They convinced the toughest listeners with versatile vocal abilities and mastered techniques.
As the tendency itself is very conservative, we can see how strong the cultural influence IU and Jungkook have had on the world.
The list contained only individual artists, not groups or bands. Aretha Franklin was in first place, and Whitney Houston came in second place.
IU ranked 135th with a commentary that reads, “Since her 2010 breakout hit ‘Good Day,’ IU has become one of the most highly regarded vocalists in South Korean music. Despite having a soft voice, she has a wide range, a powerful delivery, and a versatility that’s allowed her to move easily from bossa nova to Nineties chamber pop and from jazz to ballads.”
Jungkook (BTS) came in 191st place and was recognized for his achievement as well as abilities, “In 2022, when his track with Charlie Puth, ‘Left and Right’ became the fastest song by a Korean soloist to surpass 400 million streams on Spotify, Puth referred to him as one of the only artists ‘to have ever sent me perfect vocals.’” Jungkook added “new ad-libs and unexpected vocal riffs to keep things interesting, from his official solo tracks like ‘Euphoria’ to the covers he uploads for fans on BTS’ SoundCloud.” When Jungkook performed the theme song of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, it became an instant worldwide hit.