Irony (Wonder Girls song)

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Top: Sunye, Yeeun
Bottom: Sunmi, Sohee, Hyuna
Single by Wonder Girls
from the album The Wonder Years
B-side "Bad Boy"
"It's Not Love"
Released February 13, 2007 (2007-02-13)
Recorded December 2006
Length 4:04
Label JYP Entertainment
Writer(s) Park Jin-Young
Producer(s) Park Jin-Young, Bang Si-Hyuk, Tae Kwon
Wonder Girls singles chronology
"Tell Me"

"Irony" is a song recorded by the South Korean girl group Wonder Girls, written and produced by Park Jin-young. It was released as their debut single and the lead single from their debut album The Wonder Years on February 13, 2007, through JYP Entertainment. It was also released as a maxi single and extended play (EP), titled The Wonder Begins. Three tracks, including "Bad Boy", "It's Not Love", and a remix version of "Irony", were on the EP. "Bad Boy" was released as the second single in March 2007 while "It's Not Love" was released as the third single on April 27, 2007.[1][2][3][4] "Irony" became one of their biggest hits in South Korea. An accompanying music video was also released and shows Sohee, Yeeun, Sunmi and Hyuna's revenge on Sunye's unfaithful boyfriend by using a voodoo doll to embarrass him.

Critical reception[edit]

Popular music critics of Korean web magazine IZM, Jeong Seong-Ha (Hangul정성하), Han Dong-Yoon (Hangul한동윤), Yoon Jee-Hoon (Hangul윤지훈), said the routine of producer Jin-young's African American music style, and the tasteless song about "Irony" in common.[5] In spite of pointing out like this, the song had a moderate chart performance.

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced for "Irony" to promote the song. Wonder Girls showed the first live performance of "Irony" at the MBC TV series Music Core on February 10, 2007.


Video begins by showing Yeeun lying on the floor and phoning, Hyuna with the dog, Sunmi putting make-up and Sohee in the bed listening to music. Then Sunye, who is sad, enters the house. Girls sit around her and Sunye starts singing about problems with her boyfriend who is cheating on her. Sunmi then locates him and Hyuna uses a voodoo doll to embarrass him in front of his new girlfriend. Girls later enter the club in which he is with his friends and face them. Sunye them blows him away and he falls down the wall. Video ends by girls laughing at him and walking away.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Park Jin-young.

The Wonder Begins – Maxi single
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Irony" Park 4:04
2. "Bad Boy" 3:11
3. "It's Not Love" (미안한 마음 Mianhan Ma-eum)
  • Park
  • Tae Kwon "SoulAttack"
4. "Irony" (Tae Kwon – Daybreak Remix) Park 3:57


The original studio version featuring the original line-up (Min Sunye, Park Yeeun, Lee Sunmi, Kim Hyuna and Ahn Sohee) is available on the Wonder Girls' debut extended play The Wonder Begins and their debut studio album The Wonder Years. The song was later re-recorded for the Japanese release of their greatest hits album WonderBest and features the band's third line-up consisting of Min Sunye, Park Yeeun, Ahn Sohee, Kim Yubin and Woo Hyerim, with previous members' vocals removed.


The chart positions are based on data from Music Industry Association Korea. Unlike Oricon and Billboard, the charts are released monthly, not weekly.

Chart (2007) Peak
South Korea (MIAK)[6] 72


Country Sales/shipments
South Korea 25,500[7]


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  6. ^ "MIAK: 2008. 05. Sales Summary" (in Korean). Music Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on June 19, 2008. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  7. ^ 6월 가요 음반 판매량 집계. Music Industry Association of Korea. Retrieved July 16, 2008.

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