Athena (lightframes) wrote in omonatheydidnt,

Omona Original: What's Your Type? (K-pop Faves Edition)

Free Somebody by thedreamist.gif

If you follow multiple K-pop groups, you might have favorite members of those groups. And, if you're like me, you may have discovered some connections, a pattern, if you will, among those favorite members. I took my top boy groups and girl groups from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of K-pop and looked at my favorite members from those groups. Let's investigate 🤓

✨Disclaimer 1: I use the term favorite in this post instead of bias, but you can use whatever term you feel comfortable with!


Jonghyun by herewegobebe.gif

Name: Jonghyun
Birthdate: 1990.04.08
Group: SHINee
Position: Main Vocal 🎤
Solo Song? Yes

My fave fave forever fave!!! I really love how unique his voice is! When I was just getting into K-pop in 2010, I could always tell his voice in a SHINee song right away.

Examples of his voice in a song:




Luna by koreedas.gif

Name: Luna
Birthdate: 1993.08.12
Group: f(x)
Position: Main Vocal 🎤
Solo Song?: Yes

Like Jonghyun, I really liked how whenever I listened to an f(x) song, I could always tell right away when Luna was singing, even though I was just getting into the group during the NU ABO comeback. And girl loves a high note, and I love a high note.

Examples of her voice in a song:


[Free Somebody]


Do you see a pattern yet?


Ken by kimyongs.gif

Name: Ken
Birthdate: 1992.04.06
Group: VIXX
Position: Main Vocal 🎤
Solo Song?: Yes

Like a few groups on this list, VIXX has multiple main vocals, but I always leaned toward Ken. He's performed in multiple musicals to round out his experience.

Examples of his voice in a song:

[The Closer]



Seulgi by strgaykids.gif

Name: Seulgi
Birthdate: 1994.02.10
Group: Red Velvet
Position: Lead Vocal 🎶
Solo Song?: Yes

Seulgi is a lead vocal but she still plays a really important part in a lot of Red Velvet's music. (I think everyone's voices, including Wendy's, were misused on their last mini but I'll complain about that in a different post)

Examples of her voice in a song:




Did you figure it out?


Woong by kdongyoung.gif

Name: Woong
Birthdate: 1997.10.15
Group: AB6IX
Position: Main Vocal 🎤
Solo Song?: Yes

Woong is weird because there are certain songs where I'm like "I didn't really notice him stand out" and then other songs are like HIS song. He's very song specific.

Examples of his voice in a song:


[_And Me]


[Na Goeun]
Goeun by youngtag.gif

Name: Na Goeun
Birthdate: 1999.09.03
Group: Purple Kiss
Position: Main Vocal 🎤
Solo Song?: Do OST songs count???

I knewwww I was going to love this group as soon as they released Can We Talk Again. I really hope she takes care of her voice (and Swan, too).

Examples of her voice in a song:

[Can We Talk Again]



Conclusion: Scientifically, are you in charge of high notes? Do people get angry at the line distribution because of you? Do you go wild on the bridge? Sprinkle in some ad libs here and there? Will you inevitably have a solo project? You're a main vocal and you're probably my fave, congratulations! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

✨Disclaimer 2: [Spoiler (click to open)]This is not a post about the top vocalists in each gen!!! These are my favorite groups in each gen, and then my favorite members of those groups, who just happen to be vocalists. (Except Jonghyun, I think he's the best, I'm willing to fight on that one)

So now I want to hear from you! Who are your K-pop faves? Is there a very simple and easy-to-figure-out pattern like me, or is there nothing connecting them at all? Let me know in the comments!

Gifs: thedreamist | herewegobebe | koreedas | kimyongs | strgaykids | kdongyoung | youngtag
Data: KProfiles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
YouTube: Mnet K-POP 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, | JONGHYUN - Topic | MBCkpop 1, 2 | 딩고 뮤직 / dingo music | Red Velvet | KCON official | TongTongCulture
Tags: ab6ix, f(x), jonghyun, luna, omona discussion, produce 101 alumni, purple kiss, red velvet, seulgi, shinee, vixx, when will your faves?

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