7 Korean Songs that Went Viral in the Philippines

You see it on TV. You hear it on the radio. And now, you see your non-K-Pop friend dancing along to a Korean song!

What is going on?!

Your non-K-Pop friend has been infected with a virus and it is contagious. It can easily be passed on from one person to another. Later, you see his or her family, common friends, and even your favorite local celebrities dance their own covers on your Facebook timeline.

This is how the trendy K-Pop songs become viral.

For several years now, Filipinos have caught on with the most addictive K-Pop dances. Let’s look at them one by one, but we warn you – you might just become addicted them again!

BBoom BBoom

MOMOLAND

The whole Philippines is just bewitched with the latest dance craze.

Although the song made it to Philippine shores only recently, the song was already a hit in South Korea at the time of its release in January 2018. BBoom BBoom shot MOMOLAND to stardom as it helped them earn their first ever music show win, endorsement invitations, and variety show appearances. Their first music show win was an emotional moment for all of the members as they have debuted for almost two years.

The Philippines caught on with the craze not only because of the song itself, but because one of the members, Nancy, looks like Liza Soberano. K-Pop Filipino fans have long been wanting to see Soberano dance to BBoom BBoom and she finally did at a recent event!

Baby Shark Dance

PINKFONG

Who would have thought that even a Korean children’s song will go viral in the Philippines? (It really baffles us that it did.)

We don’t really know how the craze started, but we guess that it was meant to be a challenge posted by a K-Pop fan. The Shark Family Dance song is always being covered by K-Pop groups – GOT7, Red Velvet to name a few – so this could be a good guess.

Sooner and later, everyone has their own rendition of the adorable dance – from soldiers to mascots, you name it!

Fantastic Baby

BIG BANG

There must be a VIP in the staff for Eat Bulaga as the song has become a favorite background music of overnight sensation AlDub, composed of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza a.k.a. Yaya Dub. At the height of their popularity, everyone just broke out dancing whenever this beat drops. In addition, the noontime show even adapted the song to a dance cover contest called, “Fantastic Baby Pa More”.

Gangnam Style

PSY

Who would not recognize that horse dance?

“Gangnam Style” was a hit not only in the Philippines, but all over the world – a feat unbeaten by any Korean artist so far. As of this writing, the music video has 3.1 billion views on YouTube, and was first to break YouTube’s counter back in the day. Probably every single in the person back in 2012 knew how to dance to this song.

Numerous covers were done by Filipinos like this one:

Sorry Sorry

Super Junior

Released in 2009,  Super Junior became one of the leaders of the Korean Wave with the highly addictive “Sorry Sorry”. The song cemented them as K-Pop legends with the song being a standard to the younger artists. (See Produce 101 Season 2 trainees, Seventeen, and SF9 and Cosmic Girls to name a few.)

Super Junior earned international recognition when blogger Perez Hilton posted the music video in his blog. Since then, countless covers were created and uploaded online. Of course, in the Philippines, we have that Cebu dancing inmates, which also impressed the members.

Nobody

Wonder Girls

Years 2008 and 2009 could arguably be the golden years of K-Pop as legendary bops came one after another. One of it is Wonder Girls’ “Nobody”.

Aside from sweeping awards in South Korea, the Wonder Girls was the first ever K-Pop act to penetrate the U.S. market and to earn a spot at the Billboard Hot 100 at no. 76.  While the members have gone their separate ways, the classic retro single was included in the Billboard critics’ picks of “100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time”.

Answer the Phone

Shim Min-ah

90s kids, does this sound familiar? You might have danced to this in a party or school program, but you did not recognize that it was a K-Pop song!

Not to be confused with an actress of almost the same name, Shim Min-ah was considered a sexy icon in 2002. Her eye-catching look at the 2002 FIFA World Cup landed on the cover of many newspapers in South Korea and nominated her Miss World Cup. No longer active as a singer, she is active on Instagram containing videos of her dancing and pole-dancing. (She has a certificate to prove it.) It’s hard to believe that she is already past 40 with her gorgeous face and body!

What do you think of the Korean songs that went viral? Were you also among those who caught up with the trends?

Cheska De Ocampo
Always up and about, Cheska was once asked if she always meets different people every single day. Well – not always – but almost because it is part of her job description and because she is actively involved in church. Having the opportunity to join KStreetManila, she combines two of her loves – writing and Korean culture. During her downtime (which somehow rarely happens), she is either scrolling through Twitter, writing for her blog, trying to be fit, reading a good book, or appreciating beauty and fashion.

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