10 Of The Best Selling Kpop Girl Groups Of All Time

Twice gained fame in 2016 with their single 'Cheer Up,
Twice gained fame in 2016 with their single 'Cheer Up," which became the best-performing single of the year( Source : facebook )

Generally making Korean pop songs, thus the name, K-pop music is popular both in South Korea and globally.

The Best selling K-pop girl group of all time is Twice with Girls’ Generation, Kara, and more following close behind.

Alongside the music, they are popular for their visually appealing performances, catchy music, and fashionable style.

As with other types of musical artists, they release singles, albums, and music videos while also participating in live performances as well as other promotional activities.

Some of the artists are breaking records in how many albums they have and how quickly their albums are getting pre-ordered.

Best Selling Kpop Girl Group Of All Time

Kpop Girl Group NameTotal Sales
Twice9.06 million
Girls’ Generation5.35 million
Kara3.81 million
S.E.S.3.63 million
Iz*One2.91 million
Blackpink2.51 million
Fin.K.L2.51 million
Red Velvet1.56 million
T-ara1.13 million
Apink1.04 million

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10. Apink

Apink is a South Korean girls group that was formed by IST Entertainment. Originally, the group consisted of seven members, but now has five.

The music of Apink genreally incorporates elements of the bubblegum pop genre
The music of Apink genreally incorporates elements of the bubblegum pop genre( Source : facebook )

The five members of the group are Park Cho-Rong, Yoon Bo-mi, Jeong Eun-ji, Kim Nam-Joo, and Oh Ha-young.

They first debuted with the album Seven Springs of Apink on April 19, 2011. Their best-selling album is Pink Memory, which was released in 2015, and achieved over 90k sales.

It has won the Golden Disc Awards, the Seoul Music Awards, and the Mnet Asian Music Awards since its debut. Some hit songs by Pink are Hush (2012), Mr. Chu (2014), My My (2011), and NoNoNo (2013).

9. T-ara

One of the best selling Kpop girl groups is T-ara. They made their debut in July 2009 with the single "Lie" from their debut album, Absolute First Album.

A South Korean singer and actress, Qri debuted as a member of the girl group T-ara in July 2009
A South Korean singer and actress, Qri debuted as a member of the girl group T-ara in July 2009( Source : facebook )

Formed by MBK Entertainment in 2009, the group consists of four members: Qri, Eunjung, Hyomin, and Jiyeon.

Their 2011 song, Roly-Poly, became very successful in Japan. It earned praise and nationwide recognition and became one of the best-selling singles of the year.

Their other best-selling songs are Bo Peep Bo Peep (2009), Sugar-Free (2014), Cry Cry (2011), and many more.

T-ara's best-selling album is Jewelry Box, with around 105k sales. It sold a total of 1.13 million units, with 565.0k units in South Korea and 567.4k in Japan.

8. Red Velvet

The South Korean girl group Red Velvet consists of five members: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, and Yeri.

Irene was introduced as a member and the leader of the group Red Velvet on July 27, 2014
Irene was introduced as a member and the leader of the group Red Velvet on July 27, 2014( Source : facebook )

They made their debut with the digital single Happiness in 2014. 11 out of 13 of Red Velvet's Korean-language albums rose to the top of the Gaon Album Chart.

The best-selling album of this group is The ReVe Festival: Day 1, which was released in 2019 and had over 171,000 sales. In total, it had 1.56 million sales, with 1.51 million albums in South Korea and 50k in Japan.

Psycho, Feel My Rhythm, Bad Boy, Russian Roulette, etc. are the hit songs of Red Velvet.

They have received various awards and nominations since their debut for music, popularity, and performance. They earned five Golden Disc Awards, four Melon Music Awards, four Circle Chart Music Awards, and two Mnet Asian Music Awards.

7. Fin.K.L

Fin.K.L is one of the best girl groups in K-pop. The group was formed by DSP Media in 1998 and was one of the most popular groups of the late 90s and early 00s.

Born in 1981 in Tübingen Sung Yu-ri began her entertainment career in 1998
Born in 1981 in Tübingen Sung Yu-ri began her entertainment career in 1998( Source : facebook )

The group has four members: Lee Hyori, Ock Joo-Hyun, Lee Jin, and Sung Yu-ri.

They first debuted with the album Blue Rain in 1998. It gained popularity after releasing the songs 'To My Boyfriend' in 1998, 'Forever Love' in 1999, and 'Now' in 2000.

The group's best-selling album was White, which was released in 1999 and had 600k total sales. Overall, the company had 2.51 million sales in South Korea.

Some of their awards are listed below:

  1. New Artist of the Year at the 1998 Golden Disc Awards
  2. The Grand Prize at the 1999 Seoul Music Awards
  3. Best Female Group at the 2000 Mnet Music Video Festival

6. Blackpink

Blackpink first debuted in August 2016 with the album Square One. They are one of the most successful Korean girl groups, especially in the West.

