It’s Day 3 of the 2014 Countdown! Click Here to go back to Day 1 (#50-41).
160 music videos later, I have compiled a list of what are, in my humble opinion, the best K-pop music video to come out this year. This takes into account the song, story (if applicable), cinematography/appearance of the video, wardrobe, and dance (if applicable). The effectiveness of each factor in keeping a viewer entertained as well as how well the different factors balance each other out all equally contribute to my ranking of them in this list.
Every day, for the next five days, I will share with you ten music videos, in order, that I feel were put together with the best care, starting with #50 and ending with the #1 best music video of 2014 on New Years Eve.
Here are #30-21 of the Top 50 Music Videos of 2014!
#30: Roh Ji Hoon – A Song For you
Starting off Day 3 we have the second video by mysterious CUBE soloist, Roh Ji Hoon. Seriously, he supposedly debuted in 2012, but then was completely silent for all of 2013, only to release this music video in January of this year and then disappear again. Regardless, this video definitely stands out for me. The soft, subtle colors give the video a nostalgic, regretful tone, which goes along nicely with the light-rock song. I really hope to see more from Roh (Noh?) Ji Hoon because so far his two singles have been great!
#29: Teen Top – Missing
This video looks at the real side of relationships in which drugs are involved. The story is absolutely heartbreaking, where a boy loses his best friend, and a girl loses her boyfriend, however not by some tragic accident, but because he lost himself to his addiction. The story is told really well, and you can’t help but feel sympathetic toward everyone by the end of it.
#28: BTS – Danger
BTS has always been strong in mixing singing and rapping, and this song is one of the best examples of that. There is plenty of strong raps in this song, yet the chorus itself is sung softly and beautifully, and the two parts fit together surprisingly well. Coupled with a strong dance and cool sets, what more could you ask for? A subway never looked so good.
#27: 2AM – Days Like Today
2AM take part in their own music video while still incorporating actors and a story better than I have ever seen in K-pop. While they play ever present characters in the story, they remain on the side, leaving the spotlight on a main actor, an old man going about his day and reminiscing about his love. The old man even lipsyncs to the song, making the lyrics to the song directly related to his story. They made it believable and it turned out great.
#26: INFINITE – Back
When I first played this video, I though “Okay, typical video of the members in a gang, soft song, what’s new?” but then once the beat picked up and I saw the dance, I was floored. This is one of the best songs I have ever heard, and definitely my favorite by INFINITE. The story is full of action and sibling love, but what really sets this video apart from others is the fast-paced song and astounding dance.
#25: 100% – Beat
You can’t talk about this video without first pointing out the dance. This was one the best dances of the year in my opinion. 100% created one body, rather than six, working like the heart that is pulled out of the cyborg’s chest in the end. So much time and care must have been used in making these sets because they look amazing. The story is subtle, and in the end deep and heartbreaking (literally 😛 ). Beat is overall a really well-done music video.
#24: VIXX – Eternity
How do I even begin to talk about Eternity? Let’s start with the dance. Everything about this dance is entertaining. The lifts in the beginning, the way the members use their entire bodies for most of the different moves, and the final pose of lowering Ken down into the depths of the members. The song is composed so well and the video sad and heartbreaking. Eternity gives you the whole package.
#23: BTS – Boy in LuV
This is the unintentionally funny and adorable video of the tough boys in school trying to be all sensitive and confess their love for a girl. It is interesting to see how they try to woo her, and in the end we all get a happy ending. Aside from the story, this video has, in my opinion, one of BTS’s dances ever. They make such good use of the number of members and prove just how perfect their synchronization and teamwork is.
Although, as I said when I first reviewed this video, it’s all great and everything, but I do not at all approve of how Suga and Jin treated the girl. That’s not manly; it’s rude.
#22: Beatburger – She So High
She So High was a complete surprise from S.M. Entertainment, but it was a pleasant one. If you’re into electronic music, you will love this song. The video is so different from most K-pop music videos, with the actor and actress expressing their love for each other through dance and unspoken thoughts. Rather than tell a story, the video represents love as an emotion.
#21: Super Junior – This is Love
Finally, at number 21 is Super Junior’s second video in their big 2014 comeback. The song features the classic Super Junior sound with a fun and classy video showing the members singing in different parts of one cool circular room. The colors look really nice, with the whole thing being black and white, highlighting only pink, and the camerawork and editing make this an interesting video to watch. Despite not having a story, the video is entertaining from beginning to end.
That’s it for today! We’re more than halfway there! Check back in tomorrow for #20-11! Question of the Day: What did you think of these ten videos?