Debuting in 2015, Seventeen are still a very new group, but their unique configuration of vocal, hip-hop and performance units within the larger group has rounded out their promotional material to create a singles discography just big enough for a countdown. And honestly, they’re one of the biggest and best k-pop acts of the moment, so writing about their strongest material can never feel too premature!
- Updated 2/4/19
10. Oh My! (2018)
After a 2017 that saw Seventeen move from melancholic to powerful, they split the difference with the laid-back funk of Oh My! It was a sleeper summer hit, unveiling its charms more convincingly each time it played. (full review)
9. Boom Boom (2016)
Bounding forward with syncopated swagger, Boom Boom’s beat-driven assault effortlessly blends classic funk elements with the group’s powerful performance style. (full review)
8. Healing (2016)
Though not released as an official title track, Healing is the group’s most jubilant, euphoric moment. It’s summer in a bottle, melding bright synths with a sweeping pop chorus. (full review)
7. Call Call Call! (2018)
As the group’s Japanese debut, Call Call Call draws on what they do best. Its powerful chorus takes advantage of the group’s large configuration, pounding with unflagging, rock-fueled energy. (full review)
6. Clap (2017)
Clap bolsters Seventeen’s formidable energy with a dynamic rock guitar stomp. Paired with some of their most perfectly calibrated choreography, this is the kind of song that just becomes better and better as more of its quirks reveal themselves. (full review)
5. Adore U (2015)
The group’s debut, and a dramatic showcase for their seemingly limitless talents. Adore U was a potent statement of intent, instantly setting a new trend in k-pop with its unrelenting blast of cotton candy hooks.
4. Pretty U (2016)
Though it seemed lightweight at first, Pretty U’s sticky melody proved to have incredibly longevity. Taken with its inventive choreography (rather than the poorly mixed audio of the official music video), its buoyant hooks have quickly become iconic. (full review)
3. Don’t Wanna Cry (2017)
Borrowing trendy elements from western EDM, Seventeen improves on the genre with the majestic, emotional Don’t Wanna Cry. It’s a departure from their usual funk-driven pop, but proves that they can tackle any style and make it their own. (full review)
2. Mansae (2015)
If Adore U displayed Seventeen’s incredible potential, Mansae proved that they were here to stay. It’s a perfect collage of everything that makes the group exciting, from the charismatic, ever-changing verses to the punchy, shout-along chorus.
1. Very Nice (2016)
For a song without a traditional chorus, Very Nice needed every other element to be note-perfect. Luckily, the arrangement goes above and beyond, resulting in a streamlined, powerhouse performance piece without a single misstep. Very Nice’s brassy instrumental hook, undercut by vocal adlibs, is brilliantly realized, adding a dynamic exclamation point to an already potent concoction. The track crackles with relentless excitement and a sense of unstoppable energy. (full review)