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2022 LEGENDARY SONGS Inauguration Ceremony

One of the quirks of The Bias List is my hesitancy to give 10/10 scores right off the bat. I just don’t know that you can measure perfection on release day, nor do I think a perfect score is attainable without some time and experience. This approach doesn’t exactly jibe with “OMG SOTY” internet culture, but I like to think it gives this illustrious rating some weight.

With that said, it’s time for an Inauguration Ceremony! I compose this feature each spring to acknowledge songs that have grown into a perfect “10” rating. And although 2022 may be underwhelming so far, there were a number of entries from 2021!

I’m also going back a few years to include more songs that have worked themselves up the ranks. This time, I’m adding a few J-pop tracks (though I limited myself to songs that have featured on the blog since 2018). I’m sure other J-pop classics will find their way onto The Bias List in good time. There are definitely “perfect 10’s” from 2016 and 2017… some of which you’ll be reading about soon!

If a track isn’t featured on today’s post, it doesn’t mean it’s out of the running. It just means I’m not ready to vault it up to that “10” level quite yet. This includes a handful of “on the bubble” tracks from last year.

Letโ€™s celebrate these amazing songs, and hope that more are soon on their way!



2021


Golden Child – Burn It

Original Review
Rating change: 9.25 –> 10


JO1 – Born To Be Wild

Original Review
Rating change: 9.25 –> 10


ONF – Beautiful Beautiful

Original Review
Rating change: 9.5 –> 10


OnlyOneOf – libidO

Original Review
Rating change: 9 –> 10


SHINee – Atlantis

Original Review
Rating change: 9.75 –> 10


On the bubble: ATEEZ – Take Me Home // Brave Girls – After We Ride // DRIPPIN – Reach Out Your Hands // Naniwa Danshi – Ubu Love // SHINee – I Really Want You // TXT – 0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)

2020


No additional choices.


2019


The Rampage – Swag & Pride

No original review


WARPS – Rock Tonight

Original Review
Rating change: 9.5 –> 10


2018


Daichi Miura – Be Myself

Original Review
Rating change: 9.75 –> 10

2017


GFriend – Fingertip

Original Review
Rating change: 9.5 –> 10

38 thoughts on “2022 LEGENDARY SONGS Inauguration Ceremony

  1. This is my list:
    2021:
    Singles
    Brave Girls’ After We Ride
    Golden Child’s Burn It and Breathe
    Key’s Bad Love
    Monsta X’s Gambler
    ONF’s Popping, Beautiful Beautiful and Goosebumps
    OnlyOneOf’s Libido

    B-sides
    ATEEZ’s Take Me Home
    DRIPPIN’s Reach Out Your Hands
    Golden Child’s Fanfare
    ONF’s My Genesis
    SHINee’s I Really Want You
    14 Tracks in total!!

    2020:
    Singles
    ATEEZ’s Answer
    Dreamcatcher’s Scream
    2 Tracks in total!

    2019:
    B-sides
    ATEEZ’s Utopia
    1 Track in total!

    2018:
    Not Really anything at all

    2017:
    Singles
    B1A4’s Rollin
    1 Track in total!

    2016:
    Singles
    B1A4’s A Lie and Melancholy
    BTS’s Save Me
    3 Tracks in total!

    This is a more solitary list, much more biased than my last year’s list but it is what it is.

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    • Whoa this is one of the few times I’m seeing love for B1A4’s Rollin, just want to say I definitely agree! I think it’s an amazing song and was just right for being (one of?) their last OT5 singles (which by the way makes me sad because I really liked the addition of Jinyoung and Baro’s voices to their songs and production, but I’m also glad the other three are still going). It isn’t even my favourite B1A4 single – What’s Happening and Tried to Walk are too good – but Rollin really fits as well.

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  2. Too bad Reach Out Your Hands didn’t make it โ€” as much as I love 2021’s singles, ROYH was my most-played song of the year hahah

    I was also honestly hoping for Golcha’s Eyes on You to show up this time

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  3. I might have put Dreamcatcher “Scream” on the list.
    And Mirae “Killa” on the bubble.

