Music Bank (Korean: 뮤직뱅크) is a South Korean music television program broadcast by KBS. It airs live every Friday at 6:05PM. The show features some of the latest and most popular artists who perform live on stage. It is hosted by actor Hyun Woo and actress Kim Min Ji.


Prior to Music Bank, Top 10 Songs (가요톱10) debuted in 1981 airing live at 6:30PM 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 requestformat.In 2005, the show was moved to Sunday afternoons at 12:45PM and became a recorded broadcast. Due to sinking ratings, in September 2007, the show returned back to its original timeslot of Fridays evenings at 6:30PM 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 mins, airing from 6:30PM to 7:40PM making it the longest music program on air. In November 2008, as part of the Autumn format changes, the show began airing from 6:40PM to 8:00PM for 80 mins. In May 2010, as part of the Spring format changes, the show began airing from 5:50PM to 7:10PM for 80 mins.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.

K-Chart is the countdown charts of Music Bank. The charts are calculated by combining the Digital Music Charts (60%), Album Sales (10%),Number of times broadcast on TV/Radio (20%), and Viewers Choice Charts (10%).[1] The Top 50 songs of the week are featured on the show, where the Top 21-50 songs are shown via marquee and the Top 20-3 songs are featured by the hosts. The hosts then showcase the Top Two songs 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 Music Bank First Half 1st Place award is awarded to the most popular song of the first half of the year. 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.


OST Chart

Music Bank has announced that they’ll be the first public broadcast program with an exclusive chart for OST songs. OSTs will no longer be considered on the ‘K-Chart’, and they’ll be graded with separate standards starting January 28, 2011. However, OST Chart will not hand out awards for songs who land on the #1 spot.


Former Hosts

1998Ryu Shi-won, Kim Ji-ho
1999Ryu Shi-won, Hwang Yu-sun
Kim Seung-hyun, Hwang Yu-sun
Ju Young-hun, Hwang Yu-sun
2000Ju Young-hun, Kim Gyu-ri
Lee Hwi-jae, Song Hye-kyo
Lee Hwi-jae, Lee Na-young
2001Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Bo-kyung
Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Min-sun
2002Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Min-jung
Rain, Shoo
Jun Jin, Shoo
2003Choi Jung-won, Park Jung-ah
2004–2005Ji Sung, Park Eun-hye
Nam Gung-min, So Ee-hyun
Ji Hyun-woo, Kim Bo-min
Kang Kyung-jun, Park Kyung-lim
2006Kang Kyung-jun, Jang Hee-jin
Ha-ha, Lee So-yeon (November 26 - April 1, 2007)
2007Ha-ha, Lee Hyun-ji (April 8 - February 1, 2008)
2008Tablo, Kim Sung-eun (February 15 - May 16)
Tablo, Min Seo-hyun (May 23 - August 8)
Yu Sae-yun, Seo In-young (August 29 - January 9, 2009)
2009Yu Sae-yun, Park Eun-young (January 16 - July 31)
2009–2010Song Joong-ki, Seo Hyo-rim (August 7, 2009 - November 19, 2010)
2010–presentHyun Woo, Kim Min-ji (December 3, 2010 – present)

Achievements By Artists

Winners of Music Bank 1st Place Award of the Year
2007Wonder GirlsTell Me
2009Girls' GenerationGee
Most No. 1 Winners
1stGirls' Generation27 Times2007
2ndBig Bang18 Times2006
3rdWonder Girls15 Times2007
4th2PM10 Times2008
Super Junior2005
Most Consecutive No. 1s
RankArtistSongRow CountYear
1stGirls' GenerationGee92009
2ndJewelryBaby One More Time72008
3rdGirls' GenerationHoot52010
2NE1I Don't Care
Wonder GirlsSo Hot52008
MC MongCircus
Top 10 Highest Scores (1st System) January 2009 - July 2009
1stGirls' GenerationGee12,9822009/02/27
4thSuper JuniorIt's You10,3472009/05/22
5thSorry, Sorry10,1932009/03/27
10thGirls' GenerationGee7,3972009/01/23
Top 10 Highest Scores (2nd System) July 2009 - May 2010
1stGirls' GenerationOh!23,0772010/02/05
4thGirls' GenerationRun Devil Run21,2232010/04/02
8thGirls' GenerationTell Me Your Wish17,9952009/07/10
9thRainLove Song16,8712010/04/16
10thGirls' GenerationOh!15,9312010/03/05
Top 10 Highest Scores (3rd System) May 2010 – Present
1stGirls' GenerationHoot20,5162010/11/12
2ndBig BangTonight20,2142011/03/11
3ndIUGood Day17,4512010/12/31
4rdGirls' GenerationHoot17,2852010/11/05
5thTVXQKeep Your Head Down17,1682011/01/28
6thIUGood Day17,0112010/12/24
7thTVXQKeep Your Head Down16,1812011/01/21
Top 10 Highest Scores (All Time) January 2009 – Present
1stGirls' GenerationOh!23,0772010/02/05
4thGirls' GenerationRun Devil Run21,2232010/04/02
8ndBig BangTonight20,2142011/03/11
10thGirls' GenerationTell Me Your Wish17,9952009/07/10

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