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Most Famous Korean Bands | Most Popular Bands in Korea

Updated on December 4, 2011

The best Korean bands today are in this hub. They are the most famous Korean bands of all time. No really, jk. lol The list of most popular Korean band millions of fans are screaming about. Meet them all here!

Since the opening of the millennium KPop has invaded dominantly in South Korea then eventually around the world where it even reached the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, in 2007 particularly, started the booming of KPop industry in Korea when numerous of Korean boy bands and girl bands were launched. It seems a non-stop showdown ever.

What is KPop?

KPop stands for Korean Pop music that covers a wide variety of contemporary music including pop, hiphop, r&b, dance-pop, bubblegum-pop, house, electropop, and techno. Due to the big wave of success, Kpop became so popular not only in South Korea but also to other parts of the world. Korean bands performing in English and sometimes mix English and Korean, looks like the flavor will become our favorite for a while.


Top and Best Korean Bands

So who’s dominating the Kpop scene? Who are the most famous Korean Bands today? Who are the best and topping the charts? Who’d got the big scream in concerts? The following are the most famous and top Korean bands in the world today. Check them out…

SS501


SS501 (pronounced as Double-S 501 or Deo Beul E Seu Oh Gong Il in Korean) The first “S” stands for “Super”. The second “S” is an abbreviation for "Star". The number 5, 0, and 1 means "five members united as one forever". Ok, there’s really something behind every band name, huh :) The band is managed by DSP Entertainment, a famous entertainment media agency in Seoul.


SS501 band members are Kim HyungJun, Heo Young Saeng, Park Jung Min, Kim Kyu Jong and Kim Hyun Joong.


All SS501 members have their own individual radio show, Kim Kyu Jong, Park Jung Min and Heo Young Saeng hosted "Young Street" and Kim Hyung Jun currently hosts "Music High" How cool is that?! And oh, SS501 have lots of TV shows –reality shows and documentaries. SS as in super stars, eh :)



SS501 Trivia:

  • Kim Hyun Joong is the brother of Kim Ki Bum, a member of the famous band U-Kiss
  • Kim Hyun Joong was part of the cast for the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango, officially named Boys Over Flowers. He became famous for playing the role of Yoon Ji Hoo the rival of the main lead actor Gu Jun Pyo.


  • The group was launched in 2005 and still had concerts in Asia this 2010. But recently, the group’s leader, Kim Hyun Joong, signed a contract with KeyEast Entertainment and Park Jung Min has officially joined CNR Media to become a solo artist.



"Shinee Trend"
"Shinee Trend"

Shinee


The freshly launched five teen group, Shinee, are so young yet have already proven they’ve got what it takes to be on top of the music scene. With their awesome looks and lovely voice, they already won numerous awards plus they have marked Korea with their “Shinee Trend” for being great fashion icons of the new world. Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho and Taemin are making standing ovation everywhere.


See my hub about Shinee and meet all the alluring boys.



Big Bang
Big Bang

Big Bang


Definitely one of my favorite bands from Korea, Big Bang is oozing with talents. Big Bang is under YG Entertainment and has won big talent awards and such awards are really that Wow and Big! By the end of 2009, Big Bang became the most searched artist in South Korea. Time magazine described them as one of the "most promising" South Korean acts to venture into Japan while the Korea Times called them "the icons of Korean pop music. What I love most about this band is the way they adopt and revive few famous songs from renowned bands like This Love from Maroon 5…

2ne1

Read as “to anyone” or twenty-one, is a band of four lovely talented ladies namely, CL, Bom, Dara and Minzy. Thank goodness, their names are easy to remember. Their first hit was from the song Lollipop from the LG Cyon commercial. This group tops the Korean music chart, too. Some fans love to request English known songs from various English celebs like Rihanna and others.


Read more about the awesome 2ne1.

