The Best 3rd Generation K-pop Boy Groups

Voting Rules

Only K-pop boy groups who debuted from 2012 to mid-2017.

Who are the best 3rd gen boy groups in K-pop? From “Big 3” groups to underrated artists, the most popular 3rd gen boy groups feature some of the most talented K-pop singers and dancers of all time. Who are your favorite 3rd gen Kpop boy groups? 

Our ranking list of famous 3rd gen K-pop boy groups includes GOT7 (JYP), Seventeen (Pledis), NCT (SM), iKON (YG), Monsta X (Starship), and many more. Boy group sensations, like BTS (Big Hit) and EXO (SM), have dominated the global charts and have taken K-pop to the next level.

Vote up the best 3rd generation K-pop boy groups. 

  • Seventeen
    Photo: Pledis Entertainment
    350 votes
    Seventeen, also known as SVT, is a South Korean boy band formed by Pledis Entertainment. The group consists of thirteen members: S.Coups, Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi, Wonwoo, Woozi, DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Vernon, and Dino. The group debuted on May 26, 2015 with the extended play (EP) 17 Carat. Seventeen is considered a "self-producing" idol group, with the members actively involved in songwriting and choreographing, as well as many other aspects of their music and performances. They perform as one group and are divided into three units—hip-hop, vocal, and performance—each with a different area of specialization. They have been labeled "Performance Kings", "Theater Kids of K-Pop", and ...more
    • Labels: Pledis Entertainment, HYBE Labels
  • EXO
    Photo: SM Entertainment
    268 votes
    Exo is a South Korean–Chinese boy band based in Seoul, with nine members: Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai and Sehun. The band was formed by SM Entertainment in 2011 and debuted in 2012. Their music incorporates genres like pop, hip-hop, and R&B, alongside electronic dance music genres like house, trap, and synth-pop. Exo releases and performs music in Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese. The band ranked as one of the top five most influential celebrities on the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list each year from 2014 to 2018, and have been named "the biggest boy band in the world" and the "kings of K-pop" by media outlets.
    • Labels: SM Entertainment
  • Astro
    Photo: Fantagio Music
    103 votes
    Astro is a South Korean boy group formed by Fantagio in 2016. The group is composed of six members: MJ, JinJin, Eunwoo, Moon Bin, Rocky, and Sanha. They debuted with the single "Hide & Seek" from their debut EP Spring Up, and were subsequently named by Billboard as one of the best new K-pop groups of 2016.
    • Labels: Fantagio Music
    Photo: Starship Entertainment
    175 votes
    Monsta X (stylized as MONSTA X) is a South Korean boy group formed through the reality survival program No.Mercy by Starship Entertainment. The group is currently composed of six members: Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney and I.M, with former member Wonho leaving the group in October 2019.
    • Labels: Starship Entertainment
  • Got7
    Photo: JYP Entertainment
    187 votes
    Got7, commonly stylized as GOT7, is a South Korean boy band formed by JYP Entertainment. 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?, which peaked at number two on the Gaon Album Chart and number one on Billboard's World Albums Chart. The group gained attention also for their live performances, which often includes elements of martial arts tricking and street dancing. In 2015, Got7 released the EPs Just Right and Mad, which yielded their most commercially successful single, "Just Right". The group departed from JYP Entertainment on January 19, 2021 following the ...more
    • Labels: JYP Entertainment (formerly)
  • BTS
    Photo: Big Hit Entertainment
    294 votes
    BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2010 and debuting in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. The septet—consisting of members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook—co-writes and co-produces much of their own material. Originally a hip hop group, their musical style has evolved to incorporate a wide range of genres; their lyrics have often discussed mental health, the troubles of school-age youth and coming of age, loss, the journey towards self-love, and individualism. Their work also frequently references literature, philosophy and psychological concepts, and includes an alternate universe storyline.
    • Labels: Big Hit Music (HYBE Labels)