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!
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July 2014 Overall Thoughts
Following up on my look at July 2015, I wanted to focus on another insanely strong July in K-pop.
July 2014 was a particularly important month for me as a K-pop fan. Early on in the month, I started watching full episodes of Music Bank (provided by youtube, at the time). I haven’t missed a week since. This meant that, for the first time, I wasn’t just being exposed to releases I actively sought out. I was hearing everything. Even though I’d been listening to K-pop for years prior, weekly music shows helped to shape a more well-rounded understanding of the industry’s musical landscape.
The summer of 2014 was a perfect time to really dive in, because it delivered classic after classic. Looking back, I can’t believe how strong this month was. My top three is insurmountable, with one of my favorite K-pop songs of all time taking the top spot. But, the honorable mentions are nearly as exciting, with at least four tracks I’d give an easy 9+ rating to. It was an equally strong month for albums, with highlights from f(x), Nu’est, B1A4 and HyunA.
This July was the sound of a true K-pop summer, before tropical house and downbeat r&b became synonymous with the season. I’m not sure we’ll ever see a line-up like this again, and that makes me incredibly sad. But, at least we have this era to look back on. It’s truly the standard I hold each July to, which helps explain why I’ve been so disappointed with July 2019 so far.
100% – U Beauty (video)
Bestie – Hot Baby (video)
Block B – H.E.R (video)
Boys Republic – Dress Up (video)
f(x) – Red Light (video)
Fiestar – One More (video)
Girl’s Day – Darling (video)
Ha:tfelt – Ain’t Nobody (video)
Henry – Fantastic (video)
HyunA – Red (video)
Lucky J – Can You Hear Me? (video)
LU:KUS – So Into U (video)
Nu’est – Good Bye Bye (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Sistar – Touch My Body
2. B1A4 – Solo Day
1. Infinite – Back