Top 30 Most Popular and Succesful K-Pop Boy Groups In 2017

11. VIXX


VIXX debuted under Jellyfish Entertainment in 2012. The group name and the members were chosen by viewers’ votes throught Mnet’s survival reality show “MyDOL.” VIXX stands for Voice, Visual, Value in Excelsis.

Current Members and Position

  • N (leader, main dancer, vocalist)
  • Leo (main vocalist)
  • Ken (main vocalist)
  • Hongbin (vocalist, rapper)
  • Ravi (main rapper, lead dancer, vocalist)
  • Hyuk (lead dancer, vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • In 2017, VIXX won the Best Boy Group award at Korean Entertainment Arts Awards.
  • VIXX topped Billboard’s World Albums chart with their 4th mini album “Shangri-La.”
  • Their title track “Error” received triple crown on SBS Inkigayo.



Infinite originally debuted with seven members in 2010 under Woolim Entertainment. They first introduced on Mnet’s pre-debut reality show “You are My Oppa.” Recently, member Hoya decided to leave the group so Infinite is now left with six members. They are currently gearing up for a comeback.

Current Members and Position

  • Sunggyu (leader, main vocalist)
  • Woohyun (main vocalist)
  • Dongwoo (main rapper, lead dancer, vocalist)
  • L (vocalist, visual)
  • Sungyeol (vocalist)
  • Sungjong (vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • In 2010, Infinite won the New Generation Popular Music Teen Singer Award at 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards.
  • Billboard Korea listed their title track “The Chaser” as one of the Best K-Pop Songs in 2012.
  • Infinite is the first Korean group to top the Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artists chart in 2014.

 13. ASTRO


Astro is a boy group from Fantagio, an agency known for its actors and actresses. They first appeared on a web drama series “To Be Continued” before officially debuted as an idol group in 2016.

Current Members and Position

  • Jinjin (leader, main rapper, lead dancer)
  • MJ (main vocalist)
  • Cha Eunwoo (vocalist)
  • Rocky (main dancer, lead rapper, vocalist)
  • Moonbin (lead vocalist, lead dancer)
  • Sanha (lead vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • Less than half a year since their debut, Astro’s 2nd mini album “Summer Vibes” ranked 6th on Billboard’s World Albums chart.
  • Astro won the Hallyu Special Award at Seoul Music Awards 2017.
  • In their debut year, Astro named as one of the Best New K-Pop groups by Billboard.



Monsta X is a boy group under Starship Entertainment. They debuted in 2015 after chosen through “No.Mercy,” a survival show by Mnet. They made their Japan debut in 2017 under Mercury Tokyo.

Current Members and Position

  • Shownu (leader, main dancer, lead vocalist)
  • Kihyun (main vocalist)
  • Wonho (lead vocalist, lead dancer)
  • Minhyuk (vocalist)
  • Hyungwon (lead dancer, vocalist)
  • Jooheon (main rapper, vocalist)
  • I.M (lead rapper, vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • 7 months after debuting, Monsta X won the Next Generation Asian Artist Award at Mnet Asian Music Awards 2015.
  • Monsta X album titled “The Clan Part 2.5: The Final Chapter <Beautiful>” ranked 1st on Billboard’s World Albums chart.
  • Their repackaged album “Shine Forever” topped iTunes K-Pop charts in 19 countries.

15. BtoB


BtoB is a boy group from Cube Entertainment who debuted in 2012. The name BtoB is an acronym for Born to Beat. The group is known for their powerful ballad songs. From April 2017, the seven members released solo tracks every month as a part of their comeback promotion.

Current Members and Position

  • Eunkwang (leader, main vocalist)
  • Ilhoon (main rapper, vocalist)
  • Minhyuk (lead rapper, lead dancer, vocalist)
  • Peniel (lead rapper, vocalist)
  • Hyunsik (main dancer, lead vocalist)
  • Changsub (lead vocalist)
  • Sungjae (lead vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • BtoB topped Korean real-time music charts with pre-release track “Someday.”
  • They received the Hallyu Star Award at Korea Cable TV Awards 2017.
  • BtoB’s title track “Movie” ranked in Billboard’s Twitter Top Tracks.

16. NU’EST W


NU’EST W is a sub-group of NU’EST. NU’EST debuted in 2012 under Pledis Entertainment with five members. Since member Hwang Minhyun is now currently promoting with Wanna One, the remaining four members made a unit and named it NU’EST W. They made their debut with “If You” not long after Mnet’s “Produce 101 Season 2” ended.

