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!
August 2011 Overall Thoughts
Compared to what was waiting in the wings for September, August 2011’s K-pop slate felt somewhat underwhelming. The month resulted in a few undeniable classics, but many of the comebacks just never clicked with me. Looking back, August’s girl group releases sound particularly dated — mired in the kind of tinny electro pop instrumentals that were all the rage during this era.
With that said, the month gave us several notable debuts in the form of Stellar and Chocolat. The former would go on to release some great pop music, but 2011’s Rocket Girl was nothing short of terrible. August also unveiled the first peek at upcoming boy group B.A.P, with the release of Bang Yong Guk’s angsty hip-hop ballad With You.
Though I don’t include remixes in my monthly round-ups, T-ara’s fun Eurodance mix of Roly-Poly was a welcome start to the month. For my top three picks, we’ve got some grade-A Sweetune wedged between two songs by a group who released a solid album with fantastic singles choices.
Bang Yong Guk (B.A.P) – With You (ft. Yang Yoseop) (video)
Dal Shabet – Bling Bling (video)
Sistar – So Cool (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Super Junior – Superman
2. Nine Muses – Figaro
1. Super Junior – Mr. Simple