Lately, the term “underrated” in the K-Pop world has been in a heated debate. Is a group underrated if they sell a certain amount of albums? If they have a certain amount of views? If they’re talked about a lot on Twitter? Well here’s the answer: almost every group is underrated in some way. Why? Everyone will have a different opinion on what “underrated” entails. Maybe someone thinks Red Velvet is underrated because no one around them personally talks about them. Maybe someone has to go all the way down to groups with a low amount of views like LIPBUBBLE to think they’re underrated.
Any way you think about it, there are thousands of “underrated” artists that make it almost impossible to talk about them all. But they all deserve love and attention! Today we’re going to showcase 15 active girl groups that are in the general definition of “underrated”, meaning they either have low views, low sales, low interactions, a low budget, etc. There are plenty more to discover, but we hope the gets you started on your journey.
GIRLKIND is a 4 member group that debuted under Next Level Entertainment. They debuted in early 2018 with members JK, Medic Jin, Xeheun, and Ellyn.
Their most recent song “Psycho4U” is one of the most unique songs we’ve heard all year. It’s such a chill vibe for a hectic year.
3YE is a rare trio group from GH Entertainment. They debuted in the first half of 2019 with members Yuji, Yurim, and Haeun.
Their most recent song “YESSIR” is an absolute girl crush bop. The production value and beat are just so insane that even though they have an ever-growing fandom we just had to include them.
S.I.S is a chill 4 member group from XX Entertainment. They began as 6 in 2017 but currently consist of Gaeul, Annie, Minzy, and Sebin.
Their recent song “Don’t Wait” is a soft and sweet song that we could definitely imagine in a cheesy romance K-Drama.
4. BADKIZ (HOT PLACE)
BADKIZ is a 4 member girl group that has gone through quite a few changes over the years but currently resides at US Entertainment. They originally debuted as a 19 (yes, 19) member group in 2014 but re-debuted in 2019 as HOT PLACE. However, this year they changed their name back to BADKIZ and the members consist of Eunyu, Seoeun, Rozi, and Semi.
Their song “TMI” is a quick, electro beat with an interesting storyline. It’s sure to get your heart pumping.
This 5 member group is under SD Entertainment and debuted back in 2018. They consist of Juyeon, Haneul, Ayeon, Yuki, and Minseo.
Their song “D.B.D.B.DIB” is another catchy beat that will energize you. It also has an adorable TV-themed music video.
FANATICS debuted just last year with Color Star Technology. The 8 members are Sika, Doah, Chiayi, Yoonhye, Chaelin, Rayeon, Doi and Via.
Their track “V.A.V.I. GIRL” has a fun sound and mixes both cutesy girl concepts and tough girl concepts.
G-reyish is a 4 member group from Elijah Entertainment. They debuted back in 2017 with Hyeji, Shinyoung, Yena, and Yeso.
“KKILI KKILI” is the perfect summer vibe with its bright colors and party-like drop.
Busters is a group of 3 girls formed by a combination of JTG Entertainment and Marbling E&M Inc. They debuted in 2017 with Jieun, Takara, and Minji.
They schooled us with “Paeonia”‘s catchy beat and fun dance.
ARIAZ debuted just about one year ago with Rising Star Entertainment. They are a 6 member group consisting of Jueun, Sihyeon, Yunji, Dawon, Yeori, and Hyogyeong.
“Moonlight Aria” perfectly mixes sophistication with girly fun. The visuals are stunning!
10. Brave Girls
Brave Girls is a girl group probably better known by K-Pop veterans as they debuted all the way back in 2011 under Brave Entertainment. The 4 members consist of Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, and Yuna.
Despite being an early 3rd generation group, the girls never really gathered too much attention except for perhaps their song “Deepened”. Their recent song “We Ride” follows the retro theme of this year and will make you want to dance around your room.
Another group that has been around for quite some time is BERRYGOOD from JTG Entertainment. They debuted in 2014 with 5 members Johyun, Seoyul, Daye, Sehyung, and Gowoon.
“ACCIO” was released just last month and truly stuns with its use of bright colors.
12. Pink Fantasy
Do not be alarmed! Yes, that bunny is mystery member Daewang, whose identity will only be revealed when they get their first win. Pink Fantasy debuted in 2018 with an interesting mystery member concept. This Mydoll Entertainment group currently consists of SeeA, Yechan, Harin, and Arang although they consisted of more before.
“Shadow Play” brings us straight to the desert with an amazing beat and gorgeous visuals.
This 6 member group from iMe KOREA, debuted back in 2018. They consist of Youi, Boni, Lara, Miso, Sumin and Eunjo.
Their recent song “WISH” is a confident anthem with an adorably aesthetic music video.
LABOUM is another group that debuted all the way back in 2014. Their 5 members, Yujeong, Soyeon, ZN, Haein, and Solbin, reside under Global H Media.
Their song “Firework” should be referred to more as an artwork. The beat is smooth, the dance is sophisticated, and the visuals are beautiful.
Neonpunch sadly disbanded this year, but three of the members blessed us with a re-debut as XUM under A100 Entertainment. Members Dayeon, Baekah and Iaan formed the group in September.
The girls certainly softened the disbandment-heartbreak with the absolute killer of a bop, “DDALALA”. Their powerful moves tell us that they aren’t going anywhere.
What are your favorite “underrated” and “underappreciated” girl groups?