It was in 2008 when many second generation K-Pop groups began debuting, such as SHINee, 2AM, U-KISS, and more. A number of bops were also released that year. If you were an active K-Pop fan in 2008, you might get some serious nostalgia listening to the following songs.
Check them out below!
1. SHINee – Replay
This song pulled SHINee into instant stardom. With its relatable lyrics, it became an anthem for younger guy-older girl relationships.
2. SS501 – Deja Vu
SS501 was one of the top boy groups at the time, and “Deja Vu featured their signature sound.
3. Girls’ Generation – Baby Baby
The first few years of Girls’ Generation featured many cute and catchy songs just like “Baby Baby”.
4. Taeyang – Only Look At Me
Taeyang‘s solo song “Only Look At Me” was released in 2008 in his extended play, HOT. It even won “Best R&B/Soul Song” in the 6th Korean Music Awards.
5. Wonder Girls – So Hot
Wonder Girls was undoubtedly one of the biggest female groups in the late 2000’s. Their title track “So Hot” was played everywhere and it became one of their most iconic songs.
6. Super Junior-H – Cooking? Cooking!
New Super Junior fans may not be aware that the group used to have a sub-unit that stands for the word “happy”. As the name suggests, they made fun and exciting songs like “Cooking? Cooking!”
7. 2AM – This Song
Known as one of K-Pop’s only idol ballad groups, 2AM debuted in 2008 with “This Song”. The music video detailed their grueling journey to reach the stage.
8. BIGBANG – Haru Haru
“Haru Haru” is credited as one of the songs that shot BIGBANG into super-stardom. The music video is just as memorable as the song.
9. Rain – Rainism
The sexy choreography of “Rainism” was attempted by seemingly everyone in the Korean entertainment industry. The catchy song and dance made it an instant hit.
10. SHINEE – Love Like Oxygen
“Love Like Oxygen” by SHINee was their first comeback lead single. It included a colorful music video and smooth vocals.
11. U-KISS – Not Young
U-KISS debuted in early 2008 with their song “Not Young”. Its cute lyrics was in the point of view of guys who were trying to convince their beloved that they’re not too young for love.
12. KARA – Pretty Girl
Finally, KARA‘s song “Pretty Girl” was an adorable and catchy song from their second album. International fans would probably remember the nonsensical but memorable lyrics, “If you wanna pretty, every wanna pretty”.