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 2013 Overall Thoughts
Wow… April of 2013 was stuffed. I mean, things in K-pop usually start to pick up during the spring, but my honorable mentions list is particularly lengthy this time.
This month also feels like a real snapshot of its era, in the sense that the majority of its artists are no longer releasing material. While there were a few a-list comebacks in April, it’s more memorable for a large pool of great songs by underrated acts. Among them were several debuts — most notably boy group History. Every other debuting act faded quickly, from girl groups GI and Delight (the hilariously-titled Mega Yak is my kind of K-pop noise pollution), to male act Pure. April also offered unit debuts from T-ara’s N4 (fantastic!) and U-KISS’s Ubeat (less fantastic), as well as the solo debut of Yoo Jiae, who would later go on to be part of Lovelyz.
Meanwhile, SHINee continued their inexorable march toward 2013 domination, with the second release in their excellent Misconceptions series. Highly anticipated comebacks from K-pop legends PSY and Cho Yong-Pil both impressed, but I remember my most-anticipated release of the month being G-Dragon’s MichiGo. That song turned out to be solid, but not spectacular. However, GD would return later in 2013 to deliver one of the greatest K-pop songs of all-time.
Speaking of excellent songs, my number two pick is from a popular artist I rarely talk about (or listen to). But, he delivered a track I absolutely adore.
15& – Somebody (video)
4minute – What’s Your Name (video)
BTOB – 2nd Confession (video)
C-Clown – Shaking Heart (video)
Cho Yong-Pil – Bounce (video)
Delight – Mega Yak (video)
Dickpunks – Viva Primavera (video)
G-Dragon – MichiGo (video)
GI (Global Icon) – Beatles (video)
N-Train – Come Back To Me (video)
PSY – Gentleman (video)
Pure – I Still Love You (video)
Roy Kim – Bom Bom Bom (video)
Secret – Yoo Hoo (video)
T-ara N4 – Jeon Won Diary (video)
Teen Top – Walk By… (video)
Yoo Jiae (Lovelyz) – Delight (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. History – Dreamer
2. Jay Park – Joah
1. SHINee – Why So Serious?