After a long overdue spring break, it’s time to gear up for school again. Everyone could use a pick-me-up song, a motivational anthem, or simply a jam to blast through your earphones in preparation to rejoin class. And what better genre to make your playlist pop like K-pop?
While the old hits are unforgettable, it never hurts to discover what’s new. Check out the following new K-pop releases to spice up your back-to-school playlist!
1. HyunA – “I’m Not Cool”
Lose yourself to this addictive beat as you jam to HyunA’s newest release. The statement is pretty clear: you don’t need to fit in to the standard cool of your surroundings, e.g. school hallways or campus, you simply need to be your own assertive version of cool.
2. SHINee – “Don’t Call Me”
Whether you had a fling during spring break or you ended a relationship right before the start of the vacation, this one is for you. This flamboyant SHINee comeback is perfect to keep you company as you go back to school.
3. IU – “Celebrity”
School can be hard for some, especially when there is a popular squad ruling the hallways. But this is 2021 and no student should have the upper hand on anyone else. IU’s mellow tune is about being your own celebrity and appreciating yourself as you are instead of following the herd.
Two dance prodigies meet in this electric track, where they served looks, moves, and swag in abundance. So why don’t you add this one to your school playlist? It will definitely give you all the energy you need to start your day right — especially if it’s a Monday!
5. CL – “Wish You Were Here”
This past year and a half has been difficult, especially since schools closed and e-learning took over. The pandemic took away people dear to us and prevented us from meeting with our loved ones. This song is dedicated to all people, classmates, and teachers who are missed.
6. Rosé – “On The Ground”
Reaching goals and making achievements such as academic ones can be so draining that one might lose themselves in the process. Rosé is quite aware of that as she channels her Roseanne, and this is a good opportunity for youth to channel and embrace their inner selves.
7. Golden Child – “Burn It”
This melancholic song by Golden Child is emotional and warm, which makes it perfect for gloomy days. Listening to it on your way (back) to school doubles as both company and comfort.
8. Super Junior – “House Party”
Super Junior is in the house, and they’re here to party. Granted, partying has ended with spring break for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate going back to school, if only for reconnecting with your friends!
9. Jessi – “What Type of X”
School can be tough, especially when it comes to being different from the crowd. Well, you can definitely get a self-esteem boost from Jessi’s badass track: Self-love, confidence, and indifference all the way!
10. Wonho – “Lose”
These lyrics seem like they’re straight out of a romance script, and the instrumentals would easily send chills down your spine. The narrative is similar to a school love story, which could serve as a nice distraction while you think of a certain crush.
Which new K-pop song is your back-to-school jam? Let us know in the comments below!
Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.
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