Here we have prepared the list of ongoing third-generation kpop girl groups! The growth of the kpop industry has increased significantly in recent years due to worldwide popular groups such as BTS, EXO, BLACKPINK, TWICE, etc. However, many new fans may not know how old their beloved group might be. After all, the Korean music industry, which we call ‘Kpop,’ is divided into various generations. In fact, the Kwave (Hallyu Wave) fever began around the 90s. Therefore, old international kpop fans may know some of the 90s famous kpop groups such as S.E.S., Fin.K.L, Boby Vox, etc.
As we mentioned, the Kpop industry is represented by various generations to show the beginning of each group. For instance, from 1997 to 2002 is called first-generation, and from 2006 to 2011, second-generation. From 2012 to 2017 is known as third-generation, and from 2018 to the present is fourth-generation. You may know some of these old groups or maybe hear about them. Also, some groups from the third generation have already disbanded, such as EXID, GFriend, I.O.I, Lovelyz, Pristin, Hello Venus, and many more. However, there are still many groups that are actively working. And thus, they have made it on the list of ongoing third-generation kpop girl groups!
Label – FNC Entertainment
Debut – 9 August 2012
Fandom Name – Elvis
Here we present one of the famous third-generation kpop girl groups AOA. AOA, which stands for Ace of Angels, is a kpop girl group formed by FNC Entertainment. It debuted on 9 August 2012 with the single title ‘Elvis.’ Originally, the group consisted of eight members, YouKyung, Choa, Mina, Jimin, Hyejeong, Seolhyun, Chanmi, and Yuna. However, due to various reasons, Youkyung, Chao, Mina, Jimin, and Yuna have left the band. Since its debut, the group has given countless hit tracks such as Heart Attack, Like a Cat, Give Me the Love, Good Luck, Bingle Bangle, and many more. Currently, only three members have left in the group, Hyejeong, Seolhyun, and Chanmi. Even though AOA is on hiatus, fans are waiting for their comeback. Hopefully, soon Elvis gets to hear good news from their idols!
Oh My Girl
Label – WM Entertainment
Debut – 20 April 2015
Fandom Name – Miracle
Oh My Girl is a third-generation kpop girl group that was formed by WM Entertainment. The group consists of Hyojung, YooA, Mimi, Seunghee, Yubin, Jiho, and Arin. Their former member JinE left the band in 2017 due to health issues. The girl group debuted on 20 April 2015 with its first EP, ‘Oh My Girl.’ Although the journey has not been flowery, the band has given various melodies such as Coloring Book, Cupid, Liar, Secret Garden, Closer, Remember Me, Windy day, and many more. On 28 March 2022, Oh My Girl released their second Korean studio album ‘Real Love.’ Don’t forget to check it out and show your love for Oh My Girl!
Here, Check out Oh My Girl’s Real Love Music Video-
Label – RBW Label
Debut– 18 June 2014
Fandom Name – MooMoo
The South Korean girl group Mamamoo was formed by RBW (previously known as WA Entertainment) and debuted on 18 June 2014 with their single ‘Mr. Ambiguous.’ Mamamoo is four members group with leader Solar, Moonbyul, Hwasa, and Wheein. With their strong vocals and a great mixture of retro, R&B, and jazz concepts, the group’s numerous songs’ hit the charts, such as HIP, Starry Night, Decalcomanie, Piano Man, AYA, Egotistic, Woo Hoo, I Miss You, etc. They have become one of the strongest female kpop groups with the perfect vocal and rap lines. Although each member is working their solo work, the group released the Japanese edition of ‘The Best’ on 23 March 2022.
Label – SM Entertainment
Debut – 1 August 2014
Fandom Name – ReVeluv
Red Velvet is one of the third-generation kpop girl groups. It was formed and managed by SM Entertainment. Initially, the group consisted of four members Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Joy. Later in March 2015, their fifth member, Yeri, joined them. On 1 August 2014, Red Velvet debuted with the super-hit single, ‘Happiness.’ Afterwards, it has successfully given some of the biggest hit songs, such as Red Flavor, Bad Boy, Kingdom Come, Dumb Dumb, Peek-A-Boo, Russian Roulette, Light Me Up, Ice Cream Cake, etc. Also, on 21 March 2022, Red Velvet released the EP, ‘The ReVe Festival 2022- Feel My Rhythm.’
