Who are the best Kpop Girl Groups of all time? The two “God Mothers” of Kpop girl groups come down to Fin.K.L. (1998) and S.E.S (1997). Kpop Entertainment companies did an excellent job of training some of the top talents in Korea in both vocals and dancing before debuting the group. Kpop Girl Groups have always had a disadvantage in the industry. Many looked and sounded the same; however, many went against tradition and exploded globally.
Each Kpop Girl Group has its style and story. Many have used social media to expand their audience and let fans into their personal lives. For example, Blackpink’s’ Lisa is the top Kpop Instagram influencer of all time, more significant than any Kpop star, including men. For those interested in our article on the best Kpop Boy Groups, check it out after reading this.
Blackpink was formed by YG Entertainment and debuted back in 2016. It has been less than five years, but Blackpink is the greatest Kpop girl group. They continue to break records on YouTube with every new release. They are the first Kpop girl group to get over 1 billion views for a music video on YouTube. Also, Blackpink is the highest-charting female Kpop Group on the Billboard Hot 100 with their collaboration with Selena Gomez called Ice Cream. They even have their documentary on Netflix called Blackpink: Light up the Sky.
Blackpink has the most subscribers on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. They were the first Kpop girl group to perform at Coachella. They are not only major players in the Kpop industry but also in the fashion industry. The four members are all faces of some of the top luxury fashion brands, such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Dior. It is not known how much these Kpop Idols make, but for sure, they are doing pretty well.
Twice was formed by JYP Entertainment after being on the Korean TV program Sixteen. They exploded onto the Kpop scene with their hit single Cheer Up in 2016. If you ask most male Kpop fans, most will favor Twice over Blackpink. Many don’t realize this, but TWICE is the highest-selling girl group in South Korea regarding physical sales. This is because Twice has three times more singles compared to Blackpink. In addition, Twice is very popular in Japan as well. They became the first Kpop girl group to embark on a Japanese dome tour. Therefore, regarding the most profitable markets (South Korea and Japan), Twice outranks Blackpink. The big question is, will Twice pass Blackpink on a global scale? We will have to wait and see.
Girl’s Generation (SNSD)
SM Entertainment formed girl’s Generation (SNSD). It has been 14 years since Girl’s Generation broke out in the Kpop scene. The nine-member group was able to be one of the first Kpop groups to break out onto the global stage. They had a clean image, and their stage performances were fun and colorful. They are called ‘The Nation’s Girl Group,” and many have gone on to have successful solo careers. Their biggest hit was Gee from their first mini-album, which became a YouTube phenomenon.
In 2010, they became the first Kpop girl group to win the Disk Daesang, the biggest award at the Golden Disc Awards in South Korea. The Golden Disc Awards is pretty much the Grammy of South Korea. In addition, they were prevalent in Japan and regularly sold-out concerts. For example, their 3 Japanese concert tours brought in 550,000 fans.
In their prime, 2NE1 was Korea’s most successful Kpop girl group. The group was formed by YG Entertainment back in 2009. However, in 2016, Minzy left the group, and the band disbanded. If they had all stayed together, it could be argued that 2NE1 would have ranked #1 as the most amazing Kpop girl group. They have sold over 66 million records, and Billboard magazine ranked 2NE1 as one of the best Kpop girl groups of the past decade. All have gone on to have solo careers, but none were able to capture the magic that 2NE1 brought.
Their biggest hit is probably I am the Best. Surprisingly, 2NE1 didn’t hit it big like BTS in America. CL and Park Bom lived in America for many years before moving to Korea. CL speaks perfect English, and it seems they missed a golden opportunity to create music solely for the global audience.
JYP Entertainment found a winner in this five-member Kpop girl group in 2007. Their hit Nobody was the first Korean Kpop song to appear on Billboard’s Hot 100. The group debuted with the single “Irony” and quickly gained popularity with their catchy tunes and impressive dance skills. The Wonder Girls have since released four studio albums, “The Wonder Years,” “Wonder World,” “Reboot,” and “Awaken.”
They have also held several successful tours, both in Korea and internationally. Wonder Girls were one of the first Kpop groups to break into the American market by being the opening act for the Jonas Brothers. They contributed greatly to the rise of the first wave of iconic Hallyu stars like Girls Generation and 2NE1.
