Here is a list of our favorite underrated artists. You know the ones, you see them on a music program if your lucky and you go “Who is that?” the ones that perform but never win. Your scrolling through your youtube feed and you go “oohhh, this looks interesting.” Esentially the FIGWITs of K-pop. (Yeah Lord of the Rings reference, google it if you don’t know it)
Manwon^^, James and Katie pick their favorite underrated groups!!!!!
When your reading these lists you may be thinking “I know that group”, or “What are these guru’s talking about, are they idiots!?”. No, we are not, we have based these lists of off overall popularity. Many of these groups are quite popular among foreign K-pop fans, but I know from experience that you can go up to just about any Korean teenager and ask them if they know the group and you will be met with a blank face.
Well this was was so hard to choose just 15, considering I love a wealth of “Nugu” groups. Some of these groups are long disbanded, but I loved them so, and was devastated when they disbanded. I tried not to pic super new groups as they are just begining, and though I can pretty much guess which groups will be popular, which will be well known, and which ones will make everyone go “never heard of them”, I wanted to give the older groups a chance to shine.
Main Bias: Jin
Favorite Song(s): My Everything, It’s You, Promise, My Girl
It should come as no surprise that MR.MR tops my list, considering I’m in love with Jin and they are my second favorite group overall. As a Miso it really sucks that this group is more well known in Japan than they are in Korea, but even my Japanese friends don’t know who this amazing group is. I can only hope that their moderate popularity in Japan can be enough to keep MR.MR going and bring them back to Korea one more time.
Main Bias: Taehee, T.O
Favorite Song(s): We Can’t Be Friends, On My Mind, Not That Kind Of Person, 0324, Lies (T.O Solo)
So yeah, it killed me to take them of my group of favorite artists, but it’s been so long since they released anything. Though unconfirmed, I am pretty certain that M.Pire is never coming back to me and I will just have to cry myself to sleep into the leopard print pillowcase that exists only in my dreams. This is one of those groups that I am refusing to give up, but if they don’t come back, maybe someday Taehee and I can be together in Leopard print heaven.
Main Bias: Kangjun (Actually that’s a lie its Maru but I refuse to admit it because FML)
Favorite Song(s): Solo, Far Away Young Love, Shaking Heart
C-Clown had something really special with their first 3 mini-albums, but the rest of Korea just couldn’t see it. Plus Rome just really wanted to rebel against their smooth and sexy concepts and be more of the B-boy type that he thinks he is. Between that, little attention from Yedang, and some sort of rift, this wonderful and amazing group sadly disbanded, again breaking my heart. None of them members have really done much in the public eye since. Rome’s directing, Kangjun is managing models, TK is going to the same concerts as I am and our paths are just not crossing. Ray, Siwoo and Maru i believe have been locked into the Banana Culture basement, possibly to never be seen again. I say it again FML! TT_TT
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,
Another not so surprise group. Seriously this group is so awesome and no one recognizes it. I was really hoping that the rappers would help the group become more popular through SMTM, but sadly they received very little screen time and were eliminated way to early. When they first debuted I had a few students that knew them as “the group that has a member that was almost in VIXX” or “the group that has Jin’s (BTS) best friend in it”. I was really worried for the group when Stardom and was bought out and became HUNUS and they started cutting contracts. At least I got one more comeback, hopefully that wasn’t the last one.
Main Bias: Rokhyun (Hyukjin and Jonghwan are pretty high up)
Favorite Song(s): Flavor, Still Again, Guy Like Me, You & I
Oh TOP Media’s forgotten group. Seriously Minwoo has been back for over 6 months and you haven’t given them back to me. How many times must I tweet, and Instagram and comment on facebook “#WantUBack” and “#WantUBack100” for them to listen. I like Up10tion and all, but they aren’t even close to 100%. Listen to my desperate pleas TOP Media and give me 100%. I promise I will give them 100% of my love when they come back.
Main Bias: Timoteo
Favorite Song(s): Everysong!
HOTSHOT is just everything I want in a group. Their songs are consistently stuck in my head. It’s been far too long since they came back to tell me that they were Hotshots. Hopefully Timoteo will get a spot on Hit The Stage to bring the group some more fans. If not I’m praying for a comeback soon. Please, please.please!!!!!!!
Main Bias: Daeil TT_TT (I will force myself to move on to Jungeuk)
Favorite Song(s): Bye Bye Love, Secret Love, U R So Cute, Nothing (없다)
I love this group so much, it’s not even funny. They have such talent members and are so wonderful and now Daeil has left me. Pretty sure that I cried when I realized that he was probably never coming back, but I can’t stop loving this group. If only people could realize that they are made of solid gold.
