#11 The Meaning of You
According to Soompi, IU sang a duet with legendary singer Kim Chang Wan in the remake of his original song, “The Meaning of You.” The music clip and short interview were shared with English and Japanese subtitles through the official 1theK YouTube channel.
“The Meaning of You” was originally sung by Kim Chang Wan for his band, Sanulrim. In the video, IU talks about how she personally chose the songs for this remake album, and how it was more difficult than she thought it would be. Kim Chang Wan and IU record the song together, and create a friendly and easy-going atmosphere from these two singers of different generations. The remake is a lovely rendition with IU’s young soprano voice and Kim Chang Wan’s iconic gentle voice.
#12 Twenty Three
According to Billboard, since IU made her music debut in 2008 at the age of 15, she has grown up in the K-Pop spotlight. Now, at 22 and firmly past her image as “Korea’s little sister,” the star is making some of her most personal music yet with her latest EP Chat-Shire and its lead single “Twenty Three,” which was written by the star.
On her new disco-inspired tune, IU reveals her inner thoughts on this age of young adulthood. (Note: People in South Korea begin counting age at one instead of zero, so her “Korean age” is 23, thus the song’s title, despite IU being born in 1993.)
Watch the music video below.
#13 Through the Night
“Through the Night” is a minimalist ballad song, which most prominently emphasizes the singer’s vocals over the instrumentation. IU’s vocals are described as being warm, and yet apprehensive in this love song which delves into the acoustic and folk genres. The track was written by IU, while it was composed and produced by Je-Hwi Kim, and Hee-Won Kim. The song served as her lead single, released on March 24th, 2017.
Lyrically, the song discusses missing someone through the night. The track describes a narrator who is afraid their love interest will disappear, and so through the song they’re secretly confessing their love and wishing them pleasant dreams.
#14 Marshmallow (feat. Zico)
The title song “Marshmallow” is based on the rock-and-roll of the 60s and has added to it the trendiness of now world-famous “French pop,” allowing listeners to enjoy both retro sounds as well as modern sensations. Korea’s top producer and composer Kim Do-hoon and Park Su-jong collaborated for this work, writing the song just for IU. The lyrics for “Marshmallow” were written by the producer of this album, Choi Gap-won, who has produced countless hit songs.
Watch the music video below.
#15 Sea of Moonlight (feat. Fiestar)
LOEN tree Summer Story is a mini-album released by LOEN TREE artists. The collaboration song released by IU and girl group FIESTAR was used as the lead track and was released on July 26th as a teaser for the mini-album.
The song, which has already been released as a digital single, is described as having an 80s synth-pop sound. The music video features the girls having a fun summer picnic together.
Watch the music video below!
These are the top 15 IU songs that you must have on your playlist and make sure you don’t forget to add them all on your playlist!^^