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The Seven Best SM Music Videos EVER

June 22, 2013

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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”

START A FIRE START A FIRE
DROP THE FIRE DROP THE FIRE
PANTS ON FIRE PANTS ON FIRE
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!

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!

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  1. dsd

    lucifer instead of ring ding dong

    3 years ago
  2. Oh….so this was what the Facebook poll was for. XD Hahahha! I’d actually put TVXQ’s Rising Sun in rather than Mirotic. Rising Sun was the one that really grabbed me into K-pop and started my fangirling journey.

    3 years ago
  3. dsd

    sherlock was better tbh..

    3 years ago
  4. I love you guys!! We´re all Nasties here.

    BTW, ” Eat you up” was the first song that I heard from BoA and is amazing, then of course Sorry Sorry and Mirotic… Have you ever tried to watch Mirotic with subtitles in english???… is imposible to read the lyrics!! and you know why???… Because we´re under their skin.

    3 years ago
  5. Mirotic, by far my favorite DBSK/TVXQ song. The video solidified my lust….erhm love, yes love, for Junsu. Spawned thousands Jaejoong and Yunho bondage fanfics. It’s such a manly sounding song and video. JUNSU! I’ve got mega Junsu fever with his comeback just a few weeks away!

    3 years ago
    • HAHAHAHA I wish, I’m not such an imaginative writer.

      3 years ago
      • This is how I know I’m a K-Pop fan for more than six months; I’m no longer weirded out by the concept of shipping or the rather explicit fruits of said labor XD

        3 years ago
        • Ditto, now I see it as cute. I’m still not big on shipping but the day I found that I approved of a few ships I knew there was no kpop turning back. ToDae, and ElVin are my top approved ships.. However I know this will sound odd, but 95% of the time I don’t see it as a romantic ship. More like brotherly bromancery.

          Today I was just thinking I know I’ve been into kpop for more than two years when idols I saw go into the military are being discharged from it. 2.5 years of kpop and still loving it hehehe

          3 years ago
  6. Me too. It’s their best music video in my opinion.

    3 years ago
  7. Damn, it’s good to see Teukie, Yesung, Heechul!!! As well as TVXQ as they should be :/

    3 years ago
  8. Lurve the choices!!! I am also biased towards SHINee’s “Replay”, it’s just so addictive! I do love “Ring Ding Dong” though as well. I’ve seen some comments about SuJu’s “It’s You”, and that really is their best song ever. I am sooooooooo glad that “Mirotic” is number one on your list!!! Still one of my all time favourite K-pop songs ever. It’s also one of the first songs I ever bought/watched/listened to endlessly on repeat. It has also made me eternally DBSK (all five of them) biased. *sigh* seriously the most perfect boy bad ever! And I just used “ever” waaaaaay too many times in this comment ^^

    3 years ago
  9. I’m mostly in agreement, but I think Zhang Liyin’s Timeless ft. Junsu could have been mentioned. Seriously. That video kills me every time I watch it. Not only does the video have an actual plot line, as devastating as it is, it’s also cohesive and works well with the song. The added star power of Siwon and Hangeng only furthers the amazingness. It’s too bad SM doesn’t really promote her anymore.

    3 years ago
  10. I kind of totally expected TVXQ’s “Balloons” on this list lol but Mirotic was amazing as well so I’ll accept it.

    3 years ago
  11. I must be one of the only people out there who cringes every time “Gee” is mentioned for anything.

    3 years ago
  12. Ummm…What is Love (Korean version, sorry EXO-M) is not a shocker. That song really might be the best K-pop song of the decade. Im serious. D.O. and Baekhyun’s voices go together so well.

    In my opinion EXO still needs to do better than that song or show more Tao. Yes. More Tao will make me an Exotic stat.

    3 years ago
  13. I’M NOT AN EXO-TIC, BUT “WHAT IS LOVE” SHOULD OF BEEN NUMBER ONE.

