List of Top 20 K Pop Groups of All Time!

The globe has been swept up in K-pop, also known as Korean popular music. This musical subgenre has produced a string of popular bands since its introduction in the middle of the 1990s, catapulting it to the top of pop culture.

Some of the most well-known K-pop acts, like BTS, Blackpink, and SEVENTEEN, are certainly familiar to you. Groups like the ones described above and in the list below have produced some of the most catchy, well-liked bops of the last couple of decades.

Their music is infused with traditional Korean sounds while embracing Western musical influences including hip-hop, electronic dance, and R&B.

These K-pop groups have amassed enormous fan bases over the years because of their uplifting and motivating music. Before they take the stage for the first time, band members, sometimes referred to as idols, labour relentlessly and undergo intense vocal, media, and choreography training.

K-pop singers frequently branch out into acting, fashion, and other creative fields, but even as the bands continue to release music as a group or celebrate solo ventures every few months, their work and talent are recognised on a worldwide level.

Here is a list of the top 20 K-pop bands if you want to start listening to K-pop music but don’t know where to start. We’re confident that you’ll quickly start adding their albums to your playlists.

1. BTS

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BTS, a South Korean boy band that was once known as the Bangtan Boys, achieved enormous success after making its debut in 2013.

In addition to having four No. 1 albums and five straight No. 1 singles, BTS made history in 2017 when they were the first Korean band to play at the American Music Awards and the first Asian group to win Artist of the Year.

The seven-member group is thought to be worth $100 million, with each idol having a personal net worth of about $20 million.

However, it might take some time before we hear any new music from BTS. The band revealed that they are going on a “hiatus” in a YouTube video during their annual FESTA event.

Although a BTS representative insisted that the group is still together, they “will take time to explore certain individual projects at this moment and remain active in multiple different forms,” the spokesperson added.

2. BLACKPINK

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As the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella in 2019 and as the highest-charting K-pop girl group on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts, Blackpink, a four-member K-pop girl group, created history.

The group, which is renowned for its fashion and dance moves, has grown to include sponsorship deals with MAC Cosmetics and the Calm app. Even more impressive, Blackpink got its own Netflix documentary. Lisa, a former group member, went solo and issued her debut in 2021.

3. ITZY

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Itzy made its debut in 2019 and created history by becoming the first and only K-pop girl group to win Rookie of the Year at each of the five major Korean music award shows, or to complete the “Rookie Grand Slam.”

With the release of their track, “In The Morning,” they also became the second South Korean girl group to chart more than one success on the Billboard Global 200.

4. SEVENTEEN

Seventeen, one of the top talents in K-pop, has 13 members and three units. The former Seventeen Magazine cover stars tout more than 10 million albums sold and over 2 billion streams.

In addition to being nominated for the Best K-pop award at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, they made history in 2021 by becoming the first group to have two No. 1 albums on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart.

5. ENHYPEN

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Enhypen received four “Rookie of the Year” Awards after debuting in 2020. The music videos for the group’s tracks “Given-Taken,” “Drunk-Dazed,” and “Tamed-Dashed” have received over 100 million views amongst the seven members who represent Ami Paris on a global scale.

6. (G)I-DLE

In 2018, (G)I-DLE, a five-person K-pop female band, expanded to a six-person unit. Following the release of their third EP, I Trust, in 2020, the group broke a number of records for South Korean girl groups and became the fourth girl group to sell 100,000 copies in the first week of sales.

7. BIGBANG 

Bigbang was created in 2006 as a result of the television programme Big Bang Documentary. The R&B-influenced fivesome gained notoriety as one of the most popular K-pop groups of the 2000s for many years.

Members of the group enlisted in the military in 2017 because South Korea requires all citizens to serve in the military. As members Taeyang and Daesung were released from the Korean military in November 2019, rumours of a potential comeback started to circulate.

G-Drag, the leader of Big Bang, debuted a pair of sneakers called the Nike Air Force 1 Para-Noise shortly after receiving his military discharge.

8. VELVET RED

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In 2014, the four-person K-pop girl group released “Happiness” as their first single. Red Velvet’s Ice Cream Cake became the best-selling album on South Korea’s Hanteo chart when a new member was introduced to the group in 2015.

The Red Flavor, the group’s third chart-topping album, arrived at No. 1 on the Billboard World Albums chart in 2017. As the first K-pop girl group to launch with three No. 1 albums on the World Albums Chart, they made music history.

The members of the group are happy to represent Tod’s, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo Global. Additionally, they received sponsorship deals from Converse Korea.

9. GIRLS’ GENERATION

One of the most popular K-pop girl groups, Girls’ Generation has sold over 100 million physical and digital albums. Girls’ Generation pioneered the way and created history from their 2007 debut to their last release as a group in 2018.

As the performers with the most awards at the MelOn Music Awards, they entered the Guinness World Records in 2018 after taking home 13 prizes.

Since then, the members of their band have found fame as DJs, actors, and hosts of variety shows.

10. TXT

TXT, also known as Tomorrow X Together, released The Dream Chapter: Star as their first EP in 2019. After “Crown” received 14.5 views in one day, the music video for the EP’s main track became the most-watched K-pop debut music video for a male group in history.

