10 Most Popular K-Pop Boy Groups of 2017

By on November 13, 2017

Hence we’re all live in the digital world where internet connectivity is improving the connection throughout the world, everyone could be up-to-date in just one click and it seems that the entertainment industry must provide the fresh film, music and all media. One of the mainstream in music industry that no one would be so surprised that the answer must be a K-Pop boy bands. Since 2012 that Phy’s “Gangnam Style” went viral and got in a spotlight with over two-and-a-half billion Youtube views then numerous K-Pop groups are taking the world by storm.

K-Pop boy bands are commonly refer to pop music in South Korea and it’s a big part of Korean Wave or “Hallyu 韓流,” continues to spread all over the world including Thailand, China, Japan, the U.S., France, Germany, and other countries like Romania, Iran, Bulgaria and Egypt. Even it’s only left one month into 2017 and we’re going to start a new year. Here’s the lists of top 10 best K-Pop boy bands guaranteed by their successful stories, their outstanding achievements and contributions in K-Pop industry. Let’s check it out these top 10 talented boy bands that will definitely capture your heart.

1. Exo

Exo (엑소) is a South Korean-Chinese boys in Seoul by S.M. Entertainment since 2011. Their debut started in 2012 while they separated into two subgroups which are Exo-K (Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun) and Exo-M (Xiumin, Lay, Chen and former members Kris, Luhan and Tao). Their first album was XOXO (2013) which their breakthrough hit is “Growl” that also won Disk Daesang at the 28th Golden Disk Awards and Album of the Year at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards. Recently the group composed of 9 members and on 8th April, they just celebrated the 5th year of musical success. Exo was also ranked as the most influential celebrity for 2014-2015. List of more than 100 awards and nominations from South Korea and China were received by Exo.

Members & Position:
* Suho – Leader, Lead Vocalist
* Xiumin – Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer
* Lay – Main Dancer, Vocalist
* Baekhyun – Main Vocalist
* Chen – Main Vocalist
* Chanyeol – Main Rapper, Vocalist, Visual
* D.O – Main Vocalist
* Kai – Main Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper, Visual, Face of the Group
* Sehun – Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Visual, Maknae
Former Members: Kris, Luhan, Tao

5 Exo’s interesting facts :
* Exo’ has 124,080 fans in their fan cafe.
* Their V-Live’s followers are 3.5 million.
* Exo’s first breakthrough “Growl” received 133 million views.
* Their total number of awards are 123 and 181 nominations.
* This famous boy band’s latest award was 2017 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards held by Prime Minister Commendation.

2. GOT7

Got7 (Hangul: 갓세븐) is another best K-Pop boy bands which was formed by JYP Entertainment. They started their music career path in January 2014 and made the legendary song EP Got It? which peaked at number two on the Gaon Album Chart and number one on Billboard’s World Albums Chart. Their signature is the colorful image of the band members and their B-boy, martial arts kicking in their stage performances gained a huge attention from many people around the world. Another music video “Just Right” took the high number of viewer as. 125 million views. Their latest album in 2017, Flight Log : Arrival which was famous for the single “Never Ever” became the hottest selling album with more than 300,000 copies sold.

Members & Position:
* JB – Leader, Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Face of the Group/Center
* Mark – Main Rapper, Vocalist, Visual
* Jackson – Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist
* Jr / Jinyoung – Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper
* Youngjae – Main Vocalist
* BamBam – Lead Rapper, Vocalist
* Yugyeom – Main Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae

5 GOT7’s interesting facts :
* “Just Right’ has gained more than 107 million views on Youtube.
* GOT7 has 45,151 fans in their fan cafe.
* Their V-Live’s followers are 3 million.
* They won the Best Worldwide Act (Korea) in the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards
* GOT7 won Bonsang Award for the album Flight Log: Turbulence, at the 2017 Seoul Music Awards.

3. Wanna One

Wanna One (Hangul: 워너원), the new South Korean boy band who formed by CJ E&M via the 2017 series Produce 101 Season2. Wanna one first started. debut on August 7, 2017 and will be performing through December 2018. Before the band gathering, few members were already be in the Korean entertainment industry such as Park Ji-hoon was a child actor in Kimchi Cheese Smile and The King & I Hwang Min-hyun made his musical debut as a member of the group NU’EST.

