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Most Famous Korean Bands | Most Popular Bands in Korea

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 (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.
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"Shinee Trend"

"Shinee Trend"


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.

Shinee Lucifer lyrics

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…


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 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 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




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 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!

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

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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 on August 13, 2015:

Where's the BTS ?

joyce on April 21, 2015:

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

Seong Min Ah on January 30, 2015:

Where's Bangtan Boys oppa????

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 24, 2014:

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

emma on November 12, 2014:

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

KIM_APRIL on October 24, 2014:

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

kim thghh yhjh on September 23, 2014:

Ss501 is the best. Love them.

mina on July 05, 2014:

I really miss you guys...

SS501 we are waiting for you

I want see you together again!

my lovely boys...

one of Indian frn of u on June 10, 2014:

i lov to hear the songs of ss501 '

ECAH on June 07, 2014:


mblaq on January 11, 2014:

:-((( 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...

twentyfive (author) on November 01, 2013:

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

Abha on November 01, 2013:

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.

secret on October 06, 2013:

yup what about c.n blue

Triple S on July 29, 2013:

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

SHIMIKANA on July 29, 2013:


kat on July 27, 2013:

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

TEO SHU TING on July 19, 2013:


katy ss501 on July 15, 2013:

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

ss501 ss501 ss501 ss501 heart heart heart heart heart !

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

SS501 !!!!

joannie on June 03, 2013:

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

aqsa khan on May 11, 2013:


marwa on May 04, 2013:

i forget cn blue sorry they should be here too

i love k pop

marwa on May 04, 2013:

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

michelle on April 17, 2013:

where's Cn Blue

Zey on April 09, 2013:

2ne1 and bigbang the best!!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 07, 2013:

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

Lydia on April 02, 2013:

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

K on March 04, 2013:

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

cute on February 18, 2013:

super junior forever........

chandoria12345 on January 28, 2013:

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 :)

twentyfive (author) on January 21, 2013:

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

chandoria12345 on January 16, 2013:

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

twentyfive (author) on January 14, 2013:

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

chandoria12345 on January 14, 2013:

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 :)

Primadonna on January 07, 2013:

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.


BIGBANG on September 19, 2012:

Bigbang and G Dragon forever!!!!Fighting!

sozz on August 10, 2012:

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

SS501 on August 09, 2012:

SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501 SS501

twentyfive (author) on August 01, 2012:

Love Shinee so much!

maria on July 31, 2012:

Just ss501 forever

ss501 is the best korean band and I love ss501

Anila shrestha on July 24, 2012:

huh! ss501 aww just love them*

jjj on June 17, 2012:

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

mariza dagoc on June 17, 2012:

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

cubbycube on June 13, 2012:

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

shin0217 on June 04, 2012:

U-KISS is the BEST!!!

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

enge on June 02, 2012:

l kiss. u kiss. go u kiss

taemin lover on June 02, 2012:

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

Marcy112 on May 30, 2012:

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

Paul Martin top radio DJ promoter on May 30, 2012:

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 !

JN on May 13, 2012:

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

angelica espeleta on May 09, 2012:

ss501 pls vote

jessica acibar on April 23, 2012:

BIGBANG is the best...

AFAF on April 19, 2012:

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

Lee Taemin from seoul korea,korean on April 13, 2012:

yea they are more cool then justin bieber!!!

Yasa gyadu on April 12, 2012:

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.

chubbinita on April 09, 2012:

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

monika on April 08, 2012:


cnblueloverforever on April 01, 2012:

CNBLUE fighting !!!!!!!

CNBLUE !!!!!!!!






cnblueloverforever on April 01, 2012:

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

♥ mary ♥ on March 25, 2012:



claire on March 24, 2012:

fighting ss501

love u

erialc on March 24, 2012:

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....


♥ mary ♥ on March 21, 2012:

Just SS501?

we will support SSf0rever501..

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


kim mi nnah on March 20, 2012:

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.......!

abolfazle on March 17, 2012:

we support ss501 we can fiy bye ss501

Lee Taemin from seoul korea,korean on March 16, 2012:

taemin foreva SHINEE FIGHTING

sakila on March 16, 2012:

of course CN blue and super junior

Heva on March 12, 2012:

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

jhonaylicious on March 11, 2012:

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

yalda on March 11, 2012:

ss501 is in my heart

jasmine on March 10, 2012:

there should be CN blue in the list

boooo booo!!

shane on March 09, 2012:

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

cristy on March 08, 2012:

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

Jen on March 05, 2012:

I love Super Junior.

Zeynab on March 05, 2012:

Just TaeMin!I Love Shinee Hooooooooooooo

parisa(just TaeRang) on March 05, 2012:

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!!!!

Sara* MY Love JunYong* on March 05, 2012:

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

DNT is soooooooooooooo Over than other groups.

DNT Fighting!

Shineelover on February 26, 2012:

Shinee all the way !SHAWOL FOREVER

sung hyo byung on February 26, 2012:

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

ASAL on February 25, 2012:

Saranhe SS501

Just SS501

niloo on February 24, 2012:

hi just ss501 is our vote ss501 for ever fighting

Someone on February 23, 2012:

Girls Generation is the Best!!!

miss flann on February 22, 2012:

wuaaa you mention shinhwa!! the legend!!

nancty on February 19, 2012:

i love 2NE1 so much AHahah!!

akim on February 19, 2012:

2PM the best k-pop group!!

no doubt bout that!!

Me on February 17, 2012:

Super Junior... I vote Super Junior..

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

lyn on February 16, 2012:

i love f.t island

ANA on February 11, 2012:

i love ss501 just ss501

Azadeh on February 11, 2012:

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

anne anne on February 05, 2012:

love them all saranghamnida

mahsa on February 05, 2012:

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

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zhoan on February 04, 2012:

only ss501 is the best korean boy band in the world


Madison on January 28, 2012:

Super Junior and SS501 are my favs :D

natty on January 23, 2012:

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

rea on January 22, 2012:

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

ysaz on January 20, 2012:

indeed ss501 are the kings of asia no compitetion

Loha tina on January 19, 2012:

Big band Rule korea.they are awsm

Pilsuk on January 19, 2012:

I agree with Jason!

Jason on January 19, 2012:

The list needs 2PM!

SENG KIM HOUR on January 18, 2012:


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