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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November 2015 Overall Thoughts
November is always a busy month for K-pop, as agencies rush out their final comebacks of the year before December’s dry stretch. 2015 was no different, with a packed slate of releases from veterans and rookies alike. It was an exciting month for long-overdue comebacks, as Brown Eyed Girls made a return after two years and B.A.P rose from the dead after clashing with their agency.
But as exciting as the veterans were, November was a spotlight for K-pop’s up-and-comers. The month resulted in a couple of notable debuts. VAV and Snuper both released their first title tracks, with the latter going on to have a fantastic Sweetune-produced singles run through 2017. Rookies UP10TION, April and Romeo built on their debuts with convincing follow-ups, and BTS continued their 2015 dominance with their final release of the year.
My top three this month is very strong, which meant that some deserving honorable mentions fell just short of the cut-off. I want to give special props to HIGH4’s D.O.A, Hongki’s Insensible and Road Boyz’ Show Me Bang Bang. All three were played incessantly during this period, but haven’t quite stood the test of time in the way that my top three choices have.
April – Muah! (video)
B.A.P – Young, Wild & Free (video)
Brown Eyed Girls – Warm Hole (video)
EXO – Lightsaber (review)
HIGH4 – D.O.A (Dead Or Alive) (review)
Hongki – Insensible (review)
Madtown – OMGT (video)
Nine Muses – Sleepless Night (video)
Road Boyz – Show Me Bang Bang (review)
San E + Mad Clown – Sour Grapes (video)
Seo In Young – Scream (video)
Snuper – Shall We Dance (video)
UP10TION – Catch Me (video)
VIXX – Chained Up (video)
Zico – Boys & Girls (ft. Babylon) (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Brown Eyed Girls – Brave New World
2. Romeo – Target
1. BTS – Run (review)