List of best-selling singles in South Korea

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This is an incomplete list of best-selling singles in South Korea. All singles listed here have officially sold at least three million copies. Unless otherwise specified, all sales figures are digital downloads compiled by the Korea Music Content Industry Association (KMCIA) since 2010.

  • Prior to the establishment of the Gaon Music Chart in 2010, South Korea's music charts were supplied by the Music Industry Association of Korea (MIAK), which stopped compiling data in 2008.[1][2] There are no known cumulative chart records for digital singles prior to 2010.
  • South Korea has experienced a decline in digital music sales volume which began in late 2012.[3] The price of digital downloads was greatly inflated, and as a result, only two of the songs released since 2013 ("Wild Flower" and "Friday") have reached the three million sales mark.
  • All the total sales are rounded to the nearest 100 and expressed in thousands.
  • The figures listed below are somewhat lower than the actual sales. In general, they are merely the sums of currently available or archived sales numbers counted until the very last month or year each of the songs charted. The Gaon Music Chart has only recently officially announced release-to-date track sales, although only listing the songs that have reached multiples of 2.5 million copies sold.
  • The following figures do not include sales from remixes.

Records (since 2010)[edit]

Over 7 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Released Total sales
"Cherry Blossom Ending" Busker Busker 2012 7,500,000+[4]

Over 6 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Released Total sales
"You and I" IU 2011 6,065,000[5]

Over 5 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Released Total sales
"Moves like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 2011 5,579,768[6]

Over 4.5 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Released Total sales
"Good Day" IU 2010 4,776,000[7]

Over 4 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Released Total sales
"Trouble Maker" Trouble Maker 2011 4,425,000[8]
"Roly-Poly" T-ara 2011 4,375,000[9]
"Party Rock Anthem" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock 2011 4,196,000[10]
"I Miss You" Noel 2011 4,158,000[11]
"Memory of the Wind" Naul 2012 4,155,000[12]
"Nagging" IU and Lim Seulong 2010 4,126,000[13]
"Gangnam Style" Psy 2012 4,041,000[14]
"I Can't" 4Men featuring Mii 2010 4,023,000[15]
"Fantastic Baby" Big Bang 2012 4,009,000[A]

Over 3.5 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Released Total sales
"So Cool" Sistar 2011 3,940,000[18]
"Don't Say Goodbye" Davichi 2011 3,928,000[19]
"Be My Baby" Wonder Girls 2011 3,920,000[20]
"The Western Sky" Ulala Session 2011 3,915,000[21]
"Lovey-Dovey" T-ara 2012 3,759,000[22]
"Cry Cry" T-ara 2011 3,756,000[23]
"Hello" Huh Gak 2011 3,734,000[24]
"Yeosu Night Sea" Busker Busker 2012 3,722,000[25]
"Having an Affair" Park Myung-soo and G-Dragon featuring Park Bom 2011 3,644,000[26]
"All for You" Seo In-guk and Jung Eun-ji 2012 3,633,000[27]
"The Boys" Girls' Generation 2011 3,623,000[28]
"Rolling in the Deep" Adele 2011 3,614,504[29]
"Good Bye Baby" Miss A 2011 3,589,000[30]
"Blue" Big Bang 2012 3,564,000[B]
"I Turned Off the TV..." Leessang featuring Yoon Mi-rae and Kwon Jung-yeol 2011 3,531,000[33]

Over 3 million copies[edit]

Song Artist(s)/Group Released Total sales
"I Am the Best" 2NE1 2011 3,468,000[34]
"Loving U" Sistar 2012 3,404,000[35]
"Wild Flower" Park Hyo Shin 2014 3,388,190[36]
"Alone" Sistar 2012 3,375,000[37]
"Can't Let You Go Even If I Die" 2AM 2010 3,353,000[38]
"Dream Girl" Busker Busker 2011 3,346,000[39]
"Bad Girl Good Girl" Miss A 2010 3,335,000[40]
"Oh!" Girls' Generation 2010 3,317,000[41]
"Heaven" Ailee 2012 3,256,000[42]
"Every End of the Day" IU 2012 3,244,314[43]
"Ugly" 2NE1 2011 3,239,000[44]
"On Rainy Days" Beast 2011 3,233,000[45]
"Payphone" Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa 2012 3,153,000[46]
"Fiction" Beast 2011 3,137,000[47]
"If You Really Love Me" Busker Busker 2012 3,132,000[48]
"Friday" IU 2013 3,130,272[49]
"Apgujeong Nallari" Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Juck 2011 3,081,000[50]
"Hot Summer" f(x) 2011 3,047,000[51]
"I Go Crazy Because of You" T-ara 2010 3,042,000[52]
"Lonely" 2NE1 2011 3,040,000[53]
"Back in Time" Lyn 2012 3,039,000[54]
"Starlight Moonlight" Secret 2011 3,017,000[55]

