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  • 100
    • This album is evaluated as the turning point of K-pop music. Song like ‘March’ and ‘That along is my world’ made Deulgukhwa a rival of Cho Yong-pil’s. Deulgukhwa  showed what never existed in Korean pop music before in recording and playing of instruments. 

  • 99
    • Compared to the 1st album, which suffered from the insufficient production time’, the 2nd album was a masterpiece of Korean heavy metal completed by adequate recording. Although the recording quality is top-notch, gate folder and the jacket design were products of computer graphics which were a new concept at the time. If the 1st album, in which Im Jae-bum participated as a vocal, is a heavy album, the 2nd album embraced popularity with lyricism and entertaining style. The emotional ‘On the dark road’ and ‘Song in my ears’ received good feedback from female fans.
  • 98
    • Jeon In-kwon’s vocal that resembles the roar of beasts and Kim Hyun-shik are representative vocalists of the dynamic 80’s. It is the first solo of Jeon In-kwon, who captured the young souls with energetic songs, after the his time at Deulgukhwa. This album is the last album in which you could experience the keyboard of Heo Sung-wook who passed away in America.
  • 97
    • It is an excellent album for the listeners to experience Kang San-ae, the representative rocker of the 90's. In the 1st album, he sang about his experiences and freedom but in the 2nd album, he became the rocker who sings about separation and twists. The song that depicted cynicism towards the 'all mighty money' attitude and was censored by the deliberation committee, 'Money', was renamed as 'Problem' and listed on the album. Beautiful songs that do not deal with heavy subjects such as 'You Can Do It', 'Black Coffee', 'When I am looking At You', and 'We' are listed on the album.
  • 96
    • This is the memorial album of Yang Hee-eun’s 20 years since debut. This is a masterpiece created by the combination of Yang Hee-eun, who has become a middle-aged woman, and the talent of her broad-visioned and young songwriter and guitarist Lee Byung-hun.  This album is valuable in that Yang Hee-eun’s, who expanded from the appeal of innocent emotions, age could be felt in her voice.
  • 95
    • This album is the first album that the guitarist Lee Jung-sun made compromises for the public. To fit the song concept that expressed love fever that people in their 30’s  could relate to, the lyrics and the jacket were made as sexy as possible. Although Lee Jung-sun claims that it is an uncomfortable album, it is actually a creative album that showed the start of electric blues rock.
  • 94
    • Han Dae-soo, who left Korea against his will after his second album ‘Rubber shoes’ in 1975, returned from New York to release his 3rd album in 1989. The session lineup that Han Dae-soo composed himself was completely different from the session in Korea at the time that only sought the same performances. Although the 1st album is the representative of Han Dae-soo in terms of popular impact and strength, his 3rd album was artistically the best.
  • 93
    • Kang San-ae officially listed his debut album as 0 album instead of the 1st album. The title song ‘(They) Said’ was created by his analysis and understanding of the lyrics of ‘Tears wet the Tumen River’, which was the favorite song of his father who was a displaced person, to depict the emotions of division and separation. This album became the source of courage of the people who have suffered from the IMF foreign currency crisis at the end of 90’s.

  • 92
    • This album shows the real Cho Yong-pil. The classic rock and roll songs, ‘Let’s go on a trip’ and ‘You’ started the golden age of rock and roll in the Korean pop world. 7 out of 11 songs from the album were written by Cho Yong-pil himself. It shows that the song ‘Because I love you’ which everyone knows to be Yoo Jae-ha’s is originally Cho Yong-pil’s.
  • 91
    • Kim Kwnag-seok's last regular album, the 4th, is the best album with the songs 'Around 30', 'Stand Up' which embody the negative viewpoint of the society and hope. With a strengthened folk touch, it embodies the soul of Kim Kwang-seok's music who had been evaluated as the 'real successor of 90's folk music'. The driving force behind the continued interest in Kim Kwang-seok's music is his truthful lyrics that touch people of every age.
  • 90
    • This album was designed by the Deulgukhwa bassist Choi Sung-won. It is remembered as a rare classic that is a compilation. It is an important to note that the musicians who participated in this album grew up to be the main players of the prime of K-pop.
