A Look at 2AM: The K-Pop Kings of Ballad

On July 11, 2008, K-Pop group 2AM made their debut on KBS’ Music Bank, performing the song “This Song.” The group is composed of Jo Kwon, Changmin, Seulong, and Jinwoon.

Since then, the group has accomplished so much, winning several awards and music show no. 1s. The members are also successful in their solo activities.

Throughout their career, 2AM has been dubbed as the Kings of Ballad, and rightfully so. We take a look at 10 of their emotional songs:


This Song

As a debut song, “This Song” HURTS. It’s about a person telling their loved one they can’t give them anything other than the song they’re singing. Add clips from the MV that showed 2AM’s hardships before debut, and you’re bound to bawl.

Days Like Today

Although it starts with a piano intro, the song eventually shifts to a soft-rock groove. With silky harmonization, 2AM sings of days when nostalgia suddenly hits over a special someone.


The song is about realizing you’ll never get their love back. Hugot kung hugot. Sadly, 2AM didn’t promote this song on music programs due to Jinwoon’s injury.

Over the Destiny

“Over the Destiny” is proof that 2AM could bring something unique to ballads. Soft piano and strings accompany the group’s hushed vocals before exploding in the chorus. As the last song before 2AM went on hiatus, the lyrics feel like an appropriate message by the group to their precious I AM: “Like the first time, come back to me.”

One Spring Day

If you like ballads but are not into the heavy, hugot type, “One Spring Day” is for you. Although breezy and laidback, the song will still make you appreciate 2AM’s amazing vocals. (Fun fact: Famous pianist Yiruma and composer Epitone Project worked with 2AM for the album of the same name.)

Like Crazy

This heavy, emotional song is about someone coming to terms with a breakup. Watch the MV and see the boys emote like they really did break up with someone!

You Wouldn’t Answer My Calls

As the title states, the song is about a person letting out his feelings to their special someone even if said someone wouldn’t answer their calls. It’s in the same album as “Like Crazy,” though this is more upbeat but nevertheless sad.

I Wonder if You Hurt Like Me

Ever wondered if your ex still hurts as much as you do from the breakup? 2AM sings the thoughts of a person who can’t move on.

Can’t Let You Go Even if I Die

Di maka-move on? Kidding aside, this fan-favorite 2AM song is an excellent showcase of the group’s vocals, sealing their brand as the Kings of Ballad. Despite the sad nature of the song, the melody is more upbeat, and the instrumentals are grander.

Bonus: I Was Wrong

Did the K-Pop community in 2010 ever imagine that a song synths, autotune, and rap breaks would go to a group known for their ballads? But then again, 2AM pulled it off so well.


Happy 12th debut anniversary, 2AM! Which ballad is your favorite?

Bea Mandachttp://youonlylutzonce.wordpress.com/
Bea was introduced to the world of Korean culture through Full House, Jewel in the Palace, BoA, and TVXQ. She is also a fan of J-Pop, figure skating, and tennis. When not in her day job, she likes to be alone in her room or in a café with her pen and paper, or a laptop. She co-runs a figure skating blog with fellow KStreet contributor Clara. You can reach her on Twitter.

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