Super Junior Songs That Made Them The K-Pop Icons They Are Today
The second-generation boy group has a long and varied discography befitting their legendary status.
Super Junior has been in the industry for fourteen years – not an easy feat but one they achieved. The songs they released have define a generation of K-Pop lovers, some even have become an anthem to their fans’ lives.
Since their debut in 2005, several sub-unit groups and line-up changes later, Super Junior has remained a recognized force in the industry.
Their diverse music, which ranges from catchy pop dance songs, to emotion-filled ballads to jazz and Latin-influenced tracks, has displayed how the group has grown over the years. It also showcased how they are not afraid to experiment and embrace change.
It was hard to just pinpoint which Super Junior songs to include in this list because, in one way or another, all their songs have influenced and impacted the lives of old and new fans of their music.
“Twins (Knock Out)” (2005)
Super Junior (then Super Junior ’05) debuted as a 12-member group. Their debut song “Twins” was a remake of the 2003 song “Knock Out” from British pop/rock group Triple 8. They kept the original’s hip-hop component but added quick raps and bass sounds making it into a rap rock song.
Watch out for the members’ hair and wardrobe (and Heechul!) as you might get a shock but believe us when we say that was the “it” fashion way back in 2005. Releasing a remake of a Western song as a debut single already made this an iconic song for the group.
This is the second promotional single from the album Twins, still under the name Super Junior ’05. “Miracle” up to this day remains as an all-time favorite with its classic bubblegum pop vibe and catchy lyrics. Indeed, life couldn’t get better with Super Junior in it.
Originally planned as a project group, with new members replacing the old ones and creating a new generation of Super Juniors, the release of this single marked the group’s permanent status.
It was also Kyuhyun’s debut single after making it as the thirteenth and final member. “U” is one of Super Junior’s biggest hits and gave them their very first award in a music show (SBS Popular Songs’ Mutizen Song of the Week) upon its release.
The song has won the group five music crowns and several number 1 spots in music charts.
“Don’t Don” (2007)
The title track of the album with the same name, was the group’s second full-length album and the first album release with thirteen members. Lyrics of “Don’t Don” talks about how money, hypocrisy and greed change the society and making it a cruel place to live in.
The music video features choreographed dance moves made by the members that showcased a change in their dance style. Another highlight was the anime-inspired hairstyles (Heechul with his red hair looked like he came straight out of a manga!).
“Sorry, Sorry” (2009)
The highly-addicting song has established the group’s popularity outside their home country, Korea. Super Junior’s third studio album Sorry, Sorry went on to be a commercial and critical success.
It has sold more than two hundred thousand physical copies and topped several music and album sales charts including Taiwan, Thailand and Philippines. In the Philippines, Sorry, Sorry became the first K-Pop album to top the music charts.
The title track, “Sorry, Sorry” spend several weeks at the number one spot in Korea and remained at the top of the music charts in Taiwan for 37 weeks straight. Even if you are not a fan of K-Pop, you’ll know this Super Junior trademark song.
“It’s You” (2009)
It is one of the four songs featured in the repackaged version of the Sorry, Sorry album. A mellow dance track, this song is the last release with all 13 members.
It has achieved success, but not quite as it’s predecessor “Sorry, Sorry”. Nevertheless, “It’s You” has highlighted the members’ voices blending in beautifully in its R&B-influenced sound.
Super Junior recorded and released their fourth studio album with only ten members. The lead single “Bonamana” became the group’s fastest song to reach the number one spot in a music chart as it topped Music Bank’s K-Chart, within week of their comeback.
“No Other” (2010)
The single was part of the repackaged (version C) fourth album showcasing Super Junior’s sweet side. The pop-dance track highlighted the members’ vocals, giving each a singing part. The music video is as adorable as it gets with Super Junior showcasing their cute and lovable sides.
“Mr. Simple” (2011)
It is the title song of Super Junior’s fifth full-length album of the same name featuring ten members as well. Arguably dubbed as “Sorry, Sorry” version 2.0, it has a similar repetitive catchy hook but is more polished.
“Mr. Simple”, according to the song’s description, is “a song that is made only for Super Junior and it is the final version of SJ FUNKY, following “Sorry, Sorry” and “Bonamana”. The lyrics talk about encouraging people to take things slowly and live in a simple way.
“Sexy, Free & Single” (2012)
Off their sixth studio album, this single marked Kangin’s return to the group following his release from the military, but also the first group album that did not include Heechul as he enlisted. Leeteuk and Yesung also entered the military after the album’s release.
The song is a characterized as a SOULFUL HOUSE genre that combines house music, soul and R&B. It displayed the group’s adaptability to change and incorporation of different styles into their music.
The lead single from the group’s seventh full-length album has confirmed Super Junior’s willingness to experiment and try out different music genre.
The track has a Latin flare and incorporated several elements not present in their previous releases. “Mamacita” era marked Leeteuk and Heechul’s return from the military.
The track, also from the seventh album, has highlighted Super Junior’s vocal abilities. The members were able to convey the song’s message of a love once here and then gone the next. The music video, and Eun Hyuk’s dance part, made it even more poignant.
This song is special as it is released in celebration of the group’s tenth anniversary. The track has a simple, yet trendy melody and the M/V captured that laid-back but groovy dance vibe.
“One More Chance” (2017)
A pre-release track from their eighth studio album Play, “One More Chance” is a song written and composed by Dong Hae while Eun Hyuk wrote the rap lyrics. The words and melody plus the members’ heartfelt rendition, made this song pleasing to the ears.
“Lo Siento” (2018)
The lead single of Replay (repackaged album), “Lo Siento” featured Dominican-American singer Leslie Grace and Play-N-Skillz. This is the group’s first collaboration with a foreign singer.
It became the first K-Pop song that placed in Billboard’s Latin Digital Song Sales Chart (at #13) and debuted at second place in Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart.
“One More Time” (2018)
Also the title of Super Junior’s first EP and first full Latin-pop album. “One More Time”, the album’s lead single, featured Mexican band Reik. The mini-album also marked Ryeowook’s return following the end of his mandatory military service.
Super Junior Super Show 8 – Infinite Time
Super Junior has proven time and again that they have the staying power. With fourteen years of existence, several hit songs, music awards and concerts, it seems the group has no plans of slowing down yet.
Prior to the release of their latest album Time_Slip, Super Junior kicked off their fifth world concert tour Super Show 8 – Infinite Time, with a two-day event in Seoul on October 12 and 13. They staged three shows in Japan on November 2 to 4, followed by two shows in Bangkok, Thailand (November 23 and 24).
Filipino ELFs will get their chance to see Super Junior once again as they stage Super Show 8 – Infinite Time on December 15 at the Mall of Asia Arena. After the Manila concert, the group will head to Jakarta on January 11, 2020, Macau on January 18 before staging several shows in Osaka and Fukuoka in February.
Super Show 8 Infinite Time in Manila is brought to fans by PULP Live World, GLOBE PH and SM Entertainment.
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