The 12 Best K-Pop Girl Groups in South Korea

This list of he twelve best and most popular K-pop Girl Groups in South Korea is written according to fans opinion worldwide and and their popularity. K-Pop  is a genre of popular music originating in South Korea. While the modern form of K-pop can be traced back to the early 90s, the term itself has been popularized since the 2000s, replacing the term Gayo , which also refers to domestic pop music in South Korea. Although it generally indicates "popular music" within South Korea, the term is often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop that is influenced by styles and genres from around the world, such as experimental, rock, jazz, gospel, hip hop, R&B, reggae, electronic dance, folk, country, and classical on top of its traditional Korean music roots.

The 12 Best K-Pop Girl Groups at Glance:

  • Blackpink
  • Red Velvet
  • Mamamoo
  • Girls' Generation
  • (G)I-DLE
  • GFriend
  • Wonder Girls
  • IZ*ONE
  • ITZY
  • Momoland
  • AOA

1. Blackpink

The 12 Best K-Pop Girl Groups in South Korea

Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2016)

Blackpink group was formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa.

As of 2019, Blackpink is the highest-charting female K-pop act on both Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, peaking at number 41 with "Kill This Love", and peaking at number 24 with Kill This Love, respectively. They are also the first and only K-pop girl group to enter and top Billboard's Emerging Artists chart. They are also the first female K-pop group to have four number-one singles on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart. At the time of its release, "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" was the most-viewed Korean music video in the first 24 hours on YouTube, and in January 2019, it became the most viewed music video by a K-pop group on the website. As of September 2019, Blackpink is the most-subscribed music group on YouTube.



Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2015)

The group is composed of nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. The group debuted on October 20, 2015, with the extended play The Story Begins.

Twice rose to fame in 2016 with their single "Cheer Up". The song charted at number 1 on the Gaon Digital Chart and became the best-performing single of the year. It also won "Song of the Year" at two major music awards shows—Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their subsequent single "TT", from their third EP Twicecoaster: Lane 1, claimed the top spot for four consecutive weeks. The EP was the highest selling K-pop girl group album of 2016, which sold 350,852 copies by year-end. Within 19 months after debut, Twice has sold over 1.2 million units of their four EPs and special album.

3. Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2014)

The group debuted on August 1, 2014, with the digital single "Happiness" and four group members: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Joy. In March 2015, Yeri was added into the group.

Since their debut, Red Velvet has released two studio albums, two reissue albums, and nine extended plays in Korean, with eleven of them topping South Korea's Gaon Album Chart. Their singles "Happiness", "Ice Cream Cake", "Dumb Dumb", "Russian Roulette", "Rookie", "Peek-a-Boo", "Bad Boy", and "Psycho" have all charted in the top five on Gaon Digital Chart, while their singles "Red Flavor" and "Power Up" topped the chart upon release. Additionally, they made their Japanese debut in July 2018 with the extended play #Cookie Jar.

Regarded as one of the most popular K-pop groups worldwide by Time and Billboard, Red Velvet has received several awards for music, choreography, and popularity, including the Golden Disc New Artist Award in 2015 and the Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Female Group in 2017.

4. Mamamoo


Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2014)

The group officially debuted on June 18, 2014, with the single "Mr. Ambiguous". Their debut was considered by some critics as one of the best K-pop debuts of 2014. They are recognized for their retro, jazz, R&B concepts and their strong vocal performances.

On March 27, 2019, Mamamoo announced their fourth solo concert, titled “2019 Mamamoo Concert 4Seasons F/W” will be held at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on April 19–21. The concerts are a grand finale for Mamamoo's "Four Seasons Four Colors Project," which was launched in March 2018 to re-create the group's identity.

On July 24, 2019, Mamamoo released a new single titled "Gleam", composed by Cosmic Sound, as a CF (commercial film) for Davich Eyeglasses. Mamamoo released their second full album, Reality in Black, on November 14, 2019, with its lead single "Hip".

5. Girls' Generation

Girls' Generation

Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2007)

The group is composed of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun. Originally a nine-piece group, Jessica departed from the group in September 2014. One of the prominent figures of the Korean Wave, the group has earned numerous accolades and the honorific nickname "The Nation's Girl Group" in their home country.

Girls' Generation are regarded as one of the most sought-out advertisers in South Korea. Marketers named the group as the models with the most influence over consumers, attributing the group's positive attention from the public to their vocals, looks, and fashion sense. In 2009, the popularity of "Gee" helped the group generate ₩1.5 billion ($1.2 million) in endorsement revenue.

In 2011 and 2012, the members of Girls' Generation combined were the South Korean celebrities who shot the most number of commercials. The group has appeared in over forty endorsement deals—major ones included LG, Intel, Korean chicken chain Goobne Chicken, Casio, Samantha Thavasa, Domino's Pizza and Lotte. They also collaborated with Korean shopping mall 10 Corso Como Seoul to create their own perfume brand "Girl".

6. (G)I-DLE


Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2018)

(G)I-dle, stylized as (G)I-DLE, is a South Korean multinational girl group formed by Cube Entertainment in 2018. The group consists of six members: Miyeon, Minnie, Soojin, Soyeon, Yuqi, and Shuhua. The group debuted on May 2, 2018, with their first extended play titled I Am.

