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11 most popular K-Pop girl groups to listen to now

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All-girl K-pop

“Hallyu,” or the Korean wave, has made the popularity of Korean pop, known as K-pop, a global phenomenon.

Thanks to their diverse genres, synchronous choreographies, strategic camera movements and headlight-stealing fashion trends, their songs are nothing less than an audiovisual treat. While BTS and EXO are among the most successful K-Pop boy bands in the world, Korean girl groups now dominate the pop music scene with their high-octane performances and melodious singing.

Check out these 10 all-girl K-pop groups that have become a global phenomenon and continue to top the charts worldwide.

BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK debuted in August 2016 and is one of the most popular all-girl K-pop groups. The four-piece South Korean pop group made history with the most first-day views of their 2018 single “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” from their mini-album Square Up under the YG Entertainment label.

The members of the quartet Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa are also known for their style and are considered fashion icons. While all of them can sing, Jennie and Lisa are rappers who add a unique twist to the band’s overall upbeat vibe. The fans of this K-pop group are known as the Blinks.

L to R: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa (Photo credit: PUBG MOBILE: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds M / Wikimedia Commons)

BLACKPINK songs are also a visual treat with glamorous outfits, impeccable choreography and outstanding concepts. With over a million copies sold worldwide, it is the best-selling K-pop girl group of all time.

The multilingual group also worked with Dua Lipa on the song “Kiss and Makeup”. Her latest song “How You Like That” ranks # 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales. In 2019, BLACKPINK appears as the first K-pop girl group at Coachella.

The girl group also has a reality show called BLACKPINK House that follows the singers in their daily lives.

Check out their music here.

TWICE

The South Korean all-girl ensemble debuted in 2015 and consists of nine members – Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu. The group was originally formed from a survival reality show called Sixteen and had seven members. Tzuyu and Momo joined later.

All-girl K-popFrom L to R, from top: Sana, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, Tzuyu, Nayeon, Momo, Jihyo, Jeongyeon and Mina (Photo credit: 월아 조운 s / Wikimedia Commons)

TWICE became popular with their 2016 hit single “Cheer Up” from their mini-album Page Two, which was also named Best Female Group and Song of the Year at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2016.

As one of the best K-pop girl groups, the band is known for their striking fashion outfits, seamless and synchronized choreography.

Check out their music here.

Girls Generation


The eight-member all-girl K-pop group was launched in August 2007 under the label SM Entertainment. Members, also known as the SNSD, include Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, YoonA, and Seohyun.

Girls’ generation was attributed to the Hallyu wave long before bands like BLACKPINK were formed. The group’s catchy singles “Gee”, “The Boys” and “Oh!” Have over 100 million views on YouTube.

All-girl K-pop bands L to R, standing: Sunny, Yuri, YoonA, Seohyun and Taeyeon and L to R, kneeling: Sooyoung, Tiffany and Hyoyeon (Photo credit: Pabian / Wikimedia Commons)

Her song “Into The New World” has been called a protest song and has been featured in many women’s rights protests, including Me Too campaigns and LGBTQ + demonstrations. The group recently reunited on the show called You Quiz on the Block, which aired on tVN on September 1, 2021.

Check out their music here.

Mamamoo

Consisting of four members – Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein and Hwasa – the all-girl group was created in 2014 under the RWB label.

The K-Pop quartet is known for its expertise in various genres – jazz, R&B, ballad and pop, aside from their playful fashion statements.

MamamooMamamoo in November 2019; L to R: Moonbyul, Solar, Wheein and Hwasa (Photo credit: NewsInStar / Wikimedia Commons)

Some of the hits with impressive vocals and breathtaking performances are “Mr. Ambiguous “(2014),” Taller Than You “(2016) and” Um Oh Ah Yeah “(2015).

Check out their music here.

Red velvet

Red Velvet started in 2014 as a four-piece K-pop girl band, which today has five members: Wendy, Irene, Seulgi, Joy and Yeri. The band gained traction for outstanding vocals, lively outfits, upbeat and unusual concepts.

The group is managed by SM Entertainment and has released two studio albums to date. The official name of their fan club is ReVeLuv.

red velvetRed Velvet at the Soribada Awards (2019); L to R: Joy, Yeri, Irene, Seulgi and Wendy (Photo credit: Korea Dispatch / Wikimedia Commons)

Irene is the lead singer and the oldest of the group that starred in the hit series Game Development Girls, and the group is known for their chartbuster songs, including the R&B track “Velvet” and the dance-pop “Red”.

Check out their music here.

(G) I-dle

Pronounced “idle” or “idol,” this all-girl, six-member K-pop group started out by Cube Entertainment in 2018. The five members of the troupe – Miyeon, Minnie, Soyeon, Yuqi and Shuhua – made it big with their debut track “Latata”.

