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Posted by LorraineYe AKP STAFF 29 days ago

10 K-Pop Singles On the Path to Classic Status

As K-Pop has entered into the mainstream in the 2010s, fans all over the world have begun reminiscing about the "Good 'Ol Days" or "Golden Age" of K-Pop. This iconic era had the musical styling of groups like Girls' Generation, SHINee, and Big Bang (among many others!) paving the way for the sound that we hear today. Songs like "Gee," "Mirotic," or "Fantastic Baby" have permanently written themselves into K-Pop history books and are great reflections of the sentiments of that time. As the genre as a whole evolves and grows into something much bigger than we could've anticipated, we can't help but wonder what songs are going to make it into the history books for future generations to enjoy. Here are 10 K-Pop singles released over the past few years on the path to "Classic" status: 

10. Gashina - Sunmi

Sunmi's "Gashina" is a pop masterpiece. Her dancehall style synth pop was named among the best in 2017 and has ingrained itself in all our brains. "Gashina" and Sunmi were even nominated for multiple awards for this performance and concept.

9. Red Flavor - Red Velvet

"Red Flavor" was the summer release of this generation. The girls of Red Velvet came together for a fun and totally unique to them song that ended up gracing the playlists of fans worldwide. The adorable music video and live stage concept propelled this song into a classic party staple for K-Pop fans.

8. Really, Really - WINNER

"Really Really" marked a huge turn in WINNER's sound. The group, up until that point, was utilizing a pop-rock vibe to their sound, but with "Really Really" we saw the first inkling of a strong dance beat concept. WINNER has continued to rock their performances and appearances, establishing themselves as a highly recognizable group in the industry.

7. Missing You - BTOB

BTOB's own member Hyunsik wrote this lovely ballad. "Missing You" topped five charts within 3 hours of its release. This autumnal track would go down in history from then on to become a new age K-Pop classic. "Missing You" is the pop ballad of this generation.

6. Bboom Bboom - MOMOLAND

This song by MOMOLAND was written by Shinsadong Tiger and Beom x Nang. As soon as this bubbly pop song debuted, it debuted at number 4 on the Oricon Singles Chart. This girl group from a small company has risen to compete with some of the giant girl groups of the industry and "Bboom Bboom" was a huge factor in this ability. 

5. Monster - EXO

As soon as the beginning beats of this song hits, every K-Pop fan looks at each other knowingly. This iconic EXO track is a highlight in their illustrious K-pop career. "Monster" is an absolute soon-to-be K-Pop classic.

4. Love Scenario - iKON

This iconic break-up song has become a staple for K-Pop fans. "Love Scenario" is mellow, but still upbeat and fun. iKON, at the time, was releasing a number of louder more eccentric songs, so "Love Scenario" hit the scene at just the right moment, giving fans a different side of iKON they weren't getting before.

3. TT - TWICE

The iconic dance, amazing group dynamic, and adorable concept tie TWICE's "TT" up in the perfect bundle. This song is set to be a K-Pop classic as it's already earned its place in our hearts as one of our favorite cutesy performances of this generation of artists. 

2. DDU-DU DDU-DU - BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK's "DDU-DU DDU-DU" is an all-around global hit. These four talented ladies have absolutely captivated audiences, going viral all over social media with their jaw-dropping live performances. It's no argument that this song will bring great memories back up in a nostalgic flashback ten years from now.

1. Blood, Sweat, and Tears - BTS

BTS has ingrained itself onto history, and rightfully so. This group's outrageously complex concepts and comebacks have captivated audiences worldwide. When BTS released "Blood, Sweat and Tears" all hell broke loose. This song is no doubt going to write itself into the K-Pop history books. 

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xxivu 29 days ago 2
29 days ago

A good way to see if a song would be a "classic" is to ask yourself if the songs could be sung on shows like Immortal Songs and be commemorated by future performers in 10+ years.

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myma 28 days ago 1
28 days ago

alternatively, if it is on the playlist of every wedding dj. In the US, a wedding isn't a wedding without hearing "We are family", "Celebrate" YMCA, Uptown Funk, the locomotion, twist and shout, shake it off, shut up and dance, rappers delight, etc. Boom boom is a wedding dance song.

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nukifonoz (Banned) 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

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WNter 29 days ago 3
29 days ago

Bboom bboom? Are you serious? :D

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HSK 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

ikr? It's the most generic song I've ever heard. Same with Baam, which sounds almost exactly the same (at least that's what many Momoland fans said in the past).

