Vocalists from 3rd generation K-Pop groups are one of the golden ones out there. The 3rd generation of the South Korean music industry has been one of the brightest beginnings of the global K-Pop music genre. The position of the vocalist is one of the most crucial ones in any K-Pop group out there. They are the sole bearers of every soundtrack released by the bands; therefore, their importance is also very high.
Vocalists bear the task of performing vocal parts of the song that highlights the climatic aspects of the same. 3rd generation vocalists are known for their wide range, which allows them to adjust their voice according to any soundtrack genre. Positioning a vocalist in a group is more difficult than it looks as they don’t only add an edge to the songs but also give them the right chorus.
Here, we have listed the top 10 vocalists from 3rd generation K-Pop groups. All the names here are globally popular for their golden vocals and incredible versatility. Therefore, let’s take a quick skim inside.
Jungkook – BTS
Talking about vocalists from 3rd generation K-Pop groups and not putting BTS’s Jungkook in the top position is nothing less than a crime. The golden magazine is popular for its golden vocals all over the globe. He has been crowned as the best vocalist out there millions of times by both netizens and global media. Indeed, he has got one of the heavenly and most versatile vocals of all time.
All the songs he has covered have become more popular than the original ones. Moreover, all his collaborative and solo releases have dominated the charts for a long time. Recently, being featured on the single ‘Left and Right’ by Charlie Puth, Jungkook again proved that he excels in everything he does. The song peaked at 22nd position on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Being a producer himself, Jungkook has always won hearts, and he will continue to do for long enough.
Rose – BLACKPINK
Rose, recognized as a member of BLACKPINK, is one of the amazing vocalists from 3rd generation K-Pop groups. Her strong yet sweet vocal tone masks her nasality very well, giving her the advantage of having one of the most versatile vocal ranges of all time. Her vocal strength always adds character to any song, making it ten times more alluring.
Always hitting the right notes, Rose made her solo debut in March 2021 with the release of her single album “R.” It was a big success for the artist as its lead single “On the Ground” topped Billboard Global 200 and also bagged top five domestically.
Chen – EXO
When it comes to vocalists from 3rd generation K-Pop groups, not adding EXO’s Chen to the list will be a huge mistake. Recognized as the best voice in the boy band, Chen is known to have a firm grip on the highest notes for the longest time. He is also globally popular for his versatile voice, which can transform into a deep and masculine note without struggle.
His powerful vocals have made him one of the popular vocalists of the era. Chen has also been part of many K-Drama OST and soundtracks like ‘Best Luck’ for ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ and ‘Every time’ for ‘Descendants of the Sun.’
Seulgi – Red Velvet
Being the lead vocalist of the South Korean girl group ‘Red Velvet,’ Seulgi is a famous face with a golden voice when it comes to the vocalists from 3rd generation K-Pop groups. Her vocals are the standard out there and have no comparison. Her powerful and extremely steady vocal range has given her the ultimate advantage of being the most versatile one in the category of vocalists.
With her great vocal range, Seulgi has recorded the soundtrack for many K-Dramas alongside her bandmate Wendy like ‘Don’t Push Me’ for ‘Uncontrollably Fond’ and ‘You Are the Only One I See’ for ‘Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth.’
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DK – Seventeen
DK is the main vocalist of the South Korean boy band ‘Seventeen.’ His extremely flexible vocals have earned him the position, and he is doing well. DK’s warm and honey-like voice is capable of giving anyone goosebumps. His flexible vocals allow him to adjust according to any soundtrack genre.
He has recorded OSTs for K-Dramas like ‘Missed Connections’ for ‘Tempted,’ ‘Is It Still Beautiful’ for ‘Hospital Playlist Season 2’, and ‘Go!’ for ‘Twenty-Five Twenty-One.’ Moreover, he has also released covers for songs like ‘She Didn’t Love Me,’ ‘The Road,’ ‘I Decide,’ ‘Honesty,’ ‘Candy,’ and ‘When You Love Someone.
Jisoo – BLACKPINK
Jisoo is a vocalist with a bold voice. The most interesting fact about the same is that although her vocals are bold to a certain range, they still have a deep touch of sweet and mellow.
Her voice is a perfect example of sweet and salty and is known to be one of the fantastic. Indeed, she is one of the superior vocalists of the third generation K-Pop and is a great inspiration for all the upcoming generations.
Apart from her beautiful vocal range, Jisoo has also build-up a successful acting career. Her recent screen appearance with the JTBC drama series ‘Snowdrop’ has gained her a lot of popularity in the acting industry.
Kihyun – MONSTA X
Kihyun’s voice is one of the kind in all possible ways. Labeled as the ‘K-Pop God,’ ‘Vocal God,’ and ‘The K In K-Pop,’ the MONSTA X member is globally popular for his unique vocals and holds the vocalist position in the boy band. His vocal range is no joke. He is extremely capable of leaving everyone in awe with a single note, making him one of the best vocalists from 3rd generation K-Pop groups.
Making his solo debut in March 2022, with the release of ‘Voyager,’ his single album, Kihyun, has also been part of many original soundtracks. He has recorded OST for K-Dramas like ‘What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?’, ‘Suspicious Partner,’ and many more to add to the list.
Jihyo – TWICE
With a vocal range of E3 D6, i.e., 2 octaves, five notes, and one semitone, Jihyo is recognized as one of the golden voices of the K-Pop industry. She is known for her strong and clean vocals, which play a significant role in the distribution of notes in any given soundtrack. Her nasal tone doesn’t hinder her vocal versatility even by an inch.
Jihyo is always praised for her well-connected head voice and quick adaptation into any music genre. She recorded her first OST titled ‘Stardust Love Song’ on March 6, 2022, for tvN drama series ‘Twenty-Five Twenty-One.’
Taeil – NCT
NCT has always had a reputation for having one of the best vocalists. Moon Taeil is renowned for his powerful vocals in the South Korean music industry and, of course, one of the top vocalists from 3rd generation K-Pop groups. His ability to hit high notes anytime, anywhere makes him one of the most popular. Another interesting fact about his vocals is that it is different and unique from his other band members. In every NCT track, one can easily point out his lines.
He has recorded two OST for K-Dramas like ‘Because of You’ for ‘The Merchant: Gaekju’ and ‘Starlight’ for ‘Twenty-Five Twenty-One.’ Moreover, he has also been featured in Sohlhee’s “Purple,” Moon Su-jin’s “The Moon,” and DJ Raiden’s “Love Right Back.”
Solar – MAMAMOO
Solar or Kim Young-sun holds the position of the leader and main vocalist of the South Korean girl group MAMAMOO. She is known all over the globe for her high-belting vocals. Her sharp skills when it comes to hitting high notes are superior to anyone else out there. Solar’s smooth vocal range has led her to the high pedestal in the arena of K-Pop, and she is climbing higher and higher.
She made her solo debut on April 23, 2020, with the release of her debut single ‘Spit It Out. Furthermore, Solar has recorded several OSTs like ‘Star’ with Kim Min-Jae for ‘Twenty Again,’ ‘Blue Bird’ for ‘Run On,’ ‘Adrenaline’ for ‘Vincenzo,’ ‘Always, Be with You’ for ‘Lovers of the Red Sky,’ and ‘Winter Flower’ for ‘School 2021’.