3:57 pm - 08/23/2019

Kpop First Impressions!

(Won’t lie, this gif inspired this post lol)

I feel like it’s a common problem for me where I’ll listen to a song or watch the MV, and I’m not into it. But then my Spotify will expose me at the end of the year with their annual list that shows I had that song I originally disliked ended up being well loved and replayed often. I think it would be fun to compare our first impressions vs our current opinion of a song/group!

Feel free to share any type of first impressions, not just songs. Some ideas:
- Songs you disliked initially but now you love
- Songs you loved at first but changed your mind

I’m curious how your first impressions have differed from current thoughts :)
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pikapika217 23rd-Aug-2019 09:06 pm (UTC)

Initially I thought it was one of the greatest affront to auditory senses ever created for kpop and was seriously looking into if I could pursue legal action against SM for subjecting me to it


after the month or so it's been out though I never exactly seek listening to it I can now tolerate it in a 'if it comes on in my shuffle' way and I feel like that's real progress.
nekokonneko 23rd-Aug-2019 09:21 pm (UTC)
but why is it in your library if you hated it that much on first listen?
dior_chic 23rd-Aug-2019 09:17 pm (UTC)
Omg thanks mods! That was so fast 😙

Some of my recent first impressions I flip flopped on, I have more but my first ones on the top of my head

- Everglow’s Adios. I was like ‘aww, this is a decline from their debut’ but now I have ‘SEEYOULATER’ and ‘goodbye, au revoir, adiós’ replaying in my head constantly. It’s such a fun song and a great follow up to their debut. No sophomore slump for me

- Speaking of sophomore slump...Itzy :( I first thought the song was really cute and had a lot of potential. But minus me watching their live performances, I’m not replaying it often as I thought I would.

- GWSN’s Red Sun. I thought it was the weakest of the three title tracks but it’s quickly becoming my favorite of their current trilogy, it’s highly addictive
rojounotori 24th-Aug-2019 12:00 am (UTC)
I agree with you about ITZY's Icy. I really liked it the first time I heard it and even thought it was way better than Dalla Dalla. But now I never listen to it, just watch the music show performances lol
nekokonneko 23rd-Aug-2019 09:25 pm (UTC)
i wouldn't say i love it now, but i definitely had a considerable change of heart with i got a boy. after someone else's offhanded comment about how watching the visuals in the mv and listening to the audio of the song created more chaos than was present in the song itself, i tried listening alone and found it to be true. it felt much less jarring and weird. now, i make it standard practice to not watch the mv until i've listened to the song a couple times
lb_x 23rd-Aug-2019 09:26 pm (UTC)
Songs you disliked initially but now you love

Gee. When I was brand new to k-pop. I called it the most annoying song in the world ... then got into SNSD a year later. Now it's nostalgic for me.

I always wonder if that's how the members feel or if some of them still hate it.
myrrhcat 23rd-Aug-2019 09:35 pm (UTC)
i could say kpop as a whole had a bad first impression on me, lol. my first kpop group was 2ne1, and i searched throughout all of kpop to find another girl group with a sound like theirs, but no luck. they had a more "westernized" sound and it took years for my ears to become more accustomed to the overall sound of kpop.

these days, i find that i can start liking pretty much any song if i listen to it enough. no matter how much i dislike it at first listen, it probably will grow on me... such as rv's zimzalabim, blackpink's ddu-du ddu-du, snsd's igab. "disjointed" and experimental songs are the ones i end up loving the most.
cosmicdaze 23rd-Aug-2019 09:46 pm (UTC)
lucifer was my first kpop song ever and i thought it was okay, but i kept looking for more shinee stuff to watch because i thought jonghyun was hot. ring ding dong was the second kpop song i ever heard and whew...i hated it SO much and almost dropped shinee at that moment but now i just accept it for the mess that it is and jam to it from time to time. thank goodness i kept looking for other shinee songs after that otherwise i wouldn't be here today.

also...i still don't like tempo much as i've tried :( i like some parts of it but as a whole it's just not my cup of tea.

dalla dalla grew on me a LOT. i hated it at first but now it's one of my go-to feel good songs.

i'll probably be back in this post once i think of more songs.
shalottlady07 23rd-Aug-2019 10:39 pm (UTC)
I followed SHINee for the first three years or so until I stepped away from kpop (cause way too much drama/stress) and when Ring Ding Dong came out, I was like “uuuhhhhh what is this?” but it’s one of those songs that I catch myself thinking “I really wanna listen to that right now.”

