Top Ten K-Pop Christmas songs of 2013!
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This cultural phenomenon got started decades ago. Why? It was because for many decades, Korea was subservient to Japan and chafed at the restrictions placed upon it by the Japanese government. While Japan ruled Korea, the Koreans sought many ways to rebel. They unveiled K-pop.
A man named Henry Appenzeller. He was a Methodist missionary who introduced the Korean people to Christiantity and Protestantism. To this day, a large portion of Koreans are Christian and belong to that denomination. Henry Appenzeller taught his students some American tunes in order to facilitate their English learning. The Koreans called these tunes changga. Using Korean words in American music taught them that music could be enjoyable and allowed them to express their feelings without reprisal since it is an art form. However, the Japanese soon figured out what the Koreans were doing and confiscated the music and changed it to their own.
The first recorded album that could be called K-pop was The Tumultous Time by Park Chae-seon in 1925. It wasn't long after that when the Japanese were pushed out by the Americans, that modern K-pop began to evolve. In the 1990's, the K-pop that is most recognised today came in the form of teenage bands, again similar to America. Featuring the Hot dance tracks and emotional ballads, the modern version of K-pop is very eclectic with bright colour and even brighter lyrics. Dance is usually also incorporated somehow into the music in order to emphasise certain beats or bring a new side to it that wasn't originally explored by earlier musicians.
The change is credited to Seo Taiji & Boys and their hit, Nan Arayo ( I Know) which was a modern mix of rap, techno and other genres popular in America and spreading worldwider. The popularity of thid band and their song is thought to be close to the heart because the lyrics actually addressed problems in Korea society instead od blindy announcing how wonderful Korea life is or could be at that time. Since K-pop was just exiting its ballad era, the new sound and upbeat rhythm drew a large teenage audience that prompted many new bands to follow the bead. Soon it became a national sound that prompted many teenagers to express their individualism in a way their parent and grandparents were never allowed to do so.
What else makes K-pop so fantastic? The clash of colours and makeup of course! Different styles have been created by the bands that feature K-pop and linger long after their songs end. From their extremely colourful hair to very imaginative clothing.
According to the website, allkpop.com , some of the popular K-pop bands and musicians featured are Super Junior, Girls Genaration, EXO, MBLAQ, SHINee, VIXX, B.A.P, Big Bang, 2NE1. Some of K-pop bands even put their comebacks at certain festivals. The songs are alternate between upbeat catchy sounds and emotionally wringing ballads and because of that their popularity shot through the roof and they are famous worldwide.