YouTube was created in 2005, and for many years, it wasn’t super well-trafficked or used. Despite this, however, many older K-Pop artists started their channels in the mid- to late-2000s, helping them reach fans both within South Korea and internationally.

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A decade ago, it was really impressive to get tens of thousands of subscribers, and if you could reach over a hundred thousand, you were incredibly popular! It’s really interesting to compare the numbers of subscribers the most popular K-Pop artists had back then compared to now.

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These are the top 10 most-subscribed K-Pop artists from a decade ago compared to now, along with how many views their channels have!

2011

10. Taeyang (BIGBANG)

Taeyang’s YouTube channel was created on August 20, 2009, and around this time in 2011, had 66.9k subs. Today, the channel has 1.02 million subs, as well as 51.7 million views!

9. Wonder Girls

Wonder Girls’ YouTube channel was created on January 3, 2007, and around this time in 2011, had 90.7k subs. Today, the channel has 739k subs, as well as 380.3 million views!

8. BEAST

BEAST’s YouTube channel was created on May 5, 2010, and around this time in 2011, had 92.6k subs. Today, the channel has 1.35 million subs, as well as 565.4 million views!

7. Super Junior

Super Junior’s YouTube channel was created on January 15, 2006, and around this time in 2011, had 93.5k subs. Today, the channel has 1.89 million subs, as well as 53.2 million views!

6. CNBLUE

CNBLUE’s YouTube channel was created on July 26, 2006, and around this time in 2011, had 105.4k subs. Today, the channel has 1.04 million subs, as well as 200.9 million views!

5. Girls’ Generation

Girls’ Generation’s YouTube channel was created on September 29, 2007, and around this time in 2011, had 106.9k subs. Today, the channel has 2.32 million subs, as well as 98.3 million views!

4. SHINee

SHINee’s YouTube channel was created on January 21, 2006, and around this time in 2011, had 107.3k subs. Today, the channel has 1.65 million subs, as well as 89.8 million views!

3. 2PM

2PM’s YouTube channel was created on July 26, 2006, and around this time in 2011, had 112.0k subs. Today, the channel has 1.04 million subs, as well as 314.7 million views!

2. 2NE1

2NE1’s YouTube channel was created on November 30, 2006, and around this time in 2011, had 119.1k subs. Today, the channel has 5.13 million subs, as well as 1.87 billion views!

1. BIGBANG

BIGBANG’s YouTube channel was created on October 9, 2005, and around this time in 2011, had 126.3k subs. Today, the channel has 13.2 million subs, as well as 6.33 billion views!

2021

10. Stray Kids

Stray Kids’ YouTube channel was created on May 11, 2017, and currently has 5.38 million subs! It also has 676.5 million total views.

9. GOT7

GOT7’s YouTube channel was created on February 1, 2012, and currently has 5.80 million subs! It also has 691.7 million views.

8. TXT

TXT’s YouTube channel was created on December 20, 2018, and currently has 5.89 million subs! It also has 319.9 million views.

7. SEVENTEEN

SEVENTEEN’s YouTube channel was created on November 16, 2012, and currently has 6.14 million subs! It also has 1.74 billion views.

6. EXO

EXO’s YouTube channel was created on December 10, 2006, and currently has 7.02 million subs! It also has 297.6 million views.

5. iKON

iKON’s YouTube channel was created on September 2, 2014, and currently has 7.66 million subs! It also has 1.86 billion views.

4. TWICE

TWICE’s YouTube channel was created on March 27, 2016, and currently has 9.75 million subs! It also has 1.58 billion views.

3. BIGBANG

BIGBANG is the only K-Pop channel to have ranked on this list in 2011 and now, with 13.2 million subs and 6.33 billion views!

2. BTS

BTS’s YouTube channel was created on December 16, 2012, and currently has 44.0 million subs! It also has 8.31 billion views.

1. BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK’s YouTube channel was created on June 28, 2016, and currently has 56.3 million subs! It also has 15.4 billion views.