The 10 Popular K-Pop Boy Groups and Their Best Songs
K-pop conquers the entertainment world. The music of K-pop reaches millions and billions of people around the globe and they totally love it. Whatever kind of music you like, there's always something for you in K-pop. May it be dance, ballad, pop, rock or hip-hop, you'll definitely have a good song to listen to. Thanks to the popular K-pop boy groups, we're enjoying a variety of songs that we can choose from, depending on our mood. Want to know what are the best and most favorite songs from our 10 popular K-pop groups? Here it is!
10. 2PM - Hands Up!
2PM is known for its upbeat songs - the ones that will make you want to dance to the beat. The group's songs are originally designed as the counterpart of JYP's ballad group, 2AM. Today, the current members of 2PM are Junsu, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho and Chansung. Their former leader, Jay Park left the group in early 2010. Around 2009-2012, they became extremely popular and successful with their music. The group is also famous for having a good sense of fashion style and for their model-like image.
- Hands Up! - This song is the most iconic song of 2PM. It's not hard to fall for this song, because the beat is so easy to remember. You might even want to literally put your hands up as you listen to it.
- Again and Again - Another 2PM song that will make you want to listen again and again. This song sounds smooth, and it has the upbeat feeling into it. The dance step is also very easy - it's like you're running in slow motion while singing the song 'again and again'.
- Take Off - If you have watched the anime Blue Exorcist, then you're surely familiar with this 2PM song. It is the anime's ending theme. It is very catchy and lively, your ears will get familiar to it easily. Ready, ready, ready, for the take-off!
9. CNBLUE - I'm A Loner
CNBLUE is a pop-rock band which is popular for their songs with emotional lyrics yet gives the rock feel. You can easily recognize a CNBLUE song through the guitar sounds that makes you think it's a cool song but in reality it has a sad lyrics. They became popular not only in Korea, but also in Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, and other Asian countries. The group has four members: Jung Yong-hwa (leader, guitar, main vocals, rap), Lee Jong-hyun (guitar, vocals), Kang Min-hyuk (drums), and Lee Jung-shin (bass, rap).
- I'm A Loner - Oetoriya, oetoriya... daribiridaradu~ Once you've heard it, it's almost impossible to get it out of your head. A very catchy song that actually conveys how lonely the singer is (or should we say, how lonely Yong-hwa is?) Definitely one of the best K-pop-rock classics.
- Love Girl - A sweet, lively song about how far a boy can go for his beloved girl. It's a perfect background music when you're feeling like a teenager in love, or something you want to play while in the beach in summer. It sounds cool and nostalgic.
- You've Fallen for Me - Fans of the K-drama Heartstrings are surely familiar with this song. It's one of the drama's OSTs, and is super lovely and full of happy feelings. Definitely one of the best CNBLUE songs.
8. B1A4 - Lonely
B1A4 is a K-pop boy group that is known for their colorful and cute image. The members are also praised for their good looks and attractiveness. Their songs are mostly happy, upbeat, sunny, and cheerful. Similar to the ones that you'd want to hear when you're feeling like it's the best day of your life. As jolly as their songs are, the story of how the members of the band were discovered is simply unique. Jinyoung (leader) and Baro (rapper) was first discovered through a photo posted in Cyworld. Gongchan was also discovered on Cyworld and was also a runner-up of a cross-dressing contest. Sandeul and CNU's talents are also recognized by agency.
- Lonely - This song sounds sweet but it's actually lonely and sad. Unlike most of their songs, this sounds more like ballad. It sounds simply elegant. The beat is simply light but addicting, and the melody is heartwarming. Plus, their voices sounds so good!
- Fooool - One of the best K-pop songs ever is Fooool. Why? The title speaks for itself. You wouldn't realize that it's actually a heartbreaking song of someone who is cheating in a relationship - unless you look at the lyrics! The beat is lively, cheerful, and so catchy.
