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K-Pop Groups To Listen To Based On Your Favorite Western Artist

K-pop has music that's just as good and worthy of a listen as your favorite Western artists' songs.
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The K-pop industry is on a whole other level—from scouting and training potential idols in singing, dancing, and sometimes rapping to producing bops complete with coordinated concepts, stage costumes, and choreography. It’s pretty different from the typical Western music scene we’ve all been used to. Not to mention, there are currently a lot of K-pop groups actively producing and promoting music that it can get overwhelming if you’re new to it.

But if you want to explore beyond your current go-to tunes, however, K-pop has music that’s just as good and worthy of a listen as your favorite Western artists’ songs. No need to be afraid of the language barrier! You'll find K-pop music just as much of a bop. Don’t know where to start? Try listening to these K-pop groups who serve similar vibes as your favorite Western artists:

Also Read: 10 K-pop Songs Co-Produced And Written By Popular Western Artists

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If you like Ariana Grande…

You might like: Mamamoo

Ariana Grande and Mamamoo are both vocal queens, period. Both also serve as empowering figures to many female fans from the messages of their songs to the concepts they serve onstage.

If you like Charli XCX…

You might like: Everglow

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Dancing in your room while no one’s watching is a big mood being served by the dance pop music of both Charli XCX and Everglow.

If you like Khalid…

You might like: NCT 127

Got Khalid’s albums saved on your Spotify? While they’re heavy on hip hop tracks,  NCT 127 also has a roster of pop R&B bops you’ll vibe with.

If you like Ella Mai…

You might like: Red Velvet 

One of the go-to R&B artists of today’s generation is Grammy Award-winning Ella Mai. If you enjoy her music, you might also resonate with K-pop girl group Red Velvet’s R&B-laden songs from their more sultry “Velvet” concept.

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If you like Carly Rae Jepsen…

You might like: TWICE

If bright and bubbly pop is your kind of anthem, much like many of Carly Rae Jepsen’s tracks, girl group TWICE’s concepts might be right up your alley.

If you like The Weeknd…

You might like: SEVENTEEN

Chilling to The Weeknd songs on a weekend might be made better if you add K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN’s R&B tracks.

 

If you like The Vamps…

You might like: EXO-SC

British boy band The Vamps has quite the pop anthems for the youth in their discography, and if that suits your music taste, you might enjoy the chill hip hop tracks of K-pop group EXO’s subunit, EXO-SC, composed of members Sehun and Chanyeol. 

If you like Anna of the North…

You might like: Bolbbalgan4

Anna of the North’s indie pop songs are perfect for a feel-good sound trip. The relaxing vocals of BOL4, formerly a duo consisting of Ahn Ji Young and Woo Ji Yoon, would be a perfect addition to your happy lang playlist.

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