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Posted by jennywill AKP STAFF Wednesday, October 18, 2017

15 idol songs with choreography that stays true to its lyrics

2PM, AOA, A Pink, Big Bang, BTOB, Crayon Pop, Girls
1. Super Junior's 'Sorry Sorry'
Why not start off with one of K-pop's most iconic song and dance ever? Super Junior's "Sorry Sorry" went viral not only for its addicting, catchy hook, but also the dance which literally goes 'sorry sorry'. It was one of the biggest hits of the year with everyone following along to the simple, super memorable dance. The song is still a classic today with many idol groups covering it.
2. Girls' Generation's 'Gee'
Another iconic K-Pop song also features literal choreography. Starting with the cute head-conking for Jessica and Taeyeon's "babo" line, the girls continue into the chorus to show "banjjak banjjak" (sparkling moves), "kkamjjak kkamjjak" (surprised moves), "jjarit jjarit" (shivers running up their body), and of course the finale - the "g" that they draw out while they sing "gee gee gee gee gee". It might sound a little silly written out, but the choreography is full of aegyo and simple enough for everyone to follow - which is what everyone did. Girls' Generation also has songs like "Hoot" and "Oh" where the choreography also follows their lyrics, but there's no doubt "Gee" is the most classic.
3. Wonder Girls' 'Nobody'
While we're on the subject of classics, why don't we finish it up with yet another - Wonder Girls' "Nobody"? Almost all of Wonder Girls' songs - "So Hot", "Tell Me", "Call Me Baby", and many more - feature choreography that just put lyrics into body language. However, "Nobody" is everyone's jam and more than deserve a place on this list.
4. 2PM's 'Hands Up'
Most 2PM songs also have lyric-to-dance choreography ("10 Out of 10", "Heartbeat", "I'll Be Back", "Go Crazy", "Our House", etc), but "Hands Up" is probably the one that utilizes the most of it. The entire song is packed full of choreography that interprets lyrics, but the most memorable of course is the chorus where they just put their "hands up" and their "drinks up".
5. G-Friend's 'Summer Rain'
G-Friend's most recent release interprets the rain into their dance quite literally. One of the best parts of the dance (and the girls' favorites) is their 'little umbrella' dance, where they open up a little umbrella, put it over their shoulders, and walk happily with their little umbrella as they sing about one. G-Friend has done lyric interpretation with songs such as "Glass Bead" before, and they make everything look great.
6. GOT7's 'Fly'
GOT7 also has their big share of lyric interpretation, but "Fly" has it through the entire song. It starts with interpreting Jackson and Mark's intro where the boys actually go down to lie down and then get back up to nod at each other for Mark's "do you sleep well at night?" and "you know, right?" lines, respectively. Then, of course, the entire chorus is the boys flying to match. Their "Home Run" is also another notable lyric-to-choreography song.
7. Crayon Pop's 'Bar Bar Bar'
Does this one even need an explanation? The entire song, starting from the verses, to the "get, set, ready... go!" and continuing into the viral "jumping" choreography, "Bar Bar Bar" is probably one of the best explanations where a simple and addicting choreography can really bolster a song and make it into something that had all K-pop fans dancing to it.
8. Pentagon's 'Gorilla'
Whoever knew that 10 boys imitating a gorilla could look so cool? The song of course features other lyric interpretation (such as the very easy "to the right" and "to the left"), but the best part of "Gorilla" is how Pentagon manages to somehow put all of the body language associated with gorillas (chest beating, arm swinging, etc) and make it look really, really cool. Matched with an addicting chorus that sings "gorilla, gorilla" in Jinho and Hui's beautiful voices makes "Gorilla" one of the best debut songs.
9. A Pink's 'No No No'
A Pink also has a lot of lyric interpretation (think songs like "Mr. Chu" and "Five"), but "No No No" has the most memorable dance because of all the finger-wagging and the repetitive 'no no no's in the chorus. However, the song has more - even just in the chorus, they dance about a 'light' that shines on them, Eunji holds her own hand for "hold my hand", and then puts into action "come to me". It's not just the chorus, either, so see if you can spot them all in the dance above.
10. BTOB's 'Beep Beep'
"Beep Beep" is just a song full of interpretation where basically every single line is made into choreography. And that's not an exaggeration - watch the choreography carefully and you'll see how each line that the members sing is made into every move they do. The easiest to notice, however, is of course the chorus where the boys are driving a car and keep honking at the car in front of them that's blocking their way.
11. AOA's 'Like a Cat'
AOA also has a history of making lyrics into choreography for songs such as "Miniskirt", "Heart Attack", "Short Hair", and more, but "Like a Cat" is definitely their most iconic choreograpy. The cat choreography is well-loved by other idols and definitely catches the eye immediately and matches it to the song that's heard. There are also other lyrics in the choreography such as "spotlight", "while you're sleeping", "hold you", and much more.
12. Black Pink's 'Playing With Fire'
While not totally packed from start to finish with lyric choreography, "Playing With Fire", Black Pink has numerous allusions to fire and heat during the song that they complement with their choreography as well. Some of the most noticeable moves include "on and on and on", "throw myself to your world", "look at me now", and of course the entire chorus where their "love is on fire".
13. BTS' 'We Are Bulletproof Pt 2'
BTS also has a lot of lyric choreography. "No More Dream", "N.O", "Just One Day", "Boy in Luv", "Hormone War", "Fire", and more all had lyrics interpreted into choreography. However, "We Are Bulletproof Pt 2" has the most, with the moves for 'click click bang bang' and 'throw the stone' repeated throughout the song. On top of all that, it's pretty fitting for the 'bulletproof boys' to interpret a song titled "We Are Bulletproof" literally.
14. TWICE's 'Cheer Up'
With the amount of JYP Entertainment artists in this list (basically all the groups minus the band DAY6), it can probably be said that addicting, get-stuck-in-your-head choreography that perfectly fits the lyrics is JYP's specialty... and it's especially TWICE's. Sadly, because the famous "sha sha sha" was added in by Sana later on, none of the dance practices include it, but the entire chorus including the title "cheer up" pretty much tells you the story of the lyrics.
15. Big Bang's 'Bang Bang Bang'
Let's round out this list with one of the biggest jams in K-pop. As if the song itself wasn't amazing enough, "Bang Bang Bang" is fitted with tons of shooting choreography. While the rest of the song doesn't really fit lyrics into their choreography, the chorus and the bridge are so memorable that everyone was singing and dancing to this song.

  1. 2PM
  2. AOA
  3. A Pink
  4. Big Bang
  5. BTOB
  6. Crayon Pop
  7. Girls' Generation
  8. Super Junior
  9. Wonder Girls
  10. (Bangtan Boys) BTS
  11. GOT7
  12. TWICE
  13. Pentagon
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