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The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time

Updated October 21, 2020 2.1m votes 196.6k voters 1.9m views205 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    Super Junior is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
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    26,615

    Super Junior

    S.M. Entertainment
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    Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    74,873
    47,734

    Bangtan Boys (BTS)

    Big Hit Entertainment
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  • 3
    Super Junior-M is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    14,564
    8,987

    Super Junior-M

    Avex Taiwan, SM Entertainment
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    Super Junior-D&E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    14,838
    9,285

    Super Junior-D&E

    SM Entertainment
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    Super Junior-T is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    13,055
    9,090

    Super Junior-T

    Avex Trax, SM Entertainment
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  • 6
    BLACKPINK is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    35,396
    22,240

    BLACKPINK

    YG Entertainment
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  • 7
    Twice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    25,620
    17,939

    Twice

    JYP Entertainment
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  • 8
    Red Velvet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    24,989
    19,845

    Red Velvet

    S.M. Entertainment
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  • 9
    Stray Kids is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    10,091
    3,973
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  • 10
    NCT is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    8,187
    3,471

    NCT

    SM Entertainment
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  • 11
    TXT is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    5,652
    2,537

    TXT

    Big Hit Entertainment
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    SECRET NUMBER is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    1,828
    778

    SECRET NUMBER

    Vine Entertainment
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  • 13
    NCT 127 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    5,701
    2,873

    NCT 127

    SM Entertainment
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  • 14
    ITZY is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    3,468
    1,779

    ITZY

    JYP Entertainment
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  • 15
    ATEEZ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    3,607
    1,745

    ATEEZ

    KQ Entertainment
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    Mamamoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    10,029
    7,122

    Mamamoo

    Rainbow Bridge World
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  • 17
    NCT U is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    4,271
    2,105

    NCT U

    SM Entertainment
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  • 18
    NCT Dream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    4,614
    2,400

    NCT Dream

    SM Entertainment
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  • 19
    ASTRO is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    8,715
    6,093

    ASTRO

    Fantagio Music
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  • 20
    Wanna One is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    7,330
    4,010

    Wanna One

    YMC Entertainment, Swing Entertainment

    K-pop, Pop Music, Dance Pop

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  • 21
    Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    20,832
    17,735

    Seventeen

    Pledis Entertainment
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  • 22
    Got7 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    34,500
    31,840

    Got7

    JYP Entertainment
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  • 23
    (G)I-DLE is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    5,267
    3,305

    (G)I-DLE

    Cube Entertainment
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  • 24
    MONSTA X is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    13,288
    10,856

    MONSTA X

    Starship Entertainment
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  • 25
    iKON is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
    14,213
    11,967

    iKON

    YG Entertainment
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