[Special] Looking Back: Best and Notable Artists

As part of a super special series, I will be doing rewinding the clock and reflecting on the years that have passed by focusing on certain aspects that have defined KPOP. All will make sense once I reach the end of this series.

It is without a doubt that KPOP would not be what it is currently without its artists. After all, they are the main attraction of the industry. Over the years, we have seen a lot of artists come and go. Some have truly succeeded and their careers have broken boundaries. Others have disappeared from the industry, following scandals, early disbandments or contract curses. Some have stayed the long haul and have enjoyed long term careers in the industry. Some have even gone into acting and other lines of work, following their careers on our screens.

Today, I will be going through the best and notable artists of each year that has passed. From 2017 – 2020, the artists in the bold text were voted by you through the annual KPOPREVIEWED Awards to be the Best Artists (male group, female group, male solo and female solo) of the respective year, while those underneath the bolded header text are those who I thought were the notable artists of the respective year. For 2013 – 2016, all artists listed (regardless of bolded text and normal text) are those who I thought were the Best Artists of those years. For 2011 and 2012, I have only listed the groups and solo act that I thought would be considered Best Artists for those years in a retrospective point of view.

Also linked are playlist containing one track from each of the artists listed for each year.

2020



Other notable artists

Golden Child
Lovelyz
Baekhyun (EXO)
IU

BTS & Stray Kids
EVERGLOW & BLACKPINK
Taemin (SHINee)
Hwasa (Mamamoo)

2019



Other notable artists

TWICE
EXO
Taemin (SHINee)
IU

BTS & ATEEZ
Mamamoo & Red Velvet
Zico
CHUNGHA

2018



Other notable artists

BTS
Red Velvet
Seungri (ex-Big Bang)
Taeyeon (SNSD)

SHINee
BLACKPINK
Eric Nam
Sunmi

2017



Other notable artists

Red Velvet
EXO & B.A.P (tie)
IU & Sunmi (tie)
G-DRAGON (Big Bang)

Seventeen
Bobby (iKON)

2016



Other notable artists

Seventeen
Mamamoo
Zico
Taeyeon (SNSD)

GOT7
Oh My Girl
Eric Nam
Hyosung (ex-Secret)

2015



Other notable artists:

EXID
GOT7
Tayeon (SNSD)
Kim Sung Kyu (Infinite)

Red Velvet
BTS
Amber (F(x))
Lee Hong Ki (FT Island)

2014



Other notable artists:

VIXX
Girl’s Day
Crush
Song Ji Eun (ex-Secret)

BEAST
APINK
JungGiGo
Sunmi

2013


Other notable artists

Girl’s Day
SHINee
Ailee

Infinite & VIXX
Miss A & Rainbow
K.Will & IU

2012


U-KISS
Secret
IU

2011

Big Bang
2NE1
IU

2 thoughts on “[Special] Looking Back: Best and Notable Artists

    1. Third time a charm 😀

      2011 was the battle of the big 3 (SM, YG and JYP Ents), though I think YG came out on top thanks to 2NE1 and Big Bang. SM and JYP delivered (dare I say) timeless hits that the new generation of KPOP fans should revisit or at least give a go. Many of these acts inspired the current generation of artists!

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