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30+ Popular K-Pop Boy Groups You Should Know

Popular K-pop boy groups you should know

Some of you must have heard about K-Pop through BTS or EXO, but the fun doesn't stop with only these two groups.

With already 4 generations, the K-Pop industry has formed groups after groups with excellent vocal, dancing skills, and mesmerizing visuals.

In this article, you'll discover some of the most popular K-Pop boy groups that paved the way for the music genre to reach an international audience!

Prepare to get smitten and fall head over heels with these oppas!

30+ Popular K-pop Boy Groups You Should Know

Here are some of the most famous K-pop boy groups nowadays.

For those looking for their counterparts, be sure to also take a look at our list of the most famous K-pop girl groups to know!

Seo Taiji and Boys

Seo Taiji and Boys is the first group to incorporate a western hip-hop style into their music during the 1990s.

They are also the first Korean act to use rap to express their grievances about social inequality in their career.

From 1992 to 1996, Seo Taiji and Boys sold over 6 million copies, making the group one of the best-selling acts of all time in South Korea.

After their disbandment, one member, Yang Hyun Suk, established the label YG Entertainment, the house of some of the most prominent groups in K-Pop, including BIGBANG and BLACKPINK.

H.O.T

H.O.T, also known as, Highfive of Teenagers, is one of the biggest boy groups during the mid-1990s under the label SM Entertainment.

The group dominated the South Korean music scene with their catchy tunes and dance moves, making them the first successful male K-Pop group in the industry.

H.O.T has also sold millions of album copies and won several awards before disbanding in 2001.

The group members reunited for a special performance in the variety show Infinite Challengein 2018.

BTS

Who doesn't know about BTS nowadays?

These boys have globally performed, from the Billboard to the Grammys.

BTS recently performed at the Grammys and held a concert in Las Vegas
BTS recently performed at the Grammys and held a concert in Las Vegas

They are probably the most significant Korean act, even the biggest boy band of this era!

BTS is breaking records after records with their hit tracks like 'Dynamite' and 'Butter'.

These guys recently performed at the Grammys and held a concert in Las Vegas.

EXO

EXO began as a twelve-piece group divided into two subunits: EXO-K and EXO-M.

EXO-K was heavily promoted in South Korea, while EXO-M had activities in China.

EXO celebrated its tenth anniversary with a new season of EXO Ladder
EXO celebrated its tenth anniversary with a new season of EXO Ladder

The group's debut track 'MAMA' became one of the biggest debut tracks in the K-pop history.

Almost everyone, even more than 10 years later since the music release, can remember the steps and chants of 'MAMA'.

EXO continued to release hit songs after hit songs like 'Growl,' 'Overdose,' 'Monster,' and 'Love Me Right.'

EXO celebrated its tenth anniversary by producing a new season of the group's variety show EXO Ladder and holding a special fan meeting titled the 2022 Debut Anniversary Fan Event.

Super Junior

Super Junior started as a rotating group in 2005 with twelve members.

One year after, the youngest member Kyuhyun joined the lineup.

Super Junior is the first group to introduce the concept of sub-units in K-pop
Super Junior is the first group to introduce the concept of sub-units in K-pop

After the growing fanbase started petitioning SM Entertainment, even buying company stocks, to discontinue the rotation of the members, Super Junior ended up with a 13-member lineup.

It allowed the group to form several sub-units, making Super Junior the first group to introduce the concept to K-Pop.

Thanks to the group's third single, 'U', the public recognized their charms and talent.

This release even caused some servers to crash due to the unprecedented download rate.

But Super Junior has yet to experience global stardom with their track 'Sorry Sorry.'

It was so huge that a Youtube video with prison inmates dancing to it got viral in 2009.

Nowadays, Super Junior has nine active members and had its recent comeback made in February.

BigBang

BIGBANG made its official debut in December 2006 with the album BIGBANG Vol. 1.

While their debut album didn't receive much recognition from the public, the following hit tracks like 'Lies' and 'Haru Haru' made BIGBANG top charts for consecutive weeks.

Thanks to these hits, they won several music awards as a rookie group.

BigBang made a recent come back with the new Korean song 'Still Life'
BigBang made a recent come back with the new Korean song 'Still Life'

The group later widened their market as BIGBANG gained more international fans with their 5th EP Alive.

Songs like 'Blue' and 'Fantastic Baby' gathered millions of views after their respective music videos were uploaded on Youtube.

In 2015, BIGBANG released 'Bang Bang Bang', and it was (and is still) a hit around the world.

The then 5-member group changed into a 4-member lineup after Seungri was caught in a big scandal in 2019.

After years of inactivity, BIGBANG finally came back with a new song titled 'Still Life' in April 2022.

GOT7

In January of 2014, GOT7 debuted as the new hip-hop boy group of JYP Entertainment.