Super Junior


Super Junior is formed under SM Entertainment. It has 13 members, whoa! Basically, Super Junior is one of the largest boy bands in the world. The group consists of Leeteuk (leader), Heechul, Hankyung, Yesung, Kangin, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook, Kibum and Kyuhyun. Apparently because it has too many members, the band was divided into sub-groups like Super Junior Happy, Super Junior T, Super Junior M, and Super Junior KRY.

U-Kiss
U-Kiss

U-Kiss


U-Kiss stands for “Ubiquitous Korean International (Idol) Super Star.” It is composed of seven members namely: Alexander, Soo Hyun, Ki Bum, Kiseop, Eli, Kevin and Dong Ho. U-Kiss starred in a variety show U-Kiss' Vampire premiered on January 22, 2010.

Shinhwa


Shinhwa is the Korean word for myth or legend. The group has six members, 3 vocalists and 3 rappers. Members are Eric Mun, Lee Min Woo, Kim Dong Wan, Shin Hye Sung, Jun Jin and Andy Lee. Shinhwa has achieved so much success and awards and they became the longest running boy band in South Korea because they’ve never been disbanded yet.


Shinhwa Trivia: A star was named after Shinhwa in 2005. In order to commemorate its launching, USC Korea, the official Korean partner USC (Universal Star Council), an American website that provides services for registering names for stars in the sky, offered a star to be named after them. The star is among the Aries constellation. Ironically, it matched the debut date of Shinhwa which falls on March 24, 1998. The star Shinhwa is the brightest among the more than 2 thousand stars with Korean names that can be seen with the naked eye. The star is best seen in November --wikipedia

TVXQ
TVXQ

TVXQ (DBSK)


An acronym for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, wonders what that means lol. In South Korea, they are known as Dong Bang Shin Gi, while in Japan as Tohoshinki. Their name means "The Rising Gods of the East." The band has five members, Xiah, U-Know, Hero, Max and Micky. This group likes singing acapella too. TVXQ became so popular that in 2008, they made it in the Guinness World Records for having the world's largest official fan club.


T-Max
T-Max

T-max


T-max was a all-male-trio band whose members were Sin Min Chul (vocalist), Kim Joon (rapper) and Pak Yun Hwa (vocalist). They performed the soundtrack of the hit manga series Boys Over Flowers, entitledParadise.” The group member, Kim Joon, was one of the lead casts of the said show. Park Yun Hwa left then Hanbi and Chanyang joined T-Max in 2010. Now it has four members.

FT Island


FT Island as in “Five Treasure Island” has five members, Lee Hongki (Lead singer), Lee Jae Jin (Bass, back up vocals and rap), Choi Jhong Hun (Leader, guitar and keyboard), Choi Min Hwan (Drums) and Song Seung Hyun (Guitar, back up vocals and rap). This band has won numerous awards and are recently under project with Warner Music Japan.

The Trax

Trax is a Korean rock band. I like rock once in a while. This band is one of the top screamo bands in Korea. This band had four members but soon they became only three. Trax stands for “tracks” and also stands for the first letter of each member's stage name (Typhoon of the Rose Attack on Xmas) Ow, isn’t it quite interesting how to learn making band names? Lol Wow, they rock!

Which would be the best Korean Band for you?

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Vote for your favorite Korean band here. See the best and the top famous Korean band.


Thanks for voting!



Other Kpop bands that were and are going on top are 2pm, Beast (B2ST), SNSD, Dragon N Tiger, Wonder Girls, Epik High, Xing and MBLAQ. So who are your top ten Korean bands?


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      ArianiiJung 2 years ago

      Where's the BTS ?

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      joyce 2 years ago

      Where's B.A.P or B.T.S I like there song where are they..........B.T.S......go go!!!!!!!!

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      Seong Min Ah 2 years ago

      Where's Bangtan Boys oppa????

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      ft island and shinee are my favorite. CN BLUE, handsome guys

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      emma 2 years ago

      infinite infinite infinite infinite infinite ... are the best of the best

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      KIM_APRIL 2 years ago

      Ss501 is the best korean band\group for me.. ilike them and ilove kim hyun joong

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      kim thghh yhjh 3 years ago

      Ss501 is the best. Love them.

