#41 through #80
Lee Chae-rin continues to deliver exciting, hard-hitting K-pop in a post-2NE1 world. With her most ambitious year to date, CL dropped ALPHA and with it a plethora of music videos showcasing why she's still one of K-pop's most exciting idols.
Lover Like Me
As a group, the renowned Red Velvet only issued one release in 2021, but QUEENDOM further established the royal status of Irene, Wendy, Seulgi, Joy, and Yeri among the K-pop community.
While Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein, and Hwasa were all individually busy promoting solo careers this year, MAMAMOO still found time to release more than a handful of high-caliber brand new songs together as group in 2021. The quartet also reworked, remade, remixed, and reissued a collection of their very best songs in a massive package appropriately titled I SAY MAMAMOO : THE BEST.
Eseo, Jian, Taeryeong, and Yuuri had remained relatively quiet since their 2020 debut, but LUNARSOLAR did finally release their first mini-album this year, packing three exciting songs into SOLAR : rise.
BOM BI DI BOM
No longer rookies, Cha Juhyun, Ayamy, Choi Jieun, Marin, Narin, and Yubin hit harder than ever on their first comeback, CONTRAST.
Despite promoting as BerryGood for more than a half of a decade, the group received little to no mainstream recognition and issued a final mini-album in 2021. As a farewell release, it's bittersweet to hear such great songs on UNDYING LOVE knowing there's nothing else coming from the under-appreciated group.
Time for me
Kim Hyung-seo issued a solid min-album in 2021, but it was her collaborations and one-off releases that truly defined BIBI as one of the year's best K-pop artists.
AleXa continues to deliver her unique brand of solo K-pop in 2021 with a few collaborations and the exciting single album, ReviveR.
Is It On
Gahyun, Rina, Anh, Sori, Sara, and Jerin introduced the world to BEAUTY BOX in 2021 with the playful single album Beyond of BB.
RAT A TAT
Take My Heart?!
Roh Ji-sun, Song Ha-young, Lee Sae-rom, Lee Chae-young, Lee Na-gyung, Park Ji-won, Lee Seo-yeon, Baek Ji-heon, and Jang Gyu-ri continued to impress in 2021 with 9 WAY TICKET, a tidy collection of three well-executed tracks that feel right at home alongside the very good fromis_9 discography.
E.Ji, Jackie, Joonie, Chaerin, Sohee, Yeju, and Chowon debuted as ICHILLIN' this year and wasted little time dropping two super-catchy singles.
Sangah, Chowon, Nayoung, Hina, Juhyeon, Yujeong, Huiyeon, and Jian debuted in summer 2021 with the catchy "Vanilla" single, quickly following up with the even-better Light a Wish.
Ida, Vita, Aki, Bian, Suzy, and Shinye marked a successful rookie year by releasing seven tightly-produced, well-executed songs as MAJORS.
Rain on me
Spit it out
Veterans LABOUM returned in late 2021 as a quartet to deliver their latest mini-album, BLOSSOM. Soyeon, Jinyea, Haein, and Solbin quickly followed up with the powerful, infectious winter single, "White Love", a must-have for any Christmas playlist.
Fly Up High marks a fantastic debut from SKYLE with top-notch production laying the foundation for great performances from Ginny, Chaehyeon, Erin, and Ujeong.
FLY UP HIGH
DA DA DA
Hee Su, Di A, Chae Won, Da Seul, and Eun B returned this year with an unlikely title track: "Hey U", a remake of a song written and recorded in the 1990s! Needless to say, a good song is timeless, and MAKA`MAKA bring the Chakra cut to life in 2021 with tight production and bubbly pep.
After a year of being dormant, SECRET NUMBER returned with Fire Saturday featuring Jinny, Denise, Soodam, Dita, Léa, Zuu, and Minji. Though the lineup has changed, the group's charisma and penchant for hooks remains the same and fun as ever!
Dangerous In Love
Juyeon, Haneul, Ayeon, Yuki, and Minseo continue the SATURDAY brand of light, cute K-pop in 2021 with their latest comeback, Only You.
