100 Best K-Pop Girl Groups

Updated on June 29, 2019
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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 2019: 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 2019 incredible with their wild stage performances and their complex musical ideologies.

2019'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

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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      Just a plain SONE 

      2 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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      Su Lei Shwe Yee 

      4 months ago

      Please visit to K-Pop Profiles and look for some other K-Pop duets and girl groups as well.

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