Believe it or not, K-Pop had already breached through Philippine pop culture during the early 2010s. That’s before the rise of BTS, BLACKPINK, and all the other famous K-Pop groups and artists now.
If we’re putting it in the correct timeline, that era would have been when 2nd generation K-Pop groups became popular. Groups like Super Junior, Girls Generation, Wonder Girls, SISTAR, 4Minute, 2NE1, SHINee, and etc . each had their own image, signature sound, and appeal to fans.
And, despite how Filipinos during this era would view K-Pop as “cringe” or whatnot, K-Pop music still reached the Filipino public, became hooked to it, and eventually became a part of a niche part of Filipino pop culture.
If you’re going through your adulting stage now, I’m pretty sure you can remember the ‘Nobody by Wonder Girls’ era.
— Ima ぢくへど (@Authen___tt) January 7, 2023
As such, here are the most popular K-Pop songs during the early 2010s that got everyone into a chokehold.
Gangnam Style – PSY
The Boys – Girls’ Generation
Ma Boy – SISTAR19
I GOT A BOY – Girls’ Generation
Sorry, Sorry – Super Junior
Gentleman – PSY
Bonamana – Super Junior
Give it to me – SISTAR
Oh! – Girls’ Generation
Hot Issue – 4MINUTE
Fire – 2NE1
LUCIFER – SHINee
I am the Best – 2NE1
Fantastic Baby – BIGBANG
Electric Shock – f(x)
Ring Ding Dong – SHINee
Tell Me – Wonder Girls
Gee – Girls’ Generation
The queens that shaped 2010 Filipino pop culture: Wonder Girls, with “Nobody”
You’re saying you didn’t ever listen to K-Pop at all while growing up? Well, you’re wrong. Obviously you’ve heard “Nobody” by the Wonder Girls on repeat. (And probably had to learn the choreography to it, too).
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