1. First on the list is Girls’ Generation leader Taeyeon, wherein she was given an opportune time to flaunt her vocal skills with her solo debut with “I” in 2015.
She was chosen as Korea’s top female vocalist with 19.44 votes.
Insiders greatly commended her saying, “She’s a vocalist with unmatched visuals and timbre,” “Her solo album was filled with songs that were totally different from the usual Girls’ Generation concept, and her vocal spectrum is very wide,” and, “I was surprised at how easily [Taeyeon] can sing with her distinct voice and long breath phrases.”
2. IU followed next and was chosen by 11.11 percent of the industry insiders. Being one of the few soloist, the insiders tagged her as a “rare item,” saying that she’s “an artist who’s received a lot of love from all generations for showing exceptional talent across a wide spectrum, from her singing and musicianship to her acting,” and that she has “a unique sensitivity and an uncanny, high tone.”
To name some of her other biggest hits were “Friday,” “Good Day,” and “YOU & I.”
3. A Pink’s Jung Eun Ji
Also, on its second place who got the same score as IU with 11.11 percent of the votes is A Pink’s Jung Eun Ji, who made her solo debut with “Hopefully Sky ” recently. Insiders said that Jung Eun Ji has proven her vocal range not only as a lead vocalist for her group, but also through her performance on MBC’s “King of Mask Singer.”
“Her singing ability transcends her idol status, making large strides for idol vocalists,” “She’s got sensitivity, power, and character all wrapped up into one emotive person,” and, “I look forward to hearing more from her” the insiders commented.
Also, included as the best vocalist other than these top three are Lee Hi, SISTAR’s Hyorin, 15&’s Baek Yerin, and EXID’s Solji all tied for third place in the poll. Other honorable mentions were Ailee, Son Seung Yeon, AOA’s Choa, Jessi, and MAMAMOO’s Wheein.