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Top 7 Most Popular KPOP Groups

Top 7 Most Popular KPOP Groups

The following bands are considered to be the most popular and successful in the world. Since “Gangnam Style” went viral in 2012, numerous K-pop bands have taken the world by storm! So let’s check out these Top 7 Most Popular KPOP Group!

1. BTS

Members: Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, Jungkook

Years Active: 2013–present

Label: Big Hit Entertainment, Pony Canyon, Def Jam Japan, Columbia

The first K-pop group to perform at the American Music Awards and win a Billboard Music Award, and the first South Korean act to reach 10 million followers on Twitter, BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys and Beyond the Scene, has put the world under the K-pop spell! They are considered to be the most tweeted about celebrity in 2017: they were liked and retweeted more than half a billion times worldwide! However, the band is comprised of seven members: RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jin, Suga, and Jungkook. BTS blend dance-oriented K-pop with hip-hop influences; they compose, produce, and write lyrics for performances themselves.



2. EXO

Members: Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Sehun

Years Active: 2012–present

Label: SM Entertainment, Avex Trax

Early on, EXO performed a master exercise in dividing and conquering. Initially, a 12-member boy band that debuted in 2012, they were split into two segments, half of whom focused on performing in Korea, and the other half in mainland China. After three members ultimately departed, EXO doubled down, also finding trans-Pacific love in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. But all of that pales in comparison to their popularity at home, where they’ve regularly broken records for concert and album sales.

At times EXO emulates a hip-hop sound, complete with rap interludes; at other times, they could be singing over an EDM-lite synthy beat of the kind favored by Justin Bieber. Their flexible musical style is certainly working, as six years on they remain neck and neck with BTS for popularity. After joining Twitter in 2017, the platform anointed them the most popular new members of the platform.

Top 7 Most Popular KPOP Group

3. SHINee

Members: Onew, Key, Minho, Taemin

Years Active: 2008–present

Label: SM Entertainment, Virgin, EMI

SHINee is a boy group under S.M. Entertainment with four members: Key, Onew, Taemin, and Minho. Originally a five-piece group, it has been left with only four members after the death of vocalist Jonghyun in December 2017. The boy band debuted in 2008 with their song “Replay”. Later, in 2011, a Japanese version of the single was released. Their other singles, “Juliette” and “Lucifer”, soon followed. The success of all three songs gained them the foreign artist category title of “The artist who managed to get in top 3 for 3 continuous releases since their debut”! These boys are not only considered fashion icons (they started “SHINee Trend”) but are also known for their interesting and complicated dance routines.

Top 7 Most Popular KPOP Group

4. Red Velvet

Members: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, and Yeri

Years Active: 2014–present

Label: SM Entertainment

Founded in 2014, the five-member girl group Red Velvet is known for making both pop and, unusually, R&B-inspired jams, deviating from most of their counterparts. Their slinkier soul sound (think: Ariana Grande times five), offset by dance-ready tunes like the peppy “Dumb Dumb,” has attracted a primarily female fanbase, and indicates a smart choice to appeal to multiple genre audiences. Known for their energetic, seasonal hits, Red Velvet has successfully dominated the Billboard charts numerous times. Their latest release, Summer Magic – Summer Mini Album earned them their best U.S. sales week ever. Then the EP debuted at No. 3 on both Billboard‘s World Albums and Heatseekers Albums chart.

Top 7 Most Popular KPOP Group

5. BlackPink

Members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa

Years Active: 2016–present

Label: YG Entertainment

Twice maybe the No. 1 girl group right now, but they are not without competition. Ever since the four ladies began their journey together in 2016, BlackPink has attracted many fans from all over the world. Their Boombayah music video on YouTube has over 277 million views. Their lead single “Kill This Love” off their latest comeback is the most popular song currently with 68,752,159 streams.


Members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu

Years Active: 2015–present

Label: JYP Entertainment

JYP Entertainment’s nine-member girl group TWICE (Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu) debuted back in 2015. The band originally formed on a reality television show titled Sixteen. The group’s debut EP, The Story Begins, reached No. 15 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart. Notably, TWICE’s music is coined as “color pop” and inspired by hip hop and jazz. BDZ is its latest album.

7. GOT7

Members: JB, Mark, Jackson, Jinyoung, Youngjae, BamBam, and Yugyeom.

Years Active: 2014–present

Label: JYP Entertainment

Got7 is a South Korean boy band formed by JYP Entertainment. However, the group is composed of seven members: JB, Mark, Jackson, Jinyoung, Youngjae, BamBam, and Yugyeom. Got7 debuted in January 2014 with the release of their first EP Got It?, as a result, which peaked at number two on the Gaon Album Chart and number one on Billboard’s World Albums Chart. The group gained attention for their stage performances, which include elements of martial arts tricking.


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