From then on, the boys have been releasing top-rating songs and performances such as "Stop Stop It", "Just Right", and "Never Ever".

GOT7 has a huge fandom base with Ahgases
GOT7 has a huge fandom base with Ahgases

GOT7 has also grown a strong fanbase, with Ahgases (the group's fandom name) supporting the endeavors of each member wherever they go.

After all of the members departed from the company in January of 2021, GOT7 promised to stay together as a group despite being working in separate agencies.

iKON

iKON was formed through the survival show WIN: Who Is Next? and officially debuted under YG Entertainment in 2015.

Some of the group's popular songs that make the fans sing along are "My Type" and "Love Scenario."

iKON boy group has been formed via a survival show named WIN: Who Is Next?
iKON boy group has been formed via a survival show named WIN: Who Is Next?

iKON recently made a group comeback in May 2022 with Flashback.

Monsta X

Monsta X is popular for having dark, edgy concepts and hip-hop inspired track titles.

Since 2015, the group has released 9 full studio albums and 11 EPs.

Monsta X is famous for having dark, edgy concepts and hip-hop inspired tunes
Monsta X is famous for having dark, edgy concepts and hip-hop inspired tunes

Monsta X recently came back with a new EP titled Shape of Love in late April 2022.

NCT

NCT has the most members among the popular K-pop boy groups, with 23 guys being part of the group up to date.

Being an experimental group with three groups under the umbrella of NCT (NCT U, NCT Dream, and NCT 127), it can be pretty difficult to categorize their music into one concept.

NCT is the K-pop boy group with the most members among the famous ones
NCT is the K-pop boy group with the most members among the famous ones

While all 23 members are part of the NCT U, only those 18 and below can join the NCT Dream.

As for the NCT 127, this group focuses more on the hustle and bustle of South Korea's capital city, Seoul.

It can be confusing for beginners, but that's NCT for you!

SHINee

SHINee is considered as the 'Princes of K-pop.'

After releasing their debut track, 'Replay' in 2008, SHINee bagged the Best New Male Group award during the MNet Asian Music Awards.

SHINee's members are also known as Princes of K-pop
SHINee's members are also known as 'Princes of K-pop'

SHINee's fan base continued to grow, especially on the international market, as hit tracks after hit tracks, including 'Sherlock,' 'Ring Ding Dong,' and 'View,' were made available to multiple streaming sites.

Over a decade after the group's formation, SHINee and Shawols (the fandom name) mourned the loss of the late member Jonghyun.

SHINee continues their group activity up to the present after most of the remaining members were discharged from the military enlistment.

Block B

Upon the group's formation in 2011, Block B was promoted as the "Korean Eminem."

However, Block B's debut didn't receive much attention from the public.

2AM is the 2PM sibling group
Previously promoted as the "Korean Eminem", the group is well-known as "The Darkhorse of K-pop". ©Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0

It was the case until Block B released their hit tracks 'Very Good,' 'Nillili Mambo,' and 'Nalina,' earning the group the nickname "The Darkhorse of K-pop."

It wasn't a smooth journey for the group to last this long in the industry as the members had to face many controversies, even lawsuits against their previous company.

It is now five years since Block B last released music as a whole group.

Currently, the members are now serving in the military.

CNBLUE

While K-Pop is mainly known for its idol groups, CNBLUE here is a Korean band that has been in the music industry for already 13 years.

The group is responsible for several hit songs like 'I'm A Loner,' 'Can't Stop,' and 'Cinderella.'

CNBLUE is in the Korean pop music industry since more than 13 years
CNBLUE is in the Korean pop music industry since more than 13 years

Aside from performing together as a band, CNBLUE members are also seen in many Korean dramas and movies.

CNBLUE recently released their ninth mini-album in October last year as a trio after Jonghyun left the group following his involvement in a scandal.

SECHSKIES

SECHSKIES is known to be the rival of H.O.T during their debut in 1997.

The group is said to be the pioneer of fandom culture (Yellowkies, SECHSKIES' fandom name) because of its huge fanbase.

Their hit songs include 'Comeback,' 'Couple,' and 'Road Fighter.'

Sechskies is the pioneer of fandom culture
Sechskies is the pioneer of fandom culture. ©Reminiscence CC BY 4.0

SECHSKIES announced their disbandment in 2000, surprising Yellowkies and even the public.

It was due to disagreements that the group had with their previous company DSP Media.

SECHSKIES reunited in 2020 and decided to make a music comeback under YG Entertainment.

g.o.d

Groove Over Dose, or g.o.d, is a five-member K-Pop boy group from SidusHQ and later on JYP Entertainment.

