This week we’re talking about EXO’s “Wolf” for Kpop Music Monday. We waited for a drama version but didn’t get it, and I’m not sure if EXO will be able to stay on the KpopCharts for another week, so we’re talking about it now! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.


Ok, so we’re a lot more torn about this song than we let on in the 30 second showdown, so we want to talk about it more here in our blog post:

Simon’s Thoughts:
I dislike it thoroughly. The fast rapping matched with the singing is awful. The AWWWOOOOOO is corny as hell. It feels like a song kids sing in Kindergarten. Old McDonald had a farm. With a moo moo here and an oink oink there. And the Saranghaeyo is so whiny and ugggh. So bad! I really didn’t like a single thing about this song. It’s frenetic and incoherent. Dubstep is really overused in Kpop now, and I really don’t get a sense of griminess in Exo’s vocals to match the griminess of the beat. And then that cascading keyboard with their staccato rapping bores me as well. WHOA. Seriously EXO. “What is Love” is the best Kpop song ever. Mama was great fun as well, and History, too, was really good. This song sucks farts.

What I can say, though, is that I appreciate the song in the context of the video. The video really enhances the song as a performance piece. The dancing was really impressive, and I’m usually bored by SM artists dancing in boxes. This was probably one of the coolest dances I’ve ever seen. I’d just rather watch the dance video on mute.

Martina’s Thoughts:

The first time I heard the song I was weirded out by it and I really disliked that the first half was just rapping and the second half was more ballad-like, I thought they should have found a way to make both parts meet. But the second time I watched it…I just loved it. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY because it goes against all of my urges to like anything that is remotely like a broadway musical, but there is something about the deep bassy synths in the background and the quick conversation like vocals that draw me in. This might be the exception to the rule, the one musicialesque song I enjoy, kind of like how I love the movie the Labyrinth despite the fact that there is singing in it. Singing by Bowie, Bowie and his mega crotch, and that is super cool. I think EXO’s aggressive wolf like dance movements saved this song and video for me while the frustration I had for SHINee’s “Why So Serious” was that it was too happy go lucky cheesy. I can’t do cheesy musicals. Like ever. If it’s sarcastic or weird, maybe, but when it involves happy chipper finger snapping and big smiles I will exit the room at the speed of a smoke bomb. This comeback is a big win for me though I never would have predicted it to be like this. Also, the album is brilliantly packaged. It is disguised as a plain Korean school notebook and it totally fooled me.

Who’s side do you agree with more?

Video nerd side note: you know how we sometimes talk about SM’s use of sound effects in their music videos and how distracting they are? Well, this time we got really distracted, because it seems like the video editor also uses Final Cut Pro X, because we have the exact same sound effects. The howl at the beginning is “Wolves Howling 2,” and when they’re clawing at the ground, it’s actually “Alligator Growl.” SM lurvs them some SFX. If you insist on using them, use the Cartoon Soundpack from 1-25. Those are the best :D

CD Giveaway Contest:

Though, yes, we’re torn about our opinion on the song, we aren’t torn in our support of EXO, and so we’re giving away an EXO CD to you Nasties on YouTube. Yay! Here’s what you gotta do to win:

1) Subscribe to us on YouTube!
2) In our reviews of What is Love, Mama, and Wolf, we left a hidden annotation somewhere in the video. Watch the video. Answer the question in the annotation in the comment section.

OOOOH A QUEST CONTEST! I know a lot of people are gonna be too lazy to partake in the contest, so your chances of winning are even higher. Yay!

That’s it! It’s not really possible for people in the comments here on the blog to participate in the contest, since there are three different videos to comment in, so…sorry! Next giveaway, though, we should have something you can partake in here :D

And, on that note, we’ve got a boatload of bloopers this week. Our timer broke but we didn’t realize it so the 30 second showdown took 8 minutes to film as a result. Ugghhh…IRONNNNYYYYYY.


  1. I hate exo forever

    Exo sucks

  2. polkadotted

    guys they’ll made a new comeback with growl and it sounded sooo different than wolf from the teaser. i hope you guys review that ^^

  3. Just watched the Wolf Drama Ver.! Ahhhh so amazing, although a little unexpected.. now to wait for the second part! EXO saranghaeyo!!

