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Since Christmas is right around the corner, what better time to make a playlist to bring in some Christmas joy? I have compiled a list of the best K-pop Christmas songs—some old and some new.
"So Beautiful" by SF9
"So Beautiful" by SF9 is a simple yet colorful song. It definitely has holiday-filled tunes matched with the smooth voices of the guys. Each verse is slow and has a build up, and eventually, you'll want to be dancing in your seat. The video focuses on one of the members, Chani, having a magical snow globe that "transports" the other members into his life so he doesn't have to be alone. It's perfect for decorating, opening presents, or any other Christmas activity!
Date Released: December 21, 2016
"Winter Wonderland" by SHINee
"Winter Wonderland" by SHINee is actually in Japanese—not Korean. It is still sung by Korean artists though, making it a K-pop song. It starts off slow and simple, but the pre-chorus has a wonderful build up that leads into the chorus. The chorus will make your heart light up. The members' voices are powerful, making the song even more amazing. The video is just of the group singing, which is more intimate. This would be more of a ballad song, in my opinion, so it is perfect for that alone time with your significant other.
Date Released: November 30, 2016
"Joy" by NCT Dream
"Joy" by NCT Dream starts off with the Christmas classic "Jingle Bells," then transitions into "Joy to the World." Most of this song is in English, but has some Korean parts (perfect if you don't speak Korean). It has happy fulfilling tones, with amazing harmonization. There's even some rapping parts! The video is of the members having fun, just laughing and being themselves.
Date Released: December 15, 2017
"Dear Santa" by Girls' Generation-TTS
"Dear Santa" by SNSD's first sub-unit "TaeTiSeo" starts off with a little piano and beautiful vocals. It is slow, making it a bit sentimental. It then surprises you when it turns into your typical joyful Christmas song. The bells and guitar are prominent. The video is of the girls basically singing, but there are parts where they're decorating a tree and having fun. They are then teleported to a little town where they sing their hearts out still. The song is super joyful and perfect for the holidays.
Date Released: December 3, 2015
"Genie" by Golden Child
"Genie" by Golden Child sounds just like a normal song—no bells or Christmas cheer—but somehow sounds like a song for the holidays. There are 10 members, and they all make this song sound especially amazing. It's a Christmas song without meaning to be one. The video is the guys of the group in a factory, making some sort of presents. It is quite joyful, but not what you would expect for a Christmas song.
Date Released: October 24, 2018
"Universe" by EXO
"Universe" by EXO is, in my opinion, one of the best winter songs out there. It is simple. It is slow and relies mostly on the vocals of the group. It has a sentimental feel, becoming even more powerful as the song progresses. It picks up pace after the first chorus, adding guitar and a beat. The second chorus is soulful and you can definitely hear the emotions in the members' voices. The video is simple, most of it being around the color palette brown. It is definitely worth the watch.
Date Released: December 26, 2017
"Confession Song" by GOT7
"Confession Song" by GOT7 is a cheerful and loving song. It has the Christmas taste we all want for the holidays. It's cute and was a project for their fans. The video has these mascots go out to a high school, get one person out of each room, and take them to what seems like a gym. Then the song starts, and each member is singing to the fan, one on one, making the moment very special.
Date Released: November 22, 2015
"Lonely Christmas" by Monsta X
"Lonely Christmas" by Monsta X is as simple and amazing Christmas song. The group's vocals are soothing and it gives an "at home" vibe. One of the members, Jooheon, helped write, compose, and arrange this song. The video features the members recording the song in the studio, being mentored by Jooheon.
Date Released: December 18, 2017
"Miracles In December" by EXO
"Miracles in December" by EXO is honestly the most heartbreaking Christmas song I've heard (other than their other one called "Sing For You," which is also sob-worthy.) It only has the vocals of three of the members: D.O, Baekhyun, and Chen. The song is more of a ballad, rather than a cheerful holiday song. The video shows all of the members—there were 12 at the time—getting gifts for a girl, then going to the place where they were supposed to meet, but the girl never shows up, making them upset.
Date Released: December 4, 2013
"Colorful" by SHINee
"Colorful" by SHINee is an upbeat holiday song. And again, the members' voices are just as powerful as they are in "Winter Wonderland." This song shows the group's sound with wonderful harmonization and joyful songs. The video features the members of the group decorating a Christmas tree and having fun. Some of the video are shots of them shooting their music videos "Dream Girl," "Why So Serious," and "Everybody." Then they show some clips of them performing and being with fans.
Date Released: December 20, 2013
I hope you find some of these wonderful songs on your holiday playlists this year and for years to come!