Maing Bias: Lo-J
Favorite Song(s): Magic Girl, Driving, Touch
First off, I would have never discovered this group, if it weren’t for one of our viewers requesting them, so to them I say “Thank you for ruining my life” (In the best possible way…mostly). Excuse me while I go sob into my pillow over the loss of Lo-J, I know he left to live a normal life, but I can’t give up on him. It ruined me. Despite my deep love of Lo-J, I can’t stop listening to them. They have really catchy songs that you will be singing along for ever. This group is really something special because if a group like JJCC were to lose someone like my love E.Co not sure I would still love the group the way I still love A.Cian
Main Bias: J-Hoon…Gunmin…Minpyo…J-Hoon…Gunmin…Minpyo?
Favorite Song(s): Hello, TAOLA, Between Music and Night
When B.I.G first debuted, I loved “Hello” instantly, however, I couldn’t take them super seriously, because the song is so ridiculous. Now its one of my favorite songs, and I’m so happy that they released the song. I love the group and its great that their company hasn’t given up on them like it seems they have on their sister group. Now if only B.I.G could make it and be BIG!
Main Bias: Doochul
Favorite Song(s): Bubi Boom, Candy Boy
Oh Nolza, You had me at Bubi Boom. That song is soooooooo much fun, and Candy Boy was a perfect follow up. I didn’t love Jump as much as I have loved their earlier songs, but that doesn’t mean that Jump isn’t a fun song. Really it is just missing the rediculous dance that just took both Bubi Boom and Candy Boy to the next level. Nolza is the perfect feel good group.
Main Bias: Soryong (But seriously they are identical twins, but still Soryong)
Favorite Song(s): Everything
This group is just so darn Tasty. I love that they are twins making music together, unfortunately due to issues with SM/Woolim they decided to return to China to do their thing. Hopefully someday they return to me…I mean everyone and show the wold how Tasty they are. Seriously I suck at faces, and I spent so much time staring at these two just to tell them apart. (I still can’t completely tell the Jo twins apart) but I can tell the tasty Twins apart.
Main Bias: I never knew enough about the group to pic a bias
Favorite Songs: Step By Step, Crash
I bet more than half the people that check out this list will have never even heard of Battle, because they disbanded like 6 years ago. But I know Battle, they were one of the first survival K-pop groups, each member hand picked by a member of one of my favorite groups of Swishy older men SHINHWA!!!!!!! This poor group only released three singles, the last of which was released all the way back in 2008, but They were so good!!!!!!!!!!! Watch their videos and do not get distracted by the terrible 2008 Kpop fashions and just fall in love and then have your heart shattered because Battle is never coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then come yell at me for ruining your life because without me you would never know what you were missing!
Main Bias: Iota, Jeta
Favorite Songs: Ttanttara, Always, #A-Ya
Yay, another “I’m pretty sure this group quietly disbanded” groups. Simtong entertainment sucks!!!!!! They give me this fantastic group with the dumbest concept and they rip them right out of my hands. I would have never learned the correct order of A-J if not for Alpha:Bat…Okay that is a total lie, but my smart phone would not think that Alphabat was the correct spelling of Alphabet if not for them.
Main Bias: Teo (why do my biases keep leaving me)
Favorite Songs: Everysong from Fly To Love
Okay first off, this group not only sings in Korean, and English, but they have also released music in Spanish, what other K-pop group has done that. 2nd, Sam’s sexy British accent has rubbed off on Yun and its just amazeballs. 3rd, the group released one of my favorite K-pop albums EVER!!!!!! Now I know I have to get used to the idea of a Lunafly without Teo, but I’m really excited for what Sam and Yun release next! (Yes I know that 2 members had joined after Teo left, but this the Lunafly that I know and fell in Love with. I unfortunately never saw anything with the two other members so as far as I’m concerned…)
Main Bias: Jungwoo & Seulong (HAHAHAHAHHA I love em both!)
Favorite Songs: Satellite, Lonely, Deja Vu
Another group that I have been anxiously waiting for a comeback for, but alas…I don’t think it will ever happen. Despite coming super close to wining the Top Band program here, the group never found a great amount of popularity. I still remember the first time I saw them, I was captivated by them at at the time I couldn’t even hear them. Hopefully soon…I’ll get more from them.
Ok ~ so this was too hard to do it without a rule to narrow it down: So my rule is: they must be groups that are still together – there are so many groups who have disbanded that I also think were underrated during their time, but I want to promote groups still together now here
1. DGNA (The Boss)
Main Bias: Mika
Favorite Song(s): Why Goodbye, Lady, Because of You
I love this group, and they are clearly totally underrated within the k-pop community. Their ballad songs are absolutely, mind blowingly gorgeous – and with how long these guys have been in the kpop industry it is a clear testament to their talent, I mean goodness they were in X-ing! I wish that they got the recognition they deserved. I have loved them since their debut, but Lady was the song that really made me their fan completely!