  4. HepAçımVeSıkılıyorum

    I’m WaoW FanTaostic Baby *-* !

  5. That “High High duck ver.” was awesome Martina!! :D

  6. Dianna Martinez

    Actually most wolves are not lactose intolerant. They’re mammals and they live off of their mother’s milk as babies. :)

  7. Min Ditan

    BALLOONS all the way~ I love EXO but DBSK will always be my favorite number one group!

  8. Caitlyn Lueck

    Heeeeeey when’s this contest done?? Cause I honesty am so excited and cannot wait to find out the results!! xD I think my answers were actual pretty good ;)

  9. Megan Yoder

    Whoa you guys check this out!!..Maybe you’ve heard it already, but I guess this is audio for a leaked demo version of “Wolf”! When you listen to the chorus, they actually pronounce “wolf” correctly!! Also, the “saranghaeyo!” part is hilarious in this.


    Interesting!! They obviously CAN pronounce the word correctly, but could SM be making them pronounce it wrong?

  10. Celia Rose

    I would like this song if SM decided to have EXO sing throughout the whole thing, instead of the awkward rap. Then, at least, the switch to piano during the bridge would have made more sense and fit a little more smoothly, IMO.

  11. Gemma Deacon
    Gemma Deacon

    I’ve been slightly obsessing over this song for the past couple of days. This was before I read the lyric translation.
    Now I’ve read the lyrics… wow… just… wow. The Chinese lyrics seem to make more sense @_@

  12. Stephaniia Barboosa

    Even though that at the beginning I reallyhated this song, now im starting to accept it. But I agree with Simon, what is love & mama were much better songs, but when they say ulf, for me they sound kinda cute hahaha. My vote goes totally for TVXQ with their song balloons, I’m a Cassie what can I say. I just hope that EXO don’t take another year to make a new album, I waited just to much for their comeback!

  13. Megan Yoder

    I’m a mouse I’m a mouse! SQUEEEEEE!!!


    KKK i actuality didn’t like the song ,but now im obsessed with it!!!
    im a duck and im a mouse ,OMG i loughede so hard!!!!


    whats the name of the drama??!

  16. You are Beautiful! ^^

    Martina, your duck impersonation is awesome. I forgot that you have this special talent – it’s so cool :)

    Thanks again for a funny KMM. I just can’t hold myself when Seungrina starts fangirling XD

    Though I, too, was weirded out when I first heard this song, I came to think the “nega Ulf” part is quite catchy (and funny), but it is still my least favourite song by EXO.
    Oh, and I really like that one has to put in some effort and time to get a chance to win the CD. Nice idea!

  17. I think Fangirlilla just summed up what every fangirl thinks during this song and about the singers.

  18. Amanda

    TVXQ’s Balloons pwns all! There is no comparison. Balloons 4 LYFE!!!! XD

  19. EXO FO LIFE!!!~

  20. I dont really like this song but the rest of the songs on the album are nice wish they would have gone with those I really liked Black Pearl

  21. I have a question about the drama ver of wolf because, if i search for it there will be always comments like “SM ent.won’t release the drama ver because some crazy fans wanted to hack the ent.computer to see the MV before the release” so is that true?


  23. I dislike like the song so much. . . I mean, everything just clashes in my opinion. Almost sounds like screeching. The rap… It was fine until after Kris’s part in the beginning. From there I feel like it took a drastic turn and just continued getting worse and worse. I hoped it would be save but sadly, not one thing did.

  24. Ludmila Svistunova

    Just dropping by to agree with Spudgy on Jaime/Brienne. :D

  25. Bethany Ross
    Bethany Ross

    Haahaaaa Jaime and Brienne!!