  • 89
    • From 1986 until now, he has released 5 creative albums and he is the only artist who released all of his regular albums in LP. Because he disappeared from the public eye for 11 years after the 3rd album in 1991, he was called the 'singer of seclusion'. His 4th album received praises such as 'he brought up popular music to the level of art' to be selected as the 'best K Pop album of the year' in 2002 and the top 100 K Pop albums in 2007 online.
  • 88
    • It is a Korean folk classic with the initial version of the representative song of the 70's, 'Morning Dew'. 'Morning Dew' was selected as a beautiful song by the government in 1973 but became banned in 1975. However, it became a part of K-pop legacy as the representative of resistance and awareness of unity.
  • 87
    • His 5th album in 1991, ‘Ah, Korea’ and 6th album in 1993, ‘1992, rainy season in Jongro’  was an illegal record that refused pre-censorship. He sold the records at the sites of protest and university towns and started a signature campaign for the abolition of pre-censorship. This album, which includes 9 songs, showed outstanding musicianship that meditates on the lives of 90’s which saw the cooling of passion for revolution in an objective perspective. The signed ‘1992, rainy season in Jongro’ with the logo of ‘Hail the freedom of creativeness and expression’ on the LP jacket which was distributed at the sites of labor at the initial stage of production, partially due to its limited distribution.
  • 86
    • Kim Soo-cheol’s 1st solo album was not a hit from the beginning. However, after Kim Soo-cheol took the role of the music director and acted as the mentally handicapped Byung-tae in the movie <Whale Hunting> and led it to popularity, synergy effects followed. For Kim Soo-cheol, it became the turning point of his music life and the album became a classic of the 80’s pop music.
  • 85
    • This album, which was excellently expressed as 'Sing Again' in Korean, was an album for him to check his 10 years in music with the selection of songs from before he became independent such as 'On The Street', 'In The Wilderness', songs from his time with the Zoo, and songs from his solo album. This album, which shook the popular music world, became the fuse of the remake album trend during the 2000 period. Moreover, he accomplished the incredible feat of surpassing his original songs to become the legitimate child to continue to pedigree of Korean modern folk.
  • 84
    • This is a classic that stretched the horizon of rock music to the pop culture through ballad. The two-top vocal system of Lee Doo-hun and Im Hyung-soon entertained the public with a different style than Songolmae. There is also the story that ‘Wednesdays Red Roses’ started the boom of flower shops on Wednesdays.
  • 83
    • This is a masterpiece album with the representative song of Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Kyeoul, ‘Someone’s dream’.  Although the lead vocal Kim Jong-jin’s singing is not excellent, it is truthful. The performance and creativity throughout the song were outstanding and the simple and honest lyrics give you the impression of reading the diaries of younger days.
  • 82
    • This 2nd album, released in 1989, is a memorable album that accomplished the feat of entering the mainstream pop market for the first time by progressive music. It also accomplished the miracle of exceeding 500,000 copies sold for the first year after the release. The album jacket, designed to look like a black-and-white graduation photos of elementary school students who are partially smeared off. The jacket that represented the patriotic martyrs who perished from democratization protests were shocking and 9 songs listed in the album such as ‘Sora Sora Pururun Sora’, ‘In the wilderness’, ‘Dry leaf reborn’ are all representative classics of the 80’s.

  • 81
    • This album is a classic that greatly contributed to the strong current of 80’s Korean pop music which is colored as the heyday of heavy metal. If the 1st album provided popular recognition, this album taught the public that Boohwal  ‘The memory trilogy’ is the highlight of this album. ‘In the heaven’, which lasts for 11 minutes is impressive as well.

  • 80
    • The combination of Lee Mun-sae and Lee Young-hun was invincible in the 80’s. The 5th album, which was released in 1988, had hundreds of thousand pre-orders. King Records increased the price of the album to 4,000 won from 3,300 won to lead to boycott from retailers. It did not matter. People cared more about the quality of the music than the price of the album and it led to the sales of 2,580,000 copies. Also, it brought a change of awareness towards Korean albums which were relatively low priced compared to foreign pop albums.