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      mina 3 years ago

      I really miss you guys...

      SS501 we are waiting for you

      I want see you together again!

      my lovely boys...

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      one of Indian frn of u 3 years ago

      i lov to hear the songs of ss501 '

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      ECAH 3 years ago

      SHINHWA FOR ME

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      mblaq 3 years ago

      :-((( sad to see that MBLAQ is not in the list.........Hope to see their name on the list as they are also a leading band..earnest wish...

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      twentyfive 3 years ago

      This post was published years ago and I will update it soon and add the new bands that came along.... :) Thanks!

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      Abha 3 years ago

      can you please make another list of famous boys bands of South Korea you didn't even included the most famous one's........ please include the famous boy bands up till now......... please.

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      secret 4 years ago

      yup what about c.n blue

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      Triple S 4 years ago

      SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 !!! the band that never fails to make us smile heart heart heart WE LOVE YOU !!!

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      SHIMIKANA 4 years ago

      SS501 !!!!!!!!!! FOREVER !!!!!!!! I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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      kat 4 years ago

      to me SS501 is the best band on planet !!!! SS501 FOREVER

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      TEO SHU TING 4 years ago

      SUPER JUNIOR ALL THE WAY !!!

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      katy ss501 4 years ago

      SS501 is the best ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ss501 ss501 ss501 ss501 heart heart heart heart heart !

      can't wait for them to be back together !!!!

      SS501 !!!!

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      joannie 4 years ago

      oppa..........saranghae sj

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      aqsa khan 4 years ago

      BIGBANG IS THE BESTEST OV ALLLL!!!! They should be on no.1...LOVE YEW BIGBANG!

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      marwa 4 years ago

      i forget cn blue sorry they should be here too

      i love k pop

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      marwa 4 years ago

      what about 2 pm

      and shinee is the best

      tell us about girl band and make girls day band the first

      i love k pop so mutch thx bro

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      michelle 4 years ago

      where's Cn Blue

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      Zey 4 years ago

      2ne1 and bigbang the best!!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love super junior ! Lovely voice and awesome cute guys !

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      Lydia 4 years ago

      Super Junior, f(x) and SHINee are definitely some of the most talented out there.

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      4 years ago

      Where is 2pm?I think 2pm,Big bang, ss5o1 and SJ are the best. So i vote them

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      cute 4 years ago

      super junior forever........

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      chandoria12345 4 years ago

      hahaha. actually, not :P i am just a fan and i really want them to be the top most kpop group! well, for sure if you will watch them perform, you will absolutely like them.,! :)

      ahm, can you just put infinte photos here and make them also as a choice of one of the most famous kpop? hehehe ... tnx twenty five :)

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      I will I promise :) Are you friends with anyone of them?

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      chandoria12345 4 years ago

      actually, i am not interested about kpop. but when i watch infinite tv, i kind of liking those group. they may not be that famous but surely they will, sooooon! IN MY AGE i think infinite really fit :P twenty five? you must watch infinite tv. surely you will like it :) thank you

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      twentyfive 4 years ago

      sounds amazing! I will once I got to know them :) Thanks for sharing your favorite :)

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      chandoria12345 4 years ago

      what about the music band infinite? are they not popular? i'm very sad if not :( i just watch in youtube there dance practice. and i think there awesome :) pls twenty five put infinite in the list :) hahaha i'm begging :)

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      Primadonna 4 years ago

      FTIsland is the best. Only few people can appreciate real talent. The others are just sing and dance but dude, these kids are playing instruments and shine on their own.

      FTIsland FIGHTING!!

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      BIGBANG 5 years ago

      Bigbang and G Dragon forever!!!!Fighting!

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      sozz 5 years ago

      No one like super junior my love i'm best elf with our leadr lee Teuk ♡

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      SS501 5 years ago

      SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Love Shinee so much!

