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The 20 Most Popular, Successful, and Hottest Korean Boy Groups

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Xhyniie has been a K-pop fan since 2010 and a K-drama fan since 2000. She enjoys writing about the Korean entertainment industry.

Monsta X

Monsta X

20. Monsta X

Debut: May 14, 2015

The group was formed as the result of a survival program called No.Mercy, which was launched by Starship Entertainment and Mnet. The group's name, "Monsta X", contains the double meaning of "Monsters conquering the K-pop scene" and "My star (Mon means "My" in French). The X symbolizes an unknown existence.



19. BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan)

Debut: 2010

Also known as Bangtan Boys, the group is managed under Big Hit Entertainment. The group currently holds the best selling album in South Korea having sold 20 million albums in Gaon Chart. Their lyrics, often focused on personal and social commentary, touch on the themes of mental health, troubles of school-age youth, loss, the journey towards loving oneself, and individualism. Their work features references to literature and psychological concepts and includes an alternative universe storyline.



18. Troy

Debut: March 13, 2014

Troy is a four member Korean hip-hop group under Brand New Music, label of artists such as Phantom, Verbal Jint, San.E and more. The group made their official stage debut on MNET M! Countdown last March 13, 2014, followed by the release of their first single “GREEN LIGHT" on the March 14.

After watching their mv Why Are We?, all I can say is that their voices are all good that I want to watched it again and again or should I say that I must record it or at least find mp3 around the net so I could listen to it wherever or whenever I want.

And if you want a handsome rapper you can have Jaewoong. He is Troy's rapper that really knows his hip hop music. The group is now quickly building awareness with their excellent skills in music. They already made their name popular in hip-hop, but the group hasn't really received much attention maybe with the exception of Bumkey.



17. JJCC

Debut: March 14, 2014

JJCC is the first K-pop idol group to be formed and reared by Jackie Chan.The name of the band is derived from the name of Jackie Chan and the group's aim.

JJCC means Jackie Chan and Join and Cultures. It is translated to "Jackie Chan, let's spread k-pop." In the same way, the pronunciation of the group name (Double-JC) stands for "Double Joy Creative" or "Let's create double the joy." The band name is a tribute to Chan as well as his effort to "join cultures" in Asia through music.

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According to the official of The Jackie Chan Group Korea, “As formed and trained under the ambitious theme of ‘World can be conquered when Asia unites, ‘JJCC’ will amaze the world with its different music style and charm that have never existed before.”

The group have only just debuted last March 14, 2014, hopefully their personality and charisma will start to slowly show.



16. Uniq

Debut: October 20, 2014

To those who didn't know, the group UNIQ is the product of four years of secret training at YG Entertainment, "a large entertainment agency in Korea" and will be promoting simultaneously in both China and Korea. The group is a composed of Chinese-Korean members. The group's name comes from the combination of the words unique and unicorn.

After watching their mv "Falling in Love" I think I really fall in love with this group. They are really unique because all the members of this group have a diverse backgrounds and very talented. The members are all atractive and have a bright images. I can see a bright future for this group in the entertainment industry especially that they are appealing to the international fans.

Unique officially debut on October 20, 2014 with the title track "Falling In Love", composed by Hyuk Shin, Yoonji Lee, Jordan Kyle and Hyeong Kyu Kim and written by two UNIQ members, Sungjoo and Seungyoun.



15. Madtown

Debut: October 6, 2014

Mad Town is composed of seven members and is J. Tune Camp's first boy group with hip-hop music at its base, with outstanding good looks on top of every powerful performance skills.. They are a global group planning to promote in Korea and overseas simultaneously.

The group implies the ‘gathering of seven passionate and free-spirited bad boys who love music and can party hard.

As a Kpop fan, I believe that this group will be good and succeed in this industry. Though some of the fans claim that they have some similarities with other Kpop groups, still if we gonna dig down we can see their uniqueness as a group. They are all unique as a group and even as an individual. Congratulations Mad-town!



14. Halo

Debut: June 26, 2014

According to the group's agency, HALO stands for Hexagon of Absolute Light and the Organization. In addition, the name of rookie boy group HALO uses the dictionary meaning of the word to represent an idol group that always shines bright everywhere they go when all 6 members come together.

