Gaon Music Chart

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Gaon Music Chart
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Gaon logo
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The homepage of the website in October 2014
Type of site
Record chart
Available inKorean
OwnerKorea Music Content Association
Alexa rankIncrease2.svg 92,829 (July 2017) [1]
LaunchedFebruary 23, 2010;10 years ago (2010-02-23)
Current statusActive

The Gaon Music Chart tabulates the relative weekly popularity of songs or albums in South Korea. It is produced by the Korea Music Content Association and sponsored by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, with an aim to create a national chart for South Korea similar to the Billboard charts of the United States and the Oricon charts of Japan. It started tracking sales since the beginning of 2010. [2] It was officially launched in February 2010 with a launching ceremony held on February 23, 2010 at the Westin Chosun hotel in Seoul. The launch also included a small awarding ceremony, which awarded girl group Girls' Generation with top artist of January and boy band Super Junior with best album of 2009. Meanwhile, Hit single "We Fell In Love", performed by Jo Kwon of 2AM and Ga-in of Brown Eyed Girls, took the title of best weekly mobile ringtone. [3]


In February 2011, it published information on both online and offline album sales of 2010, including a detailed breakdown of online chart data and was the first time since 2008 that offline album sales were released, since the Music Industry Association of Korea had stopped compiling data. [4]

Music charts

There are two primary charts: Gaon Album Chart and Gaon Digital Chart. The charts lists domestic artists' sales, international (non-Korean) artists' sales and a combined overall sales in weekly, monthly and year-end format.

The Gaon Album Chart ranks physical album shipments, including mini and single albums. It is compiled from offline data provided by record labels and distributors such as LOEN Entertainment, CJ E&M Music, Genie Music, Sony Music Korea, Pony Canyon Korea, Universal Music Korea, and Warner Music Korea.

The Gaon Digital Chart ranks best-selling non-physical, digital music sales, and is an aggregate of downloads, streaming and background music. It excludes radio airplay, and different versions of a song are listed as separate entries. It is compiled from online data provided by web-based music providers such as genie, Melon, Mnet, Soribada, Naver Music, KakaoMusic and Bugs. There is no digital album chart because each song is a separate digital download.

All charts rank the top 100. Before mid-2014, the digital, streaming, download, and noraebang charts ranked the top 200.

Chart titleChart typeMethodologyDescription
Album Chart all musicphysical shipments
  • Ranks the best selling albums
  • Ranks the best selling domestic albums
  • Ranks the best selling international albums
Digital Chart all musicdownloads +
streaming +
background music
  • Ranks the best selling songs
  • Ranks the best selling domestic songs
  • Ranks the best selling international songs
Download Chartall musicdownloads
  • Ranks digital download sales
  • One of three component charts of the Digital Chart
  • Ranks digital download sales (domestic songs)
  • Ranks digital download sales (international songs)
Streaming Chartall musicstreaming
  • Ranks streaming from digital music stores
  • One of three component charts of the Digital Chart
  • Ranks streaming (domestic songs) from digital music stores
  • Ranks streaming (international songs) from digital music stores
BGM Chartall musicbackground music
  • Ranks background music sales
  • One of three component charts of the Digital Chart
Mobile Chartringtonesringtones and
ringback tones
  • Ranks ringtone sales for mobile phones
ringback tones
  • Ranks ringback tone sales for mobile phones
Noraebang Chartall musickaraoke
  • Ranks most played noraebang domestic songs
  • Ranks most played noraebang international songs

Social charts

The Gaon Social Chart is a weekly chart that ranks the top 50 most popular K-pop artists using data from V Live, Mubeat, SMR, and Mycelebs.

The Gaon Weibo Chart was a weekly chart that ranked the top 10 most popular K-pop groups and the top 30 most popular individual K-pop artists in China using data from Weibo.


In April 2018, Gaon introduced music recording certifications for albums, downloads and streamings. Album certifications are awarded based on shipment figures provided by record labels and distributors. Download and streaming certifications are awarded to songs based on online data provided by web-based music providers. Albums and songs released on or after January 1, 2018 are eligible for certification.


Thresholds per award [5] [6]
Platinum2× Platinum3× PlatinumMillion2× Million [lower-alpha 1]


Thresholds per award [5] [6]
Platinum2× Platinum3× PlatinumDiamond


Thresholds per award [5] [6]
Platinum2× Platinum Platinum [lower-alpha 2] Billion


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  1. Higher certifications (such as 3× Million) will also be awarded. [6]
  2. Higher certifications (up to 9× Platinum) will also be awarded. [6]