|"Bang Bang Bang"|
|Single by Big Bang|
|from the album Made and Made Series|
|Released||June 1, 2015|
|Big Bang singles chronology|
"Bang Bang Bang" (Korean: ) is a song recorded by South Korean boy group Big Bang. It was released digitally on June 1, 2015 by YG Entertainment, as the second single from Made, being included in the single album A. It was written and composed by G-Dragon and Teddy, with additional rap parts penned by T.O.P.
The track won "Song of the Year" at 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards, making the group the second act to be awarded this prize for second time. Gaon Chart announced "Bang Bang Bang" as the best-selling and most-streamed single in South Korea of 2015. It also peaked atop Billboards World Digital Songs. In Japan, the single peaked at number two on the Japan Hot 100 and was awarded Asian Song of the Year at the Japan Gold Disc Award for two consecutive years, in 2016 and 2017. With over five million downloads sold across Asia, "Bang Bang Bang" is one of the best-selling digital singles of all-time.
The first poster titled "Bang Bang Bang" was released on May 27. YG Entertainment's producer Yang Hyun-suk commented that the song was "the most powerful music you have ever heard before." Before its release on June 1 at midnight, the members hosted a live streaming on the app V from the news portal Naver, where they talked about the new songs and answered fans questions. The first televised live performance was held in the Mnet music show M Countdown along with "We Like 2 Party". The group also appeared on the talk show You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook to perform the single. The song was translated for Japanese to be included in their album Made Series (2016). The Japanese version gained a new music video, that is essentially the same as the Korean original, but edited to be shorter in length. This version was performed in the Japanese TV shows Music Station, Momm!!, Space Shower TV, among others.
"Bang Bang Bang"s verses feature a dance beat that were described as "'90s inspired", reminiscent of Diplo and Disclosure, with a "quasi-Migos flow over a hi-NRG" sound. The song then shifts into a "trap-heavy breakdown" in the chorus, and culminating into another breakdown, with chants of "Let the bass drum go". Additionally, "reverberating synths filt" throughout the track, "playing off the pounding rhythm and powerful horns", giving "Bang Bang Bang" a "chaotic environment". The chorus features the hook "Like you've been shot, bang bang bang", which was noted for being "less onomatopoeic and more a homage to the band."
"Bang Bang Bang" had the highest first-week sales in 2015 by a group on the Gaon Chart, with 339,856 downloads sold. It peaked at number one on the Gaon Digital Chart. By the end of June, "Bang Bang Bang" was number one on the monthly digital chart, with a total of 681,111 digital sales and 26.472 million streams. On July, 2016 the song surpassed 2 million downloads and 100 million streams in South Korea.
The single held the two top spots on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart along with "We Like 2 Party", the second time for the group after the previous release M, which led them tying with Psy's record, for being the only K-pop act to hold the top two slots on the chart twice. "Bang Bang Bang" was also the biggest K-Pop song of 2015's summer in the same chart and the most watched music video in the United States in the season.
In France, the song debuted at number 194 on the singles chart, the first time a male K-Pop act managed to do so. In Japan, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Japan Hot 100. The single also ranked second as the most popular Korean singles in 2015 in Taiwan by music streaming service KKBox. In 2017, the song ranked first place on the top 10 tracks of the year in the Japanese version of KKBox.
Billboard placed the track at the tenth spot in their best Big Bang songs list, calling the single "impossible to ignore," stating that, even though "the sudden shift in pacing throughout the single come off as jarring upon first listen," the track's "stuttering rhythm," "chaotic environment" and "frenzied energy" makes the song "all that more compelling."Sun-Times included "Bang Bang Bang" in their unranked list of ten best Big Bang songs, claiming that "this club-ready track takes classic Big Bang swagger to new levels of sophistication."
The Muse felt that the single "savvily hits every note, including anthemic trap breakdown" describing the song as "literally, lit."Fuse compared the song to their 2012 single "Fantastic Baby", hailing both as "nonstop party" tracks. KKBox praised the track's energetic sound, and hailed "Bang Bang Bang" a classical song from the band.Thump choose it as one of best songs of summer, feeling that the "multi-genre banger" is "fire in any language, in any country."
"Bang Bang Bang" topped the Gallup Korea annual poll of nationwide Koreans between the ages of 13 to 59 for Song of the Year. The song was chosen by the South Korean government to be a part of the loudspeaker propaganda broadcast into North Korean borders, in response to the January 2016 nuclear tests. It was also sang by Seoul university students during the 2016 South Korean protests for the resignation of president Park Geun-hye.
"Bang Bang Bang" music video was directed by Seo Hyun Seung and choreographed by Parris Goebel, who makes an appearance on the video. The video was well received by critics. Jeff Benjamin from Fuse described it as "an over-the-top affair, with the guys rocking a slew of wild looks, hairdos and fashions in a neon-tinged world," while Eric Ducker from Rolling Stone claimed that "nothing from [this year] really beats the explosive grandiosity of 'Bang Bang Bang' from genre legends Big Bang."Billboard highlighted the members' "boundary pushing" high-fashion.Stereogum hailed it an "insanely epic video," and admired the video's "beautiful, absurd riot of glitter and pink hair and hydraulic low-riders and flamethrowers and tricked-out motorcycles and grenade launchers and studded leather and androgynous models on leashes and anti-aircraft guns and cowboy hats and Buckingham Palace guard hats and assault vehicles being driven like chariots."Stereogum also ranked "Bang Bang Bang" as the fourteenth best music video of the year, the only non-English song on their Year-End list.Miami New Times wrote that the "bombastic" video highlights "what the Hallyu is all about", featuring "insane costumes, dynamic dancing, and production values that match, even surpass, those of their Western competitors."
The music video was the most viewed K-Pop group video of 2015 and second of all time, only behind their own "Fantastic Baby." On January 19, 2016, it reached 100 million views on YouTube, the second music video by a K-Pop boy group to do so. It became the second K-pop group music video to surpass 200 million views on January 11, 2017.
The group was criticized for appropriating Native American culture because of the war bonnet, worn only by those who have earned the highest honors in their tribes, Seungri wears in the video.The Muse described the incident as "another example of K-pop appropriation" stating that "Western culture's various racial stereotypes" are "consumed and blown-out" by the genre "that it almost seems like an avenue in which to decentralize and possibly even defang some of those."
|South Korean Gaon Download Chart||2,500,000|
|Billboard World Digital Songs||11,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|South Korea||June 1, 2015||Korean||Digital download||YG Entertainment, KT Music|
|Japan ||June 17, 2015||YG Entertainment, YGEX|
|February 3, 2016||Japanese||YGEX, Avex Trax|
|2015||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Song of the Year||Won|||
|Best Dance Performance||Nominated|
|MTV IGGY||International Song of Summer 2015||Won|||
|Melon Music Awards||Song of the Year||Won|||
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|2016||Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards||Song of the Month (June)||Won|||
|Seoul Music Awards||Record of the Year in Digital Release||Won|||
|QQ Music Awards||Best Music Video of the Year||Won|||
|RTHK International Pop Poll Award||Top Ten International Gold Songs||Won|||
|Japan Gold Disc Award||Song Of The Year By Download (Asia)||Won|||