Hells yeah! We did another one of those ishLIST videos. Remember those? We did one on the 7 Craziest Kpop Videos, and another one on the 7 Best Kpop Artists Covering English Songs. Now, we’ve got another list to share with you. Highly debatable, of course. We’re talking about the Seven Best SM Music Videos Ever! Yes, we’re so SM Biased!

We put all of the videos in a playlist above, but if the playlists don’t work for you (like you mobile device users)

BoA “Eat You Up”

This is how we were introduced to BoA, and we were totally blown away. The song was fierce and powerful, and the video, though sometimes campy, was still pretty cool with the badass dancing and explosions everywhere. Haven’t really heard any BoA song since then that we liked as much as this one, though Hurricane Venus was pretty badass as well…just not as great as Eat You Up. Or we could just be biased to the “Eat you” since it’s half of our site’s name :D

f(x)’s 2012 “Electric Shock”

f(x) consistently makes good music. They don’t make it often. Hell: when’s the last time f(x) had a song out? I should probably know this. Amber, I hope you’re not reading this. Err…uhhh.

Point is, this is our favorite f(x) song ever, and one of the best SM songs in our minds.

SNSD “Gee”

Yes, this is probably the biggest SM song ever. And it’s great! And by all means it should be in the number 1 spot, but we’re not objective reviewers. There are songs we like more, and so we’ll talk about them.

Super Junior “Sorry Sorry”


Anyone remember that old video of ours? High five to anyone who knows it! Also, is it just me or does it seem like dances in the past were more…welcoming? New dances are giant performances, and not really catchy and shareable. Except for Psy’s dances. Those still seem fun and doable by everyone. No?

SHINee “Ring Ding Dong”

Quite possibly some of our favorite lines ever. Cola Cola. Fantastic Elastic. Ring Ding Dong. Butterfly. It’s just so random, and so delightful. The song is such roaring fun. The video’s fun as well. Just…awesome.

Sidenote: we disagreed about this a bit, because I liked “Replay” more. It’s not as fun as Ring Ding Dong, but the chorus is really, really beautiful. The video just is…not that great, though, so RDD won.

Exo “What is Love?

This should have been the number one song. I felt like Kanye Westing Martina when she started talking about Mirotic and being like “EXO’S SONG IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME.” I’ll just keep pretending that Wolf doesn’t exist…

TVXQ “Mirotic”

There’s something about this song and video that feels so otherworldly and epic. It feels like it’s light years ahead of anything in Kpop, even though it’s rather old now. The impact that it had when it came out stil resonates with us today, and we haven’t really seen anything that lived up to this from SM since.

Finally, yes, we know that this is only from the past 5 years, and I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff from before our time that’s even better, but we can’t comment on those, because we just don’t know about them and don’t feel as impacted, though I’m sure some of you might have different experiences. If so, please share them! We’d love to hear what you think!

  1. I’m sooo happy with this list! Especially DBSK in 1st with Mirotic!


  3. even in MAMA the baek hyun scream reminds me of Changmin epic scream….and its similar to rising sun triangle style

    im happy
    life is complete XD

  5. i like replay more than RDD, but it’s ok

  6. Aah I love this. Mirotic was the song that got me into k-pop as well (and your “how to dance k-pop 2008″) so seeing this classinc at the top of your list makes me super happy.


  8. All 7 videos are staples of my K-Pop playlist!

  9. BoA’s “Eat You Up” was the first K-Pop song I ever heard, long before I ever heard of K-Pop and saw how big it is. I just remember coming across a random link to it on youtube and thinking how awesome it was. I am so happy to see it on a list like this. :)

  10. Can’t argue with this list! There’s so many music videos under SM that it’s hard to choose which ones are my favourites. Gee, Mirotic and Sorry Sorry are the songs that got me into kpop, with dem infectious melodies, and infectious mvs. I also remember the start a fire start a fire vid you did back in the day! :D

  11. D: wahh! i really miss the pre-split DBSK!!

  12. I really love the choreography of “Eat You Up” because i thought it was really powerful and cool :) “Mirotic” is still my favourite song from TVXQ ^^ And “Gee” was the song that turned me into a SONE :D

  13. Is…is it bad that I was already squealing as soon as they announced Mirotic as #1? >.> I freaking love that song. I love TVXQ!!

  14. I dubbed EXO’s song “before you go pt.II” but I still love exo, and that song XD

  15. TVXQ-Mirotica the dance ver. was my first Kpop song and Junsu my first Kpop bias!

  16. Hells yes! So glad “Eat you up” is on there. My absolute favorite SM video ever.

    But dream girl is my favorite Shinee video (not song but video). It is so different and creative.

