Lion Heart (song)

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"Lion Heart"
Single by Girls' Generation
from the album Lion Heart
Released August 18, 2015 (2015-08-18)
Format Digital download
Genre Bubblegum pop
Length 3:45
Label S.M. Entertainment
Girls' Generation Korean singles chronology
"Lion Heart"
"You Think"
"Lion Heart"
"You Think"

"Lion Heart" is a song performed by South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. It was released on August 18, 2015 as the second single from the group's fifth studio album Lion Heart by S.M. Entertainment.


"Lion Heart" was described as a soul pop-inspired bubblegum pop song by Billboard.[1] It embraces an 1960s American retro sound and has a jazzy melody as well as "an ear-grabbing bass line".[2][3] Lyrically, the song talks about women falling in love with men who have a cheating heart and how they try to tame him like taming a lion.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on August 18, 2015,[5] the music video narrates a story where the members of Girls' Gen [sic] fall in love with a male protagonist, who later turns out to be an eight-timing player. In the end of music video the girls wake up screaming having fallen asleep watching TV with the Lion beside them.[clarification needed] They then become upset and turn away from that said cheater,[1] the song was choreographed by the American choreographer Tony Testa & SM Entertainment's choreographer Shim Jaewon.[6] The visual was the third most viewed music video on YouTube by a South Korean act in August 2015.[7]


Billboard praised the song for its retro themes and shifting of member roles saying "But what is new, musically, is the division of lines -- namely when Yuri, a member who typically only chimes in with a line or two, gets to handle a majority of the second chorus. It's a decision that further shows how Girls' Generation is embracing change in their eighth year..."[8] The song was deemed the 7th best K-pop single of 2015 by PopMatters.[9] Meanwhile, Idolator chose it as the 24th best K-pop song of the year.[10]



Country Sales
South Korea (digital)[15] 911,721

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format
South Korea[16] August 21, 2015 Contemporary hit radio


  1. ^ a b Benjamin, Jeff (August 18, 2015). "Girls' Generation Drop Sassy, Soul Pop-Inspired Single 'Lion Heart'". Billboard. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Pops in Seoul-Girls′ Generation(소녀시대) _ (Lion Heart) - MV" (Video upload). ArirangTV on YouTube. Google Inc. August 27, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ Nancy Lee (August 18, 2015). "SNSD Brings the Paws Out in ′Lion Heart′ MV". eWorldNews. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pops in Seoul-Girls′ Generation(소녀시대) _ interview(인터뷰)" (Video upload). ArirangTV on YouTube. Google Inc. August 31, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Girls' Generation drop 'You Think' and 'Lion Heart' music videos". Special Broadcasting Service. August 17, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ "소녀시대 'You Think' 'Lion Heart'의 파워풀한 안무 '주목'". JoongAng Ilbo. August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (September 17, 2015). "Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: August 2015". Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (18 August 2015). "Girls' Generation Drop Sassy, Soul Pop-Inspired Single 'Lion Heart'". Billboard. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Interrante, Scott (December 18, 2015). "The Best of K-Pop of 2015". PopMatters. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  10. ^ Peterson, Jacques (December 29, 2015). "The 25 Best K-Pop Song of 2015". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart: August 16–22, 2015" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on August 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Japan Hot 100 – September 14, 2015". Billboard (in Japanese). September 14, 2015. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "World Digital Songs: September 5, 2015". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ "Digital Chart of 2015" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Download Chart – 2015" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  16. ^ "KBS Playlist – August 21, 2015". KBS Radio. Korean Broadcasting System. August 21, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 

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