They won their first-ever MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best K-pop and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. The Dream Chapter: Magic, their follow-up album, landed at No. 3 on Billboard’s World Album chart.

As they received the GQ Japan Men of the Year Pop Icon Award, TXT’s success grew.

11. GOT7

GOT7 released their debut EP, Got It in 2014. They are well-known for combining street dancing and martial arts into their live performances.

The second studio album of the trio, Flight Log: Turbulence, arrived at No. 1 on the World Albums chart of Billboard. In 2018, the group and Adidas worked together to create a special performance of their song “Look.”

In April 2020, Got7 released their 11th EP, Dye, shattering previous sales records for both the first day and the first week.

As their contracts with JYP Entertainment expired, the group declared that they would be leaving the organisation. Got7 released the single “Encore” in February of that year.

12. TWICE

Twice was established as a component of the Sixteen survival challenge show. In October 2015, they made The Story Begin’s first EP available. The “Like Ooh-Ahh” music video by TWICE has been seen 50 million times on YouTube, making it the K-pop group’s most popular debut music video ever.

They began their debut concert in 2017 and gained more popularity as they put out follow-up records. Twice became the female group with the most music videos to exceed 100 million views in May 2021 after their video “Breakthrough” received 100 million views.

With the release of Taste of Love, Twice shattered Fifth Harmony’s record for the biggest first week for a girl group EP a month later.

13. NCT 127

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NCT 127, a unit within the South Korean boy band NCT, made their public debut in July 2016 with the song “Firetruck.” When their EP NCT #127 was released, they won Best New Group at a number of South Korean music award ceremonies.

Their 2020 album Neo Zone, which debuted in the top five on the US Billboard 200 list, was the group’s first top-five entry. The group’s Sticker album, which debuted in 2021 at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 list, was the highest-ranking K-pop album that year.

14. TVXQ!

TVXQ! is regarded as one of the most illustrious and successful K-pop groups ever. In 2003, the band, which had its beginnings as a quintet, was formed. The trio earned the Golden Disk Award for album of the year after releasing two of their best-selling albums, O-Jung.Ban.Hap in 2006 and Mirotic in 2008.

Members left the organisation in 2010 as a result of internal strife. The remaining members of TVXQ!, Yunho and Changmin, released the follow-up albums Tone and Time in 2011 and 2013 after a year-long break.

They made history in 2018 when they became the first foreign performer to have a single tour in Japan draw a million spectators. With their 2013 show Time tour, they also celebrated having the K-pop concert with the biggest attendance and revenue in Japan.

15. SuperM

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SuperM is a supergroup made up of seven members from four boy groups under SM Entertainment. SuperM became the first Asian artists to debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 after releasing their self-titled EP in 2019, marking the release of their debut album.

SuperM’s appointment as a worldwide ambassador for Korean Air was revealed in November 2019. The group announced in the same month that the Global Poverty Project’s Global Citizen campaign will receive the proceeds from the sale of their new song, “Let’s Go Everywhere.”

Additionally, they collaborated with Prudential Insurance to introduce its “We Do Well Together” campaign.

16. DREAMCATCHER

Dami, JiU, Siyeon, Yoohyeon, Handong, Gahyeon, and SuA make up the group Dreamcatcher. Three albums, The Beginning of the End, 1st Album [Dystopia: The Tree of Language], and most recently, have been released since their 2017 debut.

Their song “Maison” debuted on Billboard’s Hot Trending Songs list in April 2022, peaking at No. 17. Their music offers a lot of punk-rock tunes loaded with guitar riffs, which is a stark contrast to the normal K-pop beats.

17. MONSTA X

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The bad boys of K-pop deserve a place on your playlist without a doubt. You’ll see why as soon as you press play as Monsta X continues to soar in popularity while dominating numerous music charts and hurting hearts everywhere.

Every Monsta X song is a world you’ll want to immerse yourself in, fusing hip-hop, EDM, and pop. The songs instantly turn you into a Monbebe because of the layers and layers of angry vocals that are combined with the ferocious rap lyrics.

18. EXO

Your new boyfriends, please. EXO has won over its fans’ hearts for a reason—or, rather, a number of reasons—with their vocals, good-boy-gone-bad attitudes, and music videos you won’t be able to stop replaying.

While redefining themselves, EXO has experimented with every idea you can think of, including sexy, cute, bad boy, effervescent, etc. It’s incredible how successfully they pull off each look.

19. CHUNG HA

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You know, K-pop isn’t just about bands? Chung Ha is one of the soloists who is making history that you should be aware of. She and the other 10 finalists from the reality series Produce 101 were picked to make their debut in the female group I.O.I.

She made the decision to forge a solo career once the trio broke up, and the rest is history. Chung Ha’s speciality is effervescent dance songs and lively vocals, and wait until you see her moves. If you do, that’s it. No turning back is possible.

20. ATEEZ

Although ATEEZ is young and new to the industry, it seems as though they have been working in this field for ages.

This group has probably had one of the most impactful debuts in K-pop history and has swept the globe. The new kids in town are here to stay, and nobody can ignore them because of their excellent voices, potent rhymes, and aggressive dance.

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