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The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time  

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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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Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
j3nnayyy_ added Big Hit Entertainment
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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EXO is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
mrkangelp added S.M. Entertainment
Exo is a South Korean-Chinese boy group based in Seoul. Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2011, the group debuted in 2012 with twelve members separated into two subgroups, Exo-K (Suho, Baekhyun, ...more

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BIGBANG is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
BenLund added YG Entertainment
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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Super Junior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
S.M. Entertainment
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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SHINee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
MarjonPaulInfiestoBarnezo added S.M. Entertainment
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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Girls' Generation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JhomarAdoma added S.M. Entertainment
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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Got7 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
amnswizzle24 added JYP Entertainment
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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2NE1 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
DianaDwason added YG Entertainment
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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Infinite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Woollim Entertainment
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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f(x) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
S.M. Entertainment
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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BLACKPINK is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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Black Pink, stylized as BLACKPINK, is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment. Consisting of members Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé, the group officially debuted on August 8, ...more

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Red Velvet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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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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Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
alessia added Pledis Entertainment
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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Twice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Wiggs added JYP Entertainment
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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2PM is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JYP Entertainment
2PM (Korean: 투피엠) is a South Korean boy band formed by JYP Entertainment. The current members are Jun. K (formerly known as Junsu), Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung. Former ...more
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TVXQ is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
S.M. Entertainment
TVXQ (stylized as TVXQ!), an initialism for Tong Vfang Xien Qi (Chinese: 東方神起), is a South Korean pop duo consisting of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. They are known as Tohoshinki (東方神起, ...more

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VIXX is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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kpop VIXX is a six member South Korean boy band, signed under Jellyfish Entertainment. All members participated in Mnet's survival reality show MyDOL and were chosen via an elimination system through ...more
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Apink is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Play M Entertainment
Apink (Korean: 에이핑크, Japanese: エーピンク) is a South Korean girl group formed by Play M Entertainment (formerly A Cube Entertainment and Plan A Entertainment). The group debuted on April 19, 2011, ...more
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Highlight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Cube Entertainment
Highlight is a South Korean boy band formerly known as Beast. The band consists of five members: Yoon Doo-joon, Yong Jun-hyung, Yang Yo-seob, Lee Gi-kwang, and Son Dong-woon. Original member ...more
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CNBLUE is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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CNBLUE is a South Korean pop rock band formed in 2009. The band consists of Jung Yong-hwa (leader, main vocals, guitar, keyboard, rap), Kang Min-hyuk (drums), and Lee Jung-shin (bass). First ...more
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iKON is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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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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MONSTA X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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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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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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SISTAR is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Starship Entertainment
Sistar was a South Korean girl group formed in 2010 by Starship Entertainment. The group consisted of Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou, and Dasom. Their debut studio album So Cool was released on 9 August ...more
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Miss A is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JYP Entertainment
Miss A was a South Korean girl group, formed by JYP Entertainment in 2010, consisting of Fei, Jia, Min, and Suzy. Jia and Min left the group in May 2016 and November 2017, respectively, before ...more