This year three K-Pop music videos have surpassed 20 million views on YouTube, while another nine surpassed 10 million.
The artists behind this record are Super Junior, HyunA, 2NE1, followed by SNSD, Big Bang and Kara. However it is possible more will be added to the list during the remaining two months of the year.
At the moment, Super Junior’s “Mr.Simple” surpassed 25 million hits, while 2NE1 produced three MVs that had 10 million hits each. With the K-POP boom spreading worldwide, one of this year’s standard for being a “hit song” was the number of YouTube hits. However, there have even been malicious conspiracy theories between anti-k-pop fans that the Korean government rigged the number of hits.
First of all, let’s talk numbers. Super Junior’s “Mr.Simple” (approx. 25,610,000), HyunA’s “Bubble Pop” (20,710,000), and 2NE1’s “I Am The Best” (20,690,000) were the most popular videos.
“Mr.Simple” tops other Korean tracks, with the backing of Super Junior’s popularity all around the world. After easy-to-sing and fast songs such as “Sorry Sorry” and “Bonamana“, Super Junior continued to attract the world audience with “Mr.Simple”.
HyunA confirmed her status as next sexy icon with her solo song “Bubble Pop” and was the runner up just after Super Junior. Ironically, HyunA got more hits with her solo single than her group 4minute.
This year 2NE1 showed what they were capable of by releasing three hit songs, including “I Am The Best“, which got over 20 million YouTube hits, “Lonely” (17,910,000 hits) and “Hate You” (10,490,000 hits).
If we were to include overseas releases, SNSD would have got the first place. The Japanese MV of “Mr.Taxi” had an incredible 34,480,000 hits. SNSD also seems close to surpassing 20 million hits with the Korean song “The Boys“, which, by November 9, registered 16,890,000 hits.
Big Bang released two MVs that collected more the 10 million hits. “Tonight” had 15,710,000 hits and “Love Song” 13,050,000. Despite being released last year, GD&TOP also enjoyed more than 12 million hits.
Kara, who released a new single “Step” in Korea after a long time, surpassed 13,590,000 hits. Wonder Girls released their new track “Be My Baby” on November 7 and is presently at 4 million+ hits. With their popularity and fan base, it is likely they will join the this year’s “10 million hit group.”