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!
October 2010 Overall Thoughts
October 2010 was a jolt of energy, as the month delivered a consistent stream of releases. That doesn’t mean all of these releases were excellent, but there was a nice diversity of sound going on.
We got some great rock in the form of Lee Juck’s With You, some fun, fast-paced hip-hop from Outsider, some laidback funk from Supreme Team and Young Joon, and even some tango from Ga-In! We also had a big comeback from PSY, which functioned as his first work with YG Entertainment and a template for many of the aspects that would make 2012’s Gangnam Style such a massive global success.
Speaking of YG, 2NE1 continued to promote their first full album with It Hurts. Trio JYJ made their global debut with the Kanye-West-featuring Ayy Girl, which sounds pretty dated now but is worth checking out as a curiosity. SHINee followed up their hard-hitting Lucifer with the saccharine sweet Hello, one of their few title tracks I’m not too enthusiastic about. But, they’re SHINee… so they make the honorable mentions list. Much better is 2PM’s classic I’ll Be There, which is a very close fourth place for me this October.
But when it comes down to it, this month was all about the girl groups – even the little-known ones like HAM. Yes, there was actually a girl group called “HAM,” with a song called So Sexy. And… it’s surprisingly good!
My top three is filled with girl group classics, and my top pick is one of my all-time favorite girl group tracks. Can you imagine following up something as underdeveloped as Tilting My Head with a song as transcendently excellent as Nothing Lasts Forever? What a massive step up!
**And yes, I’m cheating a bit because the Korean version of Rainbow’s Mach doesn’t actually have a music video. But, the song was still promoted and is regarded as one of their most iconic singles.
Co-ed School – Bbiribbom Bbaeribom (video)
Ga-In – Irreversible (video)
HAM – So Sexy (video)
JYJ – Ayy Girl (ft. Kanye West & Malik Yusef) (video)
Lee Juck – With You (video)
NS Yoon-G – Let’s Dance (video)
Outsider – Hero (ft. LMNOP) (video)
PSY – Right Now (video)
SHINee – Hello (video)
Supreme Team & Young Joon – Then Then Then (video)
U-Kiss – Shut Up!! (video)
2AM – You Wouldn’t Answer My Calls (video)
2NE1 – It Hurts (video)
2PM – I’ll Be Back (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – Hoot
2. Rainbow – Mach
1. Girl’s Day – Nothing Lasts Forever