It’s hard to believe, but BoA’s hit single “Meri Kuri” is already ten years old.
South Korean singer and actress BoA, often referred to as the Queen of Korean Pop, debuted in Korea back in 2000 before debuting in both Japan and the United States. In December 2004, on her 18th birthday, BoA released “Meri Kuri” (under the title “Meri Chri”) in both Japan and Korea. The song became a Christmas sensation, ranking No. 5 on the Oricon Weekly Chart and selling 136,725 copies.
Well it seems “Meri Kuri” has withstood the test of time in Japan. 10 years later, the song was ranked at No. 29 on last week’s Rechoku chart.
As a BoA fan, I am aware that I’m biased when I rank “Meri Kuri” among more modern Christmas classics like Wham’s “Last Christmas” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want is You,” but it’s on my personal favorite list for good reason. From the sweet, but slightly melancholic verses to the gradual buildup of the soaring chorus, I can’t help but get chills everytime I hear BoA sing “zutto, zutto, soba ni iitee” (English translation: always, always, stay by my side) in her effortless higher register. And looking at “Meri Kuri’s” enduring popularity, I know I’m not the only one one who is touched by this Christmas classic.
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