P – Everest

Composed and arranged by Humbert; written by Huckleberry P

Lowdown 30 - Hotter

8. Lowdown 30 – 더뜨겁게 (Hotter)

Composed/written/arranged by Yoon Byung-joo (Lowdown 30); additional arrangement by Go Tae-young

Autumn Break - The Third Season

9. Autumn Break – 사하 (Caxa)

Composed and written by Bobby Chung (Autumn Break); arranged by Lee Byung-hoon

Hyunjung Choi - The Song Is You

10. Hyunjung Choi – Part 1

Composed by Hyunjung Choi

Primary - 2

11. Primary – 아끼지마 (Don’t Be Shy) (Featuring ChoA (AOA), Iron)

Composed and arranged by Primary; additional arrangement by Suran; written by Suran, Iron, and Acserum

Jung Cha-sik - 집행자 (The Executor)

12. Jung Cha-sik – 연인 (Lover)

Composed/written/arranged by Jung Cha-sik

*Studio version not available on YouTube.

Sources: header image and artist/album images from Bugs Music.

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