Best-selling single by year (since 2010)[edit]

Domestic songs[edit]

Year Song Artist(s)/Group Yearly sales Total sales
2010 "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die" 2AM 3,352,827[56] 3,353,000[38]
2011 "Roly-Poly" T-ara 4,077,885[57] 4,375,000[9]
2012 "Gangnam Style" Psy 3,842,109[58] 4,041,000[14]
2013 "Shower of Tears" Baechigi featuring Ailee 1,880,676[59] 2,087,000[60]
2014 "Some" Soyou and Junggigo featuring Lil Boi 2,212,895[61] 2,868,000[62]
2015 "Bang Bang Bang" Big Bang 1,581,284[63] 2,133,000[64]
2016 "Rough" GFriend 1,903,126[65] 1,903,126[65]
2017 "I Will Go to You Like the First Snow" Ailee 2,488,341[66] 2,488,341[66]

International songs[edit]

Year Song Artist(s)/Group Yearly sales Total sales
2010 "Tik Tok" Kesha 1,412,653[67] 2,512,000[68]
2011 "Moves like Jagger" Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 2,149,469[69] 5,520,000[6]
2012 2,467,487[70]
2013 "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen 1,012,893[71] 2,388,000[72]
2014 "Let It Go" Idina Menzel 1,774,594[73] 2,059,000[74]
2015 "Sugar" Maroon 5 1,346,468[75] 1,859,000[76]
2016 "I'm Not the Only One" Sam Smith 969,207[77] 2,987,616[78]
2017 "Shape of You" Ed Sheeran 1,936,653[79] 1,936,653[80]

Artists with most downloaded songs (since 2010)[edit]

# Artist(s)/Group Count Songs
1st IU 5 songs "You and I"
"Good Day"
"Nagging"
"Every End of the Day"
"Friday"
2nd Busker Busker 4 songs "Cherry Blossom Ending"
"Yeosu Night Sea"
"Dream Girl"
"If You Really Love Me"
T-ara "Roly-Poly"
"Lovey-Dovey"
"Cry Cry"
"I Go Crazy Because of You"
3rd Sistar 3 songs "So Cool"
"Loving U"
"Alone"
2NE1 3 songs "I Am the Best"
"Ugly"
"Lonely"
4th Beast 2 songs "On Rainy Days"
"Fiction"
Big Bang "Fantastic Baby"
"Blue"
Maroon 5 "Moves like Jagger"
"Payphone"
Miss A "Good Bye Baby"
"Bad Girl Good Girl"
Girls' Generation "The Boys"
"Oh!"

