These Have Been The 5 Most Popular K-Pop Vocalists Of Each Year Over The Past Decade

Who were the most-searched vocalists of the “Big 3” companies over the years?

While the “Big 3” in K-Pop has been less clear in recent years, for a long time SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and YG Entertainment were known to be at the top of the K-Pop industry.


Because of this, their idols tended to get more attention and popularity than those from smaller companies, due to the larger budgets and better marketing that the companies could afford to use on them.

EXO’s Baekhyun

Thanks to Google Analytics, we can go back in time to see which K-Pop idols were being searched the most over certain periods of time, which can be a measure of an artist’s popularity or at least how much interest fans have in them. While we’ve looked at other idols in the past, today we’re focusing on the idols who are known as vocalists in their groups.

Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon

These are the 5 most-searched K-Pop vocalists from the “Big 3” companies of each year over the last decade! Each graph shows how highly searched they were in comparison to each other, and the final “overall” graph compares all 16 vocalists to each other in total over the decade.


5. Donghae (Super Junior)

4. CL (2NE1)

3. Seohyun (Girls’ Generation)

2. Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation)

1. Eunhyuk (Super Junior)


2. CL (2NE1), Suzy (former Miss A), & Baekhyun (EXO) (Tied)

1. Eunhyuk (Super Junior), Luhan (former EXO), & Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation) (Tied)


5. Suzy (former Miss A)

4. CL (2NE1)

3. Taeyang (BIGBANG)

2. Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation)

1. Eunhyuk (Super Junior)


5. CL (2NE1)

4. Eunhyuk (Super Junior)

3. Suzy (former Miss A)

2. Baekhyun (EXO)

1. Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation)


5. D.O. (EXO)

4. Eunhyuk (Super Junior)

3. Baekhyun (EXO)

2. Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation)

1. Suzy (former Miss A)


5. Taeyang (BIGBANG)

4. Jennie (BLACKPINK)

3. D.O. (EXO)

2. Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation)

1. Baekhyun (EXO)


4. Baekhyun & D.O. (EXO) (Tied)


2. Jisoo (BLACKPINK)

1. Jennie (BLACKPINK)


5. Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation)


3. Jisoo (BLACKPINK)

2. Jennie (BLACKPINK)

1. Chen (EXO)


4. Baekhyun & Suho (EXO) (Tied)


2. Jisoo (BLACKPINK)

1. Jennie (BLACKPINK)

2021 (So Far)

5. Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation), Baekhyun & Suho (EXO) (Tied)

4. Jaehyun (NCT)

3. Jisoo (BLACKPINK)


1. Jennie (BLACKPINK)


Source: K-Data