The song enjoyed a 4th place on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales and was # 5 on world albums, making them the sixth all-girl K-pop band to instantly dominate the Billboard World Charts.

G idleL to R: Soojin, Miyeon, Soyeon, Yuqi, Shuhua, and Minnie (Photo Credit: NewsInStar / Wikimedia Commons)

Her latest mini-album I-Burn was released in January of this year with one of the most coveted songs “Hwaa” and started at number 17 on the Billboard K-Pop 100. It became (G) I-dle one of the leading all-girl groups in K-Pop.

Check out their music here.

ITZY

The five-piece K-Pop girl troupe debuted with their latest release “Guess Who” in April 2021 on the Billboard 200 Charts and Rolling Stones Top 200.

The group was founded by JYP Entertainment in February 2019 and includes Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong and Yuna.

ITZYFrom L to R: Chaeryeong, Yeji, Lia, Ryujin and Yuna (Photo credit: SBS Radio / Wikimedia Commons)

ITZY’s latest English album, Not Shy, released in January 2021, features hits like “Wannabe”, “Icy”, “Dalla Dalla” and the title track “Not Shy” which is also one of the best in K-Pop -Numbers of the year 2020 from Zeit magazine.

Check out their music here.

Apink

The six-member South Korean girl band was launched by Play M Entertainment in April 2011. In the same year, Apink received the Best New Female Artist Award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).

They are one of K-pop’s best all-girl groups, growing in popularity for their upbeat bubblegum pop style and light-hearted choreography.

All-girl K-pop group Apink in July 2018; From L to R: Naeun, Bomi, Hayoung, Chorong, Eunji and Namjoo (Photo credit: Redpanda0419 / Wikimedia Commons)

What originally started with seven members now includes Park Chorong, Yoon Bomi, Jung Eunji, Son Naeun, Kim Namjoo and Oh Hayoung. The official name of their fan club is Pink Panda.

Apinks single “Mr. Chu ”from the 2014 album Pink Blossom was the first appearance on Billboards World Digital Songs Sales. Her best-selling song in the US is “NoNoNo” from her 2013 mini-album Secret Garden.

Check out their music here.

Dream catcher

Dreamcatcher has a huge international fandom. They are the first all-girl K-pop group to top Billboard’s Next Big Sound Chart in February 2021.

As one of the best K-pop girl groups, the group is known for telling “dystopian” stories through striking visuals and uniquely stylized choreographies.

All-girl K-pop groupDream catcher in April 2019; From L to R: Siyeon, JiU, Dami, Yoohyeon, Gahyeon, SuA and Handong (Photo credit: Explicit / Wikimedia Commons)

Formerly known as the five-piece group MINX, the band re-debuted in January 2017 with seven members – JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Handong, Yoohyeon, Dami and Gahyeon. With the name Dreamcatcher they released their first album Nightmare and its title track “Chase Me”.

The band is characterized by its productive performances and its synth-pop music style, which has similarities to that of Evanescence.

Check out their music here.

Oh my girl

WM Entertainment’s Oh My Girl originally debuted with eight members in October 2017. The now seven-member all-girl K-pop group consists of Hyojung, Mimi, YooA, Seunghee, Jiho, Binnie and Arin, with Hyojung as the lead singer.

The eclectic K-pop septet is the most popular for his videos with well-timed transitions and experimental hair and makeup styles.

OhMyGirl - all-girl K-pop groupOh my girl in May 2021; From L to R: Arin, Hyojung, Jiho, Seunghee, YooA, Mimi and Binnie (Photo credit: SBS Radio 에라 오 / Wikimedia Commons)

Her latest album of the same name, Dear OHMYGIRL, which was released in May 2021, contains the groundbreaking song “Dun Dun Dance,” which took second place on Billboard’s K-Pop 100 in June 2021.

Check out their music here.

TRIBE

The latest phenomenon in K-Pop acts is the seven-piece all-girl group, which made its explosive debut in February 2021 with the album TRI.BE Da Loca and released two singles “Doom Doom Ta” and “Loca”.

Formerly known as LIONGIRLS and TRI.ANGLE, the members of TRI.BE are SongSun, Kelly, JinHa, HyunBin, Jia, SoEun and MiRe. The group is led by Sinsadong Tiger and Universal Music Group, Korea.

tribeTRI.BE during an interview in June 2021 (Photo credit: 티비 텐 / Wikimedia Commons)

The name of the band is inspired by the words “triangle and being”. It is pronounced as “try-be” and “We are perfect as we are” is their slogan. The multilingual band members are known for their energetic performances and neat videos. They are currently also in their first reality series Let’s Try! be on YouTube from Studio Lululala.

Check out their music here.

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