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Top 10 Most popular Kpop Groups list (2021)

Do you know how many bands are in the K-pop industry? 

There are a variety of Kpop Bands that are quite famous and attention grabbers, but some of them are highly popular.

Below is the list of the top 10 most popular bands according to fame among people. Maybe your favourite bands come in this top 10 category.

Before knowing about the most popular K-pop group, let’s start with k-pop.

What is k-pop?

Korean popular music is a popular genre of music, it originates in South Korea.Kpop culture began with the introduction of the boy band H.O.T in the year 1996. K-Pop contains many musical influences from around the world, such as pop, experimental, rock, jazz, hip hop, folk and on top of its own Korean traditional music roots.


1.BTS (Bangtan Boys) - Active since 2013  

BTS is the most mentioned K-Pop band in every music market. They are also known as bangtan boys and it is a worldwide famous south Korean boy band.

Formed by - Hybe Corporation a.k.a big hit entertainment in 2013

BTS Composed of seven members - J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jungkook, Jimin, V and Jin.

BTS Official Twitter account - @BTS_twt  (37m follower)

BTS Fanbase Twitter account - @BTS_ARMY (5m follower)

  • Their fans call themselves "ARMY".  


  • On June 12, 2013, they debuted their first single album "2 kool 4 Skool".


  • And released their first single ever "No more dreams", which was written by bts band members RM, Suga and J-Hope.



2. BLACKPINK - Active since 2016

BLACKPINK is a South Korean Girls band which indeed is very famous among girls and even people of different age groups. The group debuted in the Kpop Industry in August 2016 with their single album Square One. Blackpink is the most famous female Kpop Band which is on the Billboard Hot 100.

They went up the list at number 13 with their popular song "Ice Cream" which was released in 2020. They were the first Korean girl group to enter into some big ranking charts like the Billboard's Emerging Artists chart and the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart .

Formed by - YG Entertainment in 2016

BLACKPINK Consists of four members - Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa. 

BLACKPINK Official Twitter account - @BLACKPINK (4m follower)

BLACKPINK Fanbase Twitter account - @ygofficialblink (7m follower)

  • On may 26,2015 they debuted their first single featuring "Whistle" and "Boombayah" in ‘Square One'.


  •  Their fans call themselves "BLINK". 


  • Blackpink haters are called "blackheads"


  • Recently Netflix released a documentary on Blackpink "Blackpink: Light Up the Sky"


  • Pink is used as a symbol of prettiness but Blackpink together convey the meaning that pretty is not everything, they just not encompass beauty but talent also, YG Entertainment said.




    3. EXO - Active since 2012

EXO is a South Korean boy band with nine active members. Exo is called as 'king of kpop'.

Formed by - SM Entertainment in 2011

Exo Consists of nine members - Xiumin, Baekhyun, Suho, Lay, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and sehun.

Exo Official Twitter account - @exoonearewe (11m follower)

Exo Fanbase Twitter account - @EXOfanbase_int

  • On April 8, 2012, they debuted their first song 'MAMA'. 


  • Their fans call themselves "EXOtics" and "EXOstans". 


  • They have six managers.


  • The EXO-K members were discovered by the casting crew and Kai is the only member who auditioned without being casted.


  • An EXO Fan Coffee Truck exists where the menu is named after the EXO members such as D.O. Vanilla Umin, Luhan HazelNut, Latte and others.

          



4. TWICE - Active since 2015

TWICE is a South Korean Girls band consisting of nine girl members. They formed in 2015 under the television program Sixteen.

In between 19 months of their debut, Twice had already sold over 1.2 million units of their four EPs and special albums.

Formed by - JYP Entertainment in 2015

Twice Consists of nine members - Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu.

Twice Official Twitter account - @JYPETWICE (8m follower)

Twice Fanbase Twitter account - @TWICE_GLOBAL

  • On October 20, 2015 they debuted their first song with the extended play (EP) 'The Story Begins'.


  • Their fans call themselves "ONCE". 


  • The leader of Jihyo' trained for 10 years before debuting.

       



5. SEVENTEEN - Active Since 2015

SEVENTEEN is a South Korean boy band.

The group includes of 13 members: S.Coups, Woozi, DK, The8, Seungkwan, Mingyu,Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi, Wonwoo, Woozi, DK, Mingyu, Vernon, The8, Jun, Seungkwan, and Dino.

Formed by -  YG Entertainment in 2015

Seventeen consists of thirteen members - Wonwoo, S.Coups, Mingyu, Vernon, Woozi, DK, Seungkwan, Jeonghan, Joshua, Hoshi, Dino, The8, Jun.

Seventeen Official Twitter account -  @pledis_17 (7m follower)

Seventeen Fanbase Twitter account - @SVTGlobal

  • On may 26, 2015 they debuted their first song 'adore u'.


  • Their fans call themselves "CARAT''.


  •  Seventeen consists of three subunits:


   Hip Hop sub unit -

  1. S.Coups (leader)
  2. Mingyu
  3. Wonwoo
  4. Vernon

   Vocal Sub Unit -

  1. Woozi (leader)
  2. DK
  3. Seungkwan
  4. Jeonghan
  5. Joshua

Performance Sub Unit -

  1. Hoshi (leader)
  2. Dino
  3. The8
  4. Jun

  


            

6. GOT7- Active Since 2014

GOT7 is a South Korean boy band with amazingly attractive seven members.