Main Bias: Gunwoo
Favorite Song(s): Let Me Cry, In My Place, Baby I’m Sorry
So my first few groups on here are groups that have been around for a long time and have never seem to be able to truly get to the top spot within in the industry. As it should be obvious by now, I truly love this group, and will forever support them! I fear for the day when they need to go do their military service, and I won’t have them anymore.
Main Bias: Feeldog
Favorite Song(s): Eyes Closed, Run and Run, Standing Alone, I Got the Feeling
Yet another group who has been around for some time, but has not reached the level of success that matches their talents. I love this group so much ~ they’ve released some super fun dance music and some super sad ballad type music. Plus, have you seen these guys dance? They are dancing machines! I highly suggest checking out their dance practices and Feeldog’s Hit The Stage performances!
4. Cross Gene
Main Bias: Takuya
Favorite Song(s): OMFG – I can’t choose, I just enjoy their music…and have you seen those floor dance moves?
So beyond having some of the most entertainingly cringe worthy choreography ever, this group is amazingly talented, and not nearly recognized enough within the k-pop community. I truly love this group – they make some of the greatest music – and they also are a group with an amazingly unique concept with one of the most diverse groups in the industry currently – which is great to see.
Main Bias: Ren
Favorite Song(s): Face, Action, Hello
I truly wish Nu’est got more love here in Korea. They are amazing, and after debuting with a song with an anti-bullying message they totally had my loyalty for forever. Honestly between their talent and their amazing social messages – this group deserves to be number 1.
6. Map6 / A-Prince / Taken
Main Bias: Minhyuk
Favorite Song(s): Young Boy (Taken), You’re the Only One (A-Prince), YES or No (A-Prince), Storm
Ok, this one kind of breaks my rule, but Map6 is promoting ~ however, I only ever started listening to A-Prince because of Minhyuk and Sungwon who were originally in Taken – and I was excited for Map6 because of Minhyuk ~ I’m sad that Sungwon didn’t go with the other members to Map6, but I hope Map6 achieves more success than A-Prince or Taken did.
Main Bias: Sang Hyun (woot for original members who don’t leave! – I am sorry James!)
Favorite Song(s): Driving, Touch, Ouch
I can’t claim to have my life ruined like James did by this group – but I also happened to get lucky with who my favorite member is in this group…I really enjoy the songs by this group. They make fun songs and are really talented – and with how long they have been in the group they have not been nearly as successful as I think they should be!
Main Bias: Yibo (oh how I hate to admit that)
Favorite Song(s): EOEO (but I love all their songs that aren’t about turtles who are mutants)
Alright, so Yibo is a total guilty pleasure of mine and I hate that I love him as much as I do…but I also really love UNIQ as a whole – this group impresses me so much – plus have you hear EOEO? That song gets stuck in my head for days just thinking about it! So now I will walk around singing EOEO for the rest of the week. This group goes from dance music to hip-hop to sweet ballad type songs. That’s a lot of talent.
Main Bias: Sung Woon
Favorite Song(s): every song – just every song
Hotshot was one of those groups that I was interested in right away – I really enjoyed their debut song, and really enjoyed their debut music video too. And with every comeback I have just loved them more ~ a totally underrated group ~
Main Bias: Heedo (damn another maknae)
Favorite Song(s): Are You Ready?, Between Night N Music
I will have to admit – they didn’t grab me with their debut song – but I really loved their songs since then, and I think they are totally underrated within the industry.
Main Bias: Yun
Favorite Song(s): Everything they touch
Lunafly is amazing. They were the soundtrack of my summer a few years back – and it was a great summer! They are a totally underrated group – and they have been through a lot to keep going on as a group. Their music is amazing, and their covers are amazing. They are just amazing! And totally underrated.
Main Bias: Lee Geon
Favorite Song(s): YOLO, OMGT
Madtown is one of those groups with huge potential, and they are still reaching their potential. I think we’ll see this group really go somewhere in the next few years ~
13. Topp Dogg
Main Bias: Xero
Favorite Song(s): Follow Me, Arario, Peekaboo, Cigarette
I really love Topp Dogg – they are so talented – and they have so many various talents that they can show off at any given moment. I adore them, and truly hope that they are able to win on some programs and kick some butt.
14. Royal Pirates
Main Bias: Moon
Favorite Song(s): everything by Royal Pirates
Are you tired about my gushing over Royal Pirates yet? I will always gush over these talented guys – and I hope someday soon I won’t have to consider them underrated!
Main Bias: Donglim, Simon
Favorite Song(s): ER, Safety Zone
Ok, I cheated – this is the one group that I am adding that is underrated that has disbanded. I am going to be honest though, I think the members are also underrated as solo artists now too. DMTN was an amazingly talented group, and they deserved so much more than I think they got. Now, I really hope that the former members can meet success in their solo careers.