  17. Wow. Totally didn’t expect you guys to pick some of these songs. I thought you’d pick Sexy Free and Single, and I had no idea you liked Gee xp Also… Luciferrr!! rawr hehe

    For BoA, I liked [b]Disturbance[/b] and Only One (dance version), but Eat You Up is a kick ass dancing video XD

    I’ll agree with Electric Shock since f(x) doesn’t have many good videos. Although Pinocchio, Chocolate Love, and NU ABO were good ^^

    SHINee, hands down should be Lucifer IMO. But the Japanese and Korean versions of Replay are really good too. Ring Ding Dong would definitely be third tho hehe

    For SNSD, it’s difficult for me to choose between I Got a Boy, Genie, and Into the New World. All different, all great XD

    Someone mentioned Super Junior’s It’s You and that is an amazing song a video, especially their one-take drama version!! I also really like No Other and Don’t Don ^^

    For EXO, it has to be Mama. That’s one of SM’s best videos in a long time PERIOD. But I really like the dancing in Wolf too xp What is Love would come next.

    And of course, you picked the perfect video for TVXQ. Mirotic is, without a doubt, their greatest video EVAR. And this is coming from a HoMin fan. Before U Go (dance and drama versions) come at a close second tho, and Rising Sun a close third ^^

    As for old school SM, I say H.O.T’s We Are the Future and Outside Castle. I also really love Shinhwa’s Yo! XDDD

  18. DB5K FOREVER YAY! thanks Simon n Martina for ranking them the first!! N totally diggin ‘ all seven SM songs of your choice!!!

  19. I remember that video for Sorry Sorry! I think it might of been one of the first videos I saw that got me subbed to you guys! =)

  20. High Five ! I remember that video on how to dance Kpop style :D
    I pretty much agree with your list ^.^
    Sometimes SM does put out video where artists are allowed out of their boxes XD

  21. Good choices guys! Some of my favs not on the list are:
    EXO – MAMA
    SHINee – Lucifer
    Super Junior – It’s you

    and Super Junior M – Super girl / breakdown but I don’t know if the mandarin videos count in this lol

  22. “Anyone remember that old video of ours? High five to anyone who knows it!” heck yes! It was that video that drew me into EYK…Seriously though, when I saw How to dance Kpop, I thought, “man, this is the kind of humor i’ve been looking for all these years without myself knowing”. And…I’ve been a hardcore nasty ever since :D

  23. Or JYP.. or both, that’d be awesome :D

  24. I agree with pretty much everything you wrote :)

    Yes Boa’s ‘Eat You Up’ – still doesn’t find equivalence in her other songs

    *yey* I get a high five :D

    I don’t agree with the Psy part though

    …and about Exo’s “Wolf” video I have to say that the one who invented that “tree” dance part is a genius!! looks so real O.o

    Great work!! :D


  25. That’s probably the greatest thing I’ve heard all week. :D

  26. Lucifer <3 The song that got me into K-Pop!

  27. I would recommend checking out any of Liyin’s few videos; I’ve never seen her stuck in a box, she has the most magnificent voice and the story lines to the videos have always been beautiful. She hasn’t released anything since 2009 when she did Timeless which I think probably takes her out of most people’s awareness. It’s heartbreaking and SM really need to pay more attention to her and their other female soloists that aren’t called BoA.

  28. Am I the only one who’s absolutely in love with Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry Answer”? I feel like no one talks about it but in my opinion it’s one of SJ’s best songs EVAH.

  29. I totally forgot about all the awkward ‘sexy’ stares in Ring Ding Dong. At one point Onew’s lip rub actually looks like he’s wiping his nose. :D
    I agree with almost every song on the list! My favorite SNSD song is still Genie (Tell me your Wish). And I think Shinee’s Sherlock is a bit more epic too with Taemin (oops I mean TaeMAN!) ‘soy un dorito’ long locks and the Sherlock stamp run. I can’t believe Sherlock is over a year old… Geez I’m getting old.

  30. Well,this is disappointing…why is this all about “best” songs when it supposed to be about the best videos?:/ There is so many much better SM MVs…

  31. I always think K-pop songs are better without dancing or MV. How do you guys thinks about the relationship between MV and music?

  32. And you know what time it is? (No it is not 2pm baby)
    It’s time for best YG MVs!

  33. I KNOW this is going to sound nitpicky, but if the videos were only from the past 5 years or so, then it’s not really the best EVER is it? It’s the best in the last so many years… Also while I’m being nitpicky it’s the best in your opinion so I guess it should be your favorites but the ‘best’ doesn’t really bother me because it’s implied that it’s the ‘best in your opinion’.

    I like how you picked one song from each of the active SM Groups and Boa ( solo artist).

  34. i LOVE all those songs on the list, but Gee a little less!
    that EXO song if my fave from all EXO songs!! i too will keep pretending Wolf doesn’t exist!
    video wise…..i like BoA’s, f(x)’s, SHINee’s and Suju’s from these!!

  35. I like how it went from talking about why you picked the music video to just how much you like the song. No offence, I’m just super curious as to what made you pick the videos over other videos, not just the song. (The list is supposed to be about the video after all. I was hoping you’d say something about boxes vs outside since this is SME.)

  36. I was so sure you were gonna pick balloons as no 1

    but oh well, Mirotic <3

  37. HAHA! I actually learned the Sorry Sorry dance because of you Simon!

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