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Taking Over the World: The Top 10 K-Pop bands you should check out


The band was established by SM Entertainment, a Korean pop industry powerhouse; their music is a typical pop/R&B fare with the occasional rock edge and a tendency for a cappella songs.

Red Velvet

Inspired by artists like En Vogue, Destiny’s Child, and Gwen Stefani, South Korea’s Red Velvet are a five-member, all-female vocal group who make dance-oriented contemporary R&B and rap-infused pop.

Super Junior

South Korean boy band Super Junior is best known for their breakthrough 2009 hit K-pop single, “Sorry, Sorry.”


South Korean boy band Shinee were one of the country’s biggest pop acts of the late 2000s and 2010s. With their high-energy, bass-heavy, electronic dance-pop and complex, tightly choreographed dance moves, they regularly topped the charts.


Formerly known as B2ST (or Beast), K-pop boy band Highlight consists of five members: Yoon Doo-joon, Yong Jun-hyung, Yang Yo-seob, Lee Gi-kwang and Son Dong-woon.


Seoul-based girl group Twice features members from Korea, Japan, and Taiwan performing bright, catchy pop tunes.


Rightfully dubbed the “Kings of K-Pop,”BIGBANG continues to be one of the biggest names in the entire K-Pop music industry.


South Korean boy band BTS (Bangtan Boys or “bulletproof boy scouts” in Korean) blend dance-oriented K-pop with hip-hop influences.

Girl’s Generation

Girls’ Generation, also known as SNSD, is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. Girls’ Generation’s signature musical styles are characterized as electro-pop and bubblegum pop, though their sounds have varied widely, incorporating various genres including hip hip, R&B and EDM.


South Korean boy band EXO perform melodic, dance-oriented pop music influenced by hip-hop and R&B. Formed in 2011 by S.M. Entertainment producer Lee Soo-Man, the band consists of 12 members divided into two subgroups, EXO-K and EXO-M.

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