In case you haven’t guessed it, “K-Pop” refers to Korean pop music. I’m going to tell you right now that it’s catchy. I’m also going to tell you that my kids never stop singing bits and pieces of the songs. Finally, I’m going to tell you that quite a few of the songs are rather ridiculous from a Western perspective. These are four Korean bands that are big over here:

Super Junior
Super Junior was the first K-Pop band I’d ever come across. Thanks to my friend Kat, whom I know from Texas, I was introduced to them a couple years ago. Loved their song, “Sorry, Sorry.” This song, “Mr. Simple”, is fairly recent.


When I first arrived, this song was really big with the kids. I’ve grown very fond of it as well. I’m loving their “Korea-Style” attire and the peppy dance moves.
Here’s a link to the video: Roly Poly

T-ara. Photo courtesy of KoreanGirlsGroup.com.


Big Bang
“Fantastic Baby” is all over the school now, and has been for the last month or so. Many of the kids play off the words and like to say, “Fantastic Chicken” instead. I don’t know why that’s funny, but apparently it is. Also, I honestly have no idea what’s up with the music video for the song. I do not understand it at all.


Girls’ Generation
I’m new to these girls, but “The Boys” seems to be making it’s mark on my female students. Again, I don’t really get the music video, but whatever.