As Wikipedia puts it, an earworm is “a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing”. In other words, it’s that one song or that one melody which gets stuck in your head for no reason and keeps replaying itself over and over and over. With that said, there are plenty of earworms in K-Pop. While most idol songs come with fun catchy hooks, these 10 have been titled the best-worst of them all. These songs have something to them that makes you hum the melody all day — so proceed with caution. You can’t unhear these!
1. BTS’s “Go Go”
Not only did BTS‘s “Go Go” have K-Pop fans drop all their money, it also had them screaming yolo yolo yolo yo while doing so.
2. SHINee’s “Ring Ding Dong”
We know you can hear this dance. SHINee‘s “Ring Ding Dong” is dangerous because any time you hear ring, ding, or dong — it’s a trigger.
3. SS501’s “UR Man”
One of the most infamous K-Pop earworms has to be SS501‘s “UR Man”. Staring with the random “MEH!”s in the background to the non-stop “I’m Yerman”s, there is no way out of this song.
4. Rain’s “La Song”
When you sing this, you absolutely have to sing it in trot-singer Tae Jin Ah‘s raspier voice, not Rain‘s.
5. UKISS’s “Manmanhani”
UKISS‘s “Manmanhani” is not manman (만만한, to be a pushover) at all. Be sure to break into this song — and dance too — when you’re feeling like the world is pushing you round.
6. ZE:A’s “Mazeltov”
ZE:A‘s “Mazeltov” sure did teach K-Pop fans how to say the days of the week in English better than any teacher could ever have.
7. Red Velvet’s “Dumb Dumb”
Red Velvet‘s “Dumb Dumb” will literally have you feeling like a dumb dumb, as you continue to remain unable to stop singing dumbdumbdumbdumbdumbdumb.
8. MOMOLAND’s “Bboom Bboom”
From JooE‘s “GREAT!” to Nayun‘s “Hit it, hit it, hit it, ho”, MOMOLAND‘s “Bboom Bboom” is a song made up of catchy melodies. No wonder the song became such a huge hit!
9. Kan Mi Youn’s “Paparazzi”
This old-but-gold earworm from 2011 has kept K-Pop fans hooked for an entire decade. You won’t ever be able to say the word “Paparazzi” as is, once you hear Kan Mi Youn‘s “pa pa pa parazzi pa parazzi”.
10. T-ara’s “Bo Peep”
Last but not least, T-ara‘s “Bo Peep” is a legend from the K-Pop generation past. This song had everyone — everyone — in animal paws.