10. PLT – Blah
I found PLT after they came out with Hocus Pocus in May. I really like this song because of its mixture of rap and vocals. Villian and Moti’s rapping mixed with June, Jung Jinwoo, and Gaho’s singing appeal to me. My favorite part of the song is the chorus. I also picked this song due to the great music video that comes along with it. The video is very aesthetic, showing the members as well as the city around them in a visually pleasing way. PLT’s videos have narrative connecting them together, which I do not completely understand it but it’s cool how they connect every video together.
9. LOONA – favOriTe
This debut had me very excited because it took Blockberry Creative 2 years to announce all of the members of the band. One of my favorite parts is the choreography and how it focuses on the member singing. It’s hard to balance line distribution with 12 members, but I wish they did a better job at giving every member their time to sing/rap. Overall though, this debut was very strong and made me– and most other fans– excited for what’s to come from LOONA.
8. (G)i-dle – La Ta Ta
These girls weren’t very popular yet they suddenly exploded onto the charts. It’s easy to see why with a great rap section– which you don’t see much nowadays with many cute girl groups– and a catchy chorus along with it. This video is pretty good, some parts have me slightly confused but that is somewhat normal. The majority of the video is the members dancing in various location with the rest being focused on the member singing. This song has made me like it more and more as I listen to it again and again.
7. Stray Kids – District 9
Once I heard Hellevator, I was very excited to see what this new JYP boy group could do. After seeing their 4 comebacks throughout the year I can say I’m impressed. They have released so many good songs and this is definitely in the top. I like the concept for the video, which is one that I haven’t seen before. The chorus is more of an EDM style but it isn’t too intense or isn’t that bad.
6. UNB – Feeling
I really like UNB because I tried my best to watch the unit as it went on which made me excited to see both of the groups at the end. The chorus is my favorite part by far, it is very upbeat and has a way of making me very excited to listen to, I also really like intense choreography. The video is very aesthetic with a lot of dark colors like red, purple, and black. I really like this song because it is a combination of people from bands I really like, examples include; Hansol from Newkidd and Feeldog from Bigstar.
5. Lucente – Your Difference
This debut was one of my favorites. I didn’t know about this group until a little but before their debut, this debut would have gone under my radar unless I didn’t know about them beforehand. I love this concept and color’s used in the video, black, blue, and purple. They show all of the members well, by themselves and with the whole group. I also really like the pre-chorus and chorus, they are very intense which matches the concept nicely. I can’t wait to see more from this group.
4. D-Crunch – Palace
This 9 member group debuted with an intense style. The song consists of mainly rap but it’s not to over the top and it doesn’t get boring. The video is just them dancing, which is not a bad thing, and has a color scheme of black and red, trying to give off an intense vibe. They had a comeback in the second half of the year called Stealer which was one of my favorite songs of the year. I am very excited to see where these boys go in the future.
3. Noir – Gangsta
Noir is one of the more underrated groups of 2018. They have really good tracks but no one listens to them or knows they exists. This debut from them was very strong in my opinion. Have released a 2nd track, airplane mode, but I’m still excited to see what’s to come from these rookies. I hope they get more popular in the near future because they have so much talent.
2. Target – Awake
Target is one of my favorite groups. I found them through their companies other boy group TST (please check them out) a year before they debut. There debut blew me away. I love the rap that G.I does in the beginning of the song, I enjoy it because of his unique voice. The chorus makes me smile every time I hear it, it’s an intense song with a video to match. They had an amazing comeback in the 2nd half of the year called ‘Is It True’ which was a much slower song that grew on me over time. Target isn’t very popular yet so please check them out, and their many dance covers.
1. ATEEZ – Treasure
This debut blew me away. Ateez, previously KQ FELLAZ, had a later debut in the year but it was well worth the wait. This song has an amazing chorus, breaking away from the rap that comes before it, a slow and peaceful one that I really enjoy. The video is shot in the desert which matches the song very well. The song that came out at the same time, ‘Pirate King’, is one of my favorites of the year. They just had their first comeback, which is really good, and all I can say is that I’m very impressed. They had so much talent and deserve all of the new fans they are getting.