35 Music Critics & Professionals Select Melon's Top 100 K-pop Masterpieces –Find Out Which Song is the Most Legendary

MelOn's "Top 100 K-pop Masterpieces" is now completed! The list comprised of the most legendary songs through the years were finally selected and certified by music critics and professionals – after careful selection and numerous rounds and elimination. Based on the result, top artists such as BTS, SHINee, EXO, IU, f(x), Girls Generation, TWICE, 2NE1, and more – shined the most with their hit tracks!

On August 27, the "Top 100 K-pop Masterpieces" is finally released by MelOn. The list is a record of the most famous K-pop tracks — which also defined the history of the music industry.

As a final result, hit tracks of numerous K-pop artists including EXO's "Growl," BTS's "Dynamite," 2NE1's "I am the Best," SHINee's "Replay" TWICE's "Cheer Up," and more entered the Top 100, proving their influence and power in the K-pop scene.

MelOn's 'Top 100 K-pop Masterpieces': Details, Selection Process of 35 Music Critics and Professionals

In context, MelOn, one of Korea's largest online music stores and streaming services, conducted a selection of 100 masterpieces through the years – with the help of music industry officials.

During the selection process, 20 music critics, including Kim Youngdae, 8 Music broadcasters, and 7 music industry officials, worked together.

The songs were chosen based on their symbolism, popularity, and influence on both domestic and international stages, its significance in the K-pop growth, artistic creativity, MV, and concert performances.

Among 1,120 songs as the candidates, 100 songs were carefully chosen in a span of five months with 3 rounds.

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As a result, BoA topped the rankings with her iconic track, "No.1," followed by the legendary EXO's "Growl," and Psy's "Gangnam Style."

For the special rankings, "Most Ranked Up Artists," BTS then dominated as No. 1 with five songs, including "Dynamite," (No. 4), "Blood Sweat & Tears" (No.25), "Spring Day," (No. 32) "DNA" (No. 70), and "Boy with Luv" (No. 74).

SHINee then trailed behind at No. 2, with four songs including its hit tracks, "Sherlock," "Ring Ding Dong," "Replay," and "View."

Girls Generation, IU, f(x), and Seo Taiji and Boys tied at No. 3 with three songs, while 2NE1, Wonder Girls, TVXQ, and SES tied at No. 4 with two songs.

Here's the Complete Rankings of 'Top 100 K-pop Masterpieces':

1. BoA - No.1 (2002)
2. EXO - 으르렁 (Growl) (2013)
3. PSY - 강남스타일 (2012)
4. BTS - Dynamite (2020)
5. Girls' Generation - Gee (2009)
6. Girls' Generation - 다시 만난 세계 (Into the New World) (2007)
7. 2NE1 - 내가 제일 잘나가 (I am the Best) (2011)
8. Brown Eyed Girls - Abracadabra (2009)
9. Wonder Girls - Tell me (2007)
10. TVXQ! - 주문-MIROTIC (2008)

11. SHINee - Sherlock.셜록 (Clue+Note) (2012)
12. SUPER JUNIOR - 쏘리 쏘리 (Sorry, Sorry) (2009)
13. BLACKPINK - 뚜두뚜두 (DDU-DU DDU-DU) (2018)
14. S.E.S. - ('Cause) I'm Your Girl (1997)
15. IU - 좋은 날 (2010)
16. Lee Hyori - 10 Minutes (2003)
17. H.O.T. - Candy (1996)
18. KARA - 미스터 (2009)
19. BIGBANG - 거짓말 (2007)
20. Red Velvet - 빨간 맛 (Red Flavor) (2017)

21. Seotaiji and Boys - 난 알아요 (1992)
22. Lee Jung Hyun - 와 (1999)
23. INFINITE - 내꺼하자 (2011)
24. BIGBANG - FANTASTIC BABY (2012)
25. BTS - 피 땀 눈물 (2016)
26. miss A - Bad Girl Good Girl (2010)
27.Wonder Girls - Nobody (2008)
28.Sunmi - 가시나 (2017)
29. SECHSKIES - 커플 (1998)
30. god - 거짓말 (2000)

