The Biggest K-pop Artists As Per Government Surveys!


Today, we are going to reveal who are the biggest and most popular K-pop artists in the world! No lie, the Korean industry whether it may be K-pop or K-dramas, has taken over the entirety of the earth. Honestly, they have been right in doing so. The Korean music industry has a diverse range of music to listen to. Not to mention, how these idols affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Why have these K-pop artists grown up on people so much? Number one, these people are hella talented. From rapping, singing, dancing, playing instruments, etc., these people know how to do it all.

Number two, it’s hard not to like their personalities. We would not be lying that if K-pop idols weren’t idols they would thrive as comedians. Just watching a compilation of them would give you a serotonin boost. Lastly, they are as beautiful inside as they are outside and are big hard workers. Other than that, their hard work even inspires the younger generation to pursue their dreams no matter what. We could go on and on about why K-pop has grown so much globally, however, as we are here to reveal the biggest K-pop idols according to government surveys, let us get started!

15. Park Jimin

Starting off with the biggest K-pop artist in the world in terms of popularity is everyone’s baby mochi Jimin. If you would like a brief definition of Jimin’s personality we would say that he is an angel sent from heaven. Along with his smooth dancing skills and hilarious joke ((Lachimololala), the K-pop idol has won hearts for his pure personality too. Although he is also famously known as BTS’s main dancer and lead vocalist, Jimin even has a successful career as a soloist. So you could see why he is one of the people who are widely known for their talents and personality.

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Park Jimin cr: HYBE Labels

14. Kim Taehyung

Kim Taehyung aka BTS’s V has been snatching our attention with his sharp jawline and husky voice. Not only that, this man has an impeccable sense of style.  Although he may seem intimidating and unreachable, Kim Taehyung is very soft at heart and loves to oof around with his members. Adding to V’s long list of achievements, fans and music-lovers alike have termed him as the ‘King of OSTs’. His songs and OSTs would make your mind feel free in an instant. There is just something so calming about Kim Taehyung that we can not help but fall in love with him.

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Kim Taehyung cr: HYBE Labels

13. Super Junior

Super Junior has been in the game for more than a decade now. This k-pop boy group had been termed as the ‘King Of Hallyu Wave’ due to their countless contributions to the Korean wave. Debuting in the November of 2002 with the single Twins ( Knock Out), the group has gifted K-pop fans with one of the most iconic songs ever such as Mr.Simple, and Sorry Sorry. The group is now active as a nine-membered group consisting of Leeteuk, Heechul, Yesung, Shindong, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Ryeowook, and Kyuhyun — with Sungmin on hiatus since 2015. There is no surprise why this 2nd-generation K-pop band is still one of the biggest K-pop artists in the world!

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Super Junior cr: SM Entertainment

12. GOT7

The members of GOT7 are undoubtedly one of the biggest K-pop idols at the scene right now! The band had caused quite a shock when they left JYP Entertainment ( get the sarcasm) after choosing not to renew their contracts with their agency but to continue as a group. The members had been on a roll last year, with back-to-back releases and even activities in K-dramas. Moreover, they have also been hinting at an upcoming comeback lately which excites Ahgase! Throughout their debut, the K-pop boy group has broken multiple records and will continue to do so!


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11. Jeon Jungkook

Here comes the golden maknae of BTS, Jeon Jungkook! Jungkook is one of those K-pop idols that you can barely find a flaw in. From singing melodious vocals to spitting fire with his raps, and to his powerful dance moves, everything is perfect. Jeon Jungkook aka BTS’s main vocalist is also known for his cute resemblance to a rabbit. His adorable smile and baby-like doe-eyes could move the hardest of hearts. He along with his fellow member V have even topped the list of the most handsome faces by TC Candler at least once! No wonder, why this guy is one of the most-love K-pop artists in the world!

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Jeon Jungkook cr: HYBE Labels

10. G-Dragon

G-Dragon is one of the most phenomenal K-pop idols in the industry. You could call him the idol of idols or through the title he is more popularly known as ‘the King of K-pop’. Debuting as the leader of the boy band Big Bang in 2006, G-Dragon was ready to set fire on the stage. When we say that there is nothing that G-dragon can’t do we mean it. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and even a fashion designer. As already mentioned, G-Dragon is an inspiration for all idols such as BTS’s Jungkook, GOT7’s Bambam, etc. So, it must not be very shocking that he is one of the most well-known K-pop idols in the world!

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G-Dragon cr: YG Entertainment

9. Girls’ Generation ( SNSD)

Girls’ Generation also popularly known as the nation’s girl group is inspiringly also one of the most popular groups in the world. Consisting of nine members Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun, and have been breaking records from their time such as being the first group in the whole of Asia to surpass 100 million views in five music videos. For now, all we can hope is that their indefinite hiatus ends really soon!

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Girls’ Generation cr: SM Entertainment


BIGBANG is unarguably one of the biggest and most-successful K-pop groups ever. Initially hated for not fitting the Korean beauty standard, the boys made sure to shake the whole industry. Furthermore, the group consists of four members who are also popular as soloists. G-Dragon who is also known as the King of K-pop is a part of BIGBANG apart from T.O.P, Taeyang, and Daesung. Earlier the band had one more member named Seungri who is currently serving time in prison. BIGBANG has eighteen singles that have remained at the top of Melon charts for 51 weeks straight.  Moreover, the band was among the first from the K-pop industry to break through the Forbes Celebrity 100 and the 30 most influential people in the music industry. BIGBANG has won countless awards ever since its debut and its popularity still remains unmatched.