The group actually made an unofficial debut on Dream Concert 20th Anniversary 2014 for promoting their group. The song they performed was "체온이 뜨거워 (Temperature is Hot)". HALO's 1st single album is "38°C" with 4 tracks in it.

This rookie boy group has a different concept, it's refreshing to see something new this year with the rookie boy groups! Looks like fans have a new favorite boy band. Good luck to this new group and I hope that you will succeed in the entertainment industry.



13. Got7

Debut: January 16, 2014

The members of Got7 were recruited as trainees of JYP Entertainment after going through various auditions. It was on December 24, 2013 when JYP Entertainment announced that they would be debuting a new boy band in January 2014, describing the group as the next “2PM”.

It was also announced that the band would be a performance team specializing in "martial arts tricking," which is a form of martial arts that fuses acrobatics and b-boying.

Got7 is a boy band that is more appealing to teen audiences. Well, we can’t deny the fact that the ratio of teen audiences compared to others is higher.



12. Bigflo

Debut: June 19, 2014

BIGFLO is a new Korean hip hop group under HO Company. They debuted on M Countdown, on the June 19, 2014, with the single 딜라일라 (Delilah).

Okay, after watching their MV Delilah, I can smell a huge potential here in this group. As for me, Jungkyun is like Changmin of TVXQ, he can hit the high notes. The redhead guy untamed and hyperactive. These Korean guys know that having a complete rainbow hair palette in a band means instant success, besides of being unique.

Their style and concepts are somewhat the same with other K-pop groups. But I don't mind it as long as I enjoy listening and like them.



11. Winner

Debut: August 15, 2014 at YG Family Concert

Winner was formed right after “Team A” win on the reality show “YG’s Win: WHO IS NEXT” finale on October 25, 2013. The members were promised a debut as 'Winner' under YG Entertainment.

The group also immediately achieved monster rookie status achieving record breaking milestones such as being the fastest male group to win on a music show, specifically winning on their debut stage. They won their first major awards, a Bonsang and Daesang award respectively for earning a place in the "Top 10 Artists" and "Best New Artist" categories in Melon Music Awards 2014.

Some fans claim that Winner will be the next Big Bang. Why? Well first is because the two groups are under YG Entertainment and we can’t deny the fact that YG aims to produce a new group that will become Big Bang successor in the future. The group had gone in a tour together with Big Bang. And on November 9, 2013, when Big Bang's Taeyang released his "Ringa Linga" music video, Winner was featured Winner as backup dancers.




Beast is a South Korean boy band debuted in 2009 with 6 members; Yoon Doo-joon, Jang Hyun-seung, Yong Jun-hyun, Yang Yo-seob, Lee Gi Kwang, and Son Dong-woon.

The group gained attention for the lack of industry success previously experienced by its members, with media outlets referring to them as "a group of recycled material".

However, the group has achieved significant commercial and critical accolades with time, winning the Bonsang award at the Seoul Music Awards in both 2011 and 2012. Beast won the Artist of the Year (Daesang) award at the Melon Music Awards and Album of the Year for Fiction and Fact at the Gaon Chart Awards for the second quarter of the year in 2011. "Fiction" also won a Daesang for "Song of the Year" at the 2011 KBS Music Festival. They repeated this feat in 2012 winning Artist of the Year at the Melon Music Awards.



9. Infinite

Infinite is a South Korean pop boy band debuted in 2010 and consists of seven members: Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L and Sungjong.

Their most recent mini-album, New Challenge, has sold over 160,000 copies in Korea alone and was one of the best-selling albums of 2013. As of 2014 they released full album titled "Season 2" on May 21, and followed by repackaged album, titled "Be Back" on July 22, with a title song "Back" an Orchestra mix of Ballad & Dance track, which has been garnering attentions for its outstanding musicality.



8. 2PM

2PM is a South Korean idol group debuted in 2008 and consists of Jun.K, Nickhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Junho, and Chansung. Former leader Jay Park officially left the group in early 2010.

