K-pop is suffering a major lull this month, which means…
It’s time to look back at years past!
Starting Monday, I’ll be counting down my top fifty K-pop singles of 2015.
There’s already a 2015 countdown rattling around this site somewhere, but it was created prior to the launch of The Bias List and is embarrassingly out of date. With half a decade’s worth of hindsight, I’m ready to publish something much more definitive.
2015 was a prime year for K-pop. It saw the return of industry royalty, as Bigbang blitzed the market with no less than seven singles. It acted as the launchpad for many of today’s top acts (Twice, Seventeen, GFriend, Monsta X, Oh My Girl, DAY6, etc) and fostered the growth and resurgence of others (BTS, Red Velvet, BTOB, GOT7). In fact, I think the case can be made for 2015 being the start of a whole new K-pop generation.
It was also a year without one definitive musical trend. This allowed for a diverse palette of sounds and ideas. At the same time, many of K-pop’s modern genre touchstones (house, tropical, EDM, trap) really began to flourish in 2015. The year was transformative in so many ways, and my list will only touch the tip of that iceberg.
I hope you’ll look forward to it. The countdown starts on Monday, with honorable mentions a day earlier!