Queen’s Q&A: What is T-ara’s hidden gem and most underrated song?
In the span of five years, T-ara has released well over 150 songs – and that’s not including instrumentals! In fact I have exactly 160 on my iTunes playlist for T-ara.
To put it in perspective for you, T-ara is technically releasing about three new songs per month for the past five years! It’s hard to believe, but a lot of those songs are Japanese versions of original Korean songs or official remixes released by Core Contents Media (take T-ara’s PARIS & SWISS album for example – just an album with 12 remixes).
Despite that, T-ara is known not just by QUEEN’S, but all across the K-pop fandom, as a girl group with consistently solid music and high quality music production. And in just a few more days on September 11th, we will be adding a few more tracks to that ongoing list of impressive music.
I asked some QUEEN’S on the forums and on our Facebook page what they thought was T-ara’s hidden gem or in other words, what is T-ara’s most underrated non-title track and got a range of answers! New QUEEN’S and old QUEEN’S alike can check out their responses and reminiscence or learn and listen to some of T-ara’s best tracks!
Absolute First Album: Bye Bye
Rakhman Nur Fitra (Facebook): For me, Bye Bye [is] the best song ever.
vancew90 (Forums): Bye Bye because they constantly sing it at the end of every concert to bid their fans good bye and also because it’s a really happy song despite its title.
Absolute First Album: Falling U
Tith Sopheap Ly (Facebook): I personally love Falling U from the Absolute First album. This slow ballad song goes on very gracefully along with a beautiful melody. Moreover, each member’s vocal is clearly expressed the passion that listeners can feel into the music.
Seung Yeon (Facebook): For me I love Falling U a lot from Absolute First Album. The melody is so nice and the lyrics [also]. I just love the song!
Bon Afriki (Facebook): I choose Falling U from Absolute First Album as the best underrated song from T-ara that I like the most. In this song I found Soyeon’s voice is so different (in a good way) and also the rap parts are so catchy, and Eunjung high note is so amazing to listen to.
Jennifer Chan (Facebook): Definitely Falling U, it is so nicely paced and the vocals are amazing and everything about it is so beautiful.
Iron Ho (Facebook): Falling U … You all just listen to this song and you’ll know why I chose this song.
Absolute First Album: You You You (Say Goodbye)
Rongjie Melt Tio (Facebook): For me its You You You from Absolute First Album… Its the first non-title track T-ara song on my repeat list. The way they take turns rapping and the amazing vocals from Soyeon in the chorus just draws you in and makes you wanna listen to it again and again.
Joshua Ortega Espinoza (Facebook): I personally loved Say Goodbye/You You You from the first album because it reminded me of TTL and I love hearing the rap with amazing vocals from Soyeon noona.
Temptastic: Ma Boo
Zineb Houda Yamapi (Facebook): Ma Boo.. It’s such an amazing song with a catchy melody and some hard rap parts. Only T-ara can give us such a perfect song. Eunjung, Hyomin, Hwayoung and Boram’s rap parts are mesmerizing and Soyeon’s voice is heavenly beautiful.. One of the best underrated songs!
Siti Norbaya Khairul Anuar (Facebook): I like Ma Boo because I like to hear their rap.
Yozoboro (Forums): My favorite one is Ma Boo because of the rapping. Also its cool to hear Jiyeon rap and I hope she does more in the future.
Temptastic: I’m OK
Andi Santome Lemos (Facebook): I fell in love with I’m OK since the first time I listened to it. It’s such a beautiful song. And what I like the most about this song is that it shows off every member’s vocals and raps.
George Iulian Vladu (Facebook): I’m OK.. Definitely my favorite song from the whole discography.
Roly-Poly in Copacabana: Roly-Poly in Copacabana
Ouji_Tenshi13 (Forums): What I think is the best underrated non-single album track by T-ara is is Roly Poly in Copacabana. The reason is that the original version was already a hit, and in fact, the song came in at #2 in Korean Gaon chart and #4 in Korean Billboard chart, but this time when the “remix” came out, the only difference was a change in the intro beat. The song still sounds good no matter which version, but Copacabana fell short because it’s basically the same song from the original. Now if it had more differences, then I could see the song going to at least Top 20 in Korean Gaon. Don’t get me wrong, I love Roly Poly in Copacabana that I even bought the special album at K-Con 2014.
