Best 1970s KPOP singer (1)


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This is the song "Come back to Busan Port" by Cho Yong-pil, a singer who represents the 1970s. Although he is the most famous Korean singer representing the 1970s, he is not selected in this article because he is mentioned as a representative singer of the 1970s in the "Artist" category.

Korean music trot

After the Korean War ended in 1953, Korea began to develop little by little economically from the 1970s.

One of the mainstream Korean music in the 1970s was trot. Trot is a genre created under the influence of traditional Korean traditional music and blues, and Japanese popular song Enka. The name trot comes from the American ragtime and foxtrot. From the start of the 1970s, it is the time when new genres such as rock and ballad as well as trot began to attract attention in Korea. Trot is also a genre that is getting attention again recently (currently in 2022) with the sensational popularity of the Korean TV program "Mr. Trot".

Na Hoon-ah, the emperor of trot representing Korea (Na Hoon-ah - Why are you crying)

Na Hoon-ah is a trot singer representing Korea. Although he debuted in 1966, he is still active as a singer until now (2022). Na Hoon-ah has over 120 hit songs. Na Hoon-ah has more than 200 albums. Na Hoon-a also composed more than 800 of her own songs.

Na Hoon-a released the album "Seven Light Fragrance" in celebration of the 55th anniversary of her debut in 2022. Na Hoon-ah's album "Seven Light Fragrance"'s songs "Change" and "Meetjjang" are so popular that they have exceeded 1 million views on YouTube.

Songs to know more about Na Hoon-a

  • Na Hoon-a - Tess-hyung
  • Na Hoon-a - Match
  • Na Hoon-a - Hongshi

Namjin, a trot singer who enjoyed the most popularity in the 1970s (with Namjin - Nim)

Nam Jin is one of Korea's leading trot singers. Na Hoon-ah and Nam Jin, mentioned above, were the most popular singers and rivals in the 1970s. As of 2022, the trot genre is attracting attention again in Korea, and it is still active.

Nam Jin is a trot singer, but also a singer who was musically influenced by rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. Just as Elvis Presley was dispatched to West Germany, Nam Jin was dispatched to Vietnam. Also, just as Elvis Presley worked as a movie star, Nam Jin also has a successful career as a movie star.

Songs to know more about Namjin

  • Namjin - Nest
  • Namjin - Heartbreaking
  • Namjin - empty cup

Harmony of trot and ballad Sim Soo-bong (Sim Soo-bong - That person then)

Sim Soo-bong made his debut as a singer in 1978 while participating in the "MBC College Song Festival". Although he did not win an award at the "MBC College Song Festival", Shim Soo-bong successfully debuted as his song "Then That Person" became popular. Sim Soo-bong is a singer who knows how to play not only piano and drums, but also various instruments.

After a successful debut, Shim Soo-bong was active for a short time of one year, but became involved in a political incident in Korea and was unable to perform as a singer. Sim Soo-bong started his career as a singer again in 1984. In 1984, Shim Soo-bong's representative song "Men are boats, women are ports" gained popularity, and he was able to continue his activities as a singer.

Songs to know more about Sim Soo-Bong

  • Sim Soo-Bong - One Million Roses
  • Sim Soo Bong - I don't know anything but love
  • Sim Soo-bong - Men are boats, women are ports

Song Dae-gwan, a trot singer who came on a sunrise day (Song Dae-gwan - Sunrise Day)

Song Dae-kwan debuted in the late 1960s, but did not gain much popularity. In 1975, Song Dae-kwan's song "Sunrise Day" gained great popularity and became a representative singer of Korea. At that time, it is said that it was so popular that the song "Sunset Day" was heard everywhere in Korea.

In 1981, the J. Geils Band plagiarized Song Dae-gwan's song "Sunrise". J. Geils Band released a song called "Centerfold" in 1981, which is the same as Song Dae-gwan's "Sunrise Day". Despite Song Dae-gwan's protest, the J. Geils Band did not reply. The unfortunate thing is that at the time, the song "Centerfold" was number one on the Billboard chart for six weeks.

Songs to know more about Song Dae-gwan

  • Song Dae-gwan - four beats
  • Song Dae-gwan - popular song
  • Song Dae-gwan - One ticket

The 1970s singer Hyeeun-i that everyone knows but you don't know (Hyeeun-yi - you won't know)

Hye-eun is a representative singer of Korea in the 1970s. Hyeeun has a charming voice. Hye-eun's voice makes soft songs softer and catchy songs more audible. Hyeeun has also appeared in dramas and movies.

Hyeeun is a singer with numerous hit songs. He proved his popularity by winning numerous awards in the 1970s. Hyeeun's special award record is the gold award at the Pacific International Song Festival in New Zealand. At the time, in New Zealand, the first verse of "Only you forever" was sung in English and the second verse in Korean. Looking at the video at the time , Hyeeun spoke excellent English pronunciation.

Songs to know more about Hyeeun

  • Hye Eun Yi - The 3rd Hangang Bridge
  • Hye Eun Yi - Dawn Rain
  • Hye Eun Lee - Forever Only You


So far, we have looked at the singers representing Korea in the 1970s. Most singers debuted in the 1970s, but some singers debuted in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, some songs became banned, but now Korea is a place where you can freely practice music. In the next article, we will look at the singers of the 1970s.

Korean Singers in the 1970s

No Artist
1 나훈아
2 남진
3 심수봉
4 송대관
5 혜은이
6 이문세
7 신중현
8 산울림
9 송골매
10 송창식
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