KOREAN MUSIC: All Time 100 Greatest Albums of Korean Popular Music


All Time 100 Greatest Albums of Korean Popular Music
(Publisher: Sun (2007))


In 2007, Kyunghyang Shinmun released its “All time 100 greatest albums of Korean popular music,” selected by the selection committee consisting of an independent panel of 52 professionals. The list comprises 100 musicians/bands and their albums who had enormous influence on Korean popular music.  Each link below leads you to Google translated (hence mistranslated many times) information of the album.


Rank
Score
Singer/Band
Album
Release
Year
1
207
Deulgukhwa (들국화)
“Wild Chrysanthemum”
Deulgukhwa (들국화)
“Wild Chrysanthemum”
1985
2
182
Yoo Jaeha (유재하)
(사랑하기 때문에)
“Because I Love…”
1987
3
154
Kim Minki (김민기)
Kim Minki (김민기)
1971
4
146
Eoddeon nal (어떤날)
“One Day”
1986
5
142
Sanullim (산울림)
“Echoes”
Sanullim  1 (산울림 1)
“Echoes 1”
1977
6
128
Sanullim (산울림)
“Echoes”
Sanullim  2 (산울림 2)
“Echoes 2”
1978
7
127
Shin Junghyun & Yeopjeondeul
(신중현과 엽전들)
(신중현과 엽전들)
*Yeopjeondeul means
the traditional Korean brass coins.
1974
8
120
Han Daesu (한대수)
Meolgo meon gil (멀고 )
“A Long, Long Way to Go”
1974
9
117
Deli Spice (델리 스파이스)
1997
10
111
Lee Sang-eun (이상은)
Gongmudohaga (공무도하가)
“Honey, Don’t Cross the River”
1995
11
110
Eoddeon nal (어떤날)
“One Day”
Eoddeon nal 2 (어떤날 2)
“One Day 2”
1989
12
109
Sarang-gwa peonghwa
(사랑과 평화)
“Love & Peace”
(한동안 뜸했었지)
“Haven’t Heard From Her 
For a While”
1978
13
107
Kim Hyunsik (김현식)
Kim Hyunsik 3 (김현식 3)
1986
14
101
Shi-ingwa chonjang
(시인과 촌장)
“A Poet & a Village Headman”
Pureun dot (푸른 )
“A Blue Sail”
1986
15
99
Jang Pilsun (장필순)
(나의 외로움이 부를 )
“When My Loneliness Calls Me”
1997
16
97
Lee Munse (이문세)
Lee Munse 4 (이문세 4)
1987
17
93
Kim Hyuncheol (김현철)
(김현철 Vol.1)
1989
18
92
Boohwal (부활)
"Reincarnation"
1986
19
91
Han Young-ae (한영애)
Barabonda (바라본다)
“I Look at….”
1988
20
91
H2O
Oneul naneun (오늘 나는)
“Today, I….”
1993
21
89
Dongmulweon (동물원)
“The Zoo”
Dongmulweon (동물원)
“The Zoo”
1988
22
88
Bom yeoreum 
ga-eul gyeo-wul
(봄여름가을겨울)
“Spring, Sumer, 
 Fall and Winter”
(봄여름가을겨울)
“Spring, Sumer, Fall and Winter”
1988
23
87
You & Me Blue
(유앤미 블루)
1996
24
86
Seo Taijiwa a-ideul
(서태지와 아이들)
“Seo Taiji & the Boys”
(서태지와 아이들)
“Seo Taiji & the Boys”
1992
25
84
Kim Kwangseok (김광석)
Dasi bureugi 2 (다시 부르기 2)
“Singing Again 2”
1995
26
83
No Brain (노브레인)
(청년폭도맹진가)
“A Fierce Marching Song
of the Young Riots”
2000
27
83
Noizegarden (노이즈가든)
1996
28
83
Jageun geo-in (작은 거인)
“The Little Giant”
Jageun geo-in 2 (작은 거인 2)
“The Little Giant 2”
1981
29
82
Cho Yongpil (조용필)
Cho Yongpil 1 (조용필 1)
1980
30
81
Seo Taijiwa a-ideul
(서태지와 아이들)
“Seo Taiji & the Boys”
(서태지와 아이들 2)
“Seo Taiji & the Boys 2”
1993
31
79
Shi-ingwa chonjang
(시인과 촌장)
“A Poet & 
a Village Headman”
Sup ()
“The Forest”
1988
32
78
Sinawe (시나위)
*Sinawe is a genre of
traditional Korean music.
