On July 1, 2016, SM Entertainment introduced the second unit under the NCT umbrella. Called NCT 127, the numbers next to the group name represent the longitude coordinate of Seoul. This unit aims to present Seoul to the world through K-Pop.
With two studio albums, five extended plays, and various awards under their belt, NCT 127 has proven that they are a group to watch out for. They’ve stood out as the group that brought noise music to mainstream consciousness in K-Pop. However, NCT 127 has pulled out pleasant surprises with some of their B-sides.
As they celebrate their fourth debut anniversary, we look at some of NCT 127’s noteworthy coupling songs.
#1: Fly Away with Me
From their first studio album, Fly Away with Me has everything you want in a soft pop track—excellent harmonies and an ethereal atmosphere with every listen. There’s just something magical about the song that you can’t get away from.
Ah, the beginnings. Although released as one of NCT 127’s songs, it is actually a song from when everyone was part of SM Rookies. Tita NCTzens will surely feel nostalgic while listening to this track, while newer fans will enjoy a refreshing pop-dance track from the group.
#3: Sit Down!
Although Neo Zone gave us un-skippable tracks, Sit Down! has become a fan favorite for various reasons. It’s a defiant track of some sort, a message to haters or critics. The song also gave birth to an iconic line in NCity, from Johnny—“Don’t get up, don’t stand up, please don’t put your hands up, and don’t make me tell you again!”
#4: Welcome to My Playground
NCT 127 gave us a bubbly beginning to their repackaged album, Regular-Irregular. Welcome to My Playground fits the fun and playfulness you’d associate with hanging out with friends in a playground.
#5: Mad City
Mad City remains mind-blowing the first time I heard it, a first look at what happens when Mark and Taeyong collaborate. Everything is just fire, and it gave birth to iconic lines in NCity—“absolutely, fully, capable” and “Why are they doubting TY?”
#6: 0 Mile
With slick baselines and an upbeat sound, 0 Mile will have your head bopping. The highlights are the group’s harmonization and the rap at the bridge that will leave you wanting more.
#7: Good Thing
If you’re in need of a good-vibes song, then Good Thing is that song. With a funky, electronically influenced beat, it’s easy to move your head along to the song.
#8: No Longer
If any NCT 127 song would be a drama OST, this would come close. The group’s vocal line did an excellent job with this song in terms of skill and emotion, and you’ll really feel like you broke up with someone for the entire five minutes.
#9: Highway to Heaven
WE ARE SUPERHUMAN is an EP that deviated from NCT 127’s usual noise, and it started with Highway to Heaven would make new NCTzens fall in love with the group at first listen. The soaring vocals will put a smile on your face. Best of all, this song gives a spotlight for each member, as much as a three-and-a-half-minute song would allow for nine members.
#10: Baby Don’t Like it
I remember being shookt over this song in general. It’s sensual (if the bed creaking sound is any indication), but not overly so. Outside the general theme of the song, mellow chords and the transitions to the rap make it a great listen.
Happy fourth debut anniversary, NCT 127! Which B-side is your favorite?