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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 2018! 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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1,645 3,628
ZE:A is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JackHsieh added Star Empire Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment
ZE:A, also known as Children of Empire, is a South Korean 9-member boy band formed under Star Empire Entertainment. The group released their debut EP, Nativity, and lead single, ...more
77
1,235 3,022
G.o.d. is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JYP Entertainment
g.o.d is a five-member Korean pop music group. The name is an acronym for Groove Over Dose. They were one of the few groups to have an album become a "million seller" in K-pop. The ...more
78
1,740 962
Day6 is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
ZemiraSelimotic added JYP Entertainment
Day6 is a South Korean band formed by JYP Entertainment. The band's current line-up consists of five members: Jae, Sungjin, Young K, Wonpil, and Dowoon. The band debuted with the release of ...more
79
2,786 1,637
Momoland is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Thủy Nguyễn0 added MLD Entertainment
Momoland is a South Korean girl group formed by Dublekick Company. They debuted on November 10, 2016, with the EP Welcome to Momoland. The members are the winners of survival program Finding ...more
80
1,196 3,215
H.O.T. is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
SM Entertainment
H.O.T. was a popular five-member South Korean boy band in the mid to late 1990s. They were formed by SM Entertainment in 1996 and disbanded in 2001. In addition to South Korea, the band was ...more
81
1,982 1,153
KARD is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
dthemochi added DSP Media
KARD is a South Korean co-ed group formed by DSP Media. Their lineup consists of J.seph, B.M, Somin and Jiwoo. They made their official debut on July 19, 2017 with the EP Hola Hola. Their Wild ...more
82
1,892 3,909
Secret is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., TS Entertainment
Secret is a South Korean K-pop girl group formed by TS Entertainment in 2009. It consists of four members and released their first single in 2009; they released a full-length studio album in
83
1,562 1,825
LOONA is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Blockberry Creative
Loona, stylized as LOOΠΔ, is a South Korean girl group formed by Blockberry Creative, a subsidiary of Polaris Entertainment. Each month, starting in October 2016 and lasting for 18 months, there ...more
84
409 143
ATEEZ is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
adrianaandhaleycrazystar added
85
1,316 2,229
Hotshot is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
alessia added
86
1,312 2,445
Sechs Kies is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
YG Entertainment, DSP Media
Sechs Kies or 6kies was a South Korean male idol pop group popular in the late 1990s formed under Daesung Entertainment. Their name "Sechs Kies" is supposed to mean "six ...more
87
373 140
ITZY is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
feelsogoodstudio added JYP Entertainment
Itzy (stylized as ITZY) is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment, consisting of members Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted on February 12, 2019, with the ...more
88
1,317 2,433
Crayon Pop is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
pandakhan56 added Chrome Entertainment
Crayon Pop is a five-member South Korean girl group formed in 2012 under Chrome Entertainment. The group consists of Geummi, Ellin, Choa, Way and Soyul. Crayon Pop officially debuted on 19 July ...more
89
1,176 2,386
HELLOVENUS is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
alessia added Fantagio
Hello Venus (often stylized as HELLOVENUS) was a South Korean girl group formed by Tricell Media (formerly a joint venture between Pledis Entertainment and Fantagio). The group originally ...more
90
1,253 859
CLC is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
BTSARMYILoveKpop added Cube Entertainment
CLC (short for "CrystaL Clear") is a South Korean girl group formed by Cube Entertainment in 2015. The group consists of seven members: Seunghee, Yujin, Seungyeon, Sorn, Yeeun, Elkie, ...more
91
1,000 1,936
S.E.S. is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Avex Trax, VAP, SM Entertainment
S.E.S. was a South Korean girl group under the management of SM Entertainment. Lasting from 1997 to 2002, they were viewed as the female version of H.O.T., another SM group who also enjoyed ...more
92
1,447 3,033
My Name is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
carlybobarly added
93
836 955
PRISTIN is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Đào Thùy Chi added Pledis Entertainment
Pristin (stylized as PRISTIN and formerly known as Pledis Girlz) was a South Korean girl group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2016. The group was composed of ten members: Nayoung, Roa, Yuha, ...more
94
1,352 2,599
Dal Shabet is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Happy Face Entertainment
Dal Shabet is a South Korean girl group created by E-Tribe through their label Happy Face Entertainment. The members include Serri, Ah Young, Jiyul, Woohee, GaEun and Subin. Viki left the group ...more
95
1,011 2,164
Boys Republic is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
96
1,456 2,531
MADTOWN is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
xLove_leo added
Madtown, often stylized as MADTOWN, is a South Korean boy group formed in 2014 by J. Tune Camp. The group consists of Moos, Daewon, Lee Geon, Jota, Heo Jun, Buffy, and H.O. Their debut album, ...more
97
1,374 2,049
Topp Dogg is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
alessia added Universal Music Group, Stardom Entertainment
98
1,141 2,082
Nine Muses is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
alessia added Star Empire Entertainment
Nine Muses is a South Korean girl group under Star Empire Entertainment. The group debuted in 2010 with the single "No Playboy" from the single album, Let's Have a Party. The group ...more
99
1,046 820
SF9 is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Thủy Nguyễn0 added FNC Entertainment
SF9 (shortened from Sensational Feeling 9) is a South Korean boy group formed by FNC Entertainment. SF9 is the company's first dance boy group to ever debut. SF9 debuted on October 5, 2016 with ...more
100
1,031 811
I.O.I is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
AnySkeleton TJ added
I.O.I (also known as IOI or Ideal of Idol) was a South Korean girl group formed by CJ E&M through the 2016 reality show Produce 101 on Mnet. The group was composed of eleven members: Lim ...more