So, I know this isn’t the Kpop Music Monday you might have expected, but we’ve mentioned a couple times now that we want Monday to be about Kpop in general, sometimes with a review and sometimes with something different but still related to Kpop. Yes, we know that this means __________ band didn’t get a review this week. But… the new 2NE1!? The kind of new MBLAQ!? The crazy B.A.P video?! And what about the uber hard working Starlights!? Sorry if you’re upset, but we promise it won’t be the end of the world! :D We’re running out of days of the week to fit in random video segments, and when we’re inspired we want to be able to make a video that makes us laugh and have a good time. Hopefully, you can still have a good time watching these videos! And so, forward ho!

So, the idea for this video came to mind for a couple of reasons:

After our WANK on Friday, in which we didn’t know who Baekhyun was, it seems that some people were genuinely upset that we didn’t know the names of all of the members of EXO. We’ve seen this comment in other Kpop Music Mondays as well, in which people would say “why do you call him ‘that guy’? You’re a professional! You should know everyone’s names!” But most people don’t share in these few people’s opinions, after all, you don’t need to know someone’s name to like their music.

Sometimes we wonder how different kpop fans would be if EXO was made up of 12 overweight/lanky, pimple faced, average looking teenage boys. I feel like the level of anger and obsession would drop significantly and the focus would be more on the sound of the music rather than on the “idol” worship. In fact, that’s why the two of us aren’t at that crazy level despite liking many kpop bands; we’re more interested in how the music sounds over who is in the group and what they look like. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a favourite group; I do (obviously: Big Bang (Martina here if you couldn’t tell)), but when Big Bang puts out a crappy song I have no problem acknowledging that.

I guess what’s so interesting about the Kpop world, is that it’s the only genre of music I can think of that people actually KNOW the names/hobbies of all the people in the group! We both love so many bands outside of Kpop; we can sing all the lyrics the songs and own all the albums, yet we couldn’t even name the lead singers of most of the bands. And what about the rest of the band members? The synth player? Drummer? Bass player? Outside of Kpop, just liking the music of your favourite band is all you need to be a fan. I think that’s the way it should be! Which is why when people say that we’re not Kpop fans we’re shocked. Yes, we’re kpop fans. No, we’re not kpop obsessed.

But then, we were curious as to just how many Kpop band member names we actually knew. We aren’t obsessed with any one Kpop Idol romantically, and we aren’t part of any fan clubs or forums, so we wondered “how many Kpop names do we naturally know just from the passing of time?” Same goes to you: how many names do you know?

OH! Also, before you take the test of DOOOOOMMM, thank you for all the lovely support messages. I’m was almost over it, but then I got food poisoning on Sunday!!! WHAT A SHITTY WEEK! Seriously: I didn’t leave my PJs and stuffed toys ALL FREAKIN’ WEEK. Sunday night we decided to try out this restaurant that we heard of and BOOYA! Food poisoning. And it wasn’t even from Korean food! I was still ill today while filming so hopefully I’ll be up to full Martina power by the end of this week.

If you want to participate in our little challenge, here are all of the bands we did along with the amount of members in each band. Take the test and see how well you did. If you couldn’t tell, we were close on a lot of names, but we got a lot of the pronunciation wrong. Taeyeon vs Taecyeon vs Taeyang all sound the same. Yes, they don’t sound identical, but there’s a lot of similarities in their names. Soohyun Seohyun Seoyun Sooyoung SoyunDORITO. It’s impossible to remember them all! Except for that last one. I’ll never get that one wrong.

Kpop Superfan Member Test!

In brackets beside each group name is the amount of members in each group.

Super Junior (13)
SHINee (5)
EXO (12)
Girls Generation (9)
f(x) (5)
Big Bang (5)
Batoost/B2ST (6)
4Minute (5)
2PM (6)
Miss A (4)
Bilasa/B1A4 (5)
Kara (5)
Sistar (4)
T-ara (6)
U-Kiss (7)
F.T. Island (5)
Infinite (7)
Teen Top (6)
TVXQ (2)
JYJ (3)

Total: /124

Scoring System:

