Different groups are loved for different reasons, but one of my favorite concepts within pop music is the “imperial phase” — a (usually) brief era when every promoted song an act releases is absolutely superb and iconic.
This got me to thinking: what are K-pop’s greatest imperial phases? I combed through my exhaustive playlists and looked for those stretches where an artist’s singles were rated nine or higher by yours truly. I disregarded Japanese releases, sub-units/solos, and non-promoted releases like CFs, prologues or epilogues (unless the song was directly deemed a “title track” on its accompanying album or repackage).
I ended up with twelve artists who each had highly-rated singles runs consisting of five songs or more. The results surprised me, as some of my favorite acts suffered due to a more inconsistent run of title tracks – even if their peaks were higher than a few of the artists that made it onto the countdown.
What do you think, Bias List readers? What are your favorite, uninterrupted K-pop singles runs?
Lonely > I Am The Best > Hate You > Ugly > I Love You
Hide & Seek, Breathless, Confession, Baby, Crazy Sexy Cool
Baby Good Night > Tried To Walk > What’s Happening? > Lonely > Solo Day
Love Song > Blue > Bad Boy > Fantastic Baby > Monster
Glass Bead > Me Gustas Tu > Rough > Navillera > Fingertip
DamDaDi > It’s U > Lady > Let Me > Genie
Mister > Lupin > Jumping > Step > Pandora
Sherlock > Dream Girl > Why So Serious? > Everybody > View > Married To The Music
What Is Love > History > Mama > Wolf > Growl > Overdose > Call Me Baby > Love Me Right
Adore U > Mansae > Pretty U > Very Nice > Boom Boom > Don’t Wanna Cry > Clap > Thanks
Danger > War Of Hormone > I Need U > Dope > Run > Fire > Save Me > Blood Sweat & Tears > Spring Day > Not Today
Come Back Again > She’s Back > Before The Dawn > Nothing’s Over > Be Mine > Paradise > The Chaser > Man In Love > Destiny > Last Romeo > Back > Bad > The Eye