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The Most Popular Korean Girl Groups

Updated on January 7, 2017
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Xhyniie has been a KPOP fan for 3 years and K-drama fan for 14 years. She enjoys writing about the Korean entertainment industry.

18. 4L/ Four Ladies

Debut: August 2014
Label: Jade Contents Media
Members:
Chany
Jayoung
J-na

Past Member:
Yeseul

On 1 August 2014, 4L released the full MV for "Move", which reached 1 million views on YouTube four days later, and 2 millions on 7 August. Their official YouTube channel garnered over 6 million views overall in nearly two weeks, a notable result for the first group of a fledgling talent agency.

"Move" was also the fifth most viewed worldwide Korean MV on YouTube in August, surpassing songs by established artists like Kara, Secret and Sistar. The single Move was released on Korean online websites the 4th of the same month, and on the same week entered Gaon Social Chart at number 4 with 41,479 points.




17. Poten

Debut: August 28, 2014
Label: Jungle Entertainment
Members:
Hyeji
Hyejin
Heeo
Yun
Hajeong

Past Members:
TEM
Eujin

What I like about this group, is that their concepts are totally my style, they have a talent , good vocals and their faces are visually all pretty.I am wishing that fans will recognized them as a new Kpop girl group who just debuted recently.

I really like Hyeji, she looks innocent and have big brown eyes and long brown locks. And also Eunjin she has a beautiful smooth, pale skin. Eujin is looking like an angel with her big bright eyes. They are really an idols who have beautiful members and have the talent in singing.




16. Melody Day

Debut: February 25, 2014
Label: Viewga Entertainment
Members:
Yeo-eun
Cha-hee
Ye-in
Yoo-min

Before their debut, Melody Day already started their career in 2012 as soundtrack singers for dramas. They performed "I Have a Person That I Love" for Pretty Man, "All About" for Master's Sun, of which was also made the music video, and "Like Back Then" for My Daughter Seo-young, which was nominated as Best OST at the Seoul International Drama Awards. On June 26, 2013, they released the ballad "Loving Alone", included in the single album New Wave Studio Rookie, Vol. 1.

In April, they performed an acoustic cover of A Pink's "NoNoNo", while on May 21 they collaborated with Changmin of 2AM for the song "The Very Last First", and on August 14 with Lee Jong-hyun of CNBLUE for "To Tell You the Truth". It followed a track for the original soundtrack of Fated to Love You, "You're My Everything", remake of Jeff Bernat's "Be The One".

I guess some of you here already recognized this group especially that many of you are Korean drama's lovers.




15. Laboum

Debut: August 27, 2014
Label: NH Media and Nega Network
Members:
Yujeong
Soyeon
ZN
Haein
Solbin
Yulhee

Their group name means "the party" in French. They had been trained for about four years. By releasing a mini-album teaser on August 19, 2014, their label had announce that a new group will be debuting soon.

The agencies said Laboum would show a new concept, different from the other female idols who take on the sexy concept. Individual photos introduced the members the following day, while on August 22 the group released the music video teaser.




14. Minx

Debut: September 18, 2014
Label: Happy Face Entertainment
Members:
Jiyoo
Sooah
Yoohyun
Dami
Siyeon

Another Korean girl group that you will surely love. So, did you watched their music video already? If not, then I think you should do it now. Because this group really have a great debut song. The song is really pretty good. It is not that sexy nor cute. It is in between. You will just notice that you are singing and dancing together with this group. I am very hopeful and confident that in a couple of years this group will be recognized in the entertainment industry. They all seem super talented and look like they work well as a team.

Their agency stated, "With the liveliness characteristic of girl groups and a uniqueness to MINX, the group will hit the music industry with force in the second half of 2014. We ask for as much love and support as the girls devoted to preparations."




13. Mamamoo

Debut: June 18, 2014
Label: WA Entertainment
Members:
Solar
Moonbyul
Wheein
Hwasa

Before debuting in June, Mamamoo had a collaborative song with Bumkey called "Don't Be Happy" which debuted on January 8, 2014. They also appeared in the accompanying music video. And collaborated with K.Will in the song "Peppermint Chocolate" featuring Wheesung and appeared in that music video as well, along with boy group VIXX. That song reached 10th place on the Gaon Chart's count of digital downloads for the week of February 16–22 and 11th on the overall digital chart for that week.

