13 Songs to Complete Your Ultimate J-Pop & K-Pop Halloween Playlist
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It’s that time of the year again. Summer is gone, scary movies are on repeat, and everyone is shopping in hopes of scoring the perfect costume. Halloween is finally here, and it’s time to start planning for the big day/night. To add to the spooky ambiance of the season, having a perfectly orchestrated playlist is a must. Luckily for you, J-pop and K-pop artists tend to be just as in the Halloween spirit as you are, and they’ve created some awesome songs to prove it. Let’s take a look at 13 songs for your ultimate J-Pop & K-Pop Halloween playlist. Here’s to making this Halloween the best one yet!
K-Pop Songs for Your Ultimate Halloween Playlist
#1: ‘Monster’ by EXO
If you know K-Pop, then you know (or at least have heard of) EXO. The South-Korean boy band, consisting of members Xiumin, Suho, Baekhyun, Lay, D.O., Chen, Chanyeol, Sehun, and Kai, is one of the most well-known in the industry since their debut in 2012. While the boy band has so many awesome songs for you to choose from, their hit song ‘Monster’ is a sure bet that deserves to be added to your ultimate Halloween playlist. The high-energy track is filled with eerie sounds and references that scream Halloween. The song is called ‘Monster’, after all.
#2: ‘Devil’ by Super Junior
Another heavy-hitting South Korean boy band, Super Junior (also known as SuJu or SJ for short) has been putting out K-Pop masterpieces since its formation back in 2005. As a rather large boy band consisting of thirteen members at its prime, you can expect that SuJu delivers on a wide range of sound appeal, ranging from soft and sweet to fun and airy to raging and energetic. For your Halloween playlist, you’ll want to add their hit single ‘Devil’ without a doubt. Unlike some of the other tunes you’ll see on this list, ‘Devil’ is more on the upbeat and happy side. However, the song is all about the devil himself. ‘Speak of the devil’ has a whole new appeal.
#3: ‘Boy Meets Evil’ by BTS
Known as the Bangtan Boys (BTS is for short), the seven-member K-pop boy band actually had their start as a hip hop/rap group. However, since its start in 2013, the South Korean boy band has expanded its musical offerings to include many other genres as well, such as pop and R&B. To add some hip-hop flavor to your ultimate Halloween playlist, try the boy band’s hit track ‘Boy Meets Evil’ out for size. ‘Boy Meets Evil’ is a musical mix of hip-hop, rap, dance, and pop. It’s grungy and dark sound is perfect for bringing about the Halloween spirit.
#4: ‘Run’ by MBLAQ
This South Korean K-Pop boy band, debuted in 2009, is arguably one of the more “slept-on” groups in the industry. Consisting of members Seungho, Mir, and G.O, MBLAQ specializes in creating unique sounds, with hints of inspiration from pop, hip-hop, and reggae culture. If you’re looking for an MBLAQ song to add to your Halloween playlist, the boy band’s single titled ‘Run’ is a great place to start. The song starts with an eerie and Halloween-ish intro before turning into the high-energy masterpiece that it is.
#5: ‘Light Up The Darkness’ by VIXX
VIXX is a South Korean boy band formed by Jellyfish Entertainment through the 2012 reality show MyDOL. The group is composed of six members: N, Leo, Ken, Ravi, Hongbin and Hyuk. Finally, we have whom many would call, the Kings of Halloween, Vixx. Fantasy is perfect for Halloween with a key changed Moonlight Sonata starting the song and continuing throughout as the song builds. The vocals really pull you into the Halloween and the rap brings out your inner monster.
#6: ‘Thriller’ by BTOB
Formed in 2012, the South Korean K-Pop group is easily one of the industry’s most popular. Consisting of members Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyunsik, Peniel, Ilhoon and Sungjae, BTOB is known to dish out some amazing R&B and pop-inspired tracks, including the hit singles ‘Pray’ and ‘Beep Beep’. To set up your ultimate J-pop & K-pop Halloween playlist for success, be sure to add BTOB’s 2013 track titled ‘Thriller’. Much like the ‘Thriller’ song by the King of Pop Michael Jackson, BTOB’s song is filled to the rim with spooky sounds and grungy feels. The boy band even danced in a cemetery for the music video!
