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The Most Popular Girl Groups in K-Pop: 2017 Edition
K-Pop's worldwide popularity has grown pretty quickly. Every year, there are many new girl groups that achieve fame and success. Which of 2017's groups were the best, most beautiful, most successful, and most popular? Let's find out!
10 Best K-Pop Girl Groups of 2017
- Girls' Generation
- Red Velvet
Considered as one of the best K-Pop debuts of 2014, Mamamoo is popular for their retro, jazz, and R&B concepts and strong vocal performances. Mamamoo is composed of four beautiful members: Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein, and Hwasa. Each is known for her powerful voice, especially Solar and Wheein, who joined the popular music show, King of Mask Singer.
Before making their debut, Mamamoo had already collaborated with several other artists, but they hit it big after the release of their third mini-album, Pink Funky, and lead single "Um Oh Ah Yeh." The song was a big hit on the charts, and tickets for their fan meeting sold out in a minute.
The first girl group to form under Woollim Entertainment was Lovelyz, with their debut album Girls' Invasion released in 2014. Lovelyz has eight members: Baby Soul, Jiae, Jisoo, Mijoo, Kei, JIN, Sujeong, and Yein. As their group name suggests, the eight members are known for their sweet and lovely image.
Their debut album was a good start, and it was followed by the hugely successful track "Ah-Choo." The song maintained its position on most major Korean music charts through 2015 and into 2016, making it Lovelyz's biggest hit. Tickets for their first fan meeting in Korea were sold out within the first five minutes. The band released their second album, R U READY? in 2017.
Known for their hot, sexy, and charismatic music and videos, the girl group Sistar is the pride of Starship Entertainment. They formed in 2010 with four members: Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou, and Dasom.
Since their debut, Sistar have maintained their popularity with big hits like "So Cool," "Alone," "Touch My Body," "Loving U," and "Give It to Me." Their fourth single, "So Cool," debuted at number one at Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 singles chart. Their subgroup, Sistar19, debuted in 2011 and featured another popular song, "Ma Boy." Sistar continues to impress with their astonishing fashion style, sexy music and dancing, and successful songs.
Also known as Ace of Angels, AOA is a girl group under FNC Entertainment with seven gorgeous members: Choa, Jimin, Yuna, Chanmi, Hyejeong, Seolhyun, and Mina. Upon their debut, AOA was a dance group with some members also playing instruments. Explaining the concept, FNC said that seven members are "full angels," with Youkyoung as a "half-angel/half-mortal."
Their first mini-album, Short Hair, ranked No. 1 on different charts and also topped the M!Countdown chart in July 2014. It also ranked eighth on Billboard's "Most Viewed K-pop Videos Around the World" for June 2014. In 2017, AOA released their first Korean studio album, titled Angel's Knock.
The amazingly talented and beautiful members of Gfriend formed in 2015 under Source Music. Featuring powerful vocals and charming faces, the group consists of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. Their debut was one of the best in 2015. The band won several 2015 female rookie awards despite coming from a small company.
Since then, Gfriend has continued to release songs that cater to the sweet taste of K-Pop lovers. Towards the end of 2016, YouTube revealed the top 10 K-pop MVs most beloved by South Koreans, and Gfriend's "Rough" and "Navillera" ranked second and tenth, respectively, on the list. "Rough" also became the most downloaded song in 2016, according to Gaon Chart's 2016 Year End Download Chart.
Another successful and popular girl group is Apink, formed by Plan A Entertainment. The group consists of Park Cho-rong, Yoon Bo-mi, Jeong Eun-ji, Son Na-eun, Kim Nam-joo, and Oh Ha-young.
Apink's style is unique for their generation. Unlike sexy bands, this group chose to go with an innocent, girly, and high-school appearance. Member Oh Ha-young said, "Other girl groups these days tend to highlight their dancing skills and sexy looks, but our concept was an innocent and pure image. I think that's why the audience felt comfortable with us."
Their music generally fits within the bubblegum pop genre, with a signature cheery lyrics, and features a quick rhythm and vintage sound. Apink is not only popular in Korea; they've also established a fan-base in Japan and other Asian countries.
