10 of the Best Kpop Girl Groups of All Time
They’re funky, spunky, and everything in between. South Korean pop is taking over the world, and these dames are making sure they are right at the helm. They are the famous Kpop girl groups.
Though their music has not experienced as much success on the international charts as their male counterparts’, they have become a major influence on global culture, seen in everything from music to skincare, and what we love best of all: fashion—Kpop girls’ streetwear is unrivaled.
If you don’t know what we’re talking about, see for yourself. Here’s a list of top Kpop girl groups to start you off.
Adoringly referred to as The Nation's Girl Group in South Korea, no list of female Kpop groups would be complete without mention of Girls’ Generation: The group has been releasing chart-toppers right since their debut in August 2007, but we believe it is their electric performances that have enabled them to stay in the limelight. The fact that they were the first Asian girl group to achieve five music videos with over 100 million views on YouTube is proof. They are masters of reinvention, from fashion to brand image, keeping their fans wanting more.
Chart-topper after chart-topper, female Kpop would not be the same without this four-girl troupe. Even though the group debuted in 2016, they are the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 13 with "Ice Cream.”
Offstage, they dominate fashion with emphasized individuality in their looks. Though their outfits on stage have the typical uniformity of all Kpop groups, each of them adds in a twist of her own personal style. All four members of the group have even served as global ambassadors for different luxury brands.
Nine girls with nine different personalities make for an eclectic ensemble. Twice rose to fame in 2016 with their single "Cheer Up.” Since then, they’ve been topping charts: Their EP, Twicecoaster: Lane 1, was the highest-selling K-pop girl group album of 2016. You might recognize them by their signature schoolgirl looks, which earned them an exclusive signing as models for school uniform brand Skoolooks, among others.
Just like Girls’ Generation, this is one girl band Kpop has known for a long time. They burst onto the scene in 2009 with the release of the digital single "La Cha Ta", but it is their second album “Pink Tape” that solidified their claim as one of Korea’s most loved Kpop groups. The album was noted as the “greatest Kpop Album of the 2010s" by Billboard. However, in 2016, f(x) halted group performances, as all four members embarked on individual music, acting, and modeling careers.
Nine Korean mini-albums, three Korean studio albums, three Japanese studio albums, and this Kpop girls sextet is showing no signs of slowing down. They are known for hits like "My My,” "Mollayo," and “NoNoNo.” They have performed all over Asia, and even in the wider international scene such as at the Canadian Music Fest.
Young fans love Apink for their relatable innocent and girlish image, which among other expressions, they embody with their preppy schoolgirl fashion.
Through numerous collaborations with notable Kpop artists, Mamamoo was already known on the Kpop scene before they were officially announced by South Korean entertainment group RBW in 2014. Since then they have become a household name among the youth in South Korea, Japan, and wider Asia.
Mamamoo has always been a fan favorite—their very first fan meeting, held at the Olympic Park in Seoul, sold out in one minute. They have since held the limelight with their music and as fashion idols with their voguish style.
Originally debuting as four in 2014 and later becoming a quintet when Yeri joined in 2015, Red Velvet has been making news as one of the leading Korean girl groups ever since.
They are lively and bold, not shying away from controversy with their music as well as their fashion. We especially love the classy yet sultry looks they pull off for some of their most famous videos like “Red Flavor.”
G-idle, short for Girl-Idle, is a 6-member girl group under South Korea’s Cube Entertainment. They have established themselves as a diverse group, with unique music with cultural influences.
Just like their music is distinctly theirs, their style is also to die for. From jacket dresses to unconventional pairings they are not afraid to go against the grain. Refinery29 magazine once described their look as “bold and sensual.”
Since bursting onto the scene with their debut single “Whoz That Girl” in 2012, EXID has dominated charts, won awards, and captured netizen’s attention. Their single "Up & Down" held the number one position on the Gaon Singles Chart four months straight. Few K pop girl groups have achieved such a feat. Internationally, their fifth EP, “WE”, debuted at eighth on the US World Albums Chart, becoming their fourth top 10 entry on the chart.
Girls' Generation-Oh!GG is the second unity of Girls’ Generation, formed in 2018. It came up after three members of the original group left and wanted a fresh new feel while still retaining some of the old familiarity among fans.
They’ve returned bigger than ever, and their single “Lil Touch” is still on some charts, despite being released in 2018.