All of us here at Japako have had that one epiphanic moment when they discovered Hallyu. Mine was 13 years ago aged 11, when a Korean friend of mine gave me three songs that would change my world forever: BoA’s ‘Atlantis Princess’, G. C. Hammer’s ‘Club Arirang’, and SG Wannabe’s ‘Partner for Life’.

Unfortunately, I look a detour into J-Pop after circumstances allowed me to study Japanese at high school, and so I instead filled my MP3 player with BoA’s Japanese tracks. Then 2010 happened and brought with it another transformative moment: BIGBANG. Before I knew it, 2011—the year when Hallyu would spread its wings and spread across the world—came with a great deal of surprises that have allowed me to do one of the most difficult things I’ve done in a while: to be the first Japako staff member to list their top ten favourite Hallyu tracks of all time! As someone with particularly R&B, pop ballad, modern rock, and indie sensibilities, these ten tracks make up my daily life, my daily routine, and now my worldview.

So, here are my top ten favourite tracks!

1/10

TOP 10 by Tariq