The most popular K-Pop groups in the world vary by country. While there are definitely some groups, such as BTS, that have immense popularity worldwide as a whole, if you break it down by which groups are most popular in which countries, you’ll find a surprising amount of variation! The following list was determined using Google trends, which has tracked each group’s Google search rate by month since 2011 and compiled the data together into a certain amount of points. This does mean that older groups have a greater advantage of having more points, since they are accumulative, which definitely shows in some of the results! Check them out below.

1. United States

5. SHINee (1942 points)

4. BLACKPINK (2251 points)

3. BIGBANG (2619 points)

2. BTS (2980 points)

1. Girls’ Generation (4207 points)

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2. South Korea

5. GOT7 (2308 points)

4. EXO (2514 points)

3. Girls’ Generation (2566 points)

2. Apink (2957 points)

1. BTS (3171 points)

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3. Japan

5. BTS (2109 points)

4. 2PM (2190 points)

3. CNBLUE (2376 points)

2. Girls’ Generation (2408 points)

1. JYJ (2798 points)

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4. Australia

5. iKON (2160 points)

4. SHINee (2161 points)

3. GOT7 (2355 points)

2. Girls’ Generation (2930 points)

1. BTS (3836 points)

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5. United Kingdom

5. 2PM (2657 points)

4. Girls’ Generation (3341 points)

3. GOT7 (3451 points)

2. BIGBANG (3552 points)

1. BTS (3561 points)

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6. Indonesia

5. Girls’ Generation (2769 points)

4. GOT7 (2811 points)

3. SISTAR (2967 points)

2. Red Velvet (3077 points)

1. EXO (3164 points)

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7. China

5. AOA (1948 points)

4. EXO (1999 points)

3. BIGBANG (2507 points)

2. T-ara (2570 points)

1. Girls’ Generation (3487 points)

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8. Philippines

5. Red Velvet (2415 points)

4. GOT7 (2683 points)

3. EXO (2991 points)

2. BTS (3394 points)

1. Girls’ Generation (3482 points)

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For a breakdown of each country’s most popular groups throughout the years, check out this video: