K-Pop duos are not as uncommon as someone would think though they have been mentioned less and less in the past few years (with a few exceptions). In the following post I’ll talk about the top K-Pop duos who always impress and leave a lasting expression (in my opinion). Sub-units included by the way!
Note: if you have a different opinion leave it in the comments below, I always appreciate new takes on the topic 🙂 also note I did some research before writing but the topic is not as widely spread as you would think, so it was hard finding more duos and check them out.
Note2: There were originally the Top 20 but it got a little bit confusing with who I liked better so I just decided to go with 10 instead, so maybe I did check out some duos you know, that are not mentioned on this list.
#10 – GD & Taeyang
Yes, there have been big (like really BIG) scandals around Big Bang, but I’m not here to discuss that, so I’m just gonna judge them by the song now. GD & Taeyang have not released a lot of songs, I know, but the song Good Boy is just so addicting and catchy and I still remember when it came out, everyone knew it. And for a sub-unit to get so much recognition is uncommon.
#9 – HiSuhyun
While there was only one song, this song was amazing. Everyone knows that both Lee Hi and Suhyun have amazing and distinctive voices and together they just sound so great. Lee Hi’s soulful and deeper voice and Suhyun’s higher voice, I just love it. Also I adored the music video, it was really cute.
#8 – 15&
One of the best vocal idol duos I guess. Both of the members, Park Jimin and Baek Yerin, have amazing vocals and proved time and time again, that they can sing and enthrall an audience. It’s unfortunate they are not getting as much recognition as they should get but maybe someday in the future they will finally be more known out there.
#7 – Norazo
I discovered this duo of Jo Bin and Lee Hyuk quite some time ago and tbh, they are strange. And not just a little bit, but really strange. Still I love them so much. Especially because they do really funny music videos and performances but all of that with a straight face. That’s what I call professionalism. I do think it’s sad that one of them decided to leave the group but he probably had his reasons. And the new song with the new member Won Heum is like really catchy, so no complaints from me. I appreciate that Jo Bin decided to continue on with the music and Norazo.
#6 – Bolbbalgan4
Okay, let me be honest here. I’m not really a big fan of Bolbbalgan4. I’m not. There music style is not really my taste and I don’t really fancy their songs but even I have to admit, the make good music and people love them a lot. That’s mainly the reason they are on this list and so high up. You just cannot escape BOL4 when talking about duos.
#5 – Davichi
Davichi is probably one of the most known duos in the K-Pop industry. Ballads over ballads over ballads. And all of them are really nice to listen too. What made me love them even more is when I saw a performance of them. They could really sing as well as the recorded song. Which, even I have to admit it, is rare to find these days. There are not many artists out there (worldwide) who sound the same when singing live and when playing a recorded version. So, thanks for the amazing live performance, Davichi!
#4 – Super Junior D&E
There are a few sub-units and units that made it to the top of this list. SuJu D&E is one of them. The duo consists of Donghae and Eunhyuk and is a sub-unit of the K-Pop group Super Junior. They actually had a lot more releases in Japanese than in Korean but I still love them. Their songs are sometimes catchy, sometimes funny, a few times serious and touching but always charismatic. They mix so well and it is just so much fun to watch them together. In general, I’m a Super Junior fan as one of the legends in the K-Pop genre, as well as them being amazing in so many different things. D&E just ask for your attention and they’ll definitely get it.
#3 – TVXQ
Originally TVXQ! was a five member group but after some contract trouble they split and only Changmin and Yunho remained. But still, they make an amazing duo. One thing you can say about every single one of their songs and performances – they make you look and stare. They just capture your eye whatever they do and no matter if there are like 10 background dancers. Yunho and Changmin just match so well with each other and you see them complimenting each other in every way.
#2 – Trouble Maker
Not really a sub-unit, more like a special unit, Trouble Maker. Consisting of Kim Hyuna (of 4minute – disbanded) and Jang Hyunseung (formerly from Beast). When the unit first started, there was sooooo much going on. I think so many people freaked out over them and their song Troublemaker. Also, on stage kissing? Yes, you heard right. First there was a co-ed duo out there, which was pretty rare in 2011 when they debuted, and then the even kissed for a performance. In general both of them knew how to tease the audience and make them swoon. I have to say both of them are awesome performers, so it is really sad that they disbanded when Hyuna left the label.
Sister19 – A group that had like one hit song but that one really hit it big. I mean people still know the song.
JJ Project – Even if the members themselves are a little bit embarrassed every time their JJ Project debut song is mentioned I do still remember how that song is just great for full volume and just rocking it out while jumping and dancing like a crazy person.
#1 – Akdong Musician
And here it is, my number one. I know it probably wasn’t that much of a surprise. But let’s be honest, right from the beginning AKMU got everyone excited with their interesting lyrics, composition and voices and signing with YG Entertainment was a great decision for them. They released a lot of different song. They have different sounds but you can still hear it is them, so you can really say they found their own sound. I cannot wait for Lee Chanhyuk to come back from his military service and them to come back from their hiatus.
So these were my top 10 K-Pop duos. What are yours?