In trying to put together a list like this, I’m always genuinely surprised but what does, and doesn’t, ultimately make the cut. There are a lot of great songs with good, sometimes not so good, videos. And then, there are terrific videos with songs that simply fail to grab me. In the end, after careful consideration and review of some 300+ videos, I’ve finally come up with a Top 10(ish).
On a separate note, I am struck by the number of Kpop videos that include either: a) a dance sequence in ankle-deep water, b) a blindfolded group member, c) someone consuming a flower. Sometimes, all three.
Anyways, here are My Top 10 Favorite Kpop Videos.
Of course, ask me again next week and my list and rankings may be totally different.
#10. Monster by EXO/Jopping by SuperM (TIE)
I think Monster is the better song but Jopping is the better video. I went back and forth on this one and ultimately elected to call it a tie. But check out both videos below and you decide.
#9. All Mine by f(x)
Surprisingly, my favorite f(x) song isn’t Electric Shock or Nu Abo (both great) but this song, and this video is the reason why. Deceptively simple in concept and relatively inexpensive to produce, it nevertheless delivers a sense of fun in the performances, especially on the part of Amber Liu who seems to be having a blast.
#8. Catallena by Orange Caramel
As someone who appreciates sushi as much as he appreciates Kpop, I find it impossible NOT to show some love for this completely bonkers video. Never before have I witnessed so much attitude from an octopus.
#7. Gangnam Style by PSY
Speaking of bonkers, this video – my introduction to Kpop – is chock full o’ great comic vignettes and cameos, among them the ever-awesome Hyuna. The song is an infectious ear worm.
#6. Hobgoblin by CLC
There are a lot of great songs by female groups, and a lot of great official videos to accompany them, but this one makes the list on the strength of the sharp edit and unique transitions that see the girls literally bat and slap the camera into the next shot.
#5. Lipstick by Orange Caramel
Orange Caramel makes a second appearance on this list with a video that, though arguably not as bananas as Catellena, still offers some great comic bits and a surprisingly coherent narrative. That three-on-one battle against the Princess of Ping Pong is perfection.
#4. Kill This Love by Blackpink
A visual feast, this video is Blackpink’s most stunning offering – and that says a lot when you consider their other videos like Boombayah or Ddu-Du Ddu-Du in which Jenny rolls in on a jewel-encrusted tank. The Making Of video is equally impressive.
#3. Gottasadae by BewhY
My appreciation for this bizarre yet slick production continues to grow as does my love for this song.
#2. Taller Than You by Mamamoo
In a music video world that celebrates uniformity and group sync, this video is unique in its showcasing of the four women who make up Mamamoo. It’s great, goofy fun and really allows their individual personalities to shine.
#1. Adios by Everglow
After much back and forth, I decided to award the #1 spot to the song and video that sent me down the Kpop rabbit hole. When the beat drops at 1:11, look out!
So, which Kpop videos not covered here would make YOUR Top 10?