- Tried to Walk - Whether you're driving down town, cleaning in the house, or simply lazing around, this song will energize you to do something interesting. It has a youthful melody and powerful pop beat.
7. Infinite - Back
Another trendy group in the K-pop world is the boy band, Infinite. With their incredible dance performances, creative music videos, and R&B music style, Inspirit are always proud of their bias. The group is composed of Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong. Their mini-album New Challenge sold over 160,000 copies in South Korea alone and was one of the best-selling albums of 2013. They became successful and is now recognized globally as one of the best K-pop groups. Their music videos are also popular because of its lively dance moves and incredible concept.
- Back - One of the best K-pop songs of 2014. This is a wonderful music masterpiece by Infinite, combined with the elegance of ballad and power of modern dance. Even the music video is a blast!
- The Chaser - An all-time favorite Infinite song. Everything in this song is praiseworthy - the music, video production, their voices, and upbeat effect. And their dance moves in this song is simply the best.
- Last Romeo - A song with dramatic feel, sweet tune, and one of the most melodic of all their songs. Plus, the dance choreography is so cool, makes you want to dance while singing it!
6. Got7 - If You Do
The boy band Got7 is popular for their hip hop music. Their songs are the ones you'll listen to when you're feeling extremely cool and you suddenly want to do break dance. With heavy hip hop feel, their music has charismatic-ally attracted fans that they are now one of the most popular groups in K-pop music. The group is composed of seven members: JB, Jinyoung, Youngjae and Yugyeom are from South Korea, while Mark is a Chinese-American from Los Angeles, Jackson from Hong Kong and BamBam is from Thailand.
- If You Do - The best Got7 song. Unlike their heavy hip-hop songs, this is a lot more classy, showing a more melodic side of the group. Showing passionate emotion in this song, it's so good how Got7 absolutely brought this song into perfection.
- Stop, Stop It - It sounds smooth, catchy, and attractive, with a 90's R&B feel. The song itself brings back a retro emotion, and it's definitely a proof that Got7 is more than just a hip hop group.
- A - A song that suits best for youthful people who enjoys their lives to the fullest. The song is bright, cheerful, and catchy, and it also has a blast of retro. Perfectly coordinated with the music video's funky style.
5.B.A.P - Warrior
B.A.P, which stands for 'Best, Absolute, Perfect' is definitely a match name for the group. Right from the moment they started in the industry, the group has always aimed for the top, and of course, they have lived up to their name's expectation. The group is now known internationally for their rock, R&B, and hip hop music. Since their success during debut with their single 'Warrior' in 2012, B.A.P has received numerous awards and the continue to prove that they are indeed the 'Best, Absolute, and Perfect' K-pop group. The group's six members are Yongguk, Youngjae, Daehyun, Himchan, Jongup, and Zelo.
- Warrior - Though they have released many songs, still, their best song will always be their debut single. It is amazing on its own, showing the trademark of B.A.P and their musical style. This song remains the most powerful and most popular B.A.P song, making it the most favorite of all time.
- Coffee Shop - Unlike their usual music style which is highly aggressive, this song is a proof that B.A.P is talented in music, and they can also do a song with light melody, heartwarming feeling, and something that you can listen while relaxing. If you're a coffee shop owner, why not play this song?
- One Shot - This is the B.A.P song that shows their amazing potential in music. Well-crafted according to their genre, with intense rap, charismatic beat, and dark melody, plus, the action in the music video is on point!
4. SHINee - Ring Ding Dong
Shinee is a popular boy group not only because of its music, but is also loved because of their bright fashion style, known as the 'Shinee Trend'. Their boyish charm played a big part in their music success and in establishing their group as one of the most iconic in the K-pop world. Besides their style, the group has also been recognized as one of the best live vocalists and dancers, and we're proud of their strong vocal performance and complex choreographies every time they perform on stage. The group is composed of five members: Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho and Taemin.