#7: ‘Scream’ by 2NE1
Although this South Korean girl group is no longer in action, 2NE1 was one of the greatest in the industry in its prime. The girl group consisted of members CL, Bom, Dara, and Minzy, and had a great run from 2009 through 2016. Their hit single ‘Scream’ will literally make you want to scream (in the spirit of Halloween, of course) with its high-energy, Halloween-fitting appeal. It’s more on the fun side than anything, making it a perfect song for your playlist if you’ll be having kids around.
#8: ‘Dracula’ by f(x)
The four-member K-pop girl group, originally a five-member group, has had a bit of a sad falling out since their start in 2009 with the hit single ‘La Cha Ta’. Former member Sulli left the group in 2015, and the remaining three members didn’t renew their contracts earlier this year. Then, only recently, the former member Sulli passed away due to suicide. The group has always been known to bring the heat in the form of upbeat and high-energy music, and ‘Dracula’ is the perfect example of their abilities. A song that’s fun and energetic yet dark in meaning, ‘Dracula’ is the perfect track to complete your K-pop and J-pop Halloween playlist.
J-Pop Songs for Your Ultimate Halloween Playlist
#9: ‘Anti-Hero’ by Sekai No Owari
Originating from Tokyo, the Japanese pop group of four entered the scene back in 2005. Their five albums released, along with various singles, have been world-renowned for being unique, energetic, and full of the J-pop flavor that could only be found in Japan. One of their most popular songs just happens to be a hit that’s absolutely perfect for Halloween. ‘Anti-Hero’ is dark, twisted, and grungy while still being fun and full of energy. The music video is even spookier, especially considering the fact that one of the group’s members always dresses up as a clown. Their band name translates to ‘End of the World’, by the way.
#10: ‘Fighter’ by Namie Amuro
A powerhouse in the J-Pop realm, Namie Amuro was a pop artist, producer, dancer, songwriter, model, actress, and much more. When she was dominating in the J-pop world, she was adored for her positive energy and beautiful music that was romantic and dreamy. With that being said, however, Arumo did come out with a track titled ‘Fighter’, which is actually rather dark in theme compared to her other music. The song was even used as a theme song for the film Death Note! If you’re looking for some spooky J-pop tunes, this is a must-have in your ultimate J-pop and K-pop Halloween playlist.
#11: ‘Halloween Night’ by AKB48
This larger than life group consisting of 134 total members is responsible for what is easily one of the most perfect J-pop Halloween songs on this list. After all, the song is directly related to the spooky holiday. The track literally talks about going to a Halloween dance party, which means that it is sure to be a hit for your dance party. Rather than being dark and grungy, the song is very lively and full of energy.
#12: ‘Pop Diva’ by Kumi Koda
Kumiko Kōda, or Kumi Koda for short, is a very popular J-pop artist with roots in Kyoto. While she is mostly known for her urban and R&B music, the J-pop singer tends to dabble in many different genres of music as well, such as pop and dance. One of the greatest examples of this is her hit song ‘Pop Diva’, which just so happens to be an amazing Halloween song as well. Pop Diva is fun, lively, and energetic, but has a spooky and intense appeal to it as well. The music video is spooky as well, which makes this song even more deserving of being added to your ultimate J-pop and K-pop Halloween playlist. Thank us later.
#13: ‘Happy Halloween Maria’ by Yui Horie
One of the older J-pop artists on this list, Yui Horie (also nicknamed Hocchan by her fans) is a J-pop singer and actress who debuted back in 1997. Her impressive career includes several movies, TV shows, and of course, a long list of hit songs. When it comes to celebrating the Halloween spirit, it doesn’t get any better than her very popular song ‘Happy Halloween Maria’.
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