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!
January 2014 Overall Thoughts
In my experience, January in K-pop can go either way. Some Januarys are barren, while others end up being a highlight of their year. 2014 would go on to be a great year for music, and its first month kicked it off with the return of a few legends and the debut of singles that would lodge themselves in the public consciousness for many months to come.
This month opened with TVXQ and Rain, two legends within the industry. And, it closed with another legend – Gain of Brown Eyed Girls – returning with a genuinely provocative track. In between, there were many incredible comebacks. Songs like Girl’s Day’s Something and AOA’s Miniskirt would become ubiquitous, while the criminally underrated B.B.B from Dal Shabet became an instant career-highlight. It would easily feature in my top three given a weaker month.
Speaking of my top three, my number one choice also happens to be one of my favorite K-pop songs of all time. I played this one to death in 2014, and still do.
With a fresh year came a ton of debuts. Boy groups GOT7, Beatwin and K-Much released their first music (in K-Much’s case basically a retread of agency-mate Crayon Pop’s 2013 hit Bar Bar Bar…) and girl group Year 7 Class 1 made their super J-poppy debut. We also got a new sub-unit in Rainbow Blaxx, while Mamamoo teased their impending debut with their first official pre-release. Things were certainly looking up!
A-Prince – Yes Or No (video)
Ailee – Singing Got Better (video)
AOA – Miniskirt (video)
Beatwin – She’s My Girl (video)
Dal Shabet – B.B.B (video)
Gain – Fxxk You (ft. Bumkey) (video)
GOT7 – Girls Girls Girls (video)
K-Much – Good To Go (video)
Kiss&Cry – Domino Game (video)
Mamamoo – Don’t Be Happy (ft. Bumkey) (video)
Rainbow Blaxx – Cha Cha (video)
Spica – You Don’t Love Me (video)
Topp Dogg – Open The Door (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Girl’s Day – Something
2. TVXQ – Something
1. B1A4 – Lonely (review)