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Who Were the Cutest and Most Talented K-Pop Boy Bands of 2016?
K-pop fans! It's time to see who's on the list of the top 10 Korean boy groups for 2016. These are our picks for the 10 most popular, most talented, and most handsome boy bands for the year.
10. Shinee [샤이니]
Shinee, also stylized as SHINee, is a popular R&B Boy Group in Korea which consists of five talented and handsome members: Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin. Formed in 2008 under S.M. Entertainment, Shinee has received several major music awards, including the prestigious Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Dance Performance in Male category, 2016 Golden Disc Award (Album Division), 2014 Golden Disc Award CeCi Asia Icon Award, and 2010 Golden Disc Award for Most Popular Star (Song Division).
2PM is a six-member boy group known for its dance-oriented pop and R&B music. This boy group is also known to be unique on its own because of it's bad-boy, hip-hop image which contrasts the other "pretty boy" groups. The present 2PM boy group has the following members: Jun. K (formerly known as Junsu), Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung. They also won several Mnet Asia Music Awards between 2009 and 2010.
8. F.T. Island
F.T. Island, also known as Five Treasure Island, is a Pop-Rock Korean Boy Band under FNC Entertainment. The band was formed in 2007 with five members, Choi Jong-hoon (group leader, guitar, and keyboard), Lee Hong-gi (main vocals), Lee Jae-jin (bass and 2nd vocals), Choi Min-hwan (drums and sub vocalist), and Oh Won-bin, who was later replaced by Song Seung-hyun (guitar, vocals, and rap) in 2009. The group was awarded several major awards, such as the Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards, and Seoul Music Awards and has topped popular television music program charts like Inkigayo, M! Countdown and Music Bank.
On the 7th spot is the boy group Got7. The group has been popular since its formation in 2014 under JYP entertainment. It was formed while having multinational members from South Korea, America, HongKong, and Thailand. They are also known for their incredible hip-hop style and image. Today, Got7 has seven members, with JB as its leader, and Mark, Jr., Jackson, Youngjae, Bambam, and Yugyeom as members. They continue to become popular with their hit songs that are totally in today's trend, especially with their new song entitled "Fly".
Dubbed as the biggest boy band in Asia, the popular group BigBang is in the sixth spot, after some news that they only have one year left to perform on stage. The group has five members: G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri, and they debuted in 2006 under YG Entertainment. The group has emerged their career in music after getting wide popularity in Asia, and even in western countries. On 2011, they won the Best Worldwide Act award at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards and continued their success by dominating the charts and selling over 13.3 million copies of their album "Made".
infinite is a seven-member boy group under Woollim Entertainment. In 2010, the band made its debut and continues to be at the top rank of the most popular K-pop group. They became even more famous in 2013 with their hit album "The Challenge", which was dubbed as the best selling album in that year. The group has seven active members: L, Hoya, Sungkyu, Sungyeol, Woohyun, Dongwoo, and Sungjong. The group is not only amazing on their own, but their achievements in the entertainment world contributes largely in taking them at the peak of their success.
4. Super Junior
Super Junior is another popular boy band founded in 2005 under S.M Entertainment. The group originally debuted with twelve members, with Leeteuk as the leader, and Heechul, Hankyung, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook and Kibum as members. Another member, Kyuhyun, joined the group in 2006. They are internationally popular for their outstanding performances and their breakthrough album "Sorry Sorry". They have also won several prestigious awards such as the Golden Disk Award, MTV Asia Awards, and the MTV Europe Music Award. Their music and hit songs led them into worldwide success, and they are also being invited to shows as hosts and guests.
Yes, they're back. Right on the third spot is the boy group SS501, which is now called "Double S 301". The group is coming back as "Double S 301" with a new name which shows the transcribed pronunciation of the group name and showing the loss of two members. The group is back with three members: Heo Young-saeng, Kim Kyu-jong, and Kim Hyung-jun, while two of the SS501 members, Kim Hyun-joong and Park Jung-min are in military service. According to the news, earlier this year, CI Entertainment revealed a photo teaser of the trio. followed by a second photo teaser and announcement for the release date of their latest album, "ETERNAL 5". Their warm comeback contributes to their shining popularity for this year, as die-hard fans can't wait to see them performing once again.
