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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April 2014 Overall Thoughts
Many have noted that 2019 feels like K-pop’s most tragic year yet. Deaths, member departures, scandals, etc. It’s been a tough year for the industry, but 2014 gave it a run for its money. When it comes to K-pop, April 2014 was overshadowed by the Sewol Ferry tragedy, which rightfully consumed Korea’s attention as the entire nation was plunged into mourning. K-pop releases were halted from the 16th on, resulting in a month that was essentially half-empty.
Yet, before the Sewol incident, April’s first two weeks kept 2014’s momentum going. A few of the releases were holdovers from earlier albums, but the month also saw the debut of Akdong Musician and Crayon Pop’s first real attempt to follow up the massive success of their 2013 hit Bar Bar Bar.
My top three aren’t all that surprising. We’ve got a favorite girl group, a bit of Sweetune and that aforementioned debut, which resulted in some of the best songs of 2014. My honorable mentions list is quite small because there just wasn’t much released this month.
Akdong Musician (AKMU) – Melted (review)
Block B – Jackpot (video)
Crayon Pop – Uh-ee (review)
Toheart – Tell Me Why (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Eric Nam – Ooh Ooh (ft. Hoya)
2. 2NE1 – Gotta Be You
1. Akdong Musician (AKMU) – 200%