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      maria 5 years ago

      Just ss501 forever

      ss501 is the best korean band and I love ss501

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      Anila shrestha 5 years ago

      huh! ss501 aww just love them*

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      jjj 5 years ago

      .. what about CN blue? are they not popular?

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      mariza dagoc 5 years ago

      super juniors is the best.....i love them so much.....specially khyu yhun,si won and dong hae...soon to see you in korea.......love you all..

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      cubbycube 5 years ago

      I Love Big Bang, SHINee, 2NE1, Super Junior, U-Kiss...But Big Bang are the Kpop Heroes so i just had to vote for them! :D

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      shin0217 5 years ago

      U-KISS is the BEST!!!

      -I love u-kiss!,, :))

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      enge 5 years ago

      l kiss. u kiss. go u kiss

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      taemin lover 5 years ago

      I vote shinee.SHINEE FIGHTING!taemin oppa.....ILOVE U.

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      Marcy112 5 years ago

      TVXQ without a doubt. The five boys make the best band ever in all aspects hands down

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      Paul Martin top radio DJ promoter 5 years ago

      I have promoted Beatles, Stones, Zepeplin and many others on American radio in the 60's as a top DJ. My Son Mark Davis blows anyone away on guitar ! ASian bands are too efeminate in appearance to be hard core rockers ! Rockn'roll began and belongs to mostly American and British

      bands ! They best potray the rugged, aggressive,high energy image that R & R is all about ! In asia bands get promoted because of their contacts rather than talent or appeal !

      I have been in showbiz for over 50 years so I do know what I am talking about !

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      JN 5 years ago

      awsome!! big bang is in second place, just a few more votes! start voting for big bang, please~~

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      angelica espeleta 5 years ago

      ss501 pls vote

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      jessica acibar 5 years ago

      BIGBANG is the best...

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      AFAF 5 years ago

      I loooooooooooooove ss501 " hyun joong" & i love SUPER JUNIOR & 2PM THIS IS THE BEST 4 ME :"""""""""""""")

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      Lee Taemin 5 years ago from seoul korea,korean

      yea they are more cool then justin bieber!!!

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      Yasa gyadu 5 years ago

      I love SS501 especially JI HOO SUNBAE my red-haired f4 @&&kim hyun joong for me u and all other f4 of hana yori dango are the most handsome and charming men in the world even i don't want to criticize anyone but still u all are even more popular than JUSTIN BEIBER ¥LOVE U ALL MY HANDSome princes f-4.

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      chubbinita 5 years ago

      glad that only 2ne1 was included among all girl kpop band

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      monika 5 years ago

      ss5011111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

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      cnblueloverforever 5 years ago

      CNBLUE fighting !!!!!!!

      CNBLUE !!!!!!!!

      CNBLUE CNBLUE CNBLUE

      CNBLUE CNBLUE CNBLUE

      CNBLUE CNBLUE CNBLUE

      CNBLUE CNBLUE CNBLUE

      CNBLUE SHOULD BE THERE PLACE ON AS NO.1

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      cnblueloverforever 5 years ago

      wAit where is CNBLUE anyway...I think they were quite famous...thay shold be on no.1...

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      ♥ mary ♥ 5 years ago

      JUST SS501

      ILOVE KYU JONG

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      claire 5 years ago

      fighting ss501

      love u

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      erialc 5 years ago

      i really love all of them.....i usually watch there perfomances on tv... and thanks for this hub....

      ss501,ft island,suju,cnblue,2pm,mblaq,tvxq....

      fighting!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      ♥ mary ♥ 5 years ago

      Just SS501?

      we will support SSf0rever501..

      i l?ve them a l?t especially KYU J?NG..

      Ho0o0o0o0o..

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      kim mi nnah 5 years ago

      mi nnah is young won hi ze-a!!!ok i love their group.go ze-a keep it up!no 1 in my heart!!!wooo.......!

