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'Experts' pick the best and worst K-Pop group names

By jubilantj   Tuesday, July 19, 2016   139,419   4,837   0



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Let's face it, we've all heard some pretty ridiculous K-Pop group names. 

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Sometimes, these names are so ridiculous that they leave you scratching your head in dumbfounded amusement and/or confusion. Thankfully, there are many more creative, memorable names that just roll right off your tongue. 

But what exactly is the basis for horrible and awesome K-Pop group names? Well...there really aren't any grounds; some names are great, some just aren't. However, "experts" in the music industry beg to differ. According to these experts, there are clear reasons as to what make a great K-Pop group name and what doesn't. 

A picture showing a list of the best and worst K-Pop idol group names as handpicked by experts was uploaded online. 


For the 'best' list, Big Bang is first place for the reason that their name "coincides with the group's explosive popularity." In second place for the best name are Girls' Generation and G-Friend, as their names "pay attention to the markets in China and Korea" and make them seem "approachable." SHINee comes in third place, and the experts reason that their name appropriately signifies the K-Pop idol imagery through visual and auditory cues. In fourth comes INFINITE, whose name "matches their tough image."

As for the 'worst' list, experts awarded the worst name to a group called Snakehead and wrote, "A sad name that won't ever be cool no matter what music they do." The second worst name went to none other than SONAMOO, whose name was described as "lacking purpose" and "genderless" and, "ambiguous." KNK took the honor of third worst, as their name reveals nothing save for the fact that the members are tall (KNK stands for 'Keu Na Keun' which is meant to signify how tall the members are). And last but not least, Boys' Republic took last place on the 'worst' list, as experts deemed them as one of the worst possible examples of "Girls' Generation imitators."

And there you have it, folks. You can let us know if you agree with the assessments of these experts. 

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Mr_Cheetos Sunday, October 9, 2016

I think boys' republic isn't actually a bad group name.

Sarab_eel Friday, July 22, 2016

In fourth comes INFINITE, whose name "matches their tough image." Wooow

jasonic Thursday, July 21, 2016

"genderless"? Sorry, but I don't see how that is a negative adjective to use.

NaRei Thursday, July 21, 2016

at first i thought it said shinee was third in worst group names and i freaked out. they're name has a lot of meaning and i was so shocked that they would be here. lol im glad that was a fluke.

Sceenshot Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Is this suppose expert just name top groups to rookie groups, son get the fuck outta here, that's just rude

Lary_kpop Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Where is Gugudan there? xD Now I got used to it, but it is really silly.

Kim_sejeong Lary_kpop Monday, July 25, 2016

at least its meaningful

hiroonakamura Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Snakehead would've been a great name for a solo artist though.Also, g-friend is kinda a bad name because it's not the correct translation of their korean name (which is girlfriend)

Fayolia hiroonakamura Thursday, July 21, 2016

G-friend means girlfriend

hiroonakamura Fayolia Wednesday, July 27, 2016

not really. gf = girlfriend. very few use g-friend as an abbreviation (before they used it as the english name for Yoja Chingu)

Fayolia hiroonakamura Friday, July 29, 2016

How do you mean not really? Did you really think an idol group would be called gf?

sandybee3 Wednesday, July 20, 2016

No 2ne1 on the list?? Well for best Fandom name i bet BlackJacks would be included 😂😂

NORM Wednesday, July 20, 2016

When you realise "Snakehead" is "K-Much" :o Technically they did change the name to K-much since 2014, shudnt the experts have been updated

BigBlueagain Wednesday, July 20, 2016

They didn't like the name Snakehead? Really? It actually sounds kinda badass.

KpopRox94 BigBlueagain Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sounds like a rapper's name to me though

BigBlueagain KpopRox94 Thursday, July 21, 2016

I was thinking more glam rock. I'm pretty sure I was thinking of my uncle's fav band, whitesnake.

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