Unsurprisingly, Psy Rules the Youtube Roost, While SNSD and EXO Play Second Fiddle

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In news which isn’t really surprising to anyone who couldn’t escape the pony-dancing sensation of 2012, Psy once again topped YouTube’s top ten viewed K-Pop music videos by a good margin, presumably because people thought “Gentleman” could ever live up to the impossible “Gangnam” hype.

The rest of the top ten shows what having a dedicated fan base can do for your e-cred and popularity, even if you’re actual music video was either a sloppy, frenetic mess of vomited colors and spastic beats (SNSD and “I Got a Boy“), or if you just happen to probably have the fan base with the most restraining orders (EXO). And despite the fact that their talent pool is getting a little long in the tooth by K-Pop standards, if one is to go by YouTube views (lawl), SM Entertainment has their computers running all day every day replaying their videos on repeat is well represented in the top 10 with SNSD, EXO, f(x) and Super Junior M. 2NE1 grabbed the ninth spot with “Falling in Love“, probably because it was 2NE1’s first release of the year (and also it’s worst) while Hyuna 4Minute grabbed the tenth spot with “What’s Your Name?“, which is what every member of 4Minute not named Hyuna hears on the daily.

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Of course, while there are some questionable, to say the least, choices in the top 10, the top 10 most viewed videos produced by Korean YouTubers is a much better gauge of quality. Any time that Waveya gets first and third place on any list for their work is a legit list and their choreography videos should just replace “Gentleman” and “I Got a Boy” as the official music videos for those songs.

Ari for President of Everything please.

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6 comments

  1. Fleur De Seoul · · Reply

    Sometimes I don’t know where to draw the line with Kpop but I really don’t like that Breakdown is in this list, because it’s in Mandarin. I guess Kpop is a style of music more than the language its being sung in, but it’s so diverse that really, it must come down to whether the band itself does most of its work in Korean that makes them Kpop. And I’m not a big fan of that.

  2. Fleur De Seoul · · Reply

    Also, I like to watch Hyang dance and MiU is really hot. That’s all.

    1. MiU is incredible as well, I agree. With you on the language thing, although that means Galaxy Supernova shouldn’t be on there either.

      1. Fleur De Seoul · ·

        I agree with that too. There are nuancy things that make kpop in mandarin and kpop in japanese different from Kpop in korean. I guess I’m being too picky though.

  3. The sisters MiU and Ari struck the genetic goldmine — their bodies are pretty much perfect. I can’t stand the people who tell them to cover up or stop dancing promiscuously. When you have that kinda body, you gotta flaunt it.

  4. Wow, great to see Waveya get a shout out… been a fan of their for several years now… they were actually part of what sucked me into KPOP. Didn’t know Air & Miu were sisters though.

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