Top 5 Best K-Pop Girl Groups of 2019

Updated on July 24, 2019
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Top 5 Best K-Pop Girl Groups of 2019
Top 5 Best K-Pop Girl Groups of 2019

2019 is a wonderful year for K-pop. Popular girl groups are serving us hits that are dominating the global music scene. Here are five of the most popular and successful female K-pop groups. These groups are definitely deserving of all the international attention that they'll receive this year!

Best K-Pop Girl Groups of 2019

  1. BLACKPINK
  2. Twice
  3. MAMAMOO
  4. Red Velvet
  5. (G)I-DLE

BLACKPINK
BLACKPINK

1. Blackpink

Group Name: Stylized as "BLACKPINK" / "BLΛƆKPIИK"

Members: Lisa (Lalisa Manoban), Jennie (Kim Jennie), Rosé (Roseanne Park/Park Chae-young), Jisoo (Kim Ji-soo)

Debut: August 8, 2016

Entertainment Company: YG Entertainment

Labels: YG, YGEX, Interscope

Blackpink Music Career

BLACKPINK is a phenomenal multi-national girl group from South Korea. The group consists of Jisoo (a Korean born and raised in South Korea), Jennie (a Korean who grew up in New Zealand), Rosé (a Korean born in New Zealand, but grew up in Australia), and Lisa (a Thai performer, who is currently based in South Korea). The group was formed by YG Entertainment and debuted in 2016. They made their mark when their song "Whistle," from their single album Square One, became number one in South Korea.

Ever since their debut, Blackpink continued to dominate South Korea's music scene—and they didn't stop there! They went on to conquer the international music scene. Currently, the group has 19.9 million Instagram followers (blackpinkofficial), 2.63 million Twitter followers (@ygofficialblink), and 28.3 million Youtube subscribers (BLACKPINK).

Blackpink Accomplishments and Awards

  • The group became the highest-charting female K-pop act on both Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 in 2019.
  • Their music video for their song "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" was also the most-viewed Korean music video in a 24 hour period and the most viewed music video by a K-pop group on YouTube.
  • Blackpink is now one of the most well-known Korean music acts in the world and even had the chance to perform at Coachella, one of the most popular music festivals in the western world.

Blackpink's Hit Songs

Song Name
Release Year
"Boombayah"
2016
"Whistle"
2016
"Playing with Fire"
2016
"As If It's Your Last"
2017
"Ddu-Du Ddu-Du"
2018
"Kill This Love"
2019
Twice
Twice

2. Twice

Group Name: Twice

Members: Nayeon (Im Na-yeon), Jeongyeon (Yoo Jeong-yeon), Momo (Momo Hirai), Sana (Sana Minatozaki), Jihyo (Park Ji-hyo), Mina (Mina Sharon Myoi), Dahyun (Kim Da-hyun), Chaeyoung (Son Chae-young), Tzuyu (Chou Tzu-yu)

Debut: October 20, 2015

Entertainment Company: JYP Entertainment

Labels: JYP, Warner Japan

Twice Music Career

South Korea is one of the biggest homes for survival competition shows. These shows are made to find the next big idols of the country. In 2015, Twice became one of the most successful groups ever to form on the talent reality show Seventeen. The group is also multi-national, consisting of five Korean members, including five Korean members (Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Jihyo, Dahyun, and Chaeyoung), three Japanese members (Mina, Sana, and Momo), and one Taiwanese member (Tzuyu).

Twice debuted in 2015, but they rose to popularity in 2016 when their song Cheer Up (from their second EP Page Two) gave them their first music program win. Currently, the groups has 9.5 million Instagram followers (twicetagram), 3.82 million Twitter followers (@JYPETWICE), and 5.2 million Youtube subscribers (TWICE). In the last four years, Twice has garnered a total of 184 nominations with 75 wins.

Twice's Accomplishments and Awards

  • Highest selling K-pop girl group album of 2016.
  • Their first compilation album, #Twice, received the highest first-week album sales of any K-pop artist in Japan in two years.
  • "Best Artist Award–Singer" award at the Asia Artist Awards in 2016 (and again in 2018).
  • "Best Female Group" award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2016 and in 2018.
  • On top of that, they've won seven Japan Gold Disc awards.

Twice's Hit Songs

Song Name
Release Year
"Cheer Up"
2016
"TT"
2016
"Knock Knock"
2017
"Signal"
2017
"Likey"
2017
"Heart Shaker"
2017
"What Is Love?"
2018
"Dance the Night Away"
2018
"Yes or Yes"
2018
"Fancy"
2019
Red Velvet
Red Velvet

3. Red Velvet

Group Name: Red Velvet

Members: Yeri (Kim Ye-rim), Joy (Park Soo-young), Wendy (Shon Seung-wan), Seulgi (Kang Seul-gi), Irene (Bae Joo-hyun)

Debut: August 1, 2014

Entertainment Company: SM Entertainment

Labels: SM, Avex Trax

Red Velvet Music Career

Red Velvet debuted in 2014. The first four members of the group were Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Joy. In 2015, their entertainment company, SM Entertainment, added Yeri to the group. All of them were SM trainees that were cast through auditions. Ever since their debut, they've kept turning out hits year after year. They now have two studio albums, one reissue album, and eight extended plays.

