Summer is only just officially beginning, but K-pop has already spent weeks preparing us for the season ahead with some early summery releases: you know, the songs that have been making you crave the carefree fun of sunny days and the breathless romance of balmy evenings. Now that summer is finally arriving, let’s greet the warm weather, tropical sun, and breezy nights of the season with these 14 bops (in no particular order)!
1. “Ah Yeah” — WINNER
“Ah Yeah” doesn’t sound like your typical breakup song, but the track is all about the guys declaring that they can’t be friends with someone after a relationship ends — they need a clean break! But the song leans into the bliss of reclaimed freedom with its playful beat and cheerful chorus, and it’s definitely one that we’ll keep playing all summer long.
2. “Boogie Up” — WJSN
WJSN is certainly already in the summer mood with “Boogie Up,” the perfect track to jam to while lounging by the pool. The ladies’ fresh vocals on this upbeat song will be keeping us cool in the months to come!
3. “Wave” — ATEEZ
“Wave” is the epitome of summery with its tropical beats and synths, taking you on a journey to the ocean as the boys of ATEEZ explore the beach and warm sunshine in both the track’s lyrics and its music video. Just one listen will make you want to start planning your summer beach getaway!
4. “Illusion” — ATEEZ
ATEEZ are already becoming kings of summer in their own right, because they gave us not just one but two summer singles to jam to this year. “Illusion,” the second part of their dual-release, explores a different side of the season with a hip-hop vibe, which it pairs with heavy beats for a track we’ll definitely be replaying in the warm days ahead!
5. “Me & You” — EXID
If you need a song to get you hyped for partying it up this summer, EXID’s “Me & You” pulls out all the stops. From its sultry opening to its reverberating chorus and driving beats, this banger is made for sizzling summer nights out.
6. “FUN!” — fromis_9
In contrast, fromis_9’s “FUN!” offers a youthful summer vibe, as the girls sing about just wanting to have a good time and live in the now. This one will put you in the mood for some carefree summer fun!
7. “Run Away” — Teen Top
Teen Top prepares us for the heat of the summer with “Run Away,” a track with an inspiring message about striving forward even when it’s hard or when the path ahead is unclear. If you tend to laze away the summer days, the smooth vocals and tropical beats of “Run Away” will keep you motivated this season!
8. “Really Really” — Cherry Bullet
“Really Really” is all about the feeling of starting to really (really) like someone, but still being unsure of whether it’s safe to fall for them. It’s bursting full of the heart-fluttering, youthful energy of summer love, and it’s bound to get stuck in your head!
9. “Don’t Need Your Love” — NCT Dream X HRVY
NCT Dream worked with English singer HRVY for this sleek collaboration, in which the boys affirm that they are not looking back after the end of a relationship. It may be a breakup song, but the fresh tropical vibes of “Don’t Need Your Love” conjure up excitement for new horizons in the season to come!
10. “Summer Night” — Girls’ Generation’s YoonA feat. 20 Years of Age
The lovely YoonA takes things down a notch with “Summer Night,” which describes a relationship that has become as stable and comfortable as a refreshing summer evening. YoonA’s sweet vocals make us eager for the coziness of a cool summer night with this soothing melody.
11. “Runaway” — Eric Nam
Eric Nam’s “Runaway” captures the feeling of the endless possibilities and freedom of a breezy summer night. It’s the perfect song to make you long for some summer love, and the MV is an adorable match to the song’s sweet melody.
12. “Oh! Oh!” — Berry Good
Berry Good delivers all the feel-good excitement of a summer romance with “Oh! Oh!”, conveying the breathlessness of love on a breezy, fragrant summer day. It’s a bop that will make you want to get up and dance!
13. “Heart Sign” — Ong Seong Wu
“Heart Sign” is part of Pepsi and Starship Entertainment’s joint project “The Love of Summer: The Story” — a perfect description of Ong Seong Wu’s single. Funky synths meet summery beats in this beachy track, which describes the feelings of fated love.
14. “Boy With Luv” — BTS feat. Halsey
Of course, we’ve all been more or less ready for summer since April, when BTS teamed up with Halsey for the world-famous bop “Boy With Luv.” But now that the season is finally here, we’ll be blasting the repeat button on this one (as if we hadn’t been already!).
Hey Soompiers, what are you listening to these days to get you hyped for the summer? Which of these songs are your faves? Let us know in the comments!
hgordon stays up way too late on weeknights marathoning K-dramas and trying to keep up with the latest K-pop releases. Follow her adventures in Seoul on Instagram.
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