Top 10 Best K-Pop Girl Groups of 2017

Updated on August 2, 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

  1. Twice
  2. Black Pink
  3. Girls' Generation
  4. Red Velvet
  5. Apink
  6. Gfriend
  7. AOA
  8. Sistar
  9. Lovelyz
  10. Mamamoo

10. Mamamoo

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.

9. Lovelyz

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.

8. Sistar

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.

7. AOA

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.

6. Gfriend

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.

5. Apink

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.

1. Twice

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.

That's It!

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Questions & Answers

  • Where is 2NE1 now?

    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!

  • 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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      ARMY 

      2 months ago

      Please don't say a group is the best because every group of kpop is very good :)

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      Blackpinklove 

      2 months ago

      BLACKPINK IS THE BEST OF ALLL THE GORL BANDS OKAY AND IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN TWICE THO LOL

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      mariella 

      3 months ago

      blackpink

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      why are blackpink and twice so popular? 

      3 months ago

      Red Velvet is more talented than blackpink and twice combined.

      no tea, just facts.

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      shghk 

      4 months ago

      just blackpink

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      nami 

      5 months ago

      thank u for actually making this list decent like omg

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      Dianna Pangilinan 

      5 months ago

      Twice is the best not blackpink period twice twice twiiiice

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      Twice Love 

      6 months ago

      TWICE IS THE BEST PERIOD

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      hello 

      6 months ago

      I'm so happy that TWICE is getting the number 1 that they deserve. TWICE FOREVER!!!

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      amy 

      9 months ago

      twice TWICE TWICE !!!!!!!!REALLY when u r sad if u c twice ur moods gonna be ok tk 4 cheering me up

      twice

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      RV and Momoland 

      10 months ago

      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.

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      ONCE 

      10 months ago

      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...?

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      Judeuk 

      11 months ago

      I love you blackpink they are many beautiful girls in there groups Pls vote bliksss

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      Lisa 

      11 months ago

      Black pink is the best

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      mary jaime sotelliza 

      11 months ago

      i love blackpink very much

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      KIXCEX 

      11 months ago

      Well it is already "2018" not "2017" WELL! Maybe BLACKPINK is Already No.1 But I Also likeTwice♥️sometimes.

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      Laniesha 

      11 months ago

      Technically,I think BLACKPINK

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      13 months ago

      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

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      Asia N. 

      13 months ago

      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

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      셰린 

      13 months ago

      blackpink is the revolution

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      Daisy 

      13 months ago

      Black pink and only black pink

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      Trish 

      14 months ago

      I love black pink and redvelvet

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      molly 

      14 months ago

      MY OPPINION 1 BLACKPINK 2 TWICE 3 MOMOLAND 4 RED VELVET 5 EXID

      AND BLACKPINK IS THE REVOLUTION

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      june 

      14 months ago

      red velvet & loona are my gg faves haha :)

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      stop it 

      14 months ago

      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

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      LEEZNAT BENISH 

      14 months ago

      BLACKPINK is best

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      BLACK PINK 

      14 months ago

      GO BLACK PINK

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      BLACK PINK 

      14 months ago

      GO BLACK PINK

      BLACK PINK IS THE REVOLUTION

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      blink 

      14 months ago

      blackpink is the best

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      ALTHEA DOMINGO 

      14 months ago

      BLACKTWICE IS THE BEST

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      billy 

      14 months ago

      Blackpink the revolution

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      BLACKPINKINYOURAREA 

      14 months ago

      Blackpink is the best!!!

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      Sarah 

      14 months ago

      BLACKPINK and TWICE are the best ❤️❤️❤️

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      Kaneki 

      14 months ago

      Blackpink is the best

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      gandaa 

      14 months ago

      twice

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      Shwe Yee's DNA 

      14 months ago

      Twice is the best

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      Blackpinkistherevolution 

      14 months ago

      BLACKPINK in your area

      Enough said.

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      Blackpink 

      14 months ago

      let's go BLACKPINK

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      Dawn 

      14 months ago

      Tailor Swift is better than any kpop group

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      twice 

      15 months ago

      TWICE THE BEST

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      rose park 

      15 months ago

      beatifuuuuuullllllllllllllllllll!

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      ONCE 4EVA 

      15 months ago

      TWICE TWICE TWICE TWICE

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      BlinksForever 

      15 months ago

      Blackpink in your area, Blackpink is the revolution.

