From hate to love: Kpop songs that grown on me

There’s a fine line between hate and love. When I think about it, I don’t know if I really hated these songs or was just disappointed since it was not my cup of tea.

Since my first listen, these songs have grown on me… a lot.

Next Level–aespa

When I first heard this song, I couldn’t believe the monstrosity I was hearing. I knew it was initially a soundtrack for a movie, but that didn’t stop me from thinking who thought it was a good idea to put together a song like this. It sounded messy and strange, and I never wanted to hear it again.

Later, this song would continuously come up on my daily mixes which lead me to watch a reaction for this song just for fun. And one day, I started humming the melody out of nowhere.

This song wormed its way into my head so deep that I can’t get the melody out of my head, especially the beginning.

The more I listen to this song, I’ve begun to adore Ningning’s verses around the 2:00 mark. When Winter’s verse comes in and Karina’s rap, I’m sold. This part was my favorite on my first listen, and it has only grown on me more.

Not sure what it is, but this song is dangerous.

Really Bad Boy–Red Velvet

It’s been a while since I first listened to this song, so I don’t exactly remember what I hated about it. Perhaps it just wasn’t my type of song, and I didn’t like constant singing/screaming in the background. It sounded like it was all over the place.

When this song randomly came on my daily mixes one day, I decided to listen to it from start to finish. And by the time it was over, I didn’t think it was that bad.

The more I listened to it, I’ve started to appreciate the quick beat. Strangely, the screaming didn’t bother me as much as it did the first time.

Nowadays, the chorus is stuck in my head.

Ko Ko Bop–EXO

Like Really Bad Boy, it’s been a while since my first listen. But this was one of the few EXO songs that I didn’t like because of the strange instrumental after the chorus. Like, what is that? And who thought it was a good idea to put something like that in?

After watching a reaction video years later, I strangely started to appreciate it. It’s still weird to me, but it’s not as distracting as the first time around. Combined with the vocals near the end, it works.

I know many people vibe with this, and now I am one of those people.

How You Like That–Blackpink

Finally, a song that’s not from an SM artist.

I didn’t hate this song the first I heard it. Instead, I thought it was super empty, consisting of only the bare bones of what a song should sound like. It was mediocre at best.

I’ve been listening to this more on my Spotify daily mixes, and I can’t ignore anymore how insanely catchy the instrumental is. Lisa’s rap was my favorite part on my first listen, and I’m not surprised that this has grown on me considerably. The ending verses are like the climax, and when it ends suddenly, I find myself wanting more.

I still think that they could’ve done more with this song. For what it is, it’s enough to make me groove.

The day Blackpink has a comeback, the Internet will probably explode.


I’m sure SM will continue to disappoint and wow me. Perhaps it’s all about timing.

8 thoughts on “From hate to love: Kpop songs that grown on me

  1. It happens with me too! There are so many songs I hated first but now they are on top of my playlist. I really didn’t like ko ko bop and also hot sauce and just so many songs but I find myself dancing while listening to them. It’s crazy.
    And great post as always!

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