Admittedly, this is about as arbitrary as it gets but it’s always fun to rank things (one day, there will be weekly K-Pop girl group power rankings and I won’t be able to tell the difference between sports media and K-Pop media) so Sports Chosun split up K-Pop’s most famous girl groups into different tiers based on their perceived strength and staying power.
Of course, they used “fan rankings” to get their results, so the findings are already a little suspect. But it feels right, so let’s just get to the chart.
The names for the different tiers are needlessly complex and slightly amusing but they generally line up with expectations. In the “Unbreakable Wall” are familiar faces SNSD, 2NE1, SISTAR and still-surging Girl’s Day (although Girl’s Day is somewhat caught between the first and second tier).
‘Sports Chosun’ even noted that SNSD and 2NE1 may not have a stranglehold on the industry for much longer.
The article noted that while Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 remain in this top star tier, this wasn’t completely satisfactory, either, saying that the former’s competitiveness was greatly falling while 2NE1 lost their chance.
Hyorin and Minah are gunning for that crown, y’all. Taeyeon and CL better watch their backs.
The only placements that sort of surprise me are the four in the “high society” bracket. KARA somehow jumped up a spot despite (or maybe due to) a roster shakeup. Despite being fairly active in the past year, 4Minute didn’t move at all and f(x) fell a spot although that could be explained due to the contracted “Red Light” promotions.
Just below them, it is a bit odd to see miss A share the same amount of popularity as Nine Muses but Sports Chosun noted that miss A’s popularity is largely based on Suzy and not the group itself.
In the last two tiers, the only true tragedy is T-ara, which has stabilized near the bottom of the K-Pop popularity barrel despite being one of the genre’s most consistent acts. At least it’s heartening to see Mamamoo and Sonamoo in the “candidate group.”
For comparison’s sake, here’s Sports Chosun’s rankings from last year. The groups which didn’t make this year’s list that did make last year’s include the Brown Eyed Girls, After School, Rainbow, Ladies’ Code and the Wonder Girls.