K-pop: top of the 10 songs that do not stop playing on iTunes Argentina

It is not surprising that today when opening up social networks, such as Twitter, the first thing that appears on the list of trends are words in hangul (Korean alphabet) related to the kpop; names that are short and apparently not as easy to pronounce as Taehyung, Bangchan or Cha Eunwoo; or expressions as strange as selca day, oppa and fighting.

And it is difficult to imagine how, despite cultural differences, different languages ​​and geographical separation, the hallyu (translated as Korean wave) has had such an important impact on the public in the West, especially in Argentina, a nation that has been characterized as a great consumer of K-dramas, gastronomy, K-beauty and others.

K-pop is an element that is well worth highlighting, because currently its greatest exponents have begun to invade the lists of the most famous songs As the Hot 100 or the Billboard 200have broken records of artists of the stature of The Beatles and have even been nominated in the grammy.

Therefore, it is not surprising that streaming platforms give it a space and have created its hit list, as is the case with Apple with its top K-pop singles available for at least 39 countries, Argentina included; thereby encouraging South Korea’s music industry leap between oceans and disrupt other cultures.

Here a list of top 10 songs of this day:


Artist: ATEEZ



Artist: ATEEZ

Song: I’m The One (HEAT-TOPPING Version)


Artist: ATEEZ

Song: Win


Artist: ATEEZ

Song: Take Me Home


Artist: stray kids

Song: fam



Song: Madness


Artist: bts

Song: Butter (Sweeter Remix)


Artist: VERNON

Song: black eye


Artist: bts

Song: Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)


Artist: ATEEZ

Song: I’m The One (Eden-ary Remix)

How K-pop was born

PSY performs during the 70th anniversary of the Armed Forces in South Korea. (Jeon Heon-Kyun-Pool/Getty Images)

Modern K-pop (from English “Korean pop”) originated in the 1990s with the rise 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 dubbed the “Big 3”—until the success that BTS achieved by the hand of BigHit Entertainment (today known as Hybe Labels)‒ and were dedicated to training 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.

The K-pop boom

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A brief journey through the history of K-pop. (Infobae / 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 leading 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: top of the 10 songs that do not stop playing on iTunes Argentina