10 Korean Releases to Evoke Your Christmas Spirit
Here are our favorite holiday releases from Korean artists this year, including tracks by BTS, The Boyz, Jamie, Moonbyul and more
“Dynamite (Holiday Remix)” – BTS
Mega stars BTS ring in the holiday season with a cheery Christmas remix of their Number One single “Dynamite.” The group perform the track together in front of a giant Christmas tree, surrounded by presents and holding selfie-sticks to record alternate versions of the video in pairs. The remix is funky, jazzy and sprinkled with the sound of sleigh bells for that distinct holiday vibe.
“Chandelier” – AB6IX, BDC, and Lee Eun Sang
Labelmates AB6IX, BDC and Lee Eun Sang unite for an end-of-the-year original release for the holidays while also describing the magic of a new relationship. In the video, the artists gather together at an arcade to celebrate Christmas, the coming of a new year and of course their friendship.
“Our Christmas Wish For You” – Various Artists
Indie record label Antenna released a special track featuring their entire roster, including founder (veteran singer-songwriter) You Heeyeol aka Toy. “Our Christmas Wish For You” is heartwarming and sweet, with a strong base of jazz. Each artist takes turns chiming in with breezy vocals or instrumental solos. Musicians featured include rock band Peppertones, vocalists Sam Kim, Lee Jinah, Park Saebyul, guitarist and singer Jukjae and more.
“5 Christmas Languages” – Jamie
Singer-songwriter Jimin Park aka Jamie delivers an upbeat pop track for the holiday season. Jamie’s bluesy, powerful vocals shine as she sings about wanting to be with the one she loves for Christmas. The music video comprises three one-shot takes and features the singer partying and dancing with her girlfriends.
“Christmassy” – The Boyz
Pop group The Boyz spread the holiday cheer in true Gen-Z fashion with this endearing and hilarious Christmas single. The group feature various Internet memes, puns and TikTok trends in the video clip, posing as high school students attempting to stage the perfect holiday prom-posal for their fans.
“Christmas Love” – Jimin from BTS
BTS member Jimin surprised fans this morning with a brand new original track to celebrate Christmas. Co-written by Jimin, RM and Slow Rabbit (who also produced the track,) “Christmas Love” is a cheerful and bright single that sees the vocalist express his enthusiasm for this special day of the year. Jimin’s breathy and sweet vocals are complimented by delicate sleigh bells and twinkling chimes in the instrumentals.
“Cuz It’s Christmas” – Moonbyul from Mamamoo
Mamamoo’s lead rapper Moonbyul shows off her vocal chops on the upbeat “Cuz It’s Christmas,” a single about yearning for the one you love on Christmas. The track was released on December 22nd, Moonbyul’s birthday, and follows her previous Christmas single “Snow.”
“Last Christmas” – Hongjoong from ATEEZ
Boy group ATEEZ‘s leader Hongjoong treated fans to a special cover of pop duo WHAM!’s 1985 holiday hit “Last Christmas.” The rapper and producer puts his own spin on the classic, rearranging it with a more modern touch and adding his own Korean rap verses while also singing George Michael’s original lyrics.
“12월 24일” (December 24) – NCT
NCT vocalists Doyoung, Renjun, Chenle and Renjun perform their version of singer-songwriter d.ear’s classic Christmas ballad “12월 24일” which translates to ‘December 24.’ A holiday cover favorite among many Korean musicians including super star IU, “12월 24일” is a sweet ode to one’s great memories of Christmas Eve.
“For You” – Lee Hi Feat. Crush
R&B artists Lee Hi and Crush welcomed the holiday with this bluesy love song. “For You” is a confident track about convincing one’s lover that you’re the right person for them, that they’re the only person that makes you feel this kind of love. While it’s not strictly Christmas-themed, it’s a celebration of togetherness that fits perfectly with the season.