4. Red Velvet
If you think Red Velvet is just a delicious cake, you'll be surprised that there's a K-Pop girl group that is sweeter than your dessert. Formed by S.M. Entertainment, Red Velvet is a five-member group: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, and Yeri. Since their debut, the group achieved notable success and recognition for their single "Happiness" and gained attention for their lively music and dance.
By 2017, Red Velvet had already received a total of thirteen music awards, including two for choreography (Best Dance—Female and Best Dance Performance—Female Group) and three new artist awards. They made a popular cameo appearance in the 2016 hit drama, Descendants of the Sun.
3. Girls' Generation
Among the real queens and divas of K-Pop is SNSD, also called Girls' Generation. Since their debut in 2007, SNSD have been through a lot: fame, success, and trials that resulted in making them stronger. There are eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun.
SNSD's signature musical style is characterized as electropop and bubblegum pop, though their sound varies widely, incorporating other genres like hip hop, R&B, and EDM. The group is one of the best-selling K-Pop groups of all time. Their immense popularity earned them the titles "The Nation's Singers" and "The Nation's Girl Group."
In August 2016, in celebration of the group's ninth anniversary, they released a single titled "Sailing (0805)." However, in late 2017, the group went on indefinite hiatus, and several of the members have focused on their solo careers instead. SNSD is still loved by millions of fans around the world, covering a wide range of ages from younger teens to elderly adults.
The group that received the Best New Artist Award at the 2016 Melon Music Awards is YG Entertainment's band Blackpink. With their catchy hip-hop, EDM, and R&B style, Blackpink caters to the taste of many K-Pop listeners today. The group officially debuted on August 8, 2016 with the single album Square One and is the first girl group to debut under YG seven years after 2NE1. The group consists of four members: Jennie, Jisoo, Rose, and YG's first non-Korean artist, Lisa.
Blackpink's debut singles hit number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart; they were the fastest act to do so at the time, as well as being the third Korean artist to hold the top two positions after Psy and Big Bang. Their song "Whistle" topped the digital, download, streaming, and mobile charts on Gaon in August 2016. The band has been immensely successful, drawing in tons of fans (known as Blinks).
Twice, a girl group from JYP Entertainment, has earned several music awards since their debut. Formed in 2015 through the reality show Sixteen, the group is composed of nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. Since their debut, they released the hugely successful mini-album The Story Begins and title track "Like OOH-AHH." Their music video hit 50 million views within five months of their debut and became the most-viewed debut music video for any K-pop group at the time.
Twice is one of the most successful and best-selling K-Pop groups ever. Their lead single "Knock Knock" was released on February 20, 2017, and the music video hit 17 million views in its second day on YouTube. Their official fanbase is called Once.
Tell Us About Your Top Girl Group!
Did we miss your favorite K-Pop girl group? Which group is your favorite? Share your thoughts through the comments and poll section below.
Questions & Answers
Question: Where is 2NE1 now?
Answer: Hi there. After they disbanded, it's good to know that our 2ne1 members are staying strong as ever. CL continues to chase her dream of topping the US charts, and recently, she revealed that she's waiting for YG Entertainment to release her new album!
Question: Is Justin Bieber better than BTS or Black Pink?
Answer: The answer would be subjective. Since K-pop is different from Western pop in many ways, (i.e., training system, style, music, genre, etc.) it would seem unfair to compare them. Saying "who's better" depends on your personal taste in music. But one thing is for sure - their music is uniquely awesome and all of them are doing great!
Question: Can Red Velvet come on top after their comeback with Bad Boy?
Answer: Red Velvet's Bad Boy is a big hit right now, as it conquered the charts and made it to 87th spot in weekly Canadian Hot 100. It looks like it's their biggest international hit with an official hit single in Canada, a No. 2 peak on the K-Pop Hot 100 chart, as well as the group's biggest U.S. sales week for a song. Let's see how well they will do. They might really come on top with this huge success!
© 2017 Mare-sensei
Blink on August 21, 2020:
Blackpink is the best than twice
Blink on May 20, 2020:
Blackpink is best. U dnt know blackpink more vote than twice so blackpink is 1and twice is 2. Blackpinknis the best. We luve u blackpink
Lizkook on May 06, 2020:
Blackpink should go first because they are the best k-pop female group ok tell me if you agree with me
Just Me on April 26, 2020:
If twice the best why they don't perform at coachella like blackpink and bts
Blink on March 13, 2020:
Lisa is the prettiest in the world!but where is she???
