Netizens are divided on the golden age of K-pop

When do you think the golden age of K-pop is?

1st Generation – SES, Fin.K.L, Sechs Kies, HOT, Shinhwa, etc.
(late 1990s to mid 2000s)

2nd Generation – SNSD, Wonder Girls, Big Bang, Super Junior, Brown Eyed Girls, Kara, etc.
(mid 2000s to late 2000s)

2.5th generation – 2NE1, SHINee, Infinite, Apink, Girl’s Day, T-ara, Miss A, SISTAR, B1A4, f(x), BEAST, 4minute, etc.
(late 2000s to mid 2010s)

3rd generation – BLACKPINK, TWICE, Red Velvet, BTS, EXO, Seventeen, WINNER, iKON, GFRIEND, Mamamoo, etc.
(mid 2010s to late 2010s)

4th generation – IVE, (G)I-DLE, NCT, Oh My Girl, ITZY, Aespa, TXT, Stray Kids, and more
(late 2010s ~ now)

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1. [+97, -0] 2nd~2.5th generation was fun, 3rd generation was good

2. [+61, -1] It was the 2.5th generation, and I really liked the songs back then

3. [+59, -3] It was the 3rd generation in 2017-2018

4. [+26, -0] 2nd~2.5th generation was the era when people all over the country enjoyed the songs of idols together. There were no songs to skip during the year-end festival. I feel the popularity of the 3rd generation is decreasing a bit though

5. [+11, -0] SHINee debuted before 2PM, but 2PM is 2nd generation and SHINee is 2.5th generation, so OP doesn’t seem to know that well

6. [+9, -1] 2nd~2.5th generation was the funniest

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xxlikkxx

2nd – 2.5th gen were idols topping korean chart even on melon yearly chart it was full of idols songs, it was also a golden era for boy groups getting the public recognition like big bang, tvxq, suju shinee, 2pm, beast (now highlight), infinite, b1a4, 2am, ft island, cn blue, they were really topping digital chart back then, something that hard for boy broup on 3rd and 4th gen to achieve and I kinda miss that era when boy groups were beloved by the public in korea

applemango

I keep thinking how the korean public that were crazy over 2nd gen boygroups decreased drastically when 3rd gen ones debuted,, like most of boygroups of 2nd gen received daesang for digital songs rather than album sales back in the day,,

zakuro

right. it’s like they lost interest so quick

Ist

3rd generation had the best songs and idols…I don’t think anyone can top that generation.

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rest

3rd gen is the peak of kpop

Camila

This almost gave me a heart attack… what are they talking about putting Aespa and Oh my girl in the same generation? This is crazy, they debuted the same year as Seventeen

star

Yeah, that’s wrong…Oh My Girl debuted the same year as Twice and Seventeen, they debuted in 2015

eim

because they blew up more recently? so people view them as a part of that cohort

empty-homework

2nd-2.5th gen was when the general public was listening to Kpop. Hence, I like this one the best!

3rd gen – mostly driven by fandom… but worldwide recognition – the peak.

mikomu

definitely 2-2.5 gen.

blobfish

NCT should be considered in 3rd, not only in 4th or maybe even in the 5th. The group first debuted in 2016, which was the same year BlackPink came out, and will probably have more members endlessly coming out until SM decides to discard the concept.

senu

2.5 and 3rd was the best times overall so many good songs and groups debuting

4th gen is all about girl groups and soloists tbh they’re releasing the most interesting tracks and generating more discussions. boy groups are stale as hell now

Nova_REMIX

2-2.5 is the best generation of K-POP.

InvisiblemeIM

For kpop as a genre 2-2.5.
There were so many groups with great songs and different concepts. It was mostly very shallow but fun

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