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!
October 2013 Overall Thoughts
October is often a strong month for K-pop, and 2013 was no different. In addition to my top three, which are all absolute classics, the honorable mentions list is beyond solid.
There were some real standouts during this month. On the girl group side, I absolutely love Bestie’s Love Options and Nine Muses’ Gun, which both contributed to 2013’s Brave Brothers and Sweetune dominance. Seriously, those two producers owned this year. And when it comes to boy groups, A-Jax’s Snake, Boys Republic’s You Are Special and N-Sonic’s Run & Run are particular highlights, each bringing that trademark 2013 bombast I tend to love so much.
But, October wasn’t just about the groups. It was a strong month for A-list soloists, with IU and Kim Jaejoong each releasing highly-successful albums. And, we were even treated to a mixed-gender duo in the form of Troublemaker. I remember their Now (There Is No Tomorrow) making a major impact on me back when it was released.
October also saw the debut of boy group Topp Dogg. I don’t really care for that particular song, but they’d go on to release superior material in the next two years.
A-Jax – Snake (video)
AOA – Confused (video)
Bestie – Love Options (video)
Boys Republic – You Are Special (video)
Heo Young Saeng – Weak Child (video)
IU – The Red Shoes (video)
Kim Jaejoong – Just Another Girl (video)
N-Sonic – Run & Run (video)
Nine Muses – Gun (video)
Pure – Wedding Day (video)
Seo In Young – Love Me (ft. Gaeko) (video)
Tiny-G – Miss You (video)
Troublemaker – Now (There Is No Tomorrow) (video)
U-KISS – She’s Mine (video)
2Eyes – Shooting Star (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. T-ara – Number Nine
2. Block B – Very Good (review)
1. SHINee – Everybody