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!
July 2011 Overall Thoughts
As the summer season took full bloom in 2011, July delivered a slate of bonafide classics. This is the kind of month with too many iconic smashes to squeeze into a top three, meaning that some of my honorable mentions might feel a little surprising. It was also a month that saw many 2010 debuts really start to bear fruit with breakthrough singles.
My top pick will surprise nobody who is familiar with this site. It’s one of my absolute favorite K-pop songs, and one of the decade’s most iconic. Slots two and three were harder to fill, with many tracks in competition. 2NE1’s excellent pair of singles were very close to breaking in, and joined their earlier 2011 work to create one of the strongest K-pop mini albums of all time.
In addition to all the great music from rising acts, July 2011 saw the inauspicious debut of Brave Girls, as well as the After School sub-units Red and Blue (only one of which I really liked).
After School Blue – Wonderboy (video)
B1A4 – Only Learned Bad Things (video)
Chi Chi – Longer (video)
Girl’s Day – Hug Me Once (video)
MBLAQ – Mona Lisa (video)
miss A – Good-bye Baby (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. HyunA – Bubble Pop
2. Teen Top – No More Perfume On You
1. Infinite – Be Mine (review)