K-Pop album sales are a huge indicator of an artist’s popularity. They show that their fans like their music enough to spend money on them, rather than just listen to their music on streaming services or YouTube for free. While some of today’s most popular artists are included in the top 20 best-selling K-Pop artists below, there are many older artists, even those that debuted in the 1990s, that are included as well! It’s likely because YouTube and streaming apps didn’t exist back then, so buying albums was one of the only ways to listen to their music. Check out the list below, and see the comparisons between their album sales and YouTube statistics to see how things have changed.

20. Turbo

Debuting in 1995, Turbo has sold a total of 2.08 million albums. They also have a total of 20.3 million views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 204.4k likes.

19. SHINee

Debuting in 2008, SHINee has sold a total of 2.09 million albums. They also have a total of 747.1 million views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 10.7 million likes.

18. BoA

Debuting in 2000, BoA has sold a total of 2.21 million albums. She also has a total of 176.8 million views on her YouTube music videos, which have gained 2.36 million likes.

17. Lim Changjung

Debuting in 1995, Lim Changjung has sold a total of 2.63 million albums. He also has a total of 118.5 million views on his YouTube music videos, which have gained 397.9k likes.

16. NCT 127

Debuting in 2016, NCT 127 has sold a total of 2.64 million albums. They also have a total of 776.7 million views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 23.6 million likes.

15. Girls’ Generation

Debuting in 2007, Girls’ Generation has sold a total of 2.92 million albums. They also have a total of 2.60 billion views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 18.6 million likes.

14. BIGBANG

Debuting in 2006, BIGBANG has sold a total of 3.26 million albums. They also have a total of 3.25 billion views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 25.3 million likes.

13. TVXQ

Debuting in 2004, TVXQ has sold a total of 3.31 million albums. They also have a total of 257.3 million views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 3.03 million likes.

12. GOT7

Debuting in 2014, GOT7 has sold a total of 3.50 million albums. They also have a total of 2.22 billion views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 42.1 million likes.

11. Shinhwa

Debuting in 1998, Shinhwa has sold a total of 3.52 million albums. They also have a total of 17.5 million views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 234.1k likes.

10. S.E.S.

Debuting in 1997, S.E.S. has sold a total of 3.56 million albums. They also have a total of 9.27 million views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 191.4k likes.

9. Sechskies

Debuting in 1997, Sechskies has sold a total of 3.59 million albums. They also have a total of 34.5 million views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 497.4k likes.

8. Wanna One

Debuting in 2017, Wanna One has sold a total of 3.62 million albums. They also have a total of 452.9 million views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 9.60 million likes.

7. Super Junior

Debuting in 2005, Super Junior has sold a total of 4.09 million albums. They also have a total of 1.38 billion views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 18.9 million likes.

6. G.O.D

Debuting in 1999, G.O.D has sold a total of 5.17 million albums. They also have a total of 3.06 million views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 41.4k likes.

5. SEVENTEEN

Debuting in 2015, SEVENTEEN has sold a total of 5.19 million albums. They also have a total of 1.34 billion views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 32.5 million likes.

4. TWICE

Debuting in 2015, TWICE has sold a total of 5.19 million albums. They also have a total of 5.84 billion views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 62.9 million likes.

3. Shin Seunghun

Debuting in 1990, Shin Seunghun has sold a total of 10.26 million albums. He also has a total of 4.13 million views on his YouTube music videos, which have gained 33.3k likes.

2. EXO

Debuting in 2012, EXO has sold a total of 10.27 million albums. They also have a total of 2.90 billion views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 51.9 million likes.

1. BTS

Debuting in 2013, BTS has sold a total of 21.69 million albums. They also have a total of 14.21 billion views on their YouTube music videos, which have gained 354.3 million likes.