    3 years ago
  14. I wish Mirotic and Eat You Up were new videos, so they could get reviewed! I don’t remember if they ever reviewed Gee either… And I remember them disliking Electric Shock back when they first reviewed it…could be wrong though, that was over a year ago!

    3 years ago
  15. Definitely agree with Mirotic- it’s still the best selling album of the decade! Changed the face of kpop~

    3 years ago
  16. I agree with most of these, since I feel that the best SM mvs were most of the old ones. (now everyone’s dancing in flashy boxes :P) but I don’t agree with What is Love. I love the song for sure (can sing most of it) but in terms of MV, I don’t think so… Sorry, Exo.

    3 years ago
  17. Well I’m glad balloons by dbsk is not there. It was cute, but I kinda felt second hand embarrassment.

    3 years ago
  18. i was getting worried that u guys not talking about tvxq, but them being no1 has made my day! tvxq for the win!!

    3 years ago
  19. I thought this was supposed to be about the best SM videos, not the best SM songs…

    3 years ago
  20. I loved Don’t Don by Super Junior more than Sorry Sorry. Mirotic was definitely a good choice though (DBSK will always be #1 in my book :D)
    I thought ‘Oh’ was more catchier and less annoying than ‘Gee’, but again, that’s just me.

    3 years ago
    • Don’t Don and Knock Out (Twins) are still my favorite songs from Super Junior.

      3 years ago
    • I though the same thing but with “Genie” instead of “Oh”, and yeah… they are both less anoying than Gee

      3 years ago
  21. Somehow I thought Sherlock would be number 1!

    3 years ago
  22. EXO What is Love is if not the BEST one of the BEST, Pshhhhh what am I
    saying?!? it is the best…….. the second best for me is
    EXO-K&M’s MAMA, the video’s are probably the most visually stunning
    when it comes to an SM or KPOP video out there. GO EXO! Who could go
    wrong with GEE also? GO GIRLS GENERATION! GO EYK! You guys are AWESOME!

    3 years ago
  23. Nice list – I especially like BoA and f(x), but I thought Abracadabra was a bit of a favourite for Simon?

    3 years ago
  24. My students STILL do the sorry sorry dance when they apologize to me. Also soooo agree about What is Love. Too bad Baby don’t cry wasn’t a single.

    3 years ago
  25. As the list kept going down I kept thinking if mirotic isn’t on here I’m going to flip some tables haha. So happy that mirotic is #1! I feel like when it came out it sort of changed kpop as we know it.
    And I was actually very surprised that BoA was on the list. I feel like she is often ignored but yaay here she isn’t! Wish Eat You Up had caught on more in north america :( its so awesome!

    3 years ago
    • SHANNON! I found you!!! hahaha. Of course you’d be hoping for DBSK/TVXQ, but i agree Mirotic deserved it!!! I still listen to that song all the time!!

      3 years ago
      • omg haha HEY!! Took me awhile to figure out who you were xDD ugh faaail.

        3 years ago
        • Lol do you know anyone else who likes KAT-TUN!? hahaha well done :P

          3 years ago
        • I don’t know either of you, but I like KAT-TUN. :D I don’t know much about them unfortunately. OTL I’ve seen almost all of Kame’s dramas, too, if that counts for anything….

          OTL

          3 years ago
        • Lol yes, we are friends/neighbors and I am the only one who loves KAT-TUN in our friends, which is why i said “do you know anyone else who likes KAT-TUN!?” :P But YAY~ you’re a fan!!! I always love to meet new hyphens! I am koki biased ^.^ Kame’s dramas are awesome, but they always make me cry T.T My fav is “Tatta Hitotsu No Koi” (but…. I am Koki biased… so that’s probably why it’s my fav :P )

          3 years ago
  26. Good list! Especially for Mirotic being first ;D

    I agree that kpop dances now don’t seem as easy to imitate as they were before.The past 3 Super Junior title tracks (Breakdown, SPY, and SFS) don’t really have any fun parts to imitate, especially compared to Sorry Sorry, Bonamana, Mr. Simple, and ACHA. But I guess their even older songs don’t either.

