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The Most Underrated K-pop Groups Of 2021, Ranked

List RulesVote up the current Kpop groups who deserve more love.

As new groups debut throughout the year, it's time to recognize the underrated Kpop groups who could use more stans in 2021. Not including groups from the "Big 3" agencies (JYP, SM, and YG), this list of lesser known groups includes artists from smaller K-pop entertainment companies. Who are your favorite "nugu" groups? 

Vote up the groups deserving of a bigger spotlight, and add other new Kpop groups to stan as long as they're still active.  

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    Vine Entertainment
    3,908
    1,275
    Secret Number is a South Korean girl group formed by Vine Entertainment. The group consists of five members: Léa, Dita, Jinny, Soodam, and Denise. They made their debut on May 19, 2020 with the  ...more
  • Entertainment HAN
    24
    6
    lilli lilli is a South Korean female duo under Entertainment HAN. They made their debut on November 11, 2021 with their first digital single "Barcode".  ...more
  • J Planet Entertainment
    647
    242
    LUNARSOLAR is a four-member South Korean girl group under J Planet Entertainment. They debuted on September 2, 2020 with the single album "SOLAR : Flare".  ...more
  • TR Entertainment, Mellow Entertainment
    101
    34
    TRI.BE is a seven-member South Korean girl group under TR Entertainment and Mellow Entertainment. They debuted on February 17, 2021 with their first single album "TRI.BE Da Loca". Their name is a  ...more
  • Starship Entertainment
    64
    24
    WJSN THE BLACK is the second sub-unit of South Korean girl group WJSN, formed by Starship Entertainment. They debuted on May 12, 2021 with the single album "My Attitude".  ...more
  • 193
    84
    PURPLE KISS, also stylized as PURPLE K!SS, is a seven-member South Korean girl group under RBW. They debuted on March 15, 2021 with the mini album Into Violet.  ...more
  • ALLART Entertainment, Happy Tribe Entertainment
    193
    87
    PIXY is a six-member South Korean girl group under ALLART Entertainment and Happy Tribe Entertainment. They debuted on February 24, 2021 with the digital single "Wings".  ...more
  • SRP Entertainment
    10
    3
    Rocking Doll is a four-member South Korean girl group under SRP Entertainment. They debuted on December 19, 2021 with the self-titled digital single "Rocking Doll".  ...more
  • S2 Entertainment
    54
    23
    HOT ISSUE is a seven-member South Korean girl group under S2 Entertainment. They debuted on April 28, 2021 with their first mini album Issue Maker. Their group name stands as an abbreviation of  ...more
  • High Up Entertainment
    606
    317
    StayC, also stylized as STAYC, is a South Korean six-member girl group under High Up Entertainment, launched by producing duo Black Eyed Pilseung. The group debuted on November 12, 2020 with their  ...more
  • A team Entertainment
    27
    11
    bugAboo is a six-member South Korean girl group under A team Entertainment. They debuted on October 25, 2021 with the single album "bugAboo".  ...more
  • Kpop Live Entertainment
    31
    13
    Hi-L, an acronym for High Insight Libre, is a six-member South Korean girl group under Kpop Live Entertainment. They debuted on August 11, 2021 with mini album Go High.  ...more
  • Inmedia
    33
    14
    MEGAMAX, also known as MGX, is a six-member South Korean boy group under Inmedia. They debuted on September 8, 2021 with their first mini album, Painted Love.  ...more
  • Bluedot Entertainment
    37
    16
    JUST B is a six-member South Korean boy group under Bluedot Entertainment. They debuted on June 30, 2021 with their mini album Just Burn. Bain, Lim Jimin and DY are former members of PlayM BOYS.  ...more
  • Maroo Entertainment
    96
    46
    Ghost9, commonly stylized as GHOST9, is a South Korean boy group formed by Maroo Entertainment in 2019. The group made their debut on September 23, 2020, with their debut EP Pre Episode 1: Door.  ...more
  • Enterrobang
    26
    11
    PRITTI-G is a five-member South Korean girl group under Enterrobang. They made their debut on August 31, 2021 with the single "Hola". The group previously debuted as kids girl group Pritti on May 20,  ...more
  • Dreamcatcher Company
    2,295
    1,445
    Dreamcatcher (formerly known as MINX) is a South Korean girl group formed by Happy Face Entertainment. The group consists of seven members: JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Handong, Yoohyeon, Dami, and Gahyeon.  ...more

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  • SPIRE Entertainment
    43
    20
    OMEGA X is an 11-member South Korean boy group under SPIRE Entertainment. They debuted on June 30, 2021 with their first mini album Vamos.  ...more
  • ANS Entertainment
    37
    17
    MAJORS is a six-member South Korean girl group under ANS Entertainment. They made their debut on March 9, 2021 with the digital single album "The Beginning of Legend". The meaning behind their name  ...more
  • JYP Entertainment, Studio J
    23
    10
    Xdinary Heroes is a six-member South Korean boy band under JYP Entertainment label, Studio J. They made their debut on December 6, 2021 with the digital single "Happy Death Day". Their name is an  ...more
  • PocketDol Studio
    58
    28
    BAE173 is a nine-member South Korean boy group under PocketDol Studio. They debuted on November 19, 2020 with their first mini album Intersection : Spark. Their name is an acronym for "Before Anyone  ...more
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    woo!ah!

    NV Entertainment
    617
    361
    woo!ah! is a South Korean girl group under NV Entertainment. The group consists of six members: Nana, Wooyeon, Sora, Lucy, Minseo, and Songyee. They made their debut on May 15, 2020 with the single  ...more
  • Starship Entertainment
    53
    26
    WJSN CHOCOME is the first sub-unit of South Korean girl group WJSN, formed by Starship Entertainment. They debuted on October 7, 2020 with the single album "Hmph!".  ...more
  • MLD Entertainment
    77
    39
    T1419 is a nine-member South Korean boy group under MLD Entertainment. They made their debut on January 11, 2021 with their first single album "Before Sunrise Part. 1".  ...more
  • C9 Entertainment
    47
    23
    EPEX, short for Eight Apex, is an eight-member South Korean boy group under C9 Entertainment. They debuted on June 8, 2021, with their first EP Bipolar Pt.1 : Prelude of Anxiety.  ...more
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List Rules: Vote up the current Kpop groups who deserve more love.