1. HI! This is G-Dragon and he is here to tell you that K-pop is the best.
(Yes! One of K-pop’s biggest stars goes by the name G-Dragon! This is an amazing name for an amazing young man.) Here we go!
2. You THINK American pop is catchy. But that’s only because you haven’t heard enough K-pop.
Enjoy this in your head for the rest of your life!
3. And the VIDEOS! K-pop videos are high-drama, high-production level color explosions.
See G-Dragon’s “Crayon” for a prime example.
4. Some K-pop videos are the best movies you’ll ever see.
Seen here is Rain’s dark and dramatic 2006 “I’m Coming,” which you’re going to watch 800 times.
5. K-pop’s boy bands are often as ornately stylized (if not more so) than their girl group counterparts.
Big Bang (of which G-Dragon is a member) especially is known for neon-bright hair dye, heavy eye makeup, and eclectic fashion choices.
6. I mean, this is the craziest and best getup you have ever seen in your life.
7. That hair! That makeup! Those leather leggings!
If you were dating a member of a K-pop boy band he would never get mad at you for taking a long time to get dressed.
8. K-pop stars frequently present themselves as androgynous/gender neutral, which is cool!
As always, G-Dragon leads by example.
9. Girl group f(x)’s member Amber, the band’s rapper, is a tomboy babe.
Watch her group in action (and her many excellent boyish outfits) here:
10. They’re all just SUPER SUPER DREAMY.
Seen here: T.O.P. (of Big Bang)’s eyebrow.
11. The music (and fashion) of K-pop combines elements of Eastern and Western influence.
12. American pop videos have never had enough Swag Owls, like this one seen in Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby.”
A specific complaint, to be sure. But a valid one.
13. K-pop’s girl groups fill the hole in your heart left open by the decline of American girl groups since the late ’90s/early aughts.
Here 2NE1 proves that, yes, they are the best.
14. Troublemaking and badassery are huge themes in K-pop’s girl group videos.
Not that this is uncommon among American female pop vocalists, but there’s just something so GIRL POWER-y about seeing it done in a group, covered in studs.
15. K-pop hair is what American pop hair aspires to be two years from now.
16. It’s common for K-pop group standouts to branch out into solo careers without entirely abandoning their original groups.
2NE1’s CL (here in “The Baddest Female,” because she is the baddest female) has a successful solo career, but remains active with the group and plans to tour with them this year. Big Bang’s G-Dragon and T.O.P. have both had solo success but also remain with their band.
17. The groups are friends with one another!
That’s G-Dragon in the hat and cane in the back left, along with several other members of Big Bang.
18. And sometimes they even make (adorable) music videos together.
19. Sometimes their members date each other, and it’s too much K-pop power to handle.
Park Bom (of 2NE1) and Jaejoong (of JYJ) are reportedly an item! Not since Britney and Justin have Americans enjoyed a comparable pop-star power couple.
20. K-pop has some really compelling dancers.
SHINee, seen here, is especially known for their dance-heavy videos and performances.
21. K-pop knows how to put together a SUPER group.
Girls Generation was formed by S.M. Entertainment after the success of boy band super group Super Junior. In Korea the group is called “So Nyeo Shi Dae,” or SNSD for short.
22. Girls Generation has, like, a thousand members.
That is a lot of synchronizing and outfit coordination!!
23. And boy band Super Junior has like 1 MILLION members.
Well, 13. The standard for American (and British) boy bands is four or five members. But why not go way, way bigger? Let’s get everyone in there.
24. Super Junior has MANY excellent songs/videos to choose from, but “Bonamana” is notable for taking place in a low-ceilinged, dimly lit dance factory/prison.
We’d give you a highlight, but we can’t. The whole video is a highlight.
25. All the WINKING!!!!
Boy do K-pop stars love a good wink.