Underrated Groups, You Should Be Listening To
Originally Appeared in Charley Magazine October 2020
The term "underrated" is a pretty broad and oftentimes pretty subjective term. Depending on where you live, what your Spotify or AppleMusic recommends, or what your friends are listening to, chances are some groups are slipping through the cracks. When it comes to K-Pop it’s even more subjective because not every band “makes it” to America. So without further ado, here are, in my opinion, the most underrated K-Pop groups.
From ballads and R&B to Pop and EDM, this handsome and wholesome group of nine are not getting the hype or recognition they deserve.
Debut Date: October 5, 2016
Members: Youngbin, Inseong, Jaeyoon, Dawon, Zuho, Rowoon, Yoo Taeyang, Hwiyoung and Chani
Since debut this girl group has faced more than its fair share of difficulties (thanks internet trolls), but have never given up or given in, instead deciding to continue on their path of making beautiful music.
Debut Date: November 12, 2014
Members: Baby Soul, Jiae, Jisoo, Mijoo, Kei, Jin, Sujeong, and Yein
The 1st subunit of NCT Korea and 4th subunit of NCT China, this boy group is turning heads by showing the world unedited versions of themselves.
Debut Date: January 17, 2019
Members: Kun, Ten, WinWin, Lucas, Xiao Jun, Hendery, and YangYang
Consisting of 10 members between the ages of 20 and 27, this group effortlessly blends youthful pop flavor with major themes and bassy-EDM undertones.
Debut Date: August 28, 2017
Members: Daeyeol, Y, Jangjun, TAG, Seungmin, Jaehyun, Jibeom, Donghyun, Joochan, Bomin
Standing for “Adventure Calling Emotions” this group came together to pursue their dreams against adversity and become heroes in the music scene.
Debut Date: May 23, 2017
Members: Donghu, Jun, Wow, Kim Byeongkwan, Chan
With a discography collection bigger than their oldest members and choreography that rivals the best of them, it’s surprising that this group has been largely overshadowed in the industry.
Debut Date: August 20, 2018
Members: Haseul, Vivi, Yves, JinSoul, Kim Lip, Chuu, Heejin, Hyunjin, Go Won, Choerry, Olivia Hye and Yeojin
You name it this multi-talented group does it. Sing (check), Act (check), Dance (check) releases an entire album with no promotions just for fans (check).
Debut Date: February 23, 2016
Members: JinJin, MJ, Rocky, Cha Eunwoo, Moonbin & Sanha
From unique and creepy concepts to great songs along with each member representing a nightmare of fear, this unique alternative girl has a sound that is addictive.
Debut Date: January 13, 2017
Members: JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Handong, Yoohyeon, Dami, and Gahyeo
They write their own music, choreograph most of their own dances, and are genuine in everything they do.
Debut Date: October 10, 2016
Members: Hui, Jinho, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yanan, Yeo One, Yuto, Kino, and Wooseok
This girl group doesn't stick to any one genre and instead tries a little bit of everything. They also refuse to do any lip-syncing and instead belt it out during any live performance.
Debut Date: June 18, 2014
Members: Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein, and Hwasa
Don’t let the youthful 20-something cuteness fool you, this group is anything but. With mature dance moves and lyrics to match, how is this energetic and innovative group not huge?
Debut Date: January 9, 2019
Members: Dongheon, Hoyoung, Minchan, Gyehyeon, Yeonho, Yongseung and Kangmin
With killer raps and angelic vocals, their songs are BOPS. What more do you expect from a girl group that is self-produced, self-composed, and self-written?
Debut Date: May 2, 2018
Members: Miyeon, Minnie, Soojin, Soyeon, Yuqi, and Shuhua
Seductive and dark are just two of the many words used to describe this group’s eye-catching visuals, enticing lyrics, and well-executed choreography.
Debut Date: December 6, 2017
Members: Sangyeon, Jacob, Younghoon, Hyunjae, Juyeon, Kevin, New, Q, Juhaknyeon, Sunwoo, and Eric
Fandom: The B (Pronounced in Korean as Deo Bi)
After almost disbanding due to poor public response, this all-around talented group has proven they have what it takes through reality TV shows, live streams, and other appearances.
Debut Date: November 9, 2016
Members: Seungwoo, Seungsik, Heochan, Sejun, Hanse, Byungchan, and Subin
Fandom: ALICE (Always We Love the VoICE)
Whether you're looking for great vocals, insane raps, a great stage presence, or a solid discography that compliments their abilities, iKON seemingly has it all.
Debut Date: September 15, 2015
Members: Bobby, Jay, Ju-ne, Song, DK, and Chan