1986
33
78
The Magma  (마그마)
1981
34
78
Eonnine ibalgwan
(언니네이발관)
“Older Sister’s Barbershop”
(비둘기는 하늘의 )
“Pigeons Are Rats In the Sky”
1996
35
78
Deux (듀스)
1995
36
77
Seo Taijiwa a-ideul
(서태지와 아이들)
“Seo Taiji & the Boys”
(서태지와 아이들 4)
“Seo Taiji & the Boys 4”
1995
37
76
Natseon saramdeul
(낯선 사람들)
“Strangers”
(낯선 사람들)
“Strangers”
1993
38
76
N.EX.T
- The Being
1994
39
76
Cho Dongjin (조동진)
Cho Dongjin (조동진)
1979
40
75
Jeon Inkwon & 
Huh Seongwook
(전인권, 허성욱)
(1979-1987 추억 들국화)
“1979-1987 Memories, Deulgukhwa”
1987
41
74
You & Me Blue 
(유앤미 블루)
1994
42
71
The Shinchon Blues 
(신촌블루스)
The Shinchon Blues (신촌블루스)
1988
43
70
Dongmulweon (동물원)
“The Zoo”
( 번째 노래모음)
“The Second Collection of Songs”
1988
44
66
Noraereul channeun saramdeul
(노래를 찾는 사람들)
“People Searching for Songs”
(노래를 찾는 사람들)
“People Searching for Songs”
1984
45
65
The Shinchon Blues
(신촌블루스)
(신촌블루스 II)
“The Shinchon Blues II”
1989
46
64
Cho Dong-ik (조동익)
Donggyeong (동경)
“Longing”
1994
47
63
My Aunt Mary 
(마이앤트메리)
2004
48
62
Songgolmae (송골매)
“The Siberian Peregrine Falcon”
Songgolmae II (송골매 II)
“The Siberian Peregrine Falcon II”
1982
49
61
Lucid Fall (루시드 )
2001
50
61
Lee Munse (이문세)
Lee Munse 5 (이문세 5)
1988
51
61
Pipi Band (삐삐밴드)
Munhwa hyeokmyeong (문화혁명)
“The Cultural Revolution”
1995
52
61
Boohwal (부활)
"Reincarnation"
"Reincarnation: Remember”
1987
53
61
Noraereul channeun saramdeul
(노래를 찾는 사람들)
“People Searching 
for Songs”
(노래를 찾는 사람들 2)
“People Searching for Songs 2”
1989
54
60
Bom yeoreum 
ga-eul gyeo-wul
(봄여름가을겨울)
“Spring, Sumer, 
 Fall and Winter”
(봄여름가을겨울 2)
“Spring, Sumer, Fall and Winter 2”
1989
55
59
Daseot songarak 
 (다섯 손가락)
“The Five Fingers”
Daseot songarak 1 (다섯 손가락 1)
“The Five Fingers 1”
1985
56
59
Jeong Taechoon (정태춘)
Shi-ine maeul (시인의 마을)
“Village of a Poet”
1978
57
59
Seo Taijiwa a-ideul
(서태지와 아이들)
“Seo Taiji & the Boys”
(서태지와 아이들 3)
“Seo Taiji & the Boys 3”
1994
58
57
Kim Kwangseok (김광석)
Dasi bureugi 1 (다시 부르기 1)
“Singing Again 1”
1993
59
56
Mot () “The Pond”
2004
60
55
Asoto Union 
(아소토 유니온)
2003
61
55
Kim Soochul (김수철)
Kim Soochul 1 (김수철1)
1983
62
55
Jang Pilsoon (장필순)
2002
63
55
Jeong Taechoon 
& Park Eunok
(정태춘 박은옥)
(92 장마, 종로에서)
“1992’s Korean Monsoon, 
 In Jongno”
1993
64
54
Huckleberry Finn
(허클베리핀)
(18일의 수요일)
“Wednesday the 18th
