Best Top K-pop Groups Through MNET’s Program!

Through Mnet, CJ ENM has been debuting successful solo and group K-pop acts since 1995, and one of the ways they help budding stars find fame and influence is through their competition shows like Produce 101, Show Me the Money, I-Land, Girls Planet 999, etc. It’s a deviation from the usual way that idol groups are formed through the scouting and training process, but through their competition shows, Mnet can launch even more successful K-pop groups since the participants’ pre-debut exposure gets them fans even before they release any music.

Here’s the list we’ve come up with for top 10 best 4th gen K-pop groups that made their debut through Mnet’s program (based on their TikTok numbers as of Aug 8)

  1. Stray Kids (Stray Kids (2017)) – 13.3M
  2. ENHYPEN (I-LAND (2020)) – 12.3M
  3. Kep1er (Girls Planet 999 (2021)) – 4.6M
  4. Jeon Soyeon of (G)I-DLE (Produce 101 (2016)) – 2.8M
  5. Jang Wonyoung, An Yujin of IVE (Produce 48 (2018)) – 2.7 M
  6. Miyawaki Sakura, Kim Chaweon, Huh Yunjin of LE SSERAFIM (Produce 48 (2018)) – 2.2M
  7. Yiren, Sihyeon of EVERGLOW (Produce 48 (2018)) – 1.7M
  8. TO1 (TO BE WORLD KLASS (2019)) – 1.4M
  9. Jungmo, Minhee, Hyeongjun of Cravity (Produce X 101 (2019)) -1.4M
  10. Kim Yohan, Kim Donghan, Jang Daehyun, Kang SeokHwa of Wei (Produce X 101 (2019)) – 1.4M

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Honorary Mentions: Here is a list of the most talked about audition programs that gave birth to the biggest acts in K-pop today. Some of the debut programs launched TWICE, WINNER, MONSTA X, Stray Kids, etc.

<GIRLS PLANET 999> : Mnet launched 9-member multinational girl group Kep1er from the K-pop girl group debut project “Girls Planet 999”, a global scale project of CJ ENM’s signature music reality competition show with 99 contestants joining from across the world.  The show has the highest number of votes in audition program history (130 million votes from 175 countries/regions).

<Produce 101> : the series launched several of the most successful K-pop groups in history such as I.O.I, Wanna One and IZ*ONE and even extended its influence to Japan, launching Japanese boy band produced through K-pop system, JO1 and INI.

<I-LAND> : The Emmy nominated series(Non-Scripted Entertainment, 2021 International Emmy Nominee) launched the next generation leader of K-POP ENHYPEN.

<QUEENDOM> & <KINGDOM> : Although the program is not aimed to launch a new group, Mnet’s survival show <Queendom> and <Kingdom>, where K-pop acts compete against each other in a comeback battle, shed on a light on promising K-pop groups that mostly skyrocketed in popularity after the show such as (G)I-DLE, OH MY GIRL, The Boyz, Stray Kids and WSJN.

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