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ragyavs 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

They DO sound almost the same.

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myma 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

Yes. For one, within Korea it was #1 or 2 for 3 months there along with WInner, and a trophy winner on so many of those music shows for so many weeks in a row. For two, bboomm bboomm made it into the viral feed of friends on Facebook. That doesn't happen too often. Psy. Various flash mobs dancing sorry sorry. KIds dancing bboom boom. (the only other viral k-thing on FB last year was the who do you look like celebrity, in which somehow Song Joong KI came up for some of my friends.)

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Ohboy69 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

"Blood, sweat and tears" only seems like it because it was overplayed and overhyped. And "Bboom bboom" is not going to age well, it's already a bit eh (but fun). On the other hand, "Really really" has a good chance of that, I don't even listen to Winner, but think fondly of this song.

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feyuz (Banned) 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

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breadcottage 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Why is Exo's Monster on this list? Shouldn't Growl be a better representative of this group? or the song was released too long ago

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KPOPTrashTalker (Banned) 29 days ago 8
29 days ago

Honestly... None of BTS songs can be called "legend song" nor "classic song". They are a good group, but really overhyped by their fans. Their songs is just ok. Not impressive or something like that.

Oh and also everybody knows that LOVE SCENARIO was the 2018 SOTY, but someway somehow What is Love was awarded. Same with 2017 SOTY with Signal (?!?!?!), where songs like REALLY REALLY or RED FLAVOR deserved more.


Good Job JYP. Buying daesangs for your main group, cause the others (Flop kids and FLOP7) are flops.

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Daxel 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Content that you personally don't like is not overhyped, it's content that you don't like and therefor you write it off as overhyped.

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GayForWonshik 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

i mostly agree but spring day is an amazing song by them and that deserves to be on this list

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46fds 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

Mnet has a rule called "no attendance no award", but then your username is called KPOPThrashTalker so you do you

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KPOPTrashTalker (Banned) 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

this seems fair to you LMAO

Is this an ~attended show award~ or an award itself? MAMA's award have no logic nor prestige nowadays. Used to be the best award show 4-5 years ago, but now its shit.

Artist of The Year - BTS

Male Artist of The Year - Wanna One

Hello? Is this a award show or a charity award?

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ibjiyongchy 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

What about Bang bang bang?

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myma 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Not a bad list.

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Uibyong 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

Possibly Black Pink's weakest song makes the list....

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jungkookbrb 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

I love BS&T it's one of if not the song that grabbed people's attention towards bts, it's their first song that truly truly blew up not to mention that it was crazy popular in korea as well. but i would have preferred spring day to be on this list, it's a classic in korea and very well loved.


also boom boom does not deserve to be on this list lmao it's one of the most generic kpop songs i've ever listened to. yea it's fun and everything but a classic? nah.

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Mhizdarhmey 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

I can't judge other songs bcos I'm not a fan of them... I have watched many kpop videos before bts but i never liked any of them bcos they looked somehow to me... But when i watched blood sweat and tears.. The mv, the concept, the visuals, beat, songs, dance, theories and everything was amazing and stunning, it has an attractive story line and was like yeah this is art... The problem of kpoppies is jealousy.. It has so blinded their eyes that they ridicule all bts songs even the ones that is passing great messages, you don't have to love all bts songs just bcos it's BTS.. honestly there are some bts songs that i don't like but i can't downgrade it bcos it's another person's best song... The day kpoppies learn that nothing last forever is the day their hate for bts will wash away... I say this always... People are not on top just bcos they are the best but bcos it's their time... A time is coming where another group will take the position of bts... I wonder if they wil stil transfer the hate then

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Mhizdarhmey 29 days ago 2
29 days ago

i can't judge other songs bcos I'm not a fan... But blood sweat and tears is the most amazing MV till date..... The artistic effect, the dance, the song itself, the beat, tge visuals, the location, the concepts and Everything is just too good to ignore... I never liked kpop bcos it doesn't have meaning to me.. I hav watched many kpop mvs but i didn't like them until blood sweat and tears.... It's a memory that can't be erased till eternity....it just saddens me that jealousy has blinded people so much that they ridicule bts songs... It has great concepts and meanings but kpoppies just cant handle them being up high... Let's quit the jealousy and support one another... Nothing last forever.... I keep saying this everywhere i go... People are not up becos they are the best.... It's bcos it's their TIME!!!!!

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ibjiyongchy 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

Try Coup D'État

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Mhizdarhmey 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

i like GD songs though

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