Here in the number two spot is a very popular group. Wherever you are in the world, you'd probably hear about this popular band named EXO. Exo is a boy band with members from Korea and China, and is formed in 2011 under S.M. Entertainment. The group is popularly known as 2014's most popular K-pop boy group, and until now, continues to compete with the title of being the most popular band of 2016. Their superior talent in singing and dancing brought them into worldwide success, where fans around the world have created a huge global fanclub. Members of the EXO-K are: Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun, while EXO-M members are Xiumin, Luhan, Kris, Lay, Chen, and Tao.
Still on the first spot is the BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys. The group is a newly formed one, created in 2013, and is one of the hottest and freshest boy group introduced in entertainment world. The boys have already made their breakthrough hits in just a short period of time, which leads to a sudden boost of success in their career. They have also won several awards, including the "New Artist of the Year" award, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Korean Act, 2014 Golden Disk Awards, and the 2014 Seoul Music Awards. The members of the group are V, Suga, Jin, Jung Kook, Rap Monster, Jimin, and J-hope. Fans around the world are already excited to see more of the band's performances!
What Groups Would Be on Your List?
Thank you so much for reading. Are you satisfied with the top ten list? Comment your reactions below.
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Multistan on June 16, 2020:
I know that Armies outnumber the EXO-L fandom but out of all, we are loved by them the most !!
I mean no disrespect to any idol or fan......I'M just treasuring my life as an EXO-L
May all those who work hard reach the peak of success.
lana BTS ARMY on November 18, 2019:
BTS BTS BTS BTS BTS BTS BTS BTS BTS BTS BTS BTS
ARMY FOREVER!!!!! on July 07, 2019:
BTS is the best.and is the most Best, Talented boy band ever
bree on May 23, 2019:
BTS is the best
Joshua on May 17, 2019:
I like mindless behaver
Nabila on February 21, 2019:
I think bts is the funniest,handsome and humble boy band.so a lot of love for bts from bangladesh...
Salong Bir Thapa Born army on November 15, 2018:
No one can beet bts this is my logic many people have their lucky no 7 why do you know beacause there are 7 members in bts
Army!!•~• on June 23, 2018:
BTS!!! No one can beat BANGTAN BOYS~
Roshnibts on May 29, 2018:
Bts are so handsome any my biases v jimin and rm i love them
TAEHYUNG KIM on April 28, 2018:
BLU on April 25, 2018:
BTS BTS GO GO
sheenahv on April 22, 2018:
Bts bts bts bts
Charizeannjabagat on April 17, 2018:
Charizeannjabagat on April 17, 2018:
#EXO WE ARE ONE
EXO IS THE BEST
Kareemah Hammadi on April 10, 2018:
BTS forever keep up a good work! More power boys. Stay humble,love,love.
Mrs.Kim on April 08, 2018:
Bts forever Even they Not The Nom.1 Honsome,popular,talented but in my Heart they all perfect
makanyanasi on April 06, 2018:
i think exo is the most talented
JK on April 03, 2018:
BTS IS MY LIFE
Exo india on March 31, 2018:
I like all the other groups but i like EXO the most.BTS is from a small company and EXO is from a big company that doesn't mean that EXO didn't have done any hardwork.They still cried in 2018 after winning the daesang because they have went through alot of struggles.As for me i will always support EXO till their disbandment.EXO FOREVER!!!!!!!!
Mishelle P. on March 28, 2018:
BTS!BTS!BTS! I love them they are just so cute
Radhina on March 08, 2018:
I love BTS...... Always love for it..... I know exo fans are probably jealous....!
Priya on March 02, 2018:
I like you very much
XOXO on February 22, 2018:
exo the besttttt
ARMYISMYLIFEU on December 30, 2017:
Honestly..BTS really does deserve to be number one! Even though I still like Exo alot...I love BTS alot more..sorry exo-l fandom.... They have worked so hard for their fame..and they started from a not known band to one of the most popular kpop bands in the world!!!! I mean.. EVEN IN AMERICA.. Keep it up BTS
BTW......JUNGKOOK OPPO PLZ NOTICE ME LOL
ARMY 4EVER on December 27, 2017:
BTS I LOVE YOU
BTS is the best boy group on December 24, 2017:
BTS like always take 1st, so proud of my boys.
