December 28, 2010
OHHHHH YEAH! It’s finally here! People have been asking for How to Dance Kpop 2010 since MARCH. We starting doing Kpop Music Mondays halfway through the year, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve given up on our yearly tradition. This year, though, we changed things up a bit, by having you vote for what you thought were the most important kpop dances of the year. Some we agree with, some we disagree with, some of our favorites didn’t make the cut, while our #1 choice actually made the #1 spot. Sweet! Also, just because we reviewed the video before in our Music Mondays did not exclude them from the list, because that would have been unfair. Hopefully, this will be a somewhat accurate representation of the most popular dances of the year. If not, we can blame you for being bad at voting. One more thing: if you like the songs or the artists, we’ve posted links to their albums on either iTunes or YesAsia, the latter of which will mail them to you, even if you’re overseas. Awesome! So, without further ado, here are the top 10 kpop dances of 2010.
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10. Co-Ed’s “Bbiribom Bberibom”: We start off the countdown with a great song by Co-Ed and quite possibly the easiest dance on the list. Sure, there are lots of different moves to the dance, but the freeze and stutter-jump move is easy to imitate, unlike the other dances on the list this year. As to the whole Lady Gaga “Telephone” similarity, we’re not explicitly saying that Co-Ed stole from Lady Gaga, because we have no clue. What we will say, though, is that when Simon was listening to Co-Ed’s Bbiribom Bberibom for the first time, Martina was in another room, and asked Simon why he was listening to Lady Gaga. No joke. Still a cool dance, though!
9. 2PM’s “I’ll Be Back”: Ahhh! The running man! Or the shuffle step! Call it what you want, but this dance was popular enough to nab the #9 spot on our list, even though we’re not particularly fond of the dance ourselves, as you might have known from our review of 2PM’s “I’ll Be Back”. I mean, it’s like the first dance move we ever learned as kids, next to the Macarena. We were upset about this moreso because 2PM are usually great dancers, like in “Again and Again.” This dance just seemed like a let down, because we expected so much more from them. Anyhow, you still seemed to like it, so congrats to 2PM!
8. SS501’s “Love Ya”: Woohoo! We love this dance. It’s the first really difficult dance on our list, with lots of moves to it. The two that stuck out the most for us, though, are definitely the face touching and the hip thrusting. Though we can’t do the rest of the dance, just touching our faces and shaking our asses is enough to be somewhat similar to this dance. Hey! We never said that we were good dancers ourselves! Anyhow, you voted this in as #8, so congrats to SS501, however you pronounce their name:
7. Miss A’s “Bad Girl, Good Girl”: Woohoo! This was the first Kpop Music Monday we ever did, and the dance was voted in at the #7 spot. We’re surprised it’s not higher on the list, because it has perhaps the most recognizable moves of the year. Either way, this is the only group to have made it on the list twice. Huzzah!
6. Girls’ Generation “Run Devil Run”: Girls’ Generation had a solid collection of songs come out this year, including “Oh” and “Hoot,” which we reviewed and gave a CD away for! Run Devil Run takes the cake because it has the most memorable dance, even if it does have a bit of a running man vibe to it. At least it makes sense! Run Devil Run does the running man.
5. F(x)’s “Nu Abo”: Wow! Making a dance out of putting on makeup? That’s ballsy, but, paired with the fist swinging that comes right before it, it’s easy to have seen why this was one of the catchiest dances of the year. We have no clue what the song is about, but who cares! NA NA NA NA NA NA NA Nuhnuhnuh NA NA NA NA Nuh NA NA NA NA!
4. Miss A’s “Breathe”: This one was a bit difficult for us. See, we really liked Bad Girl, Good Girl, but when this song came out we were quite disappointed. It just seemed like a step down from their first single. But we kept on listening to the song, and it totally grew on us more than Bad Girl, Good Girl. We can’t explain it. It could be the cutesy dancing, or the vibrant colors. Either way, we’re glad this song made it past our first impressions.
3. B2ST’s “Shock”: They were, like, the busiest band of the year, it seems, as they had loads of singles, many of them with great dances. Shock made it on the list above Soom, which we reviewed as well. Good thing we didn’t review the English for Shock, though, because, let me tell you, “Everyday I shock” makes nooooooo sense at all.
2. Super Junior’s “Bonamana”: They always have definitive dances, don’t they? Last year they had the guide to botching a fire, and this year it seems like they have some manly chore anthem. Well, maybe that’s stretching it, but that’s how we remember the dance at least. MANLY SWEEPING MANLY SWEEPING!
1. SHINee’s “Lucifer”: This was not only voted as #1, but it was also our personal favorite dance of the year as well. It’s really complicated, but there’s something about it that’s really mesmerizing. Watch the dance version and you’ll see. Anyhow, back when we reviewed it, we had a difficult enough time just to do a couple of moves on their own. This time, we practiced for this dance for hours, and that was just for a butchered 5 seconds of it. Ahh! We can’t imagine how much they went through to perfect it.
So that’s it for this year’s edition of How to Dance Kpop Style. Our favorite songs didn’t make it on, unfortunately. There wasn’t any 2NE1 in the top 10, nor was there 4Minute’s “I My Me Mine” which was Simon’s favorite song of the year. If there are any songs that you think should have made it, let us know, because there are a bunch that we felt deserved to be up there. Thanks go out to, JB and Annie from [ë‹‰ì‘¤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* for translating this one, and for translating the rest of our vids as well :D