Every year, they release a winter special album and all the feels ensue as a result.
For those of you who don't listen to EXO, they're known for releasing a winter special album every year in December! They've released these special albums in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Although it doesn't seem like there will be a winter album this year, they are releasing their repackaged album of "Don't Mess Up My Tempo," now known as "Love Shot" on December 13th!
So, even though it's not one of their winter albums, at least we still get some new music this holiday season! While all of their holiday songs are amazing, some of them pack a little bit more of a punch than others, so here are the top 10 EXO holiday songs you should listen to this December! (Side note: Not all of these GIFs correlate to the actual song, but they do feature EXO wearing holiday outfits!).
12월의 기적 (Miracles in December)Giphy
Arguably the entire Miracles in December album is AMAZING, but the title song blows me away every time I listen to it! The song only features Chen, Baekhyun, and D.O., but the music video has all of the members in it and is also very touching and sweet.
This is one of the more upbeat songs on the list, which is probably why it's so much fun to listen to! The actual lyrics might not have anything to do with the holidays, but it still manages to evoke holiday feelings! Plus, the live performance is very entertaining to watch.
첫 눈 (The First Snow)Giphy
The feel of the song is very deceptive against its actual meaning, but it still is super sweet to listen to and having EXO sing "Merry Christmas" definitely puts a smile on my face.
Sing For YouGiphy
OK, the music video for this song is stunning, and also makes me cry every time. The song itself makes me cry every time I listen to it. Their voices are so beautiful and the emotions just well up uncontrollably.
This love song has a couple of small Christmas references, but it is actually happy this time! And it's so cute to listen to, and the emotions behind it really make it beautiful to listen to, especially around the holidays.
This song has a very different feel from a lot of the others on this list, particularly because it features a lottt of Chanyeol and his rapping. But it's still super fun to listen to and definitely a favorite of mine!
Just like "Sing For You," this songs hits me RIGHT in the feels, and I can't help but cry when the buildup finally explodes towards the end of the song. This was is also a little sad, but still very beautiful and feels very appropriate.
This one also maybe isn't terribly Christmas-y, but if you listen to it, you'll understand why it's on this list. Trust me.
This song is pretty much on here because it's really cute and they looked absolutely adorable when they performed it wearing those Santa suits.
This one only features Suho, Baekhyun, Chen, and D.O., but it is very relaxing to listen to, and definitely would be a great song to listen to if it was snowing outside!
Why limit yourself to just one language?
Technology has allowed for globalization to accelerate at an incredible pace. Thanks to this, finding new music has become a breeze. And the best part is that new music can come from literally anywhere in the world. These are 15 artists you must know!
BTS is a Korean pop group that has become a global sensation. They debuted in 2013. Song suggestions include: Let Go, DNA, Magic Shop, and Best of Me.
EXO is a Korean pop group that also has subgroups in it such as CBX. They have their own show called EXO Next Door. Song suggestions include: Miracles in December, Unfair, Sing For You, and The Eve.
3. FT Island
FT Island is a Korean band whose lead singer Lee Hong-gi is known for his strong vocals full of emotion. Song suggestions include: Hold the Moon, Severely, and Still Love You (a duet with Lee Hong-gi).
CNBlue is a Korean band that seamlessly obtains success in both Korean and and Japanese pop. Song suggestions include: Shake, Starting Over, and Can't Stop.
Aimyon is a Japanese pop singer. She has a beautiful, earthy voice. Song suggestions include: ふたりの世界, 満月の夜なら, and 愛を伝えたいだとか。
Weaver is a Japanese band whose lead singer plays the piano while standing and singing. There sound is heart-warming. Song suggestions include: こっちを向いてよ, Hard to Say I Love You, and S.O.S.
7. Luck Life
Luck Life is a japanese band that began in 2005 by a group of high school classmates. Song suggestions include: 名前を呼ぶよ, TVアニメ, and 僕ら。
Louane is young french singer who got her start on the Voice. Song suggestions include: Jour 1, Avenir, and On était beau.
ZAZ is a french singer. Her wide vocal range allow her to embrace all styles of music from jazz to pop. Song suggestions include: Si jamais j'oublie, Les passants, Je veux, and La pluie.
10. Kendji Girac
Kendji is a french singer who also got his start on the Voice. He sings in both spanish and french. Song suggestions include: Andalouse, Les yeux de la mama, and Color Gitano.
Camila was a Mexican pop rock band that started in 2005 and finished in 2017. They have left us classics such as: Todo Cambio, Mientes, and Aléjate de Mi.
