Best Lead Vocalists of Korean Boybands

In every boyband group the members have their own position such as lead vocalist, lead dancer, and rapper. Leads vocalists have a lot more parts in the song so their voice was quite influential in the comfort of our listening to the song.

The Top Ten

1 Yesung - Super Junior Yesung - Super Junior Kim Jong-hoon better known by his stage name Yesung, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior and its subgroups Super Junior-K.R.Y., Super Junior-H and S.M. The Ballad.

There's a reason why he's the main vocalist of their group. It's not just about his vocals. The way he sings, the emotion he puts into the song, it's just perfect and very professional. And despite his very low/deep and husky voice, he can also sing high notes.

Everyone always chooses Kyuhyun but I think its mainly because he has a lot of younger fans who are biased to his good looks. Although he is a good singer, Yesung is overlooked a lot despite having the most alibis. Also, people think he can't sing live when the other members say he is among the top - I think it's because he always sings such high notes that it gets tiresome, and not to mention that his voice is husky so it doesn't blend well with microphones. When he sings on radio shows or just variety shows though, its amazing!

I think, actually, Yesung's technique is better than kyuhyun. But kyuhyun has such a charming voice that makes your heart warm, than Yesung's voice is kinda heartbreaking and sometimes I could't bear it. His voice will grabs you to the darkness of the ballad songs.
But afterall, I think Yesung is the best singer.

He can give any kind of emotions to any kind of songs he sings, and he is so beautiful inside and out, caring to his members and to his fans, that's why he's my top bias followed by ryeowook and kyuhyun

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2 Kyuhyun - Super Junior Kyuhyun - Super Junior Cho Kyu-hyun (born February 3, 1988) is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior, its sub-groups, Super Junior-M and Super Junior-K.R.Y., and a former member of the South Korean ballad group S.M. The Ballad. He is one of the first four Korean artists ...read more.

No one is on even terms with Kyuhyun! His singing is like a gift from heaven. He made me addicted to him with that smoothing and lovely voice of his and I hope you think the same. In the country I live in, K-pop is very unusual. When I first discovered K-pop I was just checking some youtube-videos when suddenly I caught a glimps on a music video that looked interesting. The video was Super junior's Super girl. As I watched the video, Kyuhyun's face came up, as well as the sound of his voice did. I rewinded over and over again to Kyuhyun's parts and I fell for him instantly. I had never heard of anything like K-pop before and that was the beginning of me becoming a fan of Super junior, and a fan of K-pop. It made me sad to think about how much I had missed in my childhood when I had never heard of K-pop, and I really hope that singers like Kyuhyun and bands like Super junior really became famous ALL around the world. Even in the smallest countries.
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I think Kyuhyun's voice is very great. The first time I'm hearing his voice, I thought that his voice is very charming. He's not just have a great voice, he's smart and good looking too. If he doesn't become SM's trainee and join Super Junior, maybe he will be a lawyer.
Actually Yesung's voice is great too. But I like Kyuhyun's better. He can dance well and he can rap. You can find it at youtube. And for SparKyu, let's pray for Kyuhyun's health. Looks like Kyuhyun isn't going to enlist just like Kangin and Heechul because of his body condition.

PS: KYUHYUN IS THE BEST!

Technically all the KRY is good with well taught skill of singing. I choose him over Yesung and Ryeowook because he has more powerful vocal than the two. A lot of people think Yesung's very powerful but if people listen closely, he tends to lose strength when shouting high notes. I have to admit that Kyuhyun lacks pitch control but maybe it's the effect of bring too much emotion. Yesung and Ryeowook have better pitch control. But still, I love his voice and I think Kyuhyun way of singing is just effortless. Besides, the improvisation he chose to use is often quite hard and vocally, he has bigger range than Yesung and Ryeowook.

Kyuhyun sings effortlessly... that's what amazes me the most.. well, all KRY (Kyuhyun, Yesung and Ryeowook) are amazingly talented and it is hard to choose between them... they are legendary

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3 Jung Yong Hwa - CN Blue

If you truly listen to his voice compared to other singer, you will quickly notice that it is amazingly unique. Yong Hwa can go high or low with his voice any time he wants and with strong emotions. He can be gritty and sensetive with it also, raspiness too. In my opinion he ranks next to the top worldwide singers. Another thing, you could never feel out of touch with his songs because he always sings fully with his heart and that is just what a unique artist is all about. If you want proof to that, just listen to him singing Because I miss You at the Blue STorm concert, believe me you will get addicted to his voice after you do. Love love love Yong Hwa and I hope his dream of becoming a worldwide known and respected artist comes true...we all believe he can do it. And I hope he sings a song fully in English in the near future because I think it will become a instint hit... :D

