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The List: Clarence’s Top 50 Songs of 2011 Part II: 21-50

6 Jan

Here to continue with my obsessive listing, I bring you #50 through #21 on my list of favorite songs of the year! We’re going to wrap the lists this week. So without further ado, here they are accompanied by short anecdotes on each track

50. Don’t Spray Perfume – Teen Top:

The lyrics are sexy and forbidding, the music is fun and bright, and the vocals are quite mature.

49. They Are Coming – Wheesung:

His last song before the military carries bittersweet undertones; He is a fantastic singer and lyricist.

48. One Last Cry – N-Train:

The new 4Men? Maybe. This song does well to showcase their very strong vocals. The music is sweet too.

47. Watch Out – ZE:A:

This is just so adorable given my past dislike for this group! The song perfectly catches the essence of summer.

46. The Boys – SNSD:

Despite my mixed feelings for the album, this is a solid, if a letdown from SNSD, song is a very addicting sexy romp.

45. Well Done – Navi:

Dramatic vocals mix well with the simple pop-instrumentation; It’s an understated pop track whose lyrics resonate.

44. Shake it Up – Seo In Guk:

The ultimate fun-loving, hyper-charming, and very cute track of the year with a good dose of strong vocals.

43. Shampoo – After School:

Underrated danceable electronic track; AS is just so compelling, angelic, and sound so lovely in this song.

42. Black and White – G.Na:

Quirky, very girly, and offers up G.Na’s most fun song to date, even exceeding Top Girl’s own quirks and funness.

41. Golden Lady – Lim Jeong Hee:

Powerful Alicia Keys-like vocalization mixed with romantic beats and cute girly coos is very interesting.

40. Intuition – CN Blue

So what if this is pretty much “I’m a Loner” version two? It’s still as refreshing and as impressive as the former.

39. Tomorrow – Tablo ft. Taeyang

Very American in its production; Taeyang is fantastic but Tablo’s rap delivery is superb: urgent and charismatic.

38. Don’t Cry – Bom Park:

Proves that Bom has the makings of a solo artist; fascinatingly fairy-tale like; reminds me of “You and I” a lot.

37. Hello Hello – FT Island:

Stays true to the band’s sensibilities; Hongki is emotionally charged at specific points but always great.

36. Baby Don’t Cry – Daesung:

It’s stark, simple, and Daesung sounds so haunting (or haunted?). Proves again that he’s BB’s best singer.

35. Midnight Circus – Sunny Hill:

Strangely compelling, unfathomably interesting, and surprisingly fun and dancey. They deserve more.

34. Mr. Simple – Super Junior:

In the same vein as “Sorry Sorry” and “Bonamana”, Mr. Simple screams “DANCE! DANCE!” all over again.

33. My Heart is Beating – K Will:

Soft pop music and K Will’s silky voice makes your heart melt and your body quake; cute and romantic.

32. Hands Up – 2PM:

Hands Up is an awesome club track that will have you jumping the moment it starts. Their joy is just infectious.

31. Bubble Pop – HyunA:

Admittedly addicting and despite its irksome video, the song sticks to your head like bubble gum, in a good way.

30. Feel Like Dying – Hwanhee:

Like Brian, he succeeds in making his anguish and hurt so palpable with distinguishable on-point vocals.

29. Please – Kim Hyun Joong:

The only KHJ song that is worthy for me. It’s his most vocally smooth and enticing performance to date.

28. Love, When It’s Over – Brian:

It sounds like an elegant classic and a song that many young people will try to replicate for audition.

27. It Hurts – Boni:

She’s so good at expressing hurt and maturity and you can’t resist the temptation to cry. Understated but explosive.

26. Alive – Jun.K:

Goes through various musical genres and style only to end up at the same wonderful, brass, and lively song that it is.

25. Time is Over – Jang Woo Hyuk:

Club-ready, timely, and unique blend of electronica, rap, and some dance pop. Choreography is great too.

24. Even In my Dreams – GO:

He sings with open-hearted sincerity and his lyrics are quite impressive. Bonus points for charismatic rap.

23. Hello – Huh Gak:

Deeply felt, emotional, and lyrically impressive is not enough to describe the epic scale of Huh Gak’s soulful song.

22. Because We’re Friends – Lee Seung Gi:

Constant reminder of LSG’s vocal prowess and impressive emoting. Best song since debut.

21. Starlight Moonlight – Secret:

Quirky and definitely stylistically unique; it is old school fun mixed with joyful vocals from these girls.

–Clarence

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