    3 years ago
  27. OMG!!!! Ring Ding Dong sealed my fate for all eternity as a FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER SHINee fan!!! (I’m 50 years old and OBSESSED with SHINee—there, I said it.) And Mirotic is my 16yo daughter’s FAVORITE VIDEO OF ALL TIME!! As a matter of fact, she sent it to me for MY birthday last year when I was away visiting a friend!! “Here, Mom, I love you almost as much as I love TVXQ and Mirotic! Happy Birthday!” Great list and I’m super super jazzed to know you’re SM-biased, cuz we TOTALLY are too in this house! :-D

    3 years ago
    • Hi Michelle! My fellow Minho-biased Noona friend! ^^
      LOVE seeing all the comments here from other ‘KPOP moms’ …we have our daughters to thank! ;)

      3 years ago
      • Noona my dear!!!! :-) We definitely have our daughters to thank!!! There’s really nothing quite as fun as squeeing about magnificent Kpop idols and their music with your daughter!!

        3 years ago
        • Are you enjoying all the EXO comeback craze? We are IMpatiently awaiting the arrival of our Kiss & Hug CD’s to come in the mail! (EXO-K for my daughter, EXO-M for me!) ^^

          3 years ago
        • We’re familiar with EXO but don’t listen to them. We funnel all of our Kpop love (obsession?) into SHINee, BIGBANG, TVXQ and Super Junior—but they all give us a LOT to love!!! :-) Oh, and Rain and SE7EN get quite a bit o’ love too. ;-) Rain’s comeback is going to be AMAZING!!!!

          3 years ago
        • Ahhhhhhhhhh – Rain Bi (give me a minute while I close my eyes – sigh – ok I’m good – got my Rain fix for the day) – My daughter’s fiance wouldn’t let her watch Rain’s music videos – can you say jellin. I just laughed – its eye candy. Agreed – Rain’s comeback will be Fantastic. Hope he will be in some kdramas eventually. (I’m all over the board for liking kpop – give me a good hard dance beat and I’m hooked).

          3 years ago
        • Now that I’ve experienced it, I’ve learned that life without a good Rain video is a life only half-lived!!! :-D

          3 years ago
        • Ahmen to that. Rain Rain Rain Rain – the many faces of Rain – he can look and act like a young innocent (I’m a Cyborg) and then just switch to hunk (Ninja Assassin), love interest (Full House) and then his dancing (Love Song music video my daughter and I love – can I say I want Rain’s hat and t-shirt).

          3 years ago
      • I’m glad to see all us moms coming out of the woodwork – lets all admit it – we’re older and LOVE KPOP (and for me – Kdrama) – I’m the one to introduce my daughters to Kpop – but they aren’t completely converted yet – I’m working on them – my kids are the ones telling me to turn the music down (As a youth I was always stuck in orchestra – parents banded rock and roll at home). After a long day at work I LOVE to go for drives with my windows rolled down, wind blowing through my hair and kpop blaring loud. I’m the one to tell my kids: “why so serious? Get your cray on.” Ha!

        3 years ago
        • I wish my parents were in love with kpop too :( Loool you’re so cool <3

          3 years ago
        • Get your cray on, indeed!!!! :-) I never feel quite so ALIVE and energetic as when I’m cranking my Kpop—and I mean CRANKING IT!! It’s fuel for the soul!! I look at it this way: We’re all old enough to have listened to a LOT of music and by now we know what we like, what moves us. So when we fall in love with Kpop, it’s a deeeep love affair and probably lifelong!!

