The Top 100 Kpop Artists In the World

PSY and BTS: The top 2 Kpop Artists Worldwide

Who are the most popular Kpop artists in the world? We turned to Spotify and Chartmetric for the answer.

Kpop artists ranking based on the total number of Spotify followers worldwide, as tracked by Chartmetric.

BTS
1. BTS

 

PSY
2. PSY

 

Big Bang
3. Big Bang

 

EXO
4. EXO

 

Black Pink
5. Black Pink

 

2NE1
6. 2NE1

 

Girls Generation
7. Girls Generation

 

G-Dragon
8. G-Dragon

 

SHINee
9. SHINee

 

Seventeen
10. Seventeen

 

Red Velvet
11. Red Velvet

 

Super Junior
12. Super Junior

 

GOT7
13. GOT7

 

Monsta X
14. Monsta X

 

4Minute
15. 4Minute

 

f(x)
16. f(x)

 

Jay Park
17. Jay Park

 

iKON
18. iKON

 

Taeyeon
19. Taeyeon

 

Vixx
20. Vixx

 

Winner
21. Winner

 

EXID
22. EXID

 

Hyuna
23. Hyuna

 

Dean
24. Dean

 

Infinite
25. Infinite

 

CL
26. CL

 

K.A.R.D.
27. K.A.R.D.

 

TaeYang
28. TaeYang

 

Block B
29. Block B

 

BTOB
30. BTOB

 

IU
31. IU

 

EXO-K
32. EXO-K

 

BAP
33. B.A.P.

 

AOA
34. AOA

 

NCT 127
35. NCT 127

 

Beast
36. Beast

 

Ailee
37. Ailee

 

Gfriend
38. Gfriend

 

Apink
39. Apink

 

Mamamoo
40. Mamamoo

 

CN Blue
41. CN Blue

 


42. Akdong Musician

 

Taemin
43. Taemin

 

I.O.I.
44. I.O.I.

 

Miss A
45. Miss A

 

Zico
46. Zico

 

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
47. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

 

T-Ara
48. T-Ara

 

TWICE
49. TWICE

 

Zion.T
50. Zion.T

 

B1A4
51. B1A4

 

Sistar
52. Sistar

 

EXO-CBK
53. EXO-CBK

 

Girls Day
54. Girls Day

 

Epik High
55. Epik High

 

아스트로
56. 아스트로

 

鹿晗
57. 鹿晗

 

Girls Generation-TTS
58. Girls Generation-TTS

 

Lee Hi
59. Lee Hi

 

GD & TOP
60. GD & TOP

 

NCT Dream
61. NCT Dream

 

Nuest
62. Nuest

 

T.O.P
63. T.O.P

 

Crush
64. Crush

 

EXO-M
65. EXO-M

 

Eric Nam
66. Eric Nam

 

U-Kiss
67. U-Kiss

 

2PM
68. 2PM

 

BoA
69. BoA

 

Tablo
70. Tablo

 

TVXQ!
71. TVXQ!

 

SF9
72. SF9

 

Perfume
73. Perfume

 

CLC
74. CLC

 

FTISLAND
75. FTISLAND

 

Wonder Girls
76. Wonder Girls

 

Hyukoh
77. Hyukoh

 

Oh My Girl
78. Oh My Girl

 

Orange Caramel
79. Orange Caramel

 

SEUNGRI
80. SEUNGRI

 

Jessica
81. Jessica

 

KARA
82. KARA

 

Amber
83. Amber

 

UP10TION
84. UP10TION

 

JONGHYUN
85. JONGHYUN

 

Trouble Maker
86. Trouble Maker

 

Super Junior-D&E
87. Super Junior-D&E

 


88. Toppdogg

 

Teen Top
89. Teen Top

 

Lovelyz
90. Lovelyz

 

GD x Taeyang
91. GD x Taeyang

 

Kim Hyun-joong
92. Kim Hyun-joong

 

Boyfriend
93. Boyfriend

 

Uniq
94. Uniq

 

Brown Eyed Girls
95. Brown Eyed Girls

 

MBLAQ
96. MBLAQ

 

VIXX LR
97. VIXX LR

 

Shinhwa
98. Shinhwa

 

WJSN
99. WJSN

 

Davichi
100. Davichi

 

Other Kpop artists that just missed the list: Se7en, Chanyeol, Ztao, K. Will, Beenzino, After School, and Boys Republic.  Everyone in the top 100 has at least 30,000 Spotify followers, with BTS easily number one with more than 1.3 million.

30 Responses

  1. Idk

    ugh bts is just too popular… two years back when bts were flops, listening to bts made me feel emo and edgy but now they are the most popular K-pop band and everyone knows them. IDK i should be happy or upset. I really hope they don’t release any more upbeat songs and release those angsty everyone hates me/plz don’t die hyung sort of songs

    • Mila

      except blood,sweat and tears and not today all their songs on their album were emo
      They themselves said in interviews that since they are K-pop idols they have no other option .They have to release generic upbeat K-pop songs to satisfy the majority of K-pop fans especially in Korea.
      Do you want them to get broken again?