Mamamoo have such amazing songs and Mr. Ambiguous is the best song. Why did I say it's the best? Honestly, I don't really know why. I just like them as a group. I like their vocals. I like their music video. Especially when my idol Baek Ji-young made a cameo appearance on their Mr. Ambiguous mv.

After watching their music video, some lines from Mr. Ambigous stuck on my mind. See! I'm enjoying while watching and singing at the same time. So this is the effect of Mamamoo on me. I can see that Mamamoo had been trained for many many years and had been doing their songs for a long period of time before officially debuting as a group. The groups vocals sounds amazing. The rapping was very good as well. I think you should also watch Mr. Ambigous for you to appreciate this group also.




12. Lovelyz

Debut: November 12, 2014
Label: Woollim Entertainment
Members:
Baby Soul
Jiae
Jisoo
Mijoo
Kei
Jin
Sujeong
Yein

The group with eight beautiful members. Don't be sad. All Korean girl groups who had debuted recently have also beautiful members.

Before debuting as a group, Lovelyz members were already exposed to entertainment industry. Baby Soul made her first appearance in 2011 by featuring in Infinite H's song "Crying" from Infinite's album, Over The Top. In 2010, Jiae made her first appearance as Infinite's younger sister in Infinite's pre-debut reality show Infinite! You're My Oppa. Jin made her first appearance in November 2013 with a song called "Gone" featuring EXO's Xiumin and child-actress Kim You Jung in the music video. And Mijoo made her first appearance in May 2014. She was featured as the female lead actress in Infinite's "Last Romeo" music video. Their debut album, Girls' Invasion, was released on November 17, 2014.

The group’s pre-release track “Good Night Like Yesterday” serves as a good introduction to the vocal prowess and introduces their dynamic as an eight member group. They really impressed me from the first time I watched their music video. I had watched it for 5 times and I was really amazed by their voices. I believe that this group really have the potential, they just need to show it more and prove to their fans that they really have the characteristics to be called as a new Korean girl group. Who knows those haters out there will learn to love this group.




11. Red Velvet

Debut: August 4, 2014
Label: S.M. Entertainment
Members:
Irene
Seulgi
Wendy
Joy

They are the first group S.M. Entertainment debuting in five years after f(x). The group that made me dance while watching their music video. I don't care what the haters will say but for me I enjoy watching Happiness and I think I already learn the steps. I feel the interaction between me and this group. Don't overreact guys. I always believe that simplicity is beauty. That's why I love them and their music videos.

So before debuting as a group, three of the four member of Red Velvet were previously part of S.M. Entertainment's pre-debut team, S.M. Rookies. Seulgi, the first member who joined the agency, was brought in through an audition in 2007. Irene, the next member to join the company, was cast in 2009. Wendy auditioned through the SM Global Audition in Canada in 2012. Joy, the member who wasn't part of S.M. Rookies, auditioned through the SM Global Audition in Seoul in 2012.

While watching their mv Happiness I like to dance with them. Some complained that they won't succeed in the entertainment industry but I guess those people saying it were all wrong. As for me, the members have the ability to interact with the audience as I have mentioned above. See, while I'm watching their mv I noticed that I am dancing and following the steps. They really have a catchy song and I like their vocals and raps. Plus I really like their cute hairstyles and their colorful highlights.

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10. Girl's Day

Girl's Day is a four-member girl group under the management of Dream Tea Entertainment, a subsidiary of KOSDAQ-listed agency Wellmade Star M. The group consists of four members whose stage names are Sojin, Minah, Yura and Hyeri. Their biggest hits include: "Something", "Darling", "Twinkle Twinkle", "Expectation" and "Female President". Their fan-clubs include "Daisy" or, commonly stylised "Dai5y", which they endorse.


Girl's Day
Girl's Day

Dream Tea started Girl's Day promotions before their debut with the creation of an official blog, YouTube channel, and Twitter accounts for the group and each member. A forum made by fans was also recognized by the company as their official international forum. The group also released dance flash mobs before their debut on the commercial and entertainment districts of Seoul, gaining much interest.

9. After School

After School is a girl group formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2009, with an admissions and graduation concept.The band currently consists of eight members: Jungah, Jooyeon, Uee, Raina, Nana, Lizzy, E-Young and Kaeun. After School officially debuted in January 2009. Later that year they released "Because of You", which was ranked #1 on multiple music charts.

The group began a foray into the Japanese music scene in 2011 under Avex Trax with a remake of their Korean hits "Bang!", "Diva", "Shampoo" and "Because of You". The group also released an original Japanese song titled "Rambling Girls" in January 2012.