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      abolfazle 5 years ago

      we support ss501 we can fiy bye ss501

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      Lee Taemin 5 years ago from seoul korea,korean

      taemin foreva SHINEE FIGHTING

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      sakila 5 years ago

      of course CN blue and super junior

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      Heva 5 years ago

      Yeah. You should update the list already.

      SuperJunior,2pm, SNSD, KARA And Shinee should be listed more clearly. Not just on the top 10 list at the bottom of the whole thing. There is only boy bands that is listed clearly. SNSD is definitely the best female group. They are popular not only in Asia, but also in Europe and now America. Don't know about WOnder Girls though, i personally think their popularity is fading. :O

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      jhonaylicious 5 years ago

      fighting dbsk.... ilove u guys....

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      yalda 5 years ago

      ss501 is in my heart

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      jasmine 5 years ago

      there should be CN blue in the list

      boooo booo!!

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      shane 5 years ago

      why does you dont mention the boy band cn blue arent they popular too ?! you sucks !

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      cristy 5 years ago

      I'll go for SHINee coz i think they rock bt BIGBANG is gud too luv them all....

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      Jen 5 years ago

      I love Super Junior.

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      Zeynab 5 years ago

      Just TaeMin!I Love Shinee Hooooooooooooo

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      parisa(just TaeRang) 5 years ago

      Yes sara! I Love DNT too.I Think Thay can Be Best Of The Best soon.!!!!~~~~~~~ Oh my TaeRang is sooooo cute What do you think about him. TaeRang is mine just is mine He is Mine He HE Ha Ho..........

      DNT Fighting&Hwighting!!!!

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      Sara* MY Love JunYong* 5 years ago

      OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!I think DNT Dragon N Tiger is the best.They are veryyyyyyyyyy Hansome....HaHa

      DNT is soooooooooooooo Over than other groups.

      DNT Fighting!

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      Shineelover 5 years ago

      Shinee all the way !SHAWOL FOREVER

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      sung hyo byung 5 years ago

      i love super junior,,,,,,,,,i like it

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      ASAL 5 years ago

      Saranhe SS501

      Just SS501

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      niloo 5 years ago

      hi just ss501 is our vote ss501 for ever fighting

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      Someone 5 years ago

      Girls Generation is the Best!!!

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      miss flann 5 years ago

      wuaaa you mention shinhwa!! the legend!!

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      nancty 5 years ago

      i love 2NE1 so much AHahah!!

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      akim 5 years ago

      2PM the best k-pop group!!

      no doubt bout that!!

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      Me 5 years ago

      Super Junior... I vote Super Junior..

      and SNSD to the best girlband in korea, SuperJunior and SNSD have a majority of vote.. yeee...

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      lyn 5 years ago

      i love f.t island

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      ANA 5 years ago

      i love ss501 just ss501

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      Azadeh 5 years ago

      hi this iS Azadeh0 . i like to kiss aii off you just super junior love love love

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      anne anne 5 years ago

      love them all saranghamnida

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      mahsa 5 years ago

      I love ss501

      I kiss them and I am from the same distance from all the millions of fans in Iran who want to return again before the time

      And I answered them all, especially on the Iranian side to Daranshan

      Email (mahsa.mariana@yahoo.com

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      zhoan 5 years ago

      only ss501 is the best korean boy band in the world

      ss501...............fightiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing

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      Madison 5 years ago

      Super Junior and SS501 are my favs :D

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      natty 5 years ago

      what? how messed up is this D: Where is 2PM & Beast? :'(

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      rea 5 years ago

      ss501.....the best..they are everything...

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      ysaz 5 years ago

      indeed ss501 are the kings of asia no compitetion

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      Loha tina 5 years ago

      Big band Rule korea.they are awsm

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      Pilsuk 5 years ago

      I agree with Jason!

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      Jason 5 years ago

      The list needs 2PM!

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      SENG KIM HOUR 5 years ago

      I LOVE U-KISS.