It’s extremely rare for rookie groups to see immediate success with their debut song, but some lucky groups are the exception. Several girl and boy groups quickly rose to the top of the charts within hours or days of their debut, and they’re still popular now!
In no particular order, here are 10 debut songs many K-Netizens recognize as hit songs. Read on to see if your favorite one is on the list!
1. WINNER – Empty
After winning the survival show WIN: Who Is Next, WINNER made their official broadcast debut on August 17, 2014 with the song “Empty”. They became the fastest group to win first place in a music show, having won on August 21, 2014 on M!Countdown.
2. SHINee – Replay
SHINee made their debut with the song “Replay” on May 25, 2008 on SBS‘s Inkigayo. They won numerous awards that year such as “Rookie of the Month” at the Cyworld Digital Music Awards, “Best New Male Group” at the 10th Mnet Asian Music Awards, and “Newcomer Album Of The Year” at the 23rd Annual Golden Disk Awards.
3. Miss A – Bad Girl, Good Girl
Miss A debuted with the song “Bad Girl, Good Girl” on July 1, 2010. They achieved first place on Mnet‘s M!Countdown 21 days after their debut, becoming the fastest girl group to take the number one spot. They even won “Song Of The Year” at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
4. iKON – MY TYPE
Boy group iKON made their debut on September 15, 2015 with the song “My Type”. On September 26, they won first place on MBC‘s Music Core.
5. T-ARA – Lie
Formed in 2009, T-ARA officially debuted on July 29 with the song “Lie”. Their first debut album Absolute First Album peaked at number two on Gaon Chart.
6. BLACKPINK – Whistle
BLACKPINK made a successful debut with the song “Whistle” on August 8, 2016. At that time, they were the fastest girl group to win number one on a music show, having achieved it only thirteen days after their debut.
7. Wanna One – Energetic
Formed through the survival show Produce 101, Wanna One made their highly anticipated debut on August 7, 2017. They quickly saw huge success, being only one of three Korean groups to sell over a million copies of their debut album.
8. (G)I-DLE – LATATA
(G)I-DLE shocked the music industry with their debut song “LATATA”. They received their first music show win on MTV‘s The Show twenty days after their debut.
9. 2NE1 – FIRE
Formed under YG Entertainment, 2NE1 debuted with “Fire” on May 6, 2009. The song went on to win number one on various charts, and the group clinched their first win on SBS’s Inkigayo.
10. 2PM – 10 Out Of 10
Finally, 2PM went against the flow when they debuted with “10 Out Of 10”. Other boy groups at that time adopted the “pretty boy” image, but 2PM saw success with their manly, beast-like image. They won the “Rookie Of The Month” award and the Disk Bonsang Award.