Thanks to their diverse genres, synchronic choreography, strategic camera movements and spotlight-stealing fashion trends, their songs are no less than an audio-visual treat. While BTS and EXO are among the world’s most successful K-pop boy bands, Korean girl groups are now dominating the pop music scene with their high-octane performances and euphonious vocals.
Check out these 5 all-girl K-pop groups that have become a global phenomenon:
Debuted in August 2016, BLACKPINK is one of the most popular all-girl K-pop groups. The four-member South Korean pop group made history with the most first-day views of their 2018 single “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” from their mini-album Square Up under the label YG Entertainment.
The members of the quartet, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa, are also popular for their style and have been dubbed as fashion icons. While all of them can sing, Jennie and Lisa are rappers lending a unique edge to the band’s overall upbeat vibe. The fans of this K-pop group are known as Blinks.
BLACKPINK songs are also a visual treat featuring glamorous outfits, impeccable choreography and outstanding concepts. With over one million copies sold in the world, it is the best-selling K-pop girl group of all time.
The multilingual group also collaborated with Dua Lipa for the song “Kiss and Make Up”. Their latest song “How You Like That” ranks No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales. In 2019, BLACKPINK is the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella.
The girl group also has a reality show called the BLACKPINK House which follows the singers carrying on with their daily lives.
The South Korean all-girl ensemble debuted in 2015 and comprises nine members — Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu. The group was originally formed from a survival reality show named Sixteen and had seven members. Tzuyu and Momo joined later.
TWICE gained popularity with their 2016 hit single “Cheer Up” from their mini-album Page Two, which also won Best Female Group and Song of the Year awards at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
One of the best K-pop girl groups, the band is renowned for its striking fashion outfits, seamless and synchronised choreography.
Consisting of four members — Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein and Hwasa — the all-girl group came into existence in 2014 under the label RWB.
The K-pop quartet is known for its expertise in different genres — jazz, R&B, ballad and pop, apart from their playful fashion statements.
Some of the hit songs with impressive vocals and head-turning performances include “Mr. Ambiguous” (2014), “Taller Than You” (2016) and “Um Oh Ah Yeah” (2015).
Red Velvet started as a four-member K-pop girl band in 2014 which now has five members with Wendy, Irene, Seulgi, Joy and Yeri. The band gained traction for outstanding vocals, vibrant outfits, upbeat and edgy concepts.
The group is managed by SM Entertainment and has released two studio albums so far. The official name of their fan club is ReVeLuv.
Irene is the lead vocalist and the eldest in the group who also acted in the hit series Game Development Girls and the group is known for its chartbuster songs, including R&B track “Velvet” and dance-pop “Red”.
The five-member K-pop girl troupe debuted on Billboard 200 Chart and Rolling Stone’s Top 200 with their latest release “Guess Who” in April 2021.
Launched in February 2019 by JYP Entertainment, the group includes Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong and Yuna.
ITZY’s latest English album titled Not Shy released in January 2021 features hit tracks like “Wannabe”, “Icy”, “Dalla Dalla” and the title track “Not Shy”, which also won one of the best K-pop numbers of 2020 by Time magazine.