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!

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        Z boy 9 days ago

        Hey Eunkwang's voice is also very powerful ya know

        have you heard his high notes

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        fina 10 days ago

        why many of them are boys girl cheer up you can do this ooh, yes you can

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        Kim soo jin 3 weeks ago

        Where is Lu Han

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        LENIE JOY UMADHAY 4 weeks ago


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        abi 4 weeks ago

        where is jungkook ?

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        Riya hembrom 7 weeks ago

        where's jimin & junkook

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        Woohyun 7 weeks ago

        I fell in love with yoseobs voice the first time I heard it. His vocals are so amazing and he hits high pitch notes so effortlessly!! Of course, I like KRY too especially ryeowooks unique voice and woohyun bc he’s from infinite!!

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        Kpoptrash 2 months ago

        For me Jonghyun Kyuhyun Taeyang Chen I like all of them and Changmin I almost forgot him becuase he is not in the list.they all are the best TVXQ SUJU SHINee BIGBANG EXO Jjang

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        Minwoo 2 months ago

        I disagree that Chen sings without emotions! Have you guys seriously not watch when he does his own thing he shines? His performances in Masked Singer proves it all. But yes, I do agree with your list that KRY (especialy Kyuhun) are the best bc they got the looks and vocals.

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        Hypado 3 months ago

        Youngjea, jinyoung and JB of got7 (2)

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        Ai 3 months ago

        Hongki the best

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        우미 3 months ago

        Youngjea, jinyoung and JB of got7

        Is a best vocalist too

        I Think they should be added

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        Sayah 3 months ago

        Yaa thats why no group other than bts as reached to so much popularity and success like then

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        yupp... 4 months ago

        Jonghyun should be first

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        Asuzashouta 4 months ago

        I think got7's youngjae should be added..

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        unknown 4 months ago

        Ok but the comment section. "V, Jimin, Jungkook", BTS vocalists are weak, and if we compare them with the ones of the list........ Yes, Jungkook is the best vocal among BTS, but again, still is kinda weak. They all need to practice more.

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        gege 4 months ago

        bts’s jungkook should be listed

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        Meenu Sasha 4 months ago

        Oh my gosh! This people always ask about bts.yep we all love them including me.but this idols are so powerful than bts members .you guys have to understand about this kpop mean not only bts .we have largest number of kpop bands.bts now on peack level.this people have to know about firstly other kpop powers firstly .specially this suju's powerful vocalist are really amazing.if ur really kpop fan u have to agree with this list. I love bts but it never mean their voices are only gretest in guys have to belive it.

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        인스피릿 4 months ago

        Oh my gosh! My NAM WOOHYUN Best Kpop vocalist ,he deserved this from his wonderful voice

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        joy 5 months ago

        i like all above but i will always think that seungkwan will be the first

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        Sara 5 months ago

        Kyuhyun and Ryeowook are best just listen they sing so cute

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        baphoneymoon 5 months ago

        I thought Daehyun from B.A.P would be there his voice is really powerful and his high notes are really something else

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        S#z 5 months ago

        Where is Jimin? ?

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        maggie jeon 5 months ago

        where's my jungkookie?

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        fairyjimin 5 months ago

        @these armies asking for jungkook , jimin, and v, they are great but not on the terms of these people. They were not put here because their technique is a little weak. Please stop being biased, and I love bts with my heart but they are not the strongest in vocals especially since they were a rap oriented group :)

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        army 6 months ago

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

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        Nernu 6 months ago

        Where is jungkook?

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        floral 7 months ago

        omg what about yonghwa from CNBLUE

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        Purple Sky 7 months ago

        Hong Ki's voice is amazing!!

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        an internatonal army 7 months ago


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        Jay Allen 7 months ago

        Big Bang is the best.

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        Alice 1919 8 months ago

        this is such an unbiased list i love it

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        CHENBAEKXI 8 months ago


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        123 8 months ago


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        Jungkook's yeoja chingu 9 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 9 months ago

        EXO is life they are so talented !

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        Anna 10 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 10 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 10 months ago

        how bout MBLAQ's G.O?

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        lulu 11 months ago

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

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        Baekmi Exo Lover 12 months ago

        I like Exo in one place instead of SJ

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        sharon 13 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 13 months ago

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