As we wrap up 2022, we’re looking back on the year to review some of the best K-pop songs and music videos that took over our playlists and social media feeds.
Music acts from the Korean pop scene brought a slew of exciting albums and tracks to fans as the industry continued to grow on a global scale, with BTS‘ Jungkook taking part in the official soundtrack “Dreamers” for the Qatar World Cup and viral, and CL bringing an unexpected 2NE1 reunion to her Coachella stage.
BTS dropped their anthology album Proof before announcing their indefinite hiatus, which was followed by solo releases from the group’s members. The year was also filled with iconic reunions as Girls’ Generation returned with Forever 1 for their 15th anniversary and KARA regrouped for the first time in seven years. Meanwhile, BLACKPINK made their grand comeback with BORN PINK featuring “Shut Down” and “Pink Venom,” before embarking on their world tour.
In addition to these buzzy hits, 2022 was also a year of exciting, new music acts in the scene. LE SSERAFIM, HYBE Corporation‘s first-ever girl group, made their debut with the powerful track “FEARLESS” followed by their second album ANTIFRAGILE. Meanwhile, the company worked with K-pop veteran Min Hee-jin on NewJeans under its sub-label ADOR. The quintet gained much attention even before their debut, which featured some of the biggest hits of the year such as “Attention” and “Hype Boy.”
Continue scrolling to see Hypebae’s favorite K-pop songs and music videos of 2022. You can listen to these tracks on our Spotify playlist.