Earworms certainly don’t help with exams.

Twelve years ago, SHINee‘s hit song “Ring Ding Dong” was the first song “banned” during Korea’s national college entrance exam. It was banned due to its catchy beat and addictive melody, making students repeat it in their heads over and over, distracting them from the exams.

This unofficial list has grown since then, but “Ring Ding Dong” remains the most famous and widespread case. Now, aespa‘s “Next Level” is taking the baton as the next banned song.

Your blood becomes heated in excitement as soon as Karina starts singing ‘I’m on the Next Level’ as the exciting beat sticks to the listener’s ears and the melody stays ringing in their head.

—Anonymous Music Critic

Listeners have become addicted to the futuristic song that has been combined with an extraordinary world of AI. Although it uses trendy beats, the composition is a variety of genres with strong vocals.

It has even given some fans a nostalgic feel to older SM Entertainment songs from artists like TVXQS.E.S., and BoA.

This combination has made it irresistible to fans during exams! You can listen to it down below, but make sure it’s after studying!