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      blinks 

      15 months ago

      blackpink is the revolution

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      Blackpink queens 

      15 months ago

      Blackpink is Now the n.o 1 girl

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      al 

      15 months ago

      Blackpink is the best girl group

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      blackpink 

      15 months ago

      BLACKPINK IS THE BEST

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      Kalani Grassman 

      15 months ago

      Ma girls Red velvet will rule kpop forever

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      Danielle Manriquez 

      15 months ago

      Twice

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      Raima elahi 

      15 months ago

      Twice and girls generations are best

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      BLACKPINKTRUEFAN 

      15 months ago

      Blackpink is the best!!!! Blackpink in your area!!!! I love every single one of your songs!!!!

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      Chumki 

      15 months ago

      Black Pink

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      justice meta 

      15 months ago

      Black pink is just overrated....

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      nayeonbunny 

      16 months ago

      TWICE never died

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      SkyXNayeon 

      16 months ago

      TWICE IS BEST!!!!❤️❤️

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      Limario 

      16 months ago

      Blackpink are the real queens

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      Mina San 

      16 months ago

      Blackpink In Your Area!!!

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      BLACKPINK 

      16 months ago

      Go BLACKPINK

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      chloecorn 

      16 months ago

      twice is the best!:)

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      Roshni majumder 

      16 months ago

      Bts is the best

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      Kk 

      17 months ago

      Twice ...love u guyies

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      Helo 

      17 months ago

      I love them all! :) :*

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      Rob 

      17 months ago from Canada

      DIA is on my top favorite at the moment

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      Blink 

      17 months ago

      BlackPink is popular not only in Korea but ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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      dayen05 

      17 months ago

      twice is only my favorite

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      Hae Soo 

      17 months ago

      TWICE.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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      Hae Soo 

      17 months ago

      where is the MOMOLAND

      I like GIRLS' GENERATION and MOMOLAND.........

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      blink 

      17 months ago

      blackpink is more vote why number one is twice lol

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      tyu 

      17 months ago

      blackpink

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      Christine Joy Llanera 

      17 months ago

      Gogo go bblinks

      #blackpink is the winner

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      Kkaebsong 

      17 months ago

      SNSD FIGHTING

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      syahyung_ taehyung103 

      17 months ago

      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

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      BeverlyW 

      17 months ago

      BLACKPINK IS THE BEST!

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      irhiz 

      17 months ago

      blackpink gogo fighting

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      army :) 

      17 months ago

      TWICE ARE THE BEST

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      Una baekhyun 

      18 months ago

      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

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      BangTwice 

      18 months ago

      TWICE!!!FOREVES

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      asawa ni baekhyun ay si hannah 

      18 months ago

      blackpink is the best forever

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      Vanessa Ombina 

      18 months ago

      #SNSDBBMA

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      BlackPinker/Blackstar 

      18 months ago

      Black Pink in your area!!!!!!

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      trexie mallorca 

      18 months ago

      #BLACKPINKBBMA

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      Nicole 

      18 months ago

      snsd is the best among the rest

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      Huge fan of KPOP 

      18 months ago

      Black pink is the best......They can do anything, No one can beat them....LOVE THEM

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      Oliver Duave 

      18 months ago

      #BLACKPINKBBMA

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      Hanna 

      18 months ago

      Twice is the best

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      CHOU TZU-YU 

      18 months ago

      Twice is the bewst kpop girl group ever...NO ONE CAN BEAT THEM

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      angel 

      18 months ago

      #TWICEBBMA

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      Jimin 

      18 months ago

      I vote BLACKPINK!!!!

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      Ngọc 

      18 months ago

      BLACKPINK is the best of the best!!!

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      jimin's wife 

      18 months ago

      gogo #TWICEBBMA fighting ONCE! just vote and support twice!!! fighting!!!!!

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      Anthony 

      18 months ago

      FIGHTING!!!TWICE

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      Lea sophia 

      18 months ago

      BLACKPINK

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      Jaymar Alvarez 

      18 months ago

      Blackpink

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      clairevenisd 

      18 months ago

      #TWICEBBMA

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      Sahmer 

      18 months ago

      BLACKPINK

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      Angelica Monroy 

      18 months ago

      #BLACKPINKBBMA

      go BLINKS!

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      BANGPINK FOREVER TAENNIE TOGETHER 

      18 months ago

      GO BANGPINK I WILL SUPORT YOU

      BTS AND BLACKPINK

      I LUV U

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      vrijiet 

      18 months ago

      GO

      #BTSBBMA

      AND #BLACKPINKBBMA

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      Umji 

      18 months ago

      Go

      Bts

      Black pink

      Twice

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      Oliver 

      18 months ago

      twice is the best

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