14 Blackpink Songs We Could Put on Repeat For Weeks
As K-pop continues to bring Korean music into mainstream American culture, many have moved past worshipping megapopular group BTS and have moved on to other acts. Another K-pop band, this time composed of four women who both sing and rap, has swept the nation. Blackpink has been featured by Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez. They were also the first K-pop group of women to perform at Coachella last year. Their popularity and rise to total stardom is evident; in 2019, they passed One Direction as the music group with the most subscribers on YouTube. Their account currently has upwards of 45.5 million subs, naturally. Their music is upbeat and empowering, so here are some of the hits you have to listen to if you want to be one of their Blinks (the name for their fans coined by band member Jennie).
"Ice Cream" by Blackpink and Selena Gomez
The group's newest song earns a coveted spot on this list due to its poppy lyrics and an absolutely adorable capybara in the music video. The highly anticipated collaboration between Gomez and Blackpink was worth the wait, and it'll definitely be on repeat as you're "chilling, chilling" the rest of the year.
"Sour Candy" by Lady Gaga and Blackpink
This song is exactly like the sour candy it describes, sweet with a little bit of a kick. You can't help but dance as the group combine their vocals with Lady Gaga's, leading to a song that would sound best blasted at top volume.
"How You Like That" by Blackpink
Lest you think 2020 is ALL bad, the video for "How You Like That" will provide you with some temporary joy. Revealed in June, it's already racked up close to 466 million views. You might also recognize the song from the amazing slow-mo fashion video trend on TikTok.
"Kiss and Make Up" by Dua Lipa and Blackpink
If you're already a fan of pop star Dua Lipa, this is a great song to introduce you to Blackpink. This song is extremely catchy, echoing the same catchiness Dua Lipa brought with "New Rules," while it also introduces Blackpink's signature vocals through a killer feature.
"Kill This Love" by Blackpink
This song has a heavy beat and showcases the diverse vocals of the girl group, from catchy rap verses to a more soulful, lyrical voice. It's the kind of song that you listen to once and then can't get it out of your head, and it's a tough-feeling song that will leave you feeling empowered.
"As If It's Your Last" by Blackpink
While its music video is extravagant and elegant from the first frame, the song itself is peppy, upbeat, and bright. It's the kind of song that just sparks happiness with a quick listen, and it stands as a hit even two years after its debut.
"Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" by Blackpink
This is Blackpink's most-viewed video by far with a staggering 1.2 BILLION views. It's not hard to understand why when you listen to the song, because it is one of the most fun things you'll hear all year. This is the kind of song you'd want to hear on a night out. Jennie begins the song by saying (translated from Korean), "Relentlessly going forward, not caring what other people think/ When you say Black we say Pink, we are pretty savage." You can tell right away how confident the group is, and they should be.
"Boombayah" by Blackpink
One of Blackpink's older songs, "Boombayah" had its music video premiere all the way back in the band's first year together, 2016. The song's quality still stands, and even as their first hit it showcased how undeniably catchy the team of four is when put together.
"Kick It" by Blackpink
For the two singers with the softer and more airy voices, Jisoo and Rosé, this is one of those songs where they just really shine. This song has a pretty equal balance of both Korean and English lyrics so if you're not fluent in Korean, you can still appreciate the quality lyrics.
"Don't Know What to Do" by Blackpink
Honestly, this is one of their slower songs, and it is just so amazing to hear Lisa sing as opposed to her usual rapping. She shows that she's equally talented at both vocal styles in this hit from their recent album.
"Forever Young" by Blackpink
In this song, Jennie absolutely crushes both beautiful singing and rap within mere verses of each other. Though Jennie shines in nearly every song as she's typically the one starting them off, this one showcased her broad range.
"Really" by Blackpink
Hands down, "Really" has one of the best raps in Blackpink's entire discography. It's quick and clever, everything you'd hope and expect from the girls.
"Stay" by Blackpink
The gentleness of this song? Unparalleled in any of their songs. This is the kind of song you kind of want to cry to, but you wouldn't want your ugly crying interrupting their angelic voices.
"Playing With Fire" by Blackpink
Beginning with some jazzy piano and then transitioning into their more typical pop-centric beats, "Playing With Fire" by Blackpink is both visually and musically stunning with how many different levels it explores. You somehow get beautiful piano, ballad vocals, rap, electronic beats, and plenty of dance breaks in one song . . . which is the exact "total package" treatment that Blackpink offers their listeners.