With each advancing year of K-Pop, we get new groups, new concepts, and most importantly, new music! In 2010, there were groups that debuted and music released that now, 10 years later, has reached iconic status for their innovativeness and fun, catchy tunes! Here are 10+ iconic songs released in 2010 that are turning 10 years old this 2020!
1. “Lucifer”- SHINee
“Lucifer” is the title track of SHINee‘s 2010 album of the same name. Upon its release, the song topped many Korean charts, and also started the trend of dance practice videos in K-Pop! The song also continued to feature SHINee’s signature knife-like choreography, and remains a special song even today!
Fun fact: This song was co-written by American singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha!
2. “I’m A Loner”- CNBLUE
In 2009, CNBLUE as a group were predominantly active in Japan. When 2010 rolled around, they made their official debut with their debut mini-album Bluetory, which spawned the hit single “I’m A Loner”. The song was an instant hit in Korea, and was played everywhere! The track also gave CNBLUE their first win on a music show, and at the time, CNBLUE became the first group to achieve their first win in the short period of 15 days!
3. “Oh!”- Girls’ Generation
In 2009, Girls’ Generation hit big success with their song “Gee”, and further solidified their status as a top girl group with “Tell Me Your Wish”. The next song to cement their popularity was “Oh”, the title track of the group’s second full album of the same name. The song followed their popular cutesy concept, and upon its release, topped various music charts! The cute, cheerleader concept was also well-received, and fans enjoyed the fun choreography as well! The album also won the Album of The Year Daesang at the Golden Disc Awards in 2010, making them the only girl group with this achievement so far!
4. “Lupin”- KARA
“Lupin” is a song released by KARA in 2010 as the title track of their third mini-album of the same name. Following their predominantly cheerful, more cutesy songs such as “Pretty Girl” and “Mister”, “Lupin” showed a darker, more mature side of KARA, and fans were hyped for this new image of theirs! Upon its release, the song topped many charts, snagged lots of awards and more importantly, helped cement KARA as a top girl group in the industry!
5. “Shock”- BEAST
“Shock” was released in 2010 by BEAST, as the title track of the group’s second mini-album titled Shock Of The New Era. Upon its release, the song was a huge hit, and established BEAST as a boy group to watch out for! It was noted for its strong vocals and smooth sound, and the song won BEAST their first-ever music show win, acting as a stepping stone for BEAST’s future amazing accomplishments!
6. “NU ABO”- f(x)
“NU ABO” is a single released by f(x) as the title track of their first mini-album of the same name. The song was a commercial hit in Korea, and set the tone for f(x)’s experimental and unique sound and style, which would become iconic in the years to follow!
7. “Bonamana”- Super Junior
“Bonamana” is a song released by Super Junior as the title track of their fourth mini-album of the same name. The song was a great success upon its release, with the album even becoming the second best selling album of 2010!
8. “Run Devil Run”- Girls’ Generation
After the release of “Oh!” earlier in the year, Girls’ Generation released the track “Run Devil Run” as the title track of the repackaged version of Oh!, and the concept was noted for its darker, more mature tones. Nicknamed “Black Soshi” for the era, Girls’ Generation found great success with this new concept! They took home many awards for the song, and further drove home the fact that Girls’ Generation are capable fo taking on any concept!
9. “Bad Girl Good Girl”- Miss A
“Bad Girl Good Girl” is a song released by Miss A as their debut track in 2010, and became an instant chart-topper! The song was regarded as the best-performing single of 2010, and even 10 years later, is widely covered and considered a classic JYP Entertainment song!
10. “Love, Love, Love”- F.T.Island
“Love, Love, Love” is the title track of F.T. Island‘s mini-album titled Beautiful Journey. The song was an instant success, and spoke highly of F.T. Island’s incredible musical talent!
11. “Go Away”- 2NE1
“Go Away” is one of the 4 promoted tracks from 2NE1‘s first full album titled To Anyone in 2010. The song debuted at #1 on the Gaon chart, and helped solidify 2NE1’s status as a top girl group in Korea!
12. “Hoot”- Girls’ Generation
“Hoot” is the title track of Girls’ Generation’s third mini-album of the same name. The song was noted for its catchy tune and innovative MV, and remains one of the group’s most iconic songs to date!
13. “High High”- GD & TOP
In 2010, BIGBANG‘s G-Dragon and T.O.P. formed a subunit within the group, and debuted with their first album titled GD & T.O.P., which spawned three singles for promotions. “High High” became the unit’s first chart-topper, and remains an iconic song even today!
14. “Come Back Again”- INFINITE
“Come Back Again” served as INFINITE‘s debut track, and the single was promoted alongside their first mini-album titled First Invasion. While not very successful, the song is considered very close to INFINITE’s fans due to it being their debut track, and is still sung by them today!
15. “Good Day”- IU
“Good Day” is the title track used to promote IU‘s third mini-album titled Real. The song was a huge hit in Korea, being covered extensively by singers and variety shows alike! The song also put IU on the map, and earned her the nickname, “The Nation’s Little Sister” due to its cute and adorable charms!
16. “It’s You”- Sung Si Kyung ft. IU
“It’s You” was released as a single by Sung Si Kyung in 2010, and had IU as a featured singer. The song was a huge success in Korea, and fans talk about it even today!
17. “Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die”- 2AM
“Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die” is a song released by 2AM as the title track of their debut mini-album of the same name. Written by Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si Hyuk, the song was an instant hit in Korea, and took the number 1 spot on many charts! Beating out a number of top songs, the track eventually won the group their first music show win since debut!
18. “Don’t Stop Can’t Stop”- 2PM
“Don’t Stop Can’t Stop” is a single released by 2PM in 2010, and was an instant success in Korea! The group won many awards with the track, and were further established as a top boy group in the industry!