Ahh, the Golden Era of K-pop. The exact years are debatable, but for most, it was from 2007-2010 (give or take). It was a time when the Hallyu Wave did not include the words “Gangnam Style,” and we all knew the choreo to Rain’s “Love Song.” Ready for a throwback? Here are the top seven things we miss about the Golden Era of K-pop:
… and no, I’m not talking about EXO.
Aww look at these fetuses trying to look like bad boys.
I mean THESE LEGENDS:
This one is harder to explain, but nowadays, there doesn’t really seem to be a closeness between the newer K-pop groups. Of course, K-pop idols obviously have friends in other groups, but you don’t really get that familial atmosphere of the past. These days there are shows specifically about friendships like “Celebrity Bromance,” when before we had shows like “Invincible Youth,” “Family Outing,” etc. that were enough. Not to mention, in the Golden Era, different groups collaborated — and made HILARIOUS covers (practically all the time) — no matter if they were YG or SM or JYP.
Boys Generation and Wonder Boys anyone? These were legendary.
(On a random side note: I really miss “X-Man.” And “Come to Play.” And the old “Happy Together.” And “Oh! My School.” The newer variety shows don’t feel as… homey? There was a different feel to variety shows back then.)
Wonder Girls’ “Nobody”
Rain’s “Love Song”
T-ARA’s “Bo Peep Bo Peep”
BIGBANG’s “Haru Haru,” Lee Hyori’s “U Go Girl,” Brown Eyed Girls’ “Abracadabra” … to name a few.
(“Nobody” is eight years old this year. And for T-ARA’s “Bo Peep Bo Peep,” do you all remember that stage where 2PM’s Jun. K made a cameo? DUDE I feel OLD.)
We are her, and she is us. Don’t deny it.
These days, with the popularity of Twitter and Instagram in Korea – you international fans today don’t know how lucky you are — it’s so much easier to interact with idols. BUT I would argue it’s a lot less personal (there were a TON of perks if you were the fan club president, like being able to talk with the company to arrange fan events. Not too sure if this still holds true nowadays).
Nowadays everyone, everyone’s friend, uncle, mom, cat (not complaining about this one though), and grandma are debuting. I mean, it’s calmed down since the Debut Chaos of 2012 (when I temporarily left the K-pop scene… only to come back to fifty thousand new groups), but still, they seem to keep coming.
Who could forget the legendary BIGBANG “Secret Garden”?? (DAESUNG WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.)
Ok, this one I could understand why. There hasn’t really been a drama in the recent years that’s had meme- or parody-worthy moments. (“Descendants of the Sun” had its cute moments, but it isn’t exactly a meme-ful drama…)
…Doesn’t mean we miss it any less. 🙁
What do you miss about the Golden Era of K-pop? Tell us in the comments below!
Besides obsessing over K-dramas and TVXQ, mayme22 enjoys singing Disney songs off-key, munching on yummy fruit, and overusing the smiley face emoticon. : ) Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:3-4.