There are countless amazing songs in K-Pop, and every year the industry comes out with numerous songs that will probably last through generations. There are a number of them, though, that are already considered iconic in the K-Pop world and should be songs that every K-Pop fan, young and old, has heard of. Here are 20 of the most iconic songs in K-Pop that fans think everyone should know.
1. “Into the New World” by Girls’ Generation (2007)
Once considered the “song of the nation”, and one of the most highly-covered songs by other girl groups.
2. “Ring Ding Dong” by SHINee (2009)
Considered a revolutionary song in the K-Pop industry, with one of the most iconic dances.
3. “Fantastic Baby” by BIGBANG (2012)
There wasn’t a single person that was into K-Pop in 2012 that didn’t get down to this song.
4. “I Am the Best” by 2NE1 (2011)
Similar to “Fantastic Baby”, there probably isn’t a single K-Pop fan that hasn’t heard of this iconic song.
5. “Sorry Sorry” by Super Junior (2009)
Another legendary song with a legendary dance that has been covered by numerous other K-Pop groups.
6. “Gee” by Girls’ Generation (2009)
This song skyrocketed Girls’ Generation into becoming the “girl group of the nation”, and they broke numerous records with it.
7. “Catallena” by Orange Caramel (2014)
Famous for being either highly liked or highly disliked due to its quirkiness.
8. “Love Scenario” by iKON (2018)
This song is widely considered a masterpiece, and is known to some as the song of 2018.
9. “Touch My Body” by SISTAR (2014)
Considered one of the most popular summer songs in K-Pop with an unforgettable point dance.
10. “Mirotic” by TVXQ (2008)
This song was very controversial due to the lyrics, and still is to some degree, but it still an iconic song that all K-Pop fans should know about.
11. “Adult Ceremony” by Park Jiyoon (2000)
Known now mostly because of BTS’s members covering this dance, Park Jiyoon paved the way for a lot of artists with this legendary song and dance.
12. “Mansae” by SEVENTEEN (2015)
This song was a staple for the new generation of K-Pop, with its high energy and very recognizable point dance.
13. “I Need U” by BTS (2015)
One of the first songs that started to get more recognition for the now worldwide famous boy group, and the song that they got their first win with.
14. “Bubble Pop” by HyunA (2011)
Another famous summery hit, this song was one of HyunA’s most popular songs before she became more known for her sexy, risque themes.
15. “Abracadabra” by Brown Eyed Girls (2010)
This song was so popular and well-known that it actually inspired Psy‘s “Gentleman”. It also has a very iconic point dance.
16. “Growl” by EXO (2013)
This was considered one of the most difficult dances to come out of K-Pop at this time, and really raised the bar for other groups’ choreographies.
17. “Eyes Nose Lips” by Taeyang (2014)
Another song that was so popular and loved by the public that numerous other artists covered it.
18. “Good Boy” by Taeyang & G-Dragon (2014)
Known now as one of the biggest duo hits in the K-Pop industry for a good reason! This song is almost impossible not to like.
19. “Up & Down” by EXID (2015)
This song mostly became famous due to a viral fancam of then-member Hani, and skyrocketed the group into popularity.
20. “Spring Day” by BTS (2017)
Still known by a lot of fans to be BTS’s best song, “Spring Day” is memorable in so many ways, especially due to it’s message towards the Sewol Ferry tragedy.