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!
December 2012 Overall Thoughts
The amazing 2012 ended (as so many K-pop years do) on a bit of a whimper. There just wasn’t much music released in December. I mean, at this point 2012 didn’t owe us a damn thing. It had already delivered a countless number of classic comebacks.
Instead, December offered the expected slate of ballads and seasonal releases. Most of these were pretty unmemorable, even if performed by some of the industry’s powerhouses. This means that only one of my top three picks this month is an actual, promoted comeback. Joining it is an excellent follow-up single and a four-year-old music video/song cover finally released as a special gift.
2012 concluded with one of my all-time favorite end-of-year music shows: SBS’s 2012 “Color Of K-pop” Gayo. Not only did this broadcast gift us the incredible orchestral version of Infinite’s The Chaser, but it also delivered four original tracks from all-star teams of idol group members and trending producers, which were then released for download. Surprising no one, I’m quite partial to the Sweetune-produced Dramatic Blue.
Also worth checking out is the great EDM dance track Spectrum – a one-off collaboration between SM Entertainment and international producer Zedd. It was also created specifically for the SBS Gayo, and then released digitally.
G.Na & Sanchez – Beautiful Day (video)
Hello Venus – What Are You Doing Today? (video)
Nell – White Night (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – Dancing Queen
2. Secret – Talk That
1. Kim Sungkyu – I Need You