Billboard End of Year Chart Records

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2017 was a fantastic year for KPop on Billboard. More artists than ever made it onto several best of the year charts. As worldwide love for KPop is only going to grow, we decided it was best to keep a simple and handy list of all these important milestones.

We’ve combed through miles of end of year charts for Billboard to see which ones KPop artists actually ranked so that you don’t have to. Only dates where Korean artists appeared are listed. The earliest year listed is the first time a Korean artist ranked. This list will be updated annually.

~ Year End World Album Charts ~

Ranks to 15 places. Scoring based off album sales compiled by Nielsen.

2018 Year End WA Chart Rankings for KPop
1 — BTS — Love Yourself: Tear
2 — BTS — Love Yourself: Answer
3 — BTS — Love Yourself: Her
4 — LAY — NAMANANA: 03
5 — J-Hope — Hope World (EP)
8 — EXO– EXO 5: Don’t Mess Up My Tempo
9 — RM — mono.
12 — BLACKPINK — SQUARE UP (EP)
13 — BTS — Face Yourself
14 — NCT 127 — Regular-Irregular

2017 Year End WA Chart Rankings for KPop
2 — BTS — Love Yourself: Her
5 — GDragon — Kwon Ji Young (EP)
6 — BigBang — MADE
7 — EXO — The War: The 4th Album
9 — BTS — WINGS
11 — BTS — You Never Walk Alone

2016 Year End WA Chart Rankings for KPop:
6 — BTS — WINGS
9 — BTS — The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 2
15 — GOT7 — Fly (EP)

2015 Year End WA Chart Rankings for KPop:
8 — EXO — EXOdus: The 2nd Album

2014 Year End WA Chart Rankings for KPop:
11 — 2NE1 — Crush

~ Year End Top Artists Chart ~

Ranked the top 50 from 2006 to 2009. Since 2010 ranks the top 100 places. Chart is scored by performance on Hot 100 and Billboard 200, radio play, album and track sales, Social 50 score, and Boxscore of touring ticket sales.

KpG Note: This chart is basically the Daesang of Billboard.
You must chart well in multiple categories and platforms in order to place on this chart, therefore it is seen as the hardest chart to rank and is considered a prestigious achievement.

2018 Year End TA Chart KPop Rankings:
8 — BTS
76 — EXO

2017 Year End TA Chart KPop Rankings: 2017BBTopArtist
10 — BTS

2013 Year End TA Chart KPop Rankings:
42 — Psy

2012 Year End TA Chart KPop Rankings:
56 — Psy

~Year End Top Artists – Duo/Group ~

Ranks the top 10 group artists of the year from the Year End Top Artist chart. Chart was created because most artists that rank on Top Artist chart are soloists.

2018 Year End Top Duo/Group Chart KPop Ranking:
2 — BTS

2017 Year End Top Duo/Group Chart KPop Ranking:
2 — BTS — 1st time KPop ranks on chart. 

~ Year End Top Artists – New Artists ~

Ranks the top 10 new artists from the Year End Top Artist chart that debuted on Billboard in that year.

2012 Year End Top New Artist Chart KPop Ranking:
7 — Psy

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~ Year End Social 50 Artists ~

Ranks top 50 Artists. Scoring is based on digital streams (like Spotify, Pandora, etc.), YouTube views, internet searches (such as Wiki and Google) and social media scores (like Twitter and Instagram). The chart began in 2011.

2018 Year End Social 50 KPop Rankings:
1 — BTS
2 — EXO
6 — GOT7
9 — NCT
11 — MONSTA X
12 — SEVENTEEN
14 — Wanna One
23 — NCT 127
28 — BLACKPINK
33 — TWICE
41 — Stray Kids
43 — NCT DREAM
46 — SHINee

2017 Year End Social 50 KPop Rankings:
1 — BTS
35 — EXO
41 — Seventeen

2016 Year End Social 50 KPop Rankings:
34 — BTS

2013 Year End Social 50 KPop Rankings:
18 — Psy

2012 Year End Social 50 KPop Rankings:
15 — Psy

~Year End Twitter Top Tracks ~

Top 50 Tracks passed around on Twitter. Billboard began publishing Twitter Real-Time charts in 2014, which is the year the chart began.

2017 Year End Twitter Top Tracks — *Not Posted*

2016 Year End Twitter Top Tracks KPop Ranking:
26 — BTS — Fire
36 — BTS — Save Me

2014 Year End Twitter Top Tracks KPop Ranking:
48 — Psy — Hangover (feat. Snoop Dogg)

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~ Year End Independent Albums ~

Ranks top 50 album sales (digital and physical) independent label and self publishing artists (KpG Note: Artists like Metallica and Garth Brooks fall into this category, so it doesn’t mean small time or emerging artists.)

2018 Year End Independent Album Chart KPop Ranking:
3 — BTS — Love Yourself: Tear
4 — BTS — Love Yourself: Answer
9 — BTS — Love Yourself: Her
34 — LAY — NAMANANA: 03

2017 Year End Independent Album Chart KPop Ranking:
32 — BTS — Love Yourself: Her

~ Year End Independent Artists ~

Ranks top 10 artists from independent labels and self published artists (KpG Note: until 2016 end of year chart ranked the top 20 artists. Artists like Metallica and XXXTENTACION fall into this category, so it doesn’t mean small time or emerging artists. Chart began in 2011.)