Red Velvet is known for trying new concepts and experimenting. SM Entertainment formed them. The group’s name represents their two concepts: “red” for their brighter, bolder image and “velvet” for their more sophisticated, softer side. Red Velvet has been praised for its unique music style, combining pop, R&B, and hip-hop elements. The group’s debut album, “The Red,” was a critical and commercial success, reaching the top of the Korean music charts and selling over 200,000 copies.
Red Velvet is also known for its fashion sense and beauty. The group has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and they were named one of the “100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2018” by TC Candler.
Their sounds are always new and unique. Their vocals and range are exceptional. The only criticism Red Velvet gets is their stage performance which has improved considerably over time. Time Magazine and Billboard named them one of the most popular Kpop groups. In addition, they were the 5th most-streamed Kpop group worldwide on Spotify as of early 2020.
The most popular Kpop girl group to come out of Mnet reality Kpop competition show Produce 48 is IZ*ONE. The Kpop girl group has 12 members and is managed by Off the Record and Swing Entertainment. They made their debut in late 2018 and won many awards in 2019 for new artist of the year categories. The group has released albums in both Korea and Japan. Many wonder what their name stands for, and it is pretty simple. The IZ stands for 12, and ONE stands for being one as a group.
This group has everything you look for in a musical act – catchy tunes, fantastic choreography, and talented performers. And they’re not afraid to experiment with their sound, which keeps things fresh. Some of their popular upbeat tracks include “Violeta” and ” La Vie en Rose.” But they also have some great slower songs, like “Fiesta.”
Mamamoo is a Korean pop (K-pop) group that debuted in 2014. The group comprises four members: Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein, and Hwasa. Mamamoo is known for having strong vocal skills and catchy songs. They have released several successful albums, including “Melting” and “Reality in Black.” In addition to their musical talents, Mamamoo is known for its fashion style. The group often rocks colorful and unique outfits onstage, which has helped them to stand out from other K-pop groups.
Mamamoo brings its style of music to Kpop. They put RBW on the map. Many experts in the Kpop industry feel that their debut in 2014 is considered one of the best Kpop debuts. Their fame has come organically in Korea but has yet to break out internationally.
Oh My Girl
WM Entertainment’s top group is Oh My Girl. They are a seven-member Kpop girl group that made their debut in 2015. The group comprises Jiho, Mimi, YooA, Seunghee, Binnie, Arin, and Hyojung. Their music mixes cutesy pop and R&B, and they often sing about love and relationships. They’re very talented dancers, and their choreography is always on point. They also were known for their Kpop diet plans to help them stay in shape. Furthermore, they also have great style – their outfits are always trendy and fashion-forward.
The group has a massive following in Japan as they released their 3rd Japanese album in 2020. In addition, at the 2020 Soribada Best K-Music Awards, Oh My Girl received a Bonsang Award.
The most successful group to come out of DSP Media has to be Kara. Kara has it all for a Kpop girl group. They first started with four members when they made their debut in 2007. They have stunning visuals, a fabulous stage presence, and fun choreography. Kara is best known for their catchy songs and flashy dance routines. They have released several successful albums, including ‘Rock U’ and ‘Step.’ In addition to their musical career, Kara has also appeared in several TV shows and movies, such as ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ and ‘The Bride of habaek.’
Kara is a hugely popular group in Korea and across Asia, and their fans are affectionately known as ‘Kamilies’. KARA was one of the first Kpop groups that broke out in the Japanese market, paving the way for other Kpop Girl Groups later. The group had an impressive 9-year run, allowing them to make this top 10 list.
Twice and BlackPink have been my favorite ever since I fell in love with K-Pop. I like that “what is love” by twice and “forever young” from BlackPink.
im dead snsd #2 are u on drugs bro LMFAOOO
if snsd aint #1 wat is
Blackpink clearly #1 and when it is all said and done. Love SNSD but Blackpink has surpassed them especially when you look at their global popularity.
blackpink can’t be #1 cuz they don’t come out with a new album or mv or anything since 2020, it is not fair that they are #1 , IMO, twice has to be #1 instead, they definitely more successful than BP but as I already said, it is not FAIR. I am also a Blink but they don’t release new things, the have debuted as solos, it’s ok, but what about as a group THO?!!!
what about itzy???
midzy out here! yeah, they are definitely better than bp, but not more than twice ok! #1 id twice and the #2 must be itzy, blackpink don’t release any new things since 2020 as a group, tho? how can the be #1???!
who ever wrote this:
you know damn-well that BLACKPINK are #1… or at least above ¨KARA¨.