They are popular for their storytelling-type of music, captivating the attention of fans and the general public in the early 2000s.

g.o.d won the important award Album of the Year in 2014
g.o.d won the important award Album of the Year in 2014. ©Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

g.o.d disbanded in 2005 but reunited in 2014 for its 15th anniversary.

The group even won Album of the Year in the 2014 Melon Music Awards for their comeback album, Chapter 8.

Shinhwa

SHINHWA is the longest-running K-pop group that has been in the industry for 24 years already!

Since the group's formation in May 1998, all members survived the so-called 'seven-year curse' in K-Pop, military enlistments, marriages, and many more.

Shinhwa is the most durable K-pop group with already 24 years of existence
Shinhwa is the most durable K-pop group with already 24 years of existence

During their debut, they were under SM Entertainment, transferred to Good Entertainment and stayed with the label for 10 years, and finally started their own company called Shinhwa Company in 2012 up to the present.

SHINHWA held a concert during their 21st anniversary in 2019 and has been doing promotions with no end in sight.

TVXQ!

TVXQ! is the pioneer of 2nd generation K-pop.

The group's debut track 'Hug', released in 2004, showed the innocence of the members, which stole the hearts of many girls in their teens during the early 2000s.

TVXQ! is the first Korean act to perform in a famous landmarks in Japan
TVXQ! is the first Korean act to perform in a famous landmarks in Japan.

TVXQ!'s second album, Rising Sun, paved the group's popularity in South Korean and Japanese markets.

Because of their huge fanbase, TVXQ! was able to fill Tokyo Dome to the brim, making them the first Korean act to ever perform in one of the famous landmarks in Japan.

Their song 'Mirotic' was an instant hit upon its release, placing the group in the top of 9 music programs.

In 2010, three of the five members left TVXQ!, turning the five-piece group into a duo.

Changmin and Yunho are still doing activities up to this year.

SS501

SS501 was a 5-piece K-Pop boy group under the DSP Media, home to some of the most significant first generation K-Pop groups like SECHSKIES and Fin.K.L.

They were considered a 'monster rookie' during their debut after winning several end-of-the-year music awards in 2005.

SS501 was quickly considered as a monster rookie during their debuts
SS501 was quickly considered as a monster rookie during their debuts

SS501 was even the first Korean act to receive the Newcomer Award in the Japanese Gold Disc Award.

Their hit songs include 'Love Ya,' 'UR MAN,' and 'Warning.'

SS501 disbanded in 2010 after all members decided not to renew their expiring contract with the company.

However, in 2020, two group members carried the name SS501 as they performed during the Chuseok festival alongside some 2nd generation K-Pop groups like T-Ara and Teen Top.

2PM

2PM is a group formed under JYP Entertainment and known for its acrobatic moves.

As the members went on several variety shows to promote the group, 2PM was later labeled as the 'beast-dols' (beast idols).

2PM's members are also called 'beast-dols' due to their strengh and physique
2PM's members are also called 'beast-dols' due to their strengh and physique

It was mainly due to their 'beastly' strength and physique.

Their hit songs include 'Again and Again,' 'Heartbeat,' and 'Hands Up.'

After four years of inactivity following the members' military enlistment, 2PM came back to the music scene as a whole group in June 2021 with the studio album Must.

2AM

From the group's name itself, 2AM is the sibling boy group of 2PM.

Unlike the other group's image, members of 2AM have a more innocent and softer image, and most of their music includes ballads.

2AM is the 2PM sibling group
2AM is the 2PM sibling group. ©Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service. CC BY-SA 2.0

7 years after their debut, three out of four members left JYP Entertainment, but it doesn't mean that the group has already disbanded.

In November 2021, 2AM finally came back as a full group with their fourth EP Ballad 21 F/W.

INFINITE

INFINITE is a boy group known for its excellent vocal range and synchronization.

Their hit tracks include 'Be Mine,' 'The Chaser,' 'Man in Love,' and 'Bad.'

INFINITE is now a 6 member group well known for its vocals
INFINITE is now a 6 member group well known for its vocals

What was once a seven-member group turned into a six-piece act in 2017 after Hoya left INFINITE.

Still, the group continued doing their promotions and released their third studio album Top Seedin 2018.

INFINITE went on an indefinite hiatus after the members started enlisting in the military.

HIGHLIGHT/B2ST

B2ST (Beast) started as a six-member K-Pop boy group under Cube Entertainment.

They are widely known for songs such as 'Bad Girl,' 'Shock,' and 'Fiction.'

Previously named B2ST, HIGHLIGHT is now a 4 member group after a re-brand
Previously named B2ST, HIGHLIGHT is now a 4 member group after a re-brand

In 2016, one member permanently left the group while the other five left the company and re-branded as HIGHLIGHT.

HIGHLIGHT will even lose another member as Junhyung was involved in a scandal in 2019.

