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The Best K-Pop Solo Artists  

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List Rules Only solo artists - no groups.

Including some of the best solo artists of 2019 as well as new solo debuts, 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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Kim Ryeowook is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Lee Sungmin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
Lee Sung-min is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior and its sub-groups Super Junior-T, Super Junior-H and Super Junior-M.
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Yesung is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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Kim Heechul is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
Kim Hee-chul (born July 10, 1983), better known by the mononym Heechul, is a South Korean singer, songwriter and presenter. He is a member of South Korean boy group Super Junior and has further ...more
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Siwon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
Choi Si-won (born 10 February, 1987) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, model, and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior and its Mandopop subgroup, Super Junior-M. ...more
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Cho Kyuhyun is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Henry Lau is listed (or ranked) 7 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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BoA is listed (or ranked) 8 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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V is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
mermaidslaire added Big Hit Entertainment
Kim Tae-hyung (born December 30, 1995), better known by his stage name V, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and member of the South Korean boy group BTS. In 2016, V made his acting ...more
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G-Dragon is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Sunmi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
MakeUs Entertainment
Lee Sun-mi (born May 2, 1992), known mononymously as Sunmi, is a South Korean singer. She debuted in 2007 as a member of South Korean girl group Wonder Girls and left the group in January 2010 ...more
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Chungha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
MNH Entertainment
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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Taeyang is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Taemin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
EMI Music Japan, SM Entertainment
Lee Tae-min (born July 18, 1993), better known by the mononym Taemin, is a South Korean singer, actor and dancer. He debuted as a vocalist of the group Shinee in May 2008 under SM Entertainment. ...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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Hyuna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
JYP Entertainment, Cube Entertainment
Kim Hyun-ah (born June 6, 1992), better known by the mononym Hyuna, is a South Korean singer, dancer, rapper, songwriter and model. She rose to fame in the late 2000s as a member of the girl ...more
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CL is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Kim Jonghyun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
Kim Jong-hyun (April 8, 1990 – December 18, 2017), better known mononymously as Jonghyun, was a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, radio host, and author under the SM Entertainment ...more
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Baekhyun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
19ashwininadar added SM Entertainment
Byun Baek-hyun (born May 6, 1992), better known mononymously as Baekhyun, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and model. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo, its ...more
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Eric Nam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
alishbakhalid29 added
Eric Nam (born November 17, 1988) is a Korean American singer, songwriter and host based in South Korea. He was named "2016 Man Of The Year" by GQ Korea and honored "30 Under 30
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Rain is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Amber Liu is listed (or ranked) 22 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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J-Hope is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
19ashwininadar added Big Hit Entertainment
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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IU is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
LOEN Entertainment
Lee Ji-eun (born May 16, 1993), professionally known as IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. While still in middle school, IU auditioned for various talent agencies with ...more
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Minho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
EMI Music Japan, SM Entertainment
Choi Min-ho (born December 9, 1991), better known by the mononym Minho, is a South Korean singer, rapper and actor. He debuted as a member of South Korean boy group Shinee in May 2008. Aside ...more