Black Eyes: Goodbye, OK
Fairiiez (Forums): I just like it but no one ever talks about this song.
Day by Day: Don’t Leave
Josh Martinez Mandiche (Facebook): Their most underrated song is definitely Don’t Leave. I think its so unfortunate that the Day by Day incident happened, but that mini was genuinely amazing.
Ji Anna (Facebook) I think the best is Don’t Leave.. because this song very good and slow with their combined rap and singing.
YNam Phan (Facebook): I choose Don’t Leave as the most underrated track. I love T-ara’s ballads, and this one is the greatest one so far. Awesome vocals by Soyeon, Jiyeon and Hyomin, plus a very catchy rap by Hwayoung, one of her best raps (after the Day by Day one). Luckily T-ara performed it a few times, but it could have been a very successful single in my opinion.
Andi Santome Lemos (Facebook): Don’t Leave is one of the best T-ara’s songs too. (I still get emotional everytime I listen to it even though it’s been two years since the song was released. Especially with Hyomin and Soyeon’s lines at the end OTL).
Tiaraholic Elf (Facebook): Don’t Leave is the best.
Joshua Ortega Espinoza: I love Don’t Leave from the Day by Day mini album. It lets you actually hear Hwayoung noona’s rapping skills and show how amazing T-ara could have been as an 8-member group. It also shows how the girls vocals have improved.
Day by Day: Love Game
p3rf3c7ch405 (Forums): Love Game from Day By Day/Mirage because of the lyrics almost make it feel like a sequel to their Lies music video and song, but more upbeat and catchy.
Jewelry Box: T-ARATiC MAGiC MUSiC
Queen’s Jiyeonista (Facebook): T-ara’s most underrated track has got to be track #13 T-ARATiC MAGiC MUSiC from Jewelry Box. The music itself is a blend of retro and modern and it is suitable for quite a wide range of people. Also, I feel that no one is a “stand-out” in terms of vocal (although some members have a few lines only) and each member really gives the same aura, where most of T-ara songs have different feelings from each members when they are singing. Music wise, it is quite catchy, very lively and very energetic~ It is not too fast paced and a really good/suitable song for any occasions. So yes, I believe, is the best underrated track. Actually, it is quite sad where this song can make T-ara win and is easier to create MV and catchy dance move. They have performed this song but the dance moves looked like a last minute prep.
Again: I Know The Feeling
Zihao Neo (Facebook): I Know The Feeling finally gave Boram the chance to shine after so many songs where she had little to zero lines. The lines distribution in this song is rather fair too, but Qri should’ve gotten more lines (as usual). All in all, the MV was really good and the members looked gorgeous too. Number Nine was a great song but I think this is nicer and T-ara should sing this song at concerts instead of the usual Roly Poly, etc.
Ouji_Tenshi13 (Forums): A song that is underrated is I Know the Feeling. You got that classy fast-paced beat and their vocals are just awesome! If you have seen the MV, you would think the song is slow and sad because of the background, their outfits, and the atmosphere, but it’s actually an up-tempo song. It’s just that the song didn’t have a lot of exposure that the audience didn’t get notified and at this time they were doing promotions for Number Nine, which I think is one of T-ara’s best songs to offer.
Again: Don’t Get Married
Siana Castro Elorde (Facebook): For me [the most underrated song is] Don’t Get Married. I just really love the vibe of this song.
Tracy Eden (Facebook): A different sound with a bit of funk and yes even some “wicky wicky” scratching! It was a good example of them experimenting with different sounds and styles. Of course the vocals don’t go away. They are permanently in my mind playing over and over again.
jalut81 (Forums): Don’t Get Married from Again album. A nice contrast of sad lyrics with a light tempo song.
Gossip Girls: A-HA
qridoesntcare (Forums): A-HA because it sounds like an epic anime credit scroll and it has fierce vocals and its catchy as hell!
And there you have it! These are some of the best songs T-ara has recorded according to some QUEEN’S. It definitely seems like Falling U and Don’t Leave are often regarded as two of T-ara’s best songs ever.
Which QUEEN’S do you agree with and what do YOU think is T-ara’s hidden gem?
BTW.. REMEMBER TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!