The end of the year is always a good time for reflection – that’s why we here at KpopStarz have compiled three exhaustive lists for our annual year-end poll.
We got you all thinking about it back in the summer when we held two polls selecting K-Pop’s most internationally influential group and the artist who was most representative of the genre for the first half of 2013.
Pop duo TVXQ defended their crown by winning the most influential group category while JYJ member Yoochun came out on top of the most representative artist earlier this year.
Now with the last six months added to the mix, plus a third poll category for 2013’s best song, will TVXQ and JYJ be able to do it all again? There is no arguing that 2013 was a fantastic year for K-Pop.
There were dozens of great, unique songs from top idols, talented young newcomers, and veteran singers alike.
Choosing the Best K-Pop Song of 2013 is certainly going to be a difficult feat.
After poring through 120 albums and over 200 songs from some 400 group members and solo artists, we have finally narrowed it down to the year’s 50 best singles, top 40 groups, and 218 individual stars to battle it out in our final poll of 2013.
The Best Song nominees were selected from the best-selling singles with high chart rankings and fan and critics’ favorites.
For K-Pop Group That Has Expanded the Most Globally, we took into consideration factors such as collaborations, international tours, and overseas record sales.
The individuals up for Best Representative Artist are the members of those influential groups plus popular soloists who have also had a huge impact on K-Pop this year.
Will Junsu be able to follow up 2012’s winning song “Tarantallegra” with a win for this super fun summer hit “Incredible” or will the glory be taken by one of the YG soloists G-Dragon , CL , Taeyang , Psy , TOP , Seungri or Lee Hi ? Perhaps newcomers EXO or LC9 will rise to the top, or one of the veteran artists on the list like Shinhwa or Cho Yong Pil – or even hip-hop stars Dynamic Duo or Drunken Tiger .
Now is your chance to select the best of the best.
Polls open on December 8 and run through December 21 – that’s two full weeks of voting for all you K-Pop fans out there, so let your voices be heard! Each user and IP address will be allowed to vote once per day, so be sure to check back often to vote for your favorites.
Visit the official polling page HERE for the full list of nominees in each of the three categories and to cast your votes! And be sure to check back for all the 2013 KpopStarz poll winners on December 22!