The 4th Generation of K-Pop has created a wave of great music unlike any the world has ever seen. These new artists are responsible for creating such hits such as EXN's Hamburger Song, Roku's Hamburger, and Hamster Powder Club's Hot Dog Dance, three classics which will forever stand in the annals of Sandwich Rock history.
Sandwich Rock K-Pop Comparison
Every year, Last Sandwich will compile a Top 10 K-Pop Singles list, allowing us to see how the current Sandwich Rock K-Pop compares to the mainstream Fandom K-Pop. It's a fun exercise to see how this year's K-Pop sandwich songs stack up against the rest of mainstream K-Pop music.
Sandwich Song Tops List
So, after tallying up votes from our panel of judges, we were able to create our table of Top 10 K-Pop Songs for 2022. As it turns out, EXN's Hamburger Song was chosen as this year's top single, proving once again that Sandwich Rock reigns supreme.
In addition, we've also included three honorable mentions that just barely missed the cut. Check out this year's list below.
Top 10 K-Pop Songs Of 2022
EXN (을씨년) FT 릴보이 (lIlBOI)
Heart Burn (열이올라요)
Hey Gabby! (안녕 개비!)
But You (너라는 이유)
Still Life (봄여름가을겨울)
Brave Girls (브레이브걸스)
Let's examine each song individually below.
1. Hamburger Song by EXN (을씨년)
EXN (을씨년) and 릴보이 (lIlBOI) do an excellent job showing the conflict between good hamburger vs evil hamburger, and how heavily it weighs on their minds. In terms of music, the Hamburger Song currently stands on the Mount Rushmore of Sandwich Rock.
2. Celeb By PSY
Bae Suzy (배수지). That says it all.
3. Heart Burn (열이올라요) By Sunmi (선미)
After seeing this video, who hasn't tried to do the Island Dance? (At least, that's how we would describe it.) Yet, it's the talented song writing that really stood out. It's an incredible musicial work of art.
4. Hey Gabby! (안녕 개비!) By NMIXX
Meow, Meow. Every year, artists and bands try to capitalize on people's love of cats by writing cutesy kitty songs. Well, this is the breakout cute kitty song of the year.
5. But You (너라는 이유) by iKON
Rev up the engine, put the foot on the pedal, and just floor it! This is the perfect music for driving aimlessly at night.
6. Polaroid Love by ENHYPEN
Still learning about this band. But, it's really incredible music.
7. TOMBOY by (G)I-DLE
The heavy guitar base sound really makes and breaks this song. You can literally feel the fire and energy explode from the speakers, which is really... awesome.
8. SMILEY by Yena (최예나) Featuring BIBI
One thing about Yena, she really is a great entertainer, and it's fun to watch her perform. The energy and charisma she shows on both the screen and on stage is addicting.
Side Note: To be honest, Yena is our favorite singer of 2022 (she's our defintion of a "triple threat"). SMILEY and WithOrWithOut are the two songs we listen to the most. If this list was about the Top 10 K-Pop Performers of 2022, Yena (최예나) would easily be #1.
As a bonus, here is Yena (최예나) singing SMILEY live with her dance crew.
9. No Celestial by LE SSERAFIM
Just when you thought it was safe, another shark K-Pops up and chases the competition out of the water. Bad puns aside, we really love the energy of LE SSERAFIM's new album. And, while "No Celestial" is not the lead track, it's still the best.
10. Still Life (봄여름가을겨울) by BIGBANG
While we love this popular "mainstreak" (not a typo) K-Pop song that rocketed up the charts, it had a lot of great competition. However, we still find ourselves listening to it from time to time.
11. Starlight by TAEIL (태일)
This singer has a great voice. Plus, it follows the traditional formula for Korean drama love songs, and TAEIL knows how to push all the right buttons.
12. Thank You by Brave Girls (브레이브걸스)
Another amazing dance tune for the clubs.
13. DM by fromis_9 (프로미스나인)
This may be the best K-Pop Girl Band dance single for 2022. Music is in the air, the lights are flashing, and you can practically feel that groovy-like atmosphere. Time to hit the dance floor everyone!