What are the best K-pop groups?

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    #1Super Junior

    Super Junior

    Super Junior is a K-pop boy group that was formed in 2005 under SM Entertainment. The group currently has nine members from an original thirteen-member lineup. Super Junior is a widely popular group.



    Iris Bai
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "This group really made my high school days better. Fighting ELFs!"
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    #2Girls' Generation

    Girls' Generation

    Girls' Generation is a K-pop girl group that's known as the "No.1 girl group". SNSD originally had nine members but their former member Jessica left in 2014. The girl group is under SM Entertainment.



    Yi Tan
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "SNSD has been my inspiration since they debuted in 2007. Sooyoung is my bias. ;)"
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    BIGBANG is a popular K-pop boy group formed in 2006 by YG Entertainment. The boy group currently has four members from the previous five namely T.O.P, Taeyang, G-Dragon, and Daesung.



    Wendy Lee
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "T.O.P. is my bias in BIGBANG and Fantastic Baby is the first song that I heard from them. Hoping for their safety while in the military enlistment. I'll be waiting, oppa! "


As of July 2019, the top best-selling Kpop album of all time in South Korea is BTS' Map of The Soul Persona. The album by the Korean boy group was only released on April 2019 and it already sold over 3.4 million copies. BTS is not only one of the most popular Kpop groups but also the most sought after group worldwide. BTS has over a million sales on each of their albums; Wings and their Love Yourself series (Her, Tear, and Answer). BTS is the first K-pop group to earn three #1 spots in less than a year in the Billboard 200 chart. They are also the first K-pop group to top the Billboard 200. Aside from their success in album sales, they also rose to fame with their live performances. In their years as a group, BTS has experienced many firsts. The K-pop group is one of the first Kpop groups to perform live at the American Music Awards in 2017. In the following year, they became the first Kpop band to take the stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

BTS is currently at the peak but there are also other popular Kpop groups reaching new heights. The third generation of Kpop shows promising talent with both Kpop girl and boy groups. Some of the popular girl groups today include BLACKPINK, Twice, and Red Velvet who come from big entertainment agencies in South Korea. Respectively, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and SM Entertainment. These girl groups have broken records like sold-out stadium tours, fast-selling albums, YouTube views, and more. On the Kpop boy group side, there's EXO, GOT7, Monsta X, and NCT who have a loyal fanbase and talented members who are globally recognized. These are only the Kpop groups of the third generation. Both senior Kpop groups and rookies are still another foundation that builds the popularity of Kpop music today.

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    2NE1 was a K-pop girl group that was active from the time they were formed in 2009 by YG until the time they disbanded in 2016. The members of the popular girl group were Bom, Dara, CL, and Minzy.



    Jacqueline Woods
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "This girl group got some fire in their songs. I listen to them whenever I'm down. "
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    SHINee is a Korean pop boy group consisting of members Onew, Key, Minho, and Taemin. The group's former member was singer Jonghyun. SHINee's was formed back in 2008 under SM Entertainment.



    Caroline Lin
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "Ever since I watched Minho in the kdrama To The Beautiful You, I discovered their group. I'm just sad that Jonghyun was gone now. :("
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    EXO is a Korean-Chinese boy group with originally twelve members under S.M. Entertainment who debuted in 2012. XOXO, their first album, won Album of the Year at the Mnet Asian Music Awards. They received 23 Daesang Awards.



    Wendy Lee
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "I first watched their music video in a tv channel and I was amazed by their song Wolf. Now, they have reached so far for their dreams. Proud for these boys. :)"
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    BTS is a Korean boy band with seven members who debuted in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. Also known as Bangtan Boys, they won Artist of the Year at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards and several New Artist of the Year awards. 



    Rachel Zhao
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "At first, they were underrated but their talents really proved their way to the top. Nice songs and Danger is my favorite. "
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    #8Red Velvet

    Red Velvet

    Red Velvet is a Korean girl group with five members under SM Entertainment who debuted in 2014. Their single, Ice Cream Cake, reached the top spot at the Gaon Album Chart in 2015 and won Best Female Group at Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2017. 



    Angela Huang
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "Red Velvet is my girl crushes. I watched Joy in her kdrama The Liar and His Lover and that's why I discovered their group. ;)"
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    BLACKPINK is a Korean girl group under YG Entertainment with four members who debuted in 2016. They won New Artist of the Year at the Golden Disc and Seoul Music Awards. Their single Boombayah topped the Billboard World Digital Songs chart. 



    Lin Ma
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "BLACKPINK just released DDU-DU DDU-DU and I'm hooked! Welcome back, girls! ;)"
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    Seventeen is a Korean male group under Pledis Entertainment in 2015. Consisting of thirteen members, they were divided into three sub-units: Hip-Hop Unit, Vocal Unit, and Performance Unit. Its official fan club name is Carat. 



    Sabrina Rain Samson
    Written on August 3, 2018
    "They deserve to be on this list because they are a rising K-pop boy group with so much potential to be even bigger and more famous than they already are in the following years. They may not be what k-pop stans consider as "OG K-pop" or whatever but they are truly talented and if you doubt that, listen to their discography"
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    BtoB is a Korean boy band under Cube Entertainment with seven members who debuted in 2012. Also known as Born to Beat, they received Singer of the Year at 2015 KBS Music Festival and Best Vocal Group at the 30th Golden Disc Awards. 



    Ai Dai
    Written on July 16, 2018
    "Since Goblin became popular, who wouldn't resist Sungjae's charm now? When it comes to ballad songs, Second Confession is my fave. ;)"
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    TWICE is a nine-member K-pop girl group that first debuted under the entertainment agency JYP on 2015. They were formed through a reality show and since then, TWICE has gained numerous awards and performed on various programs and tours.



    Sabrina Rain Samson
    Written on November 30, 2018
    "Honestly only stanned them this year but I know for a fact that they're currently one of the most influential k-pop GGs of this generation. They're such hardworking ladies and they always release good music ahhhh~ ♥️"
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    #13Stray Kids

    Stray Kids

    Stray Kids is a Korean pop boy group under the agency of JYP Entertainment. They debuted on 2017 with their first album I am NOT. The members of the group are Bang Chan, Woojin, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, and I.N.



    Nichelle Swan
    Written on July 10, 2019
    "They have frown so much since debut. They are really talented and have come so far. My bias is OT9 but my ult is Minho!"


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