Monthly summary

Since launching The Bias List in January 2016, I've looked back on my three favorite title tracks by K-Pop artists every month. Now is the time to look further back a month at a time. And yes, the top three rankings count for The Bias List's personal artist scorecard!

July 2012 General thoughts

Just when you thought K-Pop couldn't possibly give more, 2012 revealed another blockbuster month. We were here in full summer and were spoiled with a July full of happy dance pieces and bright, exciting sounds.

Historically, July 2012 is probably the most remarkable for the debut of PSY's mega-hit Gangnam Style, which has brought many international looks to the K-pop scene. Personally, I prefer the accompanying mini album, which contains more than just a few iconic buried treasures.

Elsewhere, July gave us the debut of the soon-to-be-huge AOA with a fantastic track, as well as the debuts of not-so-big C-clowns, A-Prince and Big Star. And we can't forget Crayon Pop, who officially released his first (great) track this month. Ironically, they would repeat PSY's viral success almost exactly a year later.

In July there was also the solo debut of Jang Wooyoung at 2 p.m. with an excellent electro dance track written by Park Jinyoung and the pre-debut of the girl group Fiestar, who duet with IU on a brilliant synth Take On Me Pastiche. Phew, that's a lot of debuts!

Nevertheless, my three best songs of the month all come from established acts. It's a consistently classic top three place, where every track passes the test of time thanks to well-written pop melody and exciting production. I just want you to take a second and compare this month's music to the sounds of 2020. It's crazy how much K-Pop has changed – and not for the better.

An additional greeting must go to Nu’est’s Action, which is a very tight fourth place and one of their absolute best Songs.


A-Jax – Hot Game (Video)

AOA – Elvis (video)

B.A.P – no mercy (video)

BoA – Only One (Video)

Crayon Pop – Saturday night (video)

IU & Fiestar – Sea of ​​Moonlight (video)

Jang Wooyoung – Sexy Lady (Video)

Nu’est – Action (Video)

PSY – Gangnam Style (Video)

ZE: A – Aftermath (video)


3. Beast – Nice night

2. Super Junior – Sexy, Free & Single

1.2NE1 – I love you

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