Top 10 Most Popular K-Pop Boy Groups (2018)
The following boy bands are considered to be the most popular and successful among the others many K-Pop boy groups in 2018. Since “Gangnam Style” went viral in 2012, numerous K-Pop bands are taking over the world! So let’s check out these top 10 most popular K-Pop boy groups!
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Top 10 Most Popular K-Pop Boy Groups (2018)
- Wanna One
- Super Junior
Infinite formed in 2010 by Woollim Entertainment. Originally composed of seven members, the group has become a six-member act with the departure of Hoya. Currently, the group consists of Sungkyu, Sungyeol, L, Sungjong, Dongwoo, and Woohyun. Infinite made their first debut showcase in 2010 with the song “Come Back Again” and many other singles from their first mini-album, First Invasion. This is the boy band that is well known for making dance moves viral: who can forget dances in “BTD”, “Be Mine” and “Paradise”?
SHINee is a boy group under S.M. Entertainment with four members: Key, Onew, Taemin, and Minho. Originally a five-piece group, it has been left with only four members after the death of vocalist Jonghyun in December 2017. The boy band debuted in 2008 with their song “Replay”. Later, in 2011, a Japanese version of the single was released with other singles “Juliette” and “Lucifer” that followed soon. All the three songs gained them the title “The artist who managed to get in top 3 for 3 continuous releases since debut” for the foreign artist category! These boys are not only considered to be fashion icons (they started “SHINee Trend”) but also known for their interesting complicated dancing.
One of K-Pop’s most well-known and loved boy bands, Highlight (formerly known as BEAST or B2ST) is a five-member group formed by Cube Entertainment in 2009(but they established their own agency called Around Us Entertainment in 2016). The band is considered to be unique, as most of the members originally came from different agencies. It’s composed of five members: Doojoon, Junhyung, Yoseop, Gikwang, and Dongwoon. Highlight caught the attention of audiences being strong and tough – the worked their way up with their “beastly idol” image.
7. Super Junior
Also known as SJ or SUJU, Super Junior was formed in 2005 by producer Lee Soo-man of S.M. Entertainment. At its peak, the band comprised of thirteen members! Now it consists of seven members: Leeteuk, Siwon, Heechul, Eunhyuk, Yesung, Shindong, and Donghae. SJ gained international recognition with the release of the title song of their best-selling album, Sorry, Sorry. They were the best-selling K-Pop artists for more than four years in a row! In recent years, the boy band was divided into smaller groups, some vocalists have also branched out into acting, hosting and presenting.
Seventeen, also stylized as SVT, despite the group’s name, consists of only thirteen members: S.Coups, Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Hoshi, Wonwoo, Woozi, Vernon, and Dino. Though there were times when the boy band did consist of 16 members! So then what does the name Seventeen signifies? It turns out that the number signifies the medium age of the members at the time of band formation! The group is divided into three teams, each with a different area of specialization: vocal, hip-hop, and performance. Moreover, they are involved in composition and production of their own choreography and discography, so they even have been given the nickname of a “self-producing” idol group. The group was formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2015.
JBJ (stands for Just Be Joyful) is a project boy band managed by Fave Entertainment. The group consists of six members: No Tae Hyun, Kenta, Kim Sang Gyun, Kim Yong Guk, Kwon Hyun Bin, Kim Dong Han. They all are the contestants of 2017 survival show Produce 101 Season 2, and the band has been formed due to fan requests. They made their debut in October 2017 with their first mini album Fantasy.
BtoB (stands for Born to Beat) is a boy band formed in 2012 by Cube Entertainment. The K-Pop group consists of seven members: Seo Eun-kwang, Yook Sung-jae, Lee Chang-sub, Lee Min-hyuk, Peniel Shin, Im Hyun-sik, and Jung Il-hoon. Since their debut, BtoB has received various awards: the Singer of the Year (2015, KBS Music Festival), a Ballad Award (the 25th Seoul Music Awards), and the Best Vocal Group Award (the 30th Golden Disk Awards), to name a few.
EXO was formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2011. The band made their debut in 2012 with twelve members – they were separated into two subgroups, EXO-M and EXO-K, performing music in different languages (Mandarin and Korean respectively). The K-Pop boy band was considered the most influential celebrity by Forbes Korea Power Celebrity both in 2014 and 2015! Currently, EXO consists of nine members: Xiumin, Baekhyun, Suho, Lay, Chen, Chanyeol, Sehun, D.O., and Kai.
The first K-Pop group to perform at the American Music Awards and win a Billboard Music Award, and the first South Korean act to reach 10 million followers on Twitter, BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys and Beyond the Scene, has put the world under the K-Pop spell! They are considered to be the most tweeted about celebrity in 2017: they were liked and retweeted more than half a billion times worldwide! The band is comprised of seven members: RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jin, Suga, and Jungkook. BTS blend dance-oriented K-Pop with hip-hop influences; they compose, produce, and write lyrics for performances themselves.
1. Wanna One
Wanna One has been formed by CJ E&M, and it’s the second group in this list which has been formed through the 2017 series Produce 101 Season 2! Wanna One has been chosen as the Best New K-Pop Act of 2017 (Billboard). With their electro-pop tracks and highly-stylized choreography garnering a lot of attention, the boy band became a top act in Korea from its very formation on Produce 101 in 2017. And even though they are planned to disband by the end of 2018, after which its members plan to focus on their solo careers, there’s still time left for the group to impress their fans. Wanna One consists of eleven members: Ji Seong, Sung Woon, Min Hyun, Seong Woo, Ji Hoon, Woo Jin, Jae Hwan, Kang Daniel, Jin Young, Dae Hwi, and Kuan Lin.