Ranking of Vocalists

Vocal ranking of male and female idol vocalists

PLEASE READ BEFORE QUESTIONING/LOOKING AT THE CHART. Please do not repost chart without copying the background information. Don’t take the chart out of context.

Following is the ranking of idols and young vocalists that we’ve analyzed so far here at KpopVocalAnalysis. This list only includes idols who’ve debuted in 2014 or earlier. Idols who have debuted after 2014 were not analyzed due to the lack of material and the possibility of improvements happening shortly after the debut of an idol. Thus no debuts after 2014 shall be included in this chart. If a vocalist of any group that debuted in 2014 or prior is not present in this chart, that would be because their final rating would be at most average or due to lack of material for an analysis.

In 2013, we from KpopVocalAnalysis gathered together as fans, as vocal enthusiasts, and some of us as vocal instructors and vocalists ourselves to bring education and knowledge and to satisfy the curiosity of a community within a fandom. The following rankings we shall post have one thing that most others don’t have, hard work. Unlike what fans like to call the “opinion of experts,” mostly done by PD’s, Composers, and Music Critics, we have not only taken the time to listen to each single vocalist in these rankings individually, one by one, but we also have provided more than a simple sentence to describe how they use their voices/instruments. We have compiled a ranking system through our very own upbringing and learning process in order to properly categorize and find similarities between vocalists, technically.

Most other rankings take into consideration tone, emotion, and the individual taste of the listener. They normally don’t take the time to search through every vocalist there is and truly evaluate whether or not they’re truly good technical vocalists. Most of the time, these rankings aren’t even put together by vocalists or vocal instructors. So long story short: we have taken the time and consideration to give each individual vocalist a fair chance and listen through many videos and performances in order to fully understand how they utilize their voices. Our only aim was ever to teach and help each fan be aware of the truth behind the vocalists’ singing abilities. After working through more than 120 vocalists over the period of two years, we have gathered enough information to correctly categorize and rank them against one another. This list is not meant to be offensive. The criteria is not only attached to the rankings, but also to the main part of this blog. Each vocalist in the chart has been fairly analyzed before and if there are any questions as to why a vocalist is ranked as they are, the explanation is well within each vocalist’s individual analysis.

So after being able to finalize this big project and finally come up with a ranking chart and more than 100 analyses in the blog, we have reached our goal. To educate, to have a reliable source fans can rely on to find each and every vocalist they’ve ever been curious about and read about them all. Of course this is not the end of what we’ve started, many more vocalists will still be analyzed within the Korean music industry. So without any further ado, enjoy the rankings.

If there’s a question as to why a vocalist is ranked where they are, each individual vocalist in this chart has an analysis. So before calling anyone biased or before resorting to name calling, take the time to read these analyses carefully. If even after reading the analyses, there are questions and oppositions, don’t hesitate to maturely explain why you disagree with this chart. Keep in mind this chart is about VOCAL TECHNIQUE and vocal technique ONLY.

The rankings will be regularly updated as vocalists improve or regress.






Last updated : December 25th, 2016

Overtime, an Idol’s vocal technique may either improve or deteriorate, therefore this list shall be constantly updated when new material surfaces and significant changes are consistently seen in the vocalist’s technique. Also, when more detailed analyses are given on idols, an idol may no longer be on the list or my find himself/herself in a higher or lower position.

This ranking is not to be taken out of context or to be used in any sort of way for petty arguments between fandoms nor to create fanwars. It’s a ranking created in order to give a visual interpretation and summarize the overall idea of the blog with each vocalist’s rating compared to one another. It is not created to offend anyone and is to be taken as seriously as one might wish to and should not interfere with anyone’s choice as a fan or affect how you see your favorite singer.

Even so, we are very open towards opinions and suggestions. If you find that an idol is not in the correct position, or that somebody else deserves a spot and we didn’t list them, do let us know. Link us to the idol’s performance and we will analyze it. If your reasoning is proven we will alter the ranking. As with what we’ve mentioned before, this list will be updated regularly.

