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!
November 2010 Overall Thoughts
Ballads, ballads, ballads. SO many ballads this month. Seriously, apart from the major idol group releases, K-pop was swimming in melodramatic tears this month. I guess that’s not unusual for November, but with K-pop’s massive idol surge still a year or two away, the industry was just a very different landscape.
Luckily, November still offered some definite highlights. We’ve got F.Cuz’s Midnight Sun, with is a total stunner that fully embraces the dramatic side of K-pop. It’s criminally underrated, and if you haven’t yet heard it, I guarantee you’ll be entertained. Then, we’ve got the always-reliable Kara + Sweetune combo. For me, Jumping falls *just* outside the group’s very best work, which means it’s still better than 90% of its peers.
I’m not even a little ashamed to include a cheesy CF song in my top three. G-Dragon’s shill for online marketplace Gmarket may be “sell, sell, and sell some more,” but it’s also a ton of fun. That throwback electro beat is just irresistible. Plus, Gmarket happens to be my go-to online K-pop shop, though I’ve yet to write a song about it…
Honorable mentions are sparse this month because, well… ballads. But, Beast and Orange Caramel both deserve shout outs. Neither song is among my favorite from these groups, but they’re still enjoyable.
Beast – Beautiful (video)
Orange Caramel – Aing (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. G-Dragon – Gmarket Party
2. Kara – Jumping
1. F.Cuz – Midnight Sun