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!
March 2009 Overall Thoughts
Only three months into 2009, SM Entertainment had already delivered two iconic K-pop classics. That’s pretty incredible, and a testament to how influential they were during this era. “Hook songs” — in which the chorus hinged on a repetitive, addictive phrase — were becoming emblematic of the year. And, there is no hookier hook song than Super Junior’s Sorry Sorry. It casts a long shadow over the month of March, and the entirety of 2009.
But, Sorry Sorry wasn’t the only classic released this month. Son Dam Bi’s Saturday Night was a huge number one hit, and fully embraced the 80’s aesthetic that has always been prevalent in K-pop. March also gave us our first look at a pre-debut 2NE1, who joined Bigbang for the cheesetastic Lollipop.
I’m a little unsure about release dates for a couple of the songs in my honorable mentions. SE7EN’s English-language Girls (with Lil’ Kim, of all people!) was released in February, but I don’t think the video came out until March. And I’ve found conflicting information about Davichi’s 8282 (Baby Baby), which was either released at the very end of February or beginning of March depending on where you look. Either way, it’s a super fun reminder of a time when the duo released upbeat club bangers.
Rounding out my top three is a follow-up track by Girls’ Generation. Way To Go is an irresistible cheering song, and harnesses a timeless spirit that feels welcome even a decade later.
Bigbang & 2NE1 – Lollipop (video)
Davichi – 8282 (Baby Baby) (video)
Epik High – Map The Soul (video)
F.T.Island – Missing U (video)
SE7EN – Girls (ft. Lil’ Kim) (video)
2AM – Confession Of A Friend (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Girls Generation (SNSD) – Way To Go
2. Son Dam Bi – Saturday Night
1. Super Junior – Sorry Sorry