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The Best K-Pop Solo Artists 

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Updated December 22, 2019 441.5k votes 38.6k voters 147k views 110 items

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

Genres (Music): K-pop, Ballad, Pop music, Dance-pop, Trot, + more

Albums: The Little Prince, Drunk on Love

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
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Lee Sungmin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Pop music, Dance-pop, Trot, + more

Sung-min, also spelled Seong-min, is a Korean unisex given name (predominately masculine). Its meaning differs based on the hanja used to write each syllable of the name. There are 27 hanja with ...more
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Kim Heechul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop

Albums: Old Movie

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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Yesung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B, Dance music

Albums: Here I Am, Spring Falling, Pink Magic

Kim Jong-woon (born August 24, 1984), better known by his stage name Yesung, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, radio personality and MC. He debuted in 2005 as a member of Super Junior ...more
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Cho Kyuhyun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): Ballad, Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B, Dance music, + more

Albums: To the Beautiful You

Cho Kyu-hyun (born February 3, 1988), referred to as Kyuhyun, is a South Korean singer, musical theatre actor and television host. He debuted as a new member of boy group Super Junior (and later ...more
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Siwon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop, Mandopop, + more

Albums: Oh! My Lady

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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Henry Lau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Monster Entertainment Group, AXIS, Henry Workshop

Genres (Music): K-pop

Albums: Trap, 1-4-3 (I Love You), Fantastic

Henry Lau (born October 11, 1989), commonly referred to as Henry, is a Canadian singer, musician, actor, songwriter, model, entertainer, composer, music producer and dancer mostly active in ...more
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V is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
mermaidslaire added Big Hit Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop

Albums: Stigma, It's Definitely You, 4 O'Clock, Scenery, Winter Bear

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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#51 of 167 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #1 of 53 The Best New Male Artists #4 of 191 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

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BoA is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
S.M. Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, J-pop, Dance-pop, R&B

Kwon Bo-ah (born November 5, 1986), known professionally as BoA, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and actress active in South Korea and Japan. Dubbed the "Queen of ...more

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#17 of 167 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #8 of 255 The Best Ballad Bands/Artists

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Kim Jonghyun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop

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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Taemin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, J-pop, R&B

Albums: Taemin, Press It, ACE, Move

Lee Tae-min (born July 18, 1993), better known by the mononym Taemin, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor and dancer. He debuted at only 14 as a vocalist of the group Shinee in May 2008, ...more
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Baekhyun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
19ashwininadar added SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop

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

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Minho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
EMI Music Japan, SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

Albums: I'm Home

Choi Min-ho (Korean: 최민호; 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 ...more

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Krystal Jung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop

Chrystal Soo Jung (born October 24, 1994), professionally known as Krystal, is an American singer and actress based in South Korea. She debuted in 2009 as a member of South Korean girl group ...more
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Chungha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
MNH Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, R&B

Albums: Hands on Me, Offset, Blooming Blue, Flourishing

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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Suho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
19ashwininadar added SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop

Kim Jun-myeon (born May 22, 1991), better known by his stage name Suho (meaning "guardian" in Korean), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and model. He is a member and leader ...more
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Yoona is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, Pop music, Dance-pop

Albums: A Walk to Remember, Blossom

Im Yoon-ah (Hangul: 임윤아; born May 30, 1990), better known by the mononym Yoona, is a South Korean singer and actress. After training for five years, she debuted as a member of girl group Girls' ...more

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Seohyun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Teen pop, Dance-pop, + more

Albums: Don't Say No

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
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Amber Liu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Steel Wool Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop

Amber Josephine Liu (born September 18, 1992), known professionally as Amber or Amber Liu, is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. She debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group ...more
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Sunmi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
MakeUs Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, R&B

Albums: Full Moon, 24 Hours

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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Bobby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop, Hip hop

Albums: Love and Fall

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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Hyuna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
P-Nation

Genres (Music): K-pop

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 ...more

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G-Dragon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B, K-pop

Albums: Coup d'Etat, Shine A Light, One of a Kind, Heartbreaker, OH YEAH -YG Family Concert in Japan EDITION-, + 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 ...more

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#13 of 243 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked #4 of 120 The Best Asian Rappers of All Time

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Jennie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
beabinu added YG Entertainment

Genres (Music): K-pop

Albums: Solo

Jennie Kim (born January 16, 1996), professionally known by the mononym Jennie, is a Korean singer based in South Korea and a member of the K-pop girl group Blackpink, under YG Entertainment. In ...more

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CL is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Independent

Genres (Music): K-pop, Hip hop, R&B

Lee Chae-rin (born on 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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