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Top 10 Best K-Pop Male Vocalists

Updated on January 6, 2017

K-Pop music is not only popular for its catchy music, great songs, and iconic fashion. There is also a great lineups of vocalists for every famous K-pop group. We love these guys not just for being handsome and charismatic, but also for their powerful and strong vocals. Since there are many great voices out there, here's a list of top 10 best male idol vocalists of K-pop groups.

10. Woohyun (Infinite)

Nam Woo-hyun, who is simply known as Woohyun, is the main vocalist of the popular K-pop boy band, Infinite. His voice is the strongest among the Infinite members. He has a very light, calm, and youthful voice which can easily touch the hearts of the audience. His voice is simply angelic, emotional, and melodic. Even when he performs on stage, his performance always gives a chilling effect - in a positive way. His performance on 'Immortal Song 2' made the viewers shed a tear with his very touching and emotional rendition of Kim Jung Min’s “Last Promise.” He holds the record of having the highest score out of all of the idol singers who have performed on the show.

9. Jo Kwon (2AM)

Jo Kwon is a great vocalist. He is the leader of the boy group, 2AM. The group is popular for its emotionally-touching ballad songs, while the group itself is having a great set of vocalists. Jo Kwon, being a part of 2AM, is notable for his smooth and harmonious voice. His voice matches well with the love songs because he doesn't have to try hard to make it emotionally appealing. His voice sounds so bright and light, which makes him a unique male idol in the world of K-Pop music. He possess a bright tone which he always express emotionally. His group mate, Changmin, is also a good vocalist, but Jo Kwon's voice is more stable.

8. Yoseob (Beast)

Besides his charming and handsome face, Yang Yeosob of Beast/B2ST, has a very heartwarming voice, which is just perfect for drama OSTs. When he is singing ballad, his voice produces a romantic feeling, which makes us fall in love for the song, and fall for him even more. He sounds good both in low and high tone, and when he's doing high notes, he sounds incredibly amazing. His voice is calming, soothing, and relaxing. It sounds heavenly, flows naturally, but remains powerful. He is also considered by the music industry experts as one of the best male vocalists of K-pop.

7. Jonghyun (SHINee)

The popular K-pop boy group, SHINee, is made up of handsome guys with beautiful voices, but the one who has the strongest voice is the main vocalist and leader, Kim Jong-hyun. His voice is recognized because it is naturally light but it sounds powerful. He has a thin voice which gives a youthful and lively feeling to the songs. His bright voice makes the cheerful mood in most of SHINee's songs, which blends well with the members' great voices. Besides his usual upbeat songs, he also sounds beautifully in a ballad and even in bossa nova! His high-pitched voice sounds so heavenly and angelic. Plus, his strong presence on stage is definitely a win.

6. Chen, Baekhyun, & D.O. Kyungsoo (EXO)

A great lineup of vocals is found in the million-seller group of the decade, EXO. When it comes to vocals, Chen is recognized as the best voice, since he can hold the highest notes for the longest time and he can also go into a deep, masculine notes at the same time. His voice is indeed powerful and strong, there's no doubt about it. However, let's admit it - Chen lacks emotion compared to other male idol vocalists. But it's just so amazing how D.O and Baekhyun make up for Chen's lacking. D.O's voice sounds warm, soft, and calmly emotional. He is also noted for having a steady vocals. On the other hand, Baekhyun is the best when it comes to emotion. He can perfectly express strong emotion with his melodic voice. Indeed, these vocal line of EXO is truly majestic.

5. Eunkwang (BtoB)

Seo Eun-kwang is the main vocalist and the leader of the boy group, BtoB. He is a talented vocalist which can make you cry in a second you hear him sing. His golden voice sounds perfect in ballad and love songs, especially when he performed 'Please Come Back Again' and 'I Believe' in Duet Song Festival. The emotion is perfectly portrayed in his voice and the strong, passionate feeling is just intense. He can also maintain his pitch even he's going for a high tone, and he doesn't sound nasal unlike other vocalists. He has a full, well-rounded voice, how can we not fall in love with him? Take a good look at the audience's reactions on his performance below:

4. Hongki (FT Island)

A male idol with real, beautiful, and powerful vocal is Hongki of F.T. Island. Although he is a originally a rock singer, he has a very smooth voice flow which sounds perfect in any genre. When singing rock, his voice is intense, piercing, and dark, possessing just the right tone. He also has a great voice control, and he can actually sing without sounding nasal (no, not at all). His voice is 100% full and flexible, and it has a stable pitch which sounds so perfect in whatever musical instrument that accompanies it. Even our OST queen, Baek Ji-young recognizes his amazing vocal talent. His manly and husky voice is just so unique, which makes him one of the best male vocalists in K-pop.

