TOP
K-Music

IMK’s Top 3 MVs of 2016

Here at IMK we are very passionate about KPOP, and with 2016 drawing to a close, we’ve decided to do a little piece collating the best and most interesting MVs released so far, featuring BTS, BLACKPINK, and ZICO! In no particular order, we start with….

1. BTS – BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS

BTS generally produce really good music videos, and Blood Sweat and Tears is no different, featuring stunning visuals, fine art, and typically imaginative dance choreography. Atypical, however, are the themes of the MV, hitting on subjects like desire, falling from grace, and the mortality of man. Drawing inspiration from Herman Hesse, the fact that BTS has produced a song that hits on such hard-hitting topics, and presented it in such a way that breaks records (fastest KPOP MV to reach 10 million views, most views in 24 hours), is a great reflection on just how far BTS have come in the past few years, and thus justifies its position on this list.

2. BLACKPINK – WHISTLE

Black Pink’s debut MV Whistle was a great way to introduce themselves to the world with colourful verses,  and a catchy hook. However good the song may be, it’s the visuals that are really noteworthy, for a couple of reasons. Firstly the girls themselves ooze with charisma, comparable to the early days of the newly disbanded 2NE1, with Lisa taking the CL role of bringing gravitas to the video. Secondly, the sets are all beautifully shot and so well set up, that even the most mundane of sets, an empty laundry room, extremely captivating.

3. ZICO – I AM YOU, YOU ARE ME

The incredibly prolific Zico released this laid back R&B track with a smooth rap feature, playing out as just a really cool track, with the calm rhythmic tones setting him apart from the swathes of hard hip-hop artists out there just making him more interesting than the rest. It is this feel that carries on in the MV, which almost entirely takes place in an empty supermarket, with one cashier and one customer. It’s greatest strength is it’s simplicity and that the MV conveys such a strong love story almost entirely with their nonverbal communication, and the overriding cool vibe, make this one of the standout MVs of the year

BONUS!  JYP, CONAN AND STEVEN YEUN -FIRE

Though this is far from a conventional KPOP MV, this may be the most entertaining MV to date. Leaning heavily into the comedy and star power of Conan and Steven Yeun, with JYP ‘teaching’ them to be KPOP idols after giving them a KPOP flavoured drink. If it sounds ridiculous it is, but somehow it just works.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

SUZY BAEKHYUN – DREAM

4MINUTE – HATE

DEAN – BONNIE & CLYDE

GAIN – CARNIVAL

BTS – FIRE

JAY PARK X 1MILLION – ALL I WANNA DO

MOBB – HIT ME

SMSTATION – LIL’ SOMETHING

Didn’t feature your favorite MV? let us know what your favorite MV is in the comment section!

Haris Saeed

An eclectic mix of everything and nothing. A walking contradiction who just happens to really like to write.

«

»

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Us on Instagram!

  • We’d love to know! Ours is Big Bang’s Blue!
  • NEW SNEAK PEEK ALERT! 🍊 
Every TRAVEL BOX includes an EXTRA beauty item (as well the monthly sheet mask), samples of Qyo Qyo Jeju Tangerine 3-in-1 Toner, Lotion and Essence will slip into your boxes~! Bringing out the natural glow in your skin using the power of tangerines from Jeju - you can try it for yourself! 🍊 
Subscribe at www.inspiremekorea.com ~!
  • Our SECRET TRAVEL GUIDE reached the heights of Namsan!!! Isn’t it so pretty!? Make sure you’re subscribed to the TRAVEL box at www.inspiremekorea.com to receive it in the box along with other Korean goodies ~💝
  • Which area in Korea would you like to live in? We really enjoy Hongdae in Seoul 😊 Let us know!!
  • One more clue... 🍊 Jeju island is famous for its hallabong and tangerines...! This is a key hint to one of our EXTRA beauty items! 😁🙌🏻 look out for the final announcement ... don’t we love teasing you hehe ~ 😛
  • Are you an explorer? Well you should be! We’ve got so many exciting places to share with you, and they’re exclusive with Inspire Me Korea! Subscribe to the TRAVEL BOX now at www.inspiremekorea.com to receive the SECRET TRAVEL GUIDE and MORE goodies. An extra sneak peek will be posted this afternoon ...! You’ll love it 😊😛 This awesome place is at the Mecenatpolis Mall in Hapjeong ~
  • We know it is hard to pick just one thing... you can also let us know your list hehe~ we would love to read about it! 💖🙌🏻
  • Container mall near Konkuk University! Who wants to go? It is a picture perfect spot!