Potentially controversially, we are including TVXQ/DBSK in all their reiterations, including the original line-up and post-breakup groups of TVXQ and JYJ – they are both equally as iconic, and all members are immensely talented (#OT5, always).

TVXQ (東方神起), sometimes referred to as DBSK (동방신기), roughly translates to “Rising Gods of the East”. Boldly, the group truly lives to their name; selling over 14 million physical records in the first 10 years since their debut, they are often referred to as the “Kings of K-Pop” due to their immense success and spectacular contributions to the Hallyu wave. TVXQ are undoubtedly one of Korea’s most successful music acts.

Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2003, TVXQ began as a five-member boy band, made-up of members U-Know (Yunho), Max (Changmin), Hero (Jaejoong), Micky (Yoochun), and Xia (Junsu). The group rose to international fame after achieving critical acclaim within the industry for their best-selling, award winning albums ‘“O” – Jung.Ban.Hap’ (2006) and ‘Mirotic’ (2008). Indeed, their smash-hit single ‘Mirotic’ is often regarded as one of the most iconic K-Pop songs of all time.

However, despite their success, the group endured internal conflict, resulting in a lengthy legal battle, when three members, Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu attempted to split from S.M. Entertainment.

Fortunately, it seems as if this had little effect on their ongoing success. Ultimately, the departing trio formed JYJ. Shortly after they released their debut record, a Japanese EP that topped the Oricon Albums Chart. Their subsequent albums, ‘The Beginning’ (2010) and ‘In Heaven’ (2011), both debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart.

Meanwhile, after a year-long hiatus, TVXQ returned as a duo with remaining members Yunho and Changmin, releasing ‘Keep Your Head Down’ (2011). Immediately, the album topped charts across many Asian music markets. Indeed, according to Japan’s Oricon, TVXQ have the most number-one singles for a foreign artist.

All of this, and it is of little wonder why Billboard has described TVXQ as “K-Pop royalty”. Including both groups, our top TVXQ/JYJ songs are:








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