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!
July 2012 Overall Thoughts
Just when you thought K-pop couldn’t possibly have anything more to give, 2012 unveiled another blockbuster month. We were in full-on summer here, treated to a July full of upbeat dance tracks and bright, exciting sounds.
Historically, July of 2012 is probably most notable for debuting PSY’s mega-hit Gangnam Style, which brought a lot of international eyes on the K-pop scene. Personally, I prefer its accompanying mini album, which holds more than a few iconic buried treasures.
Elsewhere, July gave us the debut of the soon-to-be-huge AOA with a fantastic track, as well as the debuts of not-so-huge C-Clown, A-Prince and Big Star. And, we can’t forget Crayon Pop, who officially released their first (great) track this month. Ironically, they’d go on to replicate PSY’s viral success almost exactly one year later.
July also saw the solo debut of 2PM’s Jang Wooyoung with an excellent Park Jinyoung-penned electro dance track, and the pre-debut of girl group Fiestar, dueting with IU on a brilliant synthy Take On Me pastiche. Whew, that’s a lot of debuts!
Despite this, my top three songs of the month all come from established acts. It’s a consistently classic top three, with each track standing the test of time thanks to well-written pop melody and exciting production. I’d just like you all to take a second and compare this month’s crop of music with the sounds of 2020. It’s crazy how much K-pop has changed — and not for the better.
An extra shout-out has to go to Nu’est’s Action, which is a very close fourth place, and one of their absolute best songs.
A-Jax – Hot Game (video)
AOA – Elvis (video)
B.A.P – No Mercy (video)
BoA – Only One (video)
Crayon Pop – Saturday Night (video)
IU & Fiestar – Sea Of Moonlight (video)
Jang Wooyoung – Sexy Lady (video)
Nu’est – Action (video)
PSY – Gangnam Style (video)
ZE:A – Aftermath (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Beast – Beautiful Night
2. Super Junior – Sexy, Free & Single
1. 2NE1 – I Love You