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!
November 2013 Overall Thoughts
As expected, November was 2013’s last big blitz of releases before things quieted down in December. And, it was stuffed with highlights – both from big-name artists and under-the-radar acts. Longtime readers won’t be surprised by my top three picks, but I want to give a special shout-out to my number four pick: History’s What Am I To You. I love this song more and more with every year that passes, and I’d recommend giving it a listen if you’re not already familiar with it.
Anyway, my top three is super solid. But, so was the rest of the month. YG Entertainment was on fire this November, releasing track after track. It was essentially a month of Bigbang solos, with individual releases from Taeyang, G-Dragon and T.O.P. Not all of them made my list (I’ve never been a big fan of Doom Dada), but I appreciate how prolific the agency was during this period.
November also saw strong boy group releases from acts like VIXX, ZE:A, Alphabat and SHU-I (remember those last two? Probably not.), and underrated girl group tracks from Blady and Wa$$up. Though they wouldn’t debut for another year, Lovelyz continued to tease its upcoming members with a gorgeous ballad from Jin. And speaking of ballads, FTIsland released a real corker of a power ballad. Would you expect anything less from them?
Alphabat – AB City (video)
Blady – Blood Type B Girl (video)
The Boss (DGNA) – Why Goodbye (video)
FTIsland – Madly (video)
G-Dragon – Who You? (video)
History – What Am I To You (video)
Hyolyn – One Way Love (video)
Jin (Lovelyz) – Gone (video)
SHU-I – So In Luv (video)
Tasty – Day’n Night (video)
Wa$$up – Nom Nom Nom (video)
ZE:A – Step By Step (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. 2NE1 – Missing You (review)
2. Taeyang – Ringa Linga
1. miss A – Hush