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K-pop Summer Bops: Fresh Hits to Sizzle Your Playlist!

It’s been a couple of years since we last refreshed our K-pop Summer Bops playlist. The first two editions featured some timeless gems that still get us moving. This year, we’re back with a new selection of summer hits that have dominated the charts and are as refreshing as a daiquiri by the pool. Get ready to groove to these vibrant and catchy tunes!


TWICE’s Nayeon had everyone dancing to the beat of ‘POP!’ in the summer of 2022. This track is still as exhilarating and fun as when it first dropped. A refreshing melody paired with Nayeon’s energetic performance cements her status as the queen of summer hits!


Released only a couple of months ago, ZEROBASEONE’s ‘SWEAT’ is a summer bop that has been on our playlist since its release. Its full-bodied concept, sound, and rhythm scream summer vibes. This track is your perfect companion for sunny days.


NCT DOJAEJUNG’s single ‘Perfume’ is an instant summer favourite with its sultry vibes and refreshing sound. The catchy melody makes it perfect for those long, breezy summer walks.


With a name that screams summer, ‘PADO’ by NCT U boasts a smooth groove, stunning vocals, and fantastic arrangement. This track is a refreshing listen and a must-have for any summer playlist.

NewJeans – HYPE BOY

Back in the summer of 2022, NewJeans debuted with an incredible mini-album. Among its tracks, ‘Hype Boy’ stood out, capturing hearts and dominating charts. This song had everyone dancing and singing along, making it a quintessential summer anthem.

Kep1er – Up! 

Another summer gift from 2022, Kep1er’s ‘Up!’ is as refreshing as an iced drink on a hot day. Its smooth transitions and heavenly vocals make it a delightful addition to any summer playlist.


THRILL RIDE’ by The Boyz is a fun, vibrant track that encapsulates the essence of K-pop summer vibes. This song brings a burst of colour, sound, and excitement, making it a must-listen for summer.

Red Velvet – Umpah Umpah

Red Velvet’s ‘Umpah Umpah’ is not only their Red side at its best, but also brings a more youthful, cute and soft side of this group. This 2019 hit is perfect for a beach day and continues to be a summer favourite.

Aespa – Better Things

With rhythmic percussion and tropical vibes, ‘Better Things’ by aespa is a perfect summer hit. This song conjures images of island getaways and sun-soaked adventures, making it a legendary seasonal bop.

TWICE – Alcohol-Free 

No summer playlist is complete without the queens of summer bops, TWICE, ‘Alcohol-Free’ has been a summer staple since it took over the charts in 2021, refreshing listeners with its catchy melody, giving a lovely list of cocktails to try out and having more than one fan doing the iconic crab dance.

That wraps up our summer bops list for this year! Let us know in the comments which one is your ultimate summer hit. Stay hydrated, enjoy the music, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

K-Beauty enthusiast, Drama Lover, Melophile and Foodie, writing about her faves on a daily basis.