The 10 Most-Watched K-Pop Music Videos Of All Time, Ranked

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The huge wave of K-pop music continues to skyrocket, with many music videos of the genre earning hundreds of millions, if not billions, of views on YouTube. There are currently 14 music videos on the streaming platform that have crossed the billion mark, but that number is surely on the rise as old and new bands have their share of hits with listeners and viewers.

Only three K-pop groups are in the top 10 K-pop music videos: girl group NOIRPINKgroup of boys BTSand rapper Psychwho contributed to the success of the genre with his international hit “Gangnam Style” in 2012.

So here are the top 10 most-watched K-pop music videos, ranked from very good to absolutely awesome.

10. “Kill This Love”

This one-song boom sound features BLACKPINK singing about coming to terms with ending toxic love. There are numerous references to a scorned lover in the clip, which has racked up over 1.6 billion views, making it the third most-watched K-pop music video on YouTube. While the video tells different stories, the changes between scenes often clash, and sometimes a bright, bubbly scene can take an abrupt turn in a dark, edgy setting. It’s a good video, no doubt, but it ranks low compared to other BLACKPINK music videos on this list.

9. “Sir”

On YouTube, “Gentleman” held the record for most views in 24 hours for nine years. The video has been viewed over 1.5 billion times and is currently the sixth most viewed K-pop music video of all time. While the video isn’t necessarily bad, it borrows just about every element from its hit predecessor, “Gangnam Style,” and offers hardly any surprises. The song also held the record for the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, before the aforementioned “Kill This Love” earned that feat.

8. “DDU-DU-DDU-DU”

A record banger if ever there was one, this track from BLACKPINK is the most watched music video by a K-pop group in history, with an impressive 1.9 billion views. The music video, while expertly shot, is filled with cuts between a very bright, pink environment and a dark, moody environment. The girls pull off some of their most impressive dance moves, and no one can ignore Jennie’s fabulous beauty as she raps on a diamond-encrusted float.

7. “Mic Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)”

With 1.2 billion views on YouTube, “Mic Drop” is the ninth most viewed K-pop music video of all time and the fourth BTS video on this list. The visuals, moving away from their bubbly and colorful optics, are very dark and involve a lot of street dance moves. Aoki also appears in the video, DJing as the group dances through an interrogation room filled with tons of lights before taking him out into the street.

6. “Boombayah”

A colorful explosion of landscapes and environments, K-pop star group BLACKPINK’s debut music video is the eighth most-watched K-pop music video with over 1.4 billion views. It’s one of their most cohesive videos in their catalog, and boasts a simplistic, yet stunningly beautiful approach that works! It was the perfect way to introduce the superstars to the general public.

5. “DNA”

The music video for “DNA” took a usual turn for the K-pop boy band, with a ton of psychedelic and geometric visuals. The BTS members keep themselves cute in the video, coming together over time to display some of their most impressive synchronized dance moves yet. With over 1.4 billion views on YouTube, “DNA” is the seventh most-watched K-pop music video.

4. “Boy with love”

With a dazzling appearance from Halsey, BTS solidifies their sweet pop perfection with the music video for “Boy With Luv.” The funky and upbeat song is accompanied by bright and colorful visuals where the boys are clearly having the time of their lives. It’s one of their most upbeat videos, and it’s a bubbly, candy-like effort by the band and Halsey.

3. “How You Like That” (Dance Performance Video)

Even though the song’s original music video has garnered over 1.1 billion views, the accompanying dance performance video is on the rise, with 1.2 billion to date. Who would have thought that one of BLACKPINK’s best videos would be the four starlets singing and dancing alone against a bright pink backdrop? The simple and stunning setting makes it one of their most impressive visuals to date, as the four maintain synchronized perfection before being joined by backup dancers for a killer ending dance number. It is the first K-pop dance video to reach one billion views on the video streaming platform.

2. “Gangnam Style”

One of the biggest cultural resets of the past decade, and arguably one of the greatest K-pop songs in existence, “Gangnam Style” has caused a significant change in the world. With multiple records under his belt, Korean rapper Psy’s dance song was for a very long time the most-watched music video of all time. It is the most-watched K-pop music video and it will stay in that position for a very long time, as it boasts a more than comfortable total of 4.5 billion views. Featuring the iconic dance which was later performed by notable celebrities and political figures including former British Prime Minister David Cameron and former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Almost everyone gave the dance a try in the 2010s, and the famous music video continues to gain at least half a million views a day. Psy also announced their comeback, so who knows if there’s another viral hit on the way?

1. “Dynamite”

Released in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, BTS brought a lot of light and joy to many homes with the release of the track “Dynamite.” Although the song is catchy and infectious, the music video takes it up a notch, with some of their most campy, colorful and lively settings and environments. The boys all exude comfortable happiness in the video, dancing with each other and enjoying each other’s company. It’s certainly not their most daring effort, but the timing and message of this single, along with its cheerful music video, make this disco-pop song their most memorable offering ever.

The music video for “Dynamite” has been viewed more than 1.5 billion times, taking the fifth spot on the list of the most-watched K-pop music videos of all time. However, it is definitely the best of the top 10.

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