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Rankings of artists preferred by university students from 1997~2016


Ranking done by University News Network. 2000 university students are surveyed every year for this ranking.

1997
1) Seo Taiji (13.2%)

1998
1) Um Jung Hwa (7.8%)

1999
1) Yoo Seung Joon (8.6%)
2) Fin.K.L (8.5%)
3) Um Jung Hwa (6.4%)

2000
1) Seo Taiji

2001
1) Jo Sung Mo (9.1%)
2) Seo Taiji (8.2%)
3) Yoo Seung Joon (8%)
4) Shin Seung Hoon (6%)
5) god (5.8%)

2002
1) YB Band (7.6%)
2) Rain (6.1%)
3) Park Jung Hyun (5.5%)
4) Seo Taiji (4.6%)
5) BoA (4.3%)

2003
1) Lee Hyori

2004
1) Rain (10.4%)
2) BoA (8.8%)
3) Seo Taiji (5.8%)

2005
1) Rain (13.5%)
2) BoA (8.4%)
3) Seo Taiji (4.8%)

2006
1) Rain (24.1%)
2) BoA (13.1%)
3) Seo Taiji (9.3%)

2007
1) Rain (8.4%)
2) SG Wannabe (3.5%)
3) TVXQ (3.2%)

2008
1) Bigbang (11.6%)
2) Seo Taiji (5.5%)
3) Rain (5.1%)
4) Wonder Girls (3.7%)

2009
1) 2PM (9.0%)
2) Girls' Generation (4.5%)
3) Rain (4.0%)
4) Lee Hyori
5) TVXQ
6) Seo Taiji

2010
1) Girls' Generation (5.1%)
2) BoA (4.4%)
3) Rain (4.2%)
4) Lee Hyori, TVXQ (2.3%)
5) Lee Seunggi, Seo Taiji (2.3%)

2011
1) Girls' Generation (16.7%)

2012
1) Girls' Generation (6.9%)
2) Psy (6.6%)
3) BoA (5.5%)
4) Sung Si Kyung (3.7%)
5) IU (3.7%)

2013
1) Girls' Generation (12.7%)
2) Super Junior (6.3%)
3) Bigbang (3.7%)
4) EXO (2.8%)
5) Cho Yong Pil (2.5%)

2014
1) IU (6.4%)
2) Bigbang (5.5%)
3) Park Hyo Shin (3.0%)
4) JYJ (2.9%)
5) Sung Si Kyung (2.7%)

2015
1) Girls' Generation (17.9%)
2) IU (8.9%)
3) Bigbang (8.0%)
4) Park Hyo Shin (3.5%)
5) Sung Si Kyung (1.8%)

2016
1) Girls' Generation (12.7%)
2) Park Hyo Shin (4.4%)
3) IU (4.0%)
4) Bigbang (3.7%)
5) Lee Sun Hee (1.5%)

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Instiz: Artists preferred by university students in 2016

- Lim Chang Jung deserves to be in 2016 ranking

- Ohh I see EXO

- God Soshi ㅠㅠ

- Park Hyo Shin took a long hiatus but he's still doing well ㅠㅠ

- SNSD was #1 for 6 years, as expected of God's Generation <3

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