The members of 2PM found their start under Korean musician Park Jin Young, who formed an eleven-member band known as One Day. Eventually, the band was split into 2PM, and a similar but independent group known as 2AM.

While most Korean boy bands at the time adopted a "pretty boy" image, 2PM constructed a tough and macho beast-like image when they made their debut.By emphasizing their masculine images, 2PM created the "jimseung-dol" (jimseung means an animal or beast in Korean) phenomenon in 2008.

F.T. Island

F.T. Island

7. F.T. Island

F.T. Island, short for Five Treasure Island, is a South Korean pop-rock band consists of five members, Choi Jong-hoon, Lee Hongki, Lee Jae jin, Song Seung-hyun, and Choi Min-hwan. The group is considered to be the first instrumental idol band in South Korea.

In 2008, the group had performed at Gayo Daejun, with their lead singer Hongki being ill. He was hospitalized after the performance.

On September 25, 2009, F.T. Island was in Cebu in the Philippines to film the music video for their Japanese single "Raining" when Typhoon Ketsana struck the island, temporarily leaving them out of contact and stranded.

On March 23, 2009, youngest member Choi Min-hwan fainted on the set of his drama, the Road Home, from exhaustion. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment and discharged the next day. Min-hwan had been suffering from a cold and overwork.



6. Shinee

Shinee is a South Korean contemporary boy group debuted in 2008. The group is consists of five members namely Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin. The group is considered to be a fashion icon having started the "Shinee Trend"and are known for their highly synchronized and complex dancing.

They made their Japanese debut on June 22, 2011, by releasing a Japanese version of their single, Replay, and gained the title, "The artist who managed to get in top 3 for 3 continuous releases since debut," for the foreign artist category.

The group has been appointed honorary ambassadors of Gangnam District, Seoul.



5. JYJ

JYJ (formerly known as Junsu/Jejung/Yuchun in Japan) is a South Korean pop group formed in 2010 by the three former members of TVXQ, Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu. Their group name is taken from the first letters of each member's names. JYJ is the first K-pop group to perform in Chile.

In February 2013, the group had been appointed as honorary ambassadors to help raise awareness for the 2014 Asian Games. They will participate in producing a music video for the Asian Games and will take on international promotional activities in October and November.

In 25 February 2013, JYJ was invited to perform at the Presidential Inauguration ceremony in front of 70,000 people. This inauguration was very special because Park Geun-hye was the first female president in Korea. JYJ was the only K-pop group that was invited to sing at the president inauguration.

The JYJ members were selected as the honorary citizens of Jeju for their contribution on raising awareness of the island. The members were also selected as honorary citizens for their influence and ability to attract and raise foreign votes for the island on the Seven Wonders of Nature Campaign.

CN Blue

CN Blue

4. CN Blue

CNBLUE is a South Korean rock band debuted on August 19, 2009 in Japan with their first mini-album, Now or Never. It is consists of Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Lee Jung-shin and Kang Min Hyuk.

CN is an abbreviation of 'Code Name' while BLUE is an abbreviation of the members’ individual images. 'Burning' represents Lee Jong-hyun, 'Lovely' represents Kang Min-hyuk, 'Untouchable' represents Lee Jung Shin, and 'Emotional' represents Jung Yong-hwa. Their fan club is called Boice.

CNBLUE have contributed part of their yearly income and Bluemoon World Tour to the construction of CNBLUE Schools. The first CNBLUE School was built in Burkina Faso, Africa in 2012 and can accommodate up to 100 pre-schoolers and 1000 elementary and junior high school students. CNBLUE Schools will provide meals and day care services for the enrolled students. As of January 2014, the second CNBLUE school is planned to be built in The Philippines.



3. EXO

Exo is a South Korean-Chinese K-pop boy band formed on 2011. EXO is composed of 12 members divided into two subgroups, EXO-K and EXO-M, performing music in both Korean and Mandarin. EXO-K is consists of Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O, Kai and Sehun. While EXO-M is consists of Kris, Xiumin, Lu Han, Lay, Chen and Tao.