2018 Year End Independent Artists Chart KPop Ranking:
1 — BTS

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~ Year End Japan Hot 100 ~

2018 Year End Japan Hot 100 KPop Rankings:
8 — TWICE — Candy Pop
13  — BTS — Fake Love
18 — TWICE — Wake Me Up
19 — TWICE — TT
24 — BTS — DNA
28 — BTS — MIC Drop (featuring Desiigner)
29 — TWICE– What is Love?
30 — TWICE — Likey
41 — TWICE — Heart Shaker
57 — BLACKPINK — Ddu-du Ddu-du
62 — MOMOLAND — Bboom Bboom
75 — TWICE — BDZ
76 — Jejung/Jaejoong — Sign
86 — TWICE — One More Time
90 — TWICE — Dance The Night Away
95 — TWICE — I Want You Back
96 — BTS — Don’t Leave Me

2017 Year End Japan Hot 100 KPop Rankings:
6 — TWICE — TT
23  — TWICE — Signal
27 — BTS — Chi Ase Namida (Blood Sweat Tears, Jpn Ver)
31 — TWICE — One More Time
56 — TWICE — Like OOH-AHH
59 — TVXQ — Reboot
60 — TWICE — Knock Knock
71 — TWICE– Cheer Up
95 — BigBang — Bang Bang Bang

2015 Year End Japan Hot 100 KPop Rankings:
15 — TVXQ — Sakuramichi

2014 Year End Japan Hot 100 KPop Rankings:
8 — TVXQ — Time Works Wonders
40  — TVXQ — Sweat

2012 Year End Japan Hot 100 KPop Rankings:
50 — Shojo Jidai (SNSD) — PAPARAZZI

2011 Year End Japan Hot 100 KPop Rankings:
12 — KARA — Jet Coaster Love
23 — Shojo Jidai (SNSD) — Gee
53  — KARA — Winter Magic
64 — Jang Keun Suk — Let Me Cry
86  — T-ara — Bo Peep Bo Peep

2010 Year End Japan Hot 100 KPop Rankings:
57 — Shojo Jidai (SNSD) — Gee

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Charts That Only Psy Has Ranked (for now):

~ Canadian Hot 100 ~

2013 Year End Canadian Hot 100 KPop Ranking:
47 — Psy — Gangnam Style

2012 Year End Canadian Hot 100 KPop Ranking:
37 — Psy — Gangnam Style

~ Year End Hot 100 Songs ~

2013 Year End Chart Hot 100 KPop Ranking:
55 — Psy — Gangnam Style

2012 Year End Chart Hot 100 KPop Ranking:
47 — Psy — Gangnam Style

~ Year End Hot 100 Artists ~

Ranks the top Artists who scored the highest by combining tracks that landed on the  Hot 100 Chart. KpG Note: 2009, 2010, and 2013 data is currently not accessible via Billboard.

2012 Year End Hot Chart 100 Artists KPop Ranking:
51 — Psy

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~ Year End Streaming Songs ~

The top 75 songs streamed from North America across multiple platforms (like Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, etc.) The Chart began in 2013.

2015 Year End Song Stream Chart KPop Ranking:
24 — Psy — Gangnam Style

2014 Year End Song Stream Chart KPop Ranking:
14 — Psy — Gangnam Style

2013 Year End Streaming Chart KPop Ranking:
2 — Psy — Gangnam Style
24 — Psy — Gentleman

~ Year End Charts Streaming Artists ~

Ranking for the top 25 most streamed musical artists in the North American market. Chart began in 2013.

2015 Year End Streaming Artists Chart KPop Ranking:
25 — Psy

2014 Year End Streaming Artists Chart KPop Ranking:
15 — Psy

2013 Year End Streaming Artists Chart KPop Ranking:
2 — Psy

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~ Year End Digital Songs ~

Ranks of the top 75 digital song downloads for the year in the North American Market.

2013 Year End Digital Songs KPop Ranking:
27 — Psy — Gangnam Style

2012 Year End Digital Songs KPop Ranking:
27 — Psy — Gangnam Style

~ On Demand Songs ~

Top 50 songs streamed from on demand plays and playlists via subscription based services. Chart began in 2012.

2013 Year End On Demand Songs Chart KPop Ranking:
49 — Psy — Gangnam Style

2012 Year End On Demand Songs Chart KPop Ranking:
41 — Psy — Gangnam Style

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Year End Charts KPop Has Not Placed In Yet:

  • Independent Artists — 2017 began ranking only top 10. Ranked top 20 through 2016.
  • Billboard 200 Albums — The 20 best ranking albums on the Billboard 200. Artists may have more than one album on the chart.
  • Billbaord 200 Top Artists — The Top 100 artists on the Billboard 200 Chart for the year with combined sales from all albums. Artist listing also can include compilation album artists, like Kidz Bop.  (Note: 2015 only listed the top 50 artists).
  • Radio Songs –Top 75 radio play in the North American market.
  • Radio Song Artists — Top 25 artists played in the North American market.
  • Digital Song Artists — Top 25 digital tracks in the North American market.
  • Digital Albums — Top 25 most downloaded albums and album equivalent units. Soundtracks and Various Artist albums are included.
  • On Demand Song Artists — Top 15 Artists from on demand streaming subscription sites.
  • Top Catalog Albums — Top 50 albums that are at least 18 months old and still charting on the Billboard 200 chart.
  • Top Catalog Artists — Top 10 artists that chart on the Catalog Albums chart

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