BTS members at a concert

7 iconic K-pop songs every fan should know

There are thousands K-pop songs out there, but some just never get old. We've come up with a list of the most iconic K-pop tracks ever. Bands like BTS and Red Velvet are of course a must on our list. Check below who else made it to the list!

  • Songs like 'The First Snow' and 'Spring Day' keep entering music charts even years after release.
  • BIGBANG is one of the most influential 2nd generation K-pop groups that influenced many other bands like BTS, NCT and SEVENTEEN.
  • Girls' Generation is one of Korea's most famous girl groups ever and establish signature choreographies that are used in 2021.

1) 'Spring Day' by BTS

BTS member's 'Spring Day' Concept Photo

This 2017 song, co-written by members RM and Suga, is about missing someone dearly and trying to reach them. 'Spring Day' is so popular that it charts on music charts every other day, even four years after its release!

2) 'I Got A Boy' by Girls Generation

A still from 'I Got A Boy' music video

Girls' Generation released 'I Got A Boy' in 2013. It's a fun hybrid of different genres like bubblegum pop, dance and electro-pop. Even now, it's one of the girl band's most popular songs.

3) The First Snow by EXO

EXO members Chanyeol, Sehun, D.O, Baekhyun, Kai and Xiumin

EXO has many amazing songs, but this 2013 release is a timeless one. Every year, on the first day of snowfall in South Korea, 'The First Snow' re-enters Korean Music charts. Isn't it the perfect song for winters?

4) 'Bad Boy' by Red Velvet

Red Velvet's 'Bad Boy' concept photo

Another 2017 release, 'Bad Boy' was extremely successful. The girl band tried a "sexy, girl crush" concept for this song, which they had not done before, and it was a huge hit. It's still one of Red Velvet's most well-known songs.

5) 'Haru Haru' by BIGBANG

'Haru Haru' music video cover photo

'Haru Haru', which translates to 'day by day', is another timeless legend from 2008 that is still one of BIGBANG's most popular singles. The song conveys a nostalgic feeling and a deep, tragic story. Paired with its heartbreaking music video, this track can make anyone cry.

6) 'I Am The Best' by 2NE1

2NE1 members

Every K-pop fan has heard this song at least once because of how popular it is. 'I Am The Best' has been called an empowerment anthem and is about self-confidence and dominance. For most people, this 2011 song is the first one that comes to their mind when they think of 2NE1.

7) 'Ring Ding Dong' by SHINee

'Ring Ding Dong' music video cover

SHINee gained a special achievement with this song that no other artist on this list has: 'Ring Ding Dong' became the first song that was 'banned' during the Korean college entrance exam period. That's because this 2009 song is so catchy that it gets stuck in the students' head, and they can't focus on studying. (Pro tip: don't listen to it when you're working or studying.)

EXO after a performance

What other songs do you think should be on this list? Comment down below to let us know! And before you go, check out this video about 5 K-pop songs that were banned from TV:

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