EXO became the youngest boy band to win Album of the Year at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, together with XOXOand the fastest-selling K-pop artist in twelve years. The members of EXO-K became goodwill ambassadors for South Korea's Red Cross Youth in December 2012. Members of EXO became honorary ambassadors for Seoul's Gangnam district in February 2014 with SHINee.

On May 15, 2014, S.M. Entertainment confirmed through an interview that EXO-M's leader, Kris, had filed a lawsuit against the agency to terminate his contract.

Super Junior

Super Junior

2. Super Junior

Super Junior is a South Korean pop group debuted in 2005, the group is consists of thirteen members at its peak. The group had originally debuted with twelve members, consisting of leader Leeteuk, Heechul, Hankyung, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook and Kibum. Kyuhyun joined the group in 2006.

Over the years, they have been divided into smaller groups, simultaneously targeting different music industries and audiences. Largely due to Super Junior's success as entertainers, other Korean entertainment managements began to train their music groups in other areas of entertainment, such as acting and hosting.

The group considered as the best-selling K-pop artist for three years in a row.

In December 2009, Hankyung departed from the group after filing a lawsuit against their agency S.M. Entertainment.

Big Bang

Big Bang

1. Big Bang

Big Bang is a South Korean boy band debuted on August 19, 2006. The group is labeled as the “Nations Boy Band” and currently holding the record for being the all-time best selling artist in Cyworld. They also received both praise and criticism.

They were also described by the Time magazine as one of the “Most Promising” South Korean acts to venture into Japan. While the Korea Time dubbed them as “The Icons of Korean Pop Music”.

The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, introduced Big Bang to its readers as the group who beat Britney to a European MTV Award last 2012. Justin Mccurry, from The Guardian, also wrote a separate article about the group saying,” Each of the five members has his own individual look, and their musical range is equally eclectic, covering R&B, hip-hop, electo, and hip-hop.”

The group is consists of 5 members namely TOP, G Dragon, Daesung, Seungri, and Taeyang.


Wierdo on September 10, 2020:


exokai on August 26, 2020:

If there is no bts I'm going with exo

PROM15E TO 13ELIEVE on August 16, 2020:

Guys ur literary angry coz bts not 1st I understand but on the other hand I am glad that someone still remembers the King of Hallyu my babies SJ

A.R.M.Y on August 01, 2020:

Wtf...Where is BTS you better be kidding me they are the most biggest ban boy, But in MY OPINION BTS should be THE FIRST!

isi dooms on June 28, 2020:

Where is SHINee??

Hansika on June 22, 2020:

Hey! where is BTS ? It is the BIGGEST BOY BAND in the world. BTS has the biggest fandom in the world! I agree Bigbang and suju are legends but BTS should be FIRST!!!

Aliah . on June 21, 2020:

Hey where's BTS ?

Lily on December 16, 2019:

Bro....where’s frickin BTS

lina 27 on October 03, 2019:

welp....we all know that bts is not in the list but for army's dont get mad coz the real ARMY know that rank is not everything coz they know that their idol is the best

Shiksha on July 31, 2019:

Where is bts??Bts should be on 1st place but here they are not in last also..dont you know about bts??

How big fandom and followers they have now??

haramrana on July 23, 2019:

How come you forget BTS.The most popular band.

Gene on July 18, 2019:

Forget BTS, where is H.O.t., you know the first Korean boy band in Korea, the ones who made it big?

Armyyyyy on July 15, 2019:


JJBixxh on July 12, 2019:


BTS?!? on July 11, 2019:

We’re the hell is bts!?!

ARMY FOREVER!!!!! on July 07, 2019:

if you are making this again BTS has to be 1'st place

and EXO has to be 2'st place

Shenaya on July 04, 2019:

For sure BTS has to be 1’st place

And EXO has to be 2’st place

TRINA on June 01, 2019:

BTS deserves the 1st position and EXO should be the 2nd one..

katelyn on May 29, 2019:

umm bts is popular idc how long theyve been out

Aaliyah on May 16, 2019:

Hellooooo!!! Where is BTS????

btsjimin131 on May 06, 2019:

where is BTS

SEAMTECH CONSULTING on April 28, 2019:

where is bts

Anna on March 28, 2019:

Hey !!!! Where is the best boy band ??? BTS !!! In my opinion BTS should be on the first position

Roger on March 14, 2019:

If u edit your list, big bang would still be at number 1 lol

Moonlight on February 24, 2019:

BTS is the best band everrrrrrrrrrr bruhhhhhhh

Joshua on February 15, 2019:

Edit your list, BTS should be the No.1 they're the most and Biggest Boy Band in the World right now and it's not just only, they're the most sold album with more than 100millions.

