Daebak! The Top 10 Best Kpop Music Videos Ever, #4-2

Big Bang creates subtle masterpiece in Love Song.

Some surprises near the top! These MVs are guaranteed to make you look at grasshoppers and bike helmets differently. And if you hate this love song, post your own top 10 in the comments!

Check out the rest of our Top 10 List here.

4. Crayon Pop - "Bar Bar Bar"
This summer 2013 hit from Crayon Pop amassed over 10 million views on Youtube, propelling the group to international stardom.


Why We Like It

Tim

Crayon Pop’s “Bar Bar Bar’ is a complete joy. They don’t just ignore cynicism here, they clobber it. The dance is simple, at times childish and even clumsy, and that’s the charm of it. The song itself is unbelievably catchy and fun - you’ll want to sing along even when you don’t know the words. Look, I understand. I get it. You’re going to have questions when watching this video. Why the helmets? Why the theme park? What does it all mean? But, here’s my advice. If you want to really enjoy this video, don’t ask the why’s (I don’t believe there are any real answers anyway). Enjoy what’s here. Get caught up in the manic jumping. In the grade school choreography. In the fun. This is pure, unadulterated pop. Just smile.

Zander

Five Korean girls lift the visor on their helmets and start doing a modified version of the Charleston. This is “Bar Bar Bar,” ladies and gentlemen. And Kpop doesn’t get much better than this. Crayon Pop is without a doubt my favorite new artist of the year, and if Macklemore wins the Grammy then you guys really didn’t look hard enough. Seriously, I don’t know when I’ve ever had so much fun watching a music video. I try all of the dances in front of my full-length mirror, in the shower, on the elevator at work. I’m getting pretty good. And that’s what is so great about “Bar Bar Bar,” that anyone can pick this song up and run with it. What other pop song do you feel comfortable showing your four-year-old-nephew? What other pop song lets you dance together in choreographed jumping? Crayon Pop obviously includes all audiences in their music, and I love them for that. This is silly, no-holds-barred fun. And p.s. If you can name all four people on the billboard at the 2:30 mark, let us know in the comments!

3. Sunny Hill - "The Grasshopper Song"
This co-ed group has always impressed, but never more than with this 2012 video.


Why We Like It

Tim

Sunny Hill is one of the most underrated groups in Kpop, and that’s a real shame, because they’re really spectacular. Not only are their songs wonderful, but usually they’re full of valuable social commentary. This song skewers the old grasshopper fable (you know, where the grasshopper who chooses to have fun dies in the winter, while the ants, who work without thought, prosper), taking us deep into the bug world, with an ant that craves for something more. The set pieces here are incredible, one falls apart to reveal the other, and then another. There is so much built into this world, even down to the magazines the bugs read and the outfits they wear. This video is insanely, carefully detailed. It would be impossible not to have it on our list. Hopefully someday soon, Sunny Hill will get the attention they deserve.

Zander

Sunny Hill does more than create a world for “The Grasshopper Song,” they create an aesthetic (it’s like insects meet Metropolis!). And this aesthetic determines every artistic decision in the music video, it determines how the story is told. This isn’t some careless compilation of lip-syncing clips, thrown together in quick pan-and-zoom fashion. Sunny Hill invests serious thought into the smallest details. Even a seemingly simple transition between scenes is treated with a light and artistic touch, painted boxes pulled away to reveal a larger room (1:50 mark). Instead of dried fish hanging from a rack, there are bottles of sugar (2:55 mark, it makes sense in the story). You could spend hours searching the background for Easter eggs and hidden jokes, and you’d find them! The level of awareness they bring to Kpop, and the care with which they treat their artform, is why they make the list.

2. Big Bang - "I Hate this Love Song"
Big Bang brings us a love ballad with a twist in this single from 2011.


Why We Like It

Tim

You might hate this love song, but I love this video. Shot in (or giving the illusion of) one continuous shot, we follow the members of Big Bang as they decry not just the end of a relationship, but, by the looks of the devastated scene, it’s symbolic annihilation. This video is beautifully shot, and there’s really so much going on here, both in the background and foreground, which is interesting because everything, including the choreography and expressions, seems muted. Though Big Bang, and popular member and (sometimes) solo artist G-Dragon, have videos that are flashier and even brilliant (see G-Dragon’s "Coup D’etat," it’s beautiful), this one wins out for its quiet sophistication, it’s consistent tone, and its twist on the traditional love ballad. There’s something very adult about this boy band. Here, they’ve grown up.

Zander

In a single shot, we zoom further and further out from a desolate landscape. As the members of Big Bang begin to fill the screen, we also notice cracks in the ground. A small fire. A barricade. A burning, flipped car. It is subtle, beautiful, and disturbing. Big Bang needed this music video. For a group that is best known for their catchy dance-hits, wild hair-styles, and unique fashion sense (I’m looking at you, G-Dragon), “I Hate this Love Song” represents a maturity that is sometimes lacking in Kpop. Done in black-and-white and slow-motion (if you don’t believe me, watch their feet during the refrain around the 1:00 mark), this is Big Bang’s foray into artistic creation. But what keeps the video from feeling melodramatic and overwrought is that it is filmed in a single shot, providing a necessary rawnesss. Okay, yes, there might be a hidden break at the 3:00 mark. But it feels like one shot, and that is impressive for five guys who look better suited to start a riot. I absolutely love that Big Bang is able to throw out their fashion gimmicks and produce a truly emotional ballad. I’ll be honest. Maybe the only reason this video is not #1 is that a car falls out of the sky and explodes at the end. I guess boys will be boys, right?

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