//spent all afternoon listening to SHINee World and feel so happy mentally so I feel you
dantethetaco 23rd-Aug-2019 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, this made me think when I first got into Kpop, I had a lot of prejudices back then and two of the biggest affected by it were EXO and Seventeen. So, here it goes:


So, I got into kpop around the time BTS was starting to get really popular, they just had released I Need U and Dope. I started watching a lot of BTS stuff at the time since I really liked them, and that led to me really only being in contact with ARMYs. Somehow I got caught in the narrative that BTS were the underrated hardworking talented kids that sung live despite having hard choreo and EXO were the underseving kids that always lipsynched adn that they didn't even like each other etc etc I guess I was naive at the time, and wasn't really aware of how fandom culoture really worked. So I never really checked out EXO, and actually avoided them and kind of resented them since BTS were the ones that were supossed to be where EXO was, in success terms.

Skip like one year and I happened to watch It's Okay, That's Love. And while watching it I was like "Who's this talented boy??? And why is he so handsome????? ... Oh... so he's in EXO? Can he sing?" * checks out D.O singing * "What kind of angel is this??????" So I just started listening to EXO's music, and thank God I did. I love, love a lot of their b-sides, Thunder is one of my fave songs of kpop (that Kyungsoo has a lot of parts in that song is part of it, I'm in love with his singing). I still can't with Chanyeol and Sehun's rapping but whatever, the vocalists are just too good.


If I remenber correctly, Mansae released a couple months after I got into k-pop. Eeeeeeeveryone was talking about Seventeen and Mansae at the time. So I kind of avoided them, I thought Mansae was annoying and that they were just some kids trying the cute concept, and I really was not into that because I was not going to listen to kiddie songs (oh, boy, was I annoying at the time asjaklsgnlasdg). Since they were getting a lot of attetion I started to hold a grudge againt them (I don't know how to really phrase this, but that'll do).

Then around the time they were doing Pretty U, I think, by chance I ended up watching One Fine Day. And wow they were so funny, and cute. I truely fell in love with them, and ended up knowing all their names by the end of the show. They are now one of my fave groups, these talented boys. DK is SO HANDSOME and talented and funny. And Mingyu can marry me and cook for me anyday. Seungkwan is a gem and I'm sad that he seems to be losing a lot of weight lately (because it seems to be coming from people not liking his apperance :()

Luckily I've grown a lot since then, and I have become wary of fandom inner narratives. Anyways, into more simple things to explain. songs I disliked initially but now I love:

- All of NCT's title songs, I hate them all and then the months pass and they get stuck on my head. I even kinda like Chain now lajufañsloefiñsdfk

- More recently, SF9's RPM and Pentagon's Sha La La. i was disappointed with both songs at first, they were not what I was expecting from both. But now they are both bops to me.

- BTOB's WoW. The first time I listened I came from listening to all their more recent more ballady songs, and I was like "nope" instantly. After listening to it a couple of times more, I consider it one of kpop's legendary songs. It's so good! It's so catchy!

Edit: Also I forgot about these two.

- The first time I saw Jonghyun on a variety program it was on Two Yoo Project: Sugar Man, and he was saying thing like "Of course they think I'm handsome. I'm handsome", and just bragging (jokingly). So I got the impression that he was kind of a fuckboy. Oh, boy was I wrong about this beautiful baby.

- At first, and for about a year, I though GOT7's Jinyoung was the least handsome of the group. Then my eyes started slowly fixing, and now I can see what a perfect prince he is.

Edited at 2019-08-23 10:04 pm (UTC)
shalottlady07 23rd-Aug-2019 10:35 pm (UTC)
I had already backed away from kpop when Exo was preparing to debut, but I remember hearing about SM debuting a 12 member group in two teams and I was like “LOL NO”.