31. TWICE - CHEER UP (2016)
32. BTS - 봄날 (2017)
33. Girls' Generation - I Got A Boy (2013)
34. IU - 스물셋 (2015)
35. 2PM - Heartbeat (2009)
36. Taemin - MOVE (2017)
37. 2NE1 - Fire (2009)
38. Baby VOX - Get Up (1999)
39. Gain - 피어나 (2012)
40. f(x) - 4 Walls (2015)

41. Lee Hyori - U-Go-Girl (With Nassun) (2008)
42. EXID - 위아래 (2014)
43. HyunA - Bubble Pop! (2011)
44. CLON - 꿍따리 샤바라 (1996)
45. f(x) - NU 예삐오 (NU ABO) (2010)
46. Taeyang - 눈, 코, 입 (2014)
47. G-Dragon - 삐딱하게 (Crooked) (2013)
48. IZ*ONE - FIESTA (2020)
49. (G)I-DLE - LION (2019)
50. NCT U - 일곱 번째 감각 (The 7th Sense) (2016)

51. Chungha - 벌써 12시 (2019)
52. OH MY GIRL - 비밀정원 (2018)
53. SHINee - View (2015)
54. DEUX - 여름 안에서 (1994)
55. f(x) - 첫 사랑니(Rum Pum Pum Pum) (2013)
56. TWICE - TT (2016)
57. Fin. K.L - 영원한 사랑 (1999)
58. H.O.T. - 전사의 후예 (폭력시대) (1992)
59. DEUX - 나를 돌아봐 (1993)
60. ITZY - 달라달라 (2019)

61. Park Ji Yoon - 성인식 (2000)
62. Rain - 태양을 피하는 방법 (2003)
63. Orange Caramel - 까탈레나 (Catallena) (2014)
64. T-ARA - Roly-Poly (2011)
65. Wanna One - 에너제틱 (Energetic) (2017)
66. GFRIEND - 시간을 달려서 (Rough) (2016)
67. Uhm Jung Hwa - 초대 (1998)
68. SHINHWA - Brand New (2004)
69. LOONA - Butterfly (2019)
70. BTS - DNA (2017)

71. SISTAR - 나혼자 (Alone) (2012)
72. Rain - It's Raining (2004)
73. Zico - 아무노래 (2020)
74. BTS - 작은 것들을 위한 시 (Boy With Luv) (Feat. Halsey) (2019)
75. god - 길 (2001)
76. AFTERSCHOOL - 뱅(Bang)! (2010)
77. iKON - 사랑을 했다 (LOVE SCENARIO) (2018)
78. WINNER - REALLY REALLY (2017)
79. Taeyeon - I (Feat. Verbal Jint) (2015)
80. SEVENTEEN - 아주 NICE (2016)

81. SHINHWA - T.O.P. (Twinkling Of Paradise) (1999)
82. IU - 밤편지 (2017)
83. MAMAMOO - 음오아예 (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 - 내 남자친구에게 (1998)
89. NCT 127 - Cherry Bomb (2017)
90. Busker Busker - 벚꽃 엔딩 (2012)

91. Seotaiji and Boys - Come Back Home (1995)
92. PENTAGON - 빛나리 (2018)
93. BoA - 아틀란티스 소녀 (Atlantis Princess (2003)
94. NRG - 할 수 있어 (1997)
95. Epik High - Fly (Feat. Amin. J) (2006)
96. Jinusean - 말해줘 (1997)
97. SHINee - 누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay) (2008)
98. TVXQ - Hug (2004)
99. Seotaiji and Boys - 교실 이데아 (1994)
100. Trouble Maker - Trouble Maker (2011)

Sources: (Melon) (Korean Sales Twitter)

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Written by Eunice Dawson

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