Top 10 Most Popular K-Pop Groups in the World

K-pop, short for Korean pop music, has emerged as a global cultural phenomenon with an immense fanbase spanning continents. Originating in South Korea, this vibrant genre blends catchy melodies, stunning visuals, and dynamic performances to create an all-encompassing entertainment experience. GyanOK के व्हॉट्सऐप चैनल से जुड़ें Over the years, certain ...

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K-pop, short for Korean pop music, has emerged as a global cultural phenomenon with an immense fanbase spanning continents. Originating in South Korea, this vibrant genre blends catchy melodies, stunning visuals, and dynamic performances to create an all-encompassing entertainment experience.

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Over the years, certain K-pop groups have transcended geographical boundaries, captivating audiences worldwide with their unique music, mesmerizing choreography, and relatable themes. These groups have not only gained massive popularity but have also become cultural ambassadors, contributing to the global spread of Korean music and pop culture. In this list let’s check out who are some of the most popular bands all across the globe. 

Top 10 Most Popular Kpop Bands in the World 

1. BTS – A Global Force 

BTS, formed in 2010 and debuting in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment, has become synonymous with K-pop’s global dominance. The septet’s journey from a small agency to an international sensation is a testament to their artistry and dedication. With a trail of record-breaking achievements, including topping charts and filling stadiums worldwide, BTS stands as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring artists. The group’s powerful performances, meaningful lyrics, and genuine connection with their fans, known as the ARMY, have elevated them to the status of cultural icons.

Number of Members7
MembersRM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook
Debut Year2013
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, Hip-Hop, R&B
CompanyBig Hit Entertainment
Fandom NameARMY (Adorable Representative MC for Youth)
Fan ColorPurple
Notable Hits“Dope”, “Blood Sweat & Tears”, “DNA”, “Dynamite”, and more
AchievementsGrammy nominations, Billboard chart-toppers, record-breaking views
Global ImpactWorld tours, UN speeches, cultural ambassadors

2. Blackpink

Blackpink’s impact on the global music scene is undeniable. Since their debut in 2016 under YG Entertainment, the quartet has managed to capture hearts with their fierce charisma and undeniable talent. Blending catchy melodies with captivating visuals, Blackpink has propelled themselves to the forefront of K-pop’s international wave. Their collaborations with global artists, viral music videos, and boundary-pushing music have solidified their reputation as reigning queens in the industry.

Number of Members4
MembersJisoo, Jennie, Rosé, Lisa
Debut Year2016
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, Hip-Hop, Pop
CompanyYG Entertainment
Fandom NameBlinks
Fan ColorPink
Notable Hits“Whistle”, “Playing with Fire”, “Kill This Love”, “How You Like That”, and more
AchievementsBillboard chart-toppers, Guinness World Records, global fanbase
Global ImpactInternational tours, collaborations with global artists

3. Exo

Exo’s influence stretches beyond borders, resonating with fans worldwide. Since their debut in 2012 under SM Entertainment, the group’s unique concept of integrating Korean and Chinese members has garnered immense attention. Their music, encompassing a range of genres, and their captivating stage presence have led them to a global stage. Exo’s ability to maintain their popularity and evolve with the changing musical landscape has made them a timeless favorite among K-pop enthusiasts.

Number of Members9
MembersXiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Sehun
Debut Year2012
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, Mandopop, R&B
CompanySM Entertainment
Fandom NameEXO-L (Exo-Love)
Fan ColorCosmic Latte (Pearlescent #1E1E1E and Silver #0FD0FF)
Notable Hits“Growl”, “Call Me Baby”, “Love Shot”, “Ko Ko Bop”, and more
AchievementsGlobal popularity, album sales, multiple Daesang awards
Global ImpactWorldwide tours, collaborations with international artists

4. NCT

NCT’s innovative approach of sub-units has allowed them to experiment with diverse styles and concepts. With a diverse lineup of 23 members, NCT has explored a spectrum of musical genres, from hip-hop to R&B to electronic. The group’s flexibility and their seamless transitions between different sub-units showcase their versatility. NCT’s dynamic performances and boundary-pushing music have made them a compelling force in the world of K-pop.

Number of Members23 (across various sub-units)
MembersMultiple members across NCT U, NCT 127, NCT Dream, WayV
Debut Year2016
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Electronic
CompanySM Entertainment
Fandom NameNCTzen
Fan ColorPearl Neo Champagne (#D3D3D3)
Notable Hits“Boss”, “Kick Back”, “Cherry Bomb”, “We Go Up”, and more
AchievementsGlobal fanbase, versatile musical styles, international popularity
Global ImpactMultilingual releases, global tours, collaborations with international artists

5. Seventeen

Seventeen’s distinctive charm lies in their active involvement in every aspect of their music. As a “self-producing” idol group, they not only contribute to songwriting but also choreography. Their music, rooted in authentic expressions of their experiences, resonates deeply with fans. Debuting in 2015 under Pledis Entertainment, Seventeen’s music and performances radiate sincerity and authenticity, making them stand out in the industry.