Sky Sky on February 19, 2020:
Twice is my fav ever since i started listening to more of their music after twice i loooove mamamoo they deserve better...and thats the tea sis♥️
ARMY on August 14, 2019:
Please don't say a group is the best because every group of kpop is very good :)
Blackpinklove on July 28, 2019:
BLACKPINK IS THE BEST OF ALLL THE GORL BANDS OKAY AND IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN TWICE THO LOL
mariella on July 19, 2019:
why are blackpink and twice so popular? on June 23, 2019:
Red Velvet is more talented than blackpink and twice combined.
no tea, just facts.
shghk on June 09, 2019:
nami on May 20, 2019:
thank u for actually making this list decent like omg
Dianna Pangilinan on May 07, 2019:
Twice is the best not blackpink period twice twice twiiiice
Twice Love on April 15, 2019:
TWICE IS THE BEST PERIOD
hello on April 14, 2019:
I'm so happy that TWICE is getting the number 1 that they deserve. TWICE FOREVER!!!
amy on December 23, 2018:
twice TWICE TWICE !!!!!!!!REALLY when u r sad if u c twice ur moods gonna be ok tk 4 cheering me up
RV and Momoland on December 07, 2018:
How come Black Pink is Called by others a Revolution when they're so similar with 2NE1. Black Pink is just a Copy and its just like making a new group but keeping it the style same just new girl and different group name.
ONCE on December 05, 2018:
IDK why all of you are rioting and fighting over who's the best between twice and blackpink... and some said that blackpink should be first... but that was in 2017, we clearly know that TWICE was on the top that time, since they earned many awards, and considering the fact that blackpink was just a new group at that time. So... In my opinion TWICE was the top during 2017... who knows who 2018's top girl group may be...?
Judeuk on November 21, 2018:
I love you blackpink they are many beautiful girls in there groups Pls vote bliksss
Lisa on November 15, 2018:
Black pink is the best
mary jaime sotelliza on November 09, 2018:
i love blackpink very much
KIXCEX on November 02, 2018:
Well it is already "2018" not "2017" WELL! Maybe BLACKPINK is Already No.1 But I Also likeTwice♥️sometimes.
Laniesha on October 31, 2018:
Technically,I think BLACKPINK
on September 13, 2018:
Wow great to know that twice is number one but I kinda like Girl generation but I know some of those girls left but they well also be in my heart. none of these girls these days will replace the old one's. Am not saying they're replaying them but I just wish the old one's get reminded
Asia N. on September 10, 2018:
Twice.. this group is just so adorkable charming and cute, and u can tell the bond between the girls is real no fakes. Their songs inspires me a lot, it makes me happy and bright.. love and respect for these girls
셰린 on September 08, 2018:
blackpink is the revolution
Daisy on September 08, 2018:
Black pink and only black pink
Trish on August 23, 2018:
I love black pink and redvelvet
molly on August 23, 2018:
MY OPPINION 1 BLACKPINK 2 TWICE 3 MOMOLAND 4 RED VELVET 5 EXID
AND BLACKPINK IS THE REVOLUTION
june on August 20, 2018:
red velvet & loona are my gg faves haha :)
stop it on August 19, 2018:
i see alot of blinks cheering for bb
but cm on once twice is the best we all know they got the palatium
award so whats said is said twice are the queens
red velvet and all who follows are amazing as well mamamoo snsd
LEEZNAT BENISH on August 14, 2018:
BLACKPINK is best
BLACK PINK on August 13, 2018:
GO BLACK PINK
BLACK PINK on August 13, 2018:
GO BLACK PINK
BLACK PINK IS THE REVOLUTION
blink on August 11, 2018:
blackpink is the best
ALTHEA DOMINGO on August 08, 2018:
BLACKTWICE IS THE BEST
billy on August 08, 2018:
Blackpink the revolution
BLACKPINKINYOURAREA on August 05, 2018:
Blackpink is the best!!!