  • 79
    • This album was released after the popular campus band Hwaljuro and Black Tetris completely incorporated into Song Gol-mae.  The two-top vocal system of the simple Bae Cheol-soo and the sophisticated Koo Chang-mo led to mass popularity in <A chance encounter> and <I’ll love everything>.
  • 78
    • This is the masterpiece left by Lee Jung-sun, Uhm In-ho, and Kim Hyun-shik. This album was their first and last work together. ‘Alley’, which had been released several times but ignored, turned into an elegant swan through Kim Hyun-shik’s vocal. ‘Twilight’ was also reborn. Lee Jung-sun’s ‘On the mountain’, which is filled with her rough vocal, and 'Leave me without word’, which was listed on her 4th album also shined through this album.
  • 77
    • The return of Kim Min-ki’s producer. Over 20 people such as Seoul National University’s ‘Maeari’, Korea University’s ‘Noraeol’, Yonsei Universitiy’s ‘Ulrimteo’, and the ‘Early Morning’ came together for this work. An Chi-hwan and Kim Kwang-seok were also the founding members. Although it did not receive much attention at first, it gained mass popularity when it was re-released after the first legal concert at the memorial hall for the 100 years of Korean church in October 1987.
  • 76
    • The simple and light music of the Zoo completes what the establish pop music could not. Unlike singers who were trained for a long time, they gave birth to everlasting masterpieces with everyday subjects and delicate expressions. The ‘Letter to a cloudy autumn sky’ and ‘Hyehwa-dong’ which makes the listeners feel like they are meeting friends in the neighborhood are must-listens of the track. This album proved that music does not need decorations to be loved.

  • 75
    • Shinchon Blues was more like a club for musicians who like blues than a formal band. This album was created because their many concerts were filled with fans and it became a big hit with a sales of hundreds of thousand copies. It starts from the first track ‘Road without you’, in which Han Young-ae’s charisma shines, to ‘Is it wind’  and the ‘Spring rain’ that was sung again by Park In-su was excellent as well.
  • 74
    • cd 2002 SONG'S STUDIO/2004 SONG'S STUDIO, Top 100 records of K Pop, Seoul Record SRCD-2713/tape 1994 nices SCM-2029. This album raised the level of Korean rock in the tightness of sound.

  • 73
    • This album, created by the vocal Jeon In-kwon and the keyboard Heo Sung-wook of Deulgukhwa includes the competitiveness and the sincerity that were shown in the first album of Deulgukhwa. ‘Flowers in your hair’ that sings about ideals and ‘Reason’ that shows sincerity are excellent. The performance of Deulgukhwa and the guitar solos of Choi Gu-hui and Ham Chun-ho are inspirational.
  • 72
    • The experimental, tight sound and the closely planned lyrics completed by Shin Hae-cheol are mind-blowing. Shin Hae-cheol, who has been enamored by the sound of the keyboard and the synthesizer from his time at the Infinite Track made charming and dynamic sound through N.EX.T. Outstanding playing capability and stable high-pitch singing is an exciting joy that this album gives.
  • 71
    • The mixed sex vocal group Strange people is a 5-people vocal group made up of Go Chan-yong, Lee So-ra, Baek Myung-seok, Heo Eun-yung, and Shin Jin that was originally a music club from Incheon university. The leader Go Chan-yong, who was evaluated as expressing the music of a genius with mysophobia, is from the Yoo Jae-ha Music Competition. The 1st album, which was released in 1993 is a classic album that embodies the appeal of the vocal that has never been experienced before. When you listen closely to the members, you could notice a familiar name. It is Lee So-ra. It is not well known that she was a member of the vocal group before her solo debut.
  • 70
    • The male hip hop dance duo, DEUX, debuted in the same year as Seo Taiji and Boys to lead the new generation culture. Although the 1st album is excellent as well, the 3rd album 'Force Deux', which was released in 1995, was even chosen by the leader Lee Hyun-do as the best album. 'Break off the Yoke' is the most polished song in the album. The album sold for more than a million copies and was placed on top charts. It is a rare masterpiece that accomplished musicianship and popularity.