Blackpink is the first Korean girl group to enter and top the Billboard Emerging Artists chart
Blackpink is the first Korean girl group to enter and top the Billboard Emerging Artists chart( Source : facebook )

The group first debuted with the song Whistle and Boombayah, which is the first number-one single on South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart and the US Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart, respectively.

Formed by YG Entertainment, the group consists of four members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa.

They broke various online records throughout their career. Their music video for Ddu-Du Ddu-Du is the most-viewed single by a Korean group on YouTube.

Their best-selling album, The Album, which was released in October 2020, had 1.26 million sales. Pink Venom, How You Like That, Shut Down, Typa Girl are some hit songs by this group.

5. Iz*One

Iz*One ranks as one of the best K-pop girl band. It was a South Korean-Japanese girl group active for three years (2018 to 2021).

The group reached number two on the Gaon Album Chart and sold over 225,000 copies
The group reached number two on the Gaon Album Chart and sold over 225,000 copies( Source : pinterest )

The group was composed of 12 members: Jang Won-young, Sakura Miyawaki, Jo Yu-ri, Choi Ye-na, An Yu-jin, Nako Yabuki, Kwon Eun-bi, Kang Hye-won, Hitomi Honda, Kim Chae-won, Kim Min-ju, and Lee Chae-Yeon.

Off the Record and Swing Entertainment manage them. Iz*One first made its debut on October 29, 2018, with its first album, Color*Iz.

The best-selling album of the group is Oneiric Diary, which was released in June 2020 with over 550k total sales. Overall, it sold a total of around 2.91 million units. Panorama, The Secret Story of the Swan, La Vie en Rose, etc. are the popular songs of this group.

They received several awards, some of which are given below:

  1. APAN Music Awards
  2. Asia Artist Awards
  3. Asian Pop Music Awards
  4. The Fact Music Awards

4. S.E.S.

S.E.S. is a female trio that was formed by SM Entertainment in 1997. The members are Bada, Eugene, and Shoo.

In December 2002, the group officially disbanded after unsuccessful contract renewal negotiations with Bada and Eugene
In December 2002, the group officially disbanded after unsuccessful contract renewal negotiations with Bada and Eugene( Source : pinterest )

They first debuted with the debut album I’m Your Girl, which became the third-best-selling album by a female group in South Korea after selling 650,000 copies.

I'm Your Girl, I Love You, Dreams Come True, and Just In Love are some hit songs by the group.

Their best-selling album was released in 1999, Love," with over 760k units sold. It made a total of about 3.63 million, with around 3.57 million album sales in South Korea and 61.3k in Japan.

They received several awards, including the Golden Disc Awards, the KBS Song Festival, the KMTV Music Awards, etc.

3. Kara

Kara was formed in 2007 by DSP Media. The group consists of six members: Gyuri, Seungyeon, Hara, Youngji, Nicole, and Jiyoung.

Kara music has elements of K-pop, J-pop, synth pop, R&B, electropop, and disco
Kara music has elements of K-pop, J-pop, synth pop, R&B, electropop, and disco( Source : pinterest )

Kara debuted first in 2007 as a quartet with the album The First Blooming, which did not do well commercially. After some changes in sound and members in 2008, it became successful from there.

When I Move, Lupin, Jumping, and Mamma Mia are some hit songs by the group Kara. The Japanese album Super Girl is the best-selling album of the KARA. Released in 2011, it made sales of around 778k.

This group has received several awards and nominations. Album of the Year, Asia Star Award, Asian Best Group, etc. are among them.

2. Girls’ Generation

One of the Best selling Kpop group, Girls' Generation, is also known as SNSD. This group was formed by SM Entertainment.

Girls' Generation rose to fame in 2009 with the single 'Gee'
Girls' Generation rose to fame in 2009 with the single 'Gee'( Source : twitter )

SNSD is composed of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun. Originally, the group had nine members, but in September 2014, Jessica left the group.

The Girls' Generation earned the honorific nickname 'The Nation's Girl Group' and several accolades in their home country.

Debuted first on August 5, 2007, with the single Into the New World from their eponymous Korean album.

Tell Me Your Wish, Into The New World, Paparazzi, and Gee, I Got A Boy are the top songs of the Girls’ Generation.

Their best-selling album was the Japanese version of Girls’ Generation. It was released in 2011 and sold a total of around 883k units.

1. Twice

Twice was formed by JYP Entertainment. It first debuted on October 20, 2015, with the album The Story Begins.

Nayeon became a member of Twice under JYP Entertainment in 2015
Nayeon became a member of Twice under JYP Entertainment in 2015( Source : facebook )

Twice has eight members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu.

Its best-selling album was More & More, which was released in 2020 with 573.4k units sold. Overall, it sold a total of around 9.06 million units, with 5.76 million units in South Korea and 3.29 million in Japan.

Set Me Free, The Feels, What is Love?, and Yes or Yes are hit songs of Twice, and this group has gained many accolades and recognition as well.

First, it received an award as "Best New Female Artist at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

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