- JOY (Inst.)
I kind of figured that NCT DREAM would be the unit from the NCT umbrella to be thrown SM Station songs and considering it was the Christmas season, JOY just makes a LOT of sense for them. If it wasn’t apparent from the start and when Haechan starts the verses, JOY is essentially their cut of the classic, “Joy to the World” and later on, “Jingle Bells”. Granted, it’s really only Haechan, Renjun, Chenle, and Mark as Jeno & Jisung gets like a small part towards the end. It’s not bad, but rapping in Christmas-themed songs never work and Mark’s is pretty awkward here.
Released around the time after “My First and Last” happened, JOY was the first SM Station NCT DREAM was involved in and it’s kind of a throwaway song for me. I will say that Haechan, Renjun, Chenle did a pretty good job singing, but everything else was just a mess. Oh well.