Here, check out Red Velvet’s Feel My Rhythm Music Video-
Label – Cube Entertainment
Debut – 19 March 2015
Fandom Name – Cheshire
CrystaL Clear (CLC) is a South Korean girl group formed by Cube Entertainment. On 19 March 2015, the group debuted with their EP, ‘First Love.’ CLC members consist of Seunghee, Yujin, Yeeun, Seungyeon, and Eunbin. The former members Elkie and Sorn departed from the group in 2021. After its debut, the group went through numerous ups and downs. Despite all its struggles, the group has released various hit songs, including Black Dress, Hobgoblin, I Like It, Meow Meow, No Oh Oh, Mistake, High Heels, etc. Recently, Cube Entertainment has announced that Yeeun and Seungyeon had decided not to renew their contract. Thus, soon they would be leaving the company.
Here, check out CLC’s Helicopter Music Video-
Label – JYP Entertainment
Debut – 20 October 2015
Fandom Name – Once
TWICE is one of the popular third-generation kpop girl groups. The group debuted on 20 October 2015 with the EP, ‘The Story Begin’ under JYP Entertainment. TWICE is composed of nine members, Nayeon, Momo, Jeongyeon, Jihyo, Sana, Mina, Dahyun, Tzuyu, and Chaeyoung. The group has captured not only domestic viewers’ but also international fans’ attention with their trend-setting tracks. They have dropped numerous albums and singles, including Cheer Up, TT, LIKEY, Feel Special, Signal, What Is Love? and many more. Although a few months ago, TWICE had released their ninth Japanese single, ‘Doughnut,’ fans are still looking forward to the next future project!
Here, check out TWICE’s Doughnut Music Video-
Label – Interpark Music Plus
Debut – 28 August 2014
Fandom Name – Latte
Laboum was debuted on 28 August 2014 with their debut single ‘Petit Macaron’ under NH Media and Mega Network’s joint venture Global H. Currently, the group consists of four members Soyeon, Jinyea, Haein, and Solbin. The former member Yulhee departed from the group in 2017 and Yujeong in 2021. Laboum is one of the third generation kpop girl groups that struggled throughout the years but withstanding all the difficulties and still actively working in the Korean music industry. Since its debut, the girl group has released diverse tracks such as Sugar Sugar, Aalow Aalow, Love Sign, Miss This Kiss, Journey To Atlantis, etc. Also, fans should get ready to welcome the girls! After all, it has been confirmed that Laboum will release a new album in April 2022!
Label – YG Entertainment
Debut – 8 August 2016
Fandom Name – Blink
Here comes one of the most renowned third-generation kpop girl groups, BLACKPINK! BLACKPINK consists of four members, Jisoo, Jennie, Rose, and Lisa. The group debuted on 8 August 2016 with their single album ‘Square One’ under YG Entertainment. The journey from being YG trainees to the famous female kpop group has been like a rollercoaster ride. However, they have made it at the top with their powerful vocals, stunning visuals, and charismatic personas. Various BLACKPINK songs had hit the music charts stealing the limelight, such as Whistle, Boombayah, Ice Cream, Ddu-Du Ddu-Du, Kill This Love, How You Like That, etc. For the past few months, the members have been working on their solo projects. Hopefully, soon fans may hear good news about their next project.
Label – MBK Entertainment
Debut – 17 Septemeber 2015
Fandom Name – AID
Many new kpop fans may not know that DIA is a third-generation kpop girl group. DIA has two connotations. The first is shortened from DIAMOND, and the second is a backronym for Do It Amazing. DIA is a kpop girl group formed by MBK Entertainment. They debuted on 17 September 2015 with their lead single ‘Somehow’ from the debut album ‘Do It Amazing.’ At present, the group consists of six members Eunice, Huihyeon, Jueun, Yebin, Chaeyeon, and Eunchae. Sadly, the former four members, Seunghee, Eunjin, Jenny, and Somyi, left the group. Despite all challenges, the group has been continuously moving forward. With their beautiful melodies, DIA has released wonderful tracks, including Woowa, Hug U, On The Road, Mr. Potter, Neutro, etc. Since their last EP was released in 2020, fans’ wondering about their upcoming work.