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ These figures include downloads from the Special Edition version of "Fantastic Baby". Both versions are identical.[16][17]
  2. ^ These figures include downloads from the Special Edition version of "Blue". Both versions are identical.[31][32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Han, Sang-hee (February 23, 2010). "Korea Launches First Official Music Charts Gaon". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Super Junior's 4th Album Ranked Top-Seller of 2010". The Chosun Ilbo. February 8, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Mulligan, Mark (May 8, 2013). "The Curious Case of the South Korean Music Market". WordPress.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  4. ^ C., Daniel (September 12, 2018). "Gaon's 관찰노트" [Gaon's Observation Notes]. Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Cumulative sales for "You and I":
  6. ^ a b Cumulative sales for "Moves like Jagger":
  7. ^ Cumulative sales for "Good Day":
  8. ^ Cumulative sales for "Trouble Maker":
  9. ^ a b Cumulative sales for "Roly-Poly":
  10. ^ Cumulative sales for "Party Rock Anthem":
  11. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Miss You":
  12. ^ Cumulative sales for "Memory of the Wind":
  13. ^ Cumulative sales for "Nagging":
  14. ^ a b Sales references for "Gangnam Style":
  15. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Can't":
  16. ^ Cumulative sales for "Fantastic Baby (Special Edition version)" (from Still Alive EP):
  17. ^ Cumulative sales for "Fantastic Baby" (from Alive EP):
  18. ^ Cumulative sales for "So Cool":
  19. ^ Cumulative sales for "Don't Say Goodbye":
  20. ^ Cumulative sales for "Be My Baby":
  21. ^ Cumulative sales for "The Western Sky":
  22. ^ Cumulative sales for "Lovey-Dovey":
  23. ^ Cumulative sales for "Cry Cry":
  24. ^ Cumulative sales for "Hello":
  25. ^ Cumulative sales for "Yeosu Night Sea":
  26. ^ Cumulative sales for "Having an Affair":
  27. ^ Cumulative sales for "All for You":
  28. ^ Cumulative sales for "The Boys":
  29. ^ Cumulative sales for "Rolling in the Deep":
  30. ^ Cumulative sales for "Good Bye Baby":
  31. ^ Cumulative sales for "Blue (Special Edition version)" (from Still Alive EP):
  32. ^ Cumulative sales for "Blue" (from Alive EP):
  33. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Turned Off the TV...":
  34. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Am the Best":
  35. ^ Cumulative sales for "Loving U":
  36. ^ Cumulative sales for "Wild Flower":
  37. ^ Cumulative sales for "Alone":
  38. ^ a b Cumulative sales for "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die":
  39. ^ Cumulative sales for "Dream Girl":
  40. ^ Cumulative sales for "Bad Girl Good Girl":
  41. ^ Cumulative sales for "Oh!":
  42. ^ Cumulative sales for "Heaven":
  43. ^ Cumulative sales for "Every End of the Day":
  44. ^ Cumulative sales for "Ugly":
  45. ^ Cumulative sales for "On Rainy Days":
  46. ^ Cumulative sales for "Payphone":
  47. ^ Cumulative sales for "Fiction":
  48. ^ Cumulative sales for "If You Really Love Me":
  49. ^ Cumulative sales for "Friday":
  50. ^ Cumulative sales for "Apgujeong Nallari":
  51. ^ Cumulative sales for "Hot Summer":
  52. ^ Cumulative sales for "I Go Crazy Because of You":
  53. ^ Cumulative sales for "Lonely":
  54. ^ Cumulative sales for "Back in Time":
  55. ^ Cumulative sales for "Starlight Moonlight":
  56. ^ Cumulative sales for "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die" in 2010:
  57. ^ Cumulative sales for "Roly-Poly" in 2011:
  58. ^ Cumulative sales for "Gangnam Style" in 2012:
  59. ^ Cumulative sales for "Shower of Tears" in 2013:
  60. ^ Cumulative sales for "Shower of Tears":
  61. ^ Cumulative sales for "Some" in 2014:
  62. ^ Cumulative sales for "Some":
  63. ^ Cumulative sales for "Bang Bang Bang" in 2015:
  64. ^ Cumulative sales for "Bang Bang Bang":
  65. ^ a b "Download Chart – 2016 (see #1)". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  66. ^ a b "Download Chart – 2017 (see #1)". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). KMCIA. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  67. ^ Cumulative sales for "Tik Tok" in 2010:
  68. ^ Cumulative sales for "Tik Tok":
  69. ^ Cumulative sales for "Moves like Jagger" in 2011:
  70. ^ Cumulative sales for "Moves like Jagger" in 2012:
  71. ^ Sales references for "Call Me Maybe" in 2013:
  72. ^ Cumulative sales for "Call Me Maybe":
  73. ^ Cumulative sales for "Let It Go" in 2014:
  74. ^ Cumulative sales for "Let It Go":
  75. ^ Cumulative sales for "Sugar" in 2015:
  76. ^ Cumulative sales for "Sugar":
  77. ^ Cumulative sales for "I'm Not the Only One" in 2016:
  78. ^ Cumulative sales for "I'm Not the Only One":
  79. ^ Cumulative sales for "Shape of You" in 2017:
  80. ^ Cumulative sales for "Shape of You":

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