Throwback Thursday: Best of SUPER JUNIOR Pt. 2
With a career spanning almost 15 years, SUPER JUNIOR has had the kind of success and longevity that many of today’s newer groups only dream of. SUPER JUNIOR has not only managed to crank out hit after hit despite rotating members in military service, but they have also stayed true to their form while pushing the boundaries in the ever-evolving world of K-Pop. Having been a staple in the K-Pop scene for over 10 years now, SUPER JUNIOR continues to set the bar higher for all idols. Their success is so expansive that we’ve already featured some of their best songs in one article, so this week’s Throwbacks brings you the Best of SUPER JUNIOR, Part 2!
“너라고 (It’s You)”
Serving as the title of 2009’s repackaged Sorry, Sorry and the follow-up to the iconic “Sorry, Sorry” itself is “너라고 (It’s You).” Whereas “Sorry, Sorry” had fans dancing for months following its release (and even now, 10 years later), “It’s You” takes more of a dance ballad approach with the boys of SUPER JUNIOR swearing their devotion to their one and only. For a group known so well for their vocals, “It’s You” delivers the only element truly missing from its record-breaking predecessor.
“SPY” comes off the 2012 repackaged version of Sexy, Free, & Single (retitled as SPY) and has the classic dance track feel SUPER JUNIOR is known for. “SPY” is simultaneously upbeat, slinky, and fun, but perhaps best of all, its music video has the boys dressed in suits à la a James Bond concept.
In addition to their outstanding vocals and catchy dance tracks, SUPER JUNIOR is known for their kitschy, plot-driven music videos, and no song better illustrates this than the 2014 Old-West-influenced “MAMACITA.” After a two-year hiatus in which leader Leeteuk performed his mandatory military service, this was SUPER JUNIOR’s first comeback as a full group since 2012. As a title, “MAMACITA” is the full package: it’s groovy, it’s experimental, and it showcases SUPER JUNIOR in all the best ways.
“Devil” comes off the 2015 album of the same name—a special release album to celebrate the group’s tenth anniversary. Featuring more guitars than the majority of the group’s discography combined—courtesy of now SM Entertainment regulars The Stereotypes—this song brings a definite shift in the group’s sound and dynamic. While dance elements are still present, “Devil” has a more mature tone to it than some of SUPER JUNIOR’s past upbeat title tracks.