2017 In Review: Day 16 – Concluding Remarks

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2017 In Review

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. Other Recognition
16. Concluding Remarks

With the general categories wrapped up, our two-week series concludes here; as a parting shot, we’ll do a quick roundup of what other publications have picked in their year-end lists.

We certainly had fun, and hope that this 2017 in Review provided a useful retrospective and/or introductions to some good music you may have missed. Meanwhile, with 2018 well underway, there’s already plenty to check out: new work from Younha, Car the Garden, Flash Flood Darlings, Koh Sangji, and more are already keeping me occupied. Here’s to another great year for music!

The Roundup: What Others Have Picked

As we emphasize all the time, our series is not comprehensive – some works are always going to fall through the cracks. A meta-analysis of other publications’ roundups can help fill in those blanks, and also show us what kind of works are getting widespread acclaim.

Below is a list of songs and albums that have been named to other publications’ year-end lists. Outlets surveyed are IZMWeiv, MusicY, and Bugs Music. (Sadly, Naver Music discontinued their reviews program in June and Diffsound has become inactive. I wanted to include the excellent Idology this year, but they have not yet published their list at time of writing.)

I saw some quite surprising picks this year: from Red Velvet’s Perfect Velvet being named Weiv’s Album of the Year to Pakk’s Salpuri being named MusicY’s, the intersection of diverse writing staffs and publication-specific tastes yielded some very interesting outcomes. Love the diversity here, as well. (A disclaimer: I do not look at any of these lists before writing Hellokpop’s series in order to avoid inadvertent biases as much as possible.)

Some remarks on notation and details:

  • Works that did not appear in our 2017 in Review are listed in italics. (Specifically, if a song or album did not appear as an entry in any of our genre or general categories – not counting Album Art or Other Recognition – then it is italicized. Honorable mentions count. If a song did not get picked by us but the album containing it did, the song still gets italicized since it didn’t appear on its own merit.)
  • Publications that selected each work appear in brackets, and multiple selections are bolded. If a work in italics is getting universal praise, you could say that we “whiffed” that much harder.
  • Weiv publishes their writers’ personal picks (their own honorable mentions, you could say) in addition to their official list. I have included these in the past, but am leaving them out this year to improve readability. (They pick a ton of works!) Korean readers can see them here (albums) and here (songs).

Many of the works below that we omitted were simply due to differing opinions, but others were legitimately missed. We hope that you will check them out as well!


3rd Line Butterfly – Divided By Zero [MusicY]
Abyss – Recrowned [MusicY]
Adoy – Catnip [MusicY]
The Black Skirts – Team Baby [MusicY, Bugs]
Chaboom – Sour [Bugs]
Code Kunst – Muggles’ Mansion [IZM]
Day6 – Sunrise [IZM]
Doe Jaemyoung – 토성의 영향 아래 (Under the Sign of Saturn) [MusicY]
Duvv – With You in Mind [Weiv]
Epik High – We’ve Done Something Wonderful [IZM]
Fana – Fanaconda [IZM]
Grack Thany – Grack Thany Presents ‘8luminum’ [Weiv]
Han Seung-seok & Jung Jaeil – 끝내 바다에 (And There, the Sea at Last) [Weiv]
Hyukoh – 23 [MusicY]
Idiotape – Dystopian [Bugs]
In the Endless Zanhyang We Are – 우연의 연속에 의한 필연 (Inevitability Under Consecutive Coincidence) [Weiv]
Kim Chang-hoon and the Black Stones – 김창완 (Kim Chang-wan) [IZM]
Kim Jae-ha – Into Ashes [MusicY]
Kim Mok-in – 콜라보 씨의 일일 (A Day in the Life of Mr. X) [Weiv]
Kim Oki – fuckingmadness [IZM]
Legit Goons – Junk Drunk Love [IZM]
Lowdown 30 – B [MusicY]
MKS – 두 개의 시간 (Different Times) [MusicY]
Pakk – Salpuri [MusicY]
Park Ji-yoon – parkjiyoon9 [Bugs]
Red Velvet – Perfect Velvet [Weiv]
Seo Young Do Electric Ensemble – 가물거리는 세상 (The Hazy World) [Bugs]
Shin Hae-kyung – 나의 가역반응 (My Reversible Reaction) [Weiv]
Sister’s Barbershop – 홀로 있는 사람들 (People Who Stay Alone) [IZM, MusicY]
Sowall – Favorite [Weiv]
Ssingssing – Ssingssing [Weiv]
TakeOne – 녹색이념 (Green Ideology) [IZM]
TFO – ㅂㅂ [Weiv]
Yi Sung-yol – Yosedreamyose [IZM]


Abyss – May Bloody May [MusicY]
Adoy – Grace
AkMu – Dinosaur [Bugs]
The Black Skirts – 나랑 아니면 (Who Do You Love) [MusicY]
Bolbbalgan4 – 썸 탈거야 (Some) [IZM]
BTS – 봄날 (Spring Day)
Cosmos Superstar – 북극광 (Aurora) (Kirara Remix) [Weiv]
Decadent – 봄 (Spring) [Weiv]
Doe Jaemyoung – 토성의 영향 아래 (Under the Sign of Saturn) (Feat. Lee Ja-ram) [MusicY]
Electron Sheep – 던전 2 (Dungeon 2) [Weiv]
Flash Flood Darlings – End of Time [Weiv]
GroovyRoom – Sunday (Feat. Heize, Jay Park) [IZM]
Hyukoh – Tomboy [IZM, Weiv]
Idiotape – Dystopian [MusicY]
IU – 밤편지 (Through the Night) [IZM, MusicY]
Joonsam – Doraji the Flower [Bugs]
Kim Jae-ha – The Essential [MusicY]
Lee Jin-ah – 계단 (Stairs) [IZM]
Pakk – 재(再) (Re-) [Weiv]
Parasol – 경마장 다녀오는 길 (Road Back from the Racetrack) [Weiv]
Parasol & Silica Gel – Space Angel [MusicY, Bugs]
Red Velvet – 빨간 맛 (Red Flavor) [IZM, MusicY]
Se So Neon – 긴 꿈 (Long Dream) [Weiv]
Uhm Jung-hwa – Photographer (Feat. Jung Ryeo-won) [Weiv]*
Ureluna – 달의 뒷면 (On the Back Side of the Moon) [Weiv]
Winner – Really Really [IZM]
Woo Won-jae – 시차 (We Are) (Feat. Loco & Gray) [IZM, MusicY, Bugs]
Yeseo – Bud [Bugs]
Zico – Artist [IZM]

*This came out in December 2017, so it was not eligible for our series.

Sources: Soyou album art from Bugs Music

Read our past series:

2016 In Review

2015 in Review

2014 in Review

2013 in Review

2012 in Review

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