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!
June 2013 Overall Thoughts
After the epic volley of comebacks in May, June 2013 was a quirkier month. It certainly didn’t bear as many a-list releases, though in hindsight there was one debut that would set the stage for incredibly successful things to come in the latter half of the decade. Yes, this was the month when BTS made their debut. I’ve never considered No More Dream to be a total classic, but rest assured it still made it into my honorable mentions.
It’s funny, though… if you would have asked me back in June of 2013 which debuting group would have had the longest, most successful career, I probably would have said Boys Republic. I loved (and still love) their debut track Party Rock.
Elsewhere, June saw big releases from girl groups After School, Dal Shabet, Girl’s Day, Rainbow and Sistar – one of which made my top three. But, it was another girl group track that would go on to become 2013’s biggest novelty hit. Crayon Pop’s Bar Bar Bar made its quirky self known this month.
Things were quieter on the boy group front, with many of June’s releases relegated to the kind of low-budget, quasi music videos that skirt the line between proper comeback and bonus “for the fans” efforts. One exception is MBLAQ’s excellent, underrated Smoky Girl, which nearly made it into my top three picks.
A-Prince – My Lady (video)
After School – First Love (video)
Beast – I’m Sorry (video)
Boys Republic – Party Rock (video)
BTS – No More Dream (video)
Chocolat – Black Tinkerbell (video)
Dal Shabet – Be Ambitious (video)
MBLAQ – Smoky Girl (video)
Rainbow – Sunshine (video)
Roy Kim – Love Love Love (video)
Sistar – Give It To Me (video)
100% – Only U (video)
2Eyes – Don’t Mess With Me (video)
4minute – Is It Poppin’? (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Crayon Pop – Bar Bar Bar
2. Henry – Trap (ft. Kyuhyun & Taemin)
1. Girl’s Day – Female President