In Your Eyes
Perhaps the most unknown group on this list, REDMINT hasn't let their complete lack of recognition stop them from releasing a handful of thirsty K-pop songs in 2021. HyeE and Luney are fierce performers with sharp tongues; it will be interesting to see what the duo does next.
M.I.N.T. (Money is Never a Thing)
Although PoshGirls debuted just this summer, the group has already undergone various lineup changes leaving their future potentially uncertain. Still, S.O.G:Songs Of Goddess is a great first single and leaves us hoping for comeback in 2022.
Fly With You
As a celebration of their twelfth anniversary, T-ARA returned with Re:T-ARA featuring Qri, Eunjung, Hyomin, and Jiyeon. Far from a lifeless nostalgic trip, "ALL KILL" finds T-ARA as fierce as ever.
Song Yuqi made her solo debut this year with A Page, two English-language songs that showcase the (G)I-DLE singer's wide range of talents.
Bonnie & Clyde
American-born rapper Jessica Ho added two more hard-hitting tracks to her growing discography this year, continuing to pave her own unconventional way through the K-pop world in 2021.
What Type of X
The ever-prolific songwriter and performer Jang Da-hye spent much of 2021 on singles and collaborations, but she also found time to focus on yet another mini-album, HAPPEN; its emotional title track finds HEIZE at the top of her storytelling game.
Like the first time
While Ahn Hye-jin remains busy with MAMAMOO, the group's maknae still found time in 2021 to push her ever-growing solo career forward with several great tracks of her own this year.
I'm a B
Moon Byul-yi continues to grow her solo brand in 2021, recording a handful of great tracks on top of her full-time contributions to MAMAMOO.
For her long-awaited debut mini-album, Red Velvet's Park Soo-young remade six songs released in the last few decades and offered remarkable reinterpretations in the process.
KWON EUN BI
IZ*ONE leader Kwon Eun-bi debuted as a solo artist this summer with Open, a mix of pounding, rhythmic dance numbers and introspective ballads.
Chinese singer, songwriter, composer, rapper, multi-talent Liu Yuyu explores the impact of modern technology on GONE GOLD, one of the year's most interesting mini-albums.
Jung Whee-in released a great six-song mini-album, Redd, in 2021 as well as a handful of other solid solo tracks while also keeping quite busy with her full-time MAMAMOO responsibilities.
Former IZ*ONE singer Jo Yu-ri debuted with GLASSY, a single album showcasing her silky vocals. Equally impressive was her OST contribution, "STORY OF US".
STORY OF US
The former I.O.I and Gugudan singer Kim Se-jeong continues to push her solo career forward in 2021 with I'm, an exciting collection of excellently-produced songs.
Former IZ*ONE singer Kang Hye-won invites you to cozy up next to her on W, a wam winter record made for sitting next to a fireplace and watching the snow lightly fall.
Shon Seung-wan made her long-awaited solo debut this year with Like Water, a collection of songs that showase the Red Velvet singer's incredible vocal prowess,
MAMAMOO leader Kim Yong-sun continued to push her own solo career forward with a handful of great songs in 2021.
Kim Yoon-jin comes alive in front of the microphone as Mirani, a fierce rapper and all-around standout performer who worked with a plethora of guests in 2021 to release a handful of exciting songs anchored around the UPTOWN GIRL mini-album.
Kim Hyun-jung offers moody, rhythmic vibes on her 2021 mini-album D-DAY.
When the Rain Stops
Yuji, Yurim, and Haeun return with another dose of their hard-hitting blend of K-pop in the form STALKER.
Intro (The Next Chapter.)
The former I.O.I and Pristin singer spent 2021 lending her beautiful voice to several soundtracks.
Not just friends
Yunji, Dawon, Sihyeon, Yeori, Hyogyeong, and Jueun didn't do much in 2021, but they did manage to sneak out two very good Jewelry remakes with little budget or fanfare.
Hot & Cold (2021)
I LIKE U
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