Alessio enjoys Italian television and music from the 1980s and 1990s. He also enjoys listening to Chinese pop music.
Korean pop music has experienced growing success over the years. In 2012, Psy's song "Gangnam Style" hit a billion views on YouTube, representing one of Kpop's first global hits.
It is since 2017, however, with the huge international success of BTS, that Kpop reaches its peak of popularity.
Kpop is not limited to songs but also to well-thought-out choreographies that have won over millions of young people worldwide. Moreover, Kpop idols inspire their fans to learn more about Korean culture and food, leading to a general desire to discover Asian culture.
We can see this with some Kpop fans who, in addition to listening to their idols, love to drink milk tea (a Chinese beverage also popular in Korea and other Asian countries) or listen to Chinese pop music.
We can say that Kpop's popularity has given rise to a general curiosity for Asian cultures, starting from Korea up to China, Japan, and other neighboring countries.
The Power of Social Media
Social networks like YouTube and TikTok have further amplified Kpop's popularity among young people. Fans of Korean pop singers frequently perform choreographies or Kpop-themed challenges on social networks.
This article will show some of the most popular challenges you can do with your friends.
Best Kpop Challenges
- Try Not to Sing Challenge
- Spit It Out Challenge
- Dance Covers
- Kpop in Public
- Random Dancing
- Guess The Kpop Song by Its Choreography
- Live Like BTS For 24 Hours
- Save One, Drop One
1. Try Not to Sing Challenge
This is one of the most popular Kpop challenges, and it works well with the most passionate fans, those who know every single song of every Korean band till the last word. The only rule, as easily understood, is never to sing, not even to hum. As easy as it may be, for a truly unleashed Kpop fan, this challenge will be a difficult undertaking to hold back.
2. Spit It Out Challenge
This challenge comes from a TikTok video by Solar, the leader of the Kpop group Mamamoo. The trend consists of playing with a spring onion or a leek, starting with the simulation of a musical instrument, continuing with caressing the face with the vegetable, and ending with spitting it (even better if you do the challenge by keeping a container just outside the shooting area, to avoid food waste).
3. Dance Covers
Kpop dance covers seem easy, but it takes great talent to perform an excellent one. Below are some of the things the best dance cover performers have in common:
- Coordination skill: As in any choreography, coordination is essential for the cover dance's success;
- Identification: Kpop cover dance groups must best interpret the singer they identify with: expressions, movements, and outfits. Nothing is left to chance in a dance cover, so it is not uncommon to see a boy dancing wearing women's clothes if he plays a female singer, and vice versa;
- Mental openness: This point may seem obvious, but the ability of performers to identify with singers, sometimes of the opposite sex, by also wearing their outfits requires that mental openness that, for example, is lacking in homophobes, who are, in fact among the most common haters against Kpop cover dance groups.
Various cover dance groups have achieved fame on YouTube, like PINKYJOLLY from Thailand.
4. Kpop in Public
Dancing in public not only means covering a Kpop choreography but doing it in streets or squares full of people. It adds an element of spontaneity, and it also requires the courage to perform naturally in front of the general public.
The hashtag #kpopinpublic is popular on social networks, and you can find many groups challenging themselves in front of several people.
The same PINKYJOLLY has done some performances in public. Other great performers who dance in public streets are the K-UA, from Australia.
5. Random Dancing
This challenge is perhaps easier than the previous ones, but no less to be underestimated. Random dancing means dancing to Kpop songs without following the official choreographies. Everyone can randomly dance, doing their best, just as if they were at a disco.
More than a challenge, random dancing is a way for everyone to have fun: if you do it in public, and maybe you want to shoot a video for YouTube, then it will be natural for you to try to dance as best as possible.
6. Guess The Kpop Song by Its Choreography
This challenge is for the most passionate fans of Kpop, those who know every single choreography by heart. If you have friends obsessed with Kpop, try challenging them at this game and see how much Kpop-a-holic they are.
7. Live Like BTS For 24 Hours
Some people listen to a few catchy Korean songs and are okay with this. Others follow the most popular Kpop groups and are mastering their new passion for Korean music.
Then, the most passionate Kpop fans surpass all the others, know every song released by a Korean artist, and live on bread and Kpop. But what if you replace bread with kimchi? In that case, you can show your admiration for your favorite singers by trying to live like them for 24 hours.
8. Save One, Drop One
The "Save One, Drop One" game works the opposite of other challenges. Here, paradoxically, it is the most passionate Kpop fans who have a hard time. After all, what is difficult about listening to two songs and choosing one while dropping the other? Nothing, if you are a simple listener who can only choose the catchiest song. A little bit, if you count the Kpop groups you follow on the fingers of one hand. But making the most unbeatable multi-stan choosing between two songs is pure sadism.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Alessio Ganci