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

21. KNK


KNK officially debuted in 2016. KNK is YNB Entertainment’s first boy group. They want their music to knock on the door of K-Pop so they named the group KNK which stands for K-pop kNocK.

Current Members and Position

  • Jihun (leader, main dancer, vocalist)
  • Youjin (main vocalist)
  • Inseong (main vocalist)
  • Seungjun (main rapper, vocalist)
  • Heejun (lead rapper, vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • KNK’s 2nd mini album “Remain” ranked 1st on iTunes chart in United States and topped iTunes chart in 5 countries.
  • In their debut year, KNK is included in Billboard’s 10 Best New K-Pop Groups.
  • They won the Netizen Award at Korean Entertainment Arts Awards 2017.

22. TVXQ


SM Entertainment debuted TVXQ in 2003 with five members. They now consist of two members since the other members terminated their contracts in 2009. Billboard described TVXQ as “K-pop Royalty”. Member U-Know and Max are both just discharged from military service this year and are expected to come back from their hiatus.

Current Members and Position

  • U-Know (leader, main dancer, main rapper, lead vocalist)
  • Max (main vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • Their special album “Rise As God” ranked 1st in music charts in Korea, Japan, and China.
  • TVXQ’s album “Tense” ranked 2nd on Billboard’s World Album Chart and topped iTunes charts in 9 countries.
  • Their Japanese single “Time Works Wonders” made TVXQ as the only international artist with the most Japanese singles sold.



Block B is a boy group who debuted in 2011. They debuted under Stardom Entertainment but moved to KQ Entertainment (formerly known as Seven Seasons) in 2013 due to contract problems. The members also have their sub-units or solo activities.

Current Members and Position

  • Zico (leader, main rapper, vocalist)
  • B-Bomb (main dancer, vocalist)
  • U-Kwon (lead dancer, vocalist)
  • Taeil (main vocalist)
  • Jaehyo (lead vocalist)
  • Kyung (lead rapper, vocalist)
  • P.O (rapper, vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • In 2012, Block B won the New Artist Award at 20th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards.
  • Track “Yesterday” ranked 1st on Korean major real-time charts and achieved an all-kill.
  • Their mini album “Blooming Period” topped iTunes chart in 11 countries.



Shinhwa first debuted in 1998 under SM Entertainment. After their contract ended with SM Entertainment in 2003, they moved to Good Entertainment until 2008. Since 2011 until now, Shinhwa is under Shinhwa Company, their self-established agency. They are considered as the pioneer of K-Pop idol and they are the longest-active boy group. Shinhwa is the first K-Pop group who managed to do well even after they left their original agency.

Current Members and Position

  • Eric (leader, main rapper)
  • Hyesung (main vocalist)
  • Minwoo (lead vocalist, main dancer)
  • Dongwan (vocalist)
  • Junjin (lead rapper, vocalist, lead dancer)
  • Andy (rapper)

Remarkable Achievements

  • Shinhwa’s latest title track “Touch” listed in the Top 5 of Gaon’s National Digital Singles Ranking.
  • Their album “The Classic” ranked 1st in Korean and Japan music charts.
  • Shinhwa’s title track “Sniper” won triple crown on M! Countdown.

25. SF9


SF9 stands for Sensational Feeling 9. SF9 debuted in 2016 under FNC Entertainment. They are the company’s first dance boy group. SF9 had their mini web drama “Click to My Heart” before they debuted.

Current Members and Position

  • Youngbin (leader, lead rapper, dancer)
  • Zuho (main rapper, dancer)
  • Hwiyoung (rapper, supporting vocalist, dancer)
  • Taeyang (main dancer, main vocalist)
  • Inseong (main vocalist, dancer)
  • Jaeyoon (lead vocalist, dancer)
  • Dawon (lead vocalist, dancer)
  • Rowoon (lead vocalist, dancer)
  • Chani (vocalist, main dancer, rapper)

Remarkable Achievements

  • Three months after their debut, SF9 made it into Billboard’s Global Top 10 Album Chart with “Burning Sensation” ranked 6th.
  • SF9 title track “Easy Love” ranked 1st on United States’ iTunes K-Pop Singles chart.
  • Their mini album “Breaking Sensation” listed in the top 5 of iTunes K-Pop Charts in 14 countries.



