Although the past two months have been topped by boy groups, it was IU who conquered all with “Love Poem”, all while making a second appearance with “Blueming”. EXO and GOT7 both wanted to continue that streak but simply couldn’t.
This was not a complete idol-fest though, as several soloists and indie groups made the cut. Here is the complete ranking:
OH! Chart Top 15: November 2019 / MONTH 03
|Album Chart: 168,786
|Album Chart: 563,805
Digital Chart: 0
|Album Chart: 0
Digital Chart: 132,178,241
|4||You Calling My Name
|7||How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love
MC Mong ft. Song Ga-In, Chancellor
Ha Yea Song
|11||Your Shampoo Scent In The Flowers
Jang Beom June
|12||I’m A Little Drunk
Lim Jae Hyun (prod. 2soo)
|13||I Still Love You A Lot
Jeon Sang Keun
2019 has not been kind to idols, with most of the chart toppers being indie soloists and ballad singers. EXO fails to make it to the top 10. Taeyeon places sixth, just shy some 4 million index points to place in the top 5, though she still improved 71 points from last month. The top three is indicative of the year’s inclination towards ballads. IU‘s debut scored major points with 235,840,241, putting her in first place. The lesser-known boyband Noel came in hot with 171,241,363 for their soft ballad “Late Night”. AKMU makes yet another appearance on the digital top 10, scoring 161,395,090 for “How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love”.
While EXO was nowhere to be found in the digital chart, they proved their worth as physical kings with 563,805 album units recorded. This seems to be a trend with boy groups who tend to score higher on physical charts and not digital. The same proved to be true with GOT7 who clocked in 298,052 units. These top two spots were not surprising as boy groups tend to sell very well. The biggest surprises of them all were IU and Mamamoo, two female acts that had over 100,000 units each, figures that are not very common among female acts. However, IU came out on top with 168,786, proving her overall dominance among female soloists.
Whereas ballads speak to Korea’s current taste, idol groups still reign supreme with OH users and our readers. The top 5 was full of idols with ballad singers (and other not-so-popular) soloists scoring poorly. Mamamoo stunned and scored the most points at 12 votes for their fun and daring “HIP”. There really is no true second place as the next rank was occupied by three different artists. GOT7‘s “You Calling My Name”, EXO‘s “Obsession”, and Taeyeon‘s “Spark” all pulled in 11 votes. IU came in third with 10 points but it was for “Blueming” and not “Love Poem”, which is perfect because the former is the superior track.
When all points were added, idols prevailed over soloists and occupied the top three spots. In first place is IU with 14.29 points. Runner is top boy group EXO, who managed to put in a commendable 12.82. Third place went to Taeyeon, who scored a respectable 8.65 points. Although they aren’t ruling the Korean charts, at least idol groups are scoring pretty highly here!
What is OH! Chart Again?
OH! Chart is a monthly music charting system that is unique to the OneHallyu community and OH! Press readers. It tracks top 10 songs on Gaon Monthly Digital Chart and the top five best-selling albums on Gaon Monthly Album Chart. Thus, only data from exceptional performers will be collected for both categories. We will then aggregate the data and rank the songs based on three voting categories: Streaming and Downloads (55% of votes), Physical Sales (20%) and OH! Press Reader Votes (25%). After each full month, OH! Chart will be updated to reflect the best-selling and most-loved songs.
How the Results are Calculated
The top 10 songs from Gaon Monthly Digital Chart and title songs of the top five albums from Gaon Monthly Album Chart are selected. Only data for exceptional performers from these two charts will be counted towards their scores. Those who perform exceptionally across the board will have the advantage of scoring in all of them. For the final scores, each song’s individual data for one category is divided by the sum of that category, then multiplied by our chosen percentage (i.e. 0.20 for physical sales). The grand totals from all three categories are added together and multiplied by 100, forming the final score.
OH! Chart #1: IU – Love Poem
IU has been in the business for years yet she can produce hit after hit, with multiple tracks charting high per year. It is a K-pop expectation that she will top the charts no matter what she releases. However, just because she charts high does not mean that her discography is generic so as to appeal to the lowest common denominator. IU has proven herself to be one of the most versatile artists in the business. “Love Poem” is further proof that she’s still got it.