Looking Back: The Top Three K-Pop Songs of March 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!

March 2010 Overall Thoughts

After a couple of slow, ballad-heavy months, March finally kicked 2010 finally into gear. There were still plenty of ballads, but the year began to unveil a host of exciting dance tracks as well. Several artists really came into their own this month, while the heavily-autotuned Eurodance trend continued to blossom.

I think it’s also worth noting just how great hip-hop was this month. These days, so much Korean hip-hop (and idol rap) relies on the same general sounds, but the selections here are diverse and dynamic. Just listen to the symphonic speed-rapping of Outsider’s The Outsider, the moody trip-hop-meets-rock of Epik High’s Run (with Infinite’s L acting in the music video!) or the upbeat funk of Supreme Team’s Step Up. I’d love for more of these styles to come back into vogue. In a competitive month, none of these songs quite made it into my top three, but they’re definitely worth a listen.

Speaking of my top three, it was a tight race this month. T-ara continued their winning streak with I’m In Pain, while ZE:A made up for their ridiculous debut with the much, much better All Day Long. But when it came down to it, I couldn’t deny three of the industry’s legends from their spots at the top. All three songs are neck-and-neck and could probably shuffle around depending on my mood. None are my absolute favorite track from their respective acts, but each one is iconic in its own way.

Honorable Mentions

Epik High – Run (video)

F.Cuz – No One (video)

Mighty Mouth – Will Love Come (ft. Baek Jiyoung) (video)

Outsider – The Outsider (video)

Supreme Team – Step Up (video)

T-ara – I’m In Pain (video)

ZE:A – All Day Long (video)

2AM – I Was Wrong (video)

8eight – Availability Period (video)


3. Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – Run Devil Run

2. Beast – Shock

1. After School – Bang!