Discover Your Next Korean Bop Through Spotify’s New Playlists

Find out which playlist suits you based on SpotifyKDaebak’s Personality Quiz!

If you’re a frequent Spotify user, you’ll probably be familiar with the K-Pop Daebak playlist, curated by Spotify where it plays the latest bop that everyone else is listening to. However, we all know that Korean music isn’t just about K-Pop, it also consists of a wide spectrum from groovy K-R&B hits, K-Rock’s electric vibrations to K-Hip Hop’s spitting rhythm and flow and not to mention unforgettable soundtracks from timeless K-Dramas, Korean music is one of the most eclectic and diverse genres on Spotify.

To prove that, Spotify recently introduced 13 new and revamped playlists on its K-Pop Hub, broadening its current K-Pop offering and catering to the many facets of this exciting genre.

Since the launch of Spotify’s first K-Pop playlist K-Pop Daebak in 2014, there have been more than 41 billion K-Pop streams on Spotify, and fans have spent more than a whopping 134 billion minutes on K-Pop music. With over 50 playlists today, Spotify’s K-Pop Hub is the one-stop destination for fans to discover the world of K-Pop and immerse themselves in Korean artists while exploring other genres, and songs across every mood and moment.

To help listeners determine which direction to expand their K-music horizon in, Spotify’s dedicated K-Pop Twitter channel, @SpotifyKDaebak has launched a simple personality quiz, directing users to a K-Pop playlist based on their personality traits and habits.

Spotify Playlist Quiz
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One of the newest playlist additions to the K-Pop Hub includes Cool K:IDs Rock – Spotify’s signature playlist for Korean Rock anthems offering fans a glimpse into South Korea’s burgeoning rock scene. Users can discover and enjoy the alternative sounds of Korean Rock from bands like DAY6, HYUKOH, and more. Also found within the hub are updated playlists like TrenChill K-R&B featuring soulful Korean R&B acts like Crush and DPR LIVE, as well as K-Hip-Hop +82, which highlights the most exciting artists in South Korea’s hip hop scene and its array of homegrown rappers, from mainstream to underground.

Of course, not to forget about the K-Drama fans, often created with original soundtracks, Korean dramas like ‘World of the Married’, ‘Hospital Playlist’, ‘The King’, and more also boast their own unique audio identity that continues to exist beyond the show. To cater to the increasing popularity of these soundtracks, Spotify has curated two new playlists for this genre including Korean OST Instrumental and Best of Korean Soundtracks to accompany fans reliving the moments of their favourite shows.

Feel free to check out Spotify’s 13 new playlists on K-Pop Hub:

  1. Cool K:IDs Rock: Discover the latest Korean rock bands shaking up the status quo.
  2. TrenChill K-R&B: Previously known as Sexiest K-Grooves, this playlist reflects the latest R&B sound featuring smooth tracks with soulful vocals.
  3. K-Hip-Hop +82: From Jay Park to Nafla, this playlist introduces Korea’s many talented rappers, both mainstream and underground.
  4. Best of Korean Soundtracks: Relive those favourite Korean drama moments with these classic soundtracks.
  5. Korean OST Instrumentals: Stream the best of Korean drama OST instrumentals.
  6. KimBops!: From reality shows to newly released tracks, this playlist features Korean tracks trending around the world.
  7. Korean Old Vinyls: Kick back with Korean Old Vinyls, a nostalgic playlist that includes classic songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
  8. K-Pop Ballad Hits: Indulge in mellow and sentimental K-Pop ballads.
  9. Tropical K-Pop: Like the summer season in Korea, Tropical K-Pop will have everyone grooving along to the hottest K-Pop dance music.
  10. K-Club Party: Party alongside the latest and greatest K-Pop dance hits on K-Club Party playlist.
  11. Nolja!: Press play on these familiar 2010s K-Pop jams #throwback
  12. Girl Krush: From Red Velvet to BLACKPINK to Mamamoo, this playlist features everyone’s favourite “girl crush”.
  13. Satang Mix: All the sugary-sweet tracks from K-Pop’s favourite ladies, your ears will be in for a treat!
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