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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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  • IU
    1
    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 ambitions of ...more
  • Agust D
    2
    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 by Big Hit Entertainment, he debuted as a member ...more
  • V
    3
    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
  • Jimin
    4
    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
  • RM
    5
    Kim Nam-joon (born September 12, 1994),better known as RM (formerly Rap Monster), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is the main rapper and leader of the South Korean boy ...more
  • J-Hope
    6
    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
  • Jin
    7
    Kim Seok-jin (born on December 4, 1992), also known by his stage name Jin, is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He is the oldest member and vocalist of the South Korean boy group BTS.
  • Sunmi
    8
    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
  • G-Dragon
    9
    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
  • Jungkook
    10
    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
  • Hwasa
    11
    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
  • Chungha
    12
    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
  • HyunA
    13
    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
  • Kim Jong-Hyun
    14
    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
  • Kim Tae-Yeon
    15
    Kim Tae-yeon (born March 9, 1989), known mononymously as Taeyeon, is a South Korean singer. She debuted as a member of girl group Girls' Generation in August 2007, which went on to become one of the ...more
  • Chanyeol
    16
    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
  • Lee Taemin
    17
    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
  • Sulli
    18
    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
  • CL
    19
    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 and ...more
  • Chen
    20
    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
  • Lay
    21
    Zhang Yixing (born October 7, 1991), known professionally as Lay Zhang, or simply Lay, is a Chinese singer-songwriter, music producer, dancer, and actor. He debuted as a member of the South ...more
  • Solar
    22
    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
  • Taeyang
    23
    Dong Young-bae (born 18 May 1988), better known by his stage names Taeyang and SOL (when performing in Japan), is a South Korean singer, songwriter and dancer. He is a member of the boy group BIGBANG ...more
  • Kai
    24
    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, its sub unit Exo-K, and South ...more
  • Rosé
    25

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