After School
After School

Their debut in Japan was quite a success, as the group managed to enter the Oricon Weekly Chart at number seven.The group's debut Japanese album, Playgirlz, debuted at number eight on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart. On 20 February 2014, the group released a single titled Week, in collaboration with the Brave Brothers for their 10th anniversary project.

8. f(x)

f(x) is a five-member multi-national K-pop girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2009. The quintet consists of Chinese leader Victoria, Taiwanese-American member Amber, Korean members Luna and Sulli, and Korean-American member Krystal.

The group’s music is best known for its fusion electro pop sounds. Introduced as "Asia's Pop Dance Group" on September 2, 2009, they released their debut digital single "LA chA TA".


f(x)
f(x)

A year after, they returned with their second EP Electric Shock. Electric Shock reached the number one spot on both the US and Canadian iTunes electronic albums chart soon after its release.

The lead single off their EP gave the group multiple recognition in the music industry. Electric Shock holds the record as f(x)'s song with most music wins.
In March 2013, they became the first Kpop group to perform at 2013 SXSW South By Southwest. After 13 months from the release of Electric Shock, Pink Tape, was released in July 29.

The group received critical acclaim and huge success, most notably being described as "experimental, steeped in quirky, boundary-pushing electronic sounds with woozy harmonies", thus being the only Kpop album released in 2013 to be ranked as "The 41 Best Albums of 2013", by Fuse TV, an American music channel.

Besides music activities, each member has participated in various other entertaining aspects such as acting and television hosting.

7. Miss A

Miss A , is a four member Korean-Chinese girl group based in South Korea. They were formed in 2010 and are managed by JYP Entertainment. The group consists of Fei, Jia, Min, and Suzy. Their group name stands for Miss Asia.


Miss A
Miss A

Originally, the group consisted of five trainees who were formed by JYP Entertainment in 2010. While still in training, the group flew to China where they appeared in numerous variety shows performing dance routines and songs to showcase themselves to the Chinese audience. As the group had no official name, they were known to the Chinese audiences as JYP Sisters and the "Chinese Wonder Girls".

6. Sistar

Sistar is a girl group formed in 2010 under the management of Starship Entertainment. The group consists of Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou and Dasom.

Sistar began their group activities early in 2010 with commercials and magazine photoshoots. The group made their official debut with the song "Push Push" on June 1, 2010. On June 3, Starship released the accompanying music video for Push Push.


Sistar
Sistar

A subgroup, Sistar19, debuted in 2011, with Sistar's main vocalist Hyolyn and rapper Bora. A single, "Ma Boy", was released in May 2011. "Gone Not Around Any Longer" was released in January 2013. The single hit number one on all major Korean music charts.

The subgroup’s name is “SISTAR19″ because "the duo’s theme is based on the feelings of a 19 year old girl transitioning into a woman. The duo will perform music that represents the innocence and anxiety of a 19 year old as their songs have a central theme of love."

5. Kara

Kara is a pop girl group formed by DSP Media in 2007. The group is composed of Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara, and Heo Youngji. The group's name comes from the Greek word "chara" which they interpreted to mean "sweet melody".

The group originally started off as a quartet and made their debut with "Break It" (2007) while displaying a strong female image and a mature R&B sound. Expectations for the group is big because they were considered as successors to their senior labelmate, Fin.K.L. They released their first studio album titled The First Blooming in March 2007.


Kara
Kara

However, their debut was not well received by the public and was a commercial failure. The following year, Kim Sunghee departed the group due to parental pressure, and members Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung were brought in.

After finding national success, the group began to expand their music to Japan by signing to Universal Music Japan's subsidiary label, Universal Sigma in 2010. The group's debut was a success as they were dubbed as "Japan's No. 1 Rookie Artist of 2010" by Oricon and also receiving the "New Artist of the Year Award (International)" from the Japan Gold Disc Awards.

In April 2011, the group achieved their first number one single in Japan with "Jet Coaster Love", making them the first foreign female group since the creation of the Oricon to rank number one in the first week of release and also the first foreign female group in thirty years to do so. Overall, the group managed to sell over one million physical singles within two years, making them one of the fastest-selling South Korean acts in Japan.

4. 4Minute

4Minute is a five-member South Korean girl group formed in 2009 by Cube Entertainment with music singles and albums released primarily in South Korea and Japan.

The members of the group are Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-a, and Kwon So-hyun. The group debuted in June 2009 with its first single, "Hot Issue", and in December 2010, it released its first Japanese album, Diamond. In 2011, the group released its first Korean full length album, 4Minutes Left.


