Manwon^^, James and Katie pick their favorite 15 groups!!!!!
Guys it was that difficult to get our lists down to 10.
Why do I keep insisting on torturing myself by putting all things I love in k-pop in some sort of order. You’ll notice some overlap between my Male biases and my favorite groups. After my top 3-4 groups there is no real order in the rest of my favorite groups.
1. JYJ/Xia Junsu
Main Bias: Xia Junsu
Favorite Song(s): JYJ – Letting Go, So So, In Heaven, Pierrot, Nine Xia Junsu – Love You More, Incredible (Acousitic Ver), 11 AM, Silk Road, 가지마, License To Love[Quite honestly there is not a single song that I do not love and have severe emotions and feels because of it]
So I kinda cheated with this one but both are equally deserving, and you can’t have JYJ without that second J. JYJ has this incredibly ability to make me cry at the drop of a hat or stop me from crying just as quickly, (Unless I listen to “Nine” then I’m a blubbering mess). While all three members are amazing singers, its Junsu who has my heart in this group. His singing has this effect on me that when I hear his voice everything else just disappears and it is just me and him.
Main Bias: Jin (Changjae and Doyeon are close seconds)
Favorite Song(s): My Everything, It’s You, Promise, My Girl
While this group doesn’t have the extensive discography that some other groups have, they have done one thing that no other group has been able to do. They have reminded me of why I loved K-pop to begin with. I first got into k-pop back in 2006 with TVXQ, and after they split up the world of K-pop did not seem the same. MR.MR has brought back that feeling, and the songs that have the most of that feeling are those listed above.
3. Teen Top
Main Bias: L.Joe
Favorite Song(s): Love U, Hello, Never Go Back, Angel, Crazy
I have been a fan of Teen Top since a few days after their debut, but I didn’t consider myself an Angel until they released “Crazy”, but I still didn’t admit how deeply my love for them ran until last year. It’s funny that “Love U” and “Hello” are two of my favorite songs as L.Joe does not actually have a part in either song. (At least he wrote “Love U”). Chunji seriously gives me goosebumps when he sings, and CAP is an amazing rapper, and L.Joe is pure perfection as far as I’m concerned.
4. Topp Dogg
Main Bias: Hansol (Gohn [I don’t care that he left and Yano, and Jiwon are also pretty high up on that list)
Favorite Song(s): Arario, Cigarette, 귀여운 걸, 알어, Still Alive (Kidoh Solo)
Topp Dogg literally made me a fan they day they announced B-Joo as the first member of the group. With each release I fall further and further into the spell that is Topp Dogg. It must be the magic of the Wizard unit. This group has amazing rappers, singers, dancers and producers. I love that they mix music styles. On top of everything else, the group is incredibly friendly and super easy to talk to. One thing though, PLEASE RELEASE SOMETHING IN KOREA WITH UNDERDOGG
Main Bias: Jongup (Followed ever closely by Daehyun)
Favorite Song(s): Unbreakable, I Remember (Bang Yong Guk Solo), Save Me, 0 (zero), Blind
I have to give Manwon^^ a huge thank you for introducing me to B.A.P. This is an amazingly talented group in every way possible. B.A.P is one of those groups that I would consider true idols, in the sense that they should be aspired to. I love when groups not only make great music but also stand by a great cause. It was a very very dark year while they were gone.
Main Bias: Jungkook (Followed closely by J-Hope, Rap Monster, and occasionally V)
Favorite Song(s): Just One Day, Boy In Luv, N.O
Here is one way to get my attention, have a ridiculously awesome group name such as “Bulletproof Boyscouts”. I was so intrigued by the group name that when it came time for them to finally debut how could I say “no”? I love their hard style but I really want them to have a few more songs like Just One Day.
Main Bias: Depending on the day Jinyoung and Gongchan
Favorite Song(s): You Are A Girl I Am A Boy, Beautiful Target, Baby I’m Sorry
B1A4 holds a very very special place in my heart. This group was my very first concert when I came to Korea and I have tried to make sure I never missed a single one (stupid Amazing Store, you had to happen while I was vacationing). Without this group I wonder where my friendship with Manwon^^ would actually be. B1A4 bringing friends together since 2011
Maing Bias: Donghyuk (But I also love Bobby, Yunhyung, Jinhwan, Chanwoo, B.I and Junhoe)
Favorite Song(s): Wait, Climax, M.U.P, My Type
Despite the fact that they technically just debuted, I have been dying for them to debut since WIN. I have loved almost every song on their debut album, with the exception of maybe “Anthem” as I firmly believe that that song should not have been just Bobby and B.I. I can’t wait to watch them continue to make music and I relish every time Chanwoo gets more than just “Na Nana Na Na Na Nana Na” even though that part is my favorite part of Rhythm Ta.
