The Best K-Pop Solo Artists

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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 Ryeo-wook (born June 21, 1987), better known by the mononym Ryeowook, is a South Korean singer, songwriter and musical actor. He is best known as a member of boy group Super Junior and its ...more
  • 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 debut ...more
  • Kim Chung-ha (born Kim Chan-mi; February 9, 1996),better known mononymously as Chungha, is a South Korean singer, dancer, songwriter, and choreographer. She finished fourth in Mnet's girl group ...more
  • Ahn Hye-jin (born July 23, 1995), better known by the mononym Hwasa, is a South Korean singer and rapper signed. She is known as the sub-vocalist, songwriter and lead rapper of South Korean girl ...more
  • Choi Jin-ri (born March 29, 1994), better known by her stage name Sulli, was a South Korean singer, songwriter, actress and model. She was a member of the girl group f(x), but left the group on ...more
  • 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 to ...more
  • Kim Yong-sun (born February 21, 1991), better known by the stage name Solar, is a South Korean singer and songwriter signed under RBW. She is the leader of girl group Mamamoo. She made her solo debut ...more
  • Son Hye Joo, (born November 13, 2001), better known as Olivia Hye, is the twelfth member of the girl group LOONA. She made her solo debut on March 30, 2018 with her song "Egoist."
  • Moon Byul-yi (born December 22, 1992), better known by the mononym Moonbyul, is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer, and radio host signed under RBW. She is the main rapper of the South ...more
  • 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
  • Kwon Ji-yong (born August 18, 1988), also known by his stage name G-Dragon, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion icon, often dubbed as the king of ...more
  • Lee Tae-min (born July 18, 1993), better known by the mononym Taemin, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor and dancer. He is a member of the boy group SHINee and supergroup SuperM. He made his ...more
  • Park Chan-yeol (born November 27, 1992), better known mononymously as Chanyeol, is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, actor and model. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy ...more
  • Park Ji-min (born on October 13, 1995), better known mononymously as Jimin, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and dancer. In 2013 he debuted as a member of the South Korean boy band BTS, under ...more
  • J-Hope
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    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
  • Jung Whee-in (born April 17, 1995), better known by the mononym Wheein, is a South Korean singer. She is best known as a member and vocalist of South Korean girl group Mamamoo. On June 11, 2021, ...more
  • Kim Hyun-ah (born June 6, 1992), better known by the mononym Hyuna, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper and model. She debuted as a member of the girl group Wonder Girls in February 2007. ...more
  • Jackson Wang (born 28 March 1994) is a Hong Kong rapper, singer, fashion designer and dancer based in China. He is the founder of record label Team Wang, and is the creative director and lead ...more
  • Kim Jong-dae (born September 21, 1992), better known by his stage name Chen, is a South Korean singer-songwriter. He debuted in 2012 as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo, its ...more
  • Byun Baek-hyun (born May 6, 1992), better known mononymously as Baekhyun, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actor. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo, its sub-group ...more
  • Kim Jun-myeon (born May 22, 1991), better known by his stage name Suho, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is the leader of the boy group EXO, and a member of its subgroup EXO-K. He made his solo ...more
  • Im Yoon-ah (born May 30, 1990), known mononymously as Yoona, is a South Korean singer and actress. After training for five years, she debuted as a member of girl group Girls' Generation in August ...more
  • Seo Ju-hyun (born June 28, 1991), known professionally as Seohyun, is a South Korean singer and actress. She debuted as a member of girl group Girls' Generation (and later its subgroup Girls' ...more
  • Jessica 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 New Jersey, and ...more
  • Eric Nam (born November 17, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, and television host of Korean descent. He was named "2016 Man Of The Year" by GQ Korea, honored "30 Under 30 Asia 2017" by Forbes, ...more