Welcome to the first K-Pop Frenzy blog post! My name is Chyenne and I’ll be one of the authors of this blog, with my friend Alissa. I’ll start by giving you a little background on myself, both personally and K-Pop wise.
So, I’m a senior college and I first discovered K-pop when I was in 8th grade with the iconic Wonder Girls song, “Nobody.” Ironically enough, it was the Jonas Brothers who introduced me to them when I went to the concert in 2009 and the Wonder Girls happened to be one of their opening acts. Fast forward nearly a decade later, and now I’m a dedicated fan to dozens of groups, I’ve seen a lot of my faves in concert, and I’m co-host for my radio show, K-Pop Frenzy, which Alissa started last year. I guess you could say it’s been a wild and interesting journey.
Okay, now we’re getting to the GOOD part…this is where I tell you who I stan and why they all deserve to be to be the biggest groups in K-Pop. To avoid making this post five pages, I’ll just include my ultimate boy and girl groups. There may be quite a few ties, because I’m terrible at ranking, so bear with me. Let’s begin with the guys:
- (3-Way Tie)
When I discovered them: February 2015 (yes, I remember the month very well)
Favorite song: “Call Me Baby” will forever be the best EXO era, in my book. Everything from the song, music video, choreography and styling was astounding. It was a nod to the popular boy bands of the 90s, but also remained true to EXO’s sound and their performance abilities.
My Bias: Kim Jongdae, aka Chen (UB). Jongdae was the first idol that I considered my bias for any group and eventually he became my first ultimate bias, as well. Not only is he extremely handsome, but he can sing the roof off any song he’s given. I really admire his love and dedication for music.
When I Discovered Them: Summer of 2015, it was during their fun and colorful, “Just Right” era.
Favorite song: “If You Do” …it was such a drastic change from “Just Right”, which was very fun and playful. But, “If You Do” was GOT7’s first angsty concept and it suited them so well. Plus, that footwork goes hard in the paint and makes me feel like I have two left feet, so thank you GOT7.
My Bias: Jackson Wang, prince of China (UB). I can’t explain why I immediately gravitated towards him, but he has the most explosive personality and he loves making people laugh. As extra as Jackson can be, he also works very hard to become a better person and artist every day.
When I discovered them: April of 2015, during the fantastic era of HYYH Pt. 1
Favorite Song: Speaking of HYYH, “I Need You” is my favorite and makes me emotional, even to this day. Prior this song, I wasn’t really sold on BTS and their music but since they made a complete 180 in their concepts, I started to appreciate them a lot more and now I’m trash.
My Bias: Namjoon or his stage name, RM. From the moment I listened to his mixtape, it was like a brand-new world had opened before my eyes and started realizing how talented he is as a rapper and songwriter. His lyrics never fail to leave me speechless and his delivery is what really sets him apart from other Korean rappers.
Now, moving on to the girls:
When I discovered them: Like I mentioned earlier in this post, the Wonder Girls were the first K-Pop group I stumbled upon in junior high (about 10 years ago now), thanks to the Jonas Brothers. Ever since they performed “Nobody (English version)” at that concert, I’ve been a Wonderful ever since.
My favorite song: This is incredibly hard, even harder than choosing my favorite boy group songs above. Although the retro Motown concept of “Nobody” led me to the incredible talent of the Wonder Girls, “I Feel You” is the most perfect and authentic 80s throwback that K-Pop will probably ever see. From top to bottom, the girls emulate the 80’s pop style with poise and still blows my mind to this day.
My Bias: Surprise! I do not have a Wonder Girls anymore. It used to be Yubin for a while, but then I realized that each member shines in her own way and I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite among them. Why have one bias when you can have them all?
When I discovered them: It was during their comeback for “Um Oh Ah Yeh” and I just happened to watch a reaction video for their MV. I hadn’t heard of these four powerhouses before, but I was extremely impressed by their vocals and how charismatic they were on and off-camera.
Favorite Song: They have yet to top “Um Oh Ah Yeh” for me, it’s just unbeatable at this point. The song itself just makes you want to dance and goof around with your friends, which is the epitome of what Mamamoo is as a group.
My Bias(es): The ever-so-gorgeous Hwasa and Wheein are my two favorites of the group, because not only do they sing well together, but their personalities blend just as well and it’s easy to see how comfortable and playful they are around each other.
Now that you know a little bit about me, tell me who your ultimate girl and guy groups are and why? Like, comment, and share this post!