2020 is definitely Stray Kids' breakout year into the global music scene. The eight-piece boy group isn't only one of the fastest-rising K-pop acts, but they've also released one of the *best* songs of the year—hailed by TIME magazine, no less.
TIME just released their list of "The 10 Best Songs Of 2020," and Stray Kids made it as the only K-pop act to be given the nod with their song "Back Door" taking the eighth spot. Raisa Bruner for TIME writes of the song:
"Contemporary pop out of Korea is almost impossible to classify today. 'Back Door', from Stray Kids, is a prime example: There's not a single musical style it doesn't exuberantly co-opt, in an artful Frankenstein that's as catchy as it is complex. There are dramatic airhorns, slinky R&B breaks, jazz interludes, a trap chorus, electronic beats that would rile up festival crowds and others more likely to be found in underground clubs. It's hard not to become enraptured by the song's sheer bravado—both in its multi-layered production and the brassy energy of the eight performers. Stray Kids, who debuted just three years ago, are the latest act poised to break out in an increasingly globalized and free-wheeling pop industry, one that South Korea in particular has been eagerly pioneering. That 'Back Door' starts and ends on a cheeky note in English—'Hey, you wanna come in?'—only drives home its willingness to welcome everyone into the fold."
"Back Door" was released in September as the title track of Stray Kids' powerhouse first repackage album, In Life. They've since held their first online concert, Unlock: GO LIVE IN LIFE, just this past weekend.
A huge congrats to these fourth-gen greats! Eight really is *fate*.
Check out the full list of TIME's best songs of 2020 below:
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