Recently a Korean media outlet examined the MelOn Top 100 to find songs with the most staying power.
Between the first week of January (December 28 – January 3) and the first week of June (May 30 – June 5), 13 songs have taken the No. 1 spot in the MelOn weekly chart. Of these songs, four stayed in the Top 100 for more than 20 weeks.
The longest-running song is “Little Girl” by Oh Hyuk for the “Reply 1988” OST. It was released in November of 2015, but has stayed in the Top 100 for 23 weeks in 2016 and 29 weeks in total.
Five songs have, while not quite reaching 20 weeks, have passed 10 weeks in the Top 100. GFRIEND’s “Rough” lasted 19 weeks, MAMAMOO’s “You’re The Best” lasted 15 weeks, Davichi’s “This Love” from the “Descendants of the Sun” OST lasted 14 weeks, Jang Bum Joon’s “Falling In Love” lasted 11 weeks, and 10cm’s “What the Spring??” lasted 10 weeks.
Many songs released in the spring are receiving lots of love and are likely to have staying power, but have not yet broken records due to their relatively recent releases. This includes Jung Eun Ji’s “Hopefully Sky” which is currently at 7 weeks, TWICE’s “Cheer Up” at 6 weeks, Baek A Yeon’s “So So” at 2 weeks, and Urban Zakapa’s “I Don’t Love You” at 2 weeks. All of these songs are still in the top half of the Top 100 as of June 11.
A Loen Entertainment representative stated, “There have been an increase in senior citizens using smartphones to listen to music. Songs like ‘Little Girl’ that remake classic songs receive lots of love from people of all ages.”
The representative also explained that acoustic songs and ballads tended to have more staying power than dance tracks. “People like songs with lyrics and melodies that they can relate to.”
Which of these songs are you still listening to?