Members & Position:
* Yoon Ji-sung : Sub Vocalist, Leader
* Ha Sung-woon : Main Vocalist
* Hwang Min-hyun : Lead Vocalist
* Ong Seong-wu : Lead Vocalist, Main dancer
* Kim Jae-hwan : Main Vocalist
* Kang Daniel : Center, Sub Vocalist, Sub Rapper, Main Dancer
* Park Ji-hoon : Sub-Vocal, Lead Dancer, Sub-Rapper
* Park Woo-jin : Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
* Bae Jin-young : Sub-Vocal
* Lee Dae-hwi : Lead Vocal
* Lai Kuan-lin : Lead Rapper

5 Wanna One’s interesting facts :
* They got the award ’Boy Group Brand Power Ranking’ published by the Korean Corporate Reputation Research Institute.
* Wanna One ranked second in the 30 “Power People” survey by Ilgan Sports
* They won New Korean Wave Rising Hot Star Award and New Korean Wave Rookie Award in 2017.
* Wanna One won Rising Star on Busan Oneasia Festival Awards.
* Wanna One became the first K-pop group who hit a million copies of their debut album.

4. BTS

BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys or Beyond The Scene is a new K-Pop Korean boy band supported by Big Hit Entertainment. Their first debut was on June 12,2013 and received a huge success for “No More Dream” song. They continued to release their second album Dark&Wild in 2014,The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 (2015) and The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Young Forever (2016).Their success spreads not only in Korea but also other countries that they had a chance to be in a concert participation such as Los Angeles,USA, Singapore, Mexico, Paris and Abu Dhabi.

Members & Position:
* Jin – Vocalist
* Suga – Rapper
* J-Hope – Rapper
* Rap Monster – Leader, Rapper
* Jimin – Vocalist
* V – Vocalist
* Jungkook – Vocalist

5 BTS’s interesting facts :
* BTS has 489,077 fans in their fan cafe.
* Their V-Live has 4.6 million followers.
* “Dope’ music video has over 150 million views.
* Their “Wings” music video was the first Korean band to make it to the U.K. Official album chart.
* The song “Spring Day” achieved an all-kill on 8 of the major South Korean online music charts.

5. Highlight/BEAST

Highlight (하이라이트) or formerly known as Beast consists of five members which moved from Cube Entertainment to Around Us Entertainment. They’ve made 3 Korean full albums, 9 mini albums and 2 Japanese full albums. They had a huge success until they had an international tour “Beautiful Show” went ou tour over 17 cities in 12 various countries such as Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. In 2017, when the previous member left the band and replacing by the new one, BEAST was announced to promote under the name Highlight with mini-album called Can You Feel It.

Members & Position:
* Doojoon – Leader, Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Face of the Group
* Junhyung – Main Rapper, Vocalist
* Yoseob – Main Vocalist
* Kikwang – Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Visual
* Dongwoon – Lead Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae

5 Highlight’s interesting facts :
* They have 259,702 fans in their fan cafe.
* Highlight has over 1 million followers on V-Live.
* “Fiction” music video has already hit 50 million views.
* Since their first debut album, they won 59 awards and were nominated 71 times.
* The group achieved many significant commercial success guaranteed by Golden Disk Awards, the Seoul Music Awards, and the Melon Music Awards.

6. BtoB

BtoB or Born to Beat band is a South Korean boy band formed in 2012 supported by Cube Entertainment. “Complete” was their first full-length album released in June 2015. They also had their Japanese debut in 2014 called “Wow” under Kiss Entertainment, the Japanese agency. Since 2012 BtoB has received many awards for their vocal performances.

Members & Position:
* Eunkwang – Main Vocalist, Leader
* Minhyuk – Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual
* Changsub – Lead Vocalist
* Hyunsik – Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
* Peniel – Rapper, Vocalist
* Ilhoon – Main Rapper, Vocalist
* Sungjae – Lead Vocalist, Face of the Group, Maknae

5 BtoB’s interesting facts :
* They received many awards in 2017 like Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation, Bonsang Award , Hallyu Star Award etc.
* Since BtoB had their debut, they received 12 awards and 26 times of nominations.
* Their vocal prowess awards are Best Vocal Group Award at the 30th Golden Disc Awards.
* They also got a Ballad Award at the 25th Seoul Music Awards.
* Their album 24/7 topped the weekly Oricon chart and selling 27,000 copies in a week.

