22 GIFs That Perfectly Explain How K-Pop Changes Our Lives

Granted, we all grew up listening to music. But when it comes to K-pop, the musical experience is on a whole other level.

In fact, many of us go through a fair share of stages, often common, that turn us into the proud K-pop fans we are today. And what better way to go down this nostalgic K-road than to live it through a collection of expressive GIFs! Check out these 22 GIFs that perfectly explain how K-pop changes our lives:

The accidental discovery

Let’s be honest: you didn’t find K-pop, K-pop found you. The music might have become universal nowadays, but for those of you who go way back, it was a totally fortunate finding.

Usually, you stumble upon an MV and decide to see what it’s about.

Or maybe you have a friend who plays K-pop songs around you.

Through their headphones …

… or in the car

Either way, the first listen is a crucial step to lure you into the endless world of K-pop!

The piqued curiosity

Now that you’ve had a taste of the music, there is a slim chance that you won’t be phased. But 99 percent of the time, you instantly come back asking for more.

The go-to move is to watch your faves’ MVs and listen to their side tracks.

When you’re done exploring their music, you start digging deeper for more K-juice.

You start memorizing their names

You celebrate their birthdays

And overall, you’re eager to learn more about their hobbies and interests

The concepts and aesthetics

Little by little, you start grasping what K-pop is all about. Then, you pick up on certain patterns when it comes to musical styles, dance routines, MVs, and so on. With any K-pop release, the music styles are diverse and the visual game is spot on!

There’s the captivating choreography:

Distinctive hairstyles:

Of course, the unique sense of fashion:

Beautiful filming locations:

And the MV plots are just … supreme!

We have yet to see a similarly dedicated production elsewhere.

The slang

From catchy lyrics to actual catchphrases used by our favorite idols, we can’t help but to incorporate those very words in our daily conversations. The list is endless but here are a couple of examples:

Sana’s cute “shy shy shy”

Jin’s famous “stop it”

The collectibles

One way to further immerse oneself in the world of K-pop is the mighty K-merchandise. Whether we like to admit it or not, the purchases hold a special meaning in our hearts that goes beyond the main purpose of collecting them.

And we definitely don’t mind going broke in the process

An album a day keeps the sadness away … right?

Lights out? No problem, your light stick comes in handy!

The life-changing impact

On top of the great music and the fine eye candy, K-pop grants us one more thing: a solid community.

Fans from all around the world come together for the music, and stay for the newly-found friendships.

When K-pop fans meet in real life

Finally, you realize that once you’re into K-pop, there is no way out!

How did K-pop change your life? Let us know in the comments below!

Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.

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