Top 10 Best K-Pop Girl Groups of 2017
K-Pop's world-wide rise in popularity has grown pretty quickly. From the time of their debut to now, there are new girl groups that have already achieved success in just a few short years. Which among these groups are the best, most beautiful, most successful, and most popular as of early 2017? Let's find it out!
Ten Best K-Pop Girl Groups of 2017
- Black Pink
- Girls' Generation
- Red Velvet
Considered as one of the best K-Pop debuts of 2014 and still proving themselves in the industry, 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 in 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 success 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? earlier this year.
Known for their hot, sexy, and charismatic music and videos is the pride of Starship Entertainment, the girl group Sistar. 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." Up to this day, Sistar continues to impress with 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. This year, 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 built momentum and continues 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 type. 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. Today, Apink is not only popular in Korea; they're also establishing 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. A new group, Red Velvet has still 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 are 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 various genres including 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)." Not so active in the past year, SNSD is still loved by millions of fans around the world, covering a wide range of ages from younger teens to elderly adults.
2. Black Pink
The group that received the Best New Artist Award at the 2016 Melon Music Awards is YG Entertainment's new band, Black Pink. With their catchy hip-hop, EDM, and R&B style, Black Pink 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. Black Pink's debut singles hit number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart and they are the fastest act to do so, and 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. With their immense success, their fans (called Blinks) are already hyped-up for their next performance.
Earning several music awards since their debut is JYP Entertainment's new girl group, Twice. 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. Twice is one of the most successful and best-selling K-Pop groups ever. Their new lead single, "Knock Knock", was released on February 20, 2017, and the music video hit 17 million on its second day on Youtube. Their official fanbase is called Once.
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Questions & Answers
Is Justin Bieber better than BTS or Black Pink?
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!
Can Red Velvet come on top after their comeback with Bad Boy?
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!
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