This Is the Least Popular BTS Member, According to Surveys

It’s hard to go around the internet without running into BTS. The K-pop group went from nobodies a few years ago to being arguably the most popular boy band worldwide.

Given how famous BTS is, it’s not surprising that all of its members are quite popular individually. They all seem to attract a similar amount of attention, so a lot of people might be wondering: How do they rank in popularity?

BTS and its members often rank at the top on various lists

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BTS is consistently at the top of both the K-pop industry as well as the international music scene.

For example, every month the Korean Business Research Institute releases a ranking of K-pop groups based on how much buzz they have been generating. In December 2019, BTS was No. 1, which isn’t surprising because they have been the top group for the past 19 months.

Meanwhile, Market Watch also reported earlier this year that BTS isn’t just popular among K-pop groups. They have even sold more albums in the U.S. than mainstream American artists, including Ariana Grande, the Jonas Brothers, and Billie Eilish. When BTS performed at the Rose Bowl Stadium, they also sold 100,000 more tickets than Taylor Swift did.

At this point, there’s no denying how big of a presence BTS has.

BTS’ Jungkook and Jimin are the most popular members, surveys say

When it comes to the members individually, the most popular ones seem to be Jungkook and Jimin, according to certain surveys.

Jungkook seems to be the most popular among international fans since he topped the list of the most popular K-pop stars on Tumblr in 2019. Jimin came in at second place.

However, according to Gallup’s surveys covering the most preferred Korean idols of 2019 among the Korean public, Jimin actually ranked as No. 1. The second highest BTS member on the list was Jungkook, who came in third place.

Surveys rank J-Hope lowest compared to other BTS members

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In both Tumblr and Gallup’s findings, rapper J-Hope ranked last among the BTS members. On Tumblr’s list, he was simply in seventh place after all the other guys. Yet, on Gallup’s list, he did not make the top 20 while everyone else in BTS did.

There isn’t really one specific reason why J-Hope is in the last place, according to these surveys. Some fans have speculated that it could be because J-Hope’s rap is more laidback and doesn’t stand out as much compared to the others in the group.

In any case, it’s important to note that J-Hope is still wildly popular all around. He has released several solo tracks that have sold tens of thousands of copies around the world and been well-received by fans. His latest release, the song “Chicken Noodle Soup” featuring Becky G, charted at No. 1 in the U.S. World chart and has over 124 million views on YouTube.

A lot of BTS fans also like J-Hope (whom they affectionately call “Hobi”) because of his sweet and charming personality. J-Hope calls himself his fans’ “hope” because he wants to be the bright light in people’s darkest days.