2018 is set to go down as one of the most historic years on record for the Korean music world. Not only has this been the biggest year ever for K-pop on the charts, but it’s also seen many acts come into their own sonically and as performers.
We’ve seen history made on multiple occasions as BTS topped the Billboard 200 not once but twice with their Love Yourself albums, BLACKPINK became the first K-pop girl group to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2009 with “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du,” and Super Junior broke onto the Latin charts on multiple occasions. This year also witnessed Red Velvet head to North Korea, LOONA arrive on the scene so everyone could stan them, EXO performing at the Olympics, iKON releasing hit after hit, and so much more.
Though it’s a bit premature — and November and December are gearing up to be busy — as the end of the year nears, it’s time to look back and see which K-pop group you think is dominating the year.