As a member of the popular South Korean boy band BTS, Kim Seok-jin is idolized in Korea and drooled over by girls across Asia. One of the most popular singer-songwriters in Korea, Kim Seok-jin is popular for his falsetto voice. Also a well-known philanthropist, Kim is a UNICEF Honors Club inductee.
Kim Jong-hyun was a South Korean record producer, singer-songwriter, author, and radio host. Kim was the principal vocalist of the popular boy band Shinee before he committed suicide at the age of 27. In 2018, his family members established the Shiny Foundation in an attempt to help struggling young artists.
G-Dragon is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, and fashion designer. Nicknamed the King of K-pop, G-Dragon is recognized for his influence on music, fashion trends, and youth culture in South Korea. In 2016, he was named as one of the most influential Asian under 30 by Forbes. His work is often cited as an influence by many of his contemporaries.
South Korean singer, rapper, and songwriter, Psy, is known internationally for his hit single Gangnam Style. The music video for the song became the first video to exceed one billion views on YouTube and continues to be one of the most viewed videos on the platform. Psy is credited to have popularized K-Pop in the Western music industry.
Jung Joon-young is a former singer-songwriter, actor, and television personality. He became one of the most popular South Korean entertainers before being caught up in the Jung Joon-young KakaoTalk chatrooms scandal, which was part of the Burning Sun scandal. The sex scandal forced him to retire and he was sentenced to six years in prison in 2019.
11 Jang Na-ra
South Korean singer and actress Jang Na-ra is active in both the South Korean and Chinese entertainment industries. In the early 2000s, she gained fame with her hit studio album Sweet Dream. Following the album’s success, she started getting acting offers and soon became a popular actress as well. She is actively involved in charitable endeavors.
Tablo is a Korean-Canadian composer, record producer, lyricist, and hip hop recording artist. He is best known for being the producer and leader of the popular alternative hip hop group, Epik High. He is also credited with founding High Ground, an independent music label, which housed bands like The Black Skirts and Hyukoh.
Kang Min-hyuk is a South Korean singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He is best known for his association with the popular rock band CNBLUE, for which he plays the drums. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Kang Min-hyuk donated 10 million won to help those affected by forest fires in Sokcho and Goseong County.
20 Lee Dong-hae
South Korean actor Lee Dong-hae soared to fame with the K-pop band Super Junior. Fans have also loved him on shows and films such as Skip Beat! and The Youth. He has been romantically linked with celebrities such as Jessica Jung and has also appeared on a Chinese postage stamp.
K-pop star Park Yoo-chun made headlines in 2019, he was fined and sentence to a 2-year probation for consuming drugs. Also popular as Micky Yoochun, he has made a name for himself as part of the bands JYJ and TVXQ. Fans also loved him in series such as Miss Ripley.
24 Eun Ji-won
Eunhyuk is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, television host, and dancer. He is best known for his association with the popular boy band, Super Junior. Over the years, he has also been an important member of the band's subgroups, namely Super Junior-H, Super Junior-T, Super Junior-D&E, and Super Junior-M.
27 Nam Woo-hyun
28 Lee Joon
29 Roy Kim
30 Karen O
31 Seo Taiji
33 Sungha Jung
35 Peggy Gou
37 Megan Lee
Apart from achieving the feat of being the first Asian-American to become a rabbi and a cantor, Angela Warnick Buchdahl has also amazed everyone with her musical skills. A Yale alumna, she was featured in the documentary 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre, which explored the musical history of Jewish synagogues.