100 Best K-Pop Girl Groups

Updated on January 21, 2020
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K-pop is a modern form of South Korean pop that incorporates influences from various music styles and genres and couples them with spectacular audiovisual elements. While K-pop culture has taken the world by storm since its arrival in the '90s, it’s often been K-pop boy groups that have snagged the headlines. While a number of talented K-pop girl groups are dishing out great music, a small few have managed to hog the limelight. It’s time K-pop girl groups get their due!

Across the globe, K-pop has a huge teen audience. Although K-pop idol culture has helped South Korean boy bands break onto international shores with chart-topping success, girls have not experienced the same idol success in international music markets. We know for a fact that the all-female idol groups are super-talented, so it’s mystifying that not as many K-pop girl groups have had major success internationally. Although these groups are promoted and managed well by their respective management companies, it still takes K-pop bands awhile to establish a firm foothold in international music markets.

The list below showcases a diverse number of K-pop girl groups who have pushed the genre to new heights while remaining true to the roots of the genre. Feel free to share your views, opinions, and thoughts in the comments section.

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

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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

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K-Pop Girl Groups and Fashion

K-pop girl groups have become fashion icons. With their chic dresses and their fabulous wardrobes, K-pop idols are seen as trendsetters all over the world. The stylish outfits they wear in their music videos often trend on social media. K-pop girls bring their glam to the forefront with spectacular choreography, stunning makeup, and fabulous attire. Their fashion sense has mesmerized fans all over the world.

41. AOA

42. Hello Venus

43. Fromis 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

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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 catchy lyrics, complex choreography, and mesmerizing 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 new heights with even more complicated lyrics and choreography. Choreographed sequences, along with stunning audio-visual content, became exceedingly popular in the 2000s. And, ever since then, it has become the integral part of the K-pop genre. The second generation of K-pop included such amazing acts as Girls’ Generation, Wonder Girls, Brown Eyed Girls, and Kara. A number of second generation girl groups achieved chart-topping success and massive record sales.

61. Diva

62. Hot Place

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. Blady

78. F-ve Dolls

79. 4Ten

80. Chocolat

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The Third Generation (2009-2013) of K-pop Girl Groups

The Third generation (2009-2013) of all-female lineups made intense fashion statements, choosing extravagant outfits for their slickly choreographed videos. Collaborations between girl groups and boy groups made for 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) focuses more on image and choreography than all previous generations. Their audio-visual content is a central focus of their art and has been recognized all over the world. Idol culture, which is the core of K-pop, 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 a defining piece of Asia's ongoing cultural shift.

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

K-Pop Girl Groups 2020: Who Is Going to Make a Big Splash?

Today's K-pop girl groups are set to unleash an explosion of musical genius. K-pop entertainment companies are planning to launch a number of girl groups in the days ahead. You can expect the unexpected from entertainment companies, especially JYP Entertainment and SM Entertainment.

This year, a number of K-pop groups are on the path to making big impact in the international music market. Here’s a list of K-pop girl groups that are expected to sizzle and make 2020 incredible with their wild stage performances and their complex musical ideologies.

2020's Most Exciting K-Pop Girl Groups

K-Pop Girl Group
Year Launched
Blackpink
2016
Twice
2015
Girls Generation
2007
Cherry Bullet
2019
EXID
2012
Red Velvet
2014
High School
2019
Girl's Day
2010
Rendezvous
2019
f(x)
2009
Mamamoo
2014
Purple Beck
2019
GFriend
2015
Apink
2011
Itzy
2019
Rocket Punch
2019
3YE
2019
Saturday
2018
Fanatics
2018
ANS
2019
PinkFantasy SHY
2019
Bvndit
2019
Ariaz
2018
Lusty
2019
Midnight
2019
Rockit Girl
2019
Black Bunny
2019
Gloss
2019
Girlkind
2018
Skygirls
2018
CoCo
2019
Girl Crush
2019
The Pink Lady
2019
Grow. B
2019
Melody Pink
2019
Peace
2018
Venus
2019

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
  • Everglow
  • 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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Questions & Answers

  • What is the difference between Girl's Generation and Girl's Generation TTS ? (By the way, I’m a first time Girl's Generation fan)

    Girls Generation TTS is the first sub-unit of K-Pop girl group Girl’s Generation. The group consists of Girl’s Generation group members (T)Taeyeon, (T)Tiffany and (S)Seohyun. While Girl’s Generation’s songs showcase uniformity of song and dance as a group, Girl’s Generation TTS emphasizes on distinctive vocal parts and harmonies.

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      BTS. A.R.M.Y 

      24 hours ago

      If 2NE1 didn’t disband they probably would be No.1 on this list because they were the best girl group that time.I used to be a fan of 2NE1 then but now I’m an A.R.M.Y seeing them get only 3% votes on this list just wanna makes me cry thank you everyone that still supports them even though there not here anymore

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      kpopfan 

      32 hours ago

      i can't choose between TWICE and BLACKPINK

      FANCY DDU DU

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      BlackPink is the best 

      9 days ago

      Blackpink should be at first

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      Anonymous 

      13 days ago

      Blackpink should definitely be first on the list.

      In my opinion, it's the biggest and the best

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      Najwaa 

      2 weeks ago

      I love twice in the first place ♡

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      Stan (G)I-DLE 

      2 weeks ago

      (G) I-DLE IS NOT THAT FAR BEHIND .

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      Hansika 

      2 weeks ago

      I think Blackpink should be the first because it is the biggest kpop girl band in the world!

