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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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49,346 19,010
Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
j3nnayyy_ added Big Hit Entertainment

2
39,384 28,168
EXO is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
mrkangelp added S.M. Entertainment

3
33,977 20,622
Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
BenLund added YG Entertainment

4
27,616 21,151
SHINee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
MarjonPaulInfiestoBarnezo added S.M. Entertainment

5
27,068 16,140
Super Junior is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
S.M. Entertainment

6
25,324 11,121
Got7 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
amnswizzle24 added JYP Entertainment

7
22,230 14,334
Girls' Generation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JhomarAdoma added S.M. Entertainment

8
21,092 14,104
2NE1 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
DianaDwason added YG Entertainment

9
17,975 13,241
Infinite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Woollim Entertainment

10
15,249 12,484
f(x) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
S.M. Entertainment

11
13,349 4,072
BLACKPINK is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
lex-appeal added YG Entertainment

12
11,314 5,228
Red Velvet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
chloewai added S.M. Entertainment

13
10,842 4,470
Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
alessia added Pledis Entertainment

14
11,211 10,675
Apink is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Cube Entertainment

15
11,846 11,619
CNBLUE is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
s.muh.02 added FNC Entertainment

16
11,165 10,543
2PM is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JYP Entertainment

17
10,206 8,230
VIXX is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
franziska.boehm2 added Jellyfish Entertainment - kpop

18
10,801 10,539
Highlight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Cube Entertainment

19
9,658 7,550
BtoB is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
suza kim added Cube Entertainment

20
9,024 10,394
Miss A is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JYP Entertainment

21
8,644 3,860
Twice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Wiggs added JYP Entertainment

22
9,539 9,867
TVXQ is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
S.M. Entertainment

23
7,974 7,393
Sistar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Starship Entertainment

24
6,201 3,068
iKON is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Erika Aina Delos Reyes added YG Entertainment

25
6,163 4,166
Winner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
SteffiLee added YG Entertainment

26
6,196 2,923
Monsta X is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
alessia added Starship Entertainment

27
7,238 8,730
B1A4 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
WM Entertainment

28
7,647 6,910
Block B is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
KQ Entertainment, Stardom, LOEN

29
8,466 7,926
SMTOWN is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
S.M. Entertainment

30
9,865 9,157
MBLAQ is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
J. Tune Camp

31
5,534 4,730
B.A.P is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
eloisaenrilecabral added TS Entertainment

32
6,050 7,224
T-ara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
MBK Entertainment

33
4,815 3,085
EXID is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
SteffiLee added Banana Culture Entertainment, Yedang Enterainment

34
5,665 6,492
Girl's Day is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Dream Tea Entertainment

35
3,682 3,583
4Minute is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Cube Entertainment

36
6,521 7,571
Teen Top is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
TOP Media

37
5,620 7,257
U-KISS is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
NH Media

38
5,423 6,508
Ft Island is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
FNC Entertainment

39
5,642 6,852
Boyfriend is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JCTanJudilla added Starship Entertainment

40
5,389 5,062
Nu'est is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time

41
3,536 2,265
GFriend is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
alessia added

42
3,921 4,029
AOA is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
amnswizzle24 added FNC Entertainment

43
4,103 4,749
Donghae & Eunhyuk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
GiulianaTakauti added SM Entertainment

44
3,605 1,662
Astro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
AaliyahBlang added

45
3,601 4,062
Super Junior M is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
SujuSu added Avex Taiwan, SM Entertainment

46
4,206 5,545
Super Junior-T is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Avex Trax, SM Entertainment, Rhythm Zone

47
3,260 3,275
Akdong Musician is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
SteffiLee added YG Entertainment

48
2,859 1,826
Mamamoo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
alessia added Rainbow Bridge World

49
2,852 3,818
Epik High is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
YG Entertainment, Woollim Entertainment, Independent record label

50
2,938 3,909
2AM is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
NefissaBenAbdessalem added Ariola Japan, JYP Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. - THEY have amazing songs example : "like an idiot" for personal taste