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!
March 2012 Overall Thoughts
March 2012 kicked off a stretch of months that were nothing short of legendary. From here on, 2012 turned into a renaissance year for K-pop, with hardly a moment to breathe between back-to-back classics.
After taking February off, SM Entertainment came roaring back with two of their all-time best songs (both of which were co-written by pop genius Thomas Troelsen). Imagine a world where tracks like Sherlock and History arrive within fourteen days of each other. It’s like K-pop whiplash, in the best way possible.
Following two pre-release singles in February, Bigbang unleashed their biggest and best track yet with modern classic Fantastic Baby, which gained huge international attention for the industry as a whole.
But, that’s not all! March saw the outstanding debut of Nu’est, the continuing perfection of Nine Muse + Sweetune, and the return of K-pop royalty Shinhwa after a four-year break. Each week unveiled its own treasure, in a constant relay of excellence.
Honestly, 2020 has been a rough year for me and K-pop, with the music spurring frustration far more often than it does excitement. Looking back at a month like this helps remind me what K-pop can be, and why I first fell in love with it. Will we ever be able to return to this level of quality?
B1A4 – Baby I’m Sorry (video)
CNBlue – Hey You (video)
LEDApple – Sadness (video)
Nine Muses – Ticket (video)
Nu’est – Face (video)
Shinhwa – Venus (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Bigbang – Fantastic Baby
2. EXO – History (review)
1. SHINee – Sherlock (review)