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!
May 2011 Overall Thoughts
May is often the month where K-pop really kicks into gear in anticipation of the upcoming summer. With this in mind, May of 2011 was relatively sparse when it came to major releases. It delivered a few bonafide classics, but little else.
But, what classics! My top two picks, in particular, might as well be K-pop standards at this point. Each of them is so quintessential to the K-pop experience, and if for some reason you haven’t heard them before, consider this a lucky day. My third choice isn’t usually the kind of track I go for, but its longevity and ubiquity have easily earned it a place in the top three songs of the month.
Elsewhere, we have an English-language release that’s better than it had any right to be (miss A), a reliable piece of Sweetune-penned dance pop (Heo Young Saeng) and a couple more solid comebacks. The month also offered a big debut in the form of Boyfriend. They’d go on to craft some incredible music in the next few years, but I’ve always thought that their self-titled debut was an odd little misfire.
F-ve Dolls – This And That (video)
FTIsland – Hello Hello (video)
Heo Young Saeng – Let It Go (ft. HyunA) (video)
Miss A – Love Alone (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Sistar19 – Ma Boy
2. 2NE1 – Lonely
1. Beast – Fiction