K-pop on iTunes: the 10 best songs in Colombia

The success that K-pop has obtained in the last decade is indisputable: words are seen daily hangul (Korean alphabet) mastering the global twitter trendsits exponents add millions of views every time they release a music clip on YouTube, they are nominated for important awards such as the grammy and lead the most relevant rankings such as those of bill board or iTunes.

With their perfectly synchronized choreographies, their catchy songs and the mixture of genres and styles that make them up, it is to be expected that many streaming platforms will show interest in measuring the impact of K-pop and make lists like the iTunes Top K-Pop Songs.

Based on the number of downloads or digital purchases made through the Apple system, the iTunes K-pop ranking is available to be consulted every 24 hours in at least 39 countries, including Colombia, so it is a count that worth checking out to find out favorite singles of the moment and not be left behind in the trends.

Here the 10 best K-pop songs from iTunes Colombia:


Artist: PSY

Song:Gangnam Style


Artist: bts

Song: Dynamite (Slow Jam Remix)


Artist: bts

Song: Butter (Sweeter Remix)


Artist: MRI

Song: Closer (with Paul Blanco & Mahalia)


Artist: MRI

Song: Forg_tful (with Kim Sawol)


Artist: MRI

Song: Still Life (with Anderson.Paak)


Artist: bts

Song: Permission to Dance


Artist: jin

Song: The Astronaut


Artist: bts

Song: Run BTS



Song: Candy

what is kpop

BLACKPINK members on the black carpet at the VMAs. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Modern K-pop (from English “Korean pop”) originated in the 1990s with the debut of the popular group Seo Taiji and Boys in 1992, known for incorporating Western music genres such as rap, hip-hop, rock, jazz, electronics, and techno into their songs.

This trio, made up of Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-suk and Lee Junomade her MBC talent show debut with the song nan arayosurprising the jury, who gave them the lowest marks. However, the success that this single took hold on radio and television was resounding, which gave way to the release of more songs of that style and more artists who opted for it.

It was not until 1995 when the producer Lee Soo Man founded one of the companies that to date remain a “heavyweight” in the music industry, SM Entertainment; while former Seo Taiji & Boys member Yang Hyun Suk created YG Entertainment (nineteen ninety six); followed by JYP Entertainment (1997), established by singer Park Jin Young.

These three companies were long called the “Big 3” ‒until the success that BTS achieved by the hand of BigHit Entertainment (today known as Hybe Labels)‒ and were dedicated to teaching the first generations of idolsin order to meet the demand of the Korean public to want to see younger artists.

In this way, the HOT group was one of the first to debut in the industry, followed by others that made up the well-known “first generation of K-pop” such as Sechs Kies, SES, Fin.KL, NRG, Baby VOX, Diva, Shinhwa and god

At the beginning of the new millennium, some of the groups of idols that had debuted were without activities while others such as Baby Vox were successful in various regions of Asia, an example of this is their song song coincidence which was promoted at the 2003 Soccer World Cup and topped the top position on the Chinese music charts.

on par others idols who went solo also marked a milestone: Boathe first Korean singer to top the Oricon chart in Japan, an equivalent to the chart bill board but Asian and in which artists from other countries rarely manage to enter and Rainan actor and singer who gave a concert for 40 thousand people in Beijing.

Breaking barriers

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A brief journey through the history of K-pop. (Illustration: Anayeli Tapia)

Later I would initiate the call “second generation of K-pop”again at the hands of groups that were made up of young figures such as TVXQ (debuting in 2003), SS501 (2005), Super Junior (2005), BIGBANG (2006), as well as girl groups such as Wonder Girls (2007), girls generation (2007) and KARA (2007).

By 2008, South Korea was already dominating the entertainment market in Asia with an annual growth rate of more than 10% in the exports of its musical and television products with K-dramas, even accounting for 68% of the music market in Japan, ahead of China (11.2%) and the United States (2.1%).

Later, more groups like SHINee or INFINITEthe latter who managed to secure the record of being the first to top the list of emerging artists of bill board in 2014 with his song Last Romeo; 2PM, EXO, 2IN1, until you reach the third generation of K-pop where new groups such as BTS, Seventeen, GOT7, Twice, Red Velvet, BLACKPINK, MAMAMOO, among othersup to the present Fourth generation which are all those who debuted between 2017 and 2018 like Stray Kids, ITZY, Ateez, Astro and more.

It is worth mentioning that a watershed that should be considered is Gangnam Style from rapper PSYa song that not only managed to break unimaginable records on music platforms such as Youtubebut it also went around the world and showed that language was not a barrier to success in highly competitive countries such as the American industry.

To date, the baton as the greatest exponents of K-pop is held by the group bts ‒integrated by Suga, RM, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, V and Jungkook‒, who in addition to having dominated the music industry in South Korea and consolidating their fame in the rest of the world, have been named as “Asia’s trend leader” by The Economist and “Artists of the Year” by the magazine TIMEgoing through his Grammy Award nominations and his 10 awards bill board.


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K-pop on iTunes: the 10 best songs in Colombia