To celebrate The Bias List's five year anniversary, I started my most ambitious project to date. After years of folding and folding, I've finally classified what I think is right the best 100 songs in K-Pop.
There will never be a definitive list of this kind because it is impossible to classify something that is inherently subjective. Please feel welcome to agree, disagree, argue and justify, but at the end of the day you know that this list is personal. If we happen to share a similar taste in music, it may fit your own list. If not, I hope you still enjoy reading (and discussing)!
As with any project of this size, I set certain criteria before diving into it. The ranking of a song is based on a combination of these three factors:
Up to a point, "quality" is subjective, but you all now know what I consider to be a hallmark of a good song: strong melody, consistently committed production, etc. This was the most weighted of my three criteria.
This wasn't a big factor in my rankings, but I definitely considered the reputation and influence of a song in the big scheme of things.
As I said, this list is personal – just like every best-of-list should be. Songs will beat differently depending on personality, taste and life experience. For me, many of these songs evoke strong memories or feelings that may not be available to every listener.
1. This list is exclusive to title tracks and songs advertised with music videos, although I don't think much would have changed if I had included B-sides.
2. Japanese publications through Korean files are not permitted.
3. I do not include songs released in 2020. They just aren't there long enough to read them carefully.
Eventually, some eagle-eyed readers will find that certain song rankings have changed since their placement in the year-end countdowns or top ten. Some of this is due to the natural ups and downs that come with time and experience, but the act of ranking over years and decades really made me rethink some things. It was definitely an interesting process!
Here's the plan, though the timeline can change if necessary. All days / times US Pacific time.
July 12: Honorable Mentions – Songs 101-125
July 13: Songs 91-100
July 14: Songs 81-90
15th of July: Songs 71-80
16th of July: Songs 61-70
17th July: Songs 51-60
July 18: Songs 41-50
July 19: Songs 31-40
20th of July: Songs 21-30
21 July: Songs 11-20
22nd of July: Song # 10
July 23: Song # 9
24th July: Song # 8
July 25: Song # 7
July 26: Song # 6
July 27th: Song # 5
July 28: Song # 4
29th of July: Song # 3
30th July: Song # 2
July 31: Song # 1