For You K-Pop Love Songs for Valentine’s Day

Chocolates and flowers are great, but Valentine’s Day is all about love — and what better to relay heartfelt feelings than a good pop song? Korean pop, in this case. Korea is flooded with songs that address the ups and downs of relationships while trying to understand the emotion that makes people do crazy things.

For Valentine’s 2017 we’ve picked 25 K-pop songs that depict all sorts of romances: Happy ones, sad ones, lustful ones, innocent ones, and even one or two quirky ones. The whole range of the phenomena that we call love  is included in this playlist, so take a listen:

“Some” by Soyou & Junggigo

With this 2014 megahit, Soyou and Junggigo solidified the word “some” into K-pop fans’ vocabulary to describe the tricky in-between of a relationship that isn’t official, but has potential to grow into something more. Musically, the duet takes on that same sentiment as the duo trade off verses and varying feelings in a track that never gets too fast or too slow, but stays somewhere right in the middle. It’s undoubtedly a situation many may find themselves in on Valentine’s Day with this charming track relatable on so many levels.

“Symptoms” by SHINee

With high-flying vocals, the SHINee boys are lovesick and are trying to cope with all the dangerous signs that come from falling hard for someone. In fact, the guys’ love goes so deep, they end the moving R&B cut declaring: “I can’t live if I lose you.”

“Eat” by Zion.T
Korean R&B crooner Zion.T touches on what people really love the most in this snappy tune: food. “Take this song out and eat it like chocolate,” he sings, offering this jazzy song’s heartfelt lyrics up like the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, even if it’s not wrapped in a red heart-shaped box.

“My Love” by Lee Seung Chul​

One of Korea’s best live performers, Lee Seung Chul broke his four-year hiatus away from the music scene in 2013 with this heartbreaking-yet-uplifting rock-pop tune to detail love torn apart and a situation where it’s too painful to even say “I love you,” much less goodbye.

“Gold” by Hyomin

The warm embrace of the hazy synths and layered strings paired with the T-aramember’s breathy cooing sounds a bit more like British pop or something Sia would try than K-pop, but it works incredibly well with “Gold.” As Hyomin earnestly expresses how love improves her, or makes her golden, it’s hard not to feel the power of love.

“Eyes, Nose, Lips” by Taeyang

Love may be over, but the BIGBANG member mournfully reflects on the beauty of an ex in this tender R&B ballad. His emotions overflow on this romantic track, surpassing its melancholic nature to become one of the most beautiful Korean love songs ever.

“Heaven” by Ailee

From her debut single, Ailee proved that she had an ability beyond her years to communicate the deeper experiences one feels in love. In this dedication track, Ailee’s partner protected her and “taught her how to love in a harsh world.” Or, as she describes it, it’s simply “Heaven.”

“Wild Flower” by Park Hyo Shin

It may be about getting over the past and moving forward, but there are few rock ballads more beautifully poignant than “Wild Flower.” Park’s tender vocals soar over the accompanying instruments, rising and falling to match the building strings as he wails in anguish to match the pain of a longing heart. Despite the intensity, the song crescendos then lands gently, with the promise of renewal hummed along by Park’s mellow “la la la” melody.

“Airplane” by f(x)

This standout album cut on their adored Pink Tape LP sees f(x) using an “Airplane” as a metaphor to a potentially dangerous yet important adventure in romance. It’s all done over a fascinating blend of soaring harmonies and melancholy electro-pop production to paint a picture both lyrically and sonically.

“Love In The Ice” by TVXQ

Although it’s nearly a decade old, the operatic “Love In The Ice” is still a chilling-inducing ballad. The sweeping melody and earnest, soaring vocals are filled with such overwhelming passion as to induce a visceral response from the performance’s intensity.

“Touch Love” by Yoonmirae

With quivering vocals, the veteran rapper-singer describes how a love can create a true sense of warmth — even without touching — on this moving, piano-driven soundtrack ballad.

“Pretty U” by Seventeen

If you’re looking for some sweet encouragement on Valentine’s Day, here you are. Beginning with an a capella harmony and propulsive rap before launching into a sweet pop sound, “Pretty U” is an upbeat, light-hearted song perfect for the start of new love. The song’s staccatoed pacing between singing styles reflects the bafflement that accompanies the beginning of a relationship and the lyrics ask all the big questions, like when should you tell someone you love them and what should you wear when you do so. It’s pure, saccharine bubblegum love.

“Friday” by IU feat. Jang Yi-Jeong

For this acoustic duet, the pair realstically describe the anticipation of counting down the hours to see a new beau again. IU decides “Friday” is the perfect day to reunite with her new love — more or less because she says so — and croons alongside History’s Jang Yi-Jeong while the duo ponder what makes the other so irresistible.