I think yonghwa has a very strong voice. I really love his voice & it's the reason why I love him & CNBLUE. Not because they're handsome, sexy or cute (though the have it all) it's just because of their talent & their songs and of corse because they have the best lead vocalist in the world "yonghwa" (lee jonghyun also amazing with his smooth voice) anyway fighting CNBLUE! Your arab fans will be always supporting you 👍✌we wanna meet you guys so badly. We'll be waiting 4 you! Love you so much my rockers ❤

I can't see how he's #11 to me he's one of the best male vocalist on this earth, you can find nice voices everywhere, it's feeling the emotion thru the voice that's important and he's got that down! It's not always about appealing to the audience but more so moving them! LOVE HIM!

Jung Yong Hwa should definitely top this list. He has a uniqueness in his voice- be it texture of his voice or his singing style. Emotions displayed effortlessly in a strong way but never overdone it. The versatility of his voice allows him to sing vast range and genres. I think with his vocals he can pull any kind of song from any genre without much difficulty. For me after listening to many korean artists I have always revisited only jung yong hwa's song and kept them in my playlist. Not a single other song has yet made me feel the same emotion besides jung yonghwa's song.
If he tops this list it is totally deservering. My Bias Forever - JUNG YONG HWA!

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4 Ryeowook - Super Junior Ryeowook - Super Junior Kim R yeowook (29), better known by the mononym Ryeowook . He is a South Korean Singer, Actor and Musical Actor . ...read more.

Ryeowook's voice is my personal favourite out of all the Super Junior boys'. It's so clear and chiming, but it's got a certain sort of edge to it at the same time, a sweet kind of iciness. If crystals could be heard, they would probably sound like his voice. He may not be the most versatile vocalist - on some songs he is easily outshined by fellow bandmates Kyuhyun and Yesung, and his strong points aren't brought out as well; but in the songs that suit him, I swear his voice glimmers. He's got a lovely voice, and he's got lungs of steel to boot.

Go listen to "Smile" or "One Fine Spring Day" and you'll get it. His voice is so soothing it calms your heart.

He's got one of the most unique vocals in K-pop. And despite what most people think, he isn't all high notes. His collaboration song with Beige shows that he can hit low notes as well, and after many years, the emotion in his singing has greatly improved. He has great technique and powerful, sharp vocals that can either give you energy, or help you relax. His technique is better than Yesung's, and his unique sound puts Kyuhyun and his generic (but still beautiful) voice out of the way. He is Super Junior's secret and rare gem. Very underrated but very talented.

Even if in k'pop vocalist analysis, ryeowook is the second best vocalist in suju, his voice always make want to hear more and more. Love the underrated Kim ryeowook 😘

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5 Ken - VIXX

Ken's voice is actually better than Leo's, and he's more consistent live. Ken really deserves more recognition. The songs VIXX sings are crazily choreographed and crazily composed, and Ken is good enough to handle it all.

A voice that mesmerizes and captivates audiences due to his flawless execution and consistency. Some may even be bothered by this perfection but no one can deny his raw gift.

Ken's voice is slightly better than Leo in my opinion. He can belt effortlessly. His voice is thick and versatile which is matching my personal taste.

You wouldn't believe that his strong
Voice came from such a bubbly person.
One of my favorite singers!

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6 Jonghun - Shinee

He's awesome. The end. His vocals are epic. He can reach super high notes.

He is the singer that has the ability to sing any song! His beautiful voice is very soothing to hear it brights my day! Please vote for him!

He has nice looking... Then... His voce like GOLDEN!... When he singing... Like sing with his heart and by his emotions... That's good... Besides,... He always plays the technique of singing very well... Like harmony... Dynamic... Cresendo and decresendo... And more...

Best lead vocalist? Of course it's JONGHYUN! His voice makes me addicted. I can never get enough of his voice!

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7 Leo - VIXX

Leo voice melts my heart and his high note is really amazing and he does it so easily. His voice contains so much power. He is an amazing vocalist and I believe he will be well received if he goes solo.

I just love his voice. His speaking voice is so soft and gentle, but his live vocals are just perfect - powerful, emotional and he can hit high notes

Leo has an angelic voice and his voice is consistent (no cracking during live performance). He has the skill and his voice can really melt your heart, especially his high note.

Leo's voice is just heavenly. And there's power to it that one couldn't expect from a shy and almost-whisper voice kind of guy.

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8 Onew - Shinee Onew - Shinee

When you once hear his voice, and you hear it again, you'll never forget. And you'll never wrong in guessing his voice. It's really awesome. But, maybe some people think his voice is not as god as other voice, but I really like it.

HE IS SIMPLY AMAZING... WHAT ELSE IS THERE LEFT TO SAY

I think knew has a good and high pitch voice.