Formed by -JYP Entertainment in 2014 

Got7 Consists of seven members - Jay B, Jinyoung, Youngjae, Mark, Jackson, BamBam, and Yugyeom.

Got7 Official Twitter account - @GOT7Official (9m follower)

Got7 Fanbase Twitter account - @fanatic_got7_

  • On Jan 16, 2014, they debuted their first song 'Girls Girls Girls'. 


  • Their fans call themselves "IGOT7". 


  • GOT7’s first EP “Got it?” got the first rank on the Billboard’s World Albums Chart.


  • After PSY (rank 88th), GOT7 became the first Korean act to chart on Billboard’s Artist Hot 100 at 45th ranked.




7. RED VELVET - Active Since 2015

RED VELVET is a five-member girl band from South Korea.

Yeri, the fifth member, joined the group in March 2015, after the release of their first mini-album, Ice Cream Cake.

formed by - SM Entertainment in 2014

Red velvet consists of four members - Irene, Seulgi, Yeri, Wendy and Joy.

Red velvet Official Twitter account - @RVsmtown (4m follower)

Red velvet Fanbase Twitter account - @5REDVELVET

  • On Aug 1, 2014, they debuted their first digital single 'Happiness'.


  •  Their fans call themselves "REVELUV".


  • On KBS's Music Bank for 'Ice Cream Cake' Red velvet won their first music show trophy in 2015, March 27th.


  • 'Automatic' was the first music video that included new member Yeri.




8. NCT - Active Since 2016

NCT is a South Korean boy band. The band has a large number of memberThe Band has a total of four different subunits.

On April 9, 2016, the group introduced their first unit, the rotational NCT U,with the "The 7th Sense" and "Without You" double digital single.

Formed by - SM Entertainment in 2016. They have an unlimited number of members. 

NCT Group currently consists of 23 members - Taeyong, Ten, Yuta, WinWin, Jungwoo, Taeil, Kun, Doyoung, Lucas, Haechan, Jaemin, Mark, Xiaojun, Hendery, Renjun, Jeno, YangYang, Jaehyun, Johnny, Shotaro, Sungchan, Chenle, and Jisung. 

NCT Dream Official Twitter account - @NCTDREAMCENTER (388k follower)

NCT Dream Fanbase Twitter account - @NCT127Union

NCT 127 Official Twitter account - @NCTsmtown_127 

NCT 127 Fanbase Twitter account - @NCT127Union

WayV Official Twitter account - @WayV_official

WayV Fanbase Twitter account - @weishenvupdate

  • NCT is promoted to many sub-units. 


  • current subunits are: NCT U, NCT Dream and WayV, NCT 127.


  • On Aug 24, 2016, they debuted their first single 'Chewing gum'. 


  • Their fans call themselves "NUTzen".




 9. MAMAMOO - Active Since 2014


MAMAMOO is a four-member South Korean girl band.

It was formed by RBW which was formerly known as WA Entertainment in 2014.

The group officially debuted with their single called "Mr Ambiguous" on June 18, 2014.

Formed by - RBW in 2014

MAMAMOO Consists of four members - Wheein, Hwasa, Solar, Moonbyul.

MAMAMOO Official Twitter account - @RBW_MAMAMOO (2m follower)

MAMAMOO Fanbase Twitter account - @mamamooguide

  • On June 18, 2014 they debuted their first single 'Mr. Ambiguous'. 


  • In 2014 their debut was considered as one of the best K-pop debuts.


  • Their fans call themselves "MooMoos".


  • MAMAMOO was once known as the girl band with zero haters.


  • Once they eating during a music show's stage they popularized



10. STRAY KIDS - Active Since 2017

STRAY KIDS is a South Korean boy band which is formed by JYP Entertainment.

Formed by - JYP Entertainment in 2017

Stray Kids consists of eight members - Felix, Seungmin, Bang Chan, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Lee Know and I.N.

Stray kids Official Twitter account - @stray_kids ( 5m follower)

Stray kids Fanbase Twitter account - @ StrayKidsGlobal

  • On Oct 17, 2017, they debuted their first song 'Hellevator'. 


  • Their fans call themselves  "STAY ".


  • The band started with Kim Woojin as one of the lead vocalists for the group, he was also the oldest member of the group .But later in 2019 he decided to leave the band .It was a shock for all fans who loved the band after JYP Entertainment announced this decision.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q. How many groups are in Kpop?

A. There are a long list of groups in Kpop but mentioned above top 10 which are most popular.


Q. Which is the No 1 KPop group?

A. BTS is the No 1 Kpop group.


Q. Who is the king of Kpop?

A. BTS member Jimin is labelled as the King of Kpop.


Q. Who is the most popular KPop Idol?

A. BTS member jungkook is the most popular Kpop Idol.


Q. What is the most hated KPop Idol?

A. Blackpink member Jennie is the most hated Kpop idol.


Q. Who is the richest KPOP Idol?

A. Park Jin Young the founder of JYP Entertainment is the richest K-Pop idol.


Q. Who is richer, BTS or Exo?

A. Exo net worth is higher than BTS.


Q. Who is the most popular Kpop group worldwide?

A. BTS is the most popular Kpop group worldwide.



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