As y’all know, I’m a huge fan of K-Pop and K-Dramas, and really Korean food and culture as a whole. I have a lot of post ideas but I didn’t feel like typing up any of the posts until I thought about this idea and although it’s not book-related I decided that I’d go ahead and share some of my favorite Korean singers.
Some of these singers will be from groups I like and some will be solo artists – I hope y’all enjoy this list! And it’s not in any particular order because how can you possibly expect me to properly rank them? It’s like choosing a favorite book or author! It’s impossible!
**there’s also going to be a rapper version so look forward to that
I freaking love Taemin so much. He’s part of the boy group Shinee, but he also has two solo albums which I have listened to and have absolutely loved. He has a more chill vibe compared to his group. Plus, he’s an amazing dancer. He has a unique style that I wasn’t sure if I liked at first, but I quickly got used to his style and have consumed all of the music of his I could get my hands on.
Move was the first song I heard from him. I love the way he incorporates a lot of dance moves that would usually be restricted to only females. It shows just how talented and unique he is.
Favorite Songs: Move, Flame of Love, Love, Solider, Rise.
Sewoon is a newbie but I’ve listened to both of his mini-albums that he’s released since his debut August of last year. He ranked 12th place in the show Produce 101 Season 2, so he was one position away from debuting with the group Wanna One which is so surreal to think about because I couldn’t imagine him in a group to be honest.
He also has a more chill vibe to him (the above song is one of his more pop-sounding tracks) but it’s a much different feel than Taemin. Since he’s only 20, his music isn’t as mature-sounding but it’s also not quite immature like you might expect from an artist his age.
Favorite Songs: Just U, Slower Than Ever, Baby It’s U, Never Mind, Close Over.
I haven’t listened to many of her songs (literally only like two) but I like her voice and I don’t listen to female artists very often, just due to a personal preference. She’s quite young as well (24) but she’s been in the singing business since she was 16, I believe.
I admittedly only listened to this song at first because it features G-Dragon, but I stayed for IU’s vocals. The way she sings is kinda similar to Taemin. They both have a voice that is kind of like a whisper which makes it so soothing to listen to. She’s simply beautiful and I love how simplistic she is.
Favorite Songs: Palette, Twenty-Three.
Youngjae is one of the vocalists of GOT7 and he has such a strong voice. His parts are always my favorite because of his powerful voice. When I first listened to GOT7 I was so curious about who sung his parts because I loved his voice so much.
He doesn’t have any solo songs that I know of, unfortunately, which is why the video I attached is a compilation of him singing but I love how whether he’s singing for fun and goofing off or singing seriously his voice always sounds perfect. Basically, if you listen to a GOT7 song and you’re curious about who the strong vocalist is – it’s Youngjae!
favorite songs is going to just be the GOT7 songs i think his voice is able to shine the most in
Favorite Songs: Confession Song, Just Right, You Are.
Kihyun is my Monsta X bias – I first fell in love with his voice in the survival show he was on where the group was formed (the clip below). He’s the main vocalist in Monsta X and his parts are usually my favorite singing parts of their songs.
He has such a soothing voice but it’s also very powerful. He has a really broad singing range and can go from low to high within a matter of a few seconds. His voice also fits for a lot of different types of songs from slow to pop to hip hop – he’s very versatile.
**same thing with youngjae goes for kihyun and anyone else that’s in a group w/o solo work
Favorite Songs: Stuck, Beautiful, Shine Forever, All In.
I’m trying to include as many female idols as I can haha but I literally don’t listen to them like at all so it’s difficult, but I do like a few of BlackPink‘s songs and Jisoo’s voice stands out a lot when I hear their music (they all have unique voices, but her’s is really pretty).
She has a great balance in her voice. It’s not as high-pitched as a lot of female voices are, it’s more on the lower side but that doesn’t stop her from hitting high notes when they come around.
Favorite Songs: Playing With Fire, her cover of BigBang‘s Let’s Not Fall in Love – which is in the video above.
I had to include somebody from BTS! Tae has such a beautiful voice – it’s really deep which isn’t what you’d expect if you looked at him. He gets some of my favorite parts in BTS songs and I just find his voice really unique and calming.
Isn’t it just amazing?? I love everyone’s voices in BTS for different reasons but Tae’s has always been my favorite because of the warm feeling his voice gives off when he sings. His voice is very versatile too. He can have the low but soothing voice (like in the Adele cover he did above), hardcore rough (like in War of Hormone) and he can also hit high notes really well.
Favorite Songs: War of Hormone, DNA (even though it’s so auto-tuned – live performances are much more my preference in this case), Hold Me Tight, Boy In Luv, It’s Definitely You.
I have recently within the last few months fallen in love with Vixx – they all have wonderful voices (especially live) but I think I love Leo’s the most. His voice really stands out in their songs and his high notes are so powerful.
A lot of the times when someone is performing live they aren’t able to hit the high notes like when they’re in the recording studio, but Leo is different. He’s known for being able to perform live with perfect vocals.
Favorite Songs: Error, Eternity.
He’s the main vocalist of the group NU’EST and I don’t know what it is about his voice that I like but it’s very even. He’s able to evenly distribute his vocals and has a nice balance.
**fun fact: some of the members of the group seventeen guest star in this music video as the bullies!
Since he sings like 90% of this song (line distribution who?) I decided to choose their song Face as an example of his vocals. I’m sure there are probably better examples out there but this is the first song that came to mind.
Favorite Songs: Face, Where You At, Love Paint.
I could really go on forever here, but this post has gotten really long, so I’ll list some of the honorable mentions.
- Jimin – I feel like I’m betraying him since he’s my BTS bias but I didn’t want to use more than one member from the same group and I like Tae’s voice slightly more sometimes.
- Woozi – I only recently mastered all of Seventeen‘s names so I’m not good at identifying their voices in songs, but from what I’ve heard from Woozi, I really like his voice.
- Hyungwon – I love all of Monsta X’s vocal line but Hyungwon’s voice I’ve found is quite unique. He barely gets any lines, though.
- Rose – BlackPink‘s other vocalist. These girls can really sing!
- Daesung – I haven’t gotten to know the vocalists of BigBang much so I can’t tell their voices apart much like I can with G-Dragon and TOP, but I’m pretty sure Daesung is the member known for his high notes.
- Sanha – All of Astro have really great vocals but I think that their maknae has my favorite vocals out of the group.
- JB – Along with his fellow member Youngjae, JB’s voice is very powerful, but it’s more on the softer, mellower side.
Out of the ones I mentioned, who is your favorite? Any I didn’t mention that you think should be mentioned? Do you have any favorite singers? I could do a non-Korean favorite singers list but it wouldn’t be as long – if you’re interested let me know!