We would also like to remind you that the ranking is completely objective and is solely based on VOCAL TECHNIQUE. Emotions, stage presence, entertainment factor, tone will all be ignored as they are purely subjective. If you feel that your bias is an emotional singer, someone else may not. Things that are subjective cannot be used as valid reasons for an idol’s rank.

Please refer to our judging criteria here if you are unsure how we determine an idols rank. If someone is placed above another Idol, it usually means that they are a more consistent vocalist, have better and more developed placements and registers, and is more resonant than the people below them.


These rankings include idols and young solo artists only. This means vocalists like Sohyang, Park Hyo Shin, Naul, etc are not considered idols, therefore, they are not ranked.

211 thoughts on “Ranking of Vocalists

  1. WOOW… Thanks, you guys so much for all your hard work. This is like a big gift for us k-pop fan. I don’t get why people still complain about the charts. I think they look fine and easy to understand. Thank you again, and Happy new Year.

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    1. I am not sure I want to answer that question by looking at you username, I don’t trust that you’d use that information in a mature way. If you’re hoping for her to be a weak vocalist, she’s not.

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      1. My bias is Sandeul so I’m really happy he’s up in the ranks beating other good vocalists. Quick question, what does Jay Park have over Henry? They kind of seem pretty equal.


  2. I’m sorry if this is not the place for my question but I am struggling to find the highest note sung by a male kpop vocalist so is it okay if you tell me and link me to the video? Sorry and thanks ♡ . Have been following this site for years and finally made an acccount. Thanks for the hard work ~


    1. Yuju had a few moments that highlighted her vocals but she never lived up to afterwards. But I still do look forward to her. Seungkwan of Seventeen as well even though it’s a boy group member. I also quite like OMG’s Seunghee. Those are the only three who regularly produce resonance.


    1. We only analyze half of the vocalists within a group and only the half with the best technique. So only V and Jungkook were analyzed. Thats explained in our future analyses list.


    1. Seulgi is on here because she will have an analysis written when I have time and feel like it. I didn’t finish her analysis before the chart came up and it would be silly to delay the chart/ re-do it because of one person. Also because she’s average and neither how nor low..it’s not that big of deal, it would be different if she was a proficient because then an analysis would be more important.


  3. Hi, I’m really thankful for all your work 🙂 I’m actually a singer wannabe and I think all the information here really helps me a lot in trying to recognize my own flaws (even If I’m not really good even at finding it yet, lol).

    ZE:A’s contract is almost over, but… can I ask you to do an analysis in ZE:A members Hyungsik, Dongjun and Kevin? They are the “vocal line” of the group. I’ll put some videos here to help, If you can. ^^


    https://youtu.be/68azYivKcV0?t=81 (2016)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRQwJ0f-Ml4&list=PLKU9S6kMlQFn3ztaR8lK2ILNBi7F4ZWaC (2016)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1MIxLU7F1k (2015)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxK9AJzTDGk (2015)

    https://youtu.be/JjGBi-82RiE?list=PLKU9S6kMlQFn3ztaR8lK2ILNBi7F4ZWaC (2015)

    https://youtu.be/QM1dHXUZELg?list=PLKU9S6kMlQFn3ztaR8lK2ILNBi7F4ZWaC (2015) [LOL]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_2QFpeaVA8 (2014)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC4rjJNPWKE (2014)

    https://youtu.be/bZ7C3Ne0bzM?t=160 & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLGZGjEmvkw *really old ones*


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DLzyy0TjSE (2016)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFT9yOYBT4Y (2016)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_Q-coJb528 (2015)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSWLFTH4ehE (2015)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aW896FLwfQ (2014)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh_fWKSklk0 (2013)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ylggRcyQDM (really old)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-os9lKIPro (2016)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWHnyJN-New (2016)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2N8pMnVEEc (2016)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmDezrW8FDg (2016)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Q4bGNWu-8 (2015)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSpcg5dEavo (2013)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cjHNQD3zEc *old*

    Videos with all three of them:


    1. To be honest considering what I’ve seen of ZE:A, I wasn’t planning to do an analysis of their vocalists because they’d all be rated as weak vocalists…so I mean I’d have to pick and choose one of them to analyze, because I wasn’t really planning on analyzing all 3 of them considering all 3 would have the same exact rating. Now since they’re not often requested, I didn’t really think of analyzing them yet…but….with the chart done and me focusing on soloists now, I really didn’t wanna go back to doing idols just yet but since you said their contract is going to expire soon…I’ll have to think about this and see what I can do within the time frame we have. Sorry about that.