    • Hi

      I don’t mean to be rude but it was just a little rude what you said. I understand if you don’t like them but it’s not necessary to post things like that. Your completely entitled to your opinion, please don’t get me wrong! It makes me sad to see people commenting things like this about any band. BTS worked and works really hard to get where they are now, on their music and on their choreography , like any band they work hard. I also happen to like those ’emo’ songs and yes they were sad but i connect with them, ya know? They haven’t stoped creating them either, like Mila said, Most of their songs in the new album were ’emo’. BTS are more of a realistic band they write about real world problems, where Exo, for example, are more a fantasy band and their music is also amazing, there’s nothing wrong with that, like I said they’re still amazing! You probably won’t read any of this and i understand. Your entitled to freedom of speech but please try not to post comments like this about any band. Their all amazing and don’t deserve to hear things like this from anyone. I’m sorry if you take offence to any of this i didn’t mean it that way at all. Please think before posting something like this next time.
      Sincerely,
      A friend.

    • Kim Carter

      omg why you say that about BTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • PERIOD BOO

        BTS is the best and who ever say something I mean everything I will best soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! period boo

    • mickey

      wth
      whatever song they make it sounds good
      And they earned their popularity with hard work so dont complain about them being too popular and all their songs are special and have meaning to it.

  2. Rubberneck

    How anyone over 20 who doesn’t live in Korea can take this pure garbage seriously is beyond me.

    • Jennifer

      The only reason I’m agreeing with you is because the author of this article is a shit piece of trash. Otherwise, I have no understanding as to why you would think something like this would have no interest, especially since you are on this very webpage right now.

      • Jasel

        Why bts is so popular kpop?because there song is so beautiful and there song is so many meaning,bts is so handsome…thats why bts is so famous??

        • someone's someone

          Yes bts are handsome but there are other handsome underrated groups such as a.c.e like i love bts but i stan so many other groups that deserve the fans not saying bts dont deserve army its just kpop is a competition and less popular groups dont get as much attention when their so talented just like bts

  3. Eed

    I love exo n bts but of course bts always number 1!

  4. Michelle

    Um, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume have both literally never produced music in Korean? They’re not k-pop. Luhan isn’t a k-pop artist anymore either.
    Most of your articles on Asian pop are unresearched and twisted for clickbait anyway, so I don’t know why I expected this one to be credible.

  5. Pearl

    Bigbang at #3 and GD alone at #8. <3

    Side note: I noticed Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is at #47, even though she's a Jpop artist and this is a list for Kpop artists..

  6. chokyuhyunx

    It’s honestly a trash list or ranking, whatever you want to call it. I think when people make these rankings they mix popularity with trend. Trend is what BTS is, unlike EXO who is legitimately very popular (especially in ASIA) the only proof you need of that is that EXO is the best selling boy group in kpop history, they have been asked to not only represent kpop but their country, South Korea, as well. They’ve also won the president’s commendation and prime minister’s commendation. Sure bts is more relatively popular like overseas and whatnot ( Asia is much more populated lol + I hate to be the one to say it but most of the pople that even listen to kpop are Asian and typically live somewhere in ASIA) but most of what you people consider “popularity” is just trend.

    • VIP

      I have to disagree with you here, because what you’re saying is very bias. I know when you said EXO represented their country, you are referring to the Winter Olympics. Well news flash for you, BTS was asked and they turned it down due to a massively busy schedule, as did PSY. Best selling artist, by that you mean albums, because EXO has not always done well digitally, if you look at the Korean charts, Gaon, you will find Big Bang has always been massive digitally, dare I say the kings of digital, no one has evencome close, except for Ikon’s single, love scenario. And you know what the sad thing is, BTS has over taken Exo with regards to album sales in the past two years. Love yourself albums are hitting past the 1.6 million marks. This is only a SINGLE album, the last time any Korean artist was this successful was back in HOT and GODs era!!! I mean Exo has done well, but by selling the main album as well as repackages……to reach the 1.6 million mark, just. Did you know that it was rumoured that SM scheduled Exos comeback at the end of August, however before it was confirmed, BTS announced their comeback then. SM chickened out, Exo will have the last comeback in winter. This is clearly a strategic move, to ensure Exo wins the album of the month in the 4th quarter at the Gaon awards as they wont be competing with BTS. Look, Exo was at the height of popularity back in 204.15.16 but that’s gone now, they are still massively popular but not at their peak. I have been a VIP for a long time, I always thought that Exo was going to be the next big thing after Big Bang. However BTS came along and just stole the spot light, but hey, it’s the music industry, anything is possible and I’m proud that they are now continuing that pathway for kpop.

    • lany

      y dicen que las armys son las toxicas ,no seas tan picota sigue escuchandolos si por esta lista no se van a morir ,gente como tu arruina el kpop ,sientete orgullosa que exo esta en el top y listo

  7. Please be good for each other

    Please it is just music. Please don’t quarrel of this. you are arguing for this. in other countries there are bigger quarrels and there is war
    in other countries it is even worse. please behave and be nice to each other. Everyone love wat he wants. I also love kpop but I am irritate of the fans. The only thing they do is quarrel with each other. exo fans and bts army had a fight about who is the best. and do you know what the two groups said? they said they do not want their fans to argue. bts and exo are friends. please do not argue about who is best.the point is that you al need to be good for eatch other. And I think that al the groups would say that. thanks for listening

  8. MONBEBECARAT

    MONSTA X SO PROUD!!! HEHEH CARATS AND MONBEBES ARE SUCH CHILL FRIENDS