Over the last several years, as K-Pop has become increasingly popular, album sales have increased as well, beyond just South Korea and into the international market. The list below shows the top 5 best-selling albums from each year since 2012, and it’s amazing to see not only how the top album artists have changed over the years, but how many more albums are selling overall!

2012

5. G-Dragon: One of a Kind

204k sales

1

4. EXO: MAMA

233k sales

2

3. TVXQ: Catch Me

256k sales

3

2. BIGBANG: Alive

267k sales

4

1. Super Junior: Sexy Free & Single

356k sales

5

2013

5. Cho Yongpil: Hello

250k sales

6

4. Girls’ Generation: I Got a Boy

293k sales

7

3. EXO: Miracles in December

434k sales

8

2. EXO: XOXO

470k sales

9

1. EXO: The First Repackage Album: XOXO

536k sales

10

2014

5. JYJ: Just Us

155k sales

11

4. Girls’ Generation: Mr. Mr.

163k sales

12

3. TVXQ: Tense

197k sales

13

2. Super Junior: Mamacita

266k sales

14

1. EXO: Overdose

658k sales

15

2015

5. BTS: Most Beautiful Moment in Life pt.1

204k sales

16

4. BTS: Most Beautiful Moment in Life pt.2

274k sales

17

3. EXO: Love Me Right

451k sales

18

2. EXO: Sing for You

495k sales

19

1. EXO: EXODUS

760k sales

20

2016

5. EXO: Lotto

352k sales

21

4. BTS: Young Forever

368k sales

22

3. EXO: For Life

438k sales

23

2. BTS: Wings

751k sales

24

1. EXO: EX’ACT

797k sales

25

2017

5. Wanna One: Nothing Without You

614k sales

26

4. Wanna One: To Be One

742k sales

27

3. BTS: You Never Walk Alone

768k sales

28

2. EXO: The War

1.09 million sales

29

1. BTS: Love Yourself: Her

1.49 million sales

30

2018

5. Wanna One: Undivided

641k sales

31

4. Wanna One: I Promise You

783k sales

32

3. EXO: Don’t Mess Up My Tempo

1.45 million sales

33

2. BTS: Love Yourself: Tear

1.85 million sales

34

1. BTS: Love Yourself: Answer

2.20 million sales

35

2019

5. BTS: BTS World OST

553k sales

BTS WORLD Album Cover

4. X1: Quantum Leap

581k sales

37

3. EXO: Obsession

766k sales

38

2. SEVENTEEN: An Ode

859k sales

39

1. BTS: Map of the Soul: Persona

3.72 million sales

40