[Special] Looking Back: Best and Notable Debuts

As part of a super special series, I will be doing rewinding the clock and reflecting on the years that have passed by focusing on certain aspects that have defined KPOP. All will make sense once I reach the end of this series.

Each year there are new groups and solo acts starting out in the industry. Many of the groups and soloists on this list have literally defined and shaped KPOP in remarkable and iconic way. Other groups or soloists unfortunately did not have much of a chance to do so, while some others are just starting out and could become the next big thing in the industry. In this post, I look back at the debuts that you picked as the best and my personal favourite debuts over the years.

From 2017 to 2020, the debuts listed in the bold header texts are based on the winners of the KPOPREVIEWED Awards of the respective year, which were chosen by you. Underneath the headings for 2017 – 2020 (in the plain text), I listed my personal favourite debuts from these years. For the other years, the bold header texts are my personal favourites (I didn’t open voting up to you all during these years) and included other notable debuts in that respective year there as well. There is also an accompanying playlist for the debut singles for each of the groups/soloists listed.

PS. This post might take a while to load as there is a playlist for each year.

2020 – DRIPPIN, aespa, WOODZ, Ryu Sujeong (Lovelyz)

Personal favourites – TREASURE, Weeekly, WOODZ, YooA (Oh My Girl)

2019 – ITZY, TXT, Hwasa (Mamamoo), Baekhyun (EXO)

Personal Favourites – EVERGLOW, AB6IX, Hwasa (Mamamoo), HUTA (Lee Minhyuk – BTOB)

2018 – Stray Kids, (G)I-DLE, Yuri (SNSD)

Personal Favourites – The Boyz, fromis_9, Kim Dong Han

2017 – Dream Catcher, Wanna One, Kim Chungha

Personal Favourite – Dream Catcher, Wanna One, Jeong Sewoon

2016 – ASTRO, WJSN (Cosmic Girls)

2015 – GFriend, Seventeen, Jonghyun (SHINee), G.Soul

2014 – GOT7, Mamamoo, HA:TFELT, Jung Hyosung (former member of Secret)

2013 – BESTie, Sunmi, HISTORY

2012 – B.A.P, GLAM, Ailee

2011 – APINK, B1A4

Pre-2011 Notable Debuts – BEAST (now known as HIGHLIGHT), MISS A, Infinite, CN BLUE, 4MINUTE, T-ARA, 2NE1, 2PM, SHINee, SNSD

8 thoughts on “[Special] Looking Back: Best and Notable Debuts

      1. The fact that you figured out my first post is remarkable. I would not be able to figure that out myself! I only remember my first post because I have a spreadsheet with details of each post ever written. And even then, I was about to give up because I was tired of scrolling. 🤣🤣


      2. Oh hahahaha! Still a super sleuth to me, I can’t keep up with everything I have on this blog (I think I haven’t updated this page for a number of years now, maybe I should get around to doing that!)

        I am not that old! But yeah, I have been around for a while, as you can tell by this series.


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