The OG of viral K-pop songs, Girls' Generation's "Gee" was released this week, 10 years ago!
"Gee" came out in South Korea on January 5, 2009, and to say it was a success would be an understatement. The infectious bubblegum pop song that cutely describes the feeling of falling in love, held the No.1 spot on music tv show Music Bank for nine consecutive weeks, and Inkigayo for three weeks. It also had eight consecutive wins on the Mnet chart, which set a new record at the time.
"Gee" was also the best-selling single of 2009 in South Korea - remember, it came out five days into the year!
The song wasn't just incredibly catchy, it also went viral in Asia and beyond. The girls' crab dance move was copied on variety shows and the song's spoken intro remains a popular catchphrase for comedy and karaoke purposes.
The music video was also phenomenally popular, setting off trends for coloured jeans and their easy to memorise dance moves. It also featured a little cameo from SHINee's Minho!
It was one of the first K-pop songs to go truly viral in western countries, and for years it was the reference point for K-pop to people unfamiliar with South Korean pop music.
"Gee" catapulted Girls' Generation into a new level of success too. A real rarity for girl groups, Girls' Generation paved the way by winning the Digital Daesang and Bonsang at the Golden Disc Awards, and "Song of the Year" at the Melon Music Awards.
The song has also become a popular one for new groups to cover on debut, and also for boy groups when they're asked to do a girl group song. Here's a couple of our faves.
Best of all, "Gee" is still the pop perfection it was on release!
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