Top 10 Greatest Kpop Songs
Rolling Stone voted the greatest Kpop songs of all time, songs owned BTS, BLACKPINK, 2NE1and SNSD included.
In addition to songs from BTS, BLACKPINK, 2NE1and SNSD, there are also various other Kpop artists from the 90s who are designated as the best Kpop songs of all time.
Here are the 10 greatest K-pop songs in history, according to Rolling Stone.
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10. Wonder Girls “Tell Me” 2007
Wonder Girls is the first girl group to debut at JYP Entertainment.
The song “Tell Me” by the Wonder Girls was the first modern Kpop song to spark a craze for dance.
The Wonder Girls also became the first Kpop artist to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 from their Motown-indebted English single “Nobody.”
9. Seo Taiji and Boys “I Know” 1992
The song “I Know” is called by Rolling Stone as the birth song of modern Kpop.
On (11/4/92) Seo Taiji and Boys released the song “I Know” which is considered to be the first modern Kpop song.
When aired live on MBC, the song Seo Taiji and Boys received a positive response from young people.
“I Know”, a song with a fusion of New Jack Swing, rock, hip-hop, and rap and b-boying groups has changed the structure of Korean music from traditional trot and pop music to modern Kpop.
8. 2NE1 “I Am the Best” 2011
Hit songs 2NE1 titled “I Am the Best” became a new standard song in the Kpop industry.
The song also became one of the first Kpop girl groups to break out of the typical feminine, cute, and innocent image of the time.
The song begins with CL’s exclamation shouting, “Naega jeil jal naga” (I am the best) becoming iconic to this day.
7. BIGBANG’s “Haru Haru” 2008
BIGBANG discovered their musical identity by turning a Japanese deep house into a high-stakes R&B drama.
After previously they spent time collaborating with Korean punk No Brain, Neptunes and Maroon 5-indebted beats.
“Haru Haru” features a sad dance piano song performance with the members‘ emotional performances.
6. BLACKPINK “DDU-DU DDU-DU” 2018
“DDU-DU DDU-DU” by BLACKPINK became a very popular single.
After its release, the song became a huge hit among many people not only in Korea, but also internationally.
Through this song, BLACKPINK With girl crush’s confident energy, it attracted countless fans.
5. Cho Yong “Short Hair” Pill 1980
“Short Hair” with Cho Yong Pil’s signature falsetto, was a Korean pop revolution.
“Short Hair” is also closely related to the liberation spirit of the 80s.
This song is also a comeback song for Cho Yong Pil’s glorious and long-lasting career.
4. BTS “Spring Day” 2017
“Spring Day”, a song dedicated to the victims of the 2014 sinking of the Sewol Ferry.
The song evokes strong feelings of loss, memories, and hope for the future.
“Spring Day” also shows about friendship, sadness and regret.
The song showcases the members‘ unique abilities BTS to encapsulate complex emotions in a song.
3. IU “Good Day” 2010
IU is the most popular singer and actress of her generation in her country.
IU debuted in 2008 and continued to gain recognition until in 2010 she released the song “Good Day”.
This song is a sweet song with a combination of IU’s bold and melodious voice.
“Good Day” is a moment of love declaration that reaches a three-octave jump in IU’s spectacular voice.
This led IU to the legendary Korean singer.
2. H.O.T “Candy” 1996
Rolling Stone calls H.O.T. (Highfive of Teenagers) the ancestor of Hallyu.
H.O.T. is credited as the first idol group to build the popularity of a boy band.
The song “Candy” blends hip-hop with a joyous pop sensation.
1. SNSD “Gee” 2009
“Gee” a song from the group SNSD or commonly also known as Girls’ Generation became a hit song of its time.
This song is also touted by Korean netizens as the most historic girl group song, alongside the song “Tell Me” Wonder Girls.
The song “Gee” became the most watched Kpop song to that point (until Psy’s “Gangnam Style” ascended the throne in 2012).