As with most things, popularity changes between idols as the years pass in the K-Pop industry, with new and up-and-coming acts often catching people’s eyes, though there are many idols that stay in the spotlight for a long time!

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BTS’s Jungkook

K-Pop maknaes — the youngest member in a group — tend to be particularly loved by fans, with their youthful charms and energy.

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TWICE’s Tzuyu

Through data collected from Google Analytics, it’s possible to see which maknaes have had the most searches of their names each year over the years, as a sort of measure of determining their popularity based on how many people are looking them up. Of course, this isn’t a flawless list, but it can give an idea of where people’s interests are in the industry over a certain period of time.

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa

These are the 5 most popular K-Pop group maknaes of each year between 2014 and now, based on Google Analytics data.

2014

5. Hyeri (Girl’s Day)

4. Jungkook (BTS)

3. Yeri (Red Velvet)

2. Taemin (SHINee)

1. Sehun (EXO)

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2015

5. Sungjae (BTOB)

4. Yeri (Red Velvet)

3. Sehun (EXO)

2. Jungkook (BTS)

1. Tzuyu (TWICE)

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2016

5. Taemin (SHINee)

4. Tzuyu (TWICE)

3. Lisa (BLACKPINK)

2. Sehun (EXO)

1. Jungkook (BTS)

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2017

5. Taemin (SHINee)

4. Tzuyu (TWICE)

3. Sehun (EXO)

2. Lisa (BLACKPINK)

1. Jungkook (BTS)

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2018

5. Nancy (MOMOLAND) & Taemin (SHINee) (Tied)

4. Sehun (EXO)

3. Tzuyu (TWICE)

2. Lisa (BLACKPINK)

1. Jungkook (BTS)

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2019

4. Nancy (MOMOLAND), Sehun (EXO), & Hwasa (MAMAMOO) (Tied)

3. Tzuyu (TWICE)

2. Lisa (BLACKPINK)

1. Jungkook (BTS)

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2020

5. Hwasa (MAMAMOO) & Sehun (EXO) (Tied)

4. Tzuyu (TWICE)

3. Nancy (MOMOLAND)

2. Lisa (BLACKPINK)

1. Jungkook (BTS)

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2021

5. Sehun (EXO)

4. Nancy (MOMOLAND)

3. Tzuyu (TWICE)

2. Lisa (BLACKPINK)

1. Jungkook (BTS)

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Overall:

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