The fact that you put Blackpink above Girls Generation and Twice already shows how little you know about Kpop.
wtf????? blackpink can’t be above twice as they don;t release anything since 2020, it is 2022! 2 YEARS! They haven’t done anything as a group, why solo careers? i am also a blink but why do they do like that…?
I have been a kpop fan since 2009 and stopped listening in 2015. I’ve even watched big bang, super junior, 2ne1, snsd, kara and f(x) live.when i found out about blackpink in 2018 I thought they could surpass 2ne1 but not snsd. But in august 2021 I discovered twice. Like i dont know why i never heard of them. Like from 2018 to early 2021 i was slowly listening to kpop acts again such as somi, chung ha, IU, bp, bts. But anyway since august 2021 i have FALLEN HARD IN LOVE with twice. I only listen to them exclusively. It’s already been 5months. Twice. All day. Every day. I dont even wanna listen to american or British acts anymore. I truly believe twice is the best kpop female group ever. Ahead of snsd. Like if you listen to snsd’s hit songs, compare them with twice’s – twice wins by a landslide. Compare blackpink’s songs with twice – blackpink’s songs dont come close when it comes to essence and meaning,and overall appeal. It’s all “ddu ddu ddu” “ram papam papam pam” “boombayah dan dadan dadadadan etc” you get what i mean.
yeah, someone with the same mind as me! i also fell in luv with them in summer 2021, and now they are my #3 fav gg, as #1 is kep1er(they are new but well, I give them a chance, I also gave tri.be a chance but they quite failed, they are #4 rn) #2 is itzy I love how they love midzy and I wanted to be loved as a midzy and twice is really good, oh, not good but GREAT, AMAZINF, WONDERFUL (more positive adj.s), and they release new things not like bp, bp doesn’t release anything since 2020, twice is better, definitely
SNSD is the best
We support them from iran
the main problem when you put Blackpink above Twice is the fact that the last time Blackpink brought a new song was in 2020, after that, the management make them doing solo, questioning Twice’s global endeavor? I know this article is from back in January, so here is some new fact that make putting Blackpink over Twice is very wrong, their last concert in the US have more than 100k attendees, making them as the first KPop Girl Group to achieve the attendees milestone in North America concert tour, and also the first KPop Girl Group act to hold a stadium shows (Banc of California Stadium) in North America, no offence to BLINK, it’s not that Blackpink couldn’t achieved what Twice’s achieved even surpassed them, even as a ONCE I do believe that at some aspect, Blackpink is more than Twice, but their main problem is their own management, instead of focusing on the group activity like releasing at least 2 albums each year, they focused too much on each member solo activity
With all due respect because I think Black Pink is talented and has some good songs when they aren’t repeating the Du Du Du, What is Love, How You like that Formula. I think it is ridiculous to place a group that has like 1/8 the number of songs above or even equal to so many other great women kpop groups with a lot more diversity in style and a number with better overall vocal quality though I am fond of Rose’s singing and Jenny is pretty good. So, here are the top ten for me. I am just going to list them with no numbers: T-ARA, Girl’s Generation, Red Velvet, IZone, Twice, APink, KARA, f(x), GFriend and GirlFriend, Next for me would be AfterSchool.
My favorites are:
Red Velvet, T-ARA, IZ*ONE, Girl’s Generation, APink, Twice, KARA, GFriend, f(x), Girl’s Day, AOA and AfterSchool
Looking at pure current popularity I can see why Blackpink is that high but come on….
-SNSD are subjectively #3 but really they had a decade of dominance that no group here can hold a candle to here. Maybe after +3 years Twice could take the crown as they have the goods but Blackpink is a LONG way away from being the best Korea had to over the past decade. Based on your YouTube popularity contest Pink Fong is the greatest Korean band because of Baby Shark!
-KARA are way too low at #10
-No AOA? You’ve got to be kidding me right?
– IZ*ONE after their 2 year dysfunctional operation are given #7? Crayon Pop arguably had a better career and that only lasted 2 years too. But what irks me is that you have IZ*ONE over KARA and AOA when they shouldn’t even be on this list. What the heck have you been smoking?
-The Wonder Girls literally had one song hit, all they did was crack the western market billboards with their one catchy song… most Koreans struggle to name more than 2 or 3 of their songs so for me they are #10 at best.