Number of Members13
MembersS.Coups, Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi, Wonwoo, Woozi, DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Vernon, Dino
Debut Year2015
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B
CompanyPledis Entertainment
Fandom NameCarat
Fan ColorRose Quartz (#E16695) and Serenity (#88B5E7)
Notable Hits“Adore U”, “Very Nice”, “Left & Right”, “Don’t Wanna Cry”, and more
AchievementsSelf-produced music, global fanbase, creative choreography
Global ImpactWorld tours, collaborations with international artists, strong presence on social media

6. Red Velvet

Red Velvet’s discography is a testament to their genre-bending approach. Since their debut in 2014 under SM Entertainment, the quintet has explored a wide range of musical styles. From the catchy pop of “Red” concepts to the sultry R&B of “Velvet” concepts, Red Velvet has broken barriers and challenged conventions. Their willingness to push boundaries has earned them a dedicated fanbase and international recognition.

BandRed Velvet
Number of Members5
MembersIrene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, Yeri
Debut Year2014
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, R&B, Pop
CompanySM Entertainment
Fandom NameReVeluv
Fan ColorPastel Coral (#FF6F61)
Notable Hits“Red Flavor”, “Bad Boy”, “Psycho”, “Peek-A-Boo”, and more
AchievementsBillboard chart achievements, global popularity, unique dual concept
Global ImpactInternational tours, collaborations with global artists, active in K-drama OSTs

7. Twice

Twice’s bubbly energy and relatable music have garnered them a massive following since their debut in 2015 under JYP Entertainment. Their infectious melodies and catchy hooks have consistently placed them at the top of charts, both domestically and internationally. Twice’s appeal lies in their ability to connect with listeners through their relatable lyrics and dynamic performances, making them beloved chart-topping sweethearts.

Number of Members9
MembersNayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, Tzuyu
Debut Year2015
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, Pop, Electropop
CompanyJYP Entertainment
Fandom NameOnce
Fan ColorApricot (#EC9F77)
Notable Hits“TT”, “Cheer Up”, “Feel Special”, “Likey”, and more
AchievementsRecord-breaking views, strong digital and physical sales, international tours
Global ImpactWorldwide popularity, cultural ambassadors, appearances in variety shows

8. Monsta X

Monsta X’s distinctive style is characterized by their energetic performances and innovative music. Since their debut in 2015 under Starship Entertainment, the group has been known for their aggressive rap verses and striking vocal delivery. Their music seamlessly combines genres, creating a signature sound that sets them apart. Monsta X’s unique approach and powerful presence on stage have earned them a devoted fanbase.

BandMonsta X
Number of Members6
MembersShownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, I.M
Debut Year2015
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, Hip-Hop, R&B
CompanyStarship Entertainment
Fandom NameMonbebe
Fan ColorPantone 2221 C (Vivid Tangerine)
Notable Hits“Shoot Out”, “Alligator”, “Fantasia”, “Gambler”, and more
AchievementsInternational fanbase, Billboard chart achievements, energetic performances
Global ImpactWorldwide tours, collaborations with global artists, participation in variety shows


 ITZY, the youngest group under JYP Entertainment, burst onto the scene in 2019 with an empowering and vibrant image. Their music, centred around themes of self-confidence and individuality, resonates with a younger audience. ITZY’s dynamic performances, bold fashion choices, and relatable lyrics have quickly propelled them to fame, making them empowering figures for their fanbase.

Number of Members5
MembersYeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, Yuna
Debut Year2019
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, EDM, Hip-Hop
CompanyJYP Entertainment
Fandom NameMidzy
Fan ColorNeon Green (#B6D5A9)
Notable Hits“Dalla Dalla”, “Wannabe”, “Not Shy”, “Mafia in the Morning”, and more
AchievementsRapid popularity, strong digital sales, energetic performances
Global ImpactInternational fanbase, trendy music and fashion style, active on social media

10. TXT

 Tomorrow X Together (TXT), formed under Big Hit Entertainment in 2019, holds the promise of a bright future. Despite their relatively short time in the industry, TXT has made a mark with their refreshing music and performances. Their approachable personalities and relatable themes have quickly earned them a dedicated following, solidifying their presence in the K-pop landscape.

BandTXT (Tomorrow X Together)
Number of Members5
MembersSoobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun, Huening Kai
Debut Year2019
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, Pop, Hip-Hop
CompanyBig Hit Entertainment
Fandom NameMOA (Moments of Alwaysness)
Fan ColorBlue Orange (#FC8F30)
Notable Hits“Crown”, “Run Away”, “0X1=LOVESONG”, “Magic”, and more
AchievementsFast growth, international popularity, unique concepts
Global ImpactWorldwide tours, engaging storytelling, active on social media

Quiz on Kpop Bands and Culture 

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