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?
October 2014 Overall Thoughts
Still reeling from the departure of Jessica from Girls’ Generation in September, October 2014 opened with another SM-related exit. EXO’s Luhan filed a lawsuit to terminate his contract with the agency, making him the second EXO member to do so.
All of this drama didn’t slow SM down, with releases by Super Junior, Red Velvet and Zhoumi this month. None of those songs quite made my top three picks, but all were solid comebacks (especially Super Junior’s).
As much as September was highlighted by female-fronted comebacks, October saw an overwhelming slate of boy group releases. Many came from rookies and under-the-radar acts, and not all were memorable. Still, the month’s schedule was packed with new music, offering a lot to choose from.
My top pick of October 2014 is no surprise. I still think it’s one of the best songs of that year, and the best song by this particular group. My number two pick may seem more left-field, especially since I don’t often gush about hip-hop in my reviews. But, a knockout track is a knockout track, regardless of genre.
Even though this list comprises of songs released less than five years ago, many of the artists featured have either disbanded or simply don’t release music anymore. That’s kind of sad, and a testament to just how fast-moving the K-pop industry is.
B.I.G – Are You Ready? (video)
Beast – 12:30 (video)
BTS – War Of Hormone (video)
DGNA (The Boss) – Rilla Go! (video)
Epik High – Spoiler (video)
Madtown – Yolo (video)
Roy Kim – Home (video)
Red Velvet – Be Natural (ft. Taeyong) (video)
Song Ji Eun – 25 (video)
Zhoumi – Rewind (ft. Chanyeol) (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. ToppDogg – Annie
2. Epik High – Born Hater (ft. Beenzino, Verbal Jint, B.I, Mino & Bobby)
1. VIXX – Error