As 2022 comes to a close, K-Pop fans often reflect on what’s happened during the year, but it’s also a time to reflect on legendary moments throughout K-Pop’s history.
Recently, a post on a popular Korean online community board discussed K-Pop songs that grab your attention in an instant with their legendary intros. Here are 15 of the most mentioned songs!
1. “DNA” (BTS)
BTS‘s “DNA” is iconic from the catchy whistling that kicks off the song, the colorful MV, the choreography that mimics DNA’s chemical structure, and the fact that the group made their US television debut at the American Music Awards with this song in 2017.
2. “Into The New World” (Girls’ Generation)
Girls’ Generation‘s “Into The New World” was the group’s debut song, and it’s still beloved to this day. The opening choreography is equally as legendary as the song’s intro as it slowly introducing the group’s members to the world for the first time.
3. “Lupin” (KARA)
“Lupin” was the first time KARA departed from a cutesy image into a darker concept. The group recently reflected on the release of the song during their 15th anniversary promotions and shared that they were initially nervous about how the switch-up would be received. Luckily, the song was an instant hit and became a defining track in their discography.
4. “Growl” (EXO)
EXO released their hit song “Growl” a year into their career and took their already growing fame to new heights. It’s been nine years since “Growl” dropped, but the song and the one shot music video is still fresh on fans’ minds.
5. “View” (SHINee)
SHINee‘s “View” was one of the first deep house K-Pop songs, and its success influenced a slew of deep house hits ever since. SHINee is never afraid of trying a new sound, and they prove they can effortlessly pull it off each time.
6. “Abracadabra” (Brown Eyed Girls)
“Abracadabra” by Brown Eyed Girls is easily a K-Pop classic that catches your attention from the first note. The powerful, sexy, and confident song became a K-Pop idol favorite as almost every star was seen covering the famous “arrogant dance.”
7. “Really Really” (WINNER)
WINNER‘s “Really Really” showed fans and locals a new side to the group and further proved that they can nail any music style. The intro to the song already has fans wanting to get up and dance.
8. “Blood Sweat & Tears” (BTS)
Jimin‘s smooth vocals kicks off BTS’s “Blood Sweat & Tears” with a line that most ARMYS know by heart and sing along with Jimin.
9. “Trouble Maker” (Trouble Maker)
“Trouble Maker” by Trouble Maker had listeners hooked from the beginning with the haunting and catchy whistling. The song and “boundary-pushing” dance were covered by many K-Pop artists after its release.
10. “10 Minutes” (Lee Hyori)
First generation K-Pop fans identified Lee Hyori‘s “10 Minutes” as a song with a legendary intro. The song was released as Lee Hyori’s solo debut and is still listened to and loved nearly 20 years later.
11. “Ring Ding Dong” (SHINee)
“Ring Ding Dong” by SHINee became stuck in almost everyone’s head after its release, but fans still couldn’t get enough of the song from the iconic first word, “baby.”
12. “Lies” (BIGBANG)
BIGBANG‘s G-Dragon was 19 when he wrote “Lies” with the intention of it being his solo song. The song was chosen for the group to perform, and it’s hard for VIPs to imagine the song performed any other way.
13. “The Chaser” (Infinite)
“The Chaser” had the quintessential 2nd-gen K-Pop sound and became a hit thanks to the talented Infinite members and the funky retro style of the production team for “The Chaser,” Sweetune.
14. “Sherlock” (SHINee)
SHINee stunned Shawols with their freeze frame choreography in “Sherlock,” and had fans whispering along, “SHINee’s back.”
15. “Dynamite” (BTS)
BTS’s all-English song “Dynamite” is an upbeat, retro, and irresistibly danceable song that further solidified the group’s status as international superstars.