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The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time 

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List Rules Only groups. No solo artists.

Here is the Best K-pop Groups list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. Make sure to also vote for the best K-pop songs of 2019! These are only groups, so check out the best K-pop solo artists if you're looking for individuals. The genre of K-pop sometimes includes a range of musical styles - pop and rock, yes, but even metal and R&B. The main defining characteristics of K-Pop are the music's origins - South Korea - and the audiovisual elements that usually go with the songs. This list of the top K-pop groups in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date and current list. K-pop groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all the bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest K-pop bands of all time, since the most famous K-pop artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by the actual fans. You can also vote for the best Kpop boy groups and the best Kpop girl groups separately. 

You can click on the K-pop band names to see more information about that particular notable group. If they're near the top of the best list, they should have at least some information available. Who are your favorite Kpop boys and male singers? All the top K-pop bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the band names themselves, and some might even appear on this list of the best K-pop dancers.

Use every item on this list to make your own, from Big Bang to Girl's Generation - from your favorite all-girl Korean bands to the best Kpop boy bands. Rock the vote (not the boat) by clicking thumbs up on your favorite artists. Show your appreciation for artists like EXO or 2NE1 by voting for them.

This list answers the questions "who are the best k-pop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest K-pop musician ever?" However, even the best artists might have ended up on this list of K-pop idols who committed a crime.

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular K-pop bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote. If Korean rock music is what you like, check out this list of the best Korean rock bands and musicians.

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Super Junior is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time

Albums: Super Show 4, Twins, Mr. Simple, Sorry, Sorry, + more

Super Junior, also known as SJ or SuJu, is a South Korean boy band formed on November 6, 2005, by producer Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment. The group comprised a total of thirteen members at its ...more

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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: 2 Cool 4 Skool, DARK&WILD, SKOOL LUV AFFAIR SPECIAL ADDITION

Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, is a seven member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream". They have won ...more

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Red Velvet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: The Red

Red Velvet is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment. The group debuted on August 1, 2014, with their digital single "Happiness" and with four members: Irene, Seulgi, ...more
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Got7 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: Got It?, Got Love, AROUND THE WORLD

Got7 is a groove dance K-pop boy group based in South Korea. Formed by JYP Entertainment in 16 January 2014, Got7 has seven members: leader JB, Mark, Jr., Jackson, Youngjae, Bambam and Yugyeom. ...more
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BLACKPINK is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
lex-appeal added Genre: K-pop, EDM & Hip-hop; Nationality: South Korea

Albums: Square One

Blackpink (commonly stylized as BLACKPINK or BLΛƆKPIИK) is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group debuted on ...more

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Twice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Twice is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment through the 2015 reality show Sixteen. The group is composed of nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, ...more

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Super Junior-M is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: Break Down, Me, SUPER GIRL, SWING, Perfection

Super Junior-M, also stylized as SJ-M, is a Chinese sub-unit of the South Korean boy group Super Junior. The sub-unit is the first international music group in the Chinese music industry to have ...more
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Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Seventeen, also stylized as SEVENTEEN or SVT, is a South Korean boy group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2015. The group consists of thirteen members (Jun, Vernon, DK, Seungkwan, Hoshi, ...more

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Girls' Generation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: Girls' Generation (2007 album), Tell Me Your Wish, Oh!, Gee, Genie, + more

Girls' Generation, also known as SNSD, is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group is composed of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, ...more

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Super Junior-D&E is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: Ride Me, Oppa, Oppa, I Wanna Dance

Super Junior-D&E (also known as Donghae&Eunhyuk, D&E or SJ-D&E) is the fifth official sub-unit of the South Korean boy band Super Junior. Formed by SM Entertainment in 2011, the ...more
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2NE1 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: Collection, To Anyone, GO AWAY, 2NE1, 2NE1, + more

2NE1 was a South Korean girl group composed of Bom, CL, Dara, and Minzy, formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. After appearing alongside boy band Big Bang in the song "Lollipop", a ...more

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BIGBANG is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: Stand Up, The Best of Big Bang, ALIVE, REMEMBER, Big Bang, + more

Big Bang (stylized as BIGBANG) is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. The group consists of 4 members: G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, and Daesung. Member Seungri retired from the ...more

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EXO is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Exo is a South Korean–Chinese boy band based in Seoul, with nine members: Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai and Sehun. The band was formed by SM Entertainment in 2011 and ...more

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Super Junior-T is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time

Albums: Rokuko, ROCK&GO

Super Junior-Trot, officially known as Super Junior-T is the second official sub-group of South Korean boy band Super Junior. They are the first idol group known for capitalizing trot music, the ...more
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iKON is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: N/A

iKon, stylized as iKON, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2015 by YG Entertainment. The group was first introduced in the reality survival program WIN: Who is Next as "Team B." ...more
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NCT 127 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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NCT 127 is the second sub-unit and Seoul-based unit of the South Korean boy band NCT. The unit debuted on July 7, 2016, with their first extended play (EP) NCT #127. The group composed of nine ...more
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f(x) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time

Albums: Pink Tape, NU ABO, Pinocchio, Chu~♥, Chocolate Love, + more

f(x) is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group is currently composed of four members: Victoria, Amber, Luna, and Krystal. Originally a five-piece group, Sulli left the ...more

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SHINee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: The Misconceptions of Us, Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me, Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You, Boys Meet U, Lucifer, + more

Shinee ( SHY-nee; Korean: 샤이니, romanized: Syaini; Japanese: シャイニー, romanized: Shainī; stylized as SHINee) is a South Korean boy band formed by SM Entertainment in 2008. The group's musical ...more

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Infinite is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time

Albums: Over the Top, Inspirit, First Invasion, Evolution, Infinitize, + more

Infinite is a seven-member South Korean pop boy band, formed in 2010 by Woollim Entertainment. The group comprises seven members: Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. ...more

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Winner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: Just Another Boy, Final Battle, Go Up, 2014 S/S

Winner is a South Korean boy band formed in 2013 by YG Entertainment and debuted in 2014. It currently consists of four members, Jinwoo, Seunghoon, Mino and Seungyoon. Originally a five-piece, ...more
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MONSTA X is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Monsta X is a South Korean boy band formed in 2015 by Mnet survival show No.Mercy. The group is employed by Starship Entertainment and is composed of seven members: Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, ...more

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NCT Dream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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NCT Dream is the third sub-unit and Seoul-based unit of the South Korean boy band NCT. The unit debuted on August 24, 2016 with their single "Chewing Gum." The unit consists of seven ...more

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BtoB is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Albums: Born to Beat, Press Play, Second Confession, Love Virus, Beep Beep, + more

BtoB is a South Korean seven member boy group formed in 2012 by Cube Entertainment. The group consists of Seo Eunkwang, Lee Minhyuk, Changsub, Lim Hyun-sik, Peniel, Jung Il-hoon, and Yook ...more
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Mamamoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Mamamoo, sometimes stylized as MAMAMOO, is a South Korean girl group formed by RBW (formerly WA Entertainment) in 2014. The group officially debuted on June 19, 2014 with the single "Mr. ...more

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Astro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Astro is a South Korean boy group formed by Fantagio in 2016. The group is composed of six members: MJ, JinJin, Eunwoo, Moon Bin, Rocky, and Sanha. They debuted with the single "Hide & ...more