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!
November 2011 Overall Thoughts
The first thing that struck me when looking back at 2011’s November releases was just how many of these acts have disbanded or gone on eternal hiatus. November of 2011 feels like a time capsule, filled with those dearly departed groups that exist only in memory. Of course, Apink and IU stand out big time here for their continued longevity.
While September and October saw a huge rally from Korea’s boy groups, November was all about the girls. All three of my top choices are from female acts, and each represents a different approach to K-pop. All are enduring classics in their own right, though none are what I would consider the absolute pinnacle of their respective artists’ discography.
Elsewhere, November gave us some solid idol rock courtesy of band LEDApple and 2AM-vocalist-turned-soloist Jeong Jinwoon. Kudos also goes to AA’s So Crazy – one of my favorite ultra-nugu K-pop tracks and the only traditional boy group release of the month. In a similar category is the quickly-forgotten New.F.O, whose silly and addictive Bounce had great energy. And though it didn’t quite make my honorable mentions, Babysoul’s No Better Than Strangers laid the very first seed for what would eventually grow into Lovelyz.
Some might wonder why Trouble Maker’s debut isn’t on this list. Though it was technically available on November 30th in some countries due to time differences, its official release date was December 1st. So, I’m saving it for next month.
AA – So Crazy (video)
Apink – My My (video)
Jeong Jin Woon – Now Or Never (ft. YB) (video)
LEDApple – Someone Met By Chance (video)
New.F.O – Bounce (video)
Phantom – Hole In Your Face (video)
Seo In Young – Oh My Gosh (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. IU – You & I
2. T-ara – Cry Cry
1. Wonder Girls – Be My Baby