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Top 10 Best-Selling K-Pop Groups of All Time

Top 10 Best-Selling K-Pop Groups of All Time

Are you wondering who the best K-pop groups are?

Well, this question has no answer as the best ones are personal matters.

That's why we prefer to talk about which ones are the best-selling K-pop groups of all time.

In this article, you'll discover the top 10 best-selling K-pop groups of all time according to the recent report released by the Circle Chart, previously known as the GAON Chart.

In fact, on January 10, 2022, Circle Chart revealed its decade-long album sales data from January 2011 to November 2021.

Discover which groups made it into the list and became one of the best-selling KPop acts for the past 10 years!

What is the Circle Chart? (Previously GAON Chart)

Besides digital music achievements, album sales are also highly significant for any K-Pop group.

Not only does this show the strength of their fanbase's support, but it also earns revenue for both idols and entertainment agencies.

The GAON Chart compiles album sales data from weekly, monthly, and yearly shipments, showing which bands performed well through rankings.

The GAON Chart, now rebranded as Circle Chart, is South Korea's national music chart.

It is the equivalent of Japan's Oricon Chart and the United States' Billboard.

Founded in 2010, the GAON Chart was formed by the Korea Music Content Association and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of South Korea.

Top 10 Best-Selling K-pop Groups

Here are the top 10 best-selling K-pop groups of the past decade according to the GAON chart!

BTS

Since BTS' debut in 2013, the ultra-popular K-pop boy group has sold over 34 million albums, making them the best-selling K-pop group of all time!

BTS members during the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, USA
BTS members during the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, USA

Their best-selling album is Map of the Soul: 7, with over 5 million sales.

Map of the Soul:7 is also the best-selling K-pop album, the first to surpass 4 million sales in 2020.

NCT

NCT has sold over 24 million albums across all sub-units, including NCT U, NCT 127, NCT Dream, and WayV.

It makes NCT the best-selling group under SM Entertainment.

Chaeyoung's tattoos from Twice South Korean band
NCT 127 members, also known as the NCT' second sub-unit and Seoul-based members.

The album with the most sales is NCT 127's 2 Sticker,released in 2021.

It has almost 2.5 million sales to date.

EXO

EXO became a "sextuple million seller" for selling over a million copies of six different albums in 2021.

Since the group's debut in 2012, EXO has sold over 14 million albums.

EXO members on stage during their event EXO From Exoplanet: The Lost Planet
EXO members on stage during their event EXO From Exoplanet: The Lost Planet

Their best-selling album is Don't Mess Up My Tempo, released in 2018, with over 1.45 million albums sold.

SEVENTEEN

Since its debut in 2015, SEVENTEEN has released four studio albums: 12 EPs, 21 singles, three re-issues, and one compilation album.

Nowadays, the K-pop group has sold almost 13 million albums in seven years.

SEVENTEEN has almost sold 13 millions album since their start there are 7 years ago
SEVENTEEN has almost sold 13 millions album since their start there are 7 years ago. ©Wikimedia Commons CC BY 4.0

SEVENTEEN's best-selling album is Face the Sun, with over 2.8 million copies sold.

Following BTS, it is the second band to have sold over 2 million albums.

TWICE

TWICE is the only K-pop girl group to enter GAON Chart's top ten best-selling albums for the past ten years, making them the highest-selling KPop girl group in South Korea.

According to a report released by JYP Entertainment, the girl group has already sold over 10 million album copies as of November 2022.

TWICE is the only K-pop girl group in this top and has recently passed the 10 million album sales mark
TWICE is the only K-pop girl group in this top and has recently passed the 10 million album sales mark

TWICE's best-selling album is Between 1&2, released in 2022, with 1.1 million copies sold.

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STRAY KIDS

Stray Kids is the first 4th generation K-pop boy band to be in the GAON Chart's best-selling KPop groups of all time.

The group debuted in 2017 but has reached several milestones in its career already.

Stray Kids is the first group from the 4th generation to be in the GAON Chart
Stray Kids is the first group from the 4th generation to be in the GAON Chart

As of October 2022, Stray Kids have sold 9.4 million albums, with MAXIDENT being their highest-selling album.

Stray Kids even becomes the second boy band, next to BTS, to have a triple-million-selling album!

TXT

TXT follows Stray Kids for being the second 4th generation K-pop boy band to be included in GAON Chart's decade-long report of best-selling K-pop groups of all time.

TXT is under Big Hit Music, the same company as BTS.

Despite only debuting in 2019, TXT has already sold over 6 million albums, with Minisode 2: Thursday's Child being the group's highest-selling album.

GOT7

Since the group's debut in 2013, GOT7 has sold over 5.8 million albums, with their newest EP, GOT7 being their highest-selling album.

Despite leaving JYP Entertainment, GOT7 is still setting new records in the KPop community.

With its recent comeback under the new label Warner Music Korea, Got7 shows everyday how loyal is its fanbase
With its recent comeback under the new label Warner Music Korea, Got7 shows everyday how loyal is its fanbase

In its recent comeback under a new label, Warner Music Korea, GOT7 shows how strong its fanbase is and how much it performs well in South Korean music charts.

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SUPER JUNIOR

Super Junior is the only 2nd generation K-pop group to be included in the GAON Chart's list of best-selling KPop groups of all time.

Super Junior debuted in 2005 under SM Entertainment and has sold over 4.5 million albums.

The Super Junior presence in this top, a 2nd generation group, proves that age dosen't matter to perform really well on South Korean music charts
The Super Junior presence in this top, a 2nd generation group, proves that age dosen't matter to perform really well on South Korean music charts

Mr. Simple, Super Junior's 5th studio album, is the band's best-selling album, with 562 690 albums sold.

Super Junior truly proves that age doesn't matter when it comes to performing well on South Korean music charts.

WANNA ONE

Despite disbanding in 2018, WANNA ONE still managed to be included in GAON Chart's decade-long ranking of the best-selling KPop acts!

Even nowadays disbanded, WANNA ONE managed to hold its rank among the best-sellers groups
Even nowadays disbanded, WANNA ONE managed to hold its rank among the best-sellers groups. ©Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0

The group sold over 3.6 million albums with only one studio album and three EPs!

WANNA ONE's best-selling album is 1x1=1 (To Be One), with almost 1.5 million albums sold.

A bright morning in Incheon, South Korea
A bright morning in Incheon, South Korea

And that's it for this top 10 best-selling K-pop groups list!

It's fantastic to see how much each group's fanbase has so much impact on album sales.

Is your favorite group not included in this list?

Let's discuss this on our new Discord channel (WIP)!

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