When we think of K-POP, many pop idol songs come to mind, but ballad songs are more popular in Korea than in Japan, and are loved by people of all ages.
Even if you don’t understand the meaning of the words, there is something about the emotional singing style of Korean artists that touches your heart.
We will pick up a lot of such wonderful ballad songs not only for idols but also for solo singers and musicians. Please find your favorite ballad that touches your heart.
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Let’s Say Goodbye by Parc Jae-Jung
Parc Jae-Jung is loved by many people for her singing voice which is both gentle and powerful. Among the songs he sings, one of the heartbreak songs that is said to be particularly tear-jerking is “Let’s Say Goodbye”.
As the title suggests, the content depicts a man who wants to break up and a woman who hesitates to break up. However, if you listen carefully, you can see that he actually doesn’t want to break up, which is the point that makes you cry.
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Flower in the Desert by Woody
Woody is also known as a former member of the idol group N-Train. Due to her high singing ability, word of mouth has spread on SNS and she has gained many fans. “Flower in the Desert”, which he sings, is a love ballad full of happiness.
The lyrics depict the changing seasons and the unchanging relationship between two people. The lyrical expressions are also appealing, so please check the lyrics while listening to the song.
‘Til We Meet Again by Aespa
Aespa is a girl group that is very popular in Japan. The girls have a strong impression of being in charge of EMD, but ‘Til We Meet Again is a heartbreaking love ballad. The lyrics describe how a person is happy to be reunited with a loved one, and how they use “restart” when parting ways.
It feels a little sad, but more than that, the focus is on the joy of meeting each other. Listening to this song will give you a refreshing feeling, and it may also help you realize the importance of the people around you.
BLOSSOM by ENHYPEN
BLOSSO’ is a love song that pledges love and sings about the bond with the engene. This is the first Japanese ballad included in their Japan’s third single “Yui -YOU-“. The tempo and lyrics are also very appealing.
The message is that even when we can’t meet, it’s an opportunity to deepen our precious feelings, and the phrase that expresses “bonds and relationships”, which is also connected to the group’s name, is moving.
Along with the future that we will continue to walk together, the beautiful singing voices of Enhypen will permeate our hearts.
Heart by DK
R&B duo DECEMBER debuted in 2009 with the mini-album “Dear My Lover”. One of its members, DK, is a popular singer who has appeared on the soundtracks of dramas such as “Hyena: Lawyers’ Survival Game”, “Romance is Deadly!?”, and “SUITS”.
His song “Kokoro (심)” is a sad ballad with a gentle voice that soothes you, and the climax of the chorus is especially pleasant. Hats off to the overwhelming singing ability that sings powerfully while applying vibrato without tightening the high notes.
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Miracle by WENDY X MeloMance
Miracle was released in 2023 by Wendy, a member of the idol group Red Velvet, and the male duo Melomance. It is a song that touches the heart with a moving story that depicts the scene of reuniting with an important person who has been separated.
The singing part where the male and female voices talk to each other will give you an image of them conveying their feelings to the other person. It is a ballad that sings the joy of meeting the destined person again after overcoming various difficulties.
Longing by Jung Seung Huan
Jung Seung Huan is a popular ballad singer. This is the number released in July 2023 by him, who is in charge of the OST of the world-famous romantic comedy-drama “King the Land”. A love song filled with earnest feelings.
Kim Dong Ryul, a famous artist who has been supported for a long time in Korea, has worked on the composition, and there is no doubt that it is complete. Seunghwan’s beautiful and emotional vocals add to the charm of the sad song. Please listen while thinking of your loved one.
Between you, me, and the Lamppost by LE SSERAFIM
A simple rock-like medium ballad “Between you, me and the Lamppost”, which can be said to be unique even in the album “UNFORGIVEN”, was composed by member Heo Yunjin, who has a face as a singer-songwriter, and other members. This song showcases the creativity of the members, including their participation in writing the lyrics.
This song will be familiar to those who listen to Western music on a daily basis, and it’s the type of song that you’ll want to sing enthusiastically at karaoke. The vocal range isn’t that high, so I’d like you to sing it as the final karaoke of the day.
Because We Loved by KANG MIN KYUNG X Jung Hoon Choi
A collaboration number between DAVICHI’s Kang Minkyung and the frontman of the band JANNABI, Choi Jonghoon. Released in September 2022. In the sentimental autumn season, I miss ballad duets.
You will be drawn to the lyrical lyrics that remind you of those days when you and your lover were on the same page. The last chorus of this song, which is full of emotional vocals by the two, is also very moving and will tickle your tears. The sad but warm feeling overlaps with autumn’s longing for others.
One Man by Kim Jong-kook
Kim Jong Kook, South Korea’s national singer. His song is sure to touch your heart. This is a ballad song with an R&B feel, and the song gently expresses the sadness of a man who has lost his love.