Big Bang cr: YG Entertainment

7. EXO

This Kpop boy group consists of nine members and is managed by SM Entertainment. Furthermore, EXO has been given the title of ‘Kings Of Kopop’ for the vast impact that they made through their music. EXO also has multiple subgroups. The band has been a success ever since their debut in 2012 with the debut album ‘XOXO’ and their chart-topping single ‘Growl’. Their debut album itself sold over a million copies which was a feat that was never reached by a Korean act before. And after that, there was no going back for EXO. Further down the line, EXO’s sixth album titled ‘Don’t Mess Up My Tempo’ ranked on 23 in Billboard 200. The group has performed over a hundred concerts and has received countless ‘Album Of The Year’ and ‘Artist Of The Year’ awards. The group also made a successful comeback in 2021 with ‘Don’t Fight The Feeling’ which features only Xiumin, D.O, Sehun, Kai, Baekhyun, and Chanyeol while the other members served in the military. With most of the EXO members returning this year, fans are expecting an EXO comeback in 2022.

EXO cr: SM Entertainment


Another popular Kpop girl group, that has caught the attention of fans worldwide is TWICE. Furthermore, TWICE is a JYP Entertainment girl group and has nine members. TWICE was the first girl group to top both Billboard’s World Albums and World Digital Songs Sales with the release of its debut album. Moreover, TWICE’s single ‘Cheer Up’ gained insane popularity in Korea. Not only did the song bring them multiple ‘Song Of The Year’ and ‘best performing single’ awards but it became almost as popular as the National Anthem of Korea. Just like Girls’ Generation earned the title of ‘Nation’s Girl Group’ because of their popularity, TWICE is dubbed as the next ‘Nation Girl Group’. The choreographies of their hit songs which include ‘Cheer Up’, ‘TT’, ‘Signal’, and ‘What Is Love’ became viral dance trends. Fans of TWICE are always well-fed as the group has more than one come back every year.

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TWICE cr: JYP Entertainment


Becoming a global sensation with just a single is very hard, but PSY pulled it off with his ‘Gangnam Style’. Additionally, his real name is Park Jae Sang and he can rap, dance, sing, and is also a songwriter as well as a record producer. Moreover, PSY’s music video for ‘Gangnam Style’ was the first-ever video on YouTube to get a billion views. PSY was given the title of ‘King Of YouTube’ because of the massive amount of views that his music videos brought. PSY’s influence is so vast that the Secretary-General Of the United Nations, Mr.Ban Ki Moon also has expressed his desire to work with PSY due to his unlimited global outreach. After ‘Gangnam Style’ PSY has released more chart-topping bops such as ‘Gentleman’ and ‘Daddy’.

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PSY cr: P Nation

4. Lisa

Lalisa Monabal, who is more popularly known by her stage name, Lisa, is a member of the popular Kpop Girl Group, Blackpink. Furthermore, she was born in Thailand and auditioned for YG Entertainment when she was just thirteen. Among the 4000 participants, Lisa was the only individual to qualify, which proves what a talented powerhouse she is. Apart from being one of the best dancers in Kpop, she is also known to be a social butterfly. Lisa shook the world with her solo album release titled ‘Lalisa’ in the September of 2021. Within a week, her album sold over 736,000 copies in South Korea, making her the first female soloist to achieve this feat. As if that is not a huge achievement, the title track of her album which is also titled ‘Lalisa’ reached over 73.6 million views on YouTube within 24 hours, making it the highest viewed music video of a soloist within a twenty-four-hour span.

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Lisa cr: YG Entertainment

3. IU

One of the most loved Kpop artists both in Korea and worldwide is the IU. Additionally, IU’s real name is Lee Ji Eun and she debuted as a singer just at the age of fifteen. IU’s claim to fame came after the release of ‘Good Day’ which was the lead track of her album ‘Real’. The single remained at number 1 on the Gaon Digital Chart and was also included in Billboard’s 100 Greatest Kpop Songs Of The 2010s list. With her style and theme of music, IU was lovingly given the title of ‘Korea’s little sister’ and also the ‘Nation’s Sweetheart’. In 2014, Billboard recognized IU as the leader of its ‘Korea Kpop Hot 100’ chart as it was her singles that mostly dominated the chart for the longest time. Apart from being one of the best and most loved Kpop idols, IU is also a phenomenal actress. She has debunked the stereotype that idols cannot act and has earned critical acclaim through her phenomenal performances in Kdramas such as Hotel Del Luna and My Mister. If you want to check out more of IU’s dramas then click here.

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IU cr: KakaoEntertainment


This list of the most popular and famous K-pop artists in the world would not be complete without the mega-popular girl group Blackpink. Consisting of four members, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa has captured our minds and hearts. After debuting in 2016 with Boombayah and Whistle, The Blackpink members have never stopped soaring high. Even South Korea’s president Moon Se Joon had praised BLACKPINK for the amount of popularity that the girls have brought to the country’s traditions and cultures.

BLACKPINK cr: YG Entertainment

1. BTS

In today’s day and age, there is hardly anyone who has not heard of the world-famous boyband BTS. The Bangtan Boys debuted in 2013 under HYBE (formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment) and with their hard work have sensationalized not only the band but also the agency. Furthermore, the group consists of seven talented members Jin, J-Hope, Suga, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook.

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The band is also known for experimenting with various music genres. However, it is the mental and social issues that their music sheds light on, that separates them from the rest. BTS was the first Kpop act to reach number one on ‘Billboard Global 200’ and US Billboard Hot 100. Not to mention, BTS are the best-selling artists in all of Kpop history. Their talents and success both hold no bounds.

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