The song “Better Things” by the K-pop group Aespa has been selected as the “Best Song of 2023” by the New York Times, marking a significant achievement as Aespa is the only K-pop artist featured on the list. The New York Times praised “Better Things” for its departure from traditional K-pop sounds, emphasizing its unique blend of cowbells, clapping sounds, piano chords, and impressive vocal harmonies. The inclusion of Aespa’s song in a list that features global musicians like Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Lana Del Rey, and Dolly Parton highlights Aespa’s significant global presence.
Released in August, “Better Things” is a minimalistic uptempo dance track noted for its refreshing and rhythmic percussion sound and unique rhythm pattern. The song’s lyrics convey a positive message about focusing on more valuable aspects of life, enhanced by bright chords, melodious tunes, and aespa’s rich vocals. The group’s global influence is further underscored by their recent inclusion in the Financial Times’ “Most Influential Women of 2023,” showcasing their powerful impact in the music industry.