Jazz music goes back to the 1900s and is one of the musical sounds that K-pop has fairly incorporated over the years. Both soloists and groups have experimented with the genre, and it is fair to say that the result is simply mesmerizing.
Here is a selection of Jazz-infused songs that K-pop artists have blessed us with so far.
1. MAMAMOO – “Piano Man”
Many eras from the past have been introduced in MAMAMOO’s videography, and their mesmerizing music fit right with them every single time. In “Piano Man,” the quartet gave old-school jazz a try, and it was simply perfect.
2. (G)I-DLE – “Give Me Your”
In this laid-back track, (G)I-DLE flawlessly sings along to mellow piano tunes. These smooth jazz vibes are all you need to enjoy music in a relaxed atmosphere.
3. Heize feat. Dynamic Duo’s Gaeko – “Jenga”
In case you were thinking of making a chill playlist with a jazzy twist, “Jenga” is the song for you! Heize’s sweet voice beautifully matches the instrumentals and Gaeko’s rap slides in perfectly.
4. TVXQ – “Spellbound”
Yunho and Changmin are simply spellbinding! The duo dances to the groovy rhythm of their magical title track with hints of jazz, as portrayed in their music video.
5. Akdong Musician – “Re-Bye”
The sibling duo blesses us with many musical gems every time they make a comeback, and this one is no different! “Re-Bye” embodies a popping jazz style that you can’t help but dance along to!
6. Jessica Jung – “Because It’s Spring”
Channeling the beauty of the blooming season, Jessica delivered a soulful rendition with a soft jazz sound complementing the delicate lyrics that she co-wrote.
7. Lee Hi – “My Star”
Lee Hi takes us back in time with “My Star,” a fun track that doesn’t shy away from displaying retro vibes from the past both musically and visually.
This collaboration is true to its name as Suzy and Baekhyun deliver a dreamy performance. The song is visibly jazz-inspired and sets a chill and romantic overall ambience.
9. B.A.P – “Coffee Shop”
B.A.P becomes one with the melody as they walk down memory lane per their lyrics, and the instrumentals are enriched with the contribution of famous jazz pianist Song Young Joo. This song is pretty much jazz-incarnated!
10. BTS – “House of Cards”
BTS often incorporates many sounds in their discography, and it’s a hit every time. “House Of Cards” is a very intense song with so much depth in the lyrics and carries a jazzy feel as it progresses.
11. IU – “The Red Shoes”
IU takes it up a notch as she wears her dancing shoes and takes us for a spin to the tunes of her swing-infused track “Red Shoes.” Both the song and the music video embody the 1930s, with special cameos making it quite funky!
Which jazz-inspired K-pop song is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.
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