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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 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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#1 of 14 College Graduate Kpop Idols #1 of 255 The Best Ballad Bands/Artists

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Lee Sungmin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
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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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, songwriter, actor, radio personality and MC. He debuted in 2005 as a member of Super Junior ...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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#2 of 14 College Graduate Kpop Idols #215 of 220 The Greatest R&B Artists of All Time

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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 (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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Henry Lau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Monster Entertainment Group, AXIS, Henry Workshop
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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BoA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
S.M. Entertainment
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 169 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #8 of 255 The Best Ballad Bands/Artists #217 of 220 The Greatest R&B Artists of All Time

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Tiffany is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Paradigm Talent Agency
Stephanie Young Hwang (born August 1, 1989), known professionally as Tiffany or Tiffany Young, is an American singer. Born and raised in California, she was discovered by South Korean ...more

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Yoona is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
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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#133 of 169 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #3 of 14 College Graduate Kpop Idols #92 of 104 Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?

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Taemin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
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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Kim Jonghyun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
Jong-hyun, also spelled Jong-hyeon, is a Korean masculine given name. Its meaning differs based on the hanja used to write each syllable of the name. There are 19 hanja with the reading ...more

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Seohyun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
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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Krystal Jung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
SM Entertainment
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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Suho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
19ashwininadar added SM Entertainment
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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Minho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
EMI Music Japan, SM Entertainment
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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#29 of 169 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #31 of 119 The Best Asian Rappers of All Time

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Sunmi is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Baekhyun is listed (or ranked) 18 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, and actor. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo, its sub-group ...more

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V is listed (or ranked) 19 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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#1 of 56 The Best New Male Artists #4 of 190 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time #51 of 169 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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Hyuna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
P-Nation
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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#396 of 604 The Most Beautiful Women Of 2019, Ranked #31 of 169 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #194 of 276 The Sexiest Artists of All Time

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Amber Liu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
Steel Wool Entertainment
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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Bobby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
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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Chungha is listed (or ranked) 23 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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G-Dragon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YG Entertainment
Kwon Ji-yong (Korean: 권지용; 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 ...more

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#27 of 169 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time #12 of 244 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked #4 of 119 The Best Asian Rappers of All Time

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Ailee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-Pop Solo Artists
YMC Entertainment
Amy Lee (born May 30, 1989), known professionally as Ailee, is a Korean-American singer and songwriter based in South Korea. Before her K-pop debut, Ailee was signed under Muzo Entertainment in ...more