Interest in K-pop is piquing around the world in part with the launch of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. On Friday, TIME magazine published an introduction to K-pop article, showcasing what it thought were some of K-pop's best acts. The magazine is positive that the genre of K-pop, which has already swept Asia and Latin America, will be a hit in the United States in no time. Let’s take a look at which K-pop groups they recommend listening to!

1. BTS

BTS, which stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan or Beyond the Scene, topped TIME’s list, thanks to its phenomenal social media influence. If you’re asking yourself, “Who is BTS?” here’s what you need to know about this band taking over the world. BTS' multi-talented members have starred in the Go! Series, Running Man, Hwarang, and more. You can check out the full list in DramaFever’s BTS collection.


TIME compares TWICE to Girls’ Generation and the Spice Girls, without failing to note its international members. Their latest title song, TT, reached 10 million views on YouTube faster than any other K-pop music video.

3. EXO

When EXO joined Twitter last year, they quickly became the most followed celebrity in the platform. We’ve had the pleasure of watching EXO here on DramaFever: member Kai in the J-drama Spring Has Come, D. O. in It's Okay, That's Love, Chanyeol in Roommate, all on A Song For You, Season 2, episodes 1 and 2, all except Chanyeol on Running Man, episode 82, and Kai and Sehun on Running Man, episode 120.

EXO and CL are performing at the Olympics closing ceremony on Feb. 25.

4. Red Velvet

It's hard to believe that three years ago at KCON LA, Red Velvet was a rookie group. Now, they’ve collaborated with the likes of The Stereotypes, who also helped Bruno Mars produce That’s What I Like, according to TIME.

5. iKON

iKON sets themselves apart by self-composing, just like their predecessor BIGBANG. They’ve done a good job covering other bands’ hit tracks, most notably BIGBANG’s Bang Bang Bang and Me Gustas Tu by GFriend. Check out Emily unboxing iKON's album on our Life of a K-pop Fan YouTube channel!

6. Seventeen

Since officially debuting in 2015, Seventeen has topped Billboard’s World Albums chart twice in the past two years. TIME says that they believe Seventeen is off to a "strong start" in 2018!

Which K-pop bands came to your mind before reading this article? Please highlight your favorite groups below!

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