1998
65
54
DJ DOC
2000
66
52
Rollercoaster (롤러코스터)
Ilsangdabansa (일상다반사)
‘Frequent Matters”
2000
67
52
Yang Hee-eun (양희은)
(양희은 고운 노래 모음)
“The Collection of Yang Hee-eun’s Lovely Songs”
1971
68
52
Eonnine ibalgwan
(언니네이발관)
“Older Sister’s Barbershop”
Hu-ildam (후일담)
“Behind-the-Scenes Stories”
1999
69
51
Kim Dusu (김두수)
Jayuhon (자유혼)
‘Free Spirit”
2002
69
51
Miseoni (미선이)
1998
71
50
Panic (패닉)
1995
72
49
Various Artists
(우리 노래 전시회)
“Exhibition of Our Songs”
1984
73
49
Sanullim (산울림)
“Echoes”
Sanullim 3 (산울림 3)
“Echoes 3”
1978
74
48
Kim Kwangseok (김광석)
(김광석네번째)
“Kim Kwangseok the Fourth”
1994
75
46
Crash (크래쉬)
1994
76
46
Cho Yongpil (조용필)
(조용필 7)
1985
77
45
DJ Soulscape
(DJ 소울스케이프)
2000
78
45
Ahn Chihwan (안치환)
(안치환 4)
1995
79
45
Kangsane (강산에)
(강산에 Vol.0)
1992
80
45
Jeong Taechoon (정태춘)
Ah, Daehanminguk (, 대한민국…)
“Ah, Republic of Great Korea”
1990
81
44
Garion (가리온)
*Garion is a mythical Korean creature, 
a white horse
with black mane.
2004
82
44
Han Daesu (한대수)
Muhandae (무한대) “Infinite”
1989
83
43
Lee Jungseon (이정선)
Samsipdae (30) “Thirty Something”
1985
84
43
Deux (듀스)
Deuxism
1993
85
42
Huckleberry Finn
(허클베리핀)
Olaengpio-e byeol (올랭피오의 )
“Olympio’s Star”
*Sylvanus Olympio  (1902–1963) was a Togolese political figure who served as Prime Minister, and then President, of Togo from 1958 until his assassination in 1963.
2004
86
41
Lee Seung-yeol (이승열)
(이날, 이때, 이즈음에....)
“This Day, This Time, 
These Days….”
2003
87
41
Lee Janghyeok (이장혁)
(이장혁 Vol.1)
2004
88
41
Bitgwa sogeum (빛과 소금)
“Light and Salt”
(빛과 소금 Vol.1)
“Light and Salt Vol. 1”
1990
89
40
Panic (패닉)
Mit () “The Bottom”
1996
90
40
Dubeonjjae dal (두번째 )
“The Second Moon”
Dubeonjjae dal (두번째 )
“The Second Moon”
2005
91
39
Yang Hee-eun (양희은)
1991
92
39
Clazziquai Project
(클래지콰이 프로젝트)
2004
93
38
Kangsane (강산에)
Naneun sachungi (나는 사춘기)
“I’m in Puberty”
1994
94
38
Lee Sora (이소라)
Nunsseopdal (눈썹달)
“The Eyebrow Moon”
2005
95
38
Jeon Inkwon (전인권)
Jeon Inkwon (전인권)
1988
96
37
Sinawe (시나위)
*Sinawe is a genre of
traditional Korean music.
1987
97
37
W
2005
98
35
Brown Eyes (브라운아이즈)
2001
99
35
Lee Sang-eun (이상은)
(외롭고 웃긴 가게)
“Lonely and Funny Store”
1997
100
35
Dongseonambuk (동서남북)
“North, South, East, 
 and West”
(아주 오래된 기억과의 조우)
“The Encounter with the
Very Old Memories”
1988