Here, check out DIA’s Hug U Music Video-
Label – Dreamcatcher Company
Debut – 13 January 2017
Fandom Name – InSomnia
Dreamcatcher is a kpop girl group that was previously known as MINX (former group name). It was formed by Dreamcatcher Company (formerly known as Happyface Entertainment). The third generation kpop girl group Dreamcatcher consists of seven members, JiU, SuA, Handong, Siyeon, Yoohyeon, Gahyeon, and Dami. On 13 January 2017, Dreamcatcher debuted with the single album, ‘Nightmare.’ Although their journey from MINX to Dreamcatcher was not comfortable, the members have overcome every challenge. Due to their soulful melodies and hard work, we have got to listen to different tracks such as Scream, Chase Me, Fly High, Deja Vu, Breaking Out, Good Nigh, Endless Night, and many more. Also, good news for fans! Dreamcatcher will release its second Korean studio album ‘Apocalypse: Save Us’ and its lead single ‘Maison’ on 12 April 2022. Therefore, fans should get ready for the upcoming blast!
Label – IOK Company
Debut – 1 June 2017
Fandom Name – BLRIS
Here we introduce another hidden third-generation kpop girl group, Elris. Elris debuted on 1 June 2017 with their first EP, ‘We, First,’ under Hunus Entertainment. The group consists of seven members. Whereas Bella, Hyeseong, Yukyung, Sohee, and Karin were part of the group from the beginning, EJ and Chaejeong joined the group in February 2020. Since its debut, Elris has released diverse tracks, including Pow Pow, Summer Dream, JACKPOT, Like I Do, White Love, and many more. Now that the group has transferred to IOK Company, the group may completely makeover. Elris may make a comeback with a completely new look and new color, which may surprise fans. Hopefully, soon may, IOK Company announce the group’s future activities!
Label – MLD Entertainment
Debut – 10 November 2016
Fandom Name – Merry-G0-Round
Here we have brought another talented group on the list of third-generation kpop girl groups, Momoland! The South Korean group Momoland debuted on 10 November 2016 with their mini-album ‘Welcome to Momoland’ under MLD Entertainment (formerly known as Double Kick Company). At present, Momoland is a group of six members, Ahim, Jane, Hyebin, JooE, Nancy, and Nayun. The former members Taeha and Yeonwoo left the group in 2019, and Daisy left in 2020. During their journey, the members have shown remarkable improvement. We can even find the trace of their effort in their melodies. Since 2016 till now, Momoland has dropped a variety of songs, including BBoom BBoom, Baam, I’m So Hot, Thumps Up, Holiday, Freeze, and many more. With the growing popularity, Momoland had collaborated with the Dominican singer Natti Natasha for their English single ‘Yummy Yummy Love.’
Here, check out Momoland x Natti Natasha’s Yummy Yummy Love Music Video-
Label – Fantagio Label
Debut – 8 August 2017
Fandom Name – Ki-Ling
Weki Meki, also known as WEME or WKMK, is a third-generation kpop girl group formed and managed by Fantagion Label. The group debuted on 8 August 2017 with their debut EP, ‘Weme.’ Weki Meki is a group of eight members Suyeon, Yoojung, Elly, Doyeon, Lua, Sei, Rina, and Lucy. Furthermore, some members had participated in Fantagio’s i-Teen program and thus are known as i-Teen Girls. Due to their prior debut training, the group has improved so much. Weki Meki has stolen fans’ hearts with their catchy and sweet melodies. Some of Weki Meki’s famous songs include Cool, Crush, Picky Picky, Siesta, La La La, Oopsy, Tiki-Taka, Butterfly, etc. The group had related their fifth EP, ‘I AM Me,’ with the title track ‘Siesta’ in November 2021. Although only a few months have passed, fans are already looking forward to Weki Meki’s future project.
Here, check out Weki Meki’s Siesta Music Video-
Label – Starship Entertainment and Yuehua Entertainment
Debut – 25 February 2016
Fandom Name – UJUNG
Finally, WJSN has made it on the ongoing third-generation kpop girl groups list! WJSN, also known as Cosmic Girls, is a Korean-Chinese girl group formed and managed by Starship Entertainment and Yuehua Entertainment. On 25 February 2016, the group was debuted with the EP, ‘Would You Like?’ WJSN is one of the groups that have more than 10 members. The group has thirteen members, Seola, Xuanyi, Exy, Bona, Soobin, Luda, Eunseo, Dawon, Cheng Xiao, Meiqi, Dayoung, Yeoreum, and Yeonjung. A group with such a larger number of members working actively is not an easy job. However, WJSN has overcome those challenges and given us many wonderful tracks, such as Boogie Up, As You Wish, Dream Come True, Butterfly, MoMoMo, Happy, I wish, Super Yuppers! and many more. Also, WJSN has participated in the second season of Queendom. So don’t forget to check it out.
Here, check out WJSN’s Super Yuppers! music video: