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The most famous Kpop male idol groups in Korea in the past 10 years according to Korean Youtube: The time when BTS “ascended the throne” is surprising

When it comes to K-pop, boy groups are often mentioned for contributing to the international expansion of the Hallyu wave, and at the same time, changing the landscape of the music industry with unprecedented records in terms of awards, album sales, and popularity. However, if only considering the domestic market, male groups are somewhat more humble than girl groups, especially in terms of music or MV views.

So during the past 10 years in Korea, which boy groups have really made a big impact? There are many factors and tools to assess the popularity of Kpop idols, and recently Knet mentioned Korean Youtube’s data. They will base on the data of this famous platform to see which Korean groups’ videos have been searched and enjoyed the most. Let’s see how the TOP 5 year by year would change in the past decade.

2010

  • 5th place. BEAST
  • 4th place. BIGBANG
  • 3rd place. CNBLUE
  • 2nd place. 2PM
  • 1st place. SHINee
SHINee released ‘Lucifer’ in 2010

2011

  • 5th place. BEAST
  • 4th place. BIGBANG
  • 3rd place. Super Junior
  • 2nd place. 2PM
  • 1st place. DBSK
DBSK released ‘Keep Your Head Down’ in 2011

2012

  • 5th place. BEAST
  • 4th place. INFINITE
  • 3rd place. Super Junior
  • 2nd place. SHINee
  • 1st place. BIGBANG
BIGBANG released ‘Fantastic Baby’ in 2012

2013

  • 5th place. BEAST
  • 4th place. BIGBANG
  • 3rd place. INFINITE
  • 2nd place. SHINee
  • 1st place. EXO
EXO released ‘Growl’ in 2013

2014

  • 5th. INFINITE
  • 4th place. SHINee
  • 3rd place. VIXX
  • 2nd place. BTS
  • 1st place. EXO
EXO released ‘Overdose’ in 2014

2015

  • 5th. SEVENTEEN
  • 4th place. SHINee
  • 3rd place. BIGBANG
  • 2nd place. EXO
  • 1st place. BTS
BTS released ‘I Need U’ in 2015

2016

  • 5th place. SHINee
  • 4th place. BIGBANG
  • 3rd place. SEVENTEEN
  • 2nd place. EXO
  • 1st place. BTS
BTS released ‘Blood Sweat & Tears’ in 2016

2017

  • 5th place. WINNER
  • 4th place. SEVENTEEN
  • 3rd place. EXO
  • 2nd place. Wanna One
  • 1st place. BTS
BTS released ‘Spring Day’ in 2017

2018

  • 5th place. NCT
  • 4th place. SEVENTEEN
  • 3rd place. EXO
  • 2nd place. Wanna One
  • 1st place. BTS
BTS released ‘IDOL’ in 2018

2019

  • 5th place. X1
  • 4th place. NCT
  • 3rd place. SEVENTEEN
  • 2nd place. EXO
  • 1st place. BTS
BTS to release ‘Boy with Luv’ in 2019

2020

  • 5th place. TXT
  • 4th place. EXO
  • 3rd place. NCT
  • 2nd place. SEVENTEEN
  • 1st place. BTS
BTS to release ‘Dynamite’ in 2020

2021

  • 5th place. SHINee
  • 4th place. The Boyz
  • 3rd place. NCT
  • 2nd place. SEVENTEEN
  • 1st place. BTS
BTS to release ‘Butter’ in 2021

Data of the 5 most searched boy groups on Youtube in 2021 in Korea (Blue: BTS, red: SEVENTEEN, yellow: NCT, green: The Boyz, purple: SHINee)

Some comments of Knetizens:

  • BTS’s 2021 data is like a tower compared to the rest…
  • SHINee is truly a legend!
  • Wow The Boyz ranked 4th!!!
  • But NCT’s data is the sum of all their sub-units, right?
  • Well done SEVENTEEN!!
  • Wow SHINee is scary!
  • I’m surprised that The Boyz made it to the top this year…. The Boyz ㅠㅠ
  • Wow, BTS has been going up since 2014, topped 2015 and hasn’t left this position until now?!
  • BTS has been at the top since 2015?! Wow!!!
  • I miss Wanna One
  • BTS is a big hit, and SHINee, who has been at the top for almost 10 years, is also a big hit.
  • BTS’s data is no joke, their figure in 2021 is like a tower!
  • BTS is a living legend that has dominated for a long time, they’ve been at 1st place for 7 years.
  • BTS debuted in 2013, but immediately ranked 2nd in 2014 and then ranked No.1 until now.
  • I checked the data from 2015 when BTS ranked first, all the time except 2016, their data is also such an overwhelming tower!
BTS

Many people are waiting for the chart results of the coming years. Do you think there will be a group that can beat BTS’s position in the following years? And will the next generation groups be able to rise even higher in popularity in Korea? Please share your opinion.

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