Pentagon is a boy group under Cube Entertainment who debuted in 2016. The final ten members were chosen through Mnet’s reality survival program “Pentagon Maker.” Pentagon’s latest comeback title track “Demo_01” was composed by member Hui who also composed Wanna One’s debut track “Energetic.”

Current Members and Position

  • Hui (leader, main vocalist, lead dancer)
  • Jinho (main vocalist)
  • Hongseok (lead vocalist)
  • Yeo One (lead vocalist)
  • Shinwon (sub vocalist)
  • Yanan (sub vocalist)
  • Kino (main dancer, vocalist)
  • E’Dawn (lead rapper, lead dancer, vocalist)
  • Yuto (main rapper, vocalist)
  • Wooseok (main rapper, vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • Pentagon’s Japan debut album “Gorilla” topped Tower Records’ monthly album chart.
  • Their mini album “Ceremony” entered top 15 of Billboard’s World Albums chart.
  • Pentagon won the New Star Award at Asia Model Awards 2017.



Teen Top is a boy group formed by TOP Media. They debuted in 2010 with six members. In February 2017, member L.Joe decided to terminate his contract. Hence, Teen Top now consists of five members.

Current Members and Position

  • C.A.P (leader, main rapper)
  • Niel (main vocalist)
  • Chunji (lead vocalist)
  • Ricky (lead dancer, vocalist)
  • Changjo (main dancer, vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • In their debut year, Teen Top received the Best Rookie Group award at MTV Music Awards.
  • Their title track “Crazy” achieved triple crown on TV music charts program.
  • Teen Top album “High Five” topped Hanteo and Gaon’s weekly album charts.

28. B1A4


B1A4 debuted in 2011 under WM Entertainment. The members were first introduced through a webtoon. In January 2012, B1A4 made their debut in Japan under record label Pony Canyon. Not only active as a group, the members are now also active in Korean dramas or TV programs.

Current Members and Position

  • Jinyoung (leader, lead vocalist)
  • Sandeul (main vocalist)
  • Baro (main rapper)
  • CNU (main dancer, lead vocalist, lead rapper)
  • Gongchan (lead dancer, vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • B1A4 won the Golden Disc Award Album Division three years consecutively.
  • In their debut year, they won four awards from various Korean music award shows.
  • Their Japanese album “4” ranked 2nd in Oricon CD albums ranking.

29. UP10TION


UP10TION is a boy group from TOP Media. They made their debut in 2015 with ten members. UP10TION is currently promoting with nine members since member Wooshin is on hiatus due to his psychological condition.

Current Members and Position

  • Jinhoo (leader, lead vocalist)
  • Kuhn (vice leader, lead rapper, vocalist)
  • Wei (main rapper, vocalist)
  • Bit-to (main rapper, main dancer, vocalist)
  • Sunyoul (main vocalist)
  • Hwanhee (main vocalist)
  • Kogyeol (lead vocalist)
  • Gyujin (lead vocalist)
  • Wooshin (vocalist)
  • Xiao (vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • UP10TION’s mini album “Burst” ranked 1st for Korean weekly album sales charts.
  • According to Oricon Japan, their debut single album “ID” became the most sold K-Pop  debut album in Japan.
  • Their debut track “So, Dangerous” MV ranked 9th on Billboard’s Most Viewed K-Pop videos in America.



Widmay Entertainment debuted their first boy group Snuper in 2015. Snuper’s group name meaning is Higher than Super. The group debuted in Japan under Kiss Entertainment in 2016.

Current Members and Position

  • Taewoong (leader, rapper, vocalist)
  • Suhyun (main vocalist)
  • Sangil (main vocalist)
  • Woosung (vocalist)
  • Sangho (main dancer, vocalist)
  • Sebin (rapper, vocalist)

Remarkable Achievements

  • Snuper’s 4th mini album repackage “The Star of Stars” ranked 4th on Gaon album chart.
  • Their Japanese single “Oh Yeah!” dominated Tower Records’ chart.
  • Snuper received Modeltainer award at Asia Model Festival 2016.

What do you think about the list? Does it include your favorite group? There are still a lot of groups out there, working hard and contributing to the global music industry. It doesn’t matter if they are senior groups or newcomers, they can still become popular and successful. 2017 hasn’t ended yet. Let’s wait for other groups to show the world what they’ve got!