    Also ACE Undercover and/or Goblin-Favorite Boys.

    Possibly Golcha “Lucid Dream” too.

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  4. I was really hoping either “chi mat baram” or “after we ride” by brave girls would be on the list. I think GFriend’s fingertip deserves the spot. I was surprised by onlyoneof’s libido cause it seems the farthest from what Nick seems to like. Regardless, i can see why it’s a 10. I don’t hate golden child’s “burn it” but I just don’t see what Nick sees in that song. It’s always been an eight

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  5. that score bump for libidO amongst many other great songs… we love to see it!!!
    (been a reader of the blog for a while, finally decided to drop a comment! hope to see more great reviews and the like soon!!!)

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  6. Darn, I wish you’d do inaugurations more often, now I gotta wait another year ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    But these songs are all great! So happy that Burn It got that 10.

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  7. Fingertip’s dance break might be my favorite four bars in kpop history. The sick guitar dive bombs, the synths, and that incredible bass run to end it. The extended version on their 2018 Season of GFriend concert is a treat, too.

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  8. Songs from 2016-2021 that I think are absolute perfection.
    Decided to choose one song per artist per year because otherwise some artists would just flood everything lol

    2021
    ATEEZ – Take Me Home
    Dreamcatcher – Odd Eye (tbh all of RTU is perfect even within their extremely strong discography, this was a torturous choice so I went with the track I jam on my electric guitar)
    ONF – Beautiful Beautiful

    2020
    ATEEZ – Answer
    Dreamcatcher – Break the Wall
    Everglow – La Di Da (this whole mini is gorgeous, btw)
    ONF – New World

    2019
    A.C.E – Under Cover
    ATEEZ – Utopia
    Dreamcatcher – Deja Vu
    Red Velvet – Psycho
    Stray Kids – Side Effects
    TXT – Run Away

    2018
    Apink – I’m So Sick
    Dreamcatcher – Full Moon (still the gold standard tbh, much as I adore all their material)
    ONF – Complete
    Sunmi – Heroine

    2017
    BTS – Spring Day
    Dreamcatcher – Fly High
    GFriend – Fingertip
    LOONA (Yves) – New
    N.Flying – Say Goodbye

    2016
    100% – Better Day
    BTS – Blood, Sweat & Tears
    GFriend – Rough
    SNUPER – You=Heaven

    I may have/definitely missed a few, but these are the ones standing out to me right now.

    On another note, I think I might finally be sold on “The Star of Stars.” I used to be a little baffled by how much both Nick and Asian Junkie liked this song, as I initially ranked it in the lower half of their discography. But my god is it catchy. Nothing is dethroning “You=Heaven” though.

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  9. A little surprised to see Siren by Sunmi and Tonight by UP10TION fail to make the list, but glad to see Be Yourself get a little bit more acclaim. It took the song nearly four years to gain a quarter of a point, but now it is the 10 it deserves.

    (Not sure if it appeared in an inauguration post, but pretty sure Eternal Live is a 10/10 too)

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    • Ooh, that UP10TION song is an oversight on my part. For some reason, I thought I’d already inducted it so I didn’t go back to 2016 this year. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

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  10. Honestly very happy to see whenever I go to TBL that Nick is a Born To Be Wild enthusiast like me! There’s something in that song I can’t quite explain but it unfolds its greatness everytime.

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  11. Burn It being the first Golcha song of last year when I was still not that into them was probably why it didn’t have much of an impact on me ๐Ÿ˜‚ Also… at that time I hadn’t developed my custom style for listening to a Golcha song – which is basically watch the og MV etc for namesake as most of the times I find it really distracts from the song unless you know it already… but the real good stuff lies in the live performances โค Breathe was my instant 10/10 from them last year – especially given it was the only one where I thought the MV and song complemented each other the best!

    Definitely agree with Atlantis! It gives me the same feels even now! There’s something both chill and intense about that song for me lol. That rap part alone with the “Athu-lan-tissss” never fails to hype me up!

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  12. Very satisfied to see Fingertip on this list. What a gem!
    Atlantis was only natural. Burn It surprised me – I haven’t listened to it at all since it came out.

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