Is it just me or has the K-pop market really become overly saturated in the past few years? I can't tell if it's me outgrowing the bubblegum pop or if the quality of K-pop music really has gone down quite a bit. Maybe a small combination of both? I know in 2013 and a large part of 2014, I wasn't listening to anything new in Korean really. I didn't even know SNSD had a single out this year until much later in the game, and they're my favorite group!
With that said, the summer after I graduated, I found myself searching for Korean music once again (maybe in anticipation of my return?), and while I still found myself listening to some pretty subpar vocals and confusingly bad tunes, I was pleasantly surprised to find some gems within the music shows. So here's a run down of my favorite 2014 songs. Keep in mind these are just my personal favorites. I have not listened to every K-pop song released in 2014, so if you think I'm missing any--let me know! I'd love to discover new music!