Current Members and Position

  • JR (leader, main rapper, main dancer)
  • Aron (lead rapper, lead dancer, vocalist)
  • Baekho (main vocalist)
  • Ren (vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • Their debut single “If You” ranked 1st on major real time Korean music charts after its release.
  • NU’EST’s title track “Hello” that was released in 2013 climbed up music charts again in 2017.
  • After four years they released “Hello” which was also nominated to win first place at Inkigayo.

17. 2PM


2PM debuted under JYP Entertainment and is known as beastly idol group. The group debuted in 2008 with seven members. In 2010, member Jay Park left the group and since then 2PM has been promoting with six members. Since member Taecyeon left for the army this September, the remaining 2PM members are now focusing on individual activities.

Current Members and Position

  • Jun.K (main vocalist)
  • Junho (main vocalist, lead dancer)
  • Nichkhun (vocalist, rapper)
  • Wooyoung (main dancer, lead vocalist)
  • Taecyeon (main rapper, sub vocalist)
  • Chansung (lead rapper, vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • In 2010, 2PM’s album “Still 02:00PM” ranked 13th on Billboard’s Top World Albums.
  • Their “Legend of 2PM” album dominated Japan’s major music charts.
  • 2PM’s title track “Promise” topped Asian iTunes charts soon after its release.



Sechskies formed by DSP Media in 1997 with six members. The group actually had disbanded in 2000, but YG Entertainment signed a contract with five members of Sechskies in 2016. The group then made a successful comeback and they continue promoting under YG Entertainment.

Current Members and Position

  • Jiwon (leader, main rapper, lead vocalist)
  • Jaeduck (lead rapper, lead dancer)
  • Jaejin (main dancer, sub rapper)
  • Sunghoon (main vocalist)
  • Suwon (sub vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • Sechskies won the Best Group Performance award at Golden Disc Awards 2017.
  • Sechskies’ comeback album “The 20th Anniversary” topped Korean music charts and iTunes charts in 6 countries.
  • They also entered Billboard’s World Albums Chart with “The 20th Anniversary” ranked 9th.

19. SHINee


SHINee made their debut in 2008 under SM Entertainment. They are expecting to be the one who receives the light with the name SHINee. SHINee debuted in Japan under EMI Records Japan in 2011. Since then they’ve not only been promoting in South Korea, but also in Japan.

Current Members and Position

  • Onew (leader, lead vocalist)
  • Jonghyun (main vocalist)
  • Key (lead rapper, lead dancer, vocalist)
  • Minho (main rapper, vocalist)
  • Taemin (main dancer, lead vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • SHINee’s album “1 of 1” topped iTunes charts in 16 countries.
  • SHINee won Most Popular Star – Album Division Award in Golden Disc Award consecutively in 2016 and 2017.
  • Forbes Korea listed SHINee in Korea Power Celebrity list in 2014 and 2016.
  • Their album “Sherlock” became the 5th most sold album of the year.



Super Junior is a boy group formed in 2005 by SM Entertainment. The members are originally debuted as 13 members, but member Hangeng and Kibum left the group in 2010. The group is expected to make a come back soon with members who have completed their military services.

Current Members and Position

  • Leeteuk (leader, vocalist, rapper)
  • Heechul (vocalist, rapper)
  • Eunhyuk (main rapper, main dancer, vocalist)
  • Shindong (lead rapper, lead dancer)
  • Siwon (vocalist)
  • Kangin (vocalist)
  • Sungmin (lead vocalist, lead dancer)
  • Donghae (lead vocalist, lead dancer, rapper)
  • Yesung (main vocalist)
  • Ryeowook (main vocalist)
  • Kyuhyun (main vocalist, sub dancer)

Remarkable Achievements

  • Super Junior has won three Golden Disk Award’s Grand Award.
  • Their title track “Sexy, Free & Single” stayed at no. 1 for three weeks in a row on Mnet’s M Countdown.
  • Super Junior became the first Asian artist who won the International Artist award at Teen Choice Awards 2015.
  • Their album “Devil” ranked 1st on iTunes charts in Asian and European countries.
  • Super Junior’s album “Mamacita” ranked 1st on Billboard’s World Albums chart.