15 songs that won the Daesang Song Of The Year in the history of ‘MAMA’: Why did TWICE win the award 3 times but have 2 controversial times?

Every year, during the year-end awards season in Korea, the “Mnet Asian Music Awards,” or “MAMA,” is the award that sparks the most controversy. The results of the Daesang categories, in particular, are prone to igniting heated debates because Mnet’s decisions are not always reasonable and satisfy the majority of viewers.


Ahead of “MAMA 2021“, Korean netizens had the opportunity to look back at the list of songs that were honored in the Daesang Song Of The Year category in “MAMA” history. The Song Of The Year award was first given in 2006, when “MAMA” was still known as “Mnet Km Music Festival.” It seeks to recognize the song with the most impressive achievement and the greatest popularity among music-loving audiences that year. Every year, different criteria are used to determine the winner of the “MAMA,” including actual digital data (streaming, downloads,…), audience votes, judge scores, and others.

Let’s take a look at the developments of the Song Of The Year race in the history of “MAMA“!  In the statistics table below, the winning song will be marked, the rest are the songs that are on the final list of nominees but have not been lucky enough to be honored.


SG Wannabe – “Partner for Life”

Baek Jiyoung – “I Won’t Love”

Buzz – “You Don’t Know Man”

TVXQ – “‘O’-Jung.Ban.Hap.”

Vibe – “That Man, That Woman”


Big Bang – “Lies” 

Epik High – “Fan”

Ivy – “Sonata Of Temptation”

SG Wannabe – “Arirang”

Yangpa – “Love… What Is It?”


Wonder Girls – “Nobody”

Big Bang – “Haru Haru”

Epik High – “One” (ft. Ji Sun)

Lee Hyori – “U-Go-Girl”

TVXQ – “Mirotic”


2NE1 – “I Don’t Care”

(Nominees List Not Announced)


Miss A – “Bad Girl Good Girl”

2AM – “Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die”

2NE1 – “Can’t Nobody”

2PM – “I’ll Be Back”

DJ Doc – “I’m This Kind of Person”


2NE1 – “I Am the Best”

Baek Jiyoung – “That Woman”

BEAST – “Fiction”

IU – “Good Day”

Leessang – “Turned off the TV”


PSY – “Gangnam Style” 

Busker Busker – “Cherry Blossom Ending”

IU – “You & I”

SISTAR – “Alone”

Super Junior – “Sexy, Free & Single”


Cho Yongpil – “Bounce”

Busker Busker – “First Love”

Crayon Pop – “Bar Bar Bar”

SNSD – “I Got a Boy”

PSY – “Gentleman”


Taeyang (Big Bang) – “Eyes, Nose, Lips” 

EXO – “Overdose”

Girl’s Day – “Something”

IU – “Friday”

SISTAR – “Touch My Body”


Big Bang – “Bang Bang Bang”

EXO – “Call Me Baby”

Park Jinyoung – “Who’s Your Mama?”

Taeyeon (SNSD) – “I”

Zion.T – “Eat”


TWICE – “Cheer Up”

BTS – “Blood Sweat & Tears”

EXO – “Monster”

G-Friend – “Rough”

Zico – “I Am You, You Are Me”


TWICE – “Signal” 

EXO – “Ko Ko Bop”

Heize – “You, Clouds And Rain

IU – “Through the Night”

Red Velvet – “Red Flavor”


TWICE – “What Is Love”


BTS – “Fake Love”

iKON – “Love Scenario”

MAMAMOO – “Starry Night”


BTS – “Boy With Luv”

BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love”

Chungha – “Gotta Go”

EXO – “Tempo”

TWICE – “Fancy”


BTS – “Dynamite”

BLACKPINK – “How You Like That”

Red Velvet – “Psycho”

IU – “Blueming”

Zico – “Any Song”

TWICE is the artist who has won the Song Of The Year award the most times in 15 award ceremonies, with three consecutive wins from 2016 to 2018. TWICE is followed by Big Bang, 2NE1, and BTS, with each group having won twice. However, out of the three times TWICE was named Song Of The Year at the “MAMA,” only the victory in 2016 truly convinced the majority of Korean audiences because no one can deny the impact of mega hit “Cheer Up.” Meanwhile, the victories of “Signal” in 2017 and “What Is Love” in 2018 have so far caused a lot of controversy, especially when in both those years, the hit songs of IU and iKON are rated much higher.

  • The most hilarious thing is that “Signal” only ranked 30th in the chart for the whole year of 2017 but won the Daesang Song Of The Year”
  • “TWICE won the Daesang Song Of The Year 3 years in a row, crazy…”
  • In 2018 all other award ceremonies gave Daesang to “Love Scenario”, only “MAMA” refused to do it.
  • Still can’t understand how “MAMA” got the confidence to give Daesang to “Signal” and “What Is Love” ㅋㅋ In 2017, “Through the Night” dominated all the charts while in 2018, the whole country got crazy about “Love Scenario”…
  • If only among idol songs, 2017’s ‘Really Really’, ‘Red Flavor’ and ‘As If It’s Your Last’ are more popular than ‘Signal’, aren’t they? ㅋㅋ As for 2018, “DDU-DU DDU-DU” and “Love Scenario” are also highly rated

Meanwhile, “Mnet Asian Music Awards 2021” will be held on the evening of December 11 hosted by MC Lee Hyori.  Mnet also recently announced the full line-up of artists who will perform at “MAMA 2021“.

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