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!
August 2013 Overall Thoughts
2013’s summer slate was truly a wonder to behold, and August capped off the season with dozens of releases. Punchy electro-pop was in full swing, with most tracks sounding like K-pop versions of LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem. That may sound like a complaint, but I mean it in the most positive way. These tracks had big beats, bigger hooks and energy for days.
August was stacked with boy group releases, though there were several standouts from the ladies as well. Sunmi had her (excellent) solo debut, Spica released the best song of their career, and 2NE1 continued their summer assault.
Elsewhere, under-the-radar boy groups flourished. Mostly-forgotten acts like 24K, NewUs and M.Pire released standout singles alongside bigger names like B.A.P, Nu’est and MBLAQ. Solo releases were also strong, with follow-ups from Henry and Kang Seung Yoon. And not to be outdone, there were some really fun, quirky debuts this month, from Royal Pirates to Wa$$up to Queen B’z.
My top three is (unsurprisingly) amazing. The top two tracks are both perfect, and probably interchangeable when it comes to ranking. They’re listed right alongside each other in my Top 100 All-Time list, and for good reason. To think that they were released during the same week is pretty staggering. We didn’t know how good we had it!
My third choice is more of a squeaker, threatened by both Spica and Sunmi’s songs depending on my mood. But, I consider it one of the most quintessential examples of Brave Brothers doing his thing on a dance track. And, there’s nothing more “2013” than that!
B.A.P – Badman (video)
Bigstar – Run&Run (video)
CNBLUE – Feel Good (video)
Double A – Ok About It (video)
Henry – 1-4-3 (I Love You) (ft. Amber) (video)
History – Tell Me Love (video)
Kang Seung Yoon – Stealer (video)
Ladies’ Code – Hate You (video)
M.I.B – Dash (Men In Black) (video)
M.Pire – Can’t Be Friends With You (video)
MBLAQ – No Love (video)
NewUs – Love Panic (video)
Nu’est – Sleep Talking (video)
Queen B’z – Bad (video)
Royal Pirates – Shout Out (video)
Seungri – Gotta Talk To U (video)
Spica – Tonight (video)
Sunmi – 24 Hours (review)
Sunny Dayz – Meet A Girl Like You (video)
Tasty – Mamama (video)
Wa$$up – Wassup (video)
24K – U R So Cute (video)
2NE1 – Do You Love Me (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Teen Top – Rocking
2. ZE:A – The Ghost Of Wind
1. EXO – Growl (review)