Once upon a time, someway, somehow, we came across a track that got us hooked onto what we all have come to know now as K-pop. Despite what it may mean to you now, it all started with a single song, a single group, a single moment of music that resonated with you so strong that you knew you had just found something special. In order to celebrate that moment, we’re presenting you guys with a new bi-weekly segment: The SB Mixtape. Composed of eight tracks, every other week we’ll bring you a playlist featuring songs on a particular theme.

To kick things off, we’re starting off with K-pop Essentials: Part 1. This is an 8-track sampling of the best and the brightest in K-pop – the classics, if you will. Featuring a variety of artists and tracks, we recognize that this list isn’t exhaustive but you’ll just have to wait for the following installments to see what we have up our sleeves.

K-pop Essentials: Part 1 from seoulbeats on 8tracks Radio.

Stay tuned for our next mixtape! And as always, if you have any comments, suggestions — and yes, even some concerns — feel free to leave us a little something in the comments section below. And make sure to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, pin us on Pinterest, note us on Tumblr, and get down with us on 8track!