Battle Of The B-Sides

Battle of the B-sidesK-pop’s title tracks might gain most of listeners’ attention, but many album tracks are worth equal spotlight. I call these “buried treasures.”

Beyond this, K-pop’s albums deliver thousands of additional tracks that settle for a more limited audience. It’s these songs that will become a part of my “battle of the b-sides” feature.

In this feature, I’ll be putting on my A&R hat and taking a listen to five randomly-selected K-pop b-sides. I’ll write a mini review for each, including a Bias List rating, and rank them from least to most favorite. The winner will join a special Bias List B-side playlist. Think of it like my own little agency, hand-selecting songs I’d like to pitch to my nonexistent artists!


Round One: Limitless, Hwanhee, Sechs Kies, Royal Pirates, Ladies’ Code

Round Two: ONF, NCT 127, G.Soul, Cho Yong-Pil, Lovelyz

Round Three: Zion.T, GOT7, TVXQ, 14U, LOONA

Round Four: YooA, Bigstar, Jonghyun, GFriend, IMFACT

Round Five: Key, Pentagon, Red Velvet, A.C.E, Kim Hyun Joong

Round Six: Yoon Jisung, 1Punch, Zico, Brown Eyed Girls, 2NE1

Round Seven: Red Velvet Edition

Round Eight: Twice, DAY6, Super Junior-D&E, SF9, Son Dam Bi

Round Nine: AOA, AKMU, Taeyang, 4minute, BTS

Round Ten: Laboum, SHINee, B.A.P, U-KISS, BoA

Round Eleven: Girls’ Generation, Monsta X, Lovelyz, Cross Gene, Nu’est W

Round Twelve: Highlight, GWSN, U-KISS, AOA, Taeyeon

Round Thirteen: Weki Meki, Wonder Girls, Monsta X, EXO-CBX, NCT 127

Round Fourteen: Seventeen Edition

Round Fifteen: Onew, Seventeen, Deux, VIXX, BoA

Round Sixteen: Infinite F, FIX, Astro, Wonder Girls, CNBlue

Round Seventeen: Heo Young Saeng, Just B, Trouble Maker, Stray Kids, Girls’ Generation

Round Eighteen: Astro, Neon Punch, Snuper, fromis_9, April

Round Nineteen: Girls’ Generation (SNSD) Edition

Round Twenty: After School, ToppDogg, T-ara, Girls’ Generation, ITZY

Round Twenty-One: Ha Sungwoon, Nu’est, Lee Jinhyuk, GOT7, Suzy

Round Twenty-Two: Boyfriend, JYP, Bobby, Block B, Beast

Round Twenty-Three: NCT Edition

Round Twenty-Four: EPEX, Twice, IN2IT, Wheein, Infinite H

Round Twenty-Five: SF9, Wonderboyz, DAY6, Girls’ Generation, Bigbang

Round Twenty-Six: TVXQ, BTS, Dal Shabet, Dreamcatcher, U-Know

Round Twenty-Seven: Oh My Girl, Sistar, GOT7, Twice, ONEUS


Winning Song Playlist


(Warning: spoilers below!!)

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