Stary Kids became the only K-pop artist to be named in TIME’s “The 10 Best Songs of 2020.”
According to the group’s agency JYP Entertainment, TIME recently posted an article titled “The 10 Best Songs of 2020” on its official website and listed Stray Kids’ “Back Door” at No. 8. The rest of the list includes Mac Miller’s “Good News,” Cardi B’s “WAP,” Christine and the Queens’ “People I’ve Been Sad,” and more.
TIME introduced “Back Door” as a song that contains “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.” They also wrote, “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.”
Stray Kids expanded their team’s capabilities and engraved individuality more deeply through their first full-length album Go Live, released in June, and its repackaged album In Life, released in September. They also saw a steep rise in early album sales (the first week since the album was dropped) from 127,930 to 233,381 in just three months, showing a significant increase in popularity and fandom.
Then on Nov 22, the group held an online concert, “Beyond LIVE – Stray Kids’ Unlock: GO LIVE IN LIFE,'” proving their improved skills and potential as the “next-generation top K-pop group” once again.
Meanwhile, Stray Kids will drop the Korean version of their Japan’s first mini-album ALL IN as a digital single on Nov 26 at noon KST.