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!
October 2012 Overall Thoughts
Guys… October 2012 was so good. I mean, obviously my top three picks are outstanding, but the month was full of plenty more singles that could easily challenge them. It’s a diverse collection that includes idol groups, soloists and bands — along with a few notable debuts.
October saw the first music from K-Pop Star alums Lee Hi and 15&, as well as the debut of short-lived (and hugely underrated) acts Toxic, Wonder Boyz and Excite. It marked the grand return of Epik High, releasing their first work under YG Entertainment, as well as the first promoted work from soloist Gain since 2010. In my opinion, each of these veteran acts released the best singles of their career.
Other big name comebacks arrived courtesy of Ailee, AOA, B.A.P, EXID, HyunA and miss A. All were great singles, and they joined follow-up tracks by BTOB and Nu’est to make a real standout month.
Not to be outdone, SM Entertainment also threw their hat into the ring in an unpredictable way. Before there was SuperM, the agency gave us Younique Unit, consisting of Eunhyuk, Hyoyeon, Taemin, Henry, Kai and Luhan. They delivered the dubstep madness of Maxstep, which is very much a product of its time. It’s an outstanding encapsulation of the over-the-top SM Performance style, even if there’s not much of an actual song to be found.
Ailee – I’ll Show You (video)
AOA – Get Out (video)
B.A.P – Stop It (video)
BTOB – Lover Boy (video)
Epik High – Up (ft. Park Bom) (video)
Excite – Try Again (video)
EXID – Every Night (video)
Gain – Bloom (video)
HyunA – Ice Cream (ft. Maboos) (video)
Lee Hi – 126.96.36.199 (review)
Miss A – I Don’t Need A Man (review)
Nu’est – Sandy (video)
Seo In Young – Let’s Dance (video)
Toxic – Lonely (video)
Wonder Boyz – Open The Door (video)
Younique Unit – Maxstep (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Epik High – Don’t Hate Me
2. Block B – Nillili Mambo
1. Girl’s Day – Don’t Forget Me