While K-pop is pretty much part listened to and celebrated all over the world, it wasn’t the case 15 years ago. Hallyu Wave then was still a small ripple looking to expand beyond its South Korean borders. Then came Girls’ Generation in 2007, a nine-member girl group consisting of Taeyeon, Jessica (who has since departed the group), Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun, who pushed K-pop to greater heights. Consequently, SNSD (or So-Nyuh Shi-Dae), as the group is also known as, has become an indelible part of our youth as we grew up with their catchy tunes.
Earlier this month, the remaining eight members reunited and released the Forever 1 album to commemorate Girls’ Generation’s 15th anniversary. This album was five years in the making as individual members went on to carve out their own niches as solo artists since their last album in 2017. Here, we are taking a walk back in time to celebrate the achievements and milestones of Girls’ Generation, one of South Korea’s biggest and most iconic girl groups who paved the way for K-pop today.