It goes without saying that there have been thousands upon thousands of girl group songs of all genres be released over the past few decades. To honour the decades-long legacy of girl groups everywhere, Billboard has named its 100 greatest girl group songs of all-time, and 5 awesome K-pop girl group tracks have managed to make the cut!
Coming in at No.88 is Fin.K.L's "Now," a classic that Billboard deems as "one of the best creations from that rivalry [between Fin.K.L and S.E.S], with ["Now"] constantly elevating itself, perhaps best heard when the ladies' slinky, harmony-driven chorus is then topped by a shout-and-repeat hook."
Up next is Red Velvet, who are the youngest K-pop group to make the cut with "Dumb Dumb." Coming in at No.70, Billboard describes "Dumb Dumb" as a song that "strangle you and absolutely refuse to let go," and that Red Velvet are a "quirky quintet" who repeat "the word "dumb" more than 200 times throughout this single, brilliantly exemplifying why K-pop acts -- particularly the girl groups -- craft some of the most addictive singles in pop."
f(x) were the next girl group to make the list, coming in at No.59 with their forever-memorable song "Rum Pum Pum Pum." Billboard describes the track as "a song that embodies why the K-pop scene is as creative as it is weird, experimental outfit f(x) blended samba-inspired production, alien-like harmonies and the melody of a famous Christmas carol for what turned out to be a huge hit."
Next up is Wonder Girls, who landed in at No.43 with their iconic track "Nobody." Given how the song had some success in America, Billboard described "Nobody" as "a breakthrough moment in K-pop history, with the No. 76–charting Hot 100 hit marking one of the first indicators that Korean acts had appeal in America. Musically, the track is an infectious, Motown-inspired earworm that encapsulated Wonder Girls' charming penchant for throwback-inspired concepts -- this time embracing girl groups of the '50s and '60s -- and undeniable hooks (the hand-clapping on the chorus is incorporated into the song's iconic dance)."
And finally, the highest K-pop girl group song to make Billboard's list is Girls' Generation's "I Got A Boy," which came in at No.21 and was described as "what happens when the greats strive to get greater, with this multi-genre, tempo-shifting Frankenstein's-monster jam that jumps from drum 'n' bass to bubblegum hooks to Aguilera-esque belt sections. While the single still divides some listeners for not being as easy to swallow as effervescent GG classics like "Gee,""Oh!" or "Genie," the ambition and creativity exhibited here act as an overall proof to why girl-group music is in a league of its own in terms of excitement and boundary pushing."
A big congrats to f(x), Fin.K.L, Girls' Generation, Red Velvet, and Wonder Girls for making Billboard's list!
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