  • 69
    • This album has been praised by the birth place of rock, England. In 1980, he received the silver prize with ‘Haeya’, which was a remake of Park Doo-jin’s poetry at the 4th MBC Campus Song Festival.
  • 68
    • It is an album that cannot be excluded from a discussion on the popularization of heavy metal. Although faults in the album were discovered in the initial stage of production due to poor production environment which led to massive recalls, the album was re-released 4 times with a gate folder and a single jacket. The first album also includes Lee Byung-mun’s version instead of Im Jae-bujm's
  • 67
    • This album shows the new musical introspection Ha Deok-kyu who was devoted to nature and religion. This album, which emphasized the simple inside, is the essence of The Poet and The Village Headmaster. There is no song to throw out in this album. ‘Thorn tree’, which proved the popular appeal of gospel songs, ‘Dawn’, with its strong emotions, and ‘New day’ are enough to be considered as masterpieces.
  • 66
    • The 2nd album explains the phenomenon of Seo Taiji. If the 1st album led rap/dance to becoming the trend of the music industry, this album is the return to Seo Taiji’s musical foundation, rock. It is very difficult to find an album that exceeds the influence of this album. ‘Hayeoga’ was a groundbreaking song that added a full minutes of electric guitar solo in the middle of the song. It was amazing to see Seo Taiji add to the excitement by inserting the sound of Taepyeongso, a Korean traditional instrument. ‘Unforgettable memory’ and the ballad ‘To you’ are song that you should not miss.
  • 65
    • The starting point of the legacy of Cho Yong-pil. This record includes the famous ‘Woman outside the window’.  This song, which was the OST for the TV shown <Life Theater> on Donga Broadcast in 1979 faced difficulties in production when the original writer failed to keep his deadline; however, Cho Yong-pil listened to the lyrics that the writer Bae Myung-suk read him over the phone and completed the song on the spot.
  • 64
    • This is a classic album of Korean rock that reinforced the weaknesses of Korean recording with the help of the Japanese engineer Jidagawa Masato. This album is filled with the energy of Kim Soo-cheol, who played instruments in various ways such as using a cup to slide, and Choi Soo-il, the legendary drummer.
  • 63
    • Seo Taiji and Boys became the symbolism of the ‘new age culture’ movement. Their legacy, also known as ‘Seo Taiji Syndrome’ became the keyword that explains the social/cultural phenomenon of the 90’s. Their 1st album, which is a superb combination of majority of dance and hip top music and rock and ballad and the title song ‘I Know’ recorded 300,000 copies sold in just 3 weeks to take the top place on the billboard for 17 weeks. This album is the cultural icon that speaks to the new age culture of the 90;s
  • 62
    • cd 2002 SONG'S STUDIO/2004 SONG'S STUDIO,Seoul Record SRCD-2714
  • 61
    • Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Kyeoul is a 2-person band that led K-pop to become more polished. The people, who had judged songs entirely by the singers’ voices, started to pay attention to the instruments after this album. This album is a concept album that was separated into 4 themes of 4 seasons. Although the hit song is ‘Everyone changes’, the highlight is the ‘Musician on the street’.

  • 60
    • The Zoo, founded with 7 members with nicknames of familiar animals, was a band that communicated with the mass with the young emotions. Although it felt half-ready, the songs were shocking and led explosive support from the young crowd at the time. The beloved ‘On the road’, ‘Forgotten’, ‘Changing’ had lyrics that could not be written by anyone.
  • 59
    • It is evaluated as the best album of the 90's in session and recording. Kang Ki-young's thick base, Kim Min-gi's clean druming, Kim Jun-won's attractive vocal were excellent but Park Hyun-jun's unique guitar tones, rhythm work, and good sense of melody was at a level of completeness that could not be seen in Kore aat the time. You cannot discuss 90's Korean rock without listening to this record which is full of excellent songs.