The group was also praised for their stage presence during performances such as 2018 MMA's golden stage reminiscent of Cleopatra, and 2018 MAMA's stage performing with dozens of female dancers to emphasize the image of women. It is also stated that their performance for Fan-dora's Box was "another legendary stage" due to the emotional acting by the members where they expressed "anger in sadness". (G)I-dle gave their last Queendom stage, "Lion" with the Lion story which was narrated by Minnie, danced in golden robes ornately decorated with lion's mane and finished with a herd of lions [dancers] following (G)I-dle to the six thrones. The stage was described as "a world-class stage" and "a legendary stage".

7. GFriend


Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2015)

GFriend is a six-member South Korean girl group formed by Source Music in 2015. The group consists of Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. They made their debut with the EP Season of Glass on January 15, 2015. GFriend won several 2015 female rookie awards and has garnered momentum since their debut despite being from a small company.

The group garnered international attention after a fan-taken video of GFriend members continuing and completing a performance of "Me Gustas Tu" despite continuously falling on a slippery stage went viral in September 2015. The group was praised for their professionalism, especially Yuju, who fell a total of eight times and suffered a twisted finger during the performance.

On September 17, 2015, GFriend made headlines again as the only girl group to be nominated in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards "Best Korean Act" category alongside boy groups B1A4, BTS, Got7, and VIXX.

8. Wonder Girls

Wonder Girls

Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2007)

Active until: 2017

Wonder Girls was a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment. The group debuted in February 2007 with the single "Irony" and five members: Yeeun, Sunye, Sunmi, Hyuna and Sohee. After Hyuna's departure in July, Yubin was added into the group prior to the release of their debut studio album, The Wonder Years.

Wonder Girls are known as "South Korea's Retro Queens", as their music has been noted to contain elements from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. In 2017, Billboard ranked Wonder Girls at number three on their "Top 10 K-pop Girl Groups of the Past Decade" list. The group officially disbanded on January 26, 2017, after unsuccessful contract renewal negotiation with some of its members. On February 10, 2017, they released their final single "Draw Me", which also served as a celebration of their tenth anniversary.



Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2018)

The group, managed by Off the Record Entertainment, is composed of twelve members: Jang Won-young, Sakura Miyawaki, Jo Yu-ri, Choi Ye-na, Ahn Yu-jin, Nako Yabuki, Kwon Eun-bi, Kang Hye-won, Hitomi Honda, Kim Chae-won, Kim Min-ju and Lee Chae-yeon. In late 2019, activities of the group have been temporarily suspended due to the Mnet vote manipulation investigation.

The group's Japanese debut single, "Suki to Iwasetai", was released on February 6, 2019 under UMG's EMI Records label. Peaking at number 2 on Oricon Singles Chart and with over 250,000 unit sales, the single was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).

10. ITZY


Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2019)

Itzy , consists five members: Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted on February 12, 2019, with the release of their single album, It'z Different.

In November 2019, "Dalla Dalla" surpassed 100 million streams on Gaon Music Chart, becoming the group's first platinum certification. It is also the first debut song by a K-pop group to earn a platinum certification from the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA) since the introduction of the certifications in April 2018.

The single also ranked No. 8 on the list of the "The 20 Best K-pop Songs of 2019" by Dazed, which stated that the group "keep a steady hand on the rudder using the fun touches even with the visual and sonic chaos going on around" and "the ones to give K-pop a fresh boot up". The music videos of "Dalla Dalla" and "Icy" entered the list of South Korea's most popular music video on YouTube, at No. 2 and 7 respectively. At the end of the year, Itzy was recognized with several Best New Female Artist awards, including the 2019 Melon Music Awards and the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

11. Momoland


Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2016)

The show winners became the seven members Hyebin, Yeonwoo, Jane, Nayun, JooE, Ahin, and Nancy, and they debuted on November 10, 2016, with the EP Welcome to Momoland. In 2017, Momoland added two new members, Daisy and Taeha. In 2019, Taeha, Yeonwoo and Daisy left the group.

On March 20, 2019, Momoland released their fifth EP titled Show Me with the lead single "I'm So Hot", which became their first release without Daisy and Taeha since Welcome to Momoland. On September 4, 2019, Momoland released their first Japanese studio album Chiri Chiri without Daisy, Taeha and Yeonwoo. On October 4, 2019, the group and MLD Entertainment signed a co-management agreement with the Philippine media corporation ABS-CBN. In late 2019, Momoland reformed as six members, as Yeonwoo, Taeha and Daisy left the group. On December 30, 2019, Momoland released their first single album Thumbs Up with the lead single of the same name.

12. AOA


Origin: Seoul, South Korea (2012)

The group is composed of five members: Jimin, Yuna, Hyejeong, Seolhyun and Chanmi. Originally a eight-piece group, Youkyung departed from the group in October 2016, followed by Choa in June 2017 and Mina in May 2019.

In August 2019, AOA joined Mnet's reality survival show Queendom, which saw six female K-pop acts competing in a series of preliminary performances, and in the show's finale, each act would release a final song on the same day to compete for the top spot. The series began airing on August 29, and following the premiere, AOA had begun to receive a lot of positive reception and widespread attention for their appearances on the show.

The performance for their cover of Mamamoo's "Egotistic" became a trending topic on Naver, and the digital release of their cover entered many Korean music charts. On October 25, Queendom's six contestants released their final songs on Korean streaming services. AOA released "Sorry," which would be their first official release as five members. AOA released their sixth mini album New Moon with the title track "Come See Me" on November 26, 2019.

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