Fast forward SEVEN years and I’m like “okay who are these people?? These vocalists omg” and then got sucked back into kpop. Love shot ughhh

I agree re RPM.

I remember one of my first impressions of Jonghyun was when SHINee world came out and I was like “daaaaang a solo track on a DEBUT album? Killer vocals.”
reader17 23rd-Aug-2019 10:00 pm (UTC)
I will admit this happens to me a lot. When songs come out some of them I don't like right away, but if I listen to them a few times they grow on me, or some of them could be a year or two later :)

I watch all of the videos that are posted now with the exception the full music show posts. Those I save to watch later, and later has been about two years worth. So right now I am in Dec of 2017 :)

So this will be my first examples of songs back in 2017 I didn't like but enjoy now:
Red Velvets - PeekABoo
Gugudan - Chocoo
Monsta x - Dramarama
Kard - You and Me

Other songs that I didn't like at first but enjoy now
Pentagon - they were not even on my radar back then I didn't like Gorilla but these past few years I have loved everything they put out.
Block B - Very Good when it came out I thought it was the weirdest video and Song within a few days I loved it and was re-playing it over and over.
BAP's - Bad Man I didn't like the video or the song at first. Within two weeks it had become my favorite song.
BTS - No I didn't like at first, but it grew on me
CNBLUE - Cinderella didn't like at first but then I started to enjoy it
Hyun Ah - Bubble Pop didn't not like it until I saw some more videos of it, and now I smile and sing along to it.

The following tried multiple times to listen to, and then tried again but still can not get into.
EXO - Growl and Wolf
Black Pink - DU DU DU
Big Bang - Bang Bang Bang

I know there are a lot of others that I didn't like before that I know like, and some more that I still don't like and have tried again. But all of these are what was on the top of my head!

Edited at 2019-08-23 10:02 pm (UTC)
shalottlady07 23rd-Aug-2019 10:31 pm (UTC)
Dramarama is so catchy! But definitely different than you might expect.
adenar 23rd-Aug-2019 10:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not the kind of fan who will listen to something several times because it's my fave and I want to like their songs - I just listen once and move on if it's not my thing, and (gasp) I don't use any streaming services so I only listen to the music I choose to. I don't put myself in situations where I am forced to acclimatise to a song, haha.

I will say that I used to listen to 2ne1 on repeat, but a lot of their music hasn't stood the test of time for me. IATB is good in small doses, but a lot of their last album feels dated to me now even though it was only 2014 (while their other music is dated it's in a sort of charming way).

CLC's Me has grown on me, if only because the 'areumdaumi' chorus is an earworm but I still have a lot of issues with 4/7 voices not suiting the song, the extreme disjointedness, the post-chorus just being kind of bland. I've now put it on my ipod but it's a song I still skip usually.

I'm also falling out of love with Breakthrough - the more I listen to it, the more everyone's voices except NaJi's sound weak, soft, and lacking in impact, which jarrs against such a statement instrumental (and yes, even Jungyeon's is just there for me - maybe not weak but lacking the power to keep up with the song). I can't help thinking what it would be like if say Gugudan or Mamamoo or hell even SNSD sang it, with their larger roster of impactful vocalists.

Edited at 2019-08-23 10:11 pm (UTC)
torontok 24th-Aug-2019 09:02 am (UTC)
I agree a lot with what you said re: 2NE1. I jammed a lot to Crush when it was first released but a lot of the tracks haven't stood the test of time.
torontok 23rd-Aug-2019 10:23 pm (UTC)
I was so convinved I'd never get into this group, SM was never going to ensnare me with their pretty boys ever again, no siree. And I thought most of their songs were just noise. And then Empathy era happened and now I know all fucking 21 of them by name, Baby Don't Stop is my most played song of 2018 and I want to be Johnny's 50s housewife, so clearly I'm whipped.

I'm ngl, I loathed Fake Love when I first heard it, I found it so vocally grating. But the rock version won me over, it's on my gym playlist now
shalottlady07 23rd-Aug-2019 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oooo I like this post, OP!

