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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September 2015 Overall Thoughts
Coming off of a very strong (but comparatively barren) August, September was jam-packed with comebacks and debuts. It was another excellent month, and one in which many idol groups released songs that would later become signature hits.
Huge debuts came in the form of DAY6, iKON, DIA and UP10TION, with all four coming out of the gate strong. Musically, September was incredibly diverse — much more so than is common nowadays. The trends we’re now tired of (tropical, deep house, future bass, trap) are all but absent, making for a refreshing palette of influences. We’ve got funk pop, new jack swing, disco rock, soaring balladry, chirpy synth pop, and much, much more.
It was difficult to decide a top three for this month, and some excellent tracks had to fall into “honorable mentions” territory. Dumb Dumb and My Type are definite standouts that probably would have placed higher with less competition. But when it came down to it, I can’t deny the strength of the three songs that led this month for me. They all come from 2014/15 debut groups, as the new generation of K-pop began to take shape in convincing fashion.
Ailee – Mind Your Own Business (video)
CNBlue – Cinderella (video)
DAY6 – Congratulations (video)
DIA – Somehow (video)
iKON – My Type (video)
Lim Chang Jung – Love Again (video)
Lovelyz – Shooting Star (video)
Monsta X – Rush (video)
Park Kyung – Ordinary Love (ft. Park Boram) (video)
Red Velvet – Dumb Dumb (video)
Super Junior – Magic (video)
UP10TION – So, Dangerous (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. GOT7 – If You Do (review)
2. Lovelyz – Ah-Choo
1. Seventeen – Mansae