Think you don’t know K-pop? To prove that there’s a little bit of a K-pop fan in all of us, we compiled eight songs that are guaranteed, at the very least, to make you sway your hips (or learn the actual choreography!).
This list covers the K-pop songs and dance crazes that became viral in the Philippines and spared no one. We’re pretty sure you had these as your LSS at one point!
“Nobody” by Wonder Girls
If you can't recall Mina’s “Answer The Phone,” then you probably know “Nobody” by the Wonder Girls. From 2008 to 2009, everybody knew how to dance to this bop. It most likely became viral because this was one of the first K-pop songs that had a catchy English chorus and easy-to-follow choreography!
Trivia: If you watched the MV (music video) and didn’t already know, the guy who was supposed to sing "Nobody" but got stuck in the restroom is then-Wonder Girls’ CEO, Park Jin Young.
“FIRE” by 2NE1
This was sort of Sandara Park’s celebrity “comeback” in the Philippines. Everyone was raving that THE Pambansang Krung-Krung was part of a new K-pop group named 2NE1 and before everyone was ready to take it all in, the radios were flooded with the super hype K-pop song!
Trivia: There are actually two versions of the MV, the Space version and the Street version. In the street version, you’ll get to see BIGBANG’s leader G-Dragon right at the 3:17 mark making a goofy cameo!
“Gee” by Girls’ Generation
2NE1 wasn’t the only K-pop girl group that made strides in the country in 2009. Girls’ Generation is under SM Entertainment and for a while, there was this rivalry between Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 fans. Don’t worry, SONEs (fandom name of Girls Generation) and BLACKJACKs (fandom name of 2NE1) are all good friends now!
Trivia: At the beginning of the MV for “Gee,” the shopkeeper is actually SHINee’s Choi Min Ho!
“Sorry Sorry” by Super Junior
Remember that time when almost everyone was crouching and rubbing their hands together rhythmically? Yeah. That was because Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry” is so catchy that it became super viral in the country. To this day, when people hear “Sorry Sorry” their instinct is to do that dance move!
Trivia: Even though "Sorry Sorry" is probably the first Super Junior song most Filipinos heard of, it’s not their debut track. Super Junior’s debut track is “Twins (Knock Out)” that came out in 2005.
“Fantastic Baby” by BIGBANG
BIGBANG’s “Fantastic Baby” became viral (like non-K-pop fan viral) in the country because of the famous AlDub pairing from Eat Bulaga! The noontime show would constantly play the iconic “Wow, Fantastic Baby” part that everyone ended up searching for the whole song on YouTube.
Trivia: AlDub helped “Fantastic Baby” become viral in the country in 2015 but the song actually came out in 2012.
“Gangnam Style” by PSY
The "Gangnam Style" dance craze didn't just take over the country—scratch that—it took over the world! Almost everyone was galloping around like horses in 2012 and adding the song to their “Get Hype” playlists.
“Gentleman” by PSY
“Gangnam Style” became such a hit around the world that people wanted to see and hear more of PSY’s novelty-style MV and songs! “Gentleman” was PSY’s answer to that demand.
Trivia: In “Gangnam Style,” we saw Hyuna who was a former member of 4Minute. The female lead in the “Gentleman” MV is Gain of Brown Eyed Girls. The dance point (the hip rocking) of "Gentleman" is from the Brown Eyed Girls song “Abracadabra.”
“Bboom Bboom” by MOMOLAND
“Bboom Bboom” literally boomed in the country in 2018, and by then, K-pop had already become mainstream and a lot more people have become welcoming of the genre. One of the reasons “Bboom Bboom” probably did so well in the Philippines, aside from it being crazy catchy, is because one of their members, Nancy McDonie, became viral in the country for being a lookalike of Filipina actress Liza Soberano.