16. CNBLUE, 7 CN
From the opening notes of "Between Us," it was clear that CNBLUE is experimenting with yet another side of the rock world, this time incorporating exciting electronic elements into their sound. From the blend of sweet synths and brassy horns on "It's You" to the stunning, five-minute album closer "Royal Rumble" -- which sounds more like a full-fledged dance track -- sprinkled with singer Yonghwa's laid-back, impassioned croons and Spanish guitar strums, this new EP all-but-confirms CNBLUE as a true, multi-genre experience. -- J.B.