Disliked Initially
BTS - In general TBH. It takes me a while to warm up to groups with a lot of attention and I didn’t like Mic Drop, BST, Fake Love, or any of the big singles initially. BST and Fake Love have grown on me, but it was songs like Pied Piper, Save Me, Make It Right, etc. that made me appreciate them musically.

Monsta X - I’m definitely a Monbebe (I’ve accepted it), but Alligator had me rolling with laughter cause the lyrics were so absurd/ridiculous, but now I kinda jam to it.

SF9 - RPM. I instantly leaned towards Round and Round more, but RPM has grown on me a lot and gets stuck in my head.

Loved at first
This is hard... once I like things, it’s pretty hard for me to not like them. However, with kpop, it’s often stuff the people have done that make me not listen anymore more so than actually disliking the music...

Edited at 2019-08-23 10:28 pm (UTC)
dantethetaco 23rd-Aug-2019 10:59 pm (UTC)
Since you have been away so long from kpop have you listened to BTS' b-sides? Tomorrow is still my fave song from them, and I love, love all of The Most Beautiful Moment in Life albums. If I had been introduced to BTS recently I probably wouldn't have gotten into them, because I don't really like their most recent sound.

Alligator is still a nope for me, and I'm such a MX stan lmao
blck_ink 23rd-Aug-2019 10:28 pm (UTC)
Songs you disliked initially but now you love:

- exo white noise: i think i was in a bad mood when o first listened to.it cause it's a masterpiece.
- got7 eclipse: i'm still not entirely sure but it's been getting better each time i listen to it
-nct127 simon says : a bop i had to learn to appreciate.
- oh my girl windy day: i remember hearing this song and having to stop what i was doing cause i was so confused yet intrigued. there was a period i couldn't stop listening to it.
yuujinchous 24th-Aug-2019 11:31 am (UTC)
same about exo's white noise! actually ex'act in general took me longer to warm up than i did to previous exo albums just because i felt like it was such a different sound lol but i love it now

oh my girl's windy day is legit one of my fave kpop songs ever, it's sooo good! i loved it right from the start :')
scionofawhisper 23rd-Aug-2019 11:41 pm (UTC)
Wasn't into Got 7's Just Right on first listen cause it seemed too cute and childish and put me off, but then I got addicted to it and loved it's positive vibes.
matryoshka 24th-Aug-2019 12:57 am (UTC)
I love that song! I also like the MV and choreography. Usually I'm not into concepts like that but this song is an exception for me.
aeries_amethyst 24th-Aug-2019 12:13 am (UTC)
Funny enough, even though Genie is like THE ultimate soshi title track for me...When I first heard it, I was pretty meh. I have no idea what was even up with me at the time lololol XD But eventually I realized that it was glorious and my eyes were opened to the goddesses known as Girls' Generation. Even though my introductory song to them was Gee, I didn't actually start stanning them until RDR >.< Now I'm hella biased but on a real, I can't actually think of a song that they've released that I don't like on song level even if I don't love it per say. Maybe songs from their first album and The Boys, but otherwise, they've had pretty solid songs for me...Especially with the perfection of their Japanese albums! *O*

As for EXO, I'd say Wolf for shizzle my nizzle. Next would be ko ko bop and tempo.

The only NCT 127 song I like is limitless, but when I first heard it, I was turned off by Taeyong's frog voice. Now I am jamming! \o/

Super Junior - Don't Don, Twins

BTS - DNA, Idol I wanna say Fake Love but they'd need to rearrange the vocal arrangements for that song for me to really like it, though I must admit that the rock version is an improvement

Twice - LOA

BlackPink - KTL

2NE1 - FIL, Go Away
rojounotori 24th-Aug-2019 12:18 am (UTC)
I remember back in the day when SNSD released Hoot I was really disappointed, and then again when they released The Boys (though that have more to do with the bad chorus). Years later I gave both of them another chance and liked them. I felt the same about BP's As If It's Your Last (now I love it).

Edit: Twice's TT and Like Ooh Ahh was also songs I didn't like the first time I listened to them, but later gave another chance and now I love them.

Edited at 2019-08-24 12:22 am (UTC)
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