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K-Pop's Hottest Summer 2016 Comebacks: Wonder Girls Are No. 1!

Loads of exciting acts returned with huge releases this summer, but only one can claim the top summer comeback. With summer 2016 officially in the books, here's who you crowned the champ

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WINNER: Wonder Girls

UPDATE (9/20): Wow! After more than quarter of a million votes, Wonder Girls have been crowned the winner of Fuse's K-Pop Summer Comeback Battle. The beloved girl group's reggae-pop comeback with "Why So Lonely" clearly was the sound fans wanted this summer and made for the biggest splash amid the heated battle.

It was a battle of the girl groups this summer as the new female act to watch, GFriend, wound up in the runners-up slot with their glittery summer single "Navillera." Meanwhile, Oh My Girl's "Listen to My Word (A-ing)" landed them in third while fellow newcomers Twice were close in fourth. The newest act on the group, the ladies of Blackpink, rounded out the Top 5. 

Click on for the full Top 10 ranking along with all of K-pop's hottest comebacks from summer 2016. Congratulations, Wonder Girls!

Date: July 5

The beloved girl group made their latest comeback with their new band concept with this reggae-pop tune. The song proved to be a massive hit for the girls and topped the domestic charts for weeks.

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2nd Place: GFriend

Date: July 11

GFriend is the new girl group to beat and the ladies shied away from their innocent-schoolgirl appeal for a summer look and more electronic elements incorporated into their sound on "Navillera," the lead single to their first full-length album LOL. The results created another chart-topping hit.

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3rd Place: Oh My Girl

Date: August 1

The rising girl group landed their most successful single to date with the breezy "Listen to My Word (A-ing)" that featured successful reggae duo Skull & Haha.

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4th Place: Twice

Date: April 25

Sure, it was technically released in the spring, but any K-pop fan would agree that "Cheer Up" was one of the inescapable songs of summer. From the song's long chart reign to the viral "sha sha sha" line, this song's hotness barely cooled down when the summer months started and helped the video earn more than 80 million views since its release.

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5th Place: Blackpink

Date: August 8

The first girl group to debut under YG Entertainment since 2NE1, Blackpink made a huge splash on the scene with their double singles "Boombayah" and "Whistle" that made them one of the girl groups to watch in K-pop.

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6th Place: Red Velvet

Date: September 7

The quintet played to their "red" side for a quirky, synth-pop jam that boasts an addictively catchy chorus.

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7th Place: EXO

Date: June 9 and August 18

The boy band landed another huge album with Ex'act that was not only a success from its initial release (boasting two lead singles "Monster" and "Lucky One"), but also when the ninesome dropped its repackaged version with new single "Lotto." 

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8th Place: Sistar

Date: June 21

The chart-topping quartet shied away from their oh-so-catchy bubblegum anthems for something a little more mature. "I Like That" incorporated dynamic guitars and a sultrier sounds for the girl group and made for yet another No. 1 hit for the group.

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9th Place: Taeyeon

Date: June 28

For her new EP Why, the Girls' Generation member made the unexpected move by embracing EDM for her latest solo comeback embracing melancholic pop for her title track along with melodic R&B for "Starlight," a duet with rising star Dean.

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10th Place: HyunA

Date: August 1

For her first solo release since the disbandment of 4Minute, HyunA played to her strengths and dropped another pulsating banger with "How's This?"

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Everyone Else... EXID

Date: June 1

The girl group continued their sexy street with the cheeky, spastic "L.I.E" single that was the lead single off their first full-length album Exit.

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Beast

Date: July 4

For their first release with five members, Beast played to their strengths and delivered the ballads that not only their longtime fans would enjoy, but that the general public couldn't help but get swept away by.

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Seventeen

Date: July 4

The rookie boy band continue to show why they're one to watch with their addictive, trumpeting "Very Nice" single that promoted a repackaged version of their Love & Letter album from April.

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Se7en

Date: July 7

The K-pop pioneer made his long-awaited return to the scene with this throbbing R&B cut "I'm Good" that is said to preview an upcoming full-length album.

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Eric Nam

Date: July 15

The singer-TV host dropped his smoothest single to date with this hook-driven "Can't Help Myself" that features rapper Loco.

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FTISLAND

Date: July 18

The K-pop-rock act went darker than ever for "Take Me Now," the lead single off their sixth full-length album Where's the Truth?

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B.A.P

Date: August 7

The boy band continues to show their versatility with "That's My Jam," that's perfect for any party or when you and your squad are feeling silly (just watch the video).

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I.O.I

Date: August 9

The project girl group that was created from super-successful competition reality show Produce 101 released their second single "Whatta Man" that brought together seven of the 11 members. The release aimed to please fans around the world with its sample of the En Vogue and by Salt-n-Pepa song of the same name.

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VIXX

Date: August 12

The boy band released their most emotional single to date with "Fantasy," that marked their second comeback of 2016.

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Ailee

Date: August 23

K-pop's powerhouse diva dropped her new gospel-inspired ballad, "If You," featuring a music video starring I.O.I leader Nayoung.

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MOBB

Date: September 9

Coming in just in time to be a contender for the summer battle, Winner's Mino and iKON's Bobby joined forces to become MOBB that brought their two distinctive rap styles for one intense collaboration EP.

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So...Who's Was the Hottest?

Watch contenders like Ailee, Eric Nam and more top K-pop stars talk about their favorite summer songs below:

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