K-Pop leaders are an essential part of their groups for their impeccable leadership presence, with these leaders, this presence is also seen through the incredible songs that they wrote! Here are 14 leaders who’ve carved a name for themselves in the industry as talented songwriters!
1. BTS’s RM
BTS’s RM is the leader of his group, and is also an acclaimed songwriter! The Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA) attributes around 176 songwriting credits to him, and his roster of impressive songs include “Dope”, “Butterfly”, Jungkook‘s solo song “Euphoria”, and many more!
2. PENTAGON’s Hui
PENTAGON’s leader Hui has some impressive songwriting credits to his name! Along with songs for his group (“Shine”, “Daisy”, and most recently, “Do Or Not”), Hui has also composed for other artists, such as Wanna One‘s debut song, “Energetic”, CIX‘s “Tesseract”, as well as his own solo songs!
3. (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon
(G)I-DLE’s Soyeon rose to prominence as a songwriter when the group made their debut with “LATATA”, a song and composed by her! Since then, she’s taken major charge of the group’s discography, self-producing most of their albums, and also has credits for her solo songs! Along with that, she has also written songs for other artists, including Apink Namjoo‘s “Bird”, CLC‘s “No”, and Girls’ Generation Hyoyeon‘s “Dessert”!
4. WINNER’s Kang Seungyoon
WINNER’s Kang Seungyoon is the maknae and leader of the group, and has an impressive career as a songwriter! Gaining attention with his pre-debut song “Instinctively, he soon made a name for himself as an idol with a penchant for songwriting, with hit songs such as “Color Ring”, “Really Really”, and most recently, his solo comeback song, “IYAH”!
5. Block B’s Zico
Block B’s Zico is one of the most well-known self-producing idols, and has tons of songwriting credits to his name! Along with writing songs for his group (including songs such as “Wanna B”, “Her”, and “Shall We Dance”), he also has a thriving solo career with his self-written music (“Any Song”, “Soulmate” (ft. IU)”, and “I Am You, You Are Me”)! Zico has also written bops for other artists, like PSY (“I Luv It”), f(x) (“Traveler”), and also Kim Sejeong (“Flower Road”)!
6. SEVENTEEN’s Woozi
SEVENTEEN as a group is divided into 3 units; the vocal, dance and hip hop unit, and while Woozi is not the leader of the whole group, he serves as the leader for the vocalists’ unit! He writes mainly for SEVENTEEN, and has produced a large number of their hit songs! Songs such as “Mansae”, “Left And Right”, and “Ready To Love” are all written by him, and he’s also shown his talent in songs for other groups, such as I.O.I‘s emotionally charged song, “Downpour”!
7. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon
Over a 15 year-long career, BIGBANG’s G-Dragon has tons of songwriting credits to his name! He’s written multiple songs for his group’s comebacks, with the list including “Love Song”, “Fantastic Baby”, and “BANG BANG BANG”! He also has lots of self-written solo songs, such as “Without You”and “Untitled, 2014”, and has also written for other artists, including fellow group member Taeyang (“Ringa Linga”) and iKON (“I Miss You So Bad”)!
8. Former iKON’s B.I.
Former iKON’s B.I. served as the group’s leader and lead rapper, and also as their main songwriter! He’s worked on songs such as “Love Scenario”, “Killing Me”, and “Goodbye Road”, and is also credited on songs for other artists such as BLACKPINK (“Whistle”), PSY (“Bomb”), and WINNER (“Empty”)! Following his departure from the group, he began his career as a solo artist, and has written songs including “Midnight Blue”, “illa illa”, and “Stay” ft. Tablo!
9. Stray Kids’ Bangchan
Stray Kids’ Bangchan is another leader who has incredible songwriting skills! As a part of 3RACHA, Stray Kids’ production group comprising of Bangchan, Changbin, and Han, he’s written several of the group’s bops, inlcuding “God’s Menu”, “Hellevator” and “MIROH”!
10. TWICE’s Jihyo
While TWICE’s Jihyo does not actively take part in composing music, this girl group leader has shown her talent as an incredible lyricist! She’s penned lyrics for several of TWICE’s songs, such as “First Time”, “Ho!” and “Get Loud”!
11. GOT7’s JayB
GOT7’S JayB is anothe prolific songwriting leader! The idol has written tons of songs for his group, such as “Look”, “Eclipse”, and “Page”! Following GOT7’s departure from JYP Entertainment, JayB kickstarted his solo career under H1GHER Music, debuting with the single “Switch It Up”, mainly composed and written by him!
12. NCT 127’s Taeyong
NCT 127’s Taeyong is the leader, main dancer, and main rapper, and if that wasn’t enough, is also a talented songwriter! He’s co-wrote many of NCT’s hit songs, such as “Cherry Bomb”, “Boss”, and “Yestoday”, and also released his first solo single “Long Flight” in 2019, as the main lyricist and co-composer! Recently, Taeyong also gained attention for his self-written song “Rose” featuring Red Velvet‘s Seulgi, with fans praising him for his skills!
13. ATEEZ’s Hongjoong
ATEEZ’s Hongjoong is the group’s leader, and is also an incredible songwriter! He has writing credits in most ATEEZ songs, such as “Aurora”, “Celebrate”, and “Horizon”, and also has a solo song titled “Draw And Draw”, with the entire song writtenand composed by him!
14. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon
Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon does not actively participate in songwriting, but the legendary leader has two songs for which she’s been credited as a writer! Her solo debut song “I” had lyrics written solely by her, and her last album What Do I Call You has a B-Side titled “To The Moon”, which she took part in writing the lyrics for, and in production!