No matter how you look at it, 15 years is a long time, which makes it all the more amazing that so many artists that were around at the very early days of Soompi are still alive and kicking today. We thought it would be fitting to go through each of the years Soompi’s been bringing you the best in K-Pop and choose the MVP that came out of each year. We’re defining MVP as the artist that had the most impact and relevance in the long run, with emphasis on the international fandom. The choices were pretty clear for most years, though the competition was particularly fierce in 2008, 2009, and 2010, leading to some disagreement amongst our staff (Hottests vs. Shawols, anyone?). This might explain the explosion of new idol groups that debuted in 2011 – 58, if you’re keeping count.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit our favorite oppas and noonas in their younger days.