[news] Most Popular Groups of ‘09!

….So far. In what was a very official public survey, the “Entertainer Popularity Survey,” the results were determined by the Leespiar Research Institute polling 1,320 males and females between the ages of 13~65 in 5 cities from around South Korea (metropolitan area, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon).

There are no real surprises on the list other than some of those making the list being solo artists, but I’m not complaining about that.

SNSD took the first place (31.8%) in the female category in the survey. This observation from the original article made be chuckle a bit: ”overwhelmingly through their new song “Tell Me Your Wish” amidst the rise and battle of the girl groups and the girl group wave while Wonder Girls haven’t had any activities in Korea due to their activities in the U.S.” Have we ever seen SNSD and Wonder Girls go head-to-head?

2. 2NE1 (15.8%) – due to the success of a continuous hit song parade (and some smart marketing decisions; 2NE1TV earned them a lot of goodwill)

3. Lee Hyori (15. 3%) Kind of surprised, but not. Lee Hyori’s just got that appeal where she’ll always appear on lists like this.

4. Wonder Girls I don’t know why they weren’t given a percentage, but still, I’m pretty impressed, considering they’ve been overseas the entire time. In my coming out at as a full-fledged Brown Eyed Girls stan, I have come to the horrible realization that I, too have an admiration for the Wonder Girls that borders on irrational. But they do make those dresses look good, you can’t lie.

5. Son Dam Bi (10.2%). I’ve often been perplexed by her popularity, but on a shallow note, she is pretty.

Now for the guys…

Big Bang is number one at 23.5%, barely beating out 2PM. Also impressive as they’ve been concentrating on promotions in Japan, but I wouldn’t be surprised if G-Dragon visibility lended some influence.

2. 2PM (21.7%) Our lovely boys of 2PM, very close at number 2. Enough has been said about their current situation better than I could at the moment, but let’s hope they can maintain that popularity.

3. Rain (16.9%) That’s right bishes! To all the naysayers that said he was washed up, not relevant, Rain is still integral part of the music scene, and I’m not the only one the thinks so! Though honestly, I don’t care if he decides to retire and go into thermonucleardynamics, as long as I get to see those abs.

4. Lee Seung Gi (10.4%) Ok, he’s talented. And cute, cute is always a plus.

5. DBSK (5.2%) And our lovely Gods from the East bringing up the rear. This was supposed a non-netizen influenced survey, or else they would be top two easy. Plus, being in Japan for so long, andstill being on the list – nothing to sneeze it.
Supposedly the data was gathered through a one on one interviews without giving examples for groups and and the subjects were given a choice of up to two names. To get technical: “The results were calculated based on the average number of responses and with a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error is +-2.70%.”

I’ve heard rumblings of discord that Super Junior are nowhere to be found, but it’s a list, which means people are going to disagree with the rankings anyway. Do you agree with the list? Disagree? How would you rank the idols so far?

cr:Joy News + Translated and Edited by Xeth and Soy@soshified.com/forums + shared by kpoprants@wp

23 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    oh yeah big bang number 1! :D

  2. Anonymous says:

    DBSK and Wonder Girls are still my no 1 wherever they are!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Big Bang <3

  4. Anonymous says:

    seung gi made it! i've veen his fan since watching him on 2D1N! LOVE 2D1N! can't live without it
    2NE1 no 2! Yah Man! they are talented..i prefer them than SNSD...cause i dun really like those cute+sexy girl groups...so dun bash me up cause i got different taste
    Big Bang #1!!!!!!
    big DBSK fan here! but i wish they would come back to korea!!!!! but they are a great groups cause they very well known worldwide!so yah if netizens voted they'll be easily no 1 or 2!

  5. Anonymous says:

    super junior is no.1 for me...>.<

  6. Anonymous says:

    i'm sorry... im a huge fan of Big Bang and all, but HOW CAN SUPER JUNIOR NOT BE FIRST?!?

  7. Anonymous says:

    i love big bang and 2ne1 too..so glad they r in the list..

  8. Anonymous says:

    NO SHINEE ?! D:

  9. Anonymous says:

    where's super junior T.T?

  10. janettt says:

    YG BBY (:
    BIGBANG and 2NE1 <3
    woooooo !

  11. Anonymous says:

    im trying to not bias in here.
    but.. you must have know about suju's popularity in 09.
    this year is suju's and snsd's year dude~!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Yea 2pm! <3

  13. Anonymous says:

    yea i agree, suju n snsd....

  14. Anonymous says:

    super junior, bigbang, shinee, 2pm
    2ne1, snsd, kara

  15. Anonymous says:

    where my suju oppa??

  16. Anonymous says:

    SHINEE and SUPER JUNIOR are not included!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    where is super junior and shinee!!!
    they are real popular in 2009!
    at least tts what i feel!
    n yea!
    2pm DBSK and SNSD!

  18. Anonymous says:

    why there is no super junior
    i aggre, this year is SUJU AND SNSD'S YEAR


    and also why wonder girls is not on the lis

  19. Anonymous says:

    Where's Super Junior! ):

  20. Anonymous says:

    TVXQ and Super Junior are always supposed to be number 1. Now I somewhat hate SNSD mostly Jessica for being so close with Donghae at the Asia Song Festival... TVXQ and Super Junior DESERVE to be ranked as #1. SNSD, not so much. Wonder Girls or 2NE1 at least. It's got to be people with real talent.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Super Generation.

  22. Chocoscopy says:

    This thing looks rigged. Aren't the Wondergirls supposed to be the most influencial? If SNSD was so influencial, then they would've released their album here in the Philippines. And, are SNSD on Overseas tours? NO. So yeah, it's unfair that Wondergirls only got 3rd =.=

    And as for Bigbang, I LOVE THEM <3

  23. Anonymous says:


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