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Top 10 most popular 3rd generation Kpop groups in 21 countries around the world: BTS can’t beat EXO in 4 countries, 3 of them are in SEA

The rise of the 4th generation Kpop groups in recent years is considered inevitable because any industry must go through the transition stage between generations, but that does not mean that their seniors have lost their impact. In fact, many 3rd generation groups are still very active and continuously gaining impressive achievements and records.

Top 10 most popular 3rd generation Kpop groups in 21 countries around the world: BTS can't beat EXO in 4 countries, 3 of them are in SEA

Due to their different music  genres and concepts, the popularity of 3rd generation groups in each country also has a clear difference. In fact, some groups are particularly popular in this country but are not very well-known to Kpop fans in some others. To better understand the preferences of each market, let’s take a look at the Top 10 most popular 3rd generation groups in 21 countries around the world, based on data collected from Google Trend over the last 5 years, from 2012 to September 2021.

1. Korea

10. MONSTA X

9. EXO

8. TWICE

7. OH MY GIRL

6. GFRIEND

5. GOT7

4. MAMAMOO

3. NCT

2. BLACKPINK

1. BTS

2. Japan

10. EXO

9. MONSTA X

8. MAMAMOO

7. MOMOLAND

6. TWICE

5. iKON

4. GOT7

3. BLACKPINK

2. NCT

1. BTS

3. Taiwan

10. NU’EST

9. SEVENTEEN

8. OH MY GIRL

7. MOMOLAND

6. GOT7

5. BLACKPINK

4. MAMAMOO

3. TWICE

2. EXO

1. BTS

4. China

10. iKON

9. SEVENTEEN

8. GFRIEND

7. MAMAMOO

6. GOT7

5. NCT

4. BLACKPINK

3. TWICE

2. BTS

1. EXO

5. Thailand

10. VIXX

9. GFRIEND

8. TWICE

7. iKON

6. BTOB

5. NCT

4. BLACKPINK

3. GOT7

2. BTS

1. EXO

6. Vietnam

10. MONSTA X

9. MAMAMOO

8. SEVENTEEN

7. iKON

6. GOT7

5. TWICE

4. NCT

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

7. Philippines

10. iKON

9. GFRIEND

8. NCT

7. MOMOLAND

6. SEVENTEEN

5. GOT7

4. TWICE

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

8. Indonesia

10. BTOB

9. iKON

8. GOT7

7. MONSTA X

6. TWICE

5. SEVENTEEN

4. NCT

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

9. Singapore

10. MAMAMOO

9. GFRIEND

8. iKON

7. SEVENTEEN

6. NCT

5. GOT7

4. TWICE

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

10. Myanmar

10. NU’EST

9. iKON

8. SEVENTEEN

7. NCT

6. MONSTA X

5. GOT7

4. TWICE

3. BLACKPINK

2. BTS

1. EXO

11. Campuchia

10. BTOB

9. MAMAMOO

8. GFRIEND

7. TWICE

6. NCT

5. NU’EST

4. GOT7

3. BLACKPINK

2. BTS

1. EXO

12. Italy

10. MONSTA X

9. iKON

8. BTOB

7. TWICE

6. GOT7

5. SEVENTEEN

4. NCT

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

13. Germany

10. B.A.P

9. iKON

8. BTOB

7. TWICE

6. SEVENTEEN

5. GOT7

4. NCT

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

14. France

10. iKON

9. BTOB

8. MONSTA X

7. GOT7

6. SEVENTEEN

5. NCT

4. TWICE

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

15. England

10. VIXX

9. MONSTA X

8. iKON

7. GOT7

6. SEVENTEEN

5. TWICE

4. BLACKPINK

3. EXO

2. NCT

1. BTS

16. Spain

10. BTOB

9. PENTAGON

8. iKON

7. SEVENTEEN

6. GOT7

5. TWICE

4. NCT

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

17. Argentina

10. MAMAMOO

9. iKON

8. GFRIEND

7. GOT7

6. NCT

5. TWICE

4. SEVENTEEN

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

18. Mexico

10. VIXX

9. PENTAGON

8. MONSTA X

7. iKON

6. NCT

5. TWICE

4. GOT7

3. EXO

2. BLACKPINK

1. BTS

19. Canada

10. MAMAMOO

9. GFRIEND

8. B.A.P

7. GOT7

6. TWICE

5. NCT

4. SEVENTEEN

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

20. Brazil

10. PENTAGON

9. MAMAMOO

8. MONSTA X

7. NCT

6. GOT7

5. SEVENTEEN

4. TWICE

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

21. Mỹ

10. BTOB

9. B.A.P

8. MONSTA X

7. GOT7

6. NCT

5. TWICE

4. SEVENTEEN

3. BLACKPINK

2. EXO

1. BTS

Unlike the rankings of their juniors of the 4th generation where many groups take turns to rank 1st place in different markets, the 3rd generation’s champion when it comes to popularity for many years has always been a one-on-one battle between the two top Kpop boy groups – BTS and EXO. In particular, BTS still dominates when topping the charts in 17/21 countries, stretching from Asia, Europe to America, once again proving their power as a global group. 

However, there are 4 countries where BTS can’t win against EXO, and 3 of them are Southeast Asian countries. In all 4 countries where EXO ranks 1st (China, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia), BTS is in 2nd place.

Sources: tinnhac

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