For the most part, K-Pop songs are all pretty catchy. But sometimes there are a few that are so addictive that they just annoy the heck out of you! You don’t want them to get stuck in your head, but they just do and you find yourself singing and dancing to them subconsciously. As you’re reading this, I bet you can already name a few off the top of your head. There are more than 10, but we’re only going to name the top 10 that we at Officially KMusic think are the most annoyingly addictive. We’ve listed them in order from the least annoyingly addictive to the most.
10. BIGBANG‘s “Fantastic Baby“
Kicking off the list is BIGBANG’s “Fantastic Baby”. This song is by far catchy, but only addictive enough that it’s not annoying in the least. I love blasting this song in my car because the bass when the song hits the first “Wow, fantastic baby” is awesome! You can believe that I crank my stereo all the way up and let everyone driving past me know I’m listening to K-Pop. Not only are the lyrics catchy, but you just can’t help but to dance along with it too. By far my favorite song on the list.
9. 2NE1‘s “I Am The Best“
Another YG Entertainment song, “I Am The Best” is still unbelievably popular even today, 3 years later. It was actually the first 2NE1 song I heard and saw the music video to. And as crazily distracting as the shiny (not SHINee) outfits were, I still enjoyed the song. It’s even getting international attention as it is the first K-Pop song to be used in a well-known American brand commercial. Yes! For those of you who didn’t know or haven’t seen it, you can now enjoy at least one commercial coming from your television because Microsoft has used this song in their new promotional ad for the Surface Pro 3 comparing their tablet computer with Apple‘s. We all know who the real winner is though; 2NE1. I honestly didn’t even pay attention to what the commercial dealt with. I was too busy jamming out.
8. HyunA‘s “Bubble Pop“
We just have to include this catchy summer song. With lyrics like “bubble bubble bubble pop” and so on, we couldn’t not add this to the list. The dance is fun and easy to do and is the perfect song to listen to while at a pool party or just hanging out with your friends. Then again, if your friends don’t know anything about K-Pop and you try to do this dance, they might think you’re trying and failing miserably at twerking. The song itself is addictive and can get annoying if you aren’t a big fan of HyunA, but nonetheless it made its way onto our list.
7. Brown Eyed Girl‘s “Abracadabra“
This song is more addictive than annoying, especially with the easy “arrogance dance” that made the group even more popular. It has a good beat and many male idols have parodied it including 2AM‘s Jo Kwon and Seulong as well as 2PM‘s Wooyoung, Taeceyeon, and Chansung to form the group called Dirty Eyed Girls. I love it when girl group songs become popular because of their catchy dances because it’s very entertaining to watch the male groups dance to them.
6. T-ara‘s “Bo Peep Bo Peep“
A lot of T-ara’s songs have a certain addictive quality to them with repetitive lyrics and fun choreography so it’s no wonder that one of their songs made it onto our list. The one though that most people think of when they hear T-ara is “Bo Peep Bo Peep”. With the girls’ cute cat costumes and easy to learn key dance moves, the song became popular and addicting. Another song on the list that a lot of male idols like to dance to such as members of 2PM, SHINee’s Key, and MBLAQ.
5. KARA‘s “Mister“
Released back in 2009 and popular for the “butt dance“, “Mister” is one of the first songs that comes to mind when you hear the group name KARA. And yet another song on our list that has been attempted by male idols. If it’s not the cute hanging suspenders or the fact that you have to have pretty good control of how you move your hips, then it must be the fact that they continuously repeat the word “mister” in this song 35 times (yes I counted), that made this song popular. We get it, the song is called “Mister”, you don’t have to tell us that almost 3 dozen times. Either way, it’s a pretty catchy song and you’ll be finding yourself trying to do the “butt dance“, even though you know you’ll look ridiculous trying it, or maybe that’s just me.
4. Any Orange Caramel song
Admit it, any Orange Caramel song is pretty addictive. It might be their outlandish and crazy outfits that they wear for both the music videos and live performances, or it could just be that they have incredibly catchy songs. I couldn’t include just one of their songs because that wouldn’t be entirely fair. The choreography is what draws me in, but what makes me stay is how the song gets stuck in my head and refuses to leave. If all K-Pop idols were high school students, Orange Caramel would be those preppy girls who are always so annoyingly cheerful. Their concepts stand out and as much as some of you might hate to admit this, but one listen to any of their songs and you’ll find yourself humming or singing along.
3. Girls’ Generation‘s “Gee“
Of course “Gee” would be included in this list. First off, I’m not going to count how many times they say the word “gee” because it’s probably more times than KARA said “mister“. A lot of Girls’ Generation songs are popular, but I think “Gee” will continue to hold its title as their most popular one as you can tell with its almost 130 million views on YouTube. It’s one of their songs that even a lot of foreigners know about, besides “The Boys“. I wonder if SM Entertainment knew how much love this song would get. And even if you don’t necessarily like SNSD, you can’t say you don’t like “Gee”. Now, I can’t get that song out of my head. Why did I even create this list?
2. Crayon Pop‘s “Bar Bar Bar“
I will admit and say I had never even listened to Crayon Pop before they became an international hit with “Bar Bar Bar”. I had barely even heard of them when they debuted. But when “Bar Bar Bar” took Korea by storm and also became a global sensation, I could see why. You don’t have to understand Korean to get addicted to this song, but I’m sure all you K-Pop fans already know that. Between the catchy choreography and the easy-to-sing-along-to lyrics, people all over the world love this song and Crayon Pop. But, the more popular a song gets, the more you want to smash your computer screen every time you hear it. Although not as annoying and overplayed as the #1 song on our list, sometimes you just don’t want to listen to it. I am really happy for Crayon Pop though. Just debuting back in 2012 and they’ve already won a good amount of awards, have international recognition,which for some groups, can sometimes take years to accomplish and have even opened up for Lady Gaga, so I’m glad this song exists, but it’s still annoyingly addictive so it still had to be included.
1. PSY‘s “Gangnam Style“
SURPRISE! Well, I’m sure you all expected this, so it’s not really a surprise at all. 2012 was the year of PSY and after he became an international sensation overnight, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing “oppan Gangnam style“. It was both a blessing and a terrible, repetitive curse. Sure, it was a pretty funny and catchy song when it first came out, you know when we, the K-Pop fans, knew who PSY was before people everywhere thought he was the definition of K-Pop. Now, you just want to change the radio station or plug your ears whenever you hear it.
Now, I’m not dissing the song whatsoever because I will admit, even now I listen to it occasionally, but I think after the 1 millionth time hearing it, it got incredibly annoying. Even now, 2 years later, it’s still popular. Just a few weeks ago, I was casually shopping at my local Wal-Mart and just happened to walk into the electronics section and lo and behold, there was a little cartoon PSY doing the horse dance on a nearby TV while “Gangnam Style” played. Let’s just say, that certainly didn’t make me want to buy that television. And this is why this song became the crown winner of our “Top 10 Most Annoyingly Addictive K-Pop Songs” list. We didn’t include “Gentleman” because, even though it was the better song of the two, “Gangnam Style” is just more annoying and that’s the whole point of this list.
Edited by: Karolina Goebel