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Music Bank
GenreMusic
Presented by
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes1,089 (as of September 17, 2021 (2021-09-17))
Production
Running time90 minutes
Production companyKBS Entertainment Production Department
Release
Original network
Picture format1080i (ATSC)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJune 16, 1998 (1998-06-16) –
present
External links
Website

Music Bank (Korean뮤직뱅크; RR: Myujigbaengkeu) is a South Korean music program which airs every Friday at 17:00 KST on KBS2. As of 2015, the show is also broadcast in more than a hundred countries through KBS World. Episodes are filmed at the KBS New Wing Open Hall in Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu.[1] The show also organizes the global live concert Music Bank World Tour.[2][3]

History

Prior to Music Bank, Top 10 Songs (가요톱10) debuted in 1981 airing live at 6:30 (KST) on Fridays and aired until 1998. For the first few months of 1998, Bravo New Generation took its place, but due to low ratings, it was quickly replaced by Music Bank on June 18, 1998. The chart format that was used since Top 10 Songs was abandoned in late 2001 due to controversy and was changed into a request format.

Oh My Girl's Arin (left) and TXT's Soobin (right) have hosted since July 2020.

In 2005, the show was moved to Sunday afternoons at 12:45 (KST) and became a recorded broadcast. Due to sinking ratings, in September 2007, the show returned to its original time slot of Fridays evenings at 6:30 (KST) and returned to a live format. The charts were revived as category-based charts.

In January 2008, the category-based charts were combined into the K-Chart which is the familiar countdown chart and the only program to do so. In June 2008, the show extended to 70 minutes, airing from 6:30 (KST) to 7:40 (KST) making it the longest music program on air. In November 2008, as part of the Autumn format changes, the show began airing from 6:40 (KST) to 8:00 (KST) for 80 minutes. In May 2010, as part of the Spring format changes, the show began airing from 5:50 (KST) to 7:10 (KST) for 80 minutes.

On August 27, 2010, Music Bank began airing live to 54 different countries around the world through KBS World, and included new interactive features for international viewers through Twitter.

On November 11, 2011, as part of the autumn format changes, the show began airing for 105 minutes from 6:10 (KST) to 7:55 (KST), following KBS News 6.

In August 2012, Asian American cable network Myx TV began airing the first English dubbed version of Music Bank.

Since October 25, 2013, the show began airing for 80 minutes from 6:30 (KST) to 7:50 (KST), following KBS Global 24, which was transferred from KBS1 with effect from October 21, 2013.

Since July 2020, it is hosted by TXT's Choi Soobin and Oh My Girl's Arin. Past hosts include Song Hye-kyo, Rain, Ji Sung, Song Joong-ki, Uee, Yoon Bo-ra, Park Seo-joon, Irene, Park Bo-gum, Choi Bo-min, and Shin Ye-eun among others.[4][5]

K-Chart

K-Chart is the countdown charts of Music Bank. The charts are calculated by combining the Digital Music Charts (65%), Album Sales (5%), Number of times broadcast on KBS TV only (20%), and Viewers Choice Charts (10%).[6]. This charts tracking from Monday to Sunday (11 days prior to 5 days prior), and the Top 50 songs of the week are featured on the show, where the Top 50–21 songs are shown via marquee and the Top 20–3 songs are featured by the hosts. The hosts showcase the Top Two songs in beginning of show and announce who will be the winner of the week. The Number 1 song on the chart is the winner of that week's chart and receives an award.

During the last week of June, the most popular song of the first half of the year is awarded the Music Bank First Half 1st Place award. During the last week of December, the Music Bank 1st Place award (or Music Bank MVP in 2008) is awarded to the most popular song of the entire year.