1-5 points: It’s okay, we forgive you.
6-10 points: Your loyalties lie deep with just one group.
11-20 points: A good solid year of Kpop under your belt…or you might just be a semi-dedicated EXO fan.
21-40 points: You can name the most famous Kpop bands, but waver on the lesser known groups.
41-60 points: You’re starting to annoy your non-kpop friends. They just don’t understand.
61-80 points: You have begun to replace your normal vocabulary with kpop terminology.
81-100 points: You have a minimum of one Kpop poster, one Kpop CD, and one piece of Kpop merchandise.
101-119 points: Holy smokes, Kpop guru! What else do you know??!!
120-124 points: I’m scared…please don’t hurt us…

Let us know how you ranked! I’m not sure if we did better than you expected, or worse. We don’t really have anyone we can compare our results to. Leigh knows next to nothing about Kpop apart from what she sees in our videos. Soo Zee knows some. She knew all of the members of Shinhwa, though! That was one of the groups that we were asked that didn’t make the final cut of the video, but you can see our reactions to Shinhwa, 2NE1, and some other bands in the extra footage/bloopers below:


Lastly, we hope you liked this video and found it fun. If so, you should click on this button below! It’s been proven to enhance your knowledge of Kpop bands tenfold. That is, if you want to know all of the details about your favourite Kpop bands, like their phone numbers and such :D

  1. Super late response but I got 120! :D

  2. A super late response but I got 82. Not bad for someone who’s been listening to K-pop straight for one year :)

    Groups I couldn’t get…Infinite, Beast (sorry, just don’t listen to their music, T-ara and FT Island…

  3. I got 61. I don’t really know the members of girl groups.

  4. lol this is such a late comment but i got 95… not bad though since it hasn’t even been an year since i got into kpop XD

  5. i got 118… for only knowing yongguk from BAP and forgetting l.joe from teen top… XD

  6. I got 89. Although I barely know anyone form missa, 4minute, and i dont know anyone from ft island and t-ara. But i can name all the super junior and exo members :D :P

  7. I got 107! HAHA! Kpop guru. XD Too bad I know a few people in T-ara, few people from B2ST and just know Chunji from Teentop. I feel awesome, tho. HAHA! Fun fun test!

  8. I didn’t even try because I know I’m going to fail xD. I know all the members of Big B and SHINee, but that ain’t saying much! When I first got into kpop, i tried to know every single group and every single member but when life got busy, I found myself unable to keep track of who was who and who was coming out with what. Now I just follow my favorite groups loosely. Btw, I love your outfit Martina. :)

  9. The bands that I totally know are BEAST, 2PM, EXO, SISTAR, SHINEE, F(X), 4MINUTE, BIG BANG, 7 mems from SNSD, 3 mems from INFINITE, 3 mems from SUJU and Kevin? Ahaha and there’s other groups that’s not listed in here.

  10. Hahaha, I only got 52 and the only groups I could really confidently list out all the members were TVXQ and JYJ since I absolutely adore both groups; I could name all the members of SHINee, f(x), and Big Bang but there was a whole lot of hesitation before every single name. ;w;

  11. I got 102. Clearly K-Pop has taken over my life lol

  12. i got 122 :) but ive been into kpop for 6 yrs now…so…

  13. only 16 points but that’s because i have no knowledge of the male idols other than g drago and psy.

  14. I got 70:) Started getting into kpop about 3 months ago. Haha i’ll try again in a few months and see how i’ll do then xD

  15. Got 109 after 3 years of beeing afan i new all snsd member all 15 suju memeber and 10 exo member but only hongki from ft island haha

  16. I got 72… failed at the girl groups except f(x) and SNSD. Not bad for nearly 3 years of kpopping though :P

  17. I did it again and got 20… YER!

  18. I got 121 which was surprising.

    This just shows how much time I spend on kpop instead of studying oops ahaha

    It’s kinda sad how I only knew 2 members of FT Island because I love their music but Hongki outshines the rest.

    Anyways, I think my 5/6 years in kpop paid off ahah

  19. I got 96. I only knew a couple of members from some of the groups, only because they were famous for something like a drama or they are a solo artist or something….

  20. I got 12 >_< I just really love Big Bang, okay?! XD I should probably expand my horizons.

  21. WOOOW O GOT Them ALL 126 points (with sj 15) i’m a super fan , but feel sad how can u don’t remember the SUPER JUNIOR members ? ><

  22. 68 points and i have been discovering kpop for about a year!

