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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June 2015 Overall Thoughts
June of 2015 was a powerhouse month, ushering in a powerhouse summer season. While not flush with releases, June delivered quality over quantity. There are probably eight songs this month that I’d rate a “9” or higher, which is practically unheard of these days.
As with much of the 2014-15 era of K-pop, these releases were multi-genre, delivering a variety of sounds and tones to compliment a wide swath of listener preferences. We got some good old-fashioned summertime pop hits, some forward-thinking hip-hop and even an unexpectedly awesome synthpop collaboration.
I still remember June 22nd, in particular. That day alone gave us Sistar’s Shake It, AOA’s Heart Attack and Teen Top’s ah-ah. Playing those three songs back to back for the first time was like K-pop nirvana. I love when a single day amounts in multiple classic comebacks. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it completely revitalizes my love for the industry.
As usual with strong months like this, I had to leave some real gems off my top three list. Stone-cold classics like Bang Bang Bang and Heart Attack were left just outside the top three, even though they’d likely be number one picks in so many other months. A special shout-out goes to two outstanding ballads/mid-tempos as well. Both BTOB’s I’m Okay and Boys Republic’s Hello proved that slower material could be just as compelling as high-octane dance tracks.
AOA – Heart Attack (video)
Boys Republic – Hello (video)
BTOB – It’s Okay (video)
Mamamoo – Um Oh Ah Yeah (video)
NS Yoon-G – Honey Summer (video)
Park Gyuri + From The Airport – The Little Prince (video)
Teen Top – ah ah (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Sistar – Shake It
2. BTS – Dope
1. EXO – Love Me Right