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"Korean Music Tags"

The Genius Korean community prides itself on having accurate lyrics for new releases first, and its respective Romanization and English translation. This guide provides a list of Tags associated with Korean music.


Korean Pop or more commonly known as K-Pop (케이팝) is pop music in South Korea. K-Pop is a highly commercial industry throughout Asia. K-pop is dominated by dance groups featuring young entertainers with the latest looks and dance skills. Contemporary Korean music and pop stars are very popular across Asia, and the spread of contemporary Korean culture designated a word to reflеct this fact. The Korean Wave, or Hallyu (한류), is thе word used to discuss the influence of contemporary Korean popular culture on the rest of Asia, and the rest of the world.

Prominent Artists

  • EXO
  • BTS
  • Red Velvet

Korean Hip-Hop

The Korean music industry has a very thriving rap/hip-hop community. Korean hip hop is distinguished from American hip hop by not only sound and language but also by the culture from which the music is made. This tag very commonly overlaps with K-Pop which is acceptable because a lot of modern K-Pop is hip-hop & rap heavy. The tag is especially helpful for Korean artists who are solely rappers and create hip-hop music.

Prominent Artists

  • Jay Park
  • Tiger JK
  • ZICO (지코)
  • G-Dragon
  • CL
  • Agust D
  • Yoonmirae


Korean dramas are extremely popular and Korean dramas are always accompanied by Original Soundtracks (OSTs). The tag should be used to label Korean drama, movie, and stage play soundtracks.

Popular Soundtracks

  • Guardian: The Lonely and Great God
  • Descendants of The Sun
  • Itaewon Class


Korean rock is very similar to Western rock as its roots are in American rock. It originated in the 1950s during the Korean War. It has a very similar trajectory and history as rock music around the globe. Modern-day K-Rock is dominated by bands. Many major Korean labels have signed rock bands. The tag should be used to differentiate rock songs in Korean. The tag will inevitably overlap with K-Pop. Pay attention to the sound and production of songs to classify and label rock songs.

Prominent Artists

  • DAY6
  • N.Flying
  • Park Hyo Shin


Indie music is often categorized as music produced independently from commercial record labels. While Indie artists experiment with a variety of sounds, "indie" music often dabbles in rock, R&B, and alternative genres. With K-Pop being a highly commercialized industry, K-Indie acts as a counterpart to K-Pop. Keep in mind this tag will overlap with other sonic tags, just do not tag any K-Pop group songs as K-Indie.

Prominent Artists

  • BOL4
  • 10cm
  • Hyukoh
  • DEAN
  • Hoody


Contemporary Korean R&B is a music genre that combines rhythm and blues with elements of pop, soul, funk, hip-hop, and electronic music. There are many K-Pop songs that incorporate R&B styles into their composition. However, this tag should be used for songs that are primarily R&B.

Prominent Artists

  • Crush
  • Zion.T
  • SAAY
  • DEAN


Trot (트로트) is a traditional pop genre originating in the early 1900s under a unified Japanese-ruled Korea. Typically performed in either a solo or duo, this type of music is characterized by orchestral production, grand vocals, and a simple, two-beat rhythm. The genre is known for its influences from enka (演歌), a slightly earlier Japanese genre, Korean as well as European folk music, blues, and jazz. The name trot originates in the ballroom dance style foxtrot which influenced its simple rhythm. In the 2000s, the genre began to see a resurgence in popular culture. TV Chosun premiered a singing competition show known as Miss Trot in January 2020, followed by Mr. Trot. The tag should be used exclusively for songs defined as trot music. There isn't much overlap with other genres so it should be straightforward. There are very few trot songs transcribed on Genius. Therefore, this tag can be used as a starting point for a big Transcription project.

Prominent Artists

  • Super Junior-T
  • Super Five
  • Kim Yon Ja
  • Celeb Five

Boy Band

The Boy Band tag can be attached to any music made by, well, a boy band. This generally refers to groups of any number of young male singers.

Prominent Artists

  • EXO
  • BTS
  • GOT7

Girl Group

The girl group tag can be attached to any music made by, well, a girl group. This generally refers to groups of any number of young female singers.

Prominent Artists

  • Mamamoo
  • Girls' Generation
  • 2NE1
  • Red Velvet


K-Pop is dominated by groups but there are some outstanding soloists in the game as well. However, the K-Solo tag is for solo artists. The tag should be used for any song that is released as a solo work by a Korean artist with up to 3 featuring artists. The artists should be credited as "featured" for this tag to be used. The "soloist" in question can be a member of an active/inactive group or a completely independent soloist.

Prominent Artists

  • HyunA
  • Kim Donghan
  • Kang Daniel


This tag should be used as a language tag. It can be attached to any song that features verbal Korean. Do not tag Translation or Romanization pages with this tag.

English Translation

The English Translation tag should be used on every English Translation on the site. The primary artist for all English Translations should be Genius English Translation.


The Romanized tag should be used on every Romanization page on the website. The primary artist for all Romanization pages should be Genius Romanization.

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