- Ring Ding Dong - Whenever you hear the name Shinee, the first song that comes into mind sounds like a telephone - it goes ring ding dong! The most iconic, catchy, and popular song of Shinee, which charted atop of several Korean music charts and gained popularity all over Asia.
- Replay - Shinee's first EP was a total success after it debuted at number ten on the Korean music charts. The song has great choreography, amazing vocals, and it is special because it features f(x)'s Victoria (in Korean MV) and SNSD's Yoona (Japanese MV) as the female lead.
- Lucifer - The Shinee song with the best dance choreography. It was nominated for the Best Dance Performance Award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and became the 6th best-selling album of 2010 in South Korea, selling over 120,000 copies.
3. Big Bang - Haru Haru
The list would not be complete without Big Bang, one of the most popular K-pop group in the world. Conquering the globe with their music after their record-breaking success, the five members, G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri became internationally popular. Citing their global popularity and contribution to K-pop, The Washington Post have described them as "the biggest band in Asia" and the Hollywood Reporter as "the biggest boy band in the world." The are also labeled as the "Kings of K-pop" and "Nation's Boy Band" because of positive praises in the music industry.
- Haru Haru - The best hit song of Big Bang. The song's melody is so catchy, and will stay in your mind for a long time (LSS syndrome). It has a nostalgic feeling, which conveys the tragic, sad, and deep story behind the song. It was so successful that it became one of the most popular Korean songs ever.
- Bad Boy - Another great song from the group, which has good melody and catchy beat that will surely get you every time you hear it. Whether you're listening to it alone, or you're chilling with your friends, this song is just so perfect.
- Fantastic Baby - A very addicting song because of its catchy tune. You will surely love to dance to the beat of this music! It's definitely 'Wow' and 'Fantastic Baby!'
2. EXO - Growl
Another successful K-pop group is EXO, which became incredibly popular with their first album XOXO in 2013, bringing them both Disk Daesang at the 28th Golden Disk Awards and Album of the Year at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards. What's more, it sold over one million copies, making Exo the best-selling Korean artist in twelve years. Because of their immeasurable success, EXO were ranked the most influential celebrity by Forbes Korea for the year 2014 and 2015. They have been named "the biggest boyband in the world" by media outlets, saying that "EXO are at the forefront of pop domination. The members of this group are Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun.
- Growl - Out of the many EXO songs, still, this is the best. Though you've heard it for so many times, it's impossible not to fall in love with it over again. The harmony of the members' voices is just so perfect and their dance choreography is also daebak.
- Wolf - The song that makes so many fans fall for EXO is Wolf. With its uniqueness and incredible beat, it became a really addictive song. You might even want to memorize the dance steps so you can really feel the beat!
- Overdose - Get ready to call your doctor, because you'll really get overdose with this song! Another addicting song of EXO, no wonder why EXO-L is falling head over heels with them.
1. BTS - I Need U
Let's go, ARMY! The hottest, most popular, and most phenomenal K-pop group of 2016-2017 is none other than BTS! Bangtan Boys is a seven-member group consisting of super handsome, talented, and hot boys: Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. Known for their large social media presence, BTS were named by Forbes as the most retweeted artist on Twitter in March 2016. Billboard placed BTS as #1 on their Social 50 chart, making them the first Korean group to top the chart.Their outstanding performances won them the Best World Performer award in the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards, as well as the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Award for Artist of the Year.
- I Need U - We couldn't argue more. This is simply the best song of BTS. The beat is catchy, smooth, and elegant. But what really makes this so amazing from the rest of their songs is the story behind the song. It is simply heartbreaking and tearful, and definitely one of the most emotional K-pop songs ever made.
- Run - Not only catchy and fun, but the dance choreography will also amaze you. With the power of their moves and vocals, we can't deny that this has become one of the all-time favorite BTS songs.
- Fire - To be serious, this is a very cool BTS song. Everything in this song is like fire burning with passion. It's intense and hot. The rap, lyrics, dance, and vocals are really great.
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