  26. luv tis effects wish I could do that on my mv on me2day I made 2shinee and 2 exo http://me2day.net/shineepower/2013/06/12/p59tuz6-0h60 go watch

  27. Spudgy is so cute! <3 I'm with Simon on this one; I didn't really like Wolf. :/ Martina definitely has a point with the sound effects though (I wonder if SM's even a little bit embarrassed that their sound effects were all laid out like that). My vote's with Balloons. :/ Though Avex is definitely the most stingy company when it comes to photos. >_>

  28. 一歩一歩

    i totally love the performance and really disliked the song. nevertheless, i’ve been catching myself howling in my kitchen and was so shocked, how, why, when did this happen!?? explain now exo!!! awooooo *its kinda catchy*

  29. Hey, Simon! I know you probably won’t see this, but I highly suggest you give the leaked Wolf demo a shot. I found it to have a much more consistent production style—it’s more stripped down (no dubstep, other than some mild stuff in the bridge), it has a better rap, and it even has Wolf pronounced correctly! I much prefer it to the final version.


  30. TVXQ Balloons! :D

  31. I agree with Martina, it’s so catchy. I didn’t really like EXO before but this song got me liking them.

  32. Sarah MacArthur Tom Tuivaiti

    OMG I LOL’D SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH at the Cheese part! that is WINNING right there! hahahahaha

  33. 그래 Wolf, 내가 Wolf~♥

    I really liked their vocals during the 2nd half of the video. I’m a really really big hardcore exostan although I didn’t really like the 1st half of the song and I also didn’t grasp the meaning of the lyrics well during the rap parts. The lyrics made much more sense and flowed well in the chinese version. But that could be my own perception since I’m Chinese. I love Chen, Baekhyun and D.O’s riff during their high notes, it was just eargasmic.
    Showdown: EXO FTW! ^^ hwaiting!!

  34. Cheryl Teo

    Can you guys please review Henry’s Trap? PRETTY PLEASE….!!! >< I really really want to know what you guys think about it.

  35. Crim~on hiatus~

    LOL i completely agree with Simon, sorry Exo but the minute you did like a wolf I LAUGHED… Where is The EPICNESS Of What is love???? And Martina, I love musicals but i really didnt like this song, sorry I was expecting something else after the longest rookie comeback EVER. My vote goes for the awesomeness of TVXQ… AND YES LISTEN TO FANGUIRILLA!!!!! HE IS CANADIAN, YOU SHOULD HONOR THE MOTHERLAND!!!

  36. Angela Cheng
    Angela Cheng

    OMG I know that song in the bloopers that Martina was singing!! It was an OST in You’re Beautiful that Jang Guen Suk sung. I think it’s called “I miss you”? Anyway I like this song, but I also like “Without Words” that Park Shin Hye sung in that drama.
    As always you guys crack me up, and made my day :D

  37. chuckthegirl

    I agree with Simon! Best quote to sum it up: “This song sucks farts.” EXO has some blow ya mind amazing vocals and this song left me wanting to hear that. Awoooo thing and saranghaeyo thing annoyed the heck outta me. The music was boring. Too much low-toned electric sounds for me. Nothing to grab my musical love strings. Then reading the lyrics translated… -__- did not like it at all. The MV was blah too. SM’s lack of creativity with their MVs is really getting old. SM, you got all this money WHY U NO HAVE A CREATIVE MV DIRECTOR/WRITER? I did enjoy the dance. That whole tree thing at the beginning had me hooked to the dance movements through the entire performance looking for something else cool to come along.

  38. Dorothea Eder

    Balloons. 100% balloons

  39. Sophie Tiffany Vanderbilt

    I’d say I agree with Martina more on this MV. I also instantly cringe at cheesy musical numbers…to the point where I’m surprised I
    haven’t flipped any tables after accidentally listening to a clip of music that makes my skin crawl. I had my hands ready at the edge of the table when I first watched this MV, but after a few listens (with good headphones…makes all the difference), I LOVED it. LOVVVVVVVE.

    Also, as far as the terrible lyrics go, songs like this are exactly why I NEVER check the translations of my kpop favorties! If I liked cheesy lyrics I’d just listen to American pop. Listening to pop music in different languages lets me get my pop fix without the commitment lol.

    BTW this KMM was a HUGE win! Really funny and just all around wonderful entertainment. Good job S&M!

    • Yeah, I shouldn’t have checked the translation. Then I could have imagined it to be something epic!
      I usually don’t, actually, but I just looked up G-Dragon’s “A Boy” lyrics, and liked them so I looked up some others. Should have ended on a high note. Infinite’s “Paradise” is also now ruined for me (although it’s more creepy than bad).

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