LISA on February 03, 2019:

wow!wow!WOW!where is BTS

saddo on February 02, 2019:

Okay, whoever is commenting why bts isn’t on here, it’s because bts debut 5 yrs ago, and this was made 6 yrs ago, so for namjesus’s sake stop complaining.

YASOO on February 02, 2019:

EHEM!! i think you forget the most popular korean boy group ang it's BTS!!!!! THEY SHOULD BE NOMBER 1!!THEY ARE THE MOST POPULAR

DARSHAN KHARAT on January 20, 2019:

you just forgot biggest boy band on the planet #BTS

Jungkookie oppa on January 19, 2019:

Oof angry ARMYs

I think this is their opinion and certainly biased post


jkglk,, on January 08, 2019:

Edit your list.. Its BTS

Emi likes bts on January 03, 2019:

I WANT BTS!!!!! on January 02, 2019:

BTS should be the best popular k pop in the world

Zainab on December 30, 2018:

I don't see BTS. BTS are the number one famous

A.R.M.Y on December 27, 2018:

Where is BTS?

BTS are most popular group in the word

A.R.M.Y on December 26, 2018:


Literally, most comments r about BTS and I still don't know why BTS wasn't updated on this post

Bts army on December 20, 2018:

Where is bts? At first when I see Exo I tought Bts is in first place but when they were not exo or any other do not deserve it anyway even bts is only popular in 2018 stay should put them in the list!!!! (really angry about a commenter)

Sam on December 15, 2018:

Just wanted to say hi too the angry Army fandom. Hi!

Prescilla on December 11, 2018:

People ask where BTS are in the list. For ur info....bts just become popular only this year, 2018, so dont push too much. BTS need to be popular or successful for 2-5 years to be in this list, duh! One year is not enough for them to be in this list. If u read the NOTE, of course bts wouldnt be in this list, even they debuted 2013. Plus most idol or group in this only perform around Asia. You have also to know that Asia is bigger than America, China alone is bigger than America, so most in the list are favor in Asia....BTS is a boyband in America, maybe they bts make a concert in some Asian lands but it wont make them Asian boy band, even they're Korean. So stop asking bts why they're not in the!

Jyoti sain on November 27, 2018:

Where is BTS??????

Vaishnavi on October 08, 2018:

Who is the list maker hella boy!!!!

BTS should be on top and u didn't even mention them in the list

Abdallah on September 12, 2018:

Thanks for not including bts cuz they are the best *world* Boy Group

HALOVE on August 24, 2018:

YEAH!HALO is my happiness booster

Ariena forester on August 17, 2018:

BTS is the best Korean group 2018 , and always will be,even when they pass.

Dragon 6 on August 04, 2018:

bts is okay......but exo is better

Igot7 on July 23, 2018:

Why do you put Got7 in 13th they should be in 1th

Hajra Asif on July 23, 2018:

Exo,Big Bang,Cnblue And Shinee are so deserving....Yeah its the Right order....But Sorry why not BTS somewhere....It Had to be on the 4rth,5th position....There might be mistake....Author...?

Winterwolfgamer55 on July 15, 2018:

Bts u are the bessttt

btsarmy on July 07, 2018:


BtsLoverForever7 on June 27, 2018:

What happened to BTS they should be First place




Vocals on point

Rapping oh yes!

Dancing hell yeah!

Kristal175 on June 17, 2018:

Where is BTS

DJ on June 15, 2018:

Love this list

Mariyam on June 15, 2018:

WHERE is BTS? Please update the page and bts is in the top now!

