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13 Songs I Wish Spotify Had for My K-pop Playlist

What started as a simple thread on Twitter has encouraged me to share what I encountered when creating a K-pop playlist on Spotify.

In October, I made the decision to switch from Google Play Music to Spotify since the app is no longer available for Android users and is now replaced by YouTube Music.

In the past, I was hesitant about creating a Spotify account as they didn’t have much K-pop in their music library. But I caved in and decided to see how many songs I could find.

For background, I’ve been listening to K-pop since I was about 12 years old, thanks to my curiosity as a preteen. Once I added Spotify, I became motivated to find every song that I know possible for my own personal playlist.

That’s when I realized not every song I knew was on this app.

With that said, let’s begin with the 13 songs I wish Spotify had available on their music library.

1) Orange Caramel – Bangkok City

Orange Caramel, a trio from the girl group, AFTERSCHOOL, released this song in 2011 as part of one of their projects. Though there also seems to be a Japanese version from their debut Japanese album in 2013.

If I could tell you one thing about this song, it’s the perfect nightclub song! “Bangkok City” is, by far, one of their most unforgettable tracks.

2) IU – You & I

One of the most well-known Korean soloists, IU, released this nostalgic track in 2011 from her album, Last Fantasy.

“You & I” has always felt like a song you’d listen to if you’re in the mood to just zone out and imagine yourself in another world. Plus, it feels like it can be perfect for a fairy-tale movie score.

3) SeeYa, Davichi and T-ARA – Wonder Woman

Girl groups SeeYa & T-ARA and pop-duo Davichi collaborated as a project group to release this track in 2010.

What makes this track so memorable for me is its powerful vocals and catchy chorus!

4) T-ARA – Round and Round

In 2012, T-ARA released this promotional single, which instantly felt like an 80’s inspired track. It has a similar sound in comparison to one of their other tracks, “Roly Poly.”

I’ll admit, this song has yet to leave my mind since the first time I listened to it.

5) 4Minute – I My Me Mine

Coming from their second mini-album, Hit Your Heart, 4Minute released this popular track in mid-2010. At the moment, Spotify only has the Japanese version available on their application.

There’s just something about this 4Minute song that makes me want to sing this in a karaoke bar.

6) Girls’ Generation – Time Machine

In 2011, Girls’ Generation released this track on their Japanese album, Re:package Album “Girls’ Generation” ~The Boys~.

Now I know what you’re thinking; this song technically doesn’t qualify as a K-pop track since it’s in Japanese. However, I felt it was important to add to my list.

This soft, almost ballad-like track makes me want to listen on a rainy day.

7) 2NE1 – Be Mine

In 2012, 2NE1 released this track, which was inspired by the Intel Ultrabook, for the Intel Make Thumb Noise Project.

One thought that runs through my mind is how this song would be suitable for a Valentine’s Day inspired playlist, as well.

8) Yangpa, Davichi, and Hanna – Love is All The Same

This underrated collaboration song was released in 2012 and features the voices of two Korean singers, Yangpa and Hanna.

In every Davichi track, the duo exudes powerful vocals and emotion.

9) 2 PM and Girls’ Generation – Cabi Song

JYP Entertainment’s 2PM and SM Entertainment’s Girls’ Generation released this collaboration single in mid-2010.

This song needs to be streamed every summer – but the video alone makes me want to be saved by these K-pop lifeguards!

10) Jessi – SSENUNNI

In 2015, Jessi released her very first rap single after starring in survival programs such as Unpretty Rapstar and Show Me The Money.

This song made me realized how fascinated I was with learning rap, in general.

11) Seohyun – It’s Okay Even If It Hurts

Seohyun, a member of Girl’s Generation, released this song for the K Drama soundtrack, Kim Su-ro, The Iron King, in 2010.

Personally, the lyrics and beautiful ballad easily captured my attention.

12) J. Y. Park – Honey

Straight off the album, Even After 10 Years, the song “Honey” was released in 1998.

My first encounter with the song was Chaeyoung’s cover in the survival program, SIXTEEN. Safe to say it’s been stuck in my head since then.

13) TWICE – I’m Gonna Be A Star

The theme song from the survival program, SIXTEEN, was recorded and released by TWICE in 2016 from their Page Two album.

To this day, my mind always associates the phrase, “I’m gonna be…” with this song.

Missing or Unavailable Music

With this interest in noting which songs are not available on Spotify, it made me curious to know why these songs (and others) were not available on the app.

According to Spotify’s community section, the company responded to a user’s comment in regards to unavailable music.

Spotify stated that “…unavailable music is almost always a decision by the artist/label to withhold the content from Spotify.” In their comment, they also add that it can also be due to legal issues regarding the specific track.

Spotify also provided a link to a Google Form to submit any songs or albums users seek for the app. Though, I’m not certain if it still works.

Until then, I’ll just have to listen to these songs on YouTube.

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