K-Pop The Best K-Pop Solo Artists  

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List Rules Only solo artists - no groups.

Making some of the best K-pop songs of 2018, the most popular K-pop solo artists ranked here are a variety of Korean singers, rappers, and idols who left their groups. Whether they were discovered on a reality survival show or decided to go solo after their group disbanded, the best K-pop soloists have found success in South Korean music. Who are the top K-pop artists right now?

YG Entertainment's Big Bang is one of the biggest K-pop groups ever, so it's not surprising that all five members also have successful solo careers on the side. Some female artists, like IU, BoA, and Ailee, have always been solo, while others, like Taeyeon, Sunmi, and Hyolyn, went solo after their groups broke up. Other good Kpop soloists include Jessica Jung, Dean, Heize, HyunA, Suzy, Jessi, and Jay Park.

Vote up the best solo artists in K-pop, and feel free to add any underrated artists missing from the list.  

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CL is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment Lee Chae-rin (born February 26, 1991), better known by her stage name CL, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she spent much of her early life in Japan ...more

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G-Dragon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment Kwon Ji Yong, better known by his stage name G-Dragon, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer. After 6 years as a trainee under the record label YG Entertainment, ...more

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Kim Jonghyun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
EMI Music Japan, SM Entertainment Kim Jong-hyun is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He is main vocalist member of both the South Korean boy group Shinee and the ballad group S.M. The Ballad. Jonghyun released his first EP ...more

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Kim Ryeowook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment Kim Ryeowook is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior and its subgroups, Super Junior-M and Super Junior-K.R.Y.. Along with four other Super ...more

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IU is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
LOEN Entertainment Lee Ji-eun, better known by her stage name IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. Her stage name is derived from the phrase "I and You", symbolizing that people can ...more

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Taeyang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment Dong Young-bae, better known by his stage name Taeyang or Sol is a South Korean singer-songwriter. After appearing in Jinusean's music video "A-yo", Taeyang began training under YG ...more

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Sunmi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
JYP Entertainment Lee Sunmi, commonly known by her stage name as Sunmi or Mimi, is a South Korean idol singer. She is a former member of the South Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP ...more

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Hyuna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
JYP Entertainment, Cube Entertainment Kim Hyuna, better known by the mononym Hyuna, stylized as HyunA, is a South Korean recording artist, dancer, songwriter and model. She is the main rapper of the Korean girl group 4Minute, and ...more

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Lee Taemin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
EMI Music Japan, SM Entertainment Lee Tae-min is a South Korean idol dancer, singer, actor and promotional model. He is a member of South Korean boy group Shinee under the label of SM Entertainment, as the maknae, main dancer, ...more

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Suga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Kaelyn Hart added Min Yoon-gi (born March 9, 1993), better known by his stage names Suga and Agust D, is a South Korean rapper, songwriter and record producer. Managed under Big Hit Entertainment, he debuted as a ...more

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Taeyeon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
S.M. Entertainment Kim Tae-yeon is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, its subgroup TTS, as well as the ballad group S.M. The Ballad. Tae-yeon has ...more

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Byun Baek-hyun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
19ashwininadar added Byun Baek-hyun is a member of the musical group, Exo-K.

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Jungkook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Βιργινία Νκλ. added Jeon Jung-kook (born September 1, 1997), better known mononymously as Jungkook, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is a member of the South Korean boy band BTS. As a ...more

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J-Hope is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
19ashwininadar added Jung Hoseok, better known by his stage name, J-hope, is a South Korean rapper, singer, dancer, music composer, and songwriter. He is a member of the South Korean hip-hop boy band, Bangtan Boys, ...more

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Ailee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YMC Entertainment Amy Lee, better known by her stage name Ailee, is an American singer signed to South Korean record label YMC Entertainment. She released her first single, "Heaven", in February 2012.

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Rap Monster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Kaelyn Hart added Rap Monster is a member of the musical group BTS.

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Chungha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Kim Chung-ha (born Kim Chan-mi on February 9, 1996), better known by the mononym Chungha, is a South Korean singer. She is best known for finishing fourth in Mnet's girl group survival show ...more

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Seungri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
FrostyW added YG Entertainment Lee Seung-hyun (born December 12, 1990), known by his stage name Seungri (lit. victory), is a member of Korean group BIG BANG. Before joining the group, he was a member of a dance team in ...more

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Jay Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
JYP Entertainment, SidusHQ Jay Park is an American singer, dancer, rapper, music producer, songwriter, model, choreographer, entrepreneur, and actor. He is a member of the Seattle-based b-boy crew, Art of Movement. As ...more

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Park Bom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment Park Bom is a South Korean singer. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and later moved to the United States where she learned English. She is a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1, which ...more

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Jimin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
BrookeSanderson added Jimin is a member of musical group BTS.