Main Bias: Ravi (N is a very close second)
Favorite Song(s): I Don’t Want To Be An Idol, Thank You For Being Born, (UUUUU)
I first started listening to VIXX because of a K-pop game with my students, that had a short clip of “Rock UR Body”. I cold not stop listening to the song and proceeded to buy all of their albums that were released up to On & On. From there my love just kept growing, I then watched all of their episodes of Mydol and the first 50 MTV diaries, before life caught up to me. And just a short 18 months later I am a fully fledged STARLIGHT.
Main Bias: Minwoo (Kwangmin and Donghyun)
Favorite Song(s): IYAH, Janus, Witch
Another curse you Manwon^^ group, you had just had show me this stupid group. It was hard to resit the charms of Boyfriend. They have really matured as a group and I continue to love everything they have released. Plus Minwoo gave me a chocolate, that I will treasure until eternity.
Main Bias: BTOB – Minhyuk (Peniel, only because he is my homeboy)
Favorite Song(s): BTOB – Irrisistable Lips, Insane, WOW
BTOB is another one of those groups that Manwon^^ introduced me to and I’m so glad she did. They are all amazingly talented and so much fun to watch. This group of guys just light up my day every time I see them.
Main Bias: Chansung (Nichkhun really likes to try and surprise me with feels)
Favorite Songs: Let It Rain (Nichkhun Solo), 10/10, Without U, A.D.T.O.Y , Don’t Stop Can’t Stop, 너에게 미쳤었다, Only You
I have been a 2PM fan since Without U, when they toured the States opening for the Wonder Girls. Jun.K’s voice in that song just reached into my soul and the group has been a favorite of mine ever since. I have a tendency to love a lot of the songs that the group does not like, but, lets face it no mater what the group always puts 150% into the song.
Main Bias: Seulong (But really I love all of them an insane amount)
Favorite Songs: I Did Wrong, With Or Without U, Like Crazy, Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die
When this list was just the top 10 this was one of the groups that really bothered me to cut, so I’m so happy that we extended this list. I don’t typically consider myself a fan of ballad singers (I like ballads but full discographies I have tended to shy away from). 2AM is a major exception to that. They are so phenomenally talented that even just thinking about Changmin’s voice gives me goosebumps.
Main Bias: Mir (Though lately G.O has been climbing quite a bit)
Favorite Songs: Cry, Stay, Be A Man, Dress Up, Hello My Ex
One of my favorite things about MBLAQ is that every single song they release sounds like MBLAQ. There has never been a time where I am listening to their songs and I have had to ask myself “Who is this”. MBLAQ has a very distinct sound and while they change it a little with each release its never not them. My hope is without the two who I won’t name that MBLAQ will continue making music together.
Main Bias: Shin Hye Sung
Favorite Songs: Breathin’ (Really every song on “The Return), Perfect Man, How Do I Say
Shinhwa is the only group on this list or probably even in the Top 50 groups I love that I have not been with for a majority of their careers. After I got into K-pop I started listening to all kinds of music but “Perfect Man” and “How Do I Say” really stuck with me. It wasn’t until I came to Korea and SHINHWA made their triumphant return to Kpop that I really became a SHINHWA fan. There is something truly magical that happens when these guys all get together and start making music and performing.
Main Bias: Rokhyun (Hyukjin and Jonghwan are pretty high up)
Favorite Song(s): Flavor, Still Again, Guy Like Me, You & I
I will admit I originally bought 100% first album because of their relationship to Teen Top. Upon listening to their first album I was their fan in their own right. The group is made up of great talent with personality for days. I love watching them on music and variety programs. Everytime they finish one promotion I become super anxious for their next release. Even though Sanghoon has pretty much left the group and Minwoo is in the army they will always be apart of the 100% I first fell in love with.
I have no order to any of the groups here. My list is very much like my other bias lists – I just have a favorite group at the moment of when they are in my face – so making this list felt almost impossible because every time I looked at a different group I wanted them to be on my list. Also, a trend on this list is that many of my favorite groups are groups that I have followed since debut.
Main Bias: Yongguk, Youngjae (and sneaky Himchan)
Favorite Song(s): Warrior, Unbreakable, 0 (Zero), I Remember (Yongguk solo)
B.A.P is a group that I have been with since Yongguk made his solo debut. B.A.P has sort of become “my boys”. They are so talented, I love their music style, and their ability to present different music styles and still sound like B.A.P. Another thing I love about these guys is their philanthropy work too. They use their voices for something.
