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!
October 2011 Overall Thoughts
After September’s epic assault of classics, it’s surprising that October of 2011 had anything left to give. But, while not quite as stuffed as its predecessor, this month was also very solid. Led by marquee releases from acts like Girls’ Generation and Epik High’s Tablo, October also delivered some notable debuts from MYNAME and M.I.B.
When it came to picking my favorite song of the month, my bias toward Sweetune definitely played a part. By this time in 2011, the production team was on an unstoppable streak. It’s staggering to think that all of these classic tracks came out within months of each other. What a renaissance era for K-pop! October also marked the first time that renowned American producer Teddy Riley dipped his feet in the K-pop industry, a move that would continue to bear fruit for SM Entertainment in the years to come.
Picks two and three are also incredibly strong, and could have each taken the top spot during different months. VERY close honorable mentions go to MYNAME’s stellar Message, Tablo’s Tomorrow (with its awesome Taeyang feature) and the explosive Be Quiet from K-pop legend Kim Won Sun.
Kim Hyun Joong – Lucky Guy (video)
Kim Wan Sun – Be Quiet (ft. Junhyung) (video)
MYNAME – Message (video)
Secret – Love Is Move (video)
Tablo – Tomorrow (ft. Taeyang) (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Orange Caramel – Shanghai Romance
2. Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – The Boys (review)
1. Boyfriend – Don’t Touch My Girl (review)