Culture, Videos — January 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm

The 7 Biggest KPop Videos Of All Time

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We all know Psy’s videos for Gangnam Style (1.8 billion views) and Gentleman (653 million views) are amongst the most popular videos on YouTube and bought Kpop to the attention of the world. But what are the biggest Kpop videos AFTER Psy?

BigBang – Fantastic Baby (95 million views)

Released in 2012 from their Alive album, this video is a lesson in excess from 5 piece boy band, Bigbang. Calling them the KPop “One Direction” is only accurate in that they too were put together during a TV talent show. Comparisons to the Jackson family are probably closer to the mark – the quintet have been performing together for almost their entire lives. In addition, all the individual members enjoy successful solo careers too. However, in this video they combine everything with a bigger bang. Or, as the Vancouver Sun put it, “Fantastic Baby is easily one of the most colourfully twisted pop videos we’ve seen in a while, combining RPG style art, riot gear, steampunk elements and street pop swagger” 

 

Girl’s Generation – The Boys (86 million views)

Stunning visuals, polished choreography and lots and lots of make-up is the video trademark of 9-member Girl’s Generation. Released in 2011 and taken from the band’s third album, this tune carries an attitude and swagger that Rihanna would be proud of.  Proving they are more than a L’Oreal marketing person’s dream, band member Tiffany wrote the last verse of the song. 

 

2NE1 – I Am The Best (84 million views)

For sheer pop brilliance, ‘I Am The Best’, the 7th single released by 2NE1, rivals anything by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and the rest. This video is Kpop at it’s flamboyant best – sparkling costumes, super tight dance routines and a tune as sharp as a tiger’s tooth. Directed by Seo Hyun Seung and written by Teddy Park the single has sold over 3.5m downloads.

 

Girl’s Generation – I Got A Boy (83 million views)

Perhaps no other Kpop song showcases the ability of the genre’s best songwriters to take ‘Western’ pop styles and re-create them in a song towering in intelligence, wit and sparkle. Cited by Billboard as being “one of the most-forward thinking lead pop singles heard in any country” the track is a mix of 1980s new wave, electronic dance music and modern R&B. One review even went as far as saying the song was a “modern-day ‘Bohemian Rhapsody”. While we wouldn’t go quite that far we think Freddie himself would have approved of the scale of the band’s ambition heard on this single. 

 

Super Junior – Mr Simple (71 million views)

Originally consisting of 13 members, the band ‘trimmed’ down to 10 members for the release of their 5th album, ‘Mr. Simple’. The title track is yet another showcase of Kpop songwriting talent. It starts off with a swing that would have Robbie Williams clicking his fingers in appreciation. The song then moves in to the familiar Kpop territory of singalong chants, speaker busting basslines and the annoyingly unforgettable high pitched synth hook. The band promoted the album until one of their lead singers, Heechul, was enlisted in to the Korean army – not a problem often encountered by western boy bands. 

 

 f(X) – Electric Shock (54 million views)

A number one hit in Korea, this relatively straightforward video (by Kpop standards) showcases the dancing and vocal talents of  Victoria, Amber, Luna, Sulli, and Krystal, known as f(x). They became the first Kpop band to play at the SXSW festival in 2013. This track was taken from their second mini-album in 2012. 

 

 Girl’s Generation TTS – Twinkle (44 million views)

In this case the ‘TTS’ part of the artist name is important. This is, in fact, a “sub-unit” of the original Girl’s Generation, featuring just three of it’s members, Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The track is reminiscent of Christina Aguilera at her best – brash, uber catchy and with a supreme funky attitude throughout.  The teaser videos alone for this track racked up 10 million views although the views of the other left out GG members on the success of this ‘sub-unit’ remain unknown.