Three K-Pop Bands to Look Out For … That’s Not BTS

Words & Photos: Yours truly

First things first, when I say K-Pop, I don’t mean Gangham Style(!) as there’s so much more to the genre than the 2012 viral hit! K-Pop is a unique genre of modern music that combines fashion, visuals, dance, and… well, music – so it’s not surprising that I’m into it. If you don’t believe that K-Pop a real thing that’s taking over the world, just take a look at BTS’s Billboard success; a number one on the World Albums chart and a top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Again, there’s sooooo much more in the world of K-Pop than just BTS. In fact, far from it: here are three bands that I love that I think deserve more recognition.



SEVENTEEN is one of the first K-Pop bands I took a liking to after discovering and falling in love with BTS. They’re the biggest boyband to ever come from their record label Pledis: with 13 (ironically, not 17) members.

What I particularly enjoy about this band is that the members are divided into three units: the performance unit, the vocal unit, and the hip-hop unit, so with every major release you can expect a broad range of music because each unit gets their individual track tailor-made for their specialty + on top of songs where they come together as a 13-piece.

My biases : Woozi, Hoshi, Joshua _ Recommended songs : Thanks, 울고 싶지 않아, Change Up



PENTAGON was put together on a reality show called Pentagon Maker (the line-up consists of the top 10 finalists).

In my very unpopular opinion, they’re one of the most underrated K-Pop acts ever. I think they’re far more talented and produce way better music than the likes of GOT7, WINNER, Monsta X, Wanna One, etc. etc. etc…

My biases : Yuto, Kino, Hui _ Recommended songs : 빛나리, Runaway, Violet


three NCT

It took me a while to get into them, but NCT is now one of my K-obsessions!

NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, a concept that allows for unlimited number of members from a selection of SM newbies – and there are a lot of them! The current line-up is made up of 18 members from all over the world.

What’s interesting about NCT is that each of the member belongs to one or more sub-units; NCT U (rotational unit depending who fits the current concept), NCT 127 (fixed unit with nine members), and NCT Dream (rotational unit by age: every member is under the age of 20)… Confusing? It is.

My biases : Taeil, Ten, Haechan _ Recommended songs : Timeless, Baby Don’t Stop, Yestoday


Music is constantly evolving, so I really want to know : what kind of music are you into?

Share with me below, and I’ll see you in the next post! 🙂


Oliver ❤

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  • Reply
    May 21, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I think K-Pop gets a bit of a bad rep sometimes. But, I think it’s all about listening to music that makes you FEEL something! and if K-Pop does that, then that’s amazing! Some great recommendations here, Oliver!

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      May 21, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      I agree… and it’s largely because of Gangnam Style! Now everyone thinks Korean pop music is like that!

      Oliver x

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    May 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Korean pop music is nothing just like gangnam style and its sad that people wont listen to it just bc they think that

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      May 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Right?? When I mention it to people and they’re like “Oh yeah, I liked Gangham Style!” and I’m just like “Nahhh… that’s not K-Pop.”

      Oliver x

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    May 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Totally love K-Pop music, I used to listen to it a lot when growing up but not heard any of the new bands now. I will check out the ones you have mentioned.

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      May 24, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Same! I used to listen to the ‘first generation’ of K-Pop but stopped for a while… I feel like the genre has come SUCH a long way!

      Oliver x

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    May 30, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I have to admit I’ve never listened to any K-Pop! Totally going to check some of these out now!

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