Top 10 Most Iconic Kpop Songs Of The 21st Century
In the past decade, the K-pop music scene has made a ripple in its inception with its rise of popularity in East Asian countries, but that has changed in the next decade, with BTS leading the charge of the Kpop wave surging to the shores of different countries around the world.
According to TMI News, the following ten songs that made up this list have a massive impact on the K-pop Industry and the Western market.
Number 10: TWICE – ‘Cheer Up’
Released in 2016, TWICE’s single “Cheer up” has been one of the best-performing singles in that year, winning two awards for Song of the Year awards from Melon Music Awards and MNET Asian Music Awards. The single has recently reached 400 million views on Youtube, and it’s TWICE’s fourth MV to achieve this feat following “TT,” “Likey,” and “What is Love.”
Number 9: Crayon Pop – ‘Bar Bar Bar’
Crayon Pop’s “Bar Bar Bar” was the second single album, and the fourth single by the girl group, which was released on June 20, 2013. The single has taken over Japan, China, Australia, and other countries and the girl group winning Best New Female Artist during its festivities in Hong Kong.
Number 8: iKon – ‘Love Scenario’
iKon single has been popular with most of the younger generation today and in the school system. The song is so popular that some elementary schools are banning the song because students would sing “excessively.” Last month, “Love Scenario” has surpassed 400 million views on Youtube. It took two years and four months for the single to reach this kind of feat.
Number 7: EXO – ‘Growl’
EXO introduced a new concept in their comeback with “Growl” back in August 2013. The MV for the song consists of fantastic choreography, unique music video style, and overflowing visuals that made EXO received the World Music Award for World’s Best Song and Record of the Year in Digital Release in Seoul Music Awards.
Number 6: Super Junior – ‘Sorry Sorry’
In 2009, Super Junior released the most successful single in their discography that took over the world. “Sorry Sorry” has received multiple recognitions due to its success, such as the number 1 song of KBS’s “Music Box,” the SBS’s “Popular Songs” for three consecutive weeks, earning them the triple crown, and more.
Number 5: Busker Busker – ‘Cherry Blossom Ending’
Performed by an indie band, the song portrays a romantic ballad with an addictive rhythm. The single has been the most downloaded and streamed song for nine years since its release in 2006.
Number 4: Girls Generation – ‘Gee’
The “National Girl Group” has produced several hits over the years, but nothing can top their classic single “Gee” in 2009. MelOn even named it Song of the Year. The group also won multiple awards for “Gee,” including Bonsang, Daesang, and Odyssey Awards.
Number 3: Lee Hyori – ‘10 Minutes’
The “Nation’s Fairy” debuted back in 2003 with her solo career and releasing the single “10 Minutes” that reach multiple number 1s in the country and creating a firestorm with her popularity.
Number 2: Wonder Girls – ‘Tell Me’
In 2007, the Wonder Girls first debuted with their album “The Wonder Years,” along with the single “Tell Me,” which has made famous through its simple and addictive dance and tune. The single went viral in Youtube that made it known to the world.
Number 1: Psy – Gangnam Style
Psy’s viral hit “Gangnam Style” took the world into a surprise as it debuted number 1 in the Gaon Chart and peaked at number 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The Guinness World Records also recognize the song as the most liked video on Youtube. “Gangnam Style” has over 3 billion views until today.