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!
April 2010 Overall Thoughts
Oftentimes when writing these “looking back” posts, I find myself longing for K-pop of the past. But this time, I’m feeling pretty thankful for how robust the industry is in 2021. April of 2010 was just barren, and we don’t really see that any more.
I suppose it could be argued that idol acts were scared away by releases from two of the era’s legends (Rain and Lee Hyori), but even so this was a month with hardly any notable releases.
So, let’s talk about those legends. Rain returned with the iconic Love Song and the less-iconic (but still great) Hip Song. The latter never received an official music video, but it was promoted as the official Korean OST to the 2010 Karate Kid remake. Lee Hyori also promoted multiple tracks this month, though I only really care for the fiery Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Elsewhere, Beast and U-KISS each promoted so-so follow-ups to their hit singles Shock and Bingeul Bingeul. Both songs are solid, but not outstanding. Neither have aged very well, either. I feel largely the same about 2PM’s Without U. It was a deserved hit, but very much “of its era.”
My number one spot goes to a group who were at their prime this year. However, if I’m being honest, my actual favorite song of April 2010 is the Sweetune-produced Magic from Brown Eyed Girls. It was never given a music video, so it didn’t qualify for this ranking, but it’s yet another great 2010 Sweetune classic.
Beast – Take Care of My Girlfriend (Say No) (video)
2PM – Without U (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Lee Hyori – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (ft. Ceejay)
2. Rain – Love Song
1. Secret – Magic