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The best idol of all time: BLACKPINK, TWICE with controversial rankings, has BTS preserved the “throne”?

Based on the list of songs that are considered "masterpieces" voted by MelOn, top names such as BLACKPINK, BTS, SNSD, TWICE... have fiercely competed for the title of the best idol of all time.

On August 27, MelOn released a list of the 100 best K-pop songs of all time. For this result, MelOn asked 35 music critics and industry experts to name their picks, and compiled a list based on all the answers. The final result names many hits of popular Kpop idols such as BTS, BLACKPINK , EXO, TWICE , SNSD…

Big names like TWICE, BTS, and BLACKPINK all have hits in the top 100 chosen by MelOn

However, according to The Seoul Shinmun ‘s YouTube channel , the list has some bias. The more controversial opinions about a song, the lower the song’s ranking. Therefore, to compensate for this bias, The Seoul Shinmun has compiled a ranking of artists based on the number and digital score of MelOn’s list.

5. IU
Solo artist IU has three songs that charted in the MelOn top 100 such as Good Day, Twenty-Three, and Through The Night . However, with a voice that is said to be “national treasure of timbre”, IU is also known for many hits like Palette, Dear Name and Friday.

U won the top spot convincingly


MV Through The Night – IU

4. BoA
In addition to IU, BoA is also a rare solo female idol to appear in this top. With the song No.1 , BoA made a huge hit and took the number 1 spot on Melon’s top 100 chart. This position is not controversial, because “big sister” BoA is a leading name in the Kpop village, and has great merit in making Kpop popular in the Japanese market. Besides No.1 , some other BoA ​​songs are also loved such as Atlantis Girl, My Name, Girls On Top.

SM’s female idol is the “older” name in Kpop


MV No.1 – BoA

3. SHINee
There are many SHINee songs that the experts have chosen, such as Sherlock, View, Ring Ding Dong, Replay, Lucifer and Everybody . The number of highly rated songs has shown the popularity and success of SHINee in the Korean market.

SHINee keeps their form at 3rd place

MV Lucifer – SHINee

“SM chickens” show themselves as an extremely heavyweight opponent in this ranking when “holding all” in 3 consecutive high rankings. Specifically, the runner-up position belongs to the “national group” SNSD. Many experts voted for the group’s viral song ” Gee” and their debut song ” Into The New World” , but I Got A Boy and Genie are also SNSD ‘s hugely popular hits . These are songs associated with the girls’ names and are often covered by juniors.

SNSD is the highest ranked SM artist on this list



1. BTS
Not surprisingly, BTS has been named by experts as the top K-pop artist of all time. In the list of top 100 songs selected by MelOn, BTS excellently “registered” their 5 hits, including: Dynamite, Blood Sweat & Tears, Spring Day, DNA and Boy With Love . With a large fan base , BTS has repeatedly “touched the roof” of MelOn, bringing back extremely positive digital music achievements with each comeback.

BTS won the 1st place for the best idol of all time


MV Dynamite – BTS

The remaining names in the top 20:

7. Wonder Girls

8. 2NE1

9. f(x)

10. Red Velvet

11. EXO


13. Seo Taiji & Boys

14. HOT

15. TVXQ

16. Lee Hyori

17. SES


19. PSY

20. KARA

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