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WBW: 20 Songs that Prove that 1997-1998 were the Greatest Years in K-pop

By miketastic   Wednesday, July 10, 2013   68,542   1,302   0



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I will preface this article immediately by saying everyone has a different era of music that they think is the best. Having said that, there is no question that the years of 1997-1998 were, in my humble opinion, the greatest years in the entire history of K-pop. Those two years featured every major group that would go on to influence all of the boy bands and girl groups that you love today. From fashion and dance to the music and fans, these were truly the best years of K-pop and I have 20 songs to prove it.

"Candy" - H.O.T

This was the best song from the most important group in K-pop idol history. Period.

"Why Heaven" - Lee Ji Hoon

The thick lipped crooner's debut was a monster hit and is still one of the best ballads ever.

"Young Love" - Yangpa

One of the very first solo female singers in the modern era of K-pop. She paved the way for future divas.

"Again" - Lim Chang Jung

The master of the ballad became the one of the most successful actor-to-singer crossover stars and had a string of hits in the late 1990's - early 2000's.

"She Was Pretty" - J.Y. Park

There hasn't been another entertainer in K-pop history like the one and only J.Y. Park. He brought fashion, flair, and good old fashioned groove to the industry.

"Forever" - Ahn Jae Wook

There have been other awesome songs from soundtracks but nothing on the level of this song from one of great dramas in Korea, 'Star in My Heart'.

"The Sea" - UP

Talk about crazy gimmicks, this was one of the kookiest groups in K-pop but aside from their wackiness, I dare you to not nod your head along to this catchy classic.

"Woman of the Beach" - Cool

It's been 16 years since the song's release and it's still considered the ultimate K-pop summer anthem.

"Nightmares" - Yoo Seung Joon

Before his banishment with issues stemming from military enlistment, Yoo Seung Joon was one of the most exciting stars in K-pop... and you gotta love that hair. He had the charisma, the looks, and the moves.

"Dance with DOC" - DJ DOC

No other group had more of a carefree, let's-have-fun attitude than the bad boys of K-pop. They've been out of the limelight for a bit but it looks like they'll make their comeback this week on the show 'Immortal Song 2'.

"Tell Me" - Jinusean

Produced by former Deux member Lee Hyun Do and featuring the always sexy Uhm Jung Hwa, Jinusean was YG Entertainment's first successful group and set the standard for future hip hop-esque music in K-pop.

"Goodbye Yesterday" - Turbo

Following some time off, the group reappeared with new rapper Mikey and went on another run of success which started with this famous song.

"Reminiscence" - Turbo

The only artist to have two songs on the list. It's impossible not to include the catchy ballad which has to be one of the most popular noraebang songs in history.

"I'm Your Girl" - SES

I still have a crush on member Eugene. Yes she's married but, it's hard to forget your first love...

"Road Fighter" - Sechskies

The only group to really challenge H.O.T's dominance, the short-lived Sechskies helped usher in the era of idol boy group fan wars with colored balloons and synchronized chants. By the way, is it me or do their outfits look like a combination of silk pajamas and the Jerry Seinfeld Puffy Shirt?

"To Heaven" - Jo Sung Mo

Jo Sung Mo's video for this soulful ballad is still the best in K-pop featuring stars Lee Byung Hun and Kim Ha Neul.

"Goodbye to Her" - Kim Hyun Jung

Known for her long legs, Kim Hyun Jung was one of the leaders of the techno wave and blasted this old school, girl power anthem.

"To My Boyfriend" - Fin.K.L

Hyori, that's all.

"1TYM" - 1TYM

The song that gave us hip hop in idol form. 1TYM is one time for your mind... Teddy and Danny brought the So-Cal flavor to K-pop.

"Problem Solver" - Shinhwa

The longest running group in K-pop got their start right here with this song.

The above songs are my 20 reasons as to why the years 1997-1998 were the greatest years in K-pop. You many not totally agree with this list but no one can argue that the songs on this list still sound as good today as they did back then. 

  1. H.O.T
  2. Sechskies
  3. Fin.K.L
  4. S.E.S
  5. 1TYM
  6. Shinhwa
  7. Turbo
  8. Sean
  9. Yangpa
  10. J.Y. Park
  11. Yoo Seung Joon
  12. DJ DOC
  13. lee ji hoon
  14. lim chang jung
  15. ahn jae wook
  16. up
  17. cool
  18. jinusean
  19. jo sung mo
  20. kim hyun jung
  21. way back wednesday
  22. wbw
  23. 1997
  24. 1998

jivara Friday, July 12, 2013

omg star in my heart is my favorite drama i look for it ; for ages until i finaly found in you tube i become a fan of ahn jae wook because of the drama and the song is one of my favorite

crazynana Thursday, July 11, 2013

I personally think that 1TYM - Without you and HOT were HOT dededded HOT dededde HOOOOT!!

mkknes Thursday, July 11, 2013

H.O.T's I Yah is another great song from the 90's! :D

poe21 Thursday, July 11, 2013

I wish i knew kpop back then! in 1998, I was 10 years old and into Backstreet Boys kk
I'm now a Shinhwa fan. n___n

Shinhwa san!!

sonja_123 Thursday, July 11, 2013

I listen all the songs ! they are all pretty good songs ! Today more electro music is ;hunting us all over the world !

Erisadesu Thursday, July 11, 2013

I will say it without even listening to those songs...Pop and rock era of the 1997 - 1998 was the best not only for South Korea but USA and UK as well.. but then again I wanted to ask the author.. was it the best are I think it was because ;at that time I was 18 and I was in the perfect age for pop music? ;

Cause now I am 32 and I don't find the music as pop as it was back there. Since now a lot of styles have became part of pop music.

freddyp13 Thursday, July 11, 2013

I got into kpop in 2008 but very nice songs from the 90's ^^


kristimax Thursday, July 11, 2013

i was not into kpop that much during those years but i have seen kpop videos on mtv at that time..until i got hooked with Kdramas OST during the early 2000's and so on.:)

kristimax Thursday, July 11, 2013

i was not into kpop that much during those years but i have seen kpop videos on mtv at that time..until i got hooked with Kdramas OST during the early 2000's and so on.:)

jovi Thursday, July 11, 2013

I dont even know any of these songs... -.- I'm probably 2 years old then

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