Just when all other girl groups thought they were guaranteed a chart spot with their comebacks, here come the big sisters to show them how it’s all done. Catch them if you can!

Girls’ Generation, also known as So Nyeo Shi Dae (소녀시대) or simply SNSD are so popular in Korea that they’re nicknamed The Nation’s Singers and The Nation’s Girl Group. That’s some very big and stylish boots to fill – all eight pairs.

The girls are: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun.

The girls debuted in August 2007, with a track called Into the New World, but took another two years to really storm the charts with the teen-pop track Gee. Pre-debut, their mostly make-up free faces were filmed by Mnet for the cute show Girls’ Generation Goes to School. One of the releases on their first single, SONE (Wish), also became the official name of their fanclub.

Gee, released in 2009, was dubbed the most popular song of the decade by online music chart MelOn, and it’s easy to see why – a catchy beat, cute dance, and Minho from SHINee in the video is a winner in anyone’s book. It’s virtually impossible to top that, but top it they did, with stylish tune after stylish tune, releasing less teenpop and more electropop to match the girls’ growing maturity. Yuri, Tiffany and Sooyoung have all been involved in writing lyrics for various tracks, including The Boys, which was released in Japanese, Korean and English. There’s also a sub-unit called TTS – Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun – and they’ve had success with tracks Twinkle and Holler.

Last year was a troubled one for SNSD as original ninth member Jessica left the group due to scheduling and personal conflicts. The announcement was a shock for SONEs, and is still surrounded by clouds of mystery as it’s unclear if she was asked to leave or was requested to – but she is still currently a solo artist with S.M. Entertainment. Last year, the other girls continued to tour and promote, but Catch Me if You Can, released this year on April 10, is the girls’ first recording as an eight. It’s a strong EDM track that has a catchy riff and stylish MV – all the hallmarks of a Girls’ Generation classic.

As they sing in the English version of The Boys, Girls’ Generation are born to win – better tell all your friends!

Recommended MVs

Catch Me If You Can – a bold EDM track marks the latest comeback

Gee – featuring Minho from SHINee

I Got a Boy

The Boys – English version

Mr Mr – Dance Practice version

Run Devil Run

Mr Taxi – live on KBS Music Bank so you can enjoy the fanchants

TTS – Twinkle


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British writer and editor living in Japan. Currently studying Japanese, Korean, K-pop dance, and the fine form of 이성종's legs.

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