Top 10 K-Pop Girl Groups of the 4th Generation That Are Already Stealing Hearts

Tags: #kpop ,   #ITZY ,   #LOONA ,   #StayC ,   #Everglow

Scarlett Goldstein

Scarlett Goldstein

Last updated:  2021-09-15 09:28:38

When we say "4th generation," that sounds so brand new that it seems like these groups of K-pop didn't have enough time to show their talents yet. Still, some of them are already so iconic that we see them as Red Velvet, TWICE, and BLACKPINK's successors! The 3rd generation paved the way, and you presumably love these groups the most. Still, to stay updated on some awesome Korean music, you have to get to know the already marvelous ten girl groups you'll like!

10. TRI.BE

"Doom Doom Ta" is a different side of K-pop

Let's talk about iconic slogans for the groups that spice up every title track. "TRI.BE, vida loca!" obviously wins! The "passionate, crazy life" that TRI.BE resembles in their songs and attitude are so exotic, and we were waiting for a debut like this. "Doom Doom Ta" boosts your mood like nothing else, and it's one of the best debuts of its year!

The girls didn't wait too long to release another similar project, "Rub a Dum," which will make you dance like a maniac. They're hippie, tropical, and wild – it's like they came from a Latin American tribe, so it seems like we'll be getting more and more bops! Their motto is "perfect existence," so we believe they have big expectations.

9. Purple Kiss

They're about to show tremendous potential!

This group's title already says they're about to be a chef's kiss girl group. And it shows already! Unfortunately, most groups have no freedom to participate in producing, songwriting, and choreography for a comeback. Nevertheless, Purple Kiss is changing that!

These ladies debuted in 2020, and they already have the title of "self-producing" group, which is a luxury for K-pop and strict rules. The seven members showed off their talents even before the debut EP "Into Violet," and when they brought out "Ponzona," the world really went crazy for them. For a reason!

8. Weeekly

It's a feel-good anthem you needed in your life

Yeah, their name has "e'' three times and not two, so these girls' week lasts a little longer! Just imagine slaying all the charts and being the top group despite being brand new – Weeekly experienced precisely that, thanks to their lovely track "After School." It's a bop, and you'll love it from the very first second.

Although some of their b-sides require more listening to get into them, Weeekly's title tracks and aesthetic feels like something you're naturally attracted to. Play M Entertainment actually waited for ten years to create a perfect girl group... We bet they didn't go wrong when they made Weeekly their one and only focus after Apink!

7. LOONA

LOONA made a great anthem about having fun and going out!

It's hard to put these 12 ladies in one generation because they've been active since 2016 as sub-units, slowly stealing our hearts until they finally debuted together in 2018. Hence, it's safe to say that they have the 4th generation vibe, and we have yet to discover them!

"Why Not" is a must if you'd like to get addicted to this group, and as you hear their "&" single "Paint the Town," you'll already be obsessed. "Oh (Yes I Am)" and "Star" are also some of the first songs you'll discover, and we bet you'll like them so much that you'll be about to hear their whole discography!

6. IZ*ONE

The iconic title made this song even more famous

Since the day they debuted in 2018, IZ*ONE already showed that they'll have a massive career because they're very talented and have a huge fan base. Unfortunately, the girls already disbanded in 2021, which made everyone pity the future the ladies would have together.

Nevertheless, if IZ*ONE stole your heart, you probably already know that they were a project group only. The seven years contract the groups usually sign wasn't a plan for them. Despite having a "short" career, their fame definitely wasn't temporary for a 4th generation group since their albums are absolute best-sellers worldwide!

5. EVERGLOW

This song couldn't get better – it's probably going to be their best forever

Wait, how didn't they come up with a title as excellent as "Everglow" in the previous generations? EVERGLOW has the prettiest name in the industry, and they're as pretty when you see them! Coming from a small company, Stone Music Entertainment, made them struggle a bit with their popularity in Korea. Still, they're very beloved worldwide.

These ladies have an obsession with space and technology, and that concept suits them so well since their title track, "LA DI DA," is the greatest thing they've ever made. This could definitely be one of the best 4th generation tunes ever, so stop sleeping on it! When they sang "You know that I come first" in their "Last Melody" title track, they said they didn't come to play!

4. ITZY

They are the "mafia" and the badass girls of their generation

JYP Entertainment belongs to the "big three" companies, so they have no space to disappoint. JYP made a smart move when they debuted ITZY, a group that started their projects while TWICE still were at their peak. Did they bother each other in the same company? Nope, because JYP made them do the two different concepts!

For the 4th generation group, JYP chose the "girl crush" concept and made ITZY have a terrifying, "not shy" aura. From "It'z Me" to "Guess Who," they're unapologetic! Of course, they're still far away from the "Nation's Girl Group" title that TWICE holds, but their different vibe made them stand out and inspire people to feel good about themselves!

3. StayC

Their debut track is their peak, but "ASAP" gave us a completely different sound!

Sometimes you don't have to work on great music only as a company, but also on the outstanding promotion of the group itself. Even though StayC are coming from a small company, they're already as beloved as those from the "big three," and we're here for their brilliant covers, dance practices, and unique YouTube content!

Moreover, StayC are displaying flexibility with every comeback, so you'll never know what comes next. Remember their debut "So Bad" being dark, gloomy, and emotional? Well, their sophomore project went with a cute concept and gave us some tunes to bop along! That's what we want – more and more versatility from the groups!

2. aespa

Fresh, authentic, futuristic… aespa is about to rule the world

We don't know if it's just luck, but SM Entertainment always has the best young trainees and the best artists overall. SM's reputation is far from the "best," but their musicians are on the next level! That shows with their 4th generation girl group aespa, who proved the point with their excellent remake of Fast and Furious' "Next Level!"

aespa slayed with that remake and stayed true to SM's tradition of recording this type of songs in the past. Their remake of "Forever" was a considerable flex since all four ladies showcased they can step on you with their powerful voices. The debut track "Black Mamba" felt more like a comeback when we consider their professionalism. And they're already IT girls. We see the new BLACKPINK making history!

1. (G)-IDLE

This song took them to the sky, just like Soyeon belts out in the powerful chorus

When it comes to the first place, we believe that many wouldn't hesitate to put these incredibly unique ladies on the top. Every generation needs a group as cool as them, but the 4th one brought out the best of the best! The biggest reason for this is their outstanding stage presence, remarkable vocals, lyrics that change the game in K-pop, and Soyeon's incredible contribution to the group.

At this point, (G)-IDLE's main rapper Soyeon is more of a solo artist material. She's the most prominent all-rounder of her generation and a songwriter who makes this group shine. Still, we shall not forget Yuqi's deep voice, Minnie's aura, Soojin's sexiness, and stage presence, and the overall energy these queens show. If you don't know them yet, now it's time to change it!

It would be pointless to compare the 4th generation to the 3rd one, but we hope that these ladies will have a future as bright as their older colleagues. They have the potential, and many of them already own many hearts worldwide. For K-pop, this is only the beginning, and there's more to come!

What's your favorite 4th generation girl group? Do you listen to boy groups as well? Let us know in the comments section!

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