After four members finished their mandatory military service, HIGHLIGHT released its third EP in 2021 and its first studio album in 2022.

B1A4

B1A4 had a unique concept during their debut, something different than what was usually done by boy groups during the 2nd generation in K-pop.

B1A4 got an unique concept by introducing its members as webtoon characters
B1A4 got an unique concept by introducing its members as webtoon characters

Instead of releasing several teasers about the members, B1A4 was rather introduced as webtoon characters.

Since the group's formation, B1A4 has released 4 Korean and 5 Japanese studio albums and seven EPs.

From five members, B1A4 currently has three members left to continue group activities.

F.T. Island

F.T. Island is another Korean band that has been rocking with K-pop fans since 2007.

They are known for tracks like "Love Sick" and "Bad Woman."

F.T. Island released their sixth studio album in 2016 after going into an indefinite hiatus.

The members are currently serving in the military.

Teen Top

Teen Top debuted in 2010 as a six-piece act.

K-pop fans know the group for hit tracks like 'Going Crazy,' 'Miss Right,' and 'Rocking.'

Teen Top has released an anniversary edition to its song 'To You' to celebrate its 10th year in the industry
Teen Top has released an anniversary edition to its song 'To You' to celebrate its 10th year in the industry

Teen Top celebrated its 10th anniversary by releasing a 2020 version of its song 'To You.'

Like most second-generation K-pop boy group members, Teen Top is still serving in the military at this time.

MBLAQ

MBLAQ is a group produced by the K-pop icon Rain.

They had such positive reception from the public that MBLAQ was dubbed as the 'next TVXQ!' upon their debut.

MBLAQ was dubbed as the new TVXQ! before disappearing from the spotlights
MBLAQ was dubbed the new TVXQ! before disappearing from the spotlights

However, due to a lack of group activity and promotion, the group's popularity started to dwindle down.

MBLAQ had its last appearance as a group in 2015 before disappearing without any news of hiatus or disbandment.

ZE:A

ZE:A made its official debut in 2010 under the Star Empire Entertainment.

The group consists of 9 members and has released three studio albums, 4 single albums, and 4 EPs.

It has been seven years since ZE:A last made a comeback, making them the K-pop boy group with the longest hiatus in the Korean music scene.

But this does not mean that the members are nowhere to be found.

Two of ZE:A members, Park Hyung Sik and Im Si Wan, have become known drama actors, and one member, Kwang Hee, has been a staple in Korean variety shows.

SEVENTEEN

Known as "self-producing idols," all of the members of SEVENTEEN, in one way or another, have been part of the creative process of producing the group's music.

The thirteen-member K-pop boy group consists of three sub-units: vocal, hip-hop, and dance sub-unit.

SEVENTEEN's members are always all involved in the music creation
SEVENTEEN's members are always all involved in the group music creation

SEVENTEEN has already managed to put out 10 EPs and 3 full studio albums in just six years of activity.

SEVENTEEN is on its way to global domination after getting nominated for Billboards 2021 as Best Social Artist.

VIXX

VIXX has the reputation of being the 'concept kings' in K-pop for its great musical concept in every comeback.

The group has produced tunes in everyone's K-pop playlist like "VOODOO DOLL" and "Chained Up."

VIXX is well known as 'concept kings' for its great music concept
VIXX is well known as 'concept kings' for its great music concept

VIXX only has five members now after Hongbin left Jellyfish Entertainment and the group altogether.

B.A.P

During the heyday of B.A.P, the group was considered the biggest rival of both EXO and BTS.

Fans of the three groups were even fighting against each other in year-end music award shows, pushing their favorite idols to win the best awards.

B.A.P has not been active since 2018 but its fandom is still hoping for a comeback
B.A.P has not been active since 2018 but its fandom is still hoping for a comeback

But the fall of B.A.P could be traced back to the lawsuit the group filed against TS Entertainment for unfair profit distribution and mistreatment.

The last group activity of B.A.P was still back in 2018 before all of the members left the company.

B.A.B.Y (fandom name) is still hoping for B.A.P to reunite again as there was no news of disbandment from the group or their previous entertainment agency.

BTOB

Many K-pop fans consider BTOB to be one of the craziest and funniest boy groups of all time.

All members have been to many Korean variety shows and proved how witty they are regarding jokes.

BTOB is one of the funniest boy groups ever
BTOB is one of the funniest boy groups ever

Aside from that, BTOB is also known for its mesmerizing vocals on stage.

The group recently came back to the music scene as a full group after all members completed their military service with a studio album titled Be Together.

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Daejeon at night, South Korea
Daejeon at night, South Korea

And that’s pretty much it for this list of the most popular K-pop boy groups for overall generations.

Of course, there are still plenty of ones that aren’t present here, but that still deserve to be discovered!

Does your favorite one is missing?

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