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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August 2014 Overall Thoughts
Something was definitely in the water during the summer of 2014. July was stacked with incredibly strong releases, and August was no different. The embarrassment of riches here is just staggering, from exciting up-and-comers to established veterans.
A month has got to be insanely strong for classics like I Swear, Happiness, Danger, I Need You and Empty to be relegated to honorable mention status. I mean, I just raved about Winner’s Empty in a review a few days ago. In our current K-pop landscape, it’d likely snatch the top spot in any month. Back in August 2014, it was only one of many excellent comebacks.
This was a month where both the girls and guys attacked with equal ferocity, delivering a diverse palette of sounds. It saw the debut of Red Velvet, Winner and Laboum, along with a solo debut for SHINee’s Taemin. It unveiled a reinvention of long-running act Kara and ushered in a surge of popularity for the soon-to-be-ubiquitous BTS. And though we didn’t know it at the time, August gave us the song that would catapult girl group EXID into superstardom.
Unfortunately, these were also halcyon days, with tragedy lurking just around the corner. K-pop would soon be rocked with the fatal Ladies’ Code car accident. Significant changes were also on the horizon for popular groups Girls’ Generation and EXO, but for four-and-a-half weeks in mid-2014, K-pop was operating at an undeniable peak. Here’s hoping we’ll ever see this kind of consistent quality again.
Bestie – I Need You (video)
HIGH4 – Headache (video)
Jay Park – So Good (video)
Laboum – Pit A Pat (video)
Ladies’ Code – Kiss Kiss (video)
Orange Caramel – My Copycat (video)
Red Velvet – Happiness (video)
Secret – I’m In Love (video)
Sistar – I Swear (video)
Super Junior – Mamacita (video)
Taemin – Danger (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. BTS – Danger
2. EXID – Up & Down
1. Kara – Mamma Mia