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      Mystery Cutie 

      3 weeks ago

      My favorite For Girls & Boys

      Girls Boys

      2ne1 2pm

      4L A.C.E

      4miute BNF

      AOA B-TOB

      AOA Cream Bigflo

      Blady Cravity

      Bestie Day 6

      BVNDIT Golden Child

      Chic Angel Imfact

      Dreamcatcher KNK

      Dia M.crown

      Fiestar ONF

      GWSN Oneus

      GBB Onewe

      I.B.I Pentagon

      I.O.I SF9

      Milk Tea TRCNG

      Strawberry Milk The Rose

      Secret Number VAV

      UHSN Vanner

      Weki Meki Winner

      Trouble Maker

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      Jennie 

      3 weeks ago

      what about itzy, loona ,everglow . not cool

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      mystery 

      3 weeks ago

      Dreamcatcher dia chic angel secret number bestie 2ne1 gwsn bndvit & Uhsn

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      someone 

      3 weeks ago

      dreamcatcher

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      Cutie 

      4 weeks ago

      Where is neon punch, itzy, ever glow, and secret number

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      JM Castillo 

      4 weeks ago

      Blackpink best Girl group, next is 2ne1

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      Bangtan sani 

      5 weeks ago

      All k pop groups are best .but l think as a blink black pink is the best

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      Once 

      5 weeks ago

      Twice queen’s kpop

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      Bangtan sani 

      5 weeks ago

      Black pink is the best

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      suzana 

      6 weeks ago

      Twice

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      suzana 

      6 weeks ago

      Twice

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      Alien 

      6 weeks ago

      Twice is the best.

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      aundraya 

      6 weeks ago

      i love blackpink,twice,exid,and ect.

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      Once for ever 

      7 weeks ago

      Twice the best

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      amel ramadan 

      7 weeks ago

      Twice is fthe best

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      park joy 

      7 weeks ago

      the best is twice

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      Twice. 

      7 weeks ago

      Twice the best grop girl ho the world know them ✓.

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      Miracle 

      2 months ago

      Oh My Girl

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      Official Blink 

      2 months ago

      1.Blackpink

      2. Oh My Girl

      3. Itzy

      what happend to itzy?

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      Twice 

      2 months ago

      Twice

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      Basma 

      2 months ago

      BLACK PINK

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      DubuXN 

      2 months ago

      LOONA?

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      kaydemoon 

      2 months ago

      how is iz*one lower than fromis lol like not saying that fromis is bad cuz i love fromis a lot but iz*one definitely deserves top 10 literally best selling kpop girl grp album for preorders & a week

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      twice once blackpink blink 

      2 months ago

      ok lets go twice my queens

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      Blackpink lisa 

      3 months ago

      BLACKPINK is the best k-pop! And BLACKPINK queen of world

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      Big Bunk 

      3 months ago

      2ne1 must be at Top 1! One of the roots of kpop, and still they are the queens. I dont think twice and blackpink is better than 2ne1. Top 1 2ne1 and second must be the Girls generation. These 2 groups inspired the younger generation a lot. And because of them we have all those groups today

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      Gidle 

      4 months ago

      I'm not even a huge (G)I-DLE stan but I am shocked they're so low. They're some of the monster rookies and a unique and diverse group

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      gidle 

      4 months ago

      gidle should aleast be in top ten they were best group afer they debut in 2018 so they deserve to be in top ten and they also got a award afer there debut

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      2ne1 

      4 months ago

      2ne1 is first always

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      besando 

      5 months ago

      snsd. ♡

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      Lola 

      5 months ago

      What about everglow??

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      Stonzie 

      5 months ago

      Gi dle are atleast top 10 material

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      nomadicvision 

      5 months ago

      I found f(x), 4 Minute, Girl's Day, and After School and now they are also some of my favorites.

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      nomadicvision 

      5 months ago

      My favorite Korean groups in order for now are Tara, Red Velvet, Twice, BlackPink, GFriend, Apink and WonderGirls and for solo artists IU who is really special and unique to me and amazing considering h what she achieved especially after being rejected for an audition by JYP. How in the world could someone No telling how much better BlackPink could be with decent management how absurd to give them so few songs, especially when Jennie especially seems to have a desire to write her own songs like Stay, which is the style like their B sides that I think suits them the best, and the incident with such a great singer as Wendy falling and sustaining serious injuries is horrible and criminal in my opinion considering the level of gross negligence and awareness of the stage problems. Tara was tarnished by not coming from a top 3 label and by the ridiculous bullying scandal, which seems to be blown way out of proportion.

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      Monica Gutierrez 

      6 months ago

      I love all those groups, but this got me mad because some are old groups, and they are in the bottom.

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      Blink forever 

      6 months ago

      Every groups are unique ♥️

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      Hi 

      6 months ago

      There is no need to list which girl kpop group is better than others. Each one is different.

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      Alexis 

      7 months ago

      I will say every girl group here is the best

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      Agrilz Agrina Zamri 

      8 months ago

      I love Girls Generation which is SNSD. I whish they still together but I heard that they already disband, I don't know if it real or not but I still love them forever. They debut at 2007 and my birth date is that year. They have talented and I whish I can also be like them one day. I want to be a kpop idol, a success kpop idol like them. I hope they always together and I also whish my dream to be a kpop idol will come true.

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      Karen Leanne Sandberg 

      9 months ago

      My favorite south Korean music pop artists rather being "Twice & Blackpink & Girls Generation & Red Velvet" these are four group that I have all talented their own always! I love these South Korean are miraculous talented of singing skills glorify voices.

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      Just a plain SONE 

      13 months ago

      All of the groups listed are all talented in their own ways. Hope you choose what your heart really wants.

      I'm a girl group stan for just 6 years and I witnessed multiple debuts of new groupd and successes of senior groups.

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