UNIQUE VOICE and SOFT and POWERFUL

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9 Chen - EXO

High notes and low notes aside, Chen's technique is incredible. He's a dedicated vocalist who wants to sing more than anything (he didn't even want to be an idol at first, because he thought it wasn't really singing). He debuted with an already impressive voice, but has continued to work hard to improve his voice since then. Just listen to "Best Luck" (an incredible OST) compared to his recent OST, "I'm Not Okay" - the difference is just astounding. He's really grown into what was an already amazing voice, and if he continues, I honestly think he might be one of the top vocalists in Korea. For further evidence, just look up an analysis of his voice. He's not only truly gifted, but works hard to use that gift to the best of his abilities.

Unique Vocal, make me go WHOAH when he sing high note as well as ballad, he still have long way to be in the same level with Changmin, Junsu, Jonghyun, but he have one of the best vocal out there. I don't think any male vocalist outside SM make me go WHOAH like Chen.

I was literally in shock when I first heard his voice, then I deeply fell in love with him. His voice is amazing. He have a really good control of his voice and his high notes.

Love his voice

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10 Kim Hyun Joong Kim Hyun Joong Kim Hyun-Joong is a South Korean entertainer, actor, singer, dancer, and the leader and main rapper of boyband SS501.

I just love khj... Love ya bro

I love

Very talented artist,singer,and nice man KHJ! - ZsuzsannaAndreaVarga

I love khj

The Contenders

11 Lee Hongki - F.T. Island

What?! I can't see how Lee Hong Ki is only No. 16! I mean, he should be No. 1! You should watch his (FT Island's) music videos and hear his songs! He's got a a very very powerful and unique voice compared to other Kpop singers. I bet you'll agree with me afterwards. :) Hongki oppa, fighting!

Hongki deserves to be better known, the fact that it is less known than most other candidates explain such a low ranking. This is the only singer who makes me feel the songs, her voice husky is incredibly powerful and full of emotion.

Furthermore, compared to most other singers, it does not use the micro effects or soundtracks. He always sings in lives, really impressive lives by their intensities.

Hongki's voice is pure talent, he is born with and did not need to have years of trainee like most idols.

I hope Hongki and other FTISLAND attract more interest they really deserve whatever talent level, or level personality. &

It's silly that he is in number 8.. Hongki should be in number 1, his voice is the best of all male singers I Korea, when you hear he speaks, you will realize that the voice is the same with when he sings, so his singing voice isn't fake. He can reach high tone and sings effortless beautiful with or without mic, and he can sing any genre of songs n music really really well.

With powerful and unique voice, tearjerking emotion, and great control over his vocals, he's definitely among the top in terms of idol singers

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12 D.O. - Exo-K

No doubt. He has very a powerful voice and can sing everything perfectly. Cute panda.

His voice make me said "wow". And I love him very much, don't stop to sing for fans.

I think there's no need to have a very great voice and great technique in singing to create beautiful song. It just needs 'something'. And He got that one thing. (Doesn't mean that his technique is bad, it's good for sure). I don't know, somehow he gives the soul to the song and he always seems to sing from the heart. When he sings 'sorry', you just want to forgive him. And when he sings 'I love you', you can't help your self to love him back. Ballad songs are destined to be sung by him

There is just a little problem... D.O. is a MAIN vocalist not a lead vocalist! such as chen!
The both are a part of the best MAIN vocalist today not lead vocalist.

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13 Daehyun - B.A.P

Daehyun's voice is clear and beautifully emotional. It gives me shivers whenever I hear him conquering his high notes so effortlessly. He has wonderful control over his voice, it's a joy to listen to. His voice just adds another level of dynamics, whether it's layered over one of B.A. P's powerful choruses, or crooned in songs like "Secret Love" (which, if you haven't listened to yet -- it's time to hit that YouTube button! )

Daehyun's voice is just amazing. The way he sings and how you can feel how much emotion he puts into his singing. He can also hit really high notes, which definitely shocked and surprised me. He is a great role model and very inspirational singer!

It had been proved by DaeHyun that he's the best vocalist. He can reach 7 high notes while many vocalist can reach just 3 high notes. So, it can't be doubted. I love EXO, but in my opinion, DaeHyun is the best vocalist by the way.

Just WOW! His voice is real and it's definitively something you must hear in live. He has such a control over his voice. It's amazing! He gives me shivers every time I hear him and in live it's even more better and beautiful. He can clearly provide emotion effortlessly with his well-known high notes. Just listen to him you will surely be overwhelm by emotion.

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14 G.O - MBLAQ

His voice amazes everyone who listens to it because at moments it can be sweet and at another it can be really manly, which turns out to be very impressive since due to that ability he can please different kinds of tastes.

