With more vaccines becoming available for citizens around the world, it seems like the light at the end of this tunnel is finally in sight! Looking back, here are seven K-pop songs that got us through quarantine.
1. UNESCO: Be the Future
“Be the Future,” which was made by Dreamcatcher, In2it, and Alexa under the guidance of UNESCO, was one of the first songs made in direct response to the global pandemic.
2. SuperM: Better Days
“Better Days” was released as part of SuperM’s “Super One” album and was first performed at an online concert. The song had lyrics promising fans that even if it felt like the world was falling down, SuperM would be by their side. With the entire song in easy English lyrics, fans around the globe could all unite and sing along with them.
3. Super Junior: House Party
While many other K-pop songs subtly mentioned the difficulty of the pandemic, “House Party” was the only song performed by a group with the message to wear masks, staying at home, and respecting health protocols for the sake of the public. Many ELFs were waiting for this comeback with bated breath because it was postponed so many times, but “House Party” was officially recognized by the World Health Organization on Twitter for its positive message!
4. Twice: Behind the Mask
“Behind the mask, I wonder if you’re smiling. I wonder if you’re crying, let me ask in the mask.”
“Behind the Mask” was the last track of TWICE’s second full album, “Eyes Wide Open.” Featuring lyrics written by Heize, the song seems to be about wanting to close the distance between two people in a cooling relationship, but it also reflects the feeling of isolation and not being able to see each other's faces while wearing masks.
5. Epik High: Social Distance 16
“Quarantine, we’re in quarantine. Being in the street makes me sick and there’s no vaccine,” Tablo raps in the opening lines of “Social Distance 16,” the eighth track of Epik High’s latest album, “Epik High is Here 上，Pt. 1.” With a slightly more pessimistic outlook, “Social Distance 16” is a refreshing break from the songs that encouraged people to stay positive and songs about reminiscing past freedoms.
6. TXT: If We Lost the Summer
Tomorrow x Together’s “If we lost the summer” resonated with many Gen Z fans, who were one of the populations that lost the most social interaction during quarantine. The music video featured many Y2k and retro trends such as fake tattoos, glitter barrettes, and leopard print inspired by TikTok and captured the spirit of the time.
7. BTS: Life Goes On
“Life Goes On” was cited by many people as the main song that got them through the lowest points of quarantine and isolation before their respective locations lifted lockdowns and travel restrictions. “Life Goes On” earned about 72 million views within the first twenty-four hours, making it the fifth most-viewed YouTube video in a day.