Favorite K-pop group: BTS or EXO?
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Favorite K-pop group: BTS or EXO?

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BTS and EXO are clearly K-pop's hottest supergroups right now. Both groups have multiple members, who all sing or rap, and dance in unison. BTS is garnering international praise and growth in popularity after winning Billboard's Top Social Artist award. But EXO is back and ready for war—bringing its best game with the group's highly anticipated new album, "The War." Who is the top K-pop group in 2017? 🎤

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BTS—also known as the Bangtan Boys, Bulletproof Boy Scouts and Beyond The Scence—burst onto the scene in 2013 with their hit single "No More Dream," followed by their debut Korean studio album "Dark & Wild" in 2014. The group followed in the footsteps of another popular K-pop boy band, EXO. Nowadays, both K-pop groups are super popular in South Korea.

But in a few short years, BTS has made a huge impact around the world, including in the United States. That was something that became very apparent when the group won the 2017 Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist.

Like the group mused in "Not Today," one of BTS' hit singles: "A day may come when we lose. But it is not today. Today we fight!" And that's so true, because J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Suga, and V are only getting started. 

EXO isn't just an epic supergroup, many would argue EXO is the world's biggest boy band.

EXO started as two groups of six—EXO-K (Korean) and EXO-M (Mandarin for China) in 2011—before becoming a South Korean-Chinese supergroup with nine remaining members in 2012. Three members left from EXO-M. The remaining stars—Baekhyun, Chanyeol, Chen, D.O., Kai, Lay, Sehun, Suho, and Xiumin—have gone on to release four massively successful albums together.

The groups were split for their "Mama" EP, one releasing the extended play in Mandarin and the other in Korean in 2012. The groups finally teamed up for their debut supergroup album "XOXO" in 2013.

Since their highly successful debut effort, the group has been voted the most influential celebrity in Korea (in both 2014 and 2015). While BTS was the biggest boy band in 2016, EXO is back and ready to take the throne again. 

BTS' K-pop sound blends R&B, hip-hop, and EDM, which explains the group's worldwide appeal. BTS' sophomore album, "Wings," topped the Billboard U.S. World Albums chart and peaked within the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. With a surge in popularity and an international following, BTS perfectly mixes both Korean and English lyrics in its music. Case and point, the group's hit single "Not Today."

Below are some notable lyrics to "Not Today," per Genius.

🎤 All the underdogs in the world. A day may come when we lose. But it is not today. Today we fight. 🎤

Watch the epic dance video below. 

Listen to BTS' latest smash LP "Wings" below via Spotify. The album not only peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200, it's regarded as the highest charting, best-selling K-pop album ever. "Wings" also won Best Album at the 2017 Seoul Music Awards.

EXO has also blended in multiple music genres into Korean pop music. EXO has balanced R&B, hip-hop, dubstep, and electronica in its sound consistently for years—and not only in Korean, but Chinese too. All three of EXO's previous albums have topped the Korean albums chart, while sophomore effort "Exodus" peaked within the Top 100 on the Billboard 200—breaking the group out into the U.S. market.

And the band's hard work has paid off. The group's fourth studio album "The War" has been blowing up even before its release. It's safe to argue to EXO is on its way to a fourth consecutive #1 album.

Below are some significant lyrics to the group's lead single and smooth R&B smash "Ko Ko Bop," per Genius.

🎤 Shimmie shimmie Ko Ko Bop. I think I like it. 조금씩 down down🎤

Check out the colorful, in-sync dance music video below.

Listen to EXO's new #1 hit album "The War" below via Spotify. The album was released in South Korea on July 19, a became a huge success in a very short period of time. Heck, the LP broke the record for the most pre-ordered album ever in South Korea, with more than 800,000 copies sold.

#TeamBTS because these edgy K-Pop superstars are taking over the world in 2017.

#TeamEXO because these K-pop heartthrobs are back in-sync and ready for war.

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