7. NCT

NCT (엔시티) is a K-Pop boy band performed by S.M. Entertainment. This group’s concept is to have an unlimited number of members, so this band was divided into 3 subgroups; NCT U, NCT 127 based in Seoul and NCT Dream.Subsequent units are expected to debut in China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Members & Position:

* Taeil – Main Vocalist
* Taeyong – Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual
* Doyoung – Main Vocalist
* Ten – Main Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist
* Jaehyun – Lead Vocalist
* Mark – Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae

NCT 127
* Taeil – Main Vocalist
* Taeyong – Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual, Face of the Group
* Doyoung – Main Vocalist
* Jaehyun- Lead Vocalist, Rapper
* Mark – Main Rapper, Vocalist
* Johnny – Main Dancer, Vocalist
* Yuta – Lead Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist
* WinWin – Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual
* Haechan – Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Maknae

NCT Dream
* Mark – Leader, Main Rapper, Vocalist, Face of the Group
* Renjun – Vocalist
* Jeno – Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual
* Haechan – Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer
* Jaemin – Lead Dancer, Vocalist
* Chen Le – Main Vocalist
* Jisung – Main Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae

5 NCT’s interesting facts :
* NCT 127 received “Best Newcomer” awards from the Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards and Seoul Music Awards.
* NCT 127 was named as “New Artist of the Week” by Apple Music after their Cherry Bomb new album was released.
* NCT Dream won 1st place on the 100th episode of SBS MTV’s The Show. in 2017.
* NCT Dream was chosen as the official ambassador for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea.
* On July 29, NCT 127 released the single “Taste the Feeling” for the project SM Station in collaboration with Coca-Cola.

8. Seventeen


SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) a South Korean band formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2015. This group contains 3 sub units based on their specialization such as Performance Unit, Hip-hop Unit and Vocal Unit. Seventeen debuted on May 26, 2015 with MBC live showcase. Then, they released the first full-length studio album called Love&Letter. Their huge success spreads not only in South Korea but also in Japan until they held 6 concerts in Japan.Recently, on November 6, the group’s second full-length studio album Teen, Age was released.

Members & Position:
Hip-Hop unit
* S.Coups – Leader, Hip Hop Team Leader, Main Rapper
* Wonwoo – Lead Rapper
* Mingyu – Lead Rapper, Face of the Group
* Vernon – Main Rapper

Vocal Unit
* Woozi – Vocal Team Leader, Lead Vocalist
* Jeonghan – Vocalist
* Joshua – Vocalist
* DK / Do-kyeom – Main Vocalist
* Seungkwan – Main Vocalist

Performance Unit
* Hoshi – Performance Team Leader, Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist
* Jun – Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist
* The8 – Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist
* Dino- Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Maknae

5 Seventeen’s interesting facts :
* “Carat” their first debut was released in 2015 and appeared on billboard’s“10 Best K-pop Albums of 2015″ chart.
* The “17 Japan Concert: Say The Name #Seventeen” concerts in Japan attracted a total of 50,000 visitors.
* They’re the first Korean model representing American perfume brand.
* Their total award is 11 and their nominations are 35 times.
* Seventeen has just received Bonsang Award and Performance Award in 2017.

9. Monsta x

MONSTA X (몬스타엑스), a new hip hop boy band formed by Starship Entertainment via No.Mercy on Mnet survival show 2015. Debuted in May 2015, their first debut was Trespass. In 2017, they’re going to set the world tour : Monsta X Beautiful from June to September 2017.

Members & Position:
* Shownu – leader, lead vocalist, main dancer
* Wonho – vocalist, lead dancer
* Minhyuk – vocalist
* Kihyun – main vocalist
* Hyungwon – vocalist
* Jooheon – main rapper
* IM – lead rapper

5 Monsta x’s interesting facts :
* They won 9 awards since his debut and 19 nominations.
* They have just won Bonsang Award in 2017.
* Monsta x received the “Next Generation Asian Artist” award.
* They won the ‘Best Rookie Award’ on JAPAKO Music in 2015.
* They got a ‘Rising Star Award’ at the 2015 Daum Official Fancafe Awards and the ‘Zeni Star New Face Award’ in the same year.

10. Big Bang

Big Bang (빅뱅), nobody doesn’t know them since they’re famous from 2006 until now. Signed under YG Entertainment labeled as the King of K-Pop and the Nation’s boy band.They were also the first Korean artists to enter Forbes’s Celebrity 100 and the 30 under 30 list of most influential musicians in the world, in 2016 and 2017.

Members & Position:
* G Dragon – Leader, Main Rapper, Vocalist, Face of the Group
* Taeyang – Main Vocalist, Main Dancer
* TOP – Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Visual
* Daesung – Lead Vocalist
* Seungri – Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae

5 Big Bang’s interesting facts :
* Big Bang has sold over 140 million records, making them one of the biggest-selling boy-bands in the world.
* The supporting world tour gathered 1.5 million people in attendance.
* They were the first Korean mainstream hip hop idols and they were represented of the Hallyu Wave.
* “The icons of K-Pop music” was what The Korea Times have called them.
* Big Bang achieved the Artist of the Year award from the 2008 Mnet Korean Music Festival.


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