For the uninitiated, a killing part in a song refers to that moment that hooks you in and becomes the focal point of a song. It could be a move in the choreography, a particular verse or a sudden switch in the melody - it's the bit that you can't get out of your head, and that likely becomes a meme all over K-pop Twitter.
Here's some of the killing parts from 2019 K-pop songs we can't forget.
1. Mark Lee's verse on Super M's "Jopping"
Do we even need to explain this? The choreo along with the thumping bass and Mark Lee "spitting straight facts". A blessing for us all.
2. Chungha's "Gotta Go" chorus dance
Tbh both this and "Snapping" have some of the strongest choreo of 2019, so it's a tie. The key point chorus moves from both songs have become iconic on variety shows, with idols young and old mimicking them.
3. Jin's "come be my teacher" on BTS' "Boy With Luv"
Yes, everything about BTS' record-breaking track is iconic, from MV to lyrics and choreography. But the moment when Jin says, "come be my teacher, teach me everything about you", while the members jump along the stage, is one of the most endearing killing parts of 2019.
4. BLACKPINK "Kill This Love" finale
Surely one of the catchiest choruses of 2019, where we expected an up-tempo chorus, the girls instead throw down some bombastic horns and aggressive "rum-pa-pums". And just when you think the song will slink away with a standard chorus, it builds up powerfully with "we gotta kill this love, yeah it's sad but true, gotta kill this love before it kills you too" and has all our jaws on the floor.
5. Every look in TWICE's "Fancy" MV
When TWICE made their comeback in April, it was with a more mature, chic look than ever before. And every moment killed it. The song was classic TWICE: a pure earworm, and of course the choreo birthed another move for us all to try perfecting.
6. CLC saying "NO"
That's literally it. The killing part is every time they say no to female stereotypes on their track "NO".
7. Wonwoo's opening on SEVENTEEN's "Fear"
Wonwoo drinking from his cupped hands while singing "You must erase your memories of me, I'm poison" is one of the best intros of 2019. Fight us.
8. Apink's "Eung Eung"
There's something so addictive and totally catchy about Apink singing 'eung eung' on the track, we know you can hear it in your head without even listening to the song.
9. GOT7's thigh-tap on "You Calling My Name"
There's actually two killing parts to this song: there's the start of the chorus when the music drops to just a bass guitar and it's pure vocal bliss. The second is the choreo where the boys gently tap their thighs. Which... thank you. Just thank you.
10. ATEEZ losing their damn minds on "Hala Hala"
ATEEZ earned the rookie monster title for a reason. When the mood switches on this track, towards the end after Mingi's rap, it's as if every member has become possessed (especially San who goes full demonic). When they mimic snapping their necks and drop to the ground - quite literally, killing it.
11. Stray Kids interpretative group dance on "Side Effects"
This whole choreo is powerful and unique, with the group almost moving as one form. The killing part is when the drop comes with the words, "My head hurts", causing powerful arm gestures that seem disorganised but are actually perfectly coordinated.
12. EVERGLOW's chorus choreo on "Bon Bon Chocolat"
Rookie girl group EVERGLOW immediately made an impression with the chorus dance for their debut track. Hands up almost like horns, assume position and dance!
13. NCT 127's chest-opening move in "Superhuman"
Reinterpreting the Superman move of exposing the superhero beneath an ordinary exterior, the chest expanding move has become a fave for NCTzens and it's the absolute killing part.
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