100 Best K-Pop Girl Groups

Updated on November 14, 2018
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I have been an online writer for over two years. I am passionate about books, philosophy, music, and the music industry.

K-pop is a modern form of South Korean pop which incorporates influences from various music styles and genres with a spectacular integration of audiovisual elements. In recent years, the spread of K-pop on the international scene has been magnanimous. While K-pop culture has taken the world by storm since its arrival in the '90s, it’s often been K-pop guy groups that have been written about. While a number of talented K-pop girl groups are dishing out great music, it’s only few that have managed to hog the limelight. It’s time K-pop girl groups get their due! Many K-pop girl groups have achieved tremendous success with their brand of music in South Korea and Japan, however, only a few have managed to make a mark in European and U.S. markets. In comparison, a number of K-pop boy bands have made their mark on foreign shores.

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K-pop has a huge global audience with majority of young teen fans. Although K-pop idol culture has helped the South Korean wave of boy bands to break onto international shores with chart-topping success, girls have not tasted the same idol success as guys in international music markets. We know for a fact that the all-female idol groups are super-talented; however, it’s mystifying why not many K-pop girl groups are emerging on the international music scene with stinging venom. For sure, girl groups in the K-pop scene are being promoted and managed well by their respective management, however, it might take K-pop bands awhile to establish a firm foothold in international music markets.

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K-Pop Girl Groups and Fashion

K-pop girl groups have paved new pathways for fashion trends. The chic dressing styles of K-pop idols have garnered a cult following among young teens all over the world. The stylish outfits worn by K-pop girls in music videos often trend on social networks and have become a new style statement in world fashion. The glam quotient K-pop girls bring to the forefront with spectacular choreography, makeup and aesthetic dress sense has mesmerized fans all over the world. The world of entertainment has witnessed K-pop subculture take shape in a unique manner and dwell into a entity of its own.

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How K-Pop Girl Groups Emerged on the Music Scene

The K-pop industry is dominated by boy groups, however, in recent years all-female idol lineups have made jaws drop with their aesthetic blend of catchy lyrics, concepts, chorography and a mesmerizing spectrum of audio-visual elements. The first generation (1997-2003) of K-pop girl groups emerged in the '90s with bands such as S.E.S., Fin.K.L and Baby Vox leading the way with their musical prowess. The pioneering all-female girl groups of the '90s paved the way for a new brand of K-pop girl groups.

The second generation (2003-2009) of K-pop girl groups took musical ideas to a new level with new dynamics in lyrics and choreography. Choreographed sequences along with stunning audio-visual content become exceedingly popular in the realms of K-pop in the 2000s, and since has become the integral soul in K-pop styles. The second generation of K-pop girls groups was taken to a new level by all-girl acts such as Girls’ Generation, Wonder Girls, Brown Eyed Girls and Kara. With the dynamics of the music industry going through a change, a number of second generation girl groups achieved chart-topping success with record sales.

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The Third generation (2009-2013) of K- pop girl groups emerged with a diverse influence of styles and genres bringing a unique dance flavor in the realms of K-pop. A number of all-female lineups made a style statement with clothing and slickly choreographed videos. Collaborations in the K-pop scene led to many K-pop idols both girls and boys coming together to make a unique blend of music and dance. All girl bands such as 2ne1, T-ara, Sistar, f(x), Secret, Miss A, 4 Minute and After School started a new wave of K-pop that opened doors for the current generation of K-pop girl groups.

The current generation (2014-Present) of all girl idol groups embodies musical styles with concepts associated with performance and fashion. Performance-oriented songs that showcases exceptionally choreographed moves and audio-visual content has become the flavor in the present generation of K-pop. Idol culture which is the core of K-pop groups has branched into a subculture that has influenced entertainment and fashion in a big way. Teens and young adults all over the world are struck with K-pop fever, and this is just the beginning. K-pop is gaining a widespread global audience and may well be the defining moment in a culture shift.

The lines below showcase a diverse list of K-pop girl groups who have made new pathways in music.

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100 Best K-Pop Girl Groups

  1. Twice
  2. Blackpink
  3. Girls’ Generation
  4. S.E.S
  5. EXID
  6. Baby Vox
  7. Girl’s Day
  8. I.O.I
  9. Apink
  10. Fin.K.L
  11. Red Velvet
  12. Miss A
  13. f(x)
  14. Mamamoo
  15. Brown Eyed Girls
  16. GFriend
  17. 2NE1
  18. Kara
  19. Secret
  20. Cosmic Girls

21. Wonder Girls

22. Sistar

23. Oh My Girl

24. 4Minute

25. After School

26. T-ara

27. Pristin

28. Lovelyz

29. Nine Muses

30. We Girls

31. CLC

32. Rainbow

33. Dal Shabet

34. Sonamoo

35. Dreamcatcher

36. April

37. Momoland

38. Spica

39. Loona

40. Orange Caramel

41. AOA

42. Hello Venus

43. Formis 9

44. Rania

45. Crayon Pop

46. DIA

47. Uni.T

48. Berry Good

49. Jewelry

50. Chakra

51. Busters

52. Milk

53. Fiestar

54. Weki Meki

55. C-REAL

56. Davichi

57. Iz One

58. Laboum

59. Brave Girls

60. Ladies’ Code

61. Diva

62. Iz One

63. 15&

64. The Grace

65. EvoL

66. Stellar

67. Playback

68. Tahiti

69. Elris

70. Unnies

71. (G) I-dle

72. LPG

73. Big Mama

74. See Ya

75. As One

76. Gavy NJ

77. Baldy

78. F-ve Dolls

79. 4Ten

80. Chocolat

81. Bolbbalgan4

82. Papaya

83. Cleo

84. Wings

85. Bestie

86. TREN.D

87. A Train To Autumn

88. Gugudan

89. Bob Girls

90. Neon Punch

91. D.Holic

92. Skarf

93. Bambino

94. Wassup

95. JQT

96. Hi Suhyun

97. Sunny Hill

98. 2Eyes

99. Melody Day

100. Black Pearl

Other Notable K-Pop Girl Groups

  • D-Unit
  • GBB
  • Favorite
  • Girls’ Generation- TTS
  • GI
  • P.O.P
  • Gangkiz
  • She’z
  • Hash Tag
  • GP Basic
  • Tiny-G
  • AOA Black
  • 2 Yoon
  • Oh! GG
  • Pungdeng-E
  • Nature
  • T-ara N4
  • Sugar
  • Kiss
  • GWSN
  • AOA Cream
  • Unicorn
  • Pristin V
  • Glam
  • I.B.I
  • Sistar19
  • 2Eyes
  • Baby Vox Re V
  • T.T. Ma
  • Lip Service
  • Year 7 Class 1
  • Two X
  • Sorea Band
  • The SeeYa
  • 4L
  • 2NB
  • Wink
  • Sunny Days
  • Nine Muses A
  • Good Day
  • Puretty

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