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 2014 Overall Thoughts
November 2014 was a suitably stuffed month, and one led by strong girl group releases. Woollim’s Lovelyz debuted, and groups like Apink and AOA closed out the year with big hits. YG Entertainment unveiled a roulette of sorts with their artists, promising exciting inter-agency collaborations. They borrowed the “Who is Next?” tagline from their 2013 WIN survival series to promote this — a phrase they’d cling onto over the next year or so in their endless pursuit to tease releases that may or may not actually materialize.
Speaking of YG, it’s worth pointing out that GD & Taeyang’s Good Boy was one of the first prominent, mainstream K-pop hits to meld trap and EDM. Though it made it onto my honorable mentions list, I can’t help but be bitter about this song’s late-2014 ubiquity. It ushered in an endless fascination with these genres that still has the industry by the collar today.
As expected of November, there were a few great ballads released this month. I even have a trot song in my honorable mentions, which doesn’t happen very often. But like I said, more than anything November was all about the girl groups. My top two songs are both classic girl group fare, with an underappreciated, funky boy group track taking the third place. This would all have to tide us over for some time, as 2014 was about to lurch into one of the slowest Decembers I can remember.
Ali – Pung Pung (video)
Apink – Luv (video)
Cross Gene – I’m Not A Boy, Not Yet A Man (video)
GD & Taeyang – Good Boy (review)
GOT7 – Stop Stop It (review)
Halo – Come On Now (review)
Hi Suhyun – I’m Different (ft. Bobby) (video)
Hong Jin Young – Cheer Up (video)
Kyuhyun – At Gwanghwamun (video)
Laboum – What About You (review)
Lovelyz – Goodnight Like Yesterday (video)
Mamamoo – Piano Man (video)
T-ara – Little Apple (with Chopstick Brothers) (video)
Wa$$up – Shut Up U (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Boys Republic – The Real One
2. AOA – Like A Cat (review)
1. Lovelyz – Candy Jelly Love