Hit Song Analysis (Year-End Digital Charts: 2010-2020) [Discussion Thread]

  • Hello to another chart analysis that hopefully won’t be moved.


    I took a couple of hours today to analyze the Gaon Year-End charts from 2010 to 2020 to see which hits had longevity.


    In total:


    99 songs have charted on 2 year-end charts


    5 songs have charted on 3 year-end charts


    2 songs have charted on 4 year-end charts


    All songs are listed below. I also included a couple of songs that charted on only 1 year-end chart, but did exceptionally well and deserve to be included.


    Please keep in mind that I’m only analyzing one platform: Gaon, which is an aggregate of 5 Korean streaming services (Melon, FLO, Genie, Bugs, and VIBE). YouTube, Spotify, and any other international services are not counted here.


    Score breakdown is as follows:


    Chart is here: https://bit.ly/3cIwZFm

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  • Please keep in mind that this is no way aiming to be official. This is a fan-made interpretation where all metrics are publicly available information, and I was transparent with my criteria. The last official ranking done by Gaon is in this infographic (see below):


    This is also not a full analysis. Not double counting the 99 songs that charted in more than 1 year, that’s 795 more songs left to analyze. Maybe I’ll try that later in the year, and if I get a team lol.



    If you have any questions, please ask me!

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  • Soloist truly eat up everybody.

    Idol group hits just look like child's play to the real top hits of the past decade.

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  • Why dont you just use year end positions? That is constant over the years and gives a position to how that song ranked relative to other songs released that year. And the more years charted, obviously means bigger hit. I think the points based system (like digital index formula) tends to overestimate 2017/2018 songs because thats when the movement from downloads to streams was optimal.


    I got these top 10 songs:


    1. 밤편지 아이유 (IU) 220 (Through the night)
    2. 봄날 방탄소년단 211 (Spring Day)
    3. 모든 날, 모든 순간 (Every day, Every Moment) 폴킴 196
    4. 벚꽃 엔딩 버스커 버스커 (Busker Busker) 188
    5. 선물 멜로망스(Melomance) 170
    6. Shape of You Ed Sheeran 169
    7. 우주를 줄게 볼빨간사춘기 167
    8. Way Back Home 숀 (SHAUN) 167
    9. 또 다시 사랑 임창정 166
    10. 좋은 날 아이유 (IU) 164

    Kind of similar and underestimates recent songs.

  • Dude, I still have trouble grasping over the monstrosity that one Paul Kim song is.....


    Absolutely nuts...

    #3 on the year-end chart 2 years in a row....yeah no one's touching that for a LONG time.

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  • I haven't seen the sheet yet.

    But why only 50 points for 100m streams.

    Since streaming is as relevant now as downloads were in early 2010s.

    And downloads are as irrelevant now as streaming was in early 2010s.

    Even Gaon considers 2.5m downloads = 100m streams.

  • Why dont you just use year end positions? That is constant over the years and gives a position to how that song ranked relative to other songs released that year. And the more years charted, obviously means bigger hit.


    I got these top 10 songs:


    1. 밤편지 아이유 (IU) 220 (Through the night)
    2. 봄날 방탄소년단 211 (Spring Day)
    3. 모든 날, 모든 순간 (Every day, Every Moment) 폴킴 196
    4. 벚꽃 엔딩 버스커 버스커 (Busker Busker) 188
    5. 선물 멜로망스(Melomance) 170
    6. Shape of You Ed Sheeran 169
    7. 우주를 줄게 볼빨간사춘기 167
    8. Way Back Home 숀 (SHAUN) 167
    9. 또 다시 사랑 임창정 166
    10. 좋은 날 아이유 (IU) 164

    Kind of similar and underestimates recent songs.

    You did something similar to me, but I also added the downloads and streaming markers. I got inspired to do the #1=100, #2-99, etc. thing from a thread you did last year.

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  • Except Spring Day!

    Exactly. :yesr:



    I haven't seen the sheet yet.

    But why only 50 points for 100m streams.

    Since streaming is as relevant now as downloads were in early 2010s.

    And downloads are as irrelevant now as streaming was in early 2010s.

    Even Gaon considers 2.5m downloads = 100m streams.

    Where did Gaon say that? If you can show me, I'd like to see it.


    Also about your downloads vs. streaming point. Downloads have been a marker for success even since before Gaon was created. And in 2013, downloads doubled in price. So I hold songs that can reach the download marker a little bit higher.


    Even now, only 4 songs released after 2018 have hit 2.5M downloads, and they're all from early 2019.

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  • Yes, I just gave 100 point for yearly overall #1 and so on. It seemed fair, since it treats years the same.

    I did use year-end positions though. The table shows that I did.

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