Birthdays are milestones in our lives. With each passing year there are so many things to reflect on: habits to be left behind, decisions to be made, goals in life and so on. Basically, birthdays can be our personal new year.
Birthdays have also been the subject of many K-pop songs, each representing the artist’s perspective on his past or upcoming year and sometimes a mix of both. Here is a selection of songs for you to put in your own birthday reflection.
1. Jeon Somi – “Birthday”
“New birthday, new me” is one of the most common birthday settings, and Somi knows a thing or two about it. According to her, when you are feeling reborn, free, and a fully updated version of yourself, celebrating your happy day is something to consider.
2. icon – “Birthday”
iKON definitely knows how to be young, wild and free. Through this traffic jam, the group sends a message that as you get older, you need to make the most of your youth and live a little, even if it sometimes means being carefree. This advice from the boys is always to be followed. After all, you only live once!
3. IU – “Twentythree”
IU is famous for birthday songs, which she releases every year to celebrate her newly reached milestones. This is profound because it not only addresses the existential crisis many find themselves in when they come into contact with reality, but also speaks from a personal point of view about what they experienced at the age of 23.
4. NU’EST – “Happy Birthday”
Sometimes the best that we can appreciate is ourselves. In her song, NU’EST addresses it through the eyes of the people who surround the birthday person and warmly celebrate their existence. Self-love and self-esteem should be practiced every day of the year, but one should definitely make the most of this practice on their birthdays.
5. B.A.P. – “Happy Birthday”
Aging is an inevitable realization that hits us every year. Through this song, B.A.P makes you think about growing old with loved ones. They also show how heartwarming it is to have someone by your side when you add another candle to your birthday cake every year.
6. NCT U – “Make A Wish (Birthday Song)”
Do you remember the wish you make before you blow out your birthday candles? Sometimes this wish is a dream that you want so badly that you will do everything possible to make it come true. NCT U encourages you to get out of your comfort zone and move to a better place.
7. Jay Park feat. Ugly Duck, Woodie Gochild, Hoodie – “Birthday” (Remix)
Jay Park and the gang are here to tell you that your birthday is a checkpoint in life where you can turn off the worry button and appreciate all the good things like family, friends, and even hard work that pays off. In addition, you need to enjoy the present moment and prepare to begin a new day tomorrow.
8th. rain – “30SEXY”
Teens often think that reaching 30 means their youth is over. What they don’t know is that 30 is just an age, not a statement. Rain definitely knows how to be 30, fresh and young in that jam.
9. Epik High – “Happy Birthday”
Epik High always makes us think about the smallest details. In this track they show how many things change with age, including breaking up with acquaintances and feeling insecure about one’s existence. They also point out that even birthday parties aren’t the same every year.
Which birthday song appeals to you the most? Let us know in the comments below.
Esmee L.. is a Moroccan avid dreamer, writer and Hallyu enthusiast.
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