3. Junsu (JYJ)

When it comes to vocals, Junsu of JYJ will always be at the top list. Because of his high-quality voice, he is now one of the most famous vocalists in K-pop. His strong and consistent voice is what makes him an amazing singer. He was always known for his well-blended voice which harmoniously works with the members of JYJ. He possesses the vocals which are also perfect for OSTs, because he is capable of singing with full emotions and feelings. Some of the best OST songs of Junsu are Too Love (Sungkyunkwan Scandal), How Can I Love You?(Descendants of the Sun), and I Love You (Empress Ki). He is also known for being able to sell out tickets for his concerts and musicals within minutes, thus, the nickname "the ticket power".

2. Sandeul (B1A4)

A young man with a big, terrific voice is the main vocalist of B1A4, Sandeul. He is seriously one of the best and smart vocalists in K-pop world. He effortlessly nailed the high-pitched songs and he sings as if those incredibly high notes are nothing. Not only he is an excellent singer, but he pours out intense emotion to his every performance. He is also a versatile singer, as he is able to sing many variety of songs, from B1A4's cheerful pop songs, to an emotionally romantic OSTs. Even the veteran Junsu (JYJ) recognizes Sandeul's vocal skill. When asked if there's a junior singer that catches his attention, he answered, "There is one. It's B1A4's Sandeul. What I find most important in singing is knowing how to sing with one's heart. Even though Sandeul is relatively young, he knows how to sing with his heart."

1. Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, & Yesung (Super Junior - KRY)

Born with charismatic voices are the greatest vocal lineups of K-pop groups, the KRY of Super Junior. Technically, KRY members are all great when it comes to singing. But many would agree that when it comes to vocals alone, no one is on even terms with SuJu's pride, Kyuhyun. Simply strong, passionate, smooth, and charismatic, he's got a very charming voice that our ears will never get tired of listening. He can hit high notes without trying so hard and maintains the soft, ballad style while hitting higher belts. Yesung is also a great vocalist. He can perfectly sing a song with full emotions that will make you feel warm. Ryeowook is also great with his unique and clear voice that remains strong and powerful. No doubt, this trio is the best vocal lineup in K-pop!

That's it!

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      army 3 days ago

      whats going on here? where's jungkook jimin and v?

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      Nernu 5 days ago

      Where is jungkook?

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      floral 4 weeks ago

      omg what about yonghwa from CNBLUE

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      Purple Sky 5 weeks ago

      Hong Ki's voice is amazing!!

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      an internatonal army 5 weeks ago


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      Jay Allen 6 weeks ago

      Big Bang is the best.

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      Alice 1919 7 weeks ago

      this is such an unbiased list i love it

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      CHENBAEKXI 2 months ago


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      123 2 months ago


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      Jungkook's yeoja chingu 3 months ago

      So shock , that there is no BTS jungkook in the list his voice is really unique and sweet but this list is good because there is exo's baekhyun , d.o and chen

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      Nina 3 months ago

      EXO is life they are so talented !

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      Anna 3 months ago

      Seeing both members of my ultimates groups here (B1A4 and Infinite) makes me so proud. Woohyun has an breathtaking soulful voice and Sandeul too. Wish Sunggyu was on the list...

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      Flower Dnce 4 months ago

      I totally agree. SJ K.R.Y.'s voices are insanely good.

      Also I've always liked Hongki's voice ❤

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      pink 4 months ago

      how bout MBLAQ's G.O?

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      lulu 5 months ago

      I'm surprised VIXX's Ken isn't on this list :(

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      Baekmi Exo Lover 6 months ago

      I like Exo in one place instead of SJ

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      sharon 7 months ago

      sunggyu of infinite should be here, i don't understand how a talented group like infinite is so underrated T.T

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      Lisa 7 months ago

      I agree with this ranking but Jonghyun isn't the leader of SHINee, Onew is...