LUCKY NINE: Nine Songs that Marked Girls’ Generation’s Nine-Year Career

The number nine has always been special to the members of Girls’ Generation. They’ve taken the K-Pop industry by storm, and have risen to become one of the most prominent girl groups today. We take you down memory lane as we listen to the songs that marked the different aspects of Girls’ Generation’s career.

1. Into the New World, 2007

Originally a song for former SM Entertainment girl group, M.I.L.K., Girls’ Generation debuted with this song on SBS’s The Music Trend on August 5, 2007.

2. 소녀시대 (Girls’ Generation), 2007

Their second single was their eponymous song, originally sung by Lee Seungchul in 1989. To celebrate this cover, Lee Seungchul appeared on KM M!Countdown with the girls performing the song.

3. Kissing You, 2008

Easily one of the more recognizable Girls’ Generation songs, this one is known for its lollipop-waving choreography. It won number one on both SBS’s The Music Trend and Mnet’s M! Countdown; it was also February 2008’s “Song of the Month” on KBS’s Music Bank.

Fun fact: Former KARA member Kang Jiyoung sang “Kissing You” for her DSP Entertainment audition. In the webtoon Cheese in the Trap, Hong Seol sings this song as she walks along a deserted alleyway on her way home.

4. Gee, 2009

This is no doubt the song that catapulted them to “national girl group” status. It claimed the top spot on Music Bank for a record-breaking nine consecutive weeks and on Inkigayo for three weeks, among several other awards.

5. Genie, 2009

Most Filipino K-Pop fans who got into the hallyu wave in 2009 will attest to Genie being one of the first K-Pop music videos they saw on local TV. Raise you hand if you’re on of those who tried learning the dance! This was also their debut single when the group began Japanese promotions 2010. Of course, after the dance break, who can forget Tiffany’s iconic “DJ, put it back on!”

6. The Boys, 2011

The song was the first song recorded in Korean, Japanese, and English versions. The music video has attracted over 100 million views on YouTube, becoming the group’s third music video to do so following “Gee” and “I Got a Boy,” making Girls’ Generation the first music girl group to have three music videos with over 100 million views as of September 2014.

7. I Got A Boy, 2013

On January 1, 2013, Girls’ Generation performed “I Got a Boy” for the first time on their MBC comeback special Girls’ Generation’s Romantic Fantasy. It’s probably one of the first songs to have that whole “two different songs mixed into one” vibe. It won the award for Video of the Year at the first YouTube Music Awards in 2013, beating out more popular artists such as Justin Bieber and Psy.

Fun fact: Dream K-Pop Fantasy Concert at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Manila on January 19, 2013 was the first time this song was performed outside Korea.

8. Mr. Mr., 2014

The song was released on February 15, 2014. This is the last Korean single Girls’ Generation promoted as a nine-member group, as Jessica left in September 2014. It was also the second most watched K-pop music video of the first half of 2014, trailing only Psy’s music video for “Hangover.”

9. Party, 2015

This is the lead single of the first post-Jessica Jung album, Lion Heart. It became the summer anthem of 2015, proving that despite the loss of one member, Girls’ Generation is here to stay.

We’re aware that nine songs aren’t enough to cover Girls’ Generation’s journey to fame. Are there any particular Girls’ Generation songs that touched your life? Let us know in the comments below!

You can listen and watch the above music videos in a playlist here:

Clara Palma
A frustrated supermodel/ballerina/novelist who lists Super Junior, EXO, and Infinite as some of her favorite groups, Clara’s first exposure to all things Korean was through K-dramas Lovers in Paris and Goong. She is willing to talk about fashion, beauty, dance, books, all things baduy, and figure skating over a cup of tea. She co-runs a figure skating blog You Only Lutz Once with fellow KStreet contributor Bea. Check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.

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