Prior to the combined K-Charts, category-based charts were used. From September to December 2007, every week a different category (Digital Music Charts, Karaoke Charts, Viewers Choice Charts, Album Sales Charts) was featured. Technically, each category would only be featured once a month. It was similar to K-Chart except the results each week could only be based on a specific chart, and not all the charts combined. From January 2008 to April 2009, two charts were used. Every week, the Digital Music Charts and Album Sales Charts were used, and at the end of the month were the combined charts (Album Sales Charts (20%) + Digital Music Charts (50%) + Viewers Choice Charts (30%)). In May 2009, this was abandoned for the combined charts featured every week. Note that the Music Bank ranking system is different from other previous and current televised K-Pop music shows, in that an artist can win an unlimited number of times for the same song (other shows generally remove it from the charts after three wins, for Music Core it's after five wins or two months since release). While other music chart shows have a full score of 10,000 or 11,000, Music Bank's full score is 200,000, meaning Digital Music Charts category have 130,000 score as full score, 40,000 for Broadcast, 20,000 for Viewers' Choice and finally 10,000 for Album Sales.

MVP First Place winners

1998

List of First Place winners

1999

List of First Place winners

2000

List of First Place winners

2001

List of First Place winners

2002

List of First Place winners

2003

List of First Place winners

2004

List of First Place winners

2005

List of First Place winners

K-Chart First Place winners

2006

List of First Place winners

2007

List of First Place winners

2008

List of First Place winners
Key
Highest score in 2008
No show was held
Episode Date Artist Song Points
445 January 4 Wonder Girls "Tell Me" 4,938
446 January 11 Big Bang "Last Farewell" 4,573
447 January 18 Haha "You Are My Destiny" 2,952
448 January 25 Toy "Warm Hello" 1,663
449 February 1 Big Bang "Last Farewell" 4,285
February 8 No chart and winner
450 February 15 Park Ji-hun "보고 싶은 날엔" 2,790
451 February 22 Brown Eyed Girls "L.O.V.E" 2,352
452 February 29 Girls' Generation "Kissing You" 5,248
453 March 7 Jewelry "One More Time" 4,653
454 March 14 3,921
455 March 21 3,788
456 March 28 6,088
457 April 4 3,023
458 April 11 2,967
459 April 18 3,374
460 April 25 Lee Seung-gi "I Will Give You Everything" 7,448
461 May 2 MC Mong "Circus" 3,223
462 May 9 4,137
463 May 16 4,330
464 May 23 3,930
465 May 30 8,971
466 June 6 Wonder Girls "So Hot" 3,529
467 June 13 4,522
468 June 20 4,965
469 June 27 10,135
470 July 4 No chart and winner
471 July 11 Wonder Girls "So Hot" 3,254
472 July 18 Davichi "Love and War" 3,342
473 July 25 Brown Eyes "Don't Leave" 10,386
474 August 1 Lee Hyori "U-Go-Girl" 4,364
475 August 8 4,389
August 15 N/A
August 22 Big Bang "Day by Day" 6,026
476 August 29 Seo Taiji "Moai" 11,485
477 September 5 Big Bang "Day by Day" 5,116
478 September 12 4,968
September 19 4,268
479 September 26 10,872
480 October 3 Wonder Girls "Nobody" 6,400
481 October 10 8,350
482 October 17 6,504
483 October 24 5,884
October 31 TVXQ "Mirotic" 16,403
484 November 7 Kim Jong-kook "Today More Than Yesterday" 5,792
485 November 14 5,131
486 November 21 Big Bang "Sunset Glow" 6,026
487 November 28 11,784
488 December 5 Baek Ji-young "Like Being Hit by a Bullet" 5,741
489 December 12 5,444
490 December 19 4,557
491 December 26 Big Bang "Sunset Glow" 9,147
TVXQ "Mirotic" N/A