However, rather than just singing about sadness, the song is designed to delve deeper into what love and affection are. Therefore, it may be a good idea to listen to it with your loved one and think about love together, and to confirm your bond with each other. Also, pay attention to the beautiful falsetto.
You Are My Spring by HWANG CHI YEUL
Singer Hwang Chi-yeul released his first single album “Chi-yeul” in 2007 and gained attention with the title song Just Once. His song “You Are My Spring” is a natural and approachable piano ballad that is similar to Japanese music.
The beautiful piano tones and his calm voice are exquisitely mixed, giving you a gentle and soothing emotional atmosphere. His gentle vibrato in particular is calming, so be sure to listen to it during your leisurely holidays.
The Truth Untold by BTS Feat. Steve Aoki
It is a ballad recorded in the 2018 album “LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear'”. Produced by world-famous DJ Steve Aoki, this song has a simple tone and the beautiful voices of vocal lines Jungkook, Jin, V, and Jimin will permeate your heart.
The title means “true feelings that were not conveyed,” and it depicts a sad heart in a fantastic and dramatic way. I think it would be very big if there were people who could think like this, but it might be recommended to feel it without thinking too much. It’s a wonderful song that draws you in not only with your singing ability but also with your expressiveness.
Abyss by Jin (Oldest Member of BTS)
Jin is the oldest member of BTS. It is a ballad song that was released as a surprise on December 4th, 2020, which is his birthday. “Abyss” has the meaning of abyss or abyss, and depicts the worries and conflicts of a top artist who has overturned conventional wisdom and expanded all kinds of possibilities.
It was created with the help of CEO Bang Si-hyuk, composer Gae Beom-joo, who is also active as a producer for groups such as Sebuchi, and leader RM in terms of lyrics. Jin’s overwhelming vocals. The falsetto chorus that offers prayers and wishes will also give you goosebumps. I hope his heart can rest a little.
Emergency Room by IZI
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This is the OST for the romantic comedy-drama “Kaiketsu Haruka”, which aired in 2005 and was based on a classic novel. A song by the rock band Izi. It has been covered by various people, including BTS’s V, and has been sung for a long time.
It is a generational song for people in their 20s to 40s and has long been loved as a standard karaoke song. A love song that you can sympathize with the lyrics of love that make you say and act differently than you really think. The melody is laid back and is a standard ballad, making it easy to approach.
No Matter Where by MC The Max
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In the early days, MC THE MAX was a band that was produced by YOSHIKI and also provided music from Japanese artists. This is a ballad that sings the pain of a broken heart announced in 2016.
The lyrics, which depict the snow falling and the sad feelings, are excellent and gently touch your heart. Although it seems difficult to sing, it seems to be a familiar number for Korean boys. According to TJ Communication, it was the most-sung song of 2016. Since then, it has become a classic karaoke song that has been loved for a long time.
Star by One Star
Romance drama Everything We Loved starring EXO’s Sehun, Cho Joon Young, and Jang Yeo Bin. This is a medium ballad that was used as the OST. A song by Lim Han-byul, also known as Onestar, who is also known as the master of “GIRLS PLANET 999”, a program that produced members of Monday Kiz and, in recent years, Kep1er.
The lyrics depict memories and have a pervasive atmosphere that makes you feel a beautiful eternity. I think it’s a song that will help you feel soothed when you’re having a hard time.
Dream by Baby Monster
BABYMONSTER is a girl group born from the documentary program “Last Evaluation”. Their pre-debut song is “DREAM”. This is a song that depicts a sleepless night and a strong will to face difficulties.
Although it is a soft ballad, it gradually becomes more powerful, and in the second half, there is a part that includes chants. If you listen to it when you’re feeling down, it will cheer you up little by little.
Yooou by PARK HYEON JIN Feat. BIG Naughty
“Yooou”, a collaboration between PARK HYEON JIN from Seoul and rapper BIG Naughty, is a perfect song when you want to enjoy a soothing ballad with a calm tempo.
This is an acoustic, organic song without any special effects mixed in. His singing voice is a chill-out song that soothes your tired soul. When you’re tired from work or study, please listen to this song and be energized by his gentle voice.
Plant by SEJEONG
This is the lead song from the first solo mini album released in 2020 by Sejeong, the main vocalist of Gugudan.
Sejeong’s emotional vocals add color to the song with a gentle melody. The music video, which features a variety of colors, has a somewhat romantic feel to it, and I am drawn to the worldview depicted from both sides of light and darkness.
Day By Day by Joy
Joy is a member of Red Velvet, and as an individual, she is also showing off her charm through various activities. “Day By Day” is a number included in the 2021 album “HELLO”, which was his solo debut. A cover of the song was released by the female duo As One in 1999. The lyrics are full of pure feelings and gratitude that I want to convey, and they really touch my heart.
And the most important point is Joy’s delicate and beautiful vocals. It expresses the warm atmosphere of the song so well that it makes me cry. Her singing in “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook” is also moving, so please give it a listen. It’s truly a superb ballad.