Since the start of The Bias List in January 2016, I’ve always looked back at my three favorite title tracks by K-pop artists each month. Now, it’s time to look even further into the past, one month at a time. And, yes, the top three rankings count toward The Bias List’s personal artist scorecard!
Which month do you want to see next?
July 2015 Overall Thoughts
I feel like I’ve spent the past few weeks complaining about what an awful, boring lull K-pop seems to be stuck in. I always expect the month of July to deliver a jam-packed schedule of high-profile (and high-quality) releases. This expectation didn’t materialize out of thin air. Some of my favorite K-pop songs have come from July, and that was especially true during the summer of 2015.
This month was stacked. It seemed like everybody set their sights on releasing music, with reliably exciting results. SM Entertainment led the charge, delivering comebacks from all three of their most established groups. It was the last we heard from TVXQ before enlistment, and Super Junior’s big push before an extended hiatus. Bigbang got in on the act as well, as part of their months-long MADE project. It was also a month that saw rookie groups like GFriend and GOT7 really begin to cement their place in the industry.
It was nearly impossible to decide on a top three for July of 2015. It killed me to leave off songs from Bigbang, GOT7, Stellar, and especially Nine Muses because each one could have easily taken the top spot in many other months. But, personal bias took hold and I ended up with three songs that absolutely defined the summer for me… each in very different ways. The ordering doesn’t quite line up with my end-of-year ranking from 2015, but that list needs to be revised anyway.
What an exciting month to be a K-pop fan!
4TEN – Go Easy (video)
Apink – Remember (video)
Beast – Gotta Go To Work (video)
Bigbang – Sober (video)
Crush – Oasis (ft. Zico) (video)
Dickpunks – Let’s Play In The Han River (video)
Girl’s Day – Ring My Bell (review)
Girls’ Generation – Party (video)
GOT7 – Just Right (video)
Nine Muses – Hurt Locker (video)
Stellar – Vibrato (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Super Junior – Devil (review)
2. GFriend – Me Gustas Tu
1. Infinite – Bad (review)