20 K-pop Songs to Unlock Your Inner Villain: ‘Scream,’ ‘Top or Cliff,’ ‘Monster,’ MORE!

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K-pop is known for imbuing various emotions, as all other music genres do. Sometimes, the songs we listen in K-pop can evoke darker themes, which can make you feel villainous.

Here are 20 best K-pop songs to unlock your inner villain!

1.    ‘Scream’ by Dreamcatcher

 

Dreamcatcher’s “Scream” is a recommended choice to listen to when you want to go villain mode. With the song’s heavy metal rock genre, layered choir sequences, and the group’s vocals, this song is a must-add.

2.    ‘UNFORGIVEN’ by LE SSERAFIM

 

Unforgiven, I’m a villain,” the song utters and it’s everything one can ever hope for when feeling rebellious.

3.    ‘Monster’ by EXO

 

EXO’s classic hit “Monster” pierces through the mood with its villainous vibe, which exudes a dominating aura.

4.    ‘Monster’ by Red Velvet IRENE & SEULGI

 

IRENE & SEULGI’s debut song “Monster” was one of 2020’s highlights in K-pop, as it captures an aura that screams “seductive” and “alluring.”

5.    ‘Oh my god’ by (G)I-DLE

 

(G)I-DLE’s prickly, atmospheric title track “Oh my god” is one of those tracks that looms in your mind after listening.

6.    ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ by (G)I-DLE Yuqi

 

“Bonnie & Clyde” perfectly captivates the “us against the world” feeling through its lyrics, context, and Yuqi’s powerful vocals!

7.    ‘ARSON’ by BTS J-Hope

 

“ARSON” showcases the best of J-Hope’s dark artistic side and is the perfect definition of “creatively unhinged.”

8.    ‘CRY FOR ME’ by TWICE

 

TWICE’s “CRY FOR ME” is also one of 2020’s most iconic songs. The track traverses through sequences that emit supremacy in its strings, tempo, and TWICE’s haunting performance.

9.    ‘Top or Cliff’ by Kim Sejeong

 

Seductive, passionate, and profound, Kim Sejeong’s “Top of Cliff” will always remind you that you’re in control no matter how chaotic it gets.

10.  ‘Guilty’ by SHINee Taemin

 

Taemin’s newest title track “Guilty” entices listeners with its slow tempo, string instrumental, alongside Taemin’s impressive vocals and powerful choreography.

11.  ’28 Reasons’ by Red Velvet Seulgi

 

Seulgi has proven her status as one of K-pop’s aces through her ominous title track “28 Reasons.”

12.  ‘Drama’ by aespa

 

Released on November 10, 2023, aespa’s anthemic track “Drama” can definitely bring out your fearless side!

See the remaining ones below:

13.  ‘BOOM’ by NMIXX

 

14.  ‘Haegeum’ by BTS Suga / Agust D

 

15.  ‘Cold as Hell’ by Girls’ Generation Taeyeon

 

16.  ‘Good Boy Gone Bad’ by TOMORROW X TOGETHER

 

17.  ‘VILLAIN’ by AleXa

 

18.  ‘MANIAC’ by Stray Kids

 

19.  ‘TAIL’ by SUNMI

 

20.  ‘BORN TO BE’ by ITZY

 

Which K-pop songs on the list are your favorites? Do you know any other K-pop songs that give villain vibes? Let us know in the comments below!

**] Riely Miller