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. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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. :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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;

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

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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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

  12. I did it again and got 20… YER!

  13. 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

  14. 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….

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

  16. 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 ? ><

  17. 68 points and i have been discovering kpop for about a year!

  18. I got 107 points only, i don’t know a lot of groups and have a bad memory so…

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

  20. I haven’t been into K-pop for that long, actually only about a year or so, so I kinda surprised myself a little, when I was able to name 8 out of 13 from Super Junior even though I haven’t really heard a lot of their music :)

  21. 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*

  22. I got 86, but I must say… I do not own any posters or CDs… in fact… I only have 1 t-shirt… that a friend gave me for Christmas.

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

  24. I got 106. Kara, T-Ara were the only ones I didn’t know all of the members of.

  25. I only don’t know 3 members of ftisland, all the other groups listed I named LOL when I listen to their music I make an effort to know their names~

  26. I only got 52….. Don’t kill me! I’m still fairly new to the kpop
    genre! ’bout a month, month and a half….. So don’t hurt me D:

  27. 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.

  28. U-KISS is actually 9… :’3

    *ahem* fangirl mode activate!

    Kevin Woo (birth name; his Korean name is Woo Seunghyun), 22 years old, born 11/25
    Soohyun (Shin Soohyun), 24 years old, born 3/11
    Kiseop (Lee Kiseop), 22 years old, born 1/17 (we share birthdays! eeeeee <3)
    Hoon/sometimes Hoonmin (Yeo Hoonmin), 22 years old, born 8/16
    Eli Kim (birth name; Korean name is Kim Kyungjae), 22 years old, born 3/13
    AJ (Kim Jaeseop), 22 years old, born 7/4

    and also:
    Dongho (Shin Dongho)
    Alexander/Xander (Alexander Lee Eusebio)
    Kibum (Kim Kibum a.k.a. Allen Kim)

    Want to know what languages they all speak, their favorite songs, and their roles in the group now? x) lol

    I know other peoples' names from other groups, but U-KISS is really the only group I feel attached to and devote time and money towards.

  29. omg I got 108 points ahaha And that`s because I don`t really know After School and T-ara names lol

  30. I will forever consider Super Junior as OT15 with Zhoumi + Henry

  31. I feel like i could get a pHD in kpop lool i got 109!!!!
    The only bands that i really didn’t know, was FTisland, Beast and B1A4

  32. 102 hmmmmmmm. I need to seek help.

  33. I got 76 points.. ;I
    It’s not a great score, but i haven’t been in to k-pop that long. Well, ok, looking at how long I’ve been a k-pop fan (only 5 months(omg! so short)) I think my score is ok.. I obviously know other bands besides these (like 100% and Girls Day) and on SuJu, TVXQ, JYJ and F.T i got 0 points… :I So lots of points lost there..

    This is a fun little test, hopefully i’ll find someone who will want play the game with me.. hihi.. :)

  34. 119! And here I thought I was going to make an epic fail and forget them all… But I guess after being a kpop fan for so long I would just start remembering everyone without even meaning to… :3 lol

  35. ahaha, should i feel proud or what? i scored 123 points when i was introduced to kpop just august last year, probably.
    i feel bad for focusing on korean men and women i’ll probably never meet instead of social life.

    and no, i dont have a cd, or any merchandise. just one poster of bap and kara my non-kpop friend gave me from her magazine. ;;

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