Day by Day (Big Bang song)

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"Day by Day"
Single by Big Bang
from the album Stand Up
ReleasedAugust 8, 2008
LabelYG Entertainment
Producer(s)G-Dragon, Daishi Dance
Big Bang singles chronology
"With U"
"Day by Day"
"Number 1"

"Day by Day" (Korean: 하루하루, Revised Romanization: Haru Haru) is a song by South Korean boy group Big Bang. Released through YG Entertainment on August 8, 2008 as the lead single for their third extended play Stand Up, it became one of their most popular singles and one of South Korea's best-selling songs,[2] besides being regarded as one of the most influential singles to come out of Korean pop music.[3] A Japanese version of the song was included in their third Greatest Hits album The Best of Big Bang (2011) and in the Japanese version of Alive (2012).[4]


With the release of their first EP Always (2007), Big Bang began to incorporate a range of different genre into their music, moving away from their original hip hop roots. Stand Up continued their experimentation. The song was written by G-Dragon, with arrangements provided by Japanese DJ Daishi Dance.[5] "Day by Day" was described as a combination of a dance song with a hip hop ballad, driven by a sentimental piano melody.[1] The song also includes a synthesizer sound that sounds like an orchestra that feels its "empty spaces".[6] The composition was noted for "weaving in and out of tempos seamlessly" which forced a "a sense of anxiety on the listener."[2] "Day by Day" deepened the "Big Bang style" of music that had its breakthrough with "Lies."[6] Tamar Herman of Billboard wrote about the track's composition:

The song begins simply enough with a piano tune and breathy vocals until T.O.P's deep bass rap explodes to transform it into a hip-hop ballad like none other. G-Dragon and T.O.P's contrasting rap tones play off one another to offer a sharp change from the passionate vocals of Daesung, Taeyang, and Seungri, while the orchestral accompaniment draws the whole thing to a symphonic peak. Nearly ten years after its release, 'Haru Haru' [sic] is still the epitome of Big Bang's sound.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

One of the group's most popular songs, receptions for "Day by Day" were fairly positive. Billboard hailed the track an "experiential masterpiece"[2] and named it the group's second best song.[1] In a survey involving 30 music industry experts by South Korean magazine Dong-a Ilbo, "Day by Day" was chosen as one of best male idol songs in the past 20 years.[7] Spinditty felt that the track "has a nostalgic feeling, which conveys the tragic, sad, and deep story behind the song."[8] Sun-Times included "Day by Day" in their list of the best Big Bang songs, calling the track "an enduring anthem for the band."[9]

E. Alex Jung from Vulture called "Day by Day" "the undisputed song of the decade", commenting on the single's influence, he wrote that the song presented a sound that "was once innovative" but it "has since been copied and standardized to the point where almost every boy band now has a charismatic rapper with a booming voice." Jung concluded that "Day by Day" "tapped into the Zeitgeist, blending a deep affinity for torch songs with the swagger of hip-hop, and set a wildfire to the K-pop fandom."[3] Tamar Herman from news website KpopStarz choose "Day by Day" as one of the most definitive Big Bang songs, admiring the group's artistic capabilities and how every member was able to shine.[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Day by Day" presents a storyline where G-Dragon plays the protagonist that believes his girlfriend, played by actress Park Min-young, is cheating on him with his friend, played by T.O.P, and the two enter a physical fight with each other. By the end of the video, it's revealed that Park Min-young and T.O.P were only pretending to cheat because she was with a deadly disease and wanted to spare the one she loved the pain of knowing she was going to die. G-Dragon learns of this too late and arrives at the hospital to an already-gone girl.[11][3] The music video was well received, being distinguished for its "heart wrenching storyline" and is recognized as a classic and as the most saddening video release by the quintet.[12] In 2016, fans voted "Day by Day" as their favorite Big Bang music video.[13] The video was parodied by the cast of the Korean TV show Infinite Challenge at the show's 2008 year-end festival.[14]

Track listing[edit]

1."Day by Day" (하루하루; Haru Haru[15])G-DragonG-Dragon, Daishi DanceDaishi Dance4:15
Japanese version
1."Haru Haru"Shikata, iNoZzi, Shoko Fujibayashi, G-DragonG-Dragon, Daishi DanceDaishi Dance4:16

Commercial performance[edit]

The song was released prior to the creation of the Gaon Music Chart, which began tracking sales in 2010. "Day By Day" topped several online charts upon its release and held the number one position on the online Melon Music Chart for seven consecutive weeks.[16][17] It also became one of the most successful singles of all-time in South Korea, selling over 5.4 million digital downloads in South Korea alone.[18] In 2016, "Day by Day" was revealed to be the fifth most downloaded song in South Korea since 2006.[19] The song ranked at number eight in Melon's 2000's (decade) chart.[20] In Cyworld, "Day by Day" was the best-selling track of 2008 and the sixth best-selling song of all time.[21][22]


Chart Peak
US World Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 13


Chart Sales
South Korea 5,433,290[24]
China 845,000[25]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award-Giving Body Category Result Ref
2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best House and Electronic Song Nominated [26][27]
Best Male Group Won
Song of the Year Nominated
Artist of the Year Won
Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song of the Month (August) Won [28]

Music programs awards[edit]

Program Date
Inkigayo (SBS) August 24, 2008
August 31, 2008
September 7, 2008
M! Countdown (Mnet) September 4, 2008
September 25, 2008
Music Bank (KBS) August 22, 2008
September 5, 2008
September 12, 2008
September 19, 2008
September 26, 2008


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  2. ^ a b c d Herman, Tamar (19 August 2016). "Happy 10-Year Anniversary, Bigbang! 10 Must-Listen Songs from the Boy Band". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  3. ^ a b c d Jung, E. Alex (August 2, 2017). "G-Dragon's World Tour Marks the End of an Era in K-Pop". New York Media LLC. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
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  7. ^ "'반짝반짝 눈이 부셔'… 빅뱅-소녀시대 역대 최고 아이돌". Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved February 16, 2017.
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  16. ^ "Big Bang Signs Modeling Contract with Fila Korea". KBS Global. 2008-09-08. Archived from the original on September 24, 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  17. ^ Park, Jung Sun (May 7, 2014). "[M+기획…'보이그룹 통계'②] 최장·최다 음원 1위 빅뱅, 견줄 그룹 없다". MBN Daily (in Korean). Retrieved July 29, 2017.
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  19. ^ "한국 사람들이 9년동안 가장 많이 다운 받은 음원은?". Insight (in Korean). 2016-03-08. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  20. ^ "The 2000's". Melon Music Chart. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "Yearly Popular Songs – 2008". Cyworld Digital Music. Archived from the original on March 15, 2010.
  22. ^ "Hall of Fame – Songs". Cyworld Digital Music. Archived from the original on February 15, 2009.
  23. ^ "Billboard World Digital Songs: Chart Search". Billboard. March 10, 2012. Archived from the original on November 18, 2018.
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  25. ^ "Gaon Download Chart 2016 – Week 37". Gaon Chart.[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ "2008 Mnet KM Music Festival". MKMF. 2008-09-08. Archived from the original on 2010-02-02.
  27. ^ "2008 Mnet KM Music Festival Part1" Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine. MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  28. ^ "Song of the Month". Cyworld. 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2010-01-16.

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