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Psy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment, Avex Trax, Schoolboy Records Park Jae-sang, hangul: 박재상, hanja: 朴載相, better known by his stage name Psy, stylized PSY, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer and rapper. Psy is known domestically for his ...more

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Bobby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Bobby YG Entertainment Kim Ji-won (born December 21, 1995), better known by his stage name Bobby, is a Korean-American rapper and singer. He is known as a member of the South Korean boy group iKON, signed under YG ...more

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Lee Hi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment Lee Ha-yi, also known by her stage name Lee Hi, is a South Korean singer under YG Entertainment. She is known as the runner-up of SBS's K-pop Star Season 1. Her debut single "1.2.3.4", ...more

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Zico is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Woo Ji-ho (born September 14, 1992), widely known by his stage name, Zico, is a South Korean rapper, record producer, singer-songwriter and leader of the boy group Block B, signed under the ...more

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Jessi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YMC Entertainment Jessica Hyun-ju Ho (born December 17, 1988), better known by her stage name Jessi, is a Korean-American rapper, singer, and songwriter based in South Korea. She was born in New York, raised in ...more

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Jin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
BrookeSanderson added Jin is a member of the musical group BTS.

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Dean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Dean Joombas Co Ltd. Kwon Hyuk (born November 10, 1992), better known by his stage name Dean, is a South Korean alternative R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. He has released one solo EP, 130 ...more

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BoA is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
S.M. Entertainment Kwon Boa, commonly stylized and known by her stage name BoA, which is a backronym for Beat of Angel, is a South Korean singer and actress active in South Korea, Japan, and the United States. She ...more

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SuHo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
19ashwininadar added SM Entertainment Kim Jun-myun is a member of the musical group, Exo-K.

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Kim Heechul is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment Hee-chul Kim is an actor.

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Sandara Park is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment, Star Records Sandara Park, better known as Dara, is a South Korean idol singer, actress, and model. She is best known as being a member and the director of communications of the South Korean girl group 2NE1. ...more

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Amber Liu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Amber Josephine Liu, also known as Amber, is an American rapper and singer currently active in South Korea. She is a member of the South Korean girl group f(x). She debuted as a solo artist in ...more

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Rain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
JYP Entertainment, Cube Entertainment Jung Ji-Hoon, better known by his stage name Rain, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor, and music producer. Rain's musical career includes seven albums, 28 singles and numerous concert ...more

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B.I is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
B.I YG Entertainment Kim Han-bin (born October 22, 1996), better known by his stage name B.I, is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is the leader of the South Korean boy group iKON, signed ...more

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Eric Nam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
alishbakhalid29 added Nam Yoon-do, better known by his birth name Eric Nam, is an American singer and television host currently based in South Korea. He first appeared on Birth of a Great Star 2 in 2012 after being ...more

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Xiu Min is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Kim Min-seok is a member of the musical group, Exo-M.

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Kai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
BrookeSanderson added Kim Jong-in (born January 14, 1994), better known as Kai, is a South Korean singer, model, actor and dancer. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo and its sub unit Exo-K. In ...more

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Henry Lau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Henry Lau, known as Henry, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actor working in Korean pop music. He is best known for being a member of Super Junior-M and the break-out star in the ...more

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Key is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
EMI Music Japan, SM Entertainment Kim Ki-bum, better known by his stage name Key, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of both the South Korean boy group Shinee and the South Korean duo Toheart.

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Onew is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
EMI Music Japan, SM Entertainment Lee Jin-ki, better known by his stage name Onew, is a South Korean singer, actor, and presenter. He is the leader of the South Korean boy group Shinee.

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Choi Minho is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
EMI Music Japan, SM Entertainment Choi Min-ho is a South Korean singer, rapper, actor, presenter, and model. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Shinee.

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Tiffany is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, SM Entertainment Stephanie Young Hwang, better known by the stage name Tiffany or by her Korean name Hwang Mi-young, is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is a member of both the South Korean girl ...more

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Daesung is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment, Avex Group Kang Daesung (Hangul: 강대성; born April 26, 1989) is a member of K-Pop group Big Bang. Daesung was born in Itaewon, South Korea and attended high school (KyeongIn High School) but he dropped out ...more

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Hyolyn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Kim Hyo-jung, better known by her stage name Hyolyn is a South Korean idol singer and actress. She is best known as a member of South Korean girl group Sistar and their sub-unit Sistar19.

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Jackson Wang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Emily Henigin added Jackson Wang (born 28 March 1994) is a Hong Kong rapper, singer, and dancer based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Got7 under JYP Entertainment.

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Bae Suzy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
JYP Entertainment Bae Su-ji, commonly known by her stage name Suzy, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known for her roles as Go Hye-mi in the KBS2 TV series' Dream High, Jang Ma-ri in Big, young ...more

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Cho Kyuhyun is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment Cho Kyu-hyun is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior, its sub-groups, Super Junior-M and Super Junior-K.R.Y., and a former member of the ...more

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Choi Seung-hyun is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Emily Henigin added Choi Seung-hyun, also known as Shawn Choi, is a South Korean music director and film score composer. Choi is also the founder of PSALM Music Production.

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Yesung is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment Kim Jong-woon (born August 24, 1984), better known by his stage name Yesung, is a South Korean singer and actor. He debuted in 2005 as a member of Super Junior and its subgroups Super ...more