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!
September 2013 Overall Thoughts
September 5th. That’s all you really need to know about this month. That’s the day G-Dragon’s Crooked was released, and I fell in love with the song so hard and so fast. This release also coincided with a weeks-long trip to the U.K. that filled most of this month for me. So at the time, I wasn’t keeping up with new releases like I usually do. Maybe that’s why this month feels kind of odd, even in hindsight.
Still, there were some undisputed highlights in September. Apart from my top three picks (which are all absolutely excellent), we were treated to a great CF release from Infinite, as well as Demion’s Ask Her Out, which I’ve previously called “The Most Underrated K-Pop Song of All Time.” Overblown praise, perhaps, but not completely off the mark.
Other than that, my honorable mentions list is pretty short. There were plenty of releases this month, but many were varying levels of forgettable. Kara’s Damaged Lady is an exception, and stands as their last Sweetune-produced single. BTS followed up their debut with a better track in the form of N.O, while BTOB continued to sputter commercially before their eventual 2015 resurgence. Still, Thriller is a solid dance pop song. And true to form, Crayon Pop delivered another super fun track, though it was only a slight reworking of a song they’d already released in 2012.
When it comes down to it, my playlist this month was almost completely devoted to G-Dragon’s Coup D’Etat album, which I still consider to be one of K-pop’s classic moments. I wish he’d come back with something similar this year!
BTOB – Thriller (video)
BTS – N.O. (video)
Crayon Pop – Dancing Queen 2.0 (video)
Demion – Ask Her Out (video)
G-Dragon – Coup D’Etat (video)
Infinite – Request (review)
Kara – Damaged Lady (video)
Ladies’ Code – Pretty Pretty (video)
Piggy Dolls – Ordinary Girl (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Block B – Be The Light
2. JYJ – Only One
1. G-Dragon – Crooked (review)