Looking Back: The Top Three K-Pop Songs of February 2013

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 2013 Overall Thoughts

It’s not unusual for February to be a pretty sparse month in K-pop due to the Lunar New Year holiday, and 2013 was no different. Compared to January, my honorable mentions list is much smaller. I even cheated by including a few OST tracks (I highly recommend checking out Loco & Havy T’s rock/hip-hop/dubstep hybrid The Virus if you haven’t yet heard it).

February delivered a few debuts, from EXID sub-unit Dasoni to girl group Purplay (with their bonkers Love And Remember, which opens with an odd giggle and climaxes with orgasmic noises during its breakdown). We got the return of Rainbow after almost two years of Korean hiatus, along with Nu’est’s move towards a newly sophisticated style. Hello didn’t do much back then, but it would go on to enjoy enormous success in 2017 after the group’s appearance on Produce 101.

But more than anything, this month was all about my top three songs. February kicked off SHINee’s incredible string of 2013 comebacks with a killer track and album. After a very promising 2012, B.A.P delivered the best single of their career, alongside a wonderfully cinematic music video. And, harnessing the power of 2013’s mega-producer Brave Brothers, Teen Top returned with two title tracks to promote their first full-length album. It’s just great stuff, all around.


Honorable Mentions

Dasoni – Good Bye (video)

Jevice – Cause Of You (video)

Kim Taewoo – Cosmic Girl (video)

Loco & Havy T – The Virus (video)

Nu’est – Hello (video)

Purplay – Love And Remember (video)

Rainbow – Tell Me Tell Me (video)

Teen Top – Miss Right (video)

Woohyun & Lucia – Cactus (video)


TOP THREE SONGS

3. Teen Top – I Wanna Love

2. B.A.P – One Shot

1. SHINee – Dream Girl