1. BoA’s “No.1”
Despite its somewhat sad lyrics, “No. 1” was something of an anthem in the early 2000s. BoA could do no wrong and it’s no wonder that “No.1” was the unofficial anthem for the 2002 World Cup.
2. Baek Ji Young’s “Like Being Shot by a Bullet”
It tore apart already broken hearts and somehow made them feel better.
3. Kim Hyun Jung’s “Bruise”
“Turn everything around, to the time before I knew you.” The strong woman’s response to what we now call a f*ckboy, Kim Hyun Jun’s “Bruise” is a track every woman can identify with.
4. Brown Eyes’ “Already One Year”
This was something of a boys’ karaoke favorite, but the lyrics were actually something every woman who has ever loved wanted to hear from their exes—not necessarily because they wanted them back, but maybe just to hear it.
5. Wax’s “After Make-up”
This was (is?) the go-to song for anyone pining after their ex. Only listen to this one with a box of tissues handy!
6. Jaurim’s “Magic Carpet Ride”
Every girl probably remembers the code to this song at their local karaoke bar by heart.
7. Jadu’s “We Need To Talk”
This song helped all 2000s girls cope with emotionally aloof boyfriends.
8. Loveholic’s “A Doll’s Dream”
When your crush was taken but your love was real and you were about to go nuts, this song was your theme song.
9. Yurisangja’s “Can I Love You?”
What every girl wanted their potential lovers to come serenading at their doorsteps. You remember lyrics because it’s what you’d want to hear: “Can I love from today onward/ It’s the first time, I don’t want to lose this feeling/ I think love is on its way/ I’ll always give you only the best.” Floodgate of tears.
10. S.E.S’s “I Love You”
“I Love You” was a ’90s hit, but there wasn’t a 2000s girl who didn’t know this song. It was the iconic love/proposal song for the shy but determined girl with love in her heart.
11. Taeyang’s “I Need A Girl (feat. G-Dragon & 2NE1’s Dara)”
How can you not remember this? Who hasn’t thought “Me?” listening to this.
12. IU’s “Good Day”
“Good Day” was one of the first songs to really launch IU to superstardom. It was also one of the first songs to make every 2000s girl’s heart flutter with thoughts of their hot neighborhood oppa.
13. Soyou X JunggiGo’s “Some (feat. Lil Boi of Geeks)”
The lyrics to this song just hit 2000s girls’ flirtatious side just right.
14. 2NE1’s “I Don’t Care”
2NE1’s “I Don’t Care” was the new anthem for strong women. Who doesn’t remember CL’s opening line: “Hey playboy, it’s about time, and your time’s up.”
15. missA’s “Bad Girl, Good Girl”
Another anthem, this time with miss A’s addictive hook celebrating the fact that 2000s girls can do whatever they want, whenever: “You don’t know me, so shut up boy.”
16. SISTAR19’s “Ma Boy”
Promises were made regarding the power of this song’s amazing ability to make people believe in love and fix relationships.
17. Taeyang’s “Eyes, Nose, Lips”
This one was reserved for last because it might make everyone swoon. Get a pillow to fall back on.