Looking Back: The Top Three K-Pop Songs of February 2010

Monthly Round-UpSince 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!

February 2010 Overall Thoughts

Well, I’m glad that I wasn’t running The Bias List back in February of 2010, because I’d barely have anything to write about! I promise, after we get through this month there will be a more consistent slate of releases.

Much like January, February 2010 was largely ballad-focused with a few definite standouts. Without too many songs to write about, I want to look at Kara’s Lupin and its producers Sweetune. This team had crafted magic in years past with hits like Mister and Wanna, but I really think that Lupin was a turning point. It revealed a new color to Sweetune’s synth-heavy production style, and this would continue to develop with the 2010 debut of Infinite, the ascension of Rainbow and of course Kara’s own discography. It’s a watershed moment in K-pop, and easily takes my top spot this month.

Elsewhere, there’s not a lot to say. T-ara continued promoting their excellent Absolute First Album and its upcoming repackage Breaking Heart. It’s hard to find exact dates for when music videos were released for the album’s many singles, but I’m pretty confident that the mv for You Drive Me Crazy was unveiled this month. At the very least, it was created in February 2010!

Come to think of it, we rarely see K-pop promotions like this anymore. Not counting its pre-releases, Absolute First Album/Breaking Heart was promoted with no less than four singles, stretched out over multiple months.

(Somewhat unrelated, but when I very first got into K-pop I thought that — based on their names alone — Kara and T-ara were sister groups, or sub-units of the same entity. Oh, the good old days!)

Honorable Mentions

Ahn Jin Kyung – Bad Person (ft. Mir) (video)

U-Kiss – Bingeul Bingeul (video)


3. 2NE1 – Follow Me

2. T-ara – You Drive Me Crazy

1. Kara – Lupin (review)