2009–present

Hosts

Date Hosts
1998 Ryu Si-won, Kim Ji-ho
1999 Ryu Si-won, Hwang Yu-sun
Kim Seung-hyun, Hwang Yu-sun
Ju Young-hun, Hwang Yu-sun
2000 Ju Young-hun, Kim Gyu-ri
Lee Hwi-jae, Song Hye-kyo
Lee Hwi-jae, Lee Na-young
2001 Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Bo-kyung
November 8, 2001 – April 18, 2002 Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Min-sun
April 25 – October 24, 2002 Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Min-jung
October 31, 2002 – January 30, 2003 Rain, Shoo
February 6 – June 19, 2003 Jun Jin, Shoo
June 26, 2003 – June 11, 2004 Choi Jung-won, Park Jung-ah
June 18 – November 5, 2004 Ji Sung, Park Eun-hye
November 12, 2004 – April 29, 2005 Namkoong Min, So Yi-hyun
May 8 – October 30, 2005 Ji Hyun-woo, Kim Bo-min
November 6, 2005 – March 12, 2006 Kang Kyung-joon, Park Kyung-lim
March 26 – November 19, 2006 Kang Kyung-joon, Jang Hee-jin
November 26, 2006 – April 1, 2007 Haha, Lee So-yeon
April 8, 2007 – February 1, 2008 Haha, Lee Hyun-ji
February 15 – May 16, 2008 Tablo, Kim Sung-eun
May 23 – August 8, 2008 Tablo, Min Seo-hyun
August 29, 2008 – January 9, 2009 Yoo Se-yoon, Seo In-young
January 16 – July 31, 2009 Yoo Se-yoon, Park Eun-young
August 7, 2009 – November 19, 2010 Song Joong-ki, Seo Hyo-rim
December 3, 2010 – October 21, 2011 Hyun Woo, Kim Min-ji
October 28, 2011 – November 11, 2011 Hyun Woo, Uee
November 18, 2011 Tim, Sohee, Sunye
November 25, 2011 Shindong, Sohee, Sunye
December 2, 2011 Minho, Sohee, Yubin
December 9, 2011 Minho, Sohee, Sunye
December 16, 2011 Shindong, Sohee, Yubin
December 23, 2011 Jung Yong-hwa, Choi Siwon, Yoon Doojoon, Jun Hyun-moo
January 6, 2012 – March 29, 2013 Lee Jang-woo, Uee
April 5, 2013 Lee Jang-woo, Kang Min-kyung
April 12, 2013 – October 4, 2013[7] Jeong Jinwoon, Park Se-young
September 6, 2013 Jo Kwon, Park Se-young
October 11, 2013 Seulong, Park Se-young
October 18, 2013 Jo Kwon
October 25, 2013 – April 24, 2015 Park Seo-joon, Yoon Bora
May 1, 2015 – June 24, 2016 Park Bo-gum, Irene
December 4, 2015 Park Bo-gum, V, Him-chan
July 1, 2016 – November 4, 2016 Kang Min-hyuk, Solbin
July 15, 2016 Kang Min-hyuk, Solbin, Son Dong-woon
November 11, 2016 – May 11, 2018[8] Lee Seo-won, Solbin
May 18, 2018 Solbin, N
May 25, 2018 Solbin, Son Dong-woon
June 1, 2018 Solbin, Taemin
June 8, 2018 Solbin, Kim Seok-jin
June 15, 2018 – June 28, 2019 Kei, Choi Won-myung
July 5, 2019 – July 17, 2020 Shin Ye-eun, Choi Bo-min
July 24, 2020 – Present Arin, Choi Soo-bin

Achievements by artists

List of winners of Music Bank 1st Place Award of the Year

winners of Music Bank 1st Place Award of the Year

Year Artist Song
2007 Wonder Girls "Tell Me"
2008 TVXQ "Mirotic"
2009 Girls' Generation "Gee"
2010 "Oh!"
2011 IU "Good Day"
2012 Psy "Gangnam Style"
2013 Cho Yong-pil "Bounce"
List of most No. 1 winners

Most No. 1 winners

Rank Artist Count
1st BTS 47
2nd Girls' Generation 42
3rd Exo 34
4th Big Bang 27
Twice
6th Psy 25
Super Junior
8th Shinhwa 24
9th IU 23
10th BoA 22
TVXQ
12th Yoo Seung-jun 21
13th g.o.d 20
14th Wonder Girls 18
Im Chang-jung
16th Shinee 17
17th Beast / Highlight 16
18th Sechs Kies 15
2PM
List of longest consecutive No. 1 songs