If you haven't heard it yet, please, go ahead and try it, I bet you'll be amazed too!

When he starts to sing, everything stops. His voice is marvelously flexible and his high notes are wonderful.

His part in "Mona Lisa" is amazing and he even sings English covers well, so I know for sure that he's great at pronouncing vowels and mimicry, since he doesn't speak it fluently.

His face is handsome and he has extraordinary voice..
He can be so sexy in "It's War" performance but can be so sweet like in "even in my dreams"..
G. O is perfect singer

G.O is the best!

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15 Junsu - JYJ/TVXQ

Probably one of the most expressive & talented vocalists in South Korea, if not all of Asia. He's been acknowledged by COUNTLESS music experts as being the best male idol vocalist and also been heavily praised by one of the most famous singers in South Korea: Patti Kim. Several musicians known for condescending idols have actually admitted that Junsu would make a really good musician, & that including dances in his performances is a waste of his vocal talent, which they believe he should focus more on. Many of the people on this list actually admire Junsu, & more than one of them entered the K-Pop industry because of him.

His voice is known as "Asia's treasure." If that doesn't speak for itself, I don't know what will.

Junsu has been consistently voted by vocal experts as being best vocalist among idol singers in Korea. Even non-fans acknowledge his amazing vocal talent. Watch him perform live and be awed by his stage presence, his powerful and emotional interpretaion of his songs will leave you wanting more!

He has the best voice, is a very good dancer, composer and is very passionate in everything he does. Therefore he won 3 times Popularity Award in Korean musical awards and he is very appreciated by many admirers.

I LIKE HIS VOICE. ITS VERY CLEAN AND RELAXING.

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16 Changmin - TVXQ

Changmin is indeed a powerful singer who possesses both Range and technique when it comes to singing those broad high notes that he's famous for. He is well known for being able to execute them live and he's has been mentioned numerous times over the years for his extreme talent, therefore I believe that he should be number 1.

He is a really really good singer! He has an amazing voice! He can reach high notes. I think he is the best!

Changmin can hit notes that I haven't heard from anyone else! EVER! It's like a talent from the heavens! His voice is really beautiful!

Why ain't he on top

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17 Yoseob - BEAST

Awesome and nice and pretty voice! It is so emotional and let people felt touched! B2uty loves his voice and said that he is an angel! This is the reason that why he is the MAIN vocal in B2st/Beast! LOve him! (MY BIAS! )

Yoseob can sing anything, from ballads to pop to rock. The emotion he puts into his songs and the simple range with which he sings is incredible.

He have amazing voice, and his voice can touch my heart like angel because when he sing he just not sing with his beautiful voice but he sing with his heart too...
I really proud with him...
And I love him,

Yoseob eats the CD every single live performance!

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18 Daesung - Big Bang

He can sing so many genres really-really well from hip hop, trot, to even heavy metal. You've got to listen to his version of this is the moment. It's gonna blow your socks off! His voice is really powerful and can be sweet too just like in the song when he did a featuring in gummy's japanese song. Can't understand why he's not in top 10

He should have been in the Top 5, not bragging but he can sing different genres maybe all of them in fact, from slow to hip hop and so many more. His voice is very unique, it can fit many languages when he sings different languages. Even if he is not singing seriously, his voice is very soothing, relaxing and etcetera

He should be at least in the top 3. He has a beautiful voice and is very stable. For me he should be number 1. If you don't belive me try hearing him singing wings and his cover of 2ne1 s ugly, it was AMAZING, it would blow your mind away! Why would people even dislike him. He is a great person inside and out.

His voice is really strong and powerful. His voice is the best voice in BIGBANG

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19 Luhan - Exo M Luhan - Exo M

When I heard him sing 'Open Arms'... And not just that but he has the most beautiful voice! Has had good control, soothing, can handle high notes really well. He is the one for me

He is the best. His voice make me fall in with and still make me faint because his voice is lovely

His voice is so smooth and so manly. Love his voice

He has cute and manly voice!

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20 Junsu - 2PM

I'm a solid 2pm and 2am addict.. I'm started liking them in hotblood, a kind of variety documentary during their trainee days... I heard the charismatic voice of junsu when he was only a trainer... I like his voice because it is full of emotion and he is also a funny guy

His voices can make us melt.. I am willing to lending my ear to hear his voice.. I am not agree with this ranking... Kim Jun Su should be in the first place... His voices different than other... I rather choose him...
He is still the number 1 lead vocal... Nobody can challenge him..
_2PM Fan_ especially Junsu Oppa (saranghae)

He has the perfect voice from Heaven! The best of the best!

His voice is so addictive.

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