Oh! (Girls' Generation song)

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Single by Girls' Generation
from the album Oh!
Released January 25, 2010
Recorded 2009
Genre Electropop, bubblegum pop
Length 3:08
Label S.M. Entertainment
Writer(s) Kim Yeong-hu, Kim Jeong-bae, Kenzie, Kim Yeon-Jung
Producer(s) Kenzie
Girls' Generation Korean singles chronology
"Chocolate Love"
"Run Devil Run"
Music video
"Oh!" on YouTube

"Oh!" is the lead single from Oh!, the second studio album by South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. The single was digitally released on January 25, 2010[1] and came to be a huge hit song in South Korea. The group used a cheerleader concept for the song's promotional activities.[2] The song hit #1 on various charts, and won several times on the Korean music chart shows Music Bank and The Music Trend.[3] The song ranked #4 on Gaon Chart Top 10 Digital Songs of the Year[4] and it was also the second best selling single in that year, selling over 3.3 million copies. Music site Monkey3 named "Oh!" the best song in 2010.[5]

"Oh!" was remade as a Japanese song for the group's second single titled, "Oh! / All My Love Is For You", from their second Japanese album. The song was released as a double A-side single with the song, "All My Love Is for You", on September 26, 2012, with an accompanying music video premiering on September 14, 2012.[6][7]

Background and release[edit]

Kenzie, a songwriter who previously composed the group's debut single "Into the New World", also composed "Oh!".[8]

"Oh!" was released to digital music sites on January 25, 2010. The song quickly topped various digital music charts within 10 minutes of release.[1] Moreover, the song reached #1 on Gaon Music Chart[9]

Music video[edit]

The group worked with long-time collaborator Rino Nakasone Razalan, whom they had previously worked on for the group's previous single, "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)" on the choreography for "Oh!", and director Cheo Soo-hyun. A teaser video was released to various websites on January 23, 2010, causing at least one of them – Naver – to be overwhelmed by high visitor traffic.[10] The full video was released on January 27, 2010.[11] Eventually, the dance version of "Oh!" was released on S.M. Entertainment's YouTube channel. The song's official music video has gained massive popularity within the webpage, with over 65 million views as of May 2013, making it one of the most viewed K-pop videos on the site.

The girls wear specific numbers in the music video; each number was personally chosen by the members. In the story version, it is shown that they were cheerleaders for an American football team. In the middle of the video, Sooyoung mishandles an American football helmet (which if checked, shows the logo of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes) causing the computer monitor to be damaged (it was the main highlight of their "Run Devil Run" story video because when the helmet hits the monitor, it causes the Black SoShi to emerge from the monitor). At the end of the video, the girls meet the Black SoShi, their malevolent selves from a parallel universe.[12]


The song was first performed live on January 30, 2010 on MBC's Music Core, as part of their Comeback Stage.[13] However, there was a technical error in MBC's broadcast, with a few seconds of dead air near the end of the performance; the network was subsequently flooded with complaints.[14] The incident was then parodied on YouTube, mixing in clips of the Korean drama IRIS, receiving attention from Korean netizens.[15]

The group followed up with their second performance on The Music Trend the following day.[16]

On their first Music Bank comeback stage, they won the "K-Chart!", beating CNBLUE and 2AM while at the same time breaking the record for the most points on the chart with 23,077 points.[17]


Chart procession and succession[edit]

Chart Peak
Gaon Singles Chart[20] 1
Gaon Local Singles chart[20] 1
Gaon Monthly Singles chart[20] 1
Gaon Yearly Singles chart[20] 5
Preceded by
"Can't Let You Go Even If I Die" (Korean: 죽어도 못 보내) by 2AM
Gaon Chart weekly number-one singles
February 6, 2010 – March 13, 2010
Succeeded by
"Run Devil Run" by Girls' Generation
Preceded by
"Can't Let You Go Even If I Die" (Korean: 죽어도 못 보내) by 2AM
Gaon Chart monthly number-one monthly singles
February 2010
Succeeded by
"Run Devil Run" by Girls' Generation


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  2. ^ (Korean) Choi Jong-pyeon. 장동건-고소영 '5월 결혼설'…아이티 동반 방문 추진 (Jang Dong-geun–Go So-young "Wedding in May"...IT Company Interview Propulsion). SBS News. January 26, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
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