Sarah on August 04, 2018:
BLACKPINK and TWICE are the best ❤️❤️❤️
Kaneki on July 31, 2018:
Blackpink is the best
gandaa on July 31, 2018:
Shwe Yee's DNA on July 31, 2018:
Twice is the best
Blackpinkistherevolution on July 31, 2018:
BLACKPINK in your area
Blackpink on July 30, 2018:
let's go BLACKPINK
Dawn on July 28, 2018:
Tailor Swift is better than any kpop group
twice on July 22, 2018:
TWICE THE BEST
rose park on July 14, 2018:
ONCE 4EVA on July 14, 2018:
TWICE TWICE TWICE TWICE
BlinksForever on July 13, 2018:
Blackpink in your area, Blackpink is the revolution.
blinks on July 13, 2018:
blackpink is the revolution
Blackpink queens on July 08, 2018:
Blackpink is Now the n.o 1 girl
al on July 04, 2018:
Blackpink is the best girl group
blackpink on July 03, 2018:
BLACKPINK IS THE BEST
Kalani Grassman on July 02, 2018:
Ma girls Red velvet will rule kpop forever
Danielle Manriquez on July 02, 2018:
Raima elahi on July 02, 2018:
Twice and girls generations are best
BLACKPINKTRUEFAN on June 30, 2018:
Blackpink is the best!!!! Blackpink in your area!!!! I love every single one of your songs!!!!
Chumki on June 30, 2018:
justice meta on June 28, 2018:
Black pink is just overrated....
nayeonbunny on June 23, 2018:
TWICE never died
SkyXNayeon on June 17, 2018:
TWICE IS BEST!!!!❤️❤️
Limario on June 16, 2018:
Blackpink are the real queens
Mina San on June 14, 2018:
Blackpink In Your Area!!!
BLACKPINK on June 06, 2018:
chloecorn on June 04, 2018:
twice is the best!:)
Roshni majumder on May 29, 2018:
Bts is the best
Kk on May 24, 2018:
Twice ...love u guyies
Helo on May 24, 2018:
I love them all! :) :*
Rob from Canada on May 23, 2018:
DIA is on my top favorite at the moment
Blink on May 17, 2018:
BlackPink is popular not only in Korea but ALL OVER THE WORLD.
dayen05 on May 13, 2018:
twice is only my favorite
Hae Soo on May 13, 2018:
Hae Soo on May 12, 2018:
where is the MOMOLAND
I like GIRLS' GENERATION and MOMOLAND.........
blink on May 12, 2018:
blackpink is more vote why number one is twice lol
tyu on May 09, 2018:
Christine Joy Llanera on May 09, 2018:
Gogo go bblinks
#blackpink is the winner
Kkaebsong on May 04, 2018:
syahyung_ taehyung103 on May 02, 2018:
TWICE is the beauty rankinng and most the best!!! Just be cool on the stage when performed and be a yourself..Anything,saranghae eonnie..Hwaching!!!! Performed a TARANTA dances.Just for BANGTWICE SHIPPERS...Just that...If blackpink nothing suit for BTS
BeverlyW on May 01, 2018:
BLACKPINK IS THE BEST!
irhiz on May 01, 2018:
blackpink gogo fighting
army :) on April 28, 2018:
TWICE ARE THE BEST
Una baekhyun on April 24, 2018:
I am not blinks , but I really like blackpink , her songs is not joke , I really like all of blackpink song and her talent is the best
BangTwice on April 24, 2018:
asawa ni baekhyun ay si hannah on April 22, 2018:
blackpink is the best forever
Vanessa Ombina on April 22, 2018:
BlackPinker/Blackstar on April 22, 2018:
Black Pink in your area!!!!!!
trexie mallorca on April 22, 2018:
Nicole on April 21, 2018:
snsd is the best among the rest
Huge fan of KPOP on April 21, 2018:
Black pink is the best......They can do anything, No one can beat them....LOVE THEM
Oliver Duave on April 21, 2018:
Hanna on April 19, 2018:
Twice is the best
CHOU TZU-YU on April 18, 2018:
Twice is the bewst kpop girl group ever...NO ONE CAN BEAT THEM
angel on April 17, 2018:
Jimin on April 16, 2018:
I vote BLACKPINK!!!!
Ngọc on April 16, 2018:
BLACKPINK is the best of the best!!!
jimin's wife on April 16, 2018:
gogo #TWICEBBMA fighting ONCE! just vote and support twice!!! fighting!!!!!
Anthony on April 16, 2018:
Lea sophia on April 16, 2018:
Jaymar Alvarez on April 16, 2018:
clairevenisd on April 15, 2018: