K-Pop Look Back: Super Junior Goes Worldwide With Legendary Track “Sorry, Sorry”

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Dubbed as Super Junior’s most successful song to date, “Sorry, Sorry” turns ten years old today, March 9!

For K-Pop fans like me who started their K-Pop fan journey through “Sorry, Sorry”, it somehow feels surreal that it has been a decade since the title track of Super Junior’s third studio album of the same name came out and blessed our ears with its addictive sound.

Written by SM Entertainment’s resident producer Yoo Young Jin, the songwriter behind SJ’s earlier track “Don’t Don”, “Sorry, Sorry” boasted trendy sounds influenced by funk and contemporary R&B. Aside from its sound, the song’s choreography, done by acclaimed choreographers Nick Bass and Trent Dickens, was eye-catching, easy-to-follow, and equally addictive.

Moreover, “Sorry, Sorry” marked the final release of the boy group with its complete 13-member lineup.

As we celebrate ten years of this phenomenal hit, we look back and celebrate the many successes of “Sorry, Sorry” in this special feature.

Second Super Junior Song with the Most Music Show Wins

Super Junior began the music show promotion of “Sorry, Sorry” on March 13, 2009 via Music Bank. On March 27 the same year, the boys took home their first music show win for the song on Music Bank. They won over Girls’ Generation and Seo Taiji. The Music Bank win was followed by more wins, resulting to a total of ten music show trophies.

For two years, the song held the record of being the Super Junior song with the most number of music show wins. However, in 2011, the record was broken by “Mr. Simple” which won 11 times on music shows.

Number One In South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand

“Sorry, Sorry” took the number one spot on various charts including Chart Korea, Hit FM Annual Top 100 Singles Chart and KKBOX Singles Top 100 Weekly Chart in Taiwan, and Channel V Asian Top 50 Year-End 2009 in Thailand.

Additionally, the song was nominated Song of the Year at the 2009 Melon Music AwardsMnet Asian Music Awards also included the song in its nominees for Dance Performance Award in 2009.

Third Super Junior MV to Surpass 100 Million Views on YouTube

In December last year, “Sorry, Sorry” became the third music video of Super Junior to surpass 100 million views on YouTube. It followed “Mr. Simple” and “Bonamana”. As of press time, the MV records more than 103 million views.

“Sorry, Sorry – Answer”

Following the successful conclusion of the boy group’s second Asia tour titled Super Show 2, Super Junior released the live album Super Show 2 Tour Concert Album. It included a studio version of “Sorry, Sorry – Answer”, a R&B remix of “Sorry, Sorry”.

Best-Selling Album of the Year Goes to Sorry, Sorry

Super Junior also met considerable success with its third studio album Sorry, Sorry fronted by the mega hit song. The album became the best-selling album of 2009 with more than 250,000 copies sold.

Moreover, it took home the Disk Daesang and Disk Bonsang in the 24th Golden Disc Awards. It also gave Super Junior a Bonsang at the 1st Melon Music Awards.

That year, with their rise in popularity especially overseas, the boys won three popularity awards at the 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards namely Mobile Popularity Awards, Netizen Popularity Awards. and Overseas Viewers Awards.

Seoul Music Awards also named the boy group recipient of the Bonsang Award in 2009. Sorry, Sorry was also Gaon Chart Awards‘ Album of the Year.

Super Junior

(Photo from SM Entertainment)

Additionally, the third studio album of Super Junior made history in the Philippines as the first K-Pop album to place first in the country. The boys outsold Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.

One of the Most Covered Songs In K-Pop

Even after ten years, the influence and effect of “Sorry, Sorry” remain strong in the K-Pop scene.

It is one of the most well-known tracks that undeniably introduced Super Junior and K-Pop to international audiences. It is also the song that many K-Pop groups including EXO, NCT, SF9, SEVENTEEN, and more held special stages with this song.