The group is known for having two themes for their music, known as the "Red" and the "Velvet." The "Red" part is the brighter and bubblier side, which showcases mostly pop songs. The "Velvet" part encapsulates their more mature and elegant concepts. These are mostly R&B songs. This dual-concept strategy has made Red Velvet one of the most unique female groups in South Korea, breaking the stereotype that girl groups can only be cute, innocent, or sexy. Currently, the group has 8 million Instagram followers (redvelvet.smtown), 1.73 million Twitter followers (@RVsmtown), and 1.5 million Youtube subscribers (Red Velvet).

Red Velvet's Accomplishments and Awards

  • In 2018, Time magazine named Red Velvet one of the best K-pop groups of the year.
  • Billboard reported (according to polls done for every gender and sexual identity on Reddit) that they were, overall, the world's favorite K-pop group of 2018.
  • In the same year, the group was also given the honor to perform in North Korea (together with a few other South Korean artists at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre), making them the seventh idol group to ever perform in North Korea.

Red Velvet's Hit Songs

Song Name
Release Year
"Happiness"
2014
"Ice Cream Cake"
2015
"Dumb Dumb"
2015
"Russian Roulette"
2016
"Rookie"
2017
"Red Flavor"
2017
"Peek-a-Boo"
2017
"Bad Boy"
2018
"Power Up"
2018
MAMAMOO
MAMAMOO

4. Mamamoo

Group Name: stylized as "MAMAMOO"

Members: Hwasa (Ahn Hye-jin), Wheein (Jung Whee-in), Moonbyul (Moon Byul-yi), Solar (Kim Yong-sun)

Debut: June 19, 2014

Entertainment Company: RBW

Labels: RBW, Victor

Mamamoo's Music Career

MAMAMOO is a South Korean girl group that debuted in 2014. The group have left a big impression on the music industry. Some critics say that they were the best K-pop debut of 2014. The group consists of four insanely talented ladies, including Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein, and Hwasa. Their concepts are diverse and outstanding, blending various musical genres, including pop, retro, jazz, R&B and even Latin music. On top of this, they are all incredibly impressive vocal performers.

The group has since released one studio album, nine extended plays, and seventeen singles. This includes the last four extended plays that were made for their project series called "Four Seasons." Each EP in the series represents a member of the group and showcases the members' depth. This project really demonstrates their maturity. Because of their undeniable musical ability and versatility, Mamamoo is no doubt one of the most respected K-pop acts. Currently, the group has 2 million Instagram followers (mamamoo_official), 802 thousand Twitter followers (@RBW_MAMAMOO), and 1.7 million Youtube Subscribers (MAMAMOO).

Mamamoo's Accomplishments and Awards

  • "Best Entertainer Award (Female Group Category)" in 2016
  • "Artist of the Year (Music Category)" award in 2018 from the Asia Artists Awards
  • "Worldwide Fans' Choice Top 10"
  • "Favorite Vocal Artist" from Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2018
  • "Best Performer" and "Artist of the Year" from The Fact Music Awards 2019

Mamamoo's Hit Songs

Song Name
Release Year
"Um Oh Ah Yeh"
2015
"I Miss You"
2016
"You're the Best"
2016
"Décalcomanie"
2016
"Yes I Am"
2017
"Starry Night"
2018
"Rainy Season"
2018
"Egotistic"
2018
"Wind Flower"
2018
"Gogobebe"
2019
(G)I-DLE
(G)I-DLE

5. (G)I-dle

Group Name: stylized as "(G)I-DLE"

Members: Miyeon (Cho Mi-yeon), Minnie (Minnie Nicha Yontararak), Soojin (Seo Soo-jin), Soyeon (Jeon So-yeon), Yuqi (Song Yuqi), Shuhua (Yeh Shu Hua)

Debut: May 2, 2018

Entertainment Company: Cube Entertainment

Labels: Cube, Universal Japan

(G)I-dle Music Career

(G)I-DLE (short for Girl-Idol) is one of the freshest K-pop acts to debut in 2018. They are a multinational group consisting of three Korean singers (Miyeon, Soojin, and Soyeon), one Taiwanese singer (Shuhua), one Chinese singer (Yuqi), and one Thai member (Minnie). Some of the members were former trainees of other entertainment companies, but they all ended up working for Cube Entertainment.

Even as a new group, (G)I-DLE has already made its name known. Currently, the group has 2.9 million Instagram followers (official_g_i_dle), 383 thousand Twitter followers (@G_I_DLE), and 1.1 million Youtube subscribers ((G)I-IDLE).

(G)I-dle Accomplishments and Awards

  • They were appointed as the city's goodwill ambassadors by Seoul Metropolitan City.
  • They were awarded as the new ambassador for the Korean Children's Diabetes Association on the 10th annual Children's Diabetes Celebration Festival.
  • They also received awards like "Rookie of the Year—Music" from Asia Artist Awards 2018
  • "New Artist of the Year—Digital" from Gaon Chart Music Awards 2019
  • "Best New Artist" from Korea Popular Music Awards 2018.

(G)I-dle's Hit Songs

Song Name
Release Year
"Latata"
2018
"Hann (Alone)"
2018
"Senorita"
2019
"Uh-Oh"
2019

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        hinda 

        2 weeks ago

        Blackpink and red velvet

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        UltimateArmy 

        3 weeks ago

        blackpink and twice to me have equal popularity.

        and talent

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        Annie 

        4 weeks ago

        Stan talent not popularity

        Stan red velvet not blackpink

        Kbye

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        saron 

        6 weeks ago

        blackpink in your area

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        Su Wai Ko 

        2 months ago

        BLACKPINK is the Revolution

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        박정영 PARK JUNG YOUNG 

        3 months ago

        Blackpink

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