Longest consecutive No. 1 songs

Rank Artist Song Count Year
1st Psy "Gangnam Style" 10 2012
2nd Girls' Generation "Gee" 9 2009
3rd Jewelry "One More Time" 7 2008
4th Girls' Generation "The Boys" 6 2011
IU "You and I" 2011–2012
BTS "Dynamite" 2020
7th Yoo Seung-jun "Passion" 5 1999
"Vision" 1999–2000
MC Mong "Circus" 2008
Wonder Girls "So Hot"
G-Dragon "Heartbreaker" 2009
2NE1 "I Don't Care" 2009
Girls' Generation "Oh!" 2010
"Hoot"
Super Junior "Mr. Simple" 2011
Twice "TT" 2016
List of most awarded songs

Songs with most awards: Includes accumulated wins in weekly K-Chart and special chart awards (consecutively and non-consecutively)

Rank Artist Song Count Year
1st Psy "Gangnam Style" 17 2012–2013
2nd BTS "Dynamite" 16 2020-2021
3rd Girls' Generation "Gee" 11 2009
4th BoA "My Name" 7 2004
Jewelry "One More Time" 2008
Girls' Generation "Oh!" 2010
BTS "Boy with Luv" 2019
8th Wonder Girls "Tell Me" 6 2007
Girls' Generation "The Boys" 2011
IU "You and I" 2011–2012
Twice "TT" 2016–2017
12th Yoo Seung-jun "Passion" 5 1999
"Vision" 1999–2000
MC Mong "Circus" 2008
Wonder Girls "So Hot"
Big Bang "Day by Day"
Baek Ji-young "Like Being Hit by a Bullet" 2008–2009
Super Junior "Sorry, Sorry" 2009
2NE1 "I Don't Care"
G-Dragon "Heartbreaker"
Girls' Generation "Hoot" 2010
Super Junior "Mr. Simple" 2011
Soyou & Junggigo "Some" 2014
Twice "Cheer Up" 2016
List of top 10 highest scores (1st system)

Top 10 highest scores (1st system) January 11, 2008 – April 24, 2009

Rank Artist Song Score Date
1st TVXQ "Mirotic" 16,403 2008/10/31
2nd Girls' Generation "Gee" 12,982 2009/02/27
3rd 11,984 2009/01/30
4th Big Bang "Sunset Glow" 11,784 2008/11/28
5th Seo Taiji "Moai" 11,485 2008/08/29
6th Big Bang "Day by Day" 10,872 2008/09/26
7th Brown Eyes "Don't Leave" 10,386 2008/07/25
8th Super Junior "Sorry, Sorry" 10,193 2009/03/27
9th 10,186 2009/04/24
10th Wonder Girls "So Hot" 10,135 2008/06/27
List of top 10 highest scores (2nd system)

Top 10 highest scores (2nd system) May 1, 2009 – May 7, 2010

Scoring system: digital music charts (60%), album sales (15%), number of hits on TV (15%), and viewers choice charts (10%)

Rank Artist Song Score Date
1st Girls' Generation "Oh!" 23,077 2010/02/05
2nd 22,689 2010/02/12
3rd G-Dragon "Heartbreaker" 21,322 2009/09/04
4th Girls' Generation "Run Devil Run" 21,223 2010/04/02
5th "Oh!" 20,549 2010/02/26
6th 20,284 2010/02/19
7th G-Dragon "Heartbreaker" 18,995 2009/09/11
8th Girls' Generation "Tell Me Your Wish" 17,995 2009/07/10
9th Rain "Love Song" 16,871 2010/04/16
10th Girls' Generation "Oh!" 15,931 2010/03/05
List of top 10 highest scores (3rd system)

Top 10 highest scores (3rd system) May 14, 2010 – November 4, 2011

Scoring system: digital music charts (60%), album sales (10%), number of times broadcast on TV/radio (20%), and viewers choice charts (10%)

Rank Artist Song Score Date
1st Super Junior "Mr. Simple" 20,653 2011/08/26
2nd Girls' Generation "Hoot" 20,561 2010/11/12
3rd Big Bang "Tonight" 20,214 2011/03/11
4th Super Junior "Mr. Simple" 19,813 2011/08/19
5th 17,735 2011/09/09
6th 17,464 2011/09/02
7th IU "Good Day" 17,451 2010/12/31
8th Kim Hyun-joong "Break Down" 17,294 2011/06/24
9th Girls' Generation "Hoot" 17,285 2010/11/05
10th TVXQ "Keep Your Head Down" 17,168 2011/01/28
List of top 10 highest scores (4th system)

