Top 100 K-pop songs of all time revealed 

Published August 29, 2021, 6:31 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The top 100 K-pop songs of all time have been revealed. 

Korean music platform Melon and newspaper Seoul Shinmun unveiled the list of the top 100 K-pop songs based on the selection of 35 music experts including music critics, music broadcasters and others in the music industry. 

The top 100 K-pop songs were selected from an initial list of 1,120 songs. The songs underwent two screenings before the final selection was held. 

The selection criteria were symbolism including domestic and international influence; performance including domestic and overseas popularity, and fandom; creativity including artistic creativity; and performance including choreography, music video and stage performance. 

Based on the number of songs that are included in the top 100 rankings, the top artists are: 

1. BTS – 5 songs 

2. SHINee – 4 songs 

3. Girls’ Generation, IU, f(x) and Seo Taiji and Boys – 3 songs each 

4. 2NE1, Wonder Girls, TVXQ and S.E.S. – 2 songs each

Melon’s Top 100 K-pop Songs are: 

1. BoA – “No. 1” – 2002

2. EXO –  “Growl” – 2013

3. Psy  – “Gangnam Style” – 2012

4. BTS  – “Dynamite” – 2020

5. Girls’ Generation –  “Gee” – 2009

6. Girls’ Generation – “Into the New World” – 2007

7. 2NE1 – “I Am the Best” – 2011

8. Brown Eyed Girls – “Abracadabra” – 2009

9. Wonder Girls – “Tell Me” -2007

10. TVXQ –  “Mirotic” – 2008

11. SHINee – “Sherlock” – 2012

12. Super Junior –  “Sorry, Sorry” – 2009

13. BLACKPINK –  “DDU-DU DDU-DU” – 2018 

14. S.E.S. – “I’m Your Girl” – 1997

15. IU –  “Good Day” – 2010

16. Lee Hyori – “10 Minutes” – 200

17. H.O.T. – “Candy” – 1996

18. KARA –  “Mister” – 2009

19. Big Bang – Lies” – 2007

20. Red Velvet –  “Red Flavor” – 2017

21. Seo Taiji and Boys – “I Know” – 1992

22. Lee Jung Hyun –  “Wa (Come)” – 1999

23. Infinite – “Be Mine” – 2011

24. Big Bang –  “Fantastic Baby” – 2012

25. BTS – “Blood Sweat & Tears” – 2016

26. miss A – “Bad Girl Good Girl” – 2010

27. Wonder Girls –  “Nobody” – 2008

28. Sunmi – “Gashina” – 2017

29. Sechskies – “Couple” – 1998

30. g.o.d –  “Lies” – 2000

31. TWICE – “Cheer Up” – 2016

32. BTS  – “Spring Day” – 2017

33. Girls’ Generation –  “I Got a Boy” – 2013

34. IU –  “Twenty-Three” – 2015

35. 2PM –  “Heartbeat” – 2009

36. SHINee’s Taemin – “Move” – 2017

37. 2NE1 – “Fire” – 2009

38.  Baby V.O.X – “Get Up” – 1999

39. Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga In –  “Bloom” – 2012

40. f(x) – “4 Walls” -2015

41. Lee Hyori –  “U-Go-Girl” -2008

42. EXID – “Up and Down” – 2014

43. HyunA –  “Bubble Pop” – 2011

44. Clon –  “Kung Ddari Sha Bah Rah” -1996

45. f(x) – “Nu Abo” – 2010

46. Big Bang’s Taeyang –  “Eyes, Nose, Lips” – 2014

47. Big Bang’s G-Dragon – “Crooked” -2013

48. IZ*ONE –  “Fiesta” – 2020

49. (G)I-DLE – “Lion” – 2019

50. NCT U –  “The 7th Sense” – 2016

51. Chungha – “Gotta Go” – 2019

52. Oh My Girl – “Secret Garden” – 2018

53. SHINee – “View” – 2015

54. Deux –  “In Summer” – 1994

55. f(x) –  “Rum Pum Pum Pum” – 2013

56. TWICE – “TT” – 2016

57. Fin.K.L – “Eternal Love” – 1999

58. H.O.T. –  “Warrior’s Descendant” – 1996

59. Deux  – “Turn Around and Look at Me” – 1993

60. ITZY – “Dalla Dalla” – 2019

61. Park Ji-yoon –  “Coming-of-Age Ceremony” – 2000

62. Rain – “How to Avoid the Sun” – 2003

63. Orange Caramel –  “Catallena” – 2014

64. T-ara – “Roly Poly” – 2011

65. Wanna One – “Energetic” – 2017

66. GFriend – “Rough” – 2016

67. Uhm Jung-hwa – “Invitation” – 1998

68. Shinhwa’s – “Brand New” – 2004

69. Loona – “Butterfly” – 2019

70. BTS – “DNA” -2017

71. SISTAR – “Alone” -2012

72. Rain – “It’s Raining” – 2004

73. Block B’s Zico –  “Any Song” -2020

74. BTS – “Boy With Luv” (feat. Halsey)  – 2019

75. G.o.d –  “Road” – 2001

76. After School –  “Bang!” – 2010

77. iKON –  “Love Scenario” – 2018

78. WINNER – “Really Really” – 2017

79. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon – “I” (feat. Verbal Jint) – 2015

80. Seventeen – “Very Nice” – 2016

81. Shinhwa – “T.O.P. (Twinkling of Paradise)” – 1999

82. IU – “Through the Night” – 2017

83. Mamamoo – “Um Oh Ah Yeh” – 2015

84. Lovelyz – “Ah-Choo” – 2015

85. Red Velvet – “Psycho” – 2019

86. S.E.S. – “Dreams Come True” – 1998

87. SHINee – “Ring Ding Dong” – 2009

88. Fin.K.L –  “To My Boyfriend” – 1998

89. NCT 127 –  “Cherry Bomb” – 2017

90. Busker Busker –  “Cherry Blossom Ending” – 2012

91. Seo Taiji and Boys – “Come Back Home” – 1995

92. Pentagon – “Shine” – 2018

93. BoA – “Atlantis Princess” – 2003

94. NRG – “I Can Do It” – 1997

95. Epik High – “Fly” (feat. Amin. J of Soulciety) – 2006

96. Jinusean –  “Tell Me” – 1997

97. SHINee –  “Replay” – 2008

98. TVXQ “Hug” – 2004

99. Seo Taiji and Boys – “Classroom Idea” – 1994

100. Trouble Maker –  “Trouble Maker” – 2011

 
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