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!
February 2014 Overall Thoughts
In 2014, the Lunar New Year occurred on January 31st, which meant the first few weeks of February were pretty slow when it came to K-pop releases. But, the month only gained traction as it went on, with plenty of highlights in its second half.
As we inched closer to March, the big news was an impending comeback “battle” between Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 – the two biggest girl groups of the era. 2NE1 wouldn’t release their title tracks until early March, but Girls’ Generation got things started with Mr.Mr. (and its infamously re-shot video) this month.
Even with all this hype, February’s most enduring hit ended up being Soyou and Junggigo’s Some, which has pretty much become a K-pop standard. It didn’t quite make my top three, but I do like the track quite a bit.
February saw some comebacks from the industry’s older generation, including Park Jiyoon and Lee Minwoo of Shinhwa. We also got some great boy group tracks from ToppDogg, Alphabat, C-Clown, Boys Republic and B.A.P, as well as strong female-fronted singles from Stellar and Sunmi.
My top three is very strong this month. I’d consider each track to be a classic in its own right, though for different reasons. My top pick is buoyed by an incredible vocal performance. Number two’s edgy, guitar-fueled instrumental packs a wallop. And, number three is anchored by an absolutely mammoth pop chorus.
Alphabat – Tantara (video)
B.A.P – 1004 (Angel) (video)
Boys Republic – Video Game (video)
BTOB – Beep Beep (video)
C-Clown – Justice (video)
CNBlue – Can’t Stop (video)
Gain – Truth Or Dare (video)
Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – Mr.Mr. (video)
Ladies’ Code – So Wonderful (video)
M (Lee Minwoo) – Taxi (video)
Mamamoo & K.Will – Peppermint Chocolate (ft. Wheesung) (video)
Soyou & Junggigo – Some (video)
Stellar – Marionette (video)
Sunmi – Full Moon (video)
ToppDogg – Arario (video)
Yu Seungwoo – Hesitating Lips (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. BESTie – Thank U Very Much
2. BTS – Boy In Luv (review)
1. TVXQ – Spellbound