Top 10 highest scores (4th system)

Rank Artist Song Score Date
1st Psy "Gangnam Style" 30,454 2012/10/12
2nd 28,006 2012/10/05
3rd 24,483 2012/10/19
4th 22,737 2012/08/31
5th 21,399 2012/08/24
6th 21,085 2012/09/14
7th 20,529 2012/09/28
8th 20,236 2012/09/21
9th 19,806 2012/10/26
10th 19,661 2012/11/02
List of top 10 highest scores (5th system)

Top 10 highest scores (5th system)

Scoring system: digital music charts (65%), album sales (5%), number of times broadcast on KBS TV only (20%), and viewers choice charts (10%)

Rank Artist Song Score Date
1st BTS "Fake Love" 15,019 2018/06/01
2nd "Spring Day" 13,250 2017/02/24
3rd "Boy with Luv" 13,007 2019/04/26
4th Exo "Call Me Baby" 12,681 2015/04/10
5th BTS "DNA" 12,581 2017/09/29
6th Exo "Ko Ko Bop" 12,181 2017/07/28
7th Twice "Knock Knock" 12,175 2017/03/03
8th Exo "Ko Ko Bop" 12,103 2017/08/04
9th BTS "On" 11,957 2020/03/06
10th "Idol" 11,949 2018/09/07
List of top 10 highest scores (all time)

Top 10 highest scores (all time) January 2008 – present

Rank Artist Song Score Date
1st Psy "Gangnam Style" 30,454 2012/10/12
2nd 28,006 2012/10/05
3rd 24,483 2012/10/19
4th Girls' Generation "Oh!" 23,077 2010/02/05
5th Psy "Gangnam Style" 22,737 2012/08/31
6th Girls' Generation "Oh!" 22,689 2010/02/12
7th Psy "Gangnam Style" 21,399 2012/08/24
8th G-Dragon "Heartbreaker" 21,322 2009/09/04
9th Girls' Generation "Run Devil Run" 21,223 2010/04/02
10th Psy "Gangnam Style" 21,085 2012/09/14

Tours

Controversies

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Music Bank, as one of oldest music shows, had more controversies than Show! Music Core and Inkigayo.

About Laboum got the top of the chart

On April 28, 2017; Laboum got to top of the K-Chart and IU got second place in that chart. However, viewers have started to demand and ask for explanations and fairness. Viewers think that IU songs are very good and therefore deserved to be at the top of the chart. Music Bank producers then explained:[9]

As IU is a very popular singer, and there has been a very positive reaction to her song, we were also surprised with the results of the winner. However, as the winner was selected according to our criteria, we can't doing anything but accept that result.

— Music Bank producer

Kim Jun Su did not appear at Music Bank

Kim Jun Su made a comeback on November 10 with the album "Pit a Pat". However, due to Kim Jun Su's lack of appearance; fans in Music Bank viewer opinions have asked Music Bank producers for explanations and fairness.[10][11][12] A chief producer of Music Bank has responded:

Thank you to all the viewers who have shown interest and love in KBS’s programs.

As a producer of “Music Bank,” this is my response for this cases.

First, “Music Bank” is a program that to feature most popular artist and decide the ranking based on our criteria

“Music Bank” casts singers who are promoting within the required time period and want to appear. We cannot reveal the condition of whether to cast someone or not, especially if that artist did not reveal their desire to promote.

It would be difficult for us to explain our reasons for not casting some artist and cast another instead. Casting for “Music Bank” is inevitably a process of inclusion and exclusion. If we explained our reasons for excluding an artist, the artist or their fans might take it as a denunciation. There is no broadcaster who explains why they don’t cast one artist over another on music shows. KBS will continue to give a fair chance to a wide range of artists. We ask for the support. Thanks.

— Kim Kwang Soo, a chief producer of Music Bank

Similar programs

See also

References

General

Specific

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