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If You've Never Listened To K-Pop, We Picked Out 15 Songs That We Promise Will Get You Hooked

GOT7's single "Lullaby" was released in four different languages — Korean, Chinese, English, and Spanish. 😱

1. "Bang Bang Bang" by BIGBANG

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You can't talk about K-Pop without talking about BIGBANG — they're one of the most popular groups of all time for a reason! All you need is one listen of "BANG BANG BANG" to see why they're so highly revered, and for the song to become your go-to party anthem. You're welcome! 😉

If you like this song, check out TVXQ's "Mirotic," 2NE1's "I Am The Best," and SHINee's "Ring Ding Dong!"

2. "The Boys" by Girls' Generation

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Ayo, GG! It's hard to pick just one Girls' Generation song, but "The Boys" does a great job of showing why they're rightfully considered K-Pop royalty. The song is the ultimate confidence booster, and is packed full of gorgeous high notes and harmonies that will make you want to dramatically sing along. Get ready to feel the heat! 🔥

If you liked this song, check out Pristin V's "Get It," Station 0's "Wow Thing," and Brown Eyed Girls' "Abracadabra!"

3. "DNA" by BTS

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BTS is a group that needs no introduction. There's a reason why they've become global superstars — their vocals, rapping, choreography, and visual storytelling through their music videos are all top-notch and quickly pull you into their magical world. Seriously, try to watch the video "DNA" and not find yourself whistling along to it later — it's impossible!

If you liked this song, check out NCT Dream's "Ridin'," The Boyz's "Reveal," and Seventeen's "HIT!"

4. "Kill This Love" by Blackpink

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"Kill This Love" is truly *that* song. Blending bold horns and chest-rumbling bass, the song easily reveals why Blackpink has won over the hearts of so many fans around the world. With gorgeous visuals, stunning choreography, and unapologetic lyrics delivered with killer confidence, the song is empowering and addictive all at the same time.

If you liked this song, check out f(x)'s "NU ABO," Girls' Generation-Oh!GG's "Lil Touch," and 4minute's "Crazy!"

5. "Sorry" by The Rose

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The Rose is a prime example of the amazing bands that also exist within the K-Pop genre. "Sorry" is The Rose's 2017 debut single and since then, the group has gone on to release multiple mini-albums worth of indie pop bliss. Their sound is very reminiscent of artists like Coldplay and The 1975, so if that's your jam then you'll love The Rose too.

If you liked this song, check out N.Flying's "The Real," Wonder Girls' "Why So Lonely," and Day6's "I Wait!"

6. "Dance the Night Away" by TWICE

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If you wanna have some fun, then look no further than a TWICE song! The group is known for their heart-warming, bubbly songs, and "Dance The Night Away" is no exception — it's four minutes of pure summertime sweetness. It's also physically impossible to *not* follow along with the song's bubbly choreography, which even includes an adorable swimming move.

If you liked this song, check out Sistar's "Shake It," TXT's "Our Summer," and AOA's "Bingle Bangle!"

7. "Monster" by EXO

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K-Pop isn't all cute all the time; groups often try their hand at darker, spookier concepts too. For instance, EXO's 2016 single "Monster" is a dominating track with a heavy bass, blaring alarms, and extremely ominous lyrics ("I'm creeping in your heart babe / I’ll flip you over, break you down and swallow you up"). It's truly dark and twisted in all the best ways and will easily creep into your heart!

If you liked this song, check out VIXX's "Fantasy," BEAST's "Shock," and Pentagon's "Dr. BeBe!"

8. "Starry Night" by Mamamoo

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K-Pop is such a broad term because the artists within the genre often draw inspiration from across the globe and weave it together to create massive hits. Mamamoo's "Starry Night" is a great example of that musical intersection — the song pulls inspiration from Latin America with its guitar riffs to create a sexy, soulful single that instantly transports you to a spicy summer night.

If you liked this song, check out SF9's "O Sole Mio," KARD's "Don't Recall," and Super Junior's "Lo Siento!"

