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?
June 2014 Overall Thoughts
Compared to what would come down the line over the next two months, June of 2014 was relatively subdued. However, it’s notable for delivering the official debut of Mamamoo (though the group had already released a handful of pre-debut tracks) and a few other songs that would go on to rule the digital charts for the entire summer.
Other than that, June was a month dominated by the guys. A certain style of hard-hitting dance-pop was in vogue, resulting in a bunch of boy group title tracks that all tread the same general territory. Luckily, they represent a quintessentially ambitious K-pop sound that doesn’t tire easily. In fact, I’d kill to hear this style make a resurgence now.
I urge you to take a listen to as many of these tracks as you can. Do you notice how there’s hardly a hint of tropical or trap or future bass or deep house to be found? How refreshing. Their absence actually forced these songs to push themselves in interesting directions. From orchestral samples to metal guitar to funky synth, there were ideas at play here — not just regurgitations of trends.
As summer was just about to kick off, June offered a few comebacks directly targeting the season. But, it’s strongest moment was also one of its softest. It’s rare for me to feature a ballad at the top on my monthly recaps, but exceptions must be made for certain songs. This is definitely the case here.
AOA – Short Hair (video)
Boyfriend – Obsession (video)
Cross Gene – Amazing ~Bad Lady~ (video)
Crush – Hug Me (ft. Gaeko) (video)
Halo – Fever (video)
History – Psycho (video)
Mamamoo – Mr. Ambiguous (video)
N-Sonic – Pop Beyond (video)
San E & Raina – A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness (video)
Taeyang – 1AM (video)
Toppdogg – Topdog (review)
ZE:A – Breathe (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. GOT7 – A
2. Beast – Good Luck
1. Taeyang – Eyes, Nose, Lips