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!
July 2010 Overall Thoughts
After a relatively sparse first half of the year, July of 2010 opened the floodgates. There were tons of releases this month, including a few legendary tracks. Interestingly, none of these songs scream “summer,” which isn’t the norm during July.
Let’s start with the debuts. The month kicked off with new JYP girl group Miss A and their insta-classic Bad Girl, Good Girl. Later in the month we had the first music by idol groups Girl’s Day and Teen Top. Girl’s Day’s Tilting My Head is a prime example of how vocal effects can ruin a song. Honestly, it’s pretty crap. But, it’s fun crap so I included it in the honorable mentions anyway. From “fun crap” to fun clap, Teen Top hit right out of the gate with their infectious Clap.
We also saw the debut of soloist G.Na with the so-so I’ll Get Lost, You Go Your Way, and the solo debut of Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha. Other established soloists made their return after lengthy hiatuses, with BoA teasing her upcoming album via pre-release Game and YG’s SE7EN returned to Korea after years trying to break the States. And then we have the popular Son Dam-bi, who reaffirmed her dominance with the aptly-titled Queen.
As if this wasn’t enough soloist action, Bigbang’s Taeyang released his first full album, promoted with a great title track featuring bandmate G-Dragon. Meanwhile, hip-hop trio DJ DOC released a party anthem that’s basically the template for PSY’s Gangnam Style two years before that track became a global smash.
But all of this pales in comparison to SHINee’s Lucifer – an incredible, enduring classic that requires no introduction. They just killed it, and the song is an undeniable K-pop highlight.
BoA – Game (video)
DJ DOC – I’m A Guy Like This (video)
Girl’s Day – Tilting My Head (video)
Narsha – Bbi Ri Bba Bba (video)
SE7EN – Better Together (video)
Son Dam-bi – Queen (video)
Teen Top – Clap (video)
4minute – I My Me Mine (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Taeyang – I Need A Girl (ft. G-Dragon)
2. Miss A – Bad Girl, Good Girl (review)
1. SHINee – Lucifer