Melon dominates music streaming in South Korea and is a strong indicator of how well an idol group performs in their comebacks.
But sometimes an idol group’s song is so popular that it ends up charting for weeks, and in some cases, even years!
It is a great sign of public popularity and acclaim when a song continues to chart well after the comeback has ended. And these ten songs were able to do just that!
10. GFriend – Me Gustas Tu (63 weeks)
“Me Gustas Tu” was released on 23 July 2015 and the song charted for almost 15 months until October 2016.
The song has sold more than 2 million downloads. Although GFriend did not get a music show win with this song, the song continued to rise in the charts after its debut and proved to be one of the longest charting songs in K-Pop history!
9. Red Velvet – Red Flavor (65 weeks)
“Red Flavor” was released on 9 July 2017 and charted for 15 months until October 2018.
The song that established Red Velvet as the Queens of Summer comebacks, this catchy song won “Best Pop Song” at the 2018 Korean Music Awards.
8. BLACKPINK – As If It’s Your Last (65 weeks)
“As If It’s Your Last” was released on 22 June 2017 and charted for 15 months until September 2018.
The music video has recently crossed 600 million views on YouTube, making this BLACKPINK’s third MV to do so.
7. TWICE – Cheer Up (68 weeks)
“Cheer Up” was released on 25 April 2016 and charted for almost 16 months until August 2017.
The song that launched TWICE into becoming the “Nation’s Girl Group”, it also managed to make “Shy Shy Shy” into a worldwide phenomenon.
6. WINNER – Really Really (70 weeks)
“Really Really” was released on 4 April 2017 and charted for 16 months until August 2018.
WINNER’s first comeback as four members after a year-long hiatus, this song was miraculous for Inner Circles as it relaunched the group’s identity and public popularity.
Now they are seen as one of the most popular boy groups with the general public and are some of the most demanded artists of university festivals.
5. BTS – Blood Sweat & Tears (72 weeks)
“Blood Sweat & Tears” was released on 10 October 2016 and charted for more than 16 months until the end of February 2018.
This was BTS’s first song to sell over 1 million copies in South Korea, cementing BTS’s domestic popularity.
Additionally, in December 2017, “Blood Sweat & Tears” broke a 10-year-record for the longest charting single by a boy group. But this has since been broken.
4. BTS – DNA (82 weeks)
“DNA” was released on 18 September 2017 and charted for 19 months until April 2019.
BTS’s second single on the list, “DNA” was also the song BTS performed during their American television debut at the 2017 AMAs.
“DNA” also won “Best Music Video” at the Melon Music Awards.
3. WANNA ONE – Energetic (84 weeks)
“Energetic” was released on 7 August 2017 and charted for more than 19 months until March 2019.
The debut song of Wanna One after a gruelling experience on the second season of Produce 101, “Energetic” achieved an “All-Kill”, launching the group straight into success.
2. BTOB – Missing You (84 weeks, still charting)
“Missing You” was released on 16 October 2017 and has been charting for more than 19 months as of this week.
Currently charting at #89, this track was composed and written by Hyunsik and turned out to be one of the group’s biggest hits.
1. BTS – Spring Day (119 weeks, still charting)
“Spring Day” was released on 13 February 2017 and has been charting for more than two years.
Currently charting at #30, “Spring Day” is BTS’s third entry in this list and one of their most compelling songs. Even though it has been several years, “Spring Day” continues to chart, demonstrating its longevity in public popularity.