Can I just say that Kdrama Jen knows me all too well? She suggested that maybe I should look into pop from other countries, like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and I immediately ADORED the idea. Come see what Thai pop songs resonated with me!
FYI: I did a YouTube search and a Spotify search for Thai pop. Spotify was a little more helpful with a few “top Thai pop” lists, but since I don’t read Thai, I had NO idea what I was getting into. I just forged ahead and found songs I liked!
I tried to get a combination of songs that felt distinctly Thai and those that seemed to be a Thai interpretation of Western music traditions. Hopefully I accomplished that. Enjoy!
All Kamikaze — “N.E.X.T.” (2015)
All Kamikaze seems to be a mixed group of all the artists that were with the Kamikaze label at the time. This is a fun song that immediately caught my ear with its slightly techno feel topped with warm harmonies.
Timethai — “No More” (2011)
Timethai is a hit solo artist in Thailand, and his debut video, “No More”, hit 10M views in just five months. Pretty impressive! I like his vibe in this song — he’s gone more R&B since then.
UrboyTJ : แบกไม่ไหว Ft. Lazyloxy (2018)
I like UrboyTJ’s raspy voice and Lazyloxy’s unconventional rapping sound. This is a breakup song, but I still love the upbeat feel of it.
สัญญากาสะลอง Ost.กลิ่นกาสะลอง | ไอซ์ ศรัณยู |
When I first heard this song, I was very excited by the more traditional feel to it. I believe the artist is Ice Sanrunyu — Spotify and YouTube haven’t really helped me figure out that part! Anyway, I didn’t realize it was from a drama, but it is. If you know which lakorn this song belongs to, let me know!
เพราะหัวใจเป็นของเธอ OST หัวใจศิลา – Yes’sir Days
And we have another OST song. I love the pop rock feel to it, and I like Yes’sir’s sound. The lakorn itself doesn’t look like something I’d watch voluntarily, though. Maybe I’ll just go track down some more Yes’sir Days…
BONUS TRACK: Wonderframe x Kanto — “Dejavu”
Apparently there’s a cultural crossover project in the works, where Kpop and Thai pop artists are collaborating together to release singles. I like this one featuring solo artists Kanto, a rapping kpop solo artist, and Wonderframe, a Thai streaming artist, as she’s called. Her voice has a Carole King vibe to it, which drew me in to the whole song. Enjoy!
What do you think, kpop fans? Are you ready to give Thai pop a try? Check out my Exploration list on Spotify and see if you find something you like!
Until the next record spins, I remain —
Karie the Maknae
Dramas with the Side of Kimchi