In a survey involving 2,000 people & 30 pop music experts, we now have a ranking of the top K-pop artists & songs of the past 20 years!
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2 Sep 2016 - 3:11 PM  UPDATED 2 Sep 2016 - 3:11 PM

In an attempt to rank the best K-pop artists and songs of the past 20 years, Korean media outlet Donga Ilbo, web magazine Idology, and research company M Brain all recently partnered up to conduct a survey about the best of K-pop.

Approximately 2,000 people and 30 pop music experts were involved in the survey, all of whom were of a wide-ranging demographic and age-range. Here are the results of the survey - and some results may surprise you! 

Best male song according to the public

  1. Lies - BIGBANG - 40.2% of votes
  2. Candy - H.O.T - 26.5% of votes
  3. Lies - god - 22.8% of votes
  4. Sorry Sorry - Super Junior - 16.7% of votes
  5. Growl - EXO - 14.9% of votes
  6. Couple - Sechs Kies - 13.7% of votes
  7. Rising Sun - TVXQ - 5.9% of votes
  8. Fiction - Beast - 4.9% of votes
  9. Ring Ding Dong - SHINee - 4.6% of votes
  10. Be Mine - INFINITE - 4.3% of votes
  11. Heartbeat - 2PM - 3.7% of votes
  12. It's Raining - Rain - 2.7% of votes
  13. Run - BTS - 2.3% of votes
  14. Adore U - SEVENTEEN - 1.4% of votes

 

Best female song according to the public

  1. Gee - Girls' Generation - 34.2of votes
  2. Tell Me - Wonder Girls - 30.9of votes
  3. Good Day - IU - 16.5of votes
  4. No. 1 - BoA - 14.6of votes
  5. 10 Minutes - Lee Hyori - 12of votes
  6. Forever Love - Fin.K.L - 11.7of votes
  7. I'm Your Girl - S.E.S. - 10.9of votes
  8. Cheer Up - TWICE - 10.8of votes
  9. I'm The Best - 2NE1 - 9.3of votes
  10. Up & Down - EXID - 7.7of votes
  11. Rough - G-Friend - 3.1of votes
  12. Bad Girl Good Girl - Miss A - 3.1of votes
  13. Mister - KARA - 2.5of votes
  14. Roly Poly - T-ara - 2.3of votes

 

Best male song according to the experts

  1. Lies - BIGBANG - 10 votes
  2. Candy - H.O.T - 9 votes
  3. Growl - EXO - 7 votes
  4. Mirotic - TVXQ - 6 votes
  5. Sherlock - SHINee/ Dear Mother - god/ Bae Bae - BIGBANG/ Couple - Sechs Kies - 4 votes
  6. Be Mine - INFINITE/ Sorry Sorry - Super Junior/ Fantastic Baby - BIGBANG/ Lucifer - SHINee - 3 votes
  7. Haru Haru - BIGBANG/ Dream Girl - SHINee/ One of a Kind - G-Dragon - 2 votes

 

Best female song according to experts

  1. Gee - Girls' Generation - 16 votes
  2. Tell Me - Wonder Girls - 11 votes
  3. I'm Your Girl - S.E.S - 6 votes
  4. I'm the Best - 2NE1/ Into the New World - Girls' Generation/ No.1 - BoA - 5 votes
  5. Cheer Up - TWICE/ NU Abo - f(x) - 3 votes
  6. Rough - G-Friend/ Electric Shock - f(x)/ I Got a Boy - Girls' Generation - 2 votes

 

Best male artists according to the public

  1. BIGBANG - 44.0of votes
  2. H.O.T. - 28.8of votes
  3. god -  18.9of votes
  4. TVXQ - 15.6of votes
  5. Shinhwa - 14.2of votes
  6. Super Junior - 12.1of votes
  7. EXO - 10.0of votes
  8. Sechs Kies - 7.7of votes
  9. BEAST - 3.5of votes
  10. BTS - 3.2of votes
  11. SHINee - 2.9of votes
  12. 2PM - 2.5of votes
  13. CNBLUE - 1.9of votes
  14. INFINITE - 1.7of votes
  15. FTIsland - 1.6of votes

 

Best female artists according to the public

  1. SNSD - 55.7of votes
  2. Fin.K.L - 18.7of votes
  3. S.E.S. - 17.8of votes
  4. Wonder Girls - 17.3of votes
  5. BoA - 14.3of votes
  6. IU - 11.9of votes
  7. 2NE1 - 9.3of votes
  8. TWICE - 7.7of votes
  9. Sistar - 7.0of votes
  10. Gfriend - 5.9of votes
  11. Apink - 3.3of votes
  12. AOA - 2.1of votes
  13. KARA - 1.6of votes
  14. 4minute - 1.3of votes
  15. f(x) - 1.1of votes

 

Best male artists according to experts

  1. BIGBANG - 25 votes
  2. TVXQ/H.O.T - 13 votes
  3. SHINee - 11 votes
  4. god - 10 votes
  5. EXO - 8 votes
  6. Shinhwa - 3 votes
  7. Super Junior/ INFINITE/ Sechs Kies - 2 votes
  8. BTS - 1 vote

 

Best female artists according to experts

  1. Girls' Generation - 21 votes
  2. Wonder Girls - 16 votes
  3. 2NE1 - 11 votes
  4. S.E.S. - 10 votes
  5. f(x) - 7 votes
  6. Fin.K.L - 4 votes
  7. TWICE - 3 votes
  8. KARA/IU - 2 votes
  9. Baby VOX/ SISTAR/ G-Friend/ HyunA - 1 vote

According to the results, many participants in their 30s chose H.O.T over more recent groups, and those who were older preferred g.o.d's music. Unsurprisingly, younger participants in the 10-20 age bracket voted towards newer artists such as BIGBANG, EXO and Girls' Generation. 

Interestingly, the experts noted that the years 2007 and 2008 were landmark years for K-pop and its history, no doubt due to the release of BIGBANG's "Lies" and Wonder Girls' "Tell Me", as well as the debuts of Girls' Generation and SHINee.

And finally, the results also demonstrated different song preferences between genders as women were more likely to choose from Wonder Girls and SISTAR, and men were more inclined to chose Girls' Generation and TWICE. 

Do you agree with the results of this survey?

Source: Donga

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