As with all music, songs released by K-pop groups can either be a hit or a miss with the public. But some seem to get it just right, right from their debut tracks itself! Here are 10+ groups who’s debut songs are regarded as explosive and iconic, and set the tone for a great legacy thereafter!
1. “Dalla Dalla”- ITZY
ITZY debuted in 2019 with their debut single album titled It’z Different!. The title track used for the promotions of this album was “Dalla Dalla”, and as soon as it was released, fans were instantly hooked! The song broke multiple records, and helped them sweep many rookie awards, and even got them their first win in record time!
2. “Bon Bon Chocolat”- EVERGLOW
EVERGLOW also debuted in 2019 with a single album, and promoted with the debut track “Bon Bon Chocolat”. The song debuted at #5 on the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart, and got the group significant attention, so much so that they were even close to getting their first win with this song! The song served as a stepping stone to EVERGLOW’s future music, and made many fans fall in love with the group!
3. “The 7th Sense”- NCT U
NCT U debuted in 2016 with the single “The 7th Sense”, and fans were already hooked by how innovative and unique the song was! The hard-hitting choreography and almost haunting tones solidified NCT as top rookies, and its been uphill for the group ever since!
4. “La Vie en Rose”- IZ*ONE
IZ*ONE debuted in October 2018 with the mini album COLOR*IZ and title track “La Vie en Rose”. As the group was formed by the survival show Produce 48, there was significant hype already for heir debut, and IZ*ONE did not disappoint! “La Vie en Rose” debuted at #6 on the Billboard World Digital Songs, and broke multiple records, also winning the group their first ever win, and making the group the fastest girl group to snag a win on a music show!
5. “LATATA”- (G)I-DLE
(G)I-DLE debuted in 2018 with their debut mini album titled I Am and title track “LATATA”, written by leader Soyeon. The track was an instant hit, and broke multiple records, eventually earning (G)I-DLE their first ever win!
6. “Whistle”- BLACKPINK
“Whistle” was released in 2016 by BLACKPINK as one of their debut double title tracks. As the first girl group by YG Entertainment in seven years, fans were already hyped for their debut, and the girls of BLACKPINK brought their A-Game when they debuted! “Whistle” gave them their first number 1 song on Korean music charts, and also gave them their first ever win, making BLACKPINK (at the time) the fastest girl group to receive their first win, achieved in 14 days!
7. “Energetic” – Wanna One
Wanna One debuted in 2017 with their first mini album titled 1X1=1, and title track “Energetic”. Produced by PENTAGON‘s Hui, the song immediately cemented Wanna One as one of 2017’s top rookie groups, and also became their first single to sell over a million copies!
8. “Oh NaNa”- KARD
Although KARD released “Oh NaNa” as a pre-debut single in 2016, fans were immediately hooked to smooth and suave song! It served as a solid pre-debut track, and served as a stepping stone for more fans to fall for the group!
9. “Adore U”- SEVENTEEN
SEVENTEEN debuted in 2015 with the mini album 17 Carat and title track “Adore U”. Produced by Woozi, the song holds a special place in the hearts of their fans because of how cute and fun it is! The song also peaked at number 4 on Gaon, and at number 8 on the US World Billboard Chart, and served as a stepping stone for the group’s defined musical style and direction!
10. “Bad Girl Good Girl”- Miss A
Miss A‘s “Bad Girl Good Girl” was their debut track released in 2010, and to this day, is still one of the most iconic K-Pop songs! Notable for its innovative and different concept, “Bad Girl Good Girl” reached the #1 spot of the Goan Digital Chart, and made Miss A the first ever group to achieve this feat with a debut track! This track also gave them their first win, and cemented Miss A as one of the top rookie groups of 2010!
11. “Don’t Be Happy”- MAMAMOO
“Don’t Be Happy” serves as MAMAMOO‘s first pre-debut track as a collaboration with Bumkey, and served as the stepping stone to the group finding their own sound. The track is a retro number, and also serves as a basis for most of MAMAMOO’s early work, which all have a retro sound to them.
12. “Empty”- WINNER
“Empty” was released as one of the debut double tracks by WINNER in 2014. The track instantly took first place on the Gaon Digital Chart, and established WINNER a monster rookies! The song also gave WINNER their first win, and cemented them as a top K-Pop group in the industry!
13. “Black Mamba” – aespa
“Black Mamba” was aespa’s debut track, and the song cemented itself into the heads of fans around the world with its catchy melody and unique choreography. The song also launched aespa into the conversation of one of K-Pop’s top rookie groups, and they carried that momentum with their future releases.
14. “Eleven” – IVE
Featuring IZ*ONE members Ahn Yujin and Jang Wonyoung, IVE had a lot of hype going into their debut and their debut track “Eleven” definitely lived up to it. “Eleven” and IVE won their first music show award just seven days after their debut.