South Korea is very much a beauty-oriented country. To get famous and become an idol, someone will have to invest not only in honing their skills but also in their physical beauty. That may be the reason why the majority of their idols and stars have a beautiful appearance.
Some good examples that reflect this reality are the famous Korean KPOP girl groups. It is undeniable that most of them managed to attract large fan communities through the way they look.
Nonetheless, many other factors would decide their popularity, such as vocals and band talent.
Our list of the more recent and popular KPOP girl groups of 2021, in no specific order.
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10. CLC (Crystal Clear)
If you are wondering what CLC means, well, it’s short for Crystal Clear. CLC is a South Korean girl group formed in 2015 by Cube Entertainment.
The group initially started with five members: Yujin, Sorn, Yeeun, Seungyeon, Seunghee, but in February 2016, two more girls Elkie and Eubin, joined.
The initial release came on March 19, 2015, with their debut song, First Love which you can listen to in the video below:
The group divulged into the world of Japanese music, releasing two Japanese-language singles in 2016. Before the first release, the group was renowned for their fantastic street performances, which raised vast amounts of money for children with disabilities.
On December 25, 2020, Elkie sent a legal notice to Cube Entertainment requesting termination of her contract. She said she had not been paid for her acting activities, and that Cube Entertainment had already stopped their “developmental support” of CLC, putting the group’s future in limbo but let’s pray for the best.
Source Music created the GFriend group in 2015. GFriend made their debut E.P. Season of Glass on January 15, 2015, winning Best New Female Artist at the Melon Music Awards.
The South Korean girl group has six members, Sowon, Yerin, SinB, Umji, and Yuju. In 2016 they got their big break with Snowflake’s release and later Rough, which won many music awards shows.
In 2016, they released their album LOL, making an official entry into the Japanese charts, releasing their second album, Time For Us (2018).
This South Korean-Japanese girl group has 12 members. All the members have been scouted through the Mnet reality show Produce 48. This reality show is a competition where twelve wanna music stars go through various music tasks and are judged by a live audience.
The show allows the audience to vote for their favorite performances. The girl with the fewest votes has to leave. The harsh game show has now formed the super girl group as we know it today.
IZ*One’s members include Jang Won-young, Jo Yu-ri, Sakura Miyawaki, Choi Ye-Na, Ahn Yu-jin, Kwon Eun-bi, Nako Yabuki, Kang Hye-won Hitomi Honda, Kim Chae-won Lee Chae-Yeon, and Kim Min-Joo.
They released their debut single on October 29, 2018, along with their first album Color*IZ, peaking at number 2 on the Geon Digital Chats.
ITZY is a South Korean girl group consisting of five members: Ryujin, Yuna, Yeji, and Chaeryeong. The group was founded by JYP Entertainment, debuting on February 12, 2019, with It’s Different.
Being one of the most recent recruits to the K-POP music scene, the group has massive influences from EDM and Techno and Future House.
The group has gained a massive following on Youtube, with Billboard confirming that Dalla Dalla broke the record for the most viewed K-POP debut music video in 24 hours, with over 100 million views.
Mamamoo was formed by RBW Entertainment in 2014 and is a South Korean girl group, officially debuting on June 19, 2014, with the single Mr. Ambiguous. Mamamoo is recognized for its retro R&B, Jazz concepts, and strong vocal harmonies. Critics considered the group as one of the best K-POP acts in 2014. Since then, the group has redesigned themselves producing many incredible songs.
EVERGLOW is the latest girl group to be released on the KPOP scene, debuting on March 18, 2019, with the album, Arrival of Everglow, reaching number six on the Geon Digital Chats.
The group consists of six members, Sihyeon, Mia, Onda, Yiren, Aisha, and E:U. Everglow is renowned for its energetic stage performances and exceptional singing talent. Their beauty is famous throughout the music industry, gaining massive popularity throughout Japan, and in 2019 were nominated for four industry awards.
(G)I-DLE is formed by Cube Entertainment in 2018 and is one of the newest established bands to reach the Top 10 list. The group consists of six members: Miyeon, Minnie, Soyeon, Yuqi, Shuhua, and Soojin.
(G)I-DLE KPOP group debuted on May 2, 2018, with their first single, I Am. The group members compile the winners from the rap competition Unpretty Rapstar. Their unique twist of hip-hop brings a sense of reality to the KPOP scene, landing them 4th on our Top 10 List.
One of the latest singles of the (G)I-DLE group is called “Oh my god” and got 120M views on Youtube since it was debut on Apr 6, 2020. Watch it below:
3. Red Velvet
The Red Velvet has four members: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Joy. Debuted on August 1, 2014, with their digital release Happiness. Formed by S.M. Entertainment, they decided to add the newest member Yeri, in 2015.
They went on to make various hits like Ice Cream, Dumb Dumb, and Russian Roulette, all reaching the top five on the Geon Digital Chats. The group is well known for their bright on-stage appearances in red velvet attire, often dubbed as a Duel Concept.
Watch bellow their single “Russian Roulette” that got almost 200M views since they released it in 2016:
Twice is a girl group formed in 2015 by JYP Entertainment. The group has nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu through the reality show Sixteen.
The debut album’s release was on October 20, 2015, but it wasn’t until 2016 when they rose to fame with Cheer up, a song that reached number 1 on the Gaon Digital Charts. This song got over 400M views on Youtube, and you can listen to it here:
The girl band has a considerable following, aiding them on their way to success in the KPOP industry. In 201, they were signed to Warner Music Japan, releasing their first compilation album, Twice, reaching number 2 on the Oricon Albums Chart.
Black pink has reached number one on our Top 10 Most Popular KPOP Girl group of 2020. The stylized group debuted on August 8, 2016, with their single Square One, which Spurred on their first number-one hit, Whistle.
Later with Boombayah, their first number hit on Billboard’s World Digital Song Charts. The band consists of Jisoo, Lisa, Jennie, and Rosé, four beautiful young South Korean girls. Y.G. Entertainment formed the group.
Popular Korean KPOP girl groups managed to build a bridge between unique talents in the music world and femininity. If you want to discover new voices of soothing tunes and find models with a Millennial lifestyle, then you can check out these ten bands.
Which of the K-Pop girl groups listed above is your favorite in 2021? Make sure to vote for the group you like the most in the poll at the end of the article.
Also, you should check our other top dedicated to KPOP culture: Top 10 Most Beautiful KPOP Female Idols. But if your favorite is missing on the list, let me know about it in the comment section below!