12. Jesse and Joy
Jesses and Joy are a brother and sister pop duo that formed in 2005. They are from Mexico. Song suggestions include: Corre, La De La Mala Suerte, and Llorar.
Arjona is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter. The lyrics to his songs are powerful and inspiring. Each word is chosen carefully. Song suggestions include: Acompañame a estar solo, El Problema, and Fuiste Tú.
Moda is an Italian pop band from Milan. They formed in 2002 and have written beautiful songs since. Song suggestions include: Come Un Pittore, Tappeto Di Fragole, Quello Che Non Ti Ho Detto, and Gioia.
15. Il Volo
Il Volo is an Italian operatic pop trio. There is one baritone and two tenors. Their beautiful voices and unforgettable. Song suggestions include: O Sole Mio, Más Que Amor, and Cosi (featuring Eros Ramazzotti).
Enjoy this new variety of music! Warning: Once you start, you're hooked.
It's the genre that's swooping global music charts.
K-pop or Korean pop music is becoming very popular in the United States, among several other countries.
It's upbeat and 90s nostalgic boy and girl bands are heating up and swooping global music charts. With the rise and crossover of the hit boy group BTS and the viral girl band BlackPink, more and more k-pop is heard in stores, radio and even commercials in America.
As a self-titled k-pop pro, I've listened to the genre for over half a decade. Because of that, I'm able to navigate the genre and fandom with ease without upsetting a certain "stan" or fandom group to a decent extent. So, I have created a list of basic things you need to know about k-pop fans and the music genre itself. Here are 11 things you need to know from the mind of a k-pop listener.
1. We don't push our music on you... on purpose.
Just because we listen to k-pop doesn't mean we are going to be annoying about it. We're not trying and forcing to convert people to listen.
2. Ask questions!
If you have a question. Ask! Now, we might be a little excited you showed interest, but we will answer any questions you have about k-pop culture.
3. K-pop is produced to be popular.
Don't feel weird if you find yourself bobbing your head to a k-pop song; it's blended with multiple beats and English words to make it successful abroad. So don't feel bad for "gettin' down" to some Red Velvet or Monsta X. We're not judging!
4. The genre is meticulously produced and created like toys in a factory.
Everything has a dark side and K-pop culture is no exception. K-pop Idols are worked day-in-and-day-out in multiple aspects of their life. They are put under intense physical regiments and practice until they are past being in pain. Because of this, you might see a K-pop Idol faint or fall during a performance, and it's all about using them as a form of capital and export for the country. In some cases, this is a cause for alarm... but also when you think about it, they did sign to very concrete and strict contracts.
5. It comes from South Korea
Now this one is kinda self-explanatory. But k-pop does not come from North Korea at all. South Korea is a major free artistic culture and has many facets of pop culture. North Korea is one of the strictest dictatorships still in existence today.
6. It's dominated by the Big 3
Twice- JYP EntertainmentGiphy
Much like companies in America, there is a certain set that basically runs the entire industry. They are JYP Entertainment,
SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment.
7. They upgrade the boy/girl band formulaGiphy
K-pop thrives on the old 90's boy band and girl band formulas like NSYNC and Destiny's child, but upscale it to 1000%. Co-ed bands and solo artists do exist but are fairly rare in mainstream k-pop. So, enjoy some nostalgic feelings while watching new girl bands thrive and slay on the daily.
8. We fangirl/boy a lot.Giphy
Okay, I'm not proud of it, but I was in Target the other day and heard BTS on the music loudspeaker and I kid you not, these were my exact words when I yelled (not on purpose!) very loudly, "Oh my God! Is that BTS?! Target really got it on lock! Wow! Look at my k-pop boys go!"
And with that, I would like to formally apologize for any k-pop fangirls/boys who may have made you uncomfortable... it's not their intention, trust me.
9. We like other music too.
Don't get me wrong, there are some k-pop fans out there who live and breathe it, but for the most part, we listen to other music as well. My music library is very wide. One minute I could be jamming out to BlackPink or EXO and then be boppin' out to my girl Amy Winehouse.
10. It's one of south Korea's main exports.
I'm not joking... South Korea's main cultural exports are LG, Samsung products and k-pop. A very sizable and decent chunk of their economy comes from revenue and ticket sales from their cultural exports such as k-pop and record sales from entertainment companies.
11. It's spreading like wildfire.Giphy
K-pop is a part of a new cultural phenomenon that's taking over. It's called the Korean wave or Hallyu wave—where the introduction or the influence of Korean culture is being implemented in other countries. Different companies are starting to do more collaborations with Korean companies, and many pop idols and artists are as well. It's not just in America, either; it's happening in Thailand, India, and many other countries in the world.