Every year, the South Korean music industry serves up a wide array of music that spreads its reach across the globe, experimenting with the limitations of popular music. The past 12 months, however, were transformative for reasons beyond the music: long-overdue conversations regarding the unjust structural and social issues became unavoidable. We went into the year disillusioned by idol culture and facing the grim realities of power dynamics in South Korea, and are coming out with increasingly loud cries to protect our idols , particularly women. With the world now truly entering what is largely being called the "Fourth Wave of K-pop", we are looking at an industry standing on the precipice of much-needed change: in terms of how it treats its stars, how they connect with fans, and how its existence is gradually becoming a normal part of global music culture. Taking this all into account, we put our heads together to determine what were the stand-out songs coming out of the Korean scene amid all of this.
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Subscriber Account active since. We decided to take a trip down memory lane by revisiting the most popular music videos of all time on YouTube. The following are the 20 most-viewed videos on the platform — and for good reason. The songs are catchy and memorable, the videos are entertaining, and they make for great summer listening. Just search "most popular music videos" in YouTube to find the playlist of videos. All of these numbers were up to date as of this posting. Daddy Yankee. This tribute to the late actor Paul Walker from the "Furious 7" soundtrack has 3. Charlie Puth.
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Although the most-viewed videos were initially viral videos , such as " Evolution of Dance " and " Charlie Bit My Finger ", the most-viewed videos were increasingly related to music videos. In fact, since Lady Gaga 's " Bad Romance ", every video that has reached the top of the "most-viewed YouTube videos" list has been a music video. Although some of the previously most-viewed videos are no longer listed on the site, reaching the top of the list is still considered a tremendous feat. In November , a Nike advertisement featuring Brazilian football player Ronaldinho became the first video to reach one million views. An early metric of a video's popularity was the so-called Billion View Club, videos which had succeeded in reaching over 1 billion views since their initial upload. In December , " Gangnam Style " became the first video to reach one billion views. With numerous videos readily clearing one billion views by , more interest has been on two and three-billion views and higher metrics. In May "Gangnam Style" became the first video to exceed two billion views.