We recently took a look at the biggest K-Pop girl groups from the “Big Three” companies in the industry — SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and YG Entertainment — and while it’s debatable whether they all still maintain these titles, there’s no doubt they’re still a huge part of K-Pop.

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NCT’s Taeyong

Over the last decade, the popularity of all K-Pop artists have come and gone, and though boy groups from these three companies tend to be very well-received, there are definitely some that have had more attention than others in past years.

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Super Junior’s Heechul

Here are the top 5 most popular K-Pop boy groups from the “Big Three” companies of each year over the last decade, based on Google Analytics search results. Each graph shows how the top 5 artists compare to each other in terms of how much they’ve been searched, with the final graph showing each one’s popularity over the whole decade!

2012

5. 2PM

4. SHINee

3. EXO

2. BIGBANG

1. Super Junior

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2013

5. 2PM

4. SHINee

3. BIGBANG

2. Super Junior

1. EXO

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2014

5. SHINee

4. BIGBANG

3. GOT7

2. Super Junior

1. EXO

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2015

5. iKON

4. Super Junior

3. GOT7

2. BIGBANG

1. EXO

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2016

5. SHINee

4. NCT

3. GOT7

2. BIGBANG

1. EXO

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2017

5. TVXQ

4. BIGBANG

3. SHINee

2. GOT7

1. EXO

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2018

5. Stray Kids

4. GOT7

3. iKON

2. NCT

1. EXO

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2019

5. Super Junior

4. GOT7

3. Stray Kids

2. NCT

1. EXO

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2020

5. TREASURE

4. Stray Kids

3. GOT7

2. EXO

1. NCT

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2021 (So Far)

5. TREASURE

4. SHINee

3. Stray Kids

2. EXO

1. NCT

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Overall:

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