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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
59,091 24,663
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
2
44,723 34,305
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
3
39,197 26,047
Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
BenLund added YG Entertainment
Big Bang is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. Consisting of members G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri, they officially debuted on August 19, 2006. Predominantly a ...more
4
31,729 19,589
Super Junior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
S.M. Entertainment
Super Junior is a South Korean boy band. Formed in 2005 by producer Lee Soo-man of S.M. Entertainment, the group comprised a total of thirteen members at its peak. Super Junior originally ...more
5
30,962 26,019
SHINee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
MarjonPaulInfiestoBarnezo added S.M. Entertainment
Shinee (stylized as SHINee) is a South Korean boy group formed by SM Entertainment in 2008. The group is composed of four members: Onew, Key, Minho, and Taemin. Originally a five-piece group, ...more
6
25,442 16,941
2NE1 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
DianaDwason added YG Entertainment
2NE1 is a four-member South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. The name, pronounced to anyone or twenty one, combines the phrases "21st century" and "new ...more
7
29,461 13,586
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
8
25,470 17,085
Girls' Generation is listed (or ranked) 8 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 S.M. Entertainment in 2007. Originally a nine-member group, it now has eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, ...more
9
19,322 16,199
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
10
17,059 15,379
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 five-member multi-national K-pop girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2009. The group consists of Victoria, Amber, Luna, Sulli, and Krystal. They are renowned for their ...more
11
15,320 7,604
Red Velvet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
chloewai added S.M. Entertainment
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
12
19,958 7,565
BLACKPINK is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
lex-appeal added YG Entertainment
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
13
13,927 6,237
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
14
12,761 12,812
Apink is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Play M Entertainment
Apink 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, with the mini album, Seven ...more
15
12,593 14,058
CNBLUE is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
s.muh.02 added FNC Entertainment
CNBLUE also known as Code Name Blue, is a South Korean rock band formed in Seoul in 2009. The band consists of Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Lee Jung-shin and Kang Min-hyuk. CN is an ...more
16
12,227 12,694
2PM is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JYP Entertainment
2PM is a South Korean idol group managed by JYP Entertainment. The current members are Jun. K, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung. Former leader Jay Park officially left the group ...more
17
13,486 5,746
Twice is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
9,962 12,366
Miss A is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
JYP Entertainment
Miss A, stylized as miss A, is a four member Korean-Chinese K-pop girl group based in South Korea. They were formed in 2010 and are managed by JYP Entertainment. The group consists of Suzy, Jia, ...more
19
11,307 10,233
VIXX is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
SONE added Jellyfish Entertainment
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
20
11,534 12,452
Highlight is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
11,038 9,250
BtoB is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
suza kim added Cube Entertainment
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
22
10,325 11,542
TVXQ is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
S.M. Entertainment
TVXQ, an initialism for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, is a South Korean pop duo consisting of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. They are known as Tohoshinki in Japanese releases, and are sometimes referred ...more
23
8,924 9,044
Sistar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Starship Entertainment
Sistar is a South Korean girl group formed in 2010 under the management of Starship Entertainment. The group consists of Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou and Dasom.
24
8,842 4,161
iKON is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
Erika Aina Delos Reyes added YG Entertainment
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
25
7,880 5,388
Winner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-Pop Groups of All Time
SteffiLee added YG Entertainment
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