4 Minute
4 Minute

The group received the Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards, and the Kpop New Artist Award at the 2010 Billboard Japan Music Awards.

Plans for the sub-unit 2YOON (composing of Gayoon and Jiyoon) were announced in late 2012. On January 17, 2013, 2YOON released the album, Harvest Moon, along with the music video for its lead single, "24/7". 2YOON held their debut stage on January 17 at M! Countdown.

3. T-ara

T-ara is a girl group that debuted in 2009 under Core Contents Media. Before their debut, there was a high level of interest in the group as they were called the "Super Rookies" and had been training for three years prior.

Originally a five-member group composed of Jiae, Jiwon, Eunjung, Hyomin, and Jiyeon, they released their first song "Good Person" for the soundtrack of the Korean drama Cinderella Man in April 2009. After Jiae and Jiwon withdrew from the group two months later, T-ara debuted as a six-member group with the addition of Boram, Soyeon, and Qri in July 2009, releasing their first single "Lies".


T-ara
T-ara

Their debut studio album Absolute First Album was released in December 2009 and spawned several hit singles including "TTL (Time to Love)", "Bo Peep Bo Peep", and "I Go Crazy Because of You". The album was followed by the group's first extended play, Temptastic, in 2010. Their second extended play John Travolta Wannabe (2011) produced "Roly-Poly", which was nominated for several awards and went on to become the Gaon chart's number one single of the year. In less than six months, the group released their third extended play Black Eyes (2011), which spawned three number one singles: "Cry Cry", "We Were in Love" and "Lovey-Dovey".

In 2011, T-ara signed a $4.3 million contract with management company J-Rock for their Japanese debut, the highest out of all the Korean girl groups debuting in Japan. The group's first single was a remake of their 2009 hit "Bo Peep Bo Peep".

2. Girl's Generation

Girls' Generation also known as SNSD or So Nyeo Shi Dae is a girl group that was formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007. Originally the group is composed of a nine-member, but it now consists of Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun. Jessica, a former member, was officially dismissed on September 30, 2014.

The name of the group is derived from Lee Seung-Chul's 1989 song "Girls' Generation". In Korea, the group is referred to as So Nyeo Shi Dae. They are also referred to as SoShi or SNSD, both abbreviated forms of the group's Korean-language name. The name Girls' Generation means that "The generation of girls’ domination has come." The group is referred to as Shojo Jidai or SJJD in Japan.


SNSD
SNSD

They have gained attention at the beginning of their career with songs such as "Into the New World" and "Kissing You" but it was not until 2009 when they gained significant popularity with their hit single "Gee", which was classified by the online music store MelOn as the most popular song of the decade in South Korea (ranking based on chart performance.

They have expanded their reach in the South Korean industry through their first sub-unit, Girls' Generation-TTS, composed of members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The sub-unit debuted on 2012 with their mini album Twinkle which became the highest charting K-Pop act on the Billboard 200—at No. 126 on Billboard 200.

1. 2NE1

2NE1 pronounced as to anyone or twenty one, combines the phrases "21st century and "new evolution" is a four-member girl group that was formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. The group is consists of CL, Minzy, Dara and Bom.

In September 2011, the group had their official debute in Japan with a Japanese version of their second extended play as Nolza. Since then, they have released one studio album, Collection and two physical singles in Japan.


2NE1
2NE1

The group first appeared in "Lollipop", a commercial campaign with Big Bang for LG Electronics, their debut single "Fire" was released on May 6, 2009. Since then, the group has released two eponymous extended plays, 2NE1 (2009) and 2NE1 (2011), and one studio album, To Anyone. Their first EP spawned the number-one single "I Don't Care", which won them the "Song of the Year" award at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their follow-up singles, such as "Go Away", "Lonely" and "I Am the Best" were similarly successful, with "I Am the Best" winning 2NE1 their second "Song of the Year" award in 2011.

In 2012, The New York Times named 2NE1's performance at the Prudential Center in New Jersey as one of the "Best Concerts of 2012". In October 2012, Zack Greenburg of Forbes Magazine noted that 2NE1 has sold 27 million digital downloads.

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      Icam 7 months ago

      SNSD is the best girl group ever

      #SONE #Taeyeon #Tiffany #Sunny #Yoona #Sooyoung #Seohyun #Hyoyeon #Yuri #Jessica4ever

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      Hajar 8 months ago

      WHERE IS APINK

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