Choi Lee jon on June 15, 2018:

I want cool BT's

I_LOVE_BTS on June 13, 2018:

I just hate bigbang!!!The worst band ever !!!!!!

where is BTS?? The Best Band!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

zean de luna on June 01, 2018:

why is it that bts was not in top 10 they not deserve that they are not in the list this is sabotage haraseo

Some Suga for that Tae on May 11, 2018:

WHERE IS BTS!!??? they should be at the top of the list I LOVE BTS!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

eat my dust on April 27, 2018:

I think these choices are correct..Sorry bts isnt there but big bang and suju r pretty og and deserve it along with exo

Kim Lee lee on April 25, 2018:

Where is BTS??BTS should be in the top list we are searching for BTS❤❤❤

BTS please❤❤

ARMYs on April 23, 2018:

99% comments are from the ARMYs

Fangirl_gaming on April 07, 2018:

Where is BTS?? Can you add BTS here?

Army on March 31, 2018:

Where the frick is bts

cyvyu on March 21, 2018:

Where is BTS????????? I find them more better then the other

Saifa on March 17, 2018:

What about BTS.they are also sooo handsome and cute!

jnvifn on March 15, 2018:

where's BTS and Seventeen?

elisha on March 12, 2018:

they say that this article was created over 6 years don't get mad.

litzy on March 12, 2018:

same why is bts not here I mean there are AMAZING

Riya hembrom on March 04, 2018:

BTS?????????? why they r not here...i want to cry now.bantan sonyeodon..

Niah on February 12, 2018:

Where is Boyfriend????????And SS501?????I know they aren't sooo popular but come on, they're really great

puseletso mowa south africa on February 03, 2018:

Why is bts not there . I mean it's is so much better than the others

Yhynnmu on January 22, 2018:

Why’s everyone complaining abt how bts isn’t on here I mean I get it but ......

Angela on January 20, 2018:


Kyle on January 18, 2018:


Hellajin on January 13, 2018:

I know why bts is not on the liscuz they’re not top 3 in korea but they are TOP WORLDWIDE!!! Let’s keep on loving them ARMY’s

KPOP on January 07, 2018:


BloodyDemonQueen on December 30, 2017:

Where's Bts?

KFKWS on December 28, 2017:

where is BTS?BTS BTS BTS

Gillian on December 27, 2017:

Can u add bts? They are also cute and cool

Jhea on December 27, 2017:

Where the heck is BTS?

actually BTS is the most popular kpop boy group

and where are they?

Do You Know BTS?

sorry i am trying to offend you but We, army/s love BTS so......

SUGA SAVAGE on December 06, 2017:


susain seulbi on November 25, 2017:

OMG the hottest band is INFINITE ♡♡♡♥♥♥♥♥

I just ♥♥♥it:-):-)

army on November 25, 2017:

where is BTS ??

Yam Rashy on November 19, 2017:

Exo... I really love them...

Army on November 18, 2017:

Where is BTS?

ARMY on November 15, 2017:

where's bts...

#Army on November 12, 2017:

Ummm BTS?

Army4life on November 01, 2017:

Where is BTS?!!

kanak on November 01, 2017:

I love nct dream

chenle is my favourite

I love you chenle from the bottom of my heart

Nah on October 29, 2017:

Im choking at the amount of immaturity people bring into this comment section. Honestly, people asking why their favorites aren't here and not even reading the author's note....tsk

Bts A.R.M.Y on October 28, 2017:

Bts ???? Where is bts ??

ARMYXXBTS on October 26, 2017:


Sehrene on October 23, 2017:


Vixenite on October 21, 2017:

Bruh, where is the BTS?

btsfan123 on October 10, 2017:

where i see BTS???????

Janhvi on October 10, 2017:

Where's BTS ???!!!!!

ExoLArmy on October 08, 2017:

Billboards,awards and votes are not base of popularity . As long as their fans are loyal and love them.

Bhavi on October 02, 2017:

BTS ??

Swoi on October 01, 2017:

Where's BTS they are one of the biggest k-pop group in name like WHY

PatsPotterKBabe on September 30, 2017:

Do you know BTS? Billboard artists? - Suga


But tbh, I don't understand why BTS is not here. They're already famous when this article was written, or rather updated.

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