Music isn’t created in a vacuum, and even love songs can become politicized sometimes. That’s been the case over the past few years, as a handful of K-pop songs have become embedded into different South Korean political events. Amid a state of flux that has seen a president impeached and imprisoned, plus changing relations with North Korea, the past three or so years have seen many songs by Korean artists become symbols of various political movements and events.
Here’s a look at some K-pop songs that have become politicized recently:
“Bang Bang Bang” by BigBang, “Me Gustas Tu” by GFriend, “Let Us Just Love” by APink