      1. Nayeon and Jihyo? They’re not even. Nayeon does not support nearly as well as Jihyo. She’s airy, disconnected and pitchy.


  4. Can someone explain to me how Tiffany ranked higher than IU. Tiffany’s technique is often very unstable. She lacks consistency in her vocals and because of this she damages them often. So I really don’t understand how she places higher than half the people below her.


    1. I don’t mean to be rude, but have you read both analyses for Tiffany and IU? And half the people below Tiffany for that matter? Because the answer to your question is there and words like “unstable” are vague and don’t tell me anything specific enough that I can explain to you. So I would need you to explain to me in detail what you think Tiffany can’t do that IU can and what exactly makes her being above IU weird to you, after reading their analyses naturally.


      1. *shock as hell* WHAT??! are you guys planning to make a ranking chart for non idols? as if THOSE non idols? sohyang, dongha, lena, hyosin, bada, joohyun, lee moonsae, kind of veteran vocalists?? oh come on, it feels like you gave me another years of motivation to stay alive! and im not complain about that, in fact im *insert words of overly excited*!!!

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      2. Yes, there is a chart involving veteran/non-idols in the works, however that will not be released for a very long time. So don’t expect it any time soon.

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      3. yeah, considering your future analysis lists i wont expect the chart come out soon. at least i can expect some analysis of veterans and non idols in the near future, like a year or two

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  5. Awesome! So glad this came out. So I just have two questions:

    1. Does this make Jungkook the strongest vocalist in the weak category?

    2. So even though Seulgi was not analysed yet, she would be around average?

    Im sorry if the answers seem obvious, I just like to be sure. I apologize if I sound rude.

    Anyways, this blog is literally so amazing and love the hard work you guys put into it! 🙂

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    1. Hi there!
      1. Well yes indeed it does.
      2. We have listened to Seulgi enough to know where she’d be we just haven’t had the time to analyze her.


  6. Not expect like non main vocal in list..like taemin,henry,jaypark and othets on above..some of them has slow or mid vocal..dont think suit in this rank..if im wrong, i think many sub vocal can be in this list bcoz similar vocal ability..do think u have to categorize like high vocal..slow vocal..woow..and im not expect leo bottom..wat kind video u see😕😕..u mus watch his musical thou..hmm how others can beat him..like even some of them u can see they have one pattern note..musical actor in bottom..woow..speechless…its my view..peace..


    1. They’re lead vocalists, Henry and Taemin. Jay Park is a soloist. Many sub-vocalists could indeed be on the list but they would all fall under weak or at most weak to average to analyzing them all wouldn’t make sense. I’m not sure what you mean by high vocal or slow vocal, perhaps you should give the analyses a try and read them if you wish to have more information. Leo’s analysis is here too and we have watched more than just one performance of his, we watched multiple, including his musical theater performances. I suggest you go read his analysis if you have any questions. Musical actors at the bottom? That’s not true at all. Junsu and Kyuhyun are rated quite high, as are Yoseob and other idols who have done musicals in the past. Being a musical actor has NOTHING to do with the ranking. Please read the analyses.


  7. I wonder if you watch Hani’s king of masked perf, i kind of shock that she actually went up to round 3 and beat many great vocalist because Hani not EXID main or lead vocalist so i dont expect much in her and actually has better result than hyerin. What do you think about her skill?


    1. As far as I’m aware she’s supposed to be a lead vocalist. Yes I’ve seen the performances. If you want a breakdown please go to Solji’s analysis and you’ll find it there in the comment section since I can’t look it up right now. She’s not a technically skilled vocalist, advancing on any of these shows or winning is irrelevant to vocal skill.


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