K-pop MVs are created to be hip, cool and super relevant. They also have a habit of competing so closely with one another, that they all become one big blur. How many ‘dancing in a box’ music videos are there now, anyway? How many overplayed dramatic storylines? How many feature sexy body waves, charismatic close-ups and aegyo poses? We love them, we really do, but sometimes we’re in the mood for something more.
In our opinion, music videos are at their most entertaining when they are insanity-driven, over-the-top and just plain crazy. Check out the top ten wackiest MVs that K-pop has to offer right now. Watch and be amazed. This is K-pop like you’ve never seen it before. Well… maybe you have seen a few of these since good stuff tends to go viral.
10. PREPIX ft. BEENZINO, ESNA and BEAST‘S JUNHYUNG — “WHAT I SEE”
What if you had glasses that turned everyday life into elaborate dance routines? This MV is part of Prepix Project Asia, a music and dance collaboration with artists from several different groups and crews. Keep an eye out for some familiar faces (cough, cough, Jay Park).
09. 2NE1 – “TRY TO FOLLOW ME”
Not many people can follow these ladies’ extravagant and sometimes nonsensical acts. Only 2NE1 manages to cram storm-troopers, a jungle set, motorcycles and an eclectic wardrobe into one cohesive music video.
08. GIRL’S DAY — “TWINKLE TWINKLE”
Aegyo isn’t at all uncommon in K-pop MVs, but the extent to which Girl’s Day took the trope was just hilarious. Cheer on Minah as she gets closer and closer to the guy of her dreams by mercilessly taking down all who stand in her way.
07. PSY – “RIGHT NOW”
Drop everything and dance right now. I don’t think you heard us correctly, we said: Right. Now.
06. NORAZO – “SALES KING”
Norazo sells fun and happiness, while making good on their incredibly customer service skills. This ridiculous MV can be summed up in the lyrics of the chorus:
Hey! // This energy will make you crazy
Whee! // Turn this music up loud
Spread both your arms, spread ‘em and shake them, until your armpits sweat
Shake off everything that’s built up until now
Sour voice, your voice, make it louder! Until your vocal chords burst!
Burn it up in the moment, fire!
05. EPIK HIGH — “WANNABE”
“Wannabe” is part one of Epik High’s parody of the popular Korean movie, The Host. Starring all three members of the group, if you think this MV is crazy, just watch part two, coming up next….
04. EPIK HIGH — “TROT + TECHNOLOGY”
Be warned: Bear-lizards and red yarn will never again hold the same meaning to all who watch this.
03. ULALA SESSION — “BEAUTIFUL NIGHT”
What starts out as a serenade for a wedding couple turns into an all-out dance party with an unsuspecting Park Han Byul at the center of unwanted attention. Or rather, her clutch purse. …You’ll understand when you see it.
02. AZIATIX + IDIOTAPE + JAURIM – “#PEEPSHOW”
The MV for “#Peepshow” is equal parts hilarious and just plain strange, which makes it all the more funny, of course. Wait until you see what was in the package that poor delivery guy had to go through so much to hand off.
01. PSY — “GANGNAM STYLE”
It’s great when artists don’t take themselves too seriously. Or so seriously that you can’t help but bust out laughing. The combination of parody in the lyrics, specifically about what we look for in the opposite sex, and the sheer ridiculousness of the music video, makes it hard not to give PSY his props.