  23. Lol I’m a soph in high school been into kpop for 6 years now. I guess knowing 99 names really paid off :P

  24. ok i’ll… wow xD i just thought it would be fun for me to see how many i actually knew… so i added with some more people and groups i know (like eric nam xD, and btob) and i ended up with 127 people…. ._. wow… how can i memorize so many people xD and not memorize all of the political leaders and parties xD like… not that i got an F in social science because of that… why do i need to know about the anyways! they’ll be new ones in a year… xD*sigh*

  25. All of them right xD And I won’t hurt you I promise xD

  26. 58/124, i had some problems with girl groups, i only recognised f(x), other groups were like 0 or 1 member. i know all the members of big bang, b.a.p and u-kiss, because i listen to them the most. also tvxq/jyj and shinee were easy to me because i started with them. :DD but it’s just that for me the music is more important than the members. i’m amazed i could name even 8/12 of exo, since i personally don’t find their music that good.

  27. Only 90 v.v I’m really bad with girl groups…

  28. Let me try again…….

    Super Junior (13)
    SHINee (5)
    EXO (6)
    Girls Generation (9)
    f(x) (5)
    Big Bang (5)
    Batoost/B2ST (6)
    4Minute (5)
    2PM (5)
    Miss A (4)
    Bilasa/B1A4 (3)
    Kara (3)
    Sistar (4)
    T-ara (6)
    U-Kiss (7) (if you count the former members, 9)
    F.T. Island (1)
    Infinite (7)
    Teen Top (6)
    TVXQ (2)
    JYJ (3)

    Total: 113

  29. I got 64 points! 61-80 points: You have begun to replace your normal vocabulary with kpop terminology.
    Truuue… XD

  30. I’m surprised at myself that I got 122! O.O Wow I feel proud of myself XD

  31. Wow, I got 106! I’m simultaneously surprised at myself, yet also think I should have know more, hmm…..

  32. I got 93! but I have no kpop merch what so ever cuz I live all the way in Tunisia and the one time I tried to buy stuff my mom didn’t let me! FML

  33. 103!!! I’m scared myself. I’m not a angry kpop fan, ok? lol
    I loved the showdown, great idea guys. Now I know why I can’t learn chemistry, too much kpop lol

  34. the real test isn’t naming the members given a list of groups, but to be able to see the photos of the KPop stars and naming each one by sight. What good is it if I can name the members of a group, but not know who is who when I watch their video?

    • Oh? That was how I tested myself anyway. I can spit out 1001 kpop names because of my moderating job (deleting thousands of idol names repeated hundreds of times) – but i don’t know who they are so it wouldn’t count. I also have people whose faces I recognise, but names I can never remember, including my favourite member of 4Minute, the short-haired one in Muzik. I dunno man, Korean names just mess with my head.

      • I wonder how many others tested themselves that way though. I gave myself 2 extras for knowing Lizzy and Nana (when I listed my total knowledge and not limited to the S&M list of KPop groups) that I only know because I’ve seen their names (you can probably guess why I’ve seen their names a lot).

        BTW, your favorite member is Jiyoon.

        I know what you mean by having trouble with Korean names though. My American head has a hard time remembering the slight differences of each name (like between yoon and hyun).

        For me, it takes lots and lots of views of the multiple mvs and show appearances (cause the stars often change their looks from comeback to comeback) until I can recognize by face despite the new color of hair or hair style. And then to match the name with the star. And on top of that, though I can see their name in my head, I often doubt whether I can pronounce the name properly like Hyoyeon (woohoo, I actually spelled her name right without looking!).

  35. The only one I didn’t know was ft island besides hongki.

  36. Do I get extra points for being able to list all 15 members of Super Junior in order by age?

  37. If you don’t know all the members of the band, that’s fine but it comes off as if you’re upset if somebody does know all the members :/ Although I’m pretty sure that’s not the intention.

  38. I got 84…totally got murdered on the boy groups with the exception of most of the old standbys (DBSK, SuJu, Big Bang, SHINee, 2PM) plus Infinite. Only missed Dasom (sorry!) on the girl groups, though. To be fair, there aren’t any rookie groups on the girls side—newest girl groups are SISTAR and miss A, both of which debuted in June 2010. On the boys side, B1A4 is from 2011, and EXO & B.A.P. are from 2012, so this quiz is slightly to the advantage of boy band fans.

    Of course, this is all harmless fun, so it doesn’t really matter! I will say that I have a considerable amount more than merely one K-Pop poster and album, though…running out of places to put those things.

  39. This was super fun guys! All through the video I was laughing!
    I got a nice score of 33!

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