he first half of 2020 has been difficult, to say the very least. Even K-entertainment hasn’t gone untouched in this global hellscape. So much has changed. Idols hold comeback stages without fans, fansigns are only possible online, and alpacas are a thing. Amid all these changes, though, at least we can find momentary relief in new K-music releases. So, excuse the misnomer as we unveil OH! Chart‘s Top 40 K-Pop Songs from the first half of 2020!
TOP 40 K-POP SONGS: THE COUNTDOWN
Digitally, the soloists reigned supreme. Zico’s Anysong was the runaway winner with 592,299,551 Gaon index points. With this massive lead in digitals, he was able to chart four consecutive months. Changmo came in second place with Meteor, which scored an incredible 480,801,412 Gaon index points. This is quite impressive, considering the fact that he released the song back in 2019. In third place was Jo Jung Suk‘s “Aloha” with 453,763,757 total Gaon points. All artists in the top three managed to chart for three or more months, an impressive feat. Unfortunately, Jang Beom June’s “Your Shampoo Scent in the Flowers” missed out a spot in the top three by around 3 million points. Had he made it, he would have had the longest-charting run.
As expected, BTS took the top spot and sold over 4 million albums which also set a record for the entire music industry. This was enough to completely eclipse every other artist, and they sold almost 3 million more than the runners up. However, BTS was not the only artist to benefit from the physical sale boom that has taken over in the past couple of years. Two more sold over 1 million. Rising boy group Seventeen came in second place with an impressive 1,235,853 total sales making them the only other million-sellers after BTS, EXO, and Wanna One. In third place was a truly pleasant surprise. EXO’s Baekhyun sold 1,018,617 albums which proves that EXO truly is a physical juggernaut.
Usually, voting proves to be a make-or-break category. Artists are known to have been catapulted to the top of OH! Chart based on the voting criteria alone. Despite this, we have never seen a gigantic gap in votes. That is until Kang Daniel came along. His fans managed to cement him in OH! Chart’s Hall of Fame by giving him the most ever votes, which consequently earned him the top spot for March. He was the top-ranked artist for the first half of 2020 with a total of 460 votes. This massive lead in votes would prove to be a major advantage in the final ranking. The second place did not come even close to this. However, ITZY still managed to put up a respectable 43 total votes. In third place was Red Velvet‘s Psycho with 37 votes only beating out BTS by one. All artists did well, but it is safe to say that Daniel left them in the dust here!
One would expect BTS’ massive scores in both the physical and digital charts to catapult them to the top spot. However, Kang Daniel‘s massive lead in voting made all the difference in the world. In the final ranking, he was the clear winner with 11.64 points. BTS put up a great fight and came in second place scoring 8.33 points. In third place was digital master Zico, with a total of 5.3 points.
OH! CHART TOP 40 K-POP SONGS: THE LEADERS
|Album Chart: 254,659
Digital Chart: 0
|Album Chart: 4,114,843
Digital Chart: 100,862,302
|Album Chart: 0
Digital Chart: 592,299,551
|5||Your Shampoo Scent in the Flowers
Jang Beom June
Jo Jung Suk
|7||I Give You My Heart
IU ft. & Prod SUGA of BTS
Oh My Girl
|13||Left and Right
|15||More & More
M.C. The Max
Bolbbalgan4 ft. Baekhyun
|25||Someday, The Boy
|26||Introduce Me To A Good Person
Ha Hyun Woo
|29||I Knew I Love
Jeon Mi Do
|30||Secret Story of the Swan
Simon Dominic ft. Woo, Keem Hyoeun, Nucksal, Huckleberry P
|35||How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love
|38|| Gang (Official Remix)
Sik-k, pH-1, Jay Park, HAON
|39||Let Us Go
|40||Me To You, You To Me
Mido and Falasol
Wait, Not Sure What You Just Read?
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: Kang Daniel
It’s been three years since Kang Daniel’s stint on produce 101. It’s incredible to see that his popularity is still high and that his fanbase is as dedicated as ever. His status as the K-pop It Boy is not going anywhere, which will give him plenty of leeway to explore multiple music genres here and there. Here’s to hoping that he enjoys a long and prosperous career as a soloist. Congratulations to Daniel and Dannity!