  • 58
    • It is a classic album that speaks to their popularity at the time shown by the sales of 300,000 copies, which was never seen before for rock albums. The former rock band of Boohwal is ‘The End’. The first lead vocal of ‘The End’ is the famous Kim Jong-seo. When Lee Seung-cheol was recruited, the name of the band changed to Boohwal and it became the start of the resurrection of Korean rock. The biggest hit is Yang Hong-seop’s ‘Huiya’. The rain effects and Lee Seung-cheol’s vocal were sorrowful and attractive.
  • 57
    • Kim Hyun-cheol’s debut album that includes the ‘Train to Chuncheon’. This album, which is evaluated as being a classic of fusion jazz, is interesting in that it shows the encounter of his sensations and emotions during his 20’s when he was the most delicate. The lyrics, which resemble diary entries, is filled with the stories of our youth.
  • 56
    • Lee Mun-sae’s 4th album started the age of million seller of K-pop to make Lee Mun-sae a ‘legend of Korean pop’. It is a legendary album with the songs that all provided different styles. In 1987, the first edition was produced with a dark atmosphere. The sales record of 2,850,000 copies was an event that topped the most sold albums list in history.
  • 55
    • The album of the duo of Ha Deok-kyu and ham Chun-ho. As painter-wannabes the self-drawn album jacket was refreshing.  This album, which is the representative of the 80’s Seo Jung-ju folk, includes the fresh guitar sound and essence of Ham Chun-ho, Jo Dong-il, and Ha Deok-kyu.
  • 54
    • This album is considered to be the best of Kim Hyun-shik’s. Although it is technically a solo album, it is a result of cooperation with     Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Kyeoul. The 3rd album recorded a sales of 300,000 records to grant Kim Hyun-shik popular recognition and the honorable title of ‘Singer of Love’.
  • 53
    • 'Love and Peace' was the only Korean rock band to receive the highest rating Special AA in the US 8th Army audition. In 1976, the mustache singer Lee Jang-hui participated as the producer and the first funky music in K-pop 'Been gone for a while' earned mass popularity.
  • 52
    • This album included songs that are smart instead of the simple style of the first album. The duo Some Days introduced songs with clear and lyrical lyrics and polished style at a time filled with tear gases and Molotov cocktails. The cosmopolitan and clean music captured the hearts of listeners who are young, delicate, and feminine. The friendly vocal and the fresh and polished music could still be listened to today.
  • 51
    • When Lee Sang-eun received the grand prize at the Gangbyeon Song Festival with the dance song "Dandadi' and danced on stage with a tambourine, she was merely an idol star. After she became the idol of the teenagers, she became successful in every field from movies, TV drams, and television host. At the height of her popularity, she decided to go to New York and Japan to learn art. After 2 years, she released her 6th album 'Gongmudohaga' in 1995. This album shows her intended directions with the red, powerful, and dreamy jacket design and the traces of psychological collisions in attempting to find her identity that is apparent throughout the album.
  • 50
    • The first album of the creator of Korean modern folk. It became the face of banned records in the 70's along with Kim Min-ki's 1st album. 'To The Happy World', which he created at age 17, is in the album. 'One Morning', the unreleased song of 1989' was added.
  • 49
    • The three-man band of brothers', Sanulrim, 1st album caught the emotions of the people with bright and naive lyrics that resembled a children's song and fun tunes. In just 20 days, it sold over 400,000 records to achieve commercial success. It was so unique that Sanulrim' originality caught the attention of people abroad.
  • 48
    • The title ‘1960 1965’ represents the birth years of the two members. With the amazing instrument performances and songwriting abilities that were hard to believe of rookies in their 20’s, they received the nickname of ‘Young Giants’. Although it did not receive explosive feedback, it is an album that greatly influenced future musicians.
  • 47
    • Kim Min-ki's 1st album, which was released in November 1971 is a classic that started the age of creative albums. Because Kim Min-ki was arrested by the police in the following year and all of his master tapes were confiscated and destroyed, it is popular as a rare collection.
  • 46
    • This album is evaluated as the turning point of K-pop music. Song like ‘March’ and ‘That along is my world’ made Deulgukhwa a rival of Cho Yong-pil’s. Deulgukhwa  showed what never existed in Korean pop music before in recording and playing of instruments.
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