9. "Timeless" by NCT U

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While K-Pop is often known for its incredible choreography and detailed music videos (and rightly so!), there are some incredible vocal performances that deserve not to be slept on! "Timeless" by NCT U always gives me goosebumps — the members' voices are so delicate and poignant throughout the entire performance, as if they're re-living a painful heartbreak every time. Yep, even simple, stripped-back vocal performances in K-Pop have the ability to steal your heart.

If you like this song, check out Ryeowook's "The Little Prince," Chen's "Beautiful Goodbye," and Taeyang's "Eyes Nose Lips!"

10. "Bad Boy" by Red Velvet

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Sometimes it's fun to be bad! Set on a bubbling synth melody, the lyrics of Red Velvet's "Bad Boy" depict the unbridled joy of toying with the hearts of others ("'Cause I know how to make the devil cry / break 'em down, looking in my eyes / that’s what I'll do to you tonight"). Add in a music video where the members boldly wield bats, vandalize walls, and start fires with reckless abandon and you'll see why "Bad Boy" remains one of the most powerful K-Pop songs.

If you like this song, check out Girls' Day's "Something," MissA's "Hush," and EXID's "DDD!"

11. "Lullaby" by GOT7

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If the excuse that "you can't understand the lyrics" to K-Pop songs is what is holding you back from exploring the genre, then boy do I have the pick for you! GOT7's 2018 comeback single "Lullaby" was released in four different languages — Korean, Chinese, English, and Spanish — and is absolutely perfect in each one. No excuses now!

If you liked this song, then check out a few more songs performed in English by K-Pop artists like Monsta X's "Middle of the Night," (G)I-DLE's "Oh My God," and Wonder Girls' "Nobody!"

12. "Bboom Bboom" by Momoland

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Some K-Pop songs are just plain ADDICTIVE! Momoland's "Bboom Bboom" is a perfect example of a song that was created to get stuck in your head. With its brassy introduction, easy-to-learn chorus, and adorable choreography, the song made everyone's hearts go ~bboom bboom~ when it was released in 2016.

If you like this song, check out I.O.I's "Very Very Very," LOONA's "Hi High," and Cosmic Girls' "Happy!"

13. "Alone (Hann)" by (G)I-DLE

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We need to talk about "Alone (Hann)." Not only is it the power anthem we don't deserve, but the song was written, composed, and arranged by (G)I-DLE's leader Soyeon. In fact, the group routinely writes, produces, and arranges their own music, and is part of a growing list of artists who create their own music. I always have space in my heart for another fiery break up hit; I mean, who doesn't love belting along to lyrics like: "I want you to be ruined / I won’t hold you / You were my yesterday"?

If you liked this song, check out these songs Seventeen's "Fear," BoA's "Woman," Everglow's "Moon" — all written by the artists!

14. "Aurora" by ATEEZ

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I only need one word to describe "Aurora" by ATEEZ: dreamy! With its laid-back rapping, soft vocals, and blissful EDM melody, this song is honestly a balm for the soul. The song's lyrics describe being scared of the dark, but learning to overcome it because they have someone alongside them (their ~aurora~), which is honestly pure poetry! This is my go-to K-Pop song for whenever I feel stressed or need to wind down after a hectic day, and maybe it'll become yours too.

If you like this song, check out NU'EST's "Segno," Kang Daniel's "2U," and Ong Seongwu's "We Belong!"

15. "Jealousy" by Monsta X

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This fierce song packs a punch! Jealousy is such a universal feeling, and its bitter, covetous feelings are perfectly expressed in the song's lyrics ("continue like this and one day / the jealousy might make me go blind / if this was your plan / I've completely fallen for it"). It's also a perfect song for Monsta X's rappers to steal your heart with their fiery flows and the group's vocalists to destroy you with their effortless, lilting voices, so watch out!

If you liked this song, check out Stray Kids' "Miroh," Block B's "Very Good," and A.C.E's "Undercover!"

So, what was the song that got you hooked on K-Pop? Let us know in the comments below!

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