In a “Gym Jong Kook” video released in May 2023, both singer Kim Jong Kook and entertainer Lee Kwang-soo mistakenly believed that Aespa’s debut song was “Next Level”! It goes to show that some people could use some help in discovering the wonderful Aespa discography at SM Entertainment, and so we are here to provide some of that help. We have created a complete and updated archive of all of the Aespa music videos, including every official MV and also links to various performance videos, “track videos,” and the occasional special video. You can watch all of these Aespa videos right here and melt at how talented and beautiful Karina, Giselle, Winter, and Ningning are!
A List of All Official Aespa Music Videos – Watch Every MV in One Place
1. “Black Mamba” MV – November 17, 2020
Aespa debuted on November 17, 2020 (in the height of COVID) with the single “Black Mamba,” which introduced the imaginary digital world called “KWANGYA,” as well as four digital avatars that correspond to each Aespa member. In fact, Aespa is sometimes thought of as an eight-member group: four humans and their four other, digital selves. The mythology that SM Entertainment has created for Aespa is deceptively complex, and the name Black Mamba actually refers to a villain that exists within this mythology. We have a bit more information about it in the link at the top of this paragraph. Regardless, at the time of its release, “Black Mamba” achieved the record for most watched debut K-pop music video in its first 24 hours, at 21.4 million views, a record it held until November 2023 when BabyMonster broke it with “Batter Up.”
For more “Black Mamba,” there is a specially edited “Debut Stage” video from SM that incorporates special effects and the digital avatars. An Aespa behind-the-scenes video for the “Black Mamba” music video was released later.
2. “Forever (약속)” MV – February 5, 2021
“Forever (약속)” is the second Aespa single, a beautiful ballad. SM would release three special performance videos for this Aespa song, including a “Cozy Winter Cabin” version, “Glitter Snowball” version, and “Romantic Street” version. This song would later be included on the Aespa mini-album Girls.
You can also watch a behind-the-scenes video for the “Forever (약속)” MV.
3. “Next Level” MV – May 17, 2021
“Next Level” was a huge hit for Aespa, as evidenced by the humorous and slightly concerning anecdote described at the top of this article. It is Aespa’s third single and actually a remake of an A$ton Wyld song that was, oddly enough, featured on the soundtrack for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Most people are very surprised the first time they learn this fact!
4. “Savage” MV – October 5, 2021
“Savage” was the lead single on the first Aespa mini-album, also called Savage. The MV carries on the sound and futuristic visuals that fans had come to expect at this point, and it was exciting that the group had just finally released an album!
5. “Dreams Come True” MV – December 20, 2021
“Dreams Come True” is a unique entry in the Aespa song and music video catalogue, because it is a remake of an S.E.S. song, which was in turn a remake of a song by Nylon Beat. With the modern visuals in this music video though, you might never guess that on your own. This song was released as part of the special album 2021 Winter SMTown : SMCU EXPRESS.
6. “Life’s Too Short (English Ver.)” MV – June 24, 2022
“Life’s Too Short” is the first Aespa song and music video to be recorded fully in English, making it a particular treat for the international fans. However, there is a Korean version of the song as well, and both versions would be included on the second Aespa mini-album, Girls.
7. “Girls” MV – July 8, 2022
“Girls” is as expected the lead single of the Aespa mini-album of the same name. With heavy guitars, katanas, and a fist fight, this is quite the music video. If you want some literal action in your K-pop, here it is.
*. “Girls (BRLLNT Remix)” MV – October 21, 2022
As SM Entertainment explained upon the release of “Girls (BRLLNT Remix),” this was part of “iScreaM,” a “project by SM EDM label ‘ScreaM Records’, where global DJs and producers participate in releasing remix singles of SM artists’ music.” As part of this project, there was also a “Girls (Minit Remix).” These songs are part of iScreaM Vol.18. The Aespa members do not physically appear in the above MV though.
*. “Beautiful Christmas” MV with Red Velvet – December 14, 2022
“Beautiful Christmas” is a special collaboration song bringing together all the members of Aespa and Red Velvet, recorded for the SM Entertainment album 2022 Winter SMTOWN : SMCU PALACE, which would release on December 26, 2022. While this song marks the first collaboration of both full groups, Karina and Winter had previously collaborated with Red Velvet’s Seulgi and Wendy (and other SM artists) for the SM supergroup called GOT the beat.
A “Beautiful Christmas” stage video was released for New Year’s Day 2023.
8. “Welcome to MY World (Feat. nævis)” MV – May 2, 2023
“Welcome to MY World” was originally planned to be a solo “debut” song for “Nævis,” a virtual avatar and AI voice that exists in the Aespa mythology. However, the Aespa members really liked the song when they first heard it, so they stole it from her! SM released the “Welcome to MY World” music video as a prerelease song for My World, the third Aespa mini-album. Both this music video and the “Spicy” video below were filmed in California, and in the Aespa mythology, these videos are the point at which the group fully enters the “real” world.
You can watch a behind-the-scenes video for the “Welcome to MY World” MV for more.
SM subsequently released three “track videos” for three more My World songs: “I’m Unhappy” on May 2, 2023; “Salty & Sweet” on May 3, 2023; and “Thirsty” on May 4, 2023. Each video includes original filming with the Aespa members, but none of the videos contain the full version of each song. For example, the “Salty & Sweet” track video is only 1:33 in length, whereas the full-length “Salty & Sweet” song clocks in at 3:22.
9. “Spicy” MV – May 8, 2023
“Spicy” is the lead single of the My World mini-album, and as mentioned above, its video filmed in California. Although it released in May 2023, it is a pretty perfect summer song, with its in-your-face sound and the bright visuals of the video. “Too spicy for your heart” indeed!
A behind-the-scenes video for the “Spicy” MV is available.
Later, on May 28, 2023, SM released a special video for “‘Til We Meet Again” made from previously filmed footage. Like the “track videos” for “I’m Unhappy,” “Salty & Sweet,” and “Thirsty,” this special video does not contain the full song.
10. “Better Things” MV – August 18, 2023
“Better Things” is an English song released as a single. The song is about how the girls have “better things to do” with their time than waste it on the hypothetical ex-boyfriend being sung about. The music video is full of the gorgeous visuals and bright colors that fans have come to expect. And rather unusually, SM Entertainment built up to the release of this music video with a three-part Aespa “sitcom”!
*. “Better Things” MV (æ-aespa Ver.) – October 7, 2023
The “Better Things” (æ-aespa Ver.) music video is a fully animated version of the MV using the Aespa members’ alternate egos, and it is an absolute visual delight! It is just beautiful from start to finish and great fun to watch on its own, though parts of it do relate back to the original music video as well.
11. “Drama” MV – November 10, 2023
“Drama” is the lead single on the fourth Aespa mini-album, Drama, and its music video is a dark action adventure, delivering all the promise of its title. There are motorcycles, swords, and just a killer red-and-black color scheme throughout that matches the heavy pop rhythm. It just might be one of the best Aespa music videos out of them all.
*. “Jingle Bell Rock” Lyric Video – November 24, 2023
Aespa covered the classic Christmas song “Jingle Bell Rock” as a holiday surprise to the fans, and it received a corresponding lyric video with limited animation. It’s the “Jingle Bell Rock” you remember, with a bit of rap tossed in.
That then is a complete and current summary of all Aespa music videos, and this archive is being updated as every new MV, performance video, or special video is released. We have plenty more information about the group where that came from though! You can check out how old the Aespa members are or how tall they are, who the leader is and what it entails, where the members are originally from, and who speaks English or other languages in the group.