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!
April 2011 Overall Thoughts
While 2011 didn’t deliver the sheer volume of comebacks we’re accustomed to nowadays, each and every month managed to offer a few stone cold classics. In April’s case, there were more than three. Because of this, I had to relegate f(x)’s brilliant Pinocchio to my honorable mentions, even though I consider it to be a classic as well.
So, which songs leapfrogged above it? Numbers one and two were obvious for me. My top choice also happens to be one of my favorite K-pop girl group songs of all time — the kind of lush, swirling piece of dance music we just don’t hear much anymore. Number two was also an easy choice. It’s a timeless, melodic track that sounds just a stirring now as it did back then.
Number three was harder for me. I ended up letting my bias steer my decision. This track isn’t my favorite from this group, but the group itself is definitely one of my all-time K-pop favs. It’s a song I’d listen to anytime, anywhere.
What a month for debuts this was! B1A4, Block B and Apink? The stars aligned in April of 2011, both literally and figuratively. The month also featured two title tracks by producer Daishi Dance, whose work I miss dearly. This was sadly his last year creating songs for the K-pop market. I wonder why? We could certainly use a bit of his melodic trance music right now.
Apink – I Don’t Know (video)
Block B – Freeze! (video)
f(x) – Pinocchio (Danger) (video)
Park Bom – Don’t Cry (video)
Rainbow – To Me (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. B1A4 – O.K
2. Bigbang – Love Song
1. After School – Shampoo