I hadn't intended my first list to go so far up the list on AKP, but after seeing the number of comments, I did realize that there are several other songs that I did not mention in my first list. Seeing as how many K-Pop songs there are, I was bound to miss a few key songs. It wasn't my intention to do so, I just wanted to keep my first list short and concise.
So I've decided to make a second article to list another 10 songs that have brought us into K-Pop. Like I said, everyone has had a different experience when they were first introduced to K-Pop. Some may have been referred by a friend, others may have stumbled across it while looking around online. But we're all similar in regard to the fact that there was one song for each of us out there that made us want to learn more about this genre of music. Here are another 10 songs that brought us into K-Pop.
Super Junior "Sorry Sorry"
One of the oldest modern K-Pop groups, Super Junior proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with with this 2009 song. "Sorry Sorry" showcases the sharp looks of all 13 members in its enthralling black and white music video. The dance moves of the members match perfectly with the dance-pop sound, which helped to make "Sorry Sorry" one of the most iconic K-Pop songs of all time, and the song that helped introduce many fans to this new world.
Wonder Girls "Nobody"
Back in 2008, many in the west weren't aware that K-Pop even existed. But when "Nobody" by Wonder Girls came out, it was the first time a K-Pop song found an audience in the west. Thanks in part to its R&B and electropop sound, it appealed to international audience. And once the English version of "Nobody" was released, K-Pop found its place in the west, and people immediately were curious about what Wonder Girls and other K-Pop groups had to offer, such as songs like "Tell Me" and "So Hot".
TVXQ already had a significant audience in Asia thanks in part to their talented vocals and stunning visuals. But when "Mirotic" came out in 2008, TVXQ showed that K-Pop had another side to it aside from synchronized dancing and good looks. It could be sexy, it could be dirty, and it could be smoking hot. TVXQ oozes sex appeal in "Mirotic" and those who saw this song as their first K-Pop song immediately wanted to see more.
Brown Eyed Girls "Abracadabra"
Just about every single K-Pop song has a unique choreography that goes with it, and there are very few that nearly every dedicated K-Pop fan knows. "Abracadabra" is one of those songs with a dance that became a cultural icon. The dance was so popular that it was even used in Psy's 2013 song "Gentleman" choreography. The "Saucy Dance" is still widely known even eight years after the release of "Abracadabra" and many were drawn in by the sexy hip shakes of the song.
One of the most talented male solo artists in K-Pop, Rain showed us that K-Pop idols have the skills and ability to stand on the same level as other world famous solo artists, if not stand even higher. His 2008 single "Rainism" showcases his ability as an all-allrounder artist, and his hypnotic vocals mixing with the pounding bass beats of the song pulls in listeners. "Rainism" attracted many new fans to K-Pop who wanted to see just how talented these idols were.
BoA "No. 1"
BoA has one of the longest spanning careers of any K-Pop artist, and it's the talent she holds that attracts so many people to her. Her 2002 song "No. 1" is a prime example of just how much potential and artistry the then 15 year old idol held. The capability of displaying such talent is the reason why so many flocked to BoA and they wanted to see just how far she would go as her career continued. And even 16 years later, BoA is still considered the Queen of K-Pop.
SHINee "Ring Ding Dong"
It's difficult not to mention such a well-known song when discussing K-Pop songs that hooked us (but I chose Lucifer in my first list because it's what introduced me to K-Pop when I first listened to it way back in 2012). "Ring Ding Dong" grabs a listener's attention by the first chorus thanks to the addictive bass beats and powerful voices of SHINee's members. Already established as monsters in the industry, "Ring Ding Dong" gave them huge popularity across Asia, giving many a hint of K-Pop.
4Minute "Hot Issue"
Not many artists in K-Pop have as much of an impact with a debut song as 4Minute did. "Hot Issue" was released in 2009 and became an instant hit with audiences in Korea. An incredibly fun and catchy song, "Hot Issue" mixed electronic beats with a funky and bright music video aesthetic to create a perfect K-Pop cocktail. People were amazed by how much a rookie group could offer, and came in droves to see what else other artists held in the genre.
One of the first boy groups with enough popularity to challenge the Big 3 at the time, BEAST (now HIGHLIGHT) released "Fiction" back in 2011. BEAST was already considered a very talented group by then, but "Fiction" showed us how even groups from smaller entertainment companies could have just as much of an impact as those from the Big 3. With its melodic beat and focus on the vocal abilities of the members, people started to branch out to see what other artists K-Pop had.
KARA "Mister" (Japanese version)
Butt dance. Need I say more? KARA captured our attention with "Mister" back in 2009, thanks largely in part to the accompanying dance to the song. While fairly innocuous nowadays, this dance rocked the K-Pop world and brought KARA to prominence in the industry. And even with the butt dance being front and center, "Mister" shows off the individual visuals and skills of the KARA members, while giving opportunity to new fans to enjoy K-Pop with a fun and exciting song.
There are probably dozens of other songs that may have pulled you in to K-Pop that I missed. So if there are some others that got you interested in K-Pop, please be sure to let me know in the comments! ^^
P.S. I am in no way affiliated with Allkpop. I'm just a regular K-Pop fan who has been listening since 2012 :)