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!
April 2012 Overall Thoughts
Dang, 2012 was legendary. Here we are in April, and I’m putting stone cold classics like Sistar’s Alone and 4minute’s Volume Up in my honorable mentions!
There are more amazing songs packed into this month than there have been in the entirety of 2020 so far. That’s pretty sobering, but it just goes to show you how incredible K-pop was in 2012.
This time, every single honorable mention could have easily been part of the top three during a weaker month. April brought us the quintessential springtime classic Cherry Blossom Ending, though the album that it came from was released a few days earlier in late March. The month also saw a hugely successful change-up in Sistar’s sound, and unveiled the debut of Girls’ Generation’s first sub-unit, TTS.
On the boy group front, F.Cuz, BTOB and U-Kiss all released fantastic singles, and my top three are all songs from male artists. After months of teasing, EXO finally made their official debut with a showstopping track. It will surprise no one where it placed in my personal countdown. Meanwhile, B.A.P released an equally bombastic burst of rock-fueled dance pop, and Park Jinyoung (JYP) made a very successful comeback with a timeless r&b jam.
2012 was continuing to ramp up, but nothing could prepare me for the legendary song that was waiting in the wings. Stay tuned! (As if you don’t already know…)
4minute – Volume Up (video)
BTOB – Insane (video)
Busker Busker – Cherry Blossom Ending (video)
F.Cuz – No. 1 (video)
Girl’s Day – Oh! My God! (video)
Girls’ Generation-TTS – Twinkle (video)
Sistar – Alone (video)
U-Kiss – DoraDora (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. B.A.P – Power
2. Park Jinyoung (JYP) – You’re The One
1. EXO – Mama (review)