[YG LIFE] Naver Music’s Review of the Music Scene in the Year 2014, in Various Rankings

Special │ What Were the Most Popular Songs in 2014?

New year 2015 is just around the corner. In 2014, we have seen especially large number of events and people who drew big attention. Now, when the year 2014 is going and the new year 2015 is coming up, let us review what kind of music drew big popularity in NAVER Music!

* The rankings in this page are based on data accumulated from January 2014 to November 30, 2014.

Chart.1 │ NAVER Music’s 2014 Yearly Ranking

In the year 2014, larger variety of music has enjoyed popularity. “EYES, NOSE, LIPS”, the title track of second full-length album [RISE] of TAEYANG who has established his presence as a solo artist this year, is in the No. 1 in the yearly ranking. “EYES, NOSE, LIPS” was placed in top places on music charts repeatedly after its release, and enjoyed a long run on charts thanks to YG artists’ support to remake the song. Such popularity has not ended yet. “EYES, NOSE, LIPS” is still in the 66th place on November’s monthly chart, to boast its never-ending popularity. In the second place, there is “Some” (Feat. Lil Boi of Geeks), a song that created sensation in Korea during whole year 2014. The song drew a big popularity by creating a hot buzzword with its lyrics “You seem to be mine, but not, but maybe mine”. “A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness” of San E and Raina who also created a duet sensation is in the third place. Then, IU’s “Your Meaning” and “My Old Story” are in the yearly chart. Sung Si-Kyung is in the chart with his song for the original sound track of drama series “You Who Came from the Stars”, Jung-In and Gary with their collaboration song, Idina Menzel with the song for “Frozen”, and finally AKMU who is popular among not only the teens but also people in their twenties and thirties.

Chart.2│ NAVER Music’s 2014 Download Ranking

Download ranking looks somewhat similar with the yearly ranking, but still different. IU’s “Your Meaning” that made people in their thirties and forties recollect their old memories and teenagers recognize the charm of old-school songs this year, took the No.1. Soyou & Junggigo’s “Some” is following IU, in the 2nd place, just as it is in the yearly ranking. Lee Sun-Hee’s “You among Them” is standing out in the download ranking, being placed in the third place. Along with Lee Sun-Hee, there are some other singers who boast great influence on download rankings, such as Park Hyo-Sin also known as “God Hyo-Sin”, as well as Kim Dong Ryul who has come back after a long absence.

Chart.3│What Are Albums that Swept NAVER Music Charts in 2014?

Singers who release full-length album always draw big attention, because recently, most of new songs are released as single albums. If a full-length album for which an artist puts his or her best efforts in every single song, it would be very meaningful for the artist. To look into what full-length albums have drawn big popularity during this year, YG artists’ albums stand out. Among 10 albums ranked in top 10 on albums ranking, four are YG Entertainment’s albums, to make the year 2014 “YG’s year” (EPIK HIGH, AKMU, TAEYANG, and WINNER”. Along with YG artists, IU’s remake album “Flower Bookmark” that was also in top places on the yearly ranking and download ranking is in the albums ranking, too. Then, Toy and Kim Dong-Ryul who came back after a long absence, Jang Bum-Jun who created sensation with his solo album, and EXO who enjoyed a big popularity this year too, also put their name on the albums ranking.

Album│ TOP 10 on NAVER Music’s 2014 Albums Chart

Outro│Farewell 2014

The year 2014 that has been literally eventful is going away. Now that the new year 2015 is coming, we can’t wait for new music to come in 2015, which will entertain music fans’ ears. Now, try the songs that enjoyed biggest popularity in 2014 and have nice holidays!

2014. 12. 26.

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