Top K-Pop Boy Groups the Year 2016

Posted on 27 February 2017

Although K-pop originated in Korea, it has become popular worldwide. Music enthusiasts and listeners in a huge range of western countries now have their favourite K-pop artists, and a lot of people actually follow the world of K-pop very closely. With this in mind, here are the biggest K-pop boy groups of 2016:


Exo has been around since 2012, but really hit the big time in 2016 to become one of, if not the most popular K-pop group in the world. They currently have nine members, despite having started off in 2012 with 12. 2016 saw the release of Exo’s third album, Ex’act, which broke a number of records, including the most pre-ordered K-pop album and the highest first week sales for any Korean album. They also released a video game titled Exorun, and performed two separate international tours.

Bangtan Boys (BTS):

Both the Korean and Japanese names of the Bangtan boys translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”, which gives an insight into the feel of the group. 2016 was an extremely big year for them, as they won their first grand prize, the Album of the Year award at the 2016 Melon Music Awards for their album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever. They released a number of other albums in 2016, the most successful of which was undoubtedly Wings, which reach #1 on iTunes in at least 26 different countries.


SS501 made a comeback in 2016, releasing a new album titled Eternal 5. Despite the band losing two of their original members, the album was extremely well received by fans throughout the world. Their concerts throughout the year were packed with excited fans, and the release of their second album, Estreno, saw sales skyrocket. The band also released two mini albums later in the year, titled Eternal 0 and Eternal 1.


FTIsland, or Five Treasure Island, is a relatively small K-pop group with obvious rock influences. They debuted in 2007, and since then have grown from strength to strength to become one of the most popular boy bands of 2016.


VIXX is actually a shortening of the bands real name, Voice, Visual, Value on Excelsis. They have become known across the world for their well rehearsed performances which are often more theatrical than concert like. According to listeners, they give off great vibes, and seeing one of their shows is an absolute must do for any K-pop enthusiast.

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