miko on November 11, 2017:
Jungkookie Jeon u are right to some point but still BTS had good storyline
Jungkookie Jeon on October 29, 2017:
Even do this year the popularity of BTS is off the charts they can't reach what EXO had, EXO are Legends and a Model to any KPOP group and there's much more they didn't put in all the details or description and there are 4 EXO Members that have left but BTS is lucky that they really get much views in their Music Videos in the old days where EXO has no competitors it's about 150 M is the highest views EXO's Music Videos could have cause there's non much Kpop fans that years than today it's times ten and it' because there is non much Kpop groups either. But this year Kpop fans multiplied and they more become Armys than EXO-L it's because the popularity of BTS today and what they achieve this years thats why they really have high views but for me even do I'm haft ARMY and EXO-Ls
I think EXO is the Best Korean boy group many much say BTS but the true Best Korean boy group is EXO
ARMY JUNGKOOK on October 24, 2017:
SAPPHIREJAY on August 23, 2017:
OOOOOH MY GOD,BTS IS ON THE TOP,WE MUST CELEBRATE THE GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!
PARK JIMIN on August 04, 2017:
Bangtan Is My Fave Kpop Group Of All Time And Them Actually Getting First Place Is Great News!!!
ARMYandBLINK4LIFE on August 03, 2017:
I love bts as heck and my side groups are exo and SHINee and I love blackpink like heck and my fav mix group is kard
Kayla Lee on July 28, 2017:
I love bits
Kavi on July 19, 2017:
BTS is the best
Love you 4ever
Jungkook's yeoja chinku on July 06, 2017:
I just love BTS and this list is perfect . BTS is really talented boy group and BTS is no.1 in my list and my list will never change
BTS Army on July 06, 2017:
Ya it's true BTS are the best
Luv u BTS
I LOVE EXO Oh Sehun on June 29, 2017:
Chrissy on June 17, 2017:
I love bts jungkook, v, jimin & j hope
Flower Dnce on June 16, 2017:
BIGBANG #6 why? At least they write their songs :/
#1 BTS ;)
Army-L on June 11, 2017:
I think this is fair enough, as both army and exo-l, I actually prefer BTS's songs due the energy they're giving on their songs and dances and the deep meanings on their songs, not to mention that all the member wrote the songs based on their own feelings. So I guess It's fair for BTS to earn the 1st place.
yuki on June 06, 2017:
Bts is the best
Army on May 26, 2017:
I love BTS!!
ragelle francisco on May 17, 2017:
ใมђคก on May 16, 2017:
No exo is rhe vest boy band group!
michelle+sehun on May 13, 2017:
Exo should be number one.... but one day they will be the first :))) Fight Exo Fight!!! i will always support you :D
Army-l on May 01, 2017:
Tbh I think bts and exo should tie. I mean they both r attractive
Luka on March 26, 2017:
I like EXO very much
jane1 on March 15, 2017:
why exo is not no.1???
Legends on March 11, 2017:
Exo is still the best! I would gladly accept if bigbang is the #1 but...
Namo Moew on March 05, 2017:
YAY! BTS IS THEIR! unlike other websites, this one did nt deny bts talent. they listed all the wierd groups no one knows and forgot bts (the best kpop group EVER!)
zzz123 on March 03, 2017:
Got7 is best
♡Ayli♡ on January 26, 2017:
I listen both of bts and exo's songs. And I think BTS is better than exo. BTS go!!!
EXO-Love on December 11, 2016:
EXO should be the first !!!!!
Cocoxing on December 11, 2016:
Why exo not number 1??? -___-
Reili on December 02, 2016:
Where is Monsta X D:
Or Topp Dogg
Ella Zen on November 07, 2016:
Go BTS I love u
Kyla Legion on November 03, 2016:
To be true, I'm totally not a fan or a follower of any Korean celebrities. But when I compared all the Korean boy groups, the "EXO" is more interesting than the other groups. But, I am also amazed of all of the K-groups. All of the groups are very AMAZING!!
qisqisteena on November 01, 2016:
Good job! Now its real! Fairly well done! BTS BTS BTS !
LAV YA JIMIN!!!!!!
EXO-Loyal on October 16, 2016:
EXO is only no.2...
dnyyashda on October 02, 2016:
BTS ! BTS ! BTS!
minorii on September 25, 2016:
I love g dragon but i want exo to be no 1
Aniechan on September 25, 2016:
BTS ALL THE WAAAY love bts!
Yoonie_kiss on September 25, 2016:
Go go go BTS!!!
Exxxxoooolover on September 25, 2016:
EXO should be number 1
Justaperson on August 18, 2016:
Fair placement but Monsta X should be on here at 4.5