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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May 2015 Overall Thoughts
After a relatively subdued winter and early spring, May of 2015 started to kick things into gear for what would become a standout summer season. This month was dominated by boy group comebacks, with only a handful of female-fronted tracks being released. My top three reflect this.
May was notable for several reasons. First, it marked the initial releases of Bigbang’s months-long MADE series, re-establishing their dominance after almost three years away from the industry. K-pop veteran BoA also had a long-awaited comeback, delivering her first new Korean material since 2012.
Second, May unveiled the debut of two monster rookies who would later go on to dominate the industry. Seventeen and Monsta X released their debut tracks this month, and both were instant successes. Idol band N.Flying also debuted, though they would ultimately take longer to click with the Korean public.
All in all, May was a strong month, with at least five tracks I’d give a solid 9+ rating to. My top three is incredibly solid, and my number one choice is actually my favorite K-pop song of 2015. This wasn’t necessarily the case upon its immediate release, but 1,000-ish song reviews later and I am a different person. While I’m now sick of everything deep house or even vaguely tropical, I don’t think any track has mastered the sound as perfectly as this one. Picks number two and three are no slouch either, and would each easily take the number one spot in many monthly recaps of the past couple years.
Bestie – Excuse Me (video)
CLC – Like (video)
Halo – While You’re Sleeping (video)
History – Might Just Die (video)
Hyunseung – Ma First (ft. Giriboy) (video)
JJY Band – OMG (video)
Monsta X – Trespass (video)
Myname – Just Tell Me (video)
Romeo – Lovesick (video)
Sungkyu – Kontrol (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Kim Sung Kyu – The Answer
2. Seventeen – Adore U
1. SHINee – View