Looking Back: The Top Three K-Pop Songs of December 2013

Monthly Round-UpSince 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!

December 2013 Overall Thoughts

We’ve reached the end of 2013’s run on my “Looking Back” series!

As usual, December was filled with a lot of holiday releases. In fact, compared to other years it was absolutely stuffed with Christmassy songs. I won’t bother with most of them, but my number one pick of the month happens to be a seasonal track, and one that has become a staple on my playlist every year. I absolutely adore it.

Producers Sweetune also make an appearance in my top three, as they have during four other months this year. And rounding out the top three is an underrated track by a soloist from one of K-pop’s biggest groups during this era.

My honorable mentions have quite a few seasonal tracks, some of which don’t sound Christmassy at all or are just repurposed b-sides given low-budget, behind-the-scenes videos. That’s to be expected during notoriously slow December.

With that said, there were a few non-holiday comebacks worth noting. T-ara continued their strong singles run, Son Dam Bi made a long-awaited return and IU closed out her year with the very popular Friday.

Honorable Mentions

Bestie – Zzang Christmas (video)

Crayon Pop – Lonely Christmas (video)

Heyne – Love007 (video)

IU – Friday (ft. Jang Yijeong) (video)

M.I.B – Let’s Talk About You (ft. Bomi) (video)

Park Bom & Lee Hi – All I Want For Christmas Is You (video)

SHINee – Colorful (video)

Son Dam Bi – Red Candle (video)

T-ara – Do You Know Me (video)

Troublemaker, G.Na & Ryu Hyunjin – Smile Again (video)

Wa$$up – La Pam Pam Pa (video)


3. Yong Junhyung (Beast) – Flower

2. Nine Muses – Glue

1. EXO – Miracles In December


3 thoughts on “Looking Back: The Top Three K-Pop Songs of December 2013

  1. yes!…. “Glue” was (still is) definitely a frickin bop!….i miss my Muses so much!….they were one of the groups that got me into kpop!


  2. Somehow I hadn’t heard “Glue” before now. It is an interesting to hear it for the first time, because it sounds a helluva lot more fresh and punchy than either of the disco retro releases this morning. All funk, all song. Nick would call this a “propulsive bass line”. All that is missing to make it even more awesome is the quick high triplet on the rhythm guitar. (For example 0:53 on this fab song ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9IYWwWnpuA )


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