Main Bias: Gunwoo
Favorite Song(s): Let Me Cry, In My Place, Baby I’m Sorry
I really love MYNAME, and I think they are a totally underrated group in the K-POP industry. This is another group that I have been with since debut. MYNAME is simply amazing – they are so talented, so funny, and just so deserving of more attention. Simply, a talented group, who work hard, and play hard. ROCK AND ROLL! (other Mygirls will get that)
Main Bias: Sunggyu
Favorite Song(s): BTD, Can U Smile (acoustic version), Only Tears, Nothings Over, 60 Seconds (Sunggyu solo)
Infinite is another group I have been listening to since debut. They just amaze me with their dance ability, and with their voices. I love that this group has rappers who can rap, and who can sing. They had me from the beginning, but they really captured me with BTD – which was just so above an beyond. Sunggyu’s solo album is one of my favorite K-POP albums ever.
Main Bias: Kyu Jong, Hyun Joong (though I hate the most recent news about him)
Favorite Song(s): Love Ya, Thank You (acoustic), Green Peas, A Song Calling For You
SS501 is one of the few groups on this list that I wasn’t with since debut, but I love them far too much. I think I have literally watched everything and anything that any member of SS501 was in/on. They are so amazing, and I hope beyond hope that some day they have a reunion – that would be the most amazing day ever.
5. Topp Dogg
Main Bias: Kidoh, B-Joo, Jenissi
Favorite Song(s): Arario, Cute Smile, Cigarette, Follow Me
Topp Dogg is simply fantastic. This group debuted with such a powerhouse of a song I couldn’t help but be pulled in much farther than I ever thought I would have been. I knew from the first teaser picture (B-Joo) that I was going to be following this group, I just didn’t realize how far my love would go. Talent, and rawness – that is what this group brings to the table.
6. FT Island
Main Bias: Jonghoon, Jaejin
Favorite Song(s): Love Love Love, I Hope, Bad Woman, Memory, Calluses Being Stuck
FT Island is another group I haven’t been with since debut, but they are simply fantastic. I completely love this group and they are so amazing live! I love their rocker attitudes, and just how much fun they try to have with everything they do ~ they are amazing musicians, and their talent really shines through on their ‘Thanks To’ album.
Main Bias: Jun.K
Favorite Song(s): Like a Movie, Hot, I Can’t, Only You (acoustic), All Night Long, Electricity
2PM is just amazing. Need I say more?
Main Bias: Feeldog, Baram
Favorite Song(s): Eyes Closed, Run and Run, Standing Alone, I Got the Feeling
Bigstar has my heart fully. They are a group that I was with since debut, but they weren’t a group that I completely loved right off the bat, it took some time. Though, the more I learned about them the more I loved them – now they are a permanent fixture in my life. Simply talented, fun loving guys.
Main Bias: Suga, Rap Monster
Favorite Song(s): We Are Bulletproof pt. 2, Boy in Luv, N.O, Rise of Bangtan
Yet another group that I have been following since debut – and unknowingly way before debut (they did a song with 2AM). I just love these guys, and the attitude that they put forth. They just bring it. What I almost love even more though, is that they don’t match their tough images when they are just normally hanging out. Talented, goof balls – totally lovable.
Main Bias: Eunkwang, Hyunsik (sometimes Ilhoon baby)
Favorite BTOB Song(s): Wow, Monday to Sunday, Father, I Only Know Love
BTOB just captured me with ‘Father’ – I had watched ‘Insane’, and liked it, but ‘Father’ totally captured me. Their just a group with plain talent, and it always shines. I adore this group so fully, and completely it’s pretty crazy.
Main Bias: Leo, N
Favorite Song(s): Beautiful Liar (Vixx LR), Hyde, I Don’t Want to be an Idol
Vixx has always been a group I loved, and when I even first made this list I struggled with not putting this group on the list at first. Now, they belong here completely! They have such dark and amazing songs, and I love that, especially in a genre of pop where most groups go for ballad or really dance type of music.
Main Bias: Sandeul
Favorite Song(s): Only One (this is probably my favorite song in all of kpop), Beautiful Target, Wonderful Tonight (Unplugged), Wait
B1A4 – they are simply an amazing group who won my heart over from their debut with the cute song OK ~ and being the group that brought James and I even closer together, this group is so important to me on a different level.
Main Bias: Jeongmin, Hyunseong, Youngmin
Favorite Song(s): I-Yah, Alarm, My Dear (Jeongmin solo), Mystery, Trippin’ (Hyunseong solo)
This makes 8 groups that I have followed since debut. I think there’s something special when you start with a group and get to watch them from the beginning – which is why I have so many of them on my list here. Boyfriend is one of the groups that truly grew up right before in a matter of a few short years. They started out so cute, and now they are truly manly men, with amazing talents. I am proud to be able to put them on my list.