          3 years ago
        • LOL….love your GD reference above! ^^

          3 years ago
    • Thank you forever! Now I know I’m not the only “older” Kpop fan out there (43). I love enjoying Kpop with my daughters. <3

      3 years ago
      • There’s LOTS of us out there!! :-D I have a whole passel of besties who are all DEEP into Kpop and all mid- to late-40s!! One of them is 55!! And I guarantee our devotion is only getting deeper, so know you’ll ALWAYS have company!! :-)

        3 years ago
      • Glad to see other “older” Kpop fans (52 here). I just found Kpop last year and haven’t listened to anything else since. (First video I saw was Exo’s Mama – BLEW me away). My daughters (20 & 22) just roll their eyes at my liking “pop”. I tell them its not “pop” – its KPOP – world of difference! Love love Mirotic – actually all of the songs listed in this video. (And I’m liking a lot of indie groups – especially Kim Ba Da). Well seasoned Kpop fans – Fighting!

        3 years ago
        • DUDE – YOU ROCK!

          3 years ago
        • One of my BFFs won’t even listen to Kpop because she says she can’t stand “pop” and I about come unhinged every time she says it—it’s not the same, there’s ZERO comparison!!! And I LOVE “Well-seasoned Kpop fans”!! WORD!!! :-D

          3 years ago
  28. No “Rokkugo” by SuJu? Or that happy food MV with Sunny in it also by SuJu? I thought those would be in here because they were funny. :P

    3 years ago
  29. I like the video of Sorry Sorry Answer more than sorry sorry xD And Neorago (its you) is in my opinion the best video of suju :D

    3 years ago
  30. Awesome List!!!!! Oh man I so called Mirotic being number 1! It was the song that got me obsessed with K-pop so I completely agree!

    3 years ago
  31. KT

    Kind of wish “Lucifer” was in there though lol

    3 years ago
    • agree! Ring Ding Dong is a really a good song but the video was toooo Sm-ish for me. It was in steroetypical in a sense that it had too many symbolistic shiz and irrelevant parts. The angel thing didn’t do it for me, sorry. However, LUCIFER was just tooooo awesoooooooome!!!!

      3 years ago
    • Agreed! Since it seemed like they were going more for best song rather than video…then they said the most badass Shinee song, and for me that’s Lucifer hands down!

      3 years ago
    • Yeah, I was surprised that RingDingDong made it instead of Lucifer.

      3 years ago
  32. I so agree with every one of them. :D so glad mirotic is number one

    3 years ago
  33. MIROTIC – DBSK <3

    3 years ago
  34. EXO What is Love, is my favorite “bad singing in the car song” or it will be when i get my drivers license at the end of the summer!!!!

    3 years ago
  35. I don’t love Ring Ding Dong as much as I do Lucifer, but that’s probably my inability to stand repetitive words. xD
    But! Martina I am totally with you! Mirotic was the song that got me into Kpop too! I was really into J-Pop and I stumbled upon this song by the recommended videos and it sounded so much like a Japanese song I was shocked that it was Korean! But I fell in love with it and found SM artists and the rest of Kpop as a result :D

    And that was right before the split ;~;, I couldn’t believe they split just a month after I found them… I was heart broken

    3 years ago
    • I found Mirotic as great too! However, I found it very late, like some years after they split up. -_-

      3 years ago
  36. you should watch o jung ban hap and rising sun mv by tvxq. Both of mvs are as epic as mirotic ^^

    3 years ago
  37. Definitely check out It’s You (Neorago) by Super Junior. Any of the versions — official, drama, and dance. It’s their follow up track for their repackage album after Sorry Sorry.
    Kinda got overshadowed because it’s not as addicting/upbeat as Sorry Sorry. But it’s medium tempo, but still has a subtle sexiness/manliness that they aren’t trying to push so obviously. I love it because they group hasn’t done an MV like that in a long time. And maybe it’s just ,e being SJ-biased, but I always love their choreo. And this one really is complex as heck, but I think it’s just so nice. It’s not hard moves, but because everyone is doing something different, it just looks lovely. You can really see it in the dance version. And in the drama version it was all filmed in one connecting shot, so if one person messed up they had to reshoot the whole thing again. It’s a really beautiful song and MV. My most played SJ song ever :)

    3 years ago
    • still the best mix of song+dance+costume (with the exception of Yesung’s flour top hair cough)! Neorago is still in the top of my fave SJ songs (right after The Girl is Mine though that song is gold)

      3 years ago
    • that was my first suju song!! classic!

