Even through language barriers and the endless wait for English translations to be uploaded, you can’t deny that there are some beautiful words hidden in Korean music. From the raw stories of an artist’s struggles in the pursuit of their dreams, to motivating their fans to do the same, or simply the mystical word-plays that leaves you amazed at such wordsmith, here are ten songs with some inspiring and beautiful lyrics. The title says ‘Top 10’, but this is really in no particular order.

  1. Epik High – Fly

Don’t forget what made you want this old dream.

When it comes to clever and beautiful lyrics, the top contender has to be Epik High. With their clever wordplay and inspirational lyrics, it was difficult to choose just one song. We’ll have to settle with Flya song that will surely provide some motivation to chase after your dreams, whatever and wherever they may be.

Notable mentions: Map the Soul, Maze, Over, Tablo’s Lessons, Free Music

  1. Leessang – The Pursuit of Happiness

I open my own door of happiness.

  1. Hyuna – Run&Run

Whatever I become I decide.

  1. BTS’ Suga – Nevermind

Moss surely grows on a stone that doesn’t roll.

If you feel like you’re going to crash, then accelerate more.

Notable mentions: Tomorrow, Dead Leaves, Rain, Path, Coffee

  1. Gray (feat. DOK2, Crush) – Dream Chaser

Ask yourself: what’s your dream?

Notable mentions: Just Do It

  1. RM – I Believe

I believe my damn voice will one day be spread.

Notable mentions: Drift, Where U At, God Rap

  1. Amber – Beautiful

I can fly higher without fear, even when I’m trapped in darkness.

Notable mentions: Borders

  1. Loco (feat. Cha Cha Malone) – You Too

You’re gonna become the you that you imagined too… It won’t just be a winter night’s dream.

  1. Bolbbalgan4 – Galaxy

When starlight rains, after a long time…

  1. (Bonus) Tablo’s English cover of Eyes, Nose, Lips

They say that time flies, but you keep breaking its wings.

Needless, to say, these are not the only songs with beautifully inspiring lyrics. What are some of your favourites? Tell us in the comments section below!


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