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!
June 2010 Overall Thoughts
June of 2010 didn’t have a ton of releases, but it marked the debut of three of K-pop’s best groups. First is Sistar, who went on to become a huge force in the industry and the reigning queens of K-pop summer. Next is Orange Caramel, who splintered off of main group After School to become an incredibly fun and quirky sub-unit. And finally, we have my ultimate bias group Infinite, who are undoubtedly my own musical highlight of the past decade.
June also gave us the solo debut of Bigbang’s deep-voiced rapper T.O.P, as well as a (so-so) pre-debut track from upcoming girl group miss A. Things were definitely moving!
And if the new blood wasn’t to listeners’ tastes, first-gen coed dance group Koyote were back with the aptly titled Return. This track doesn’t seem to be remembered by many, but it’s a pretty fun example of its era. The same could be said about little-known boy group T-Max, whose Don’t Be Rude is definitely trendy and overly autotuned, but pretty satisfying nonetheless.
However, let’s talk about those debut groups again. My biggest surprise is how little their respective debut tracks foreshadowed what the acts would become. Push Push and Magic Girl are nowhere near Sistar and Orange Caramel’s best, but each group would go on to deliver classics. Infinite’s Come Back Again, on the other hand, is K-pop perfection. Yet, it sounds nothing like any other songs in their discography. Chalk that up to experimental producer Hitchhiker, who never worked with the group again after dropping this phenomenal debut.
Koyote – Return (video)
Orange Caramel – Magic Girl (video)
T-Max – Don’t Be Rude (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Sistar – Push Push
2. T.O.P – Turn It Up
1. Infinite – Come Back Again (review)