      3 years ago
    • ikr! i mean i’m not really suju biased but when it comes to them IT’s you is my favorite!! there is just somethiing about that song that’s just…lovely!! very super awesome song!

      3 years ago
    • COULDN’T AGREE MOAR. It’s You is the first song that got me into kpop. I knew Suju since “U” but that was too “meh” for me. But this song is speshur and hands down, the best Suju song AND video evarr, because:
      1. All 13 members are theree!!
      2. All looked great, SIMPLY CASUAL, and manly in the video (not digging kibum’s long hair though, miss him to the bones!)
      3. The set is awesome
      4. The walking sequence are so neat, love the idea of the video
      5. A song that is upbeat and make you feel sad and mushy at the same time.
      So, the song is beyond good heaven. Perfect for first impression to kpop, at least for me :D

      3 years ago
    • I was hoping this video would have made the list! It’s an amazing song and one of SJ’s best videos ever

      3 years ago
    • Exactly! Even though my most played SJ song ever is Daydream ( and after that Bonamana ), this song is my second favorite SJ song. Lyrics are just amazing, this is the song I always want to sing out loud!! It has a great feeling in it. And yes, the music video is really great. SJ has to have more videos like this!

      3 years ago
    • I LOVE this video, song, all of it. It’s amazing and probably my favorite SJ song. Okay I don’t know a lot of their songs, but this one is fantastic.

      3 years ago
    • I totally agree! My favorite SJ song, MV, and choreo, hands down. (And I think it’s the last MV with all 13 members)

      3 years ago
    • I Soooooo agree!!!! Super Junior’s It’s you should have been in the list!!!!!!!!!! It’s my favorite SM Music Video ever!!! Its drama version was superb! Plus, the dance parts and the zooming ins were awesome too!!!

      3 years ago
    • Tam

      That has to be my most favorite SuJu video as well…it actually made me cry several times. Especially right after Yesung departed.

      3 years ago
    • Neorago is probably my favourite Kpop song ever. It’s like a ballad and a dance song mixed into one perfect mv. Every single person, all 13 of them, hit each note with just the right amount of emotion. The chest-popping for the heartbeats is really well done. The dance is energetic but not over the top. The lyrics sound perfect. No awkwardness anywhere. Incredible.

      3 years ago
    • Ahh also my fav SUJU song ever.

      3 years ago
    • That is legit the best SJ song EVAR!

      I swear if you read the lyrics and put the song on repeat…by the sixth time around you will be belting out Yesung’s ads in the last 40sec of the song.

      Warning: If you did not like Yesung before this…he would probably become your Suju bias.

      3 years ago
    • It’s You is my favorite SuJu song, and I liked it before I even got into Kpop. I had the dance version on repeat forever. I love the song, even more than Sorry Sorry (though that’s great too). Just love the feel of It’s You <3

      3 years ago
  38. Of course TVXQ’s Mirotic is first place!! :D

    3 years ago
  39. SM=SIMON AND MARTINA

    3 years ago
    • Exactly what I was thinking! :D

      3 years ago
      • It would be interesting to see what everyone’s favorite EYK video is. (Possibly a fan vote like the KPop Charts.) My favorite is the KMM – SPY. (“-37 out of 5”)

        Although, I’m sure the Dr. Meemers videos would get a lot of votes from others….the internet loves cat videos.

        3 years ago
  40. I think Outside Castle by H.O.T is an amazing video or maybe Warrior’s Descendant since they were before S.M started putting people in boxes.

    3 years ago
    • The dance intro of Out Side Castle it’s the main reason why Yunho and HyukJae were obsessed with the wrist-shaky-move (see performances of dance battles in 2008). Moon HeeJun and Jang WooHyuk are the real heroes of SM dance academy.

      3 years ago