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

January 2010 Overall Thoughts

In January of 2010, the K-pop industry was a very different place. Idol releases were not nearly as frequent as they are now, and while the music had international appeal, its global reach was largely restricted to other Asian countries. With this in mind, 2010 felt like a tentative leap forward for K-pop, as the second and third generation began to bleed together before 2011 marked an unofficial transition point.

This month was pretty darn unremarkable. Ballads outweighed dance tracks by a very large margin. It’s almost unbelievable how many ballads were stuffed into January. Some came from big names (2AM, Gain, Younha), while many did not. Ballads aren’t usually my thing, so my honorable mentions list is quite small. Almost nonexistent, really.

Soon-to-be-great groups ZE:A and F.Cuz both debuted this month with tracks that… weren’t so great. Mazeltov. Jiggy. Oof. And, oof. They’ve long-since been forgiven, but these heavily autotuned productions illustrated the worst aspects of this era’s trends.

Luckily, there was also a bright side to January. My number one pick is a stone cold classic, from a group who had established themselves as one of K-pop’s most legendary. 4minute’s Hyuna also made her solo debut with Change, which is a fine track but far from her best. Still, it was slim pickin’s this month!

Honorable Mention

Davichi x SeeYa x T-ara – Wonder Woman (video)


3. Hyuna – Change (ft. Junhyung)

2. CNBlue – Loner

1. Girls’ Generation (SNSD) – Oh!