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28 K-Pop Songs To Try Based On Songs You Already Love

Whether you're into Maroon 5 or Nicki Minaj, here are the tunes to get you hooked.

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In case you missed 2012 (never forget the advent of "Gangnam Style"), Korean pop is a thing that exists. It's got a unique, vibrant aesthetic that's crazy-addicting — but can be a bit of an acquired taste at first.

Whether you're looking for some music to add to your budding K-pop playlist, or if you're totally new to the genre, here are some songs to check out based on the chart-toppers you already know.

1. If you like "Animals" by Martin Garrix, try "Melodie" by IDIOTAPE

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Why you’ll like it: Do you prefer songs without vocals? Here’s a track that’s 100% killer beats and absolutely no singing!

PRO TIP: A lot of K-pop singles are released with an instrumental-only track if that’s more your style, or if you want to tippy-toe into the genre.

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2. If you love “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj, try “You Think” by Girls’ Generation

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Why you’ll like it: It's a sassy, girl-power anthem with the ultimate #squadgoals.

3. Like "Sugar" by Maroon 5? Try "Cinderella" by CNBLUE.

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Why you'll like it: It's pop with just the right amount of funk, plus a dash of falsetto in the chorus.

Bonus: Club remixes here and here.

4. Do you love "She Looks So Perfect" by 5 Seconds of Summer? Listen to "Run Away" by Royal Pirates.

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Why you'll like it: A cute boy band asking you to ditch town with them? Yes, please.

5. If you're a fan of "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo feat. 2Chainz, try "Eureka" by Zico feat. Zion T.

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Why you'll like it: Buildup to cutout, song title spoken solo by the main rapper, saxophone solo. Hey, it's clearly a formula that works.

6. If you like "Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO, try "DADDY" by PSY feat. CL

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Why you’ll like it: It's got a quirky electric beat, plus an even quirkier guy who’s super confident about his stuff.

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7. If you love "Worth It" by Fifth Harmony, give "Tickle Tickle Tickle" by 4Minute a whirl.

Why you'll like it: Flirty to the max. It's the sonar embodiment of the 😘 emoji.

8. If you love "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry, you'll love "Party" by Girls' Generation.

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Why you'll like it: It's bubble-gum pop about parties! Also, for your convenience, part of the title will be spelled out loud.

9. You like "Wings" by Little Mix, so try "Up & Down" by EXID.

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Why you'll like it: It's got a unique, empowering feel that's sure to put a spring in your step and help you hold your head high.

10. Do you love "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" by Usher feat. Pitbull? Try "This Love" by Shinhwa.

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Why you'll like it: It's a smooth, synth-driven club beat that's a total guilty pleasure, and has a sick rap insert after the second chorus.

11. If you're a fan of "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj, try "Hello Bitches" by CL.

Why you'll like it: The song is a sleek, attitude-driven female rap that sounds so effortless, yet completely badass.

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12. If you like "Earned It" by The Weeknd, you'll enjoy "Roco Drama" by Shin Hyesung.

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Why you'll like it: Though Hyesung's "Roco Drama" is a touch sweeter than "Earned It," it's still fairly minimalist, and every bit as sexy.

13. Like "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea? You'll love "Crazy" by 4Minute.

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Why you'll like it: It'll make you want to put on your highest heels, reddest lipstick, and boldest eyeliner like the badass independent woman you are.

14. Like "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy? You'll like "Wow Wow Wow" by Jun Jin feat. Eric Mun.

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Why you'll like it: Piano chords + scratchy synth fx + edgy vocals seem to work well together.

15. If you like to turn up to "Black Magic" by Little Mix, give "Bubble Pop" by HyunA a try.

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Why you'll like it: It's got an upbeat vibe that's both charming and spunky. You may be seized by the urge to cover everything you know in pink heart stickers.

16. Do you like "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX? You'll love "Roll Deep" by HyunA feat. Il Hoon Jung.

Why you'll like it: This minimalist girl-rap song will bring out your best I-don't-give-a-damn attitude.

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17. If you're a fan of "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction, you'll like "Shout Out" by Royal Pirates.

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Why you'll like it: It's feel-good pop rock that's perfect for running, singing to in the car/shower, and dancing to in your room.

Bonus: Original version here, and English version here.

18. If you like "Ni**as in Paris" by JAY-Z and Kanye West, you'll like "Okey Dokey" by Mino feat. Zico.

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Why you'll like it: It's a moody hip-hop song with a melodic interlude that'll be stuck in your head all day.

19. Are you a fan of "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem feat. Rihanna? You'll love "Beautiful Liar" by VIXX LR.

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Why you'll like it: It's got an angsty vocal chorus about lie-ridden, broken, desperate love, with rap verses you can lose yourself in (no Eminem pun intended).

20. If you liked "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, you'll like "Give It 2 Me" by Shinhwa.

Why you'll like it: It's a jam about inappropriate flirting over a groovin' bass/percussion jam. Did you need anything else?

21. Do you like "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida? Try "Champagne" by U-Know.

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Why you'll like it: Is this funk or rap? Disco or pop? No one can say, but it works strangely well, and it’s catchy as hell.

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22. Are you a fan of "Uma Thurman" by Fall Out Boy? Try "Dangerous" by Royal Pirates.

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Why you'll like it: It's rock that's edgy without bordering on depressing — which can be a unique combination to come by.

23. If you like "Alligator Sky" by Owl City feat. Shawn Chrystopher, you'll like "PIECE" by Kim Dongwan feat. Cjamm.

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Why you'll like it: It's an upbeat pop-rock song with some rap thrown in for good measure.

24. Do you like "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell? You'll love "Drawing the Line" by Royal Pirates.

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Why you'll like it: It's full of groovy guitar riffs. 'Nuff said.

Bonus: English version here.

25. Do you like "Red Lights" by Tiesto? Try "Rise as One" by MAX (from TVXQ!)

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Why you'll like it: It's full of soft rock verses that drive toward a Europop-style synth breakdown after the chorus.

26. Do you love "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" by Fall Out Boy? You'll like "Keep Your Head Down" by TVXQ!

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Why you'll like it: It's slightly darker/heavier rock that’s sure to get you pumped up for anything.

27. If you love "Work B**ch" by Britney Spears, try "I Am The Best" by 2NE1.

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Why you'll like it: It's a song with a slightly unconventional electro-style, but it'll make you feel unstoppable nonetheless.

28. And if you love "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift, you'll love "Hate" by 4Minute.

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Why you'll like it: Imagine the satisfyingly angsty verses of the original recording of “Bad Blood,” with the altered chorus of the Kendrick Lamar version, and you’ve basically got “Hate.” And the music video has just as much aesthetic as any T-Swift video.

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