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!
March 2014 Overall Thoughts
When it comes to choosing my top three songs, March had plenty to offer. Some months have three clear standouts and a bunch of honorable mentions that don’t come close to challenging them. This month has several honorable mentions that could easily vault into the top three.
One of those is Apink’s classic hit Mr. Chu. I’m sure there are more than a few readers who would rank this number one for the month, and that’s a hard choice to argue with. March also gave us the Woohyun/Key project duo Toheart. Looking back, I can’t believe that this album actually happened. What a cool moment for K-pop! And, Delicious is just as enjoyable and satisfying as its title suggests.
Elsewhere, we have a couple of underrated groups whose songs sound as if they were created by some of the era’s biggest producers – even though they weren’t. SoReal’s My Heart Says could easily have been a Sweetune track, while Scarlet’s Do Better does its best Brave Brothers impersonation. Both are great fun.
Then, we’ve got Super Junior-M’s awesome Swing, which was released in both Mandarin and Korean, and 100%’s Beat. Each harnesses a big dance-pop sound and great chorus. And speaking of choruses, short-lived duo Wings delivered a whammy with Hair Short (the first of two prominent 2014 singles about girls cutting their hair).
Standing atop this fantastic pack are three excellent comebacks – two of which are quite well-known and one that is a little under-the-radar.
Apink – Mr. Chu (video)
LEDApple – Who Are You? (video)
Lunafly – Special Guy (ft. Miryo) (video)
M.I.B – Chisa Bounce (video)
Scarlet – Do Better (video)
SoReal – My Heart Says (video)
Speed – Zombie Party (video)
Super Junior-M – Swing (video)
Toheart – Delicious (video)
Wings – Hair Short (video)
100% – Beat (video)
2NE1 – Happy (video)
4minute – Whatcha Doin’ Today? (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. 2NE1 – Come Back Home
2. Orange Caramel – Catallena
1. F.Cuz – One Love