Melon Reveals List Of Top 100 K-Pop Songs Of All Time, As Chosen By Music Critics & Industry Experts

Melon has published its full list of the top 100 K-pop songs of all time!

In order to sum up the past three decades of K-pop, Melon—Korea’s largest music streaming service—enlisted the help of 35 music critics and industry experts. Each of the 35 judges was first asked to compile their own individual list of what they considered the 100 best K-pop songs of all time, and those 35 lists were used to create Melon’s final list of the top 100 K-pop songs.

The 35 judges were asked to choose their lists of 100 songs based on the following four criteria: significance (a song’s influence both within Korea and abroad, its mark on the growth of K-pop, and its musical singularity and creative daring), success (a song’s mainstream appeal, its popularity both within Korea and abroad, and its fandom), artistic quality (a song’s artistic creativity and the quality level of the music), and performance (a song’s choreography, music video, and stage performances).

Melon’s full list of its top 100 K-pop songs is as follows:

  1. BoA’s “No. 1”
  2. EXO’s “Growl”
  3. PSY’s “Gangnam Style”
  4. BTS’s “Dynamite”
  5. Girls’ Generation’s “Gee”
  6. Girls’ Generation’s “Into the New World”
  7. 2NE1’s “I Am the Best”
  8. Brown Eyed Girls’ “Abracadabra”
  9. Wonder Girls’ “Tell Me”
  10. TVXQ’s “Mirotic”
  11. SHINee’s “Sherlock”
  12. Super Junior’s “Sorry, Sorry”
  14. S.E.S.’s “I’m Your Girl”
  15. IU’s “Good Day”
  16. Lee Hyori’s “10 Minutes”
  17. H.O.T.’s “Candy”
  18. KARA’s “Mister”
  19. BIGBANG’s “Lies”
  20. Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor”
  21. Seo Taiji and Boys’ “I Know”
  22. Lee Jung Hyun’s “Come (Wa)”
  23. INFINITE’s “Be Mine”
  24. BIGBANG’s “Fantastic Baby”
  25. BTS’s “Blood Sweat & Tears”
  26. miss A’s “Bad Girl Good Girl”
  27. Wonder Girls’ “Nobody”
  28. Sunmi’s “Gashina”
  29. SECHSKIES’s “Couple”
  30. g.o.d’s “Lies”
  31. TWICE’s “Cheer Up”
  32. BTS’s “Spring Day”
  33. Girls’ Generation’s “I Got a Boy”
  34. IU’s “Twenty-Three”
  35. 2PM’s “Heartbeat”
  36. SHINee’s Taemin’s “Move”
  37. 2NE1’s “Fire”
  38. Baby V.O.X’s “Get Up”
  39. Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga In’s “Bloom”
  40. f(x)’s “4 Walls”
  41. Lee Hyori’s “U-Go-Girl”
  42. EXID’s “Up and Down”
  43. HyunA’s “Bubble Pop”
  44. Clon’s “Kung Ddari Sha Bah Rah”
  45. f(x)’s “NU ABO”
  46. BIGBANG’s Taeyang’s “Eyes, Nose, Lips”
  47. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon’s “Crooked”
  48. IZ*ONE’s “Fiesta”
  49. (G)I-DLE’s “Lion”
  50. NCT U’s “The 7th Sense”
  51. Chungha’s “Gotta Go”
  52. Oh My Girl’s “Secret Garden”
  53. SHINee’s “View”
  54. DEUX’s “In Summer”
  55. f(x)’s “Rum Pum Pum Pum”
  56. TWICE’s “TT”
  57. Fin.K.L’s “Eternal Love”
  58. H.O.T.’s “Warrior’s Descendant”
  59. DEUX’s “Turn Around and Look at Me”
  61. Park Ji Yoon’s “Coming-of-Age Ceremony”
  62. Rain’s “How to Avoid the Sun”
  63. Orange Caramel’s “Catallena”
  64. T-ara’s “Roly Poly”
  65. Wanna One’s “Energetic”
  66. GFRIEND’s “Rough”
  67. Uhm Jung Hwa’s “Invitation”
  68. Shinhwa’s “Brand New”
  69. LOONA’s “Butterfly”
  70. BTS’s “DNA”
  71. SISTAR’s “Alone”
  72. Rain’s “It’s Raining”
  73. Block B’s Zico’s “Any Song”
  74. BTS’s “Boy With Luv” (featuring Halsey)
  75. g.o.d’s “Road”
  76. After School’s “Bang!”
  77. iKON’s “Love Scenario”
  78. WINNER’s “Really Really”
  79. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon’s “I” (featuring Verbal Jint)
  80. SEVENTEEN’s “Very Nice”
  81. Shinhwa’s “T.O.P. (Twinkling of Paradise)”
  82. IU’s “Through the Night”
  83. MAMAMOO’s “Um Oh Ah Yeh”
  84. Lovelyz’s “Ah-Choo”
  85. Red Velvet’s “Psycho”
  86. S.E.S.’s “Dreams Come True”
  87. SHINee’s “Ring Ding Dong”
  88. Fin.K.L’s “To My Boyfriend”
  89. NCT 127’s “Cherry Bomb”
  90. Busker Busker’s “Cherry Blossom Ending”
  91. Seo Taiji and Boys’ “Come Back Home”
  92. PENTAGON’s “Shine”
  93. BoA’s “Atlantis Princess”
  94. NRG’s “I Can Do It”
  95. Epik High’s “Fly” (featuring Amin. J)
  96. Jinusean’s “Tell Me”
  97. SHINee’s “Replay”
  98. TVXQ’s “Hug”
  99. Seo Taiji and Boys’ “Classroom Idea”
  100. Trouble Maker’s “Trouble Maker”

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