Since 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!

May 2009 Overall Thoughts

There weren’t a ton of great tracks released in May of 2009, but my top three is stacked.

SM and YG Entertainment did the heavy lifting here, eclipsing the month’s lesser-known songs with megahits. Super Junior had a tall order when following up the iconic Sorry Sorry, but the stupendous repackage track It’s You was more than up for the challenge. This is one of the best songs that K-pop has to offer.

SHINee continued to bound from strength to strength with Juliette. It’s such a funky track, boasting one of their many signature choruses.

Meanwhile, YG’s 2NE1 finally got off the ground with their official debut. They’d go on to quickly eclipse Fire, but the song unveils many of the aspects that make their discography so great. There are actually two versions of its music video. I prefer the colorful “space” version.

Several other songs exist in the shadow of these classics. After School continued their solid run with the catchy Dream Girl, the sultry Chae Yeon delivered a fun dancefloor bop and V.O.S offered a shot of vocal firepower.

Honorable Mentions

After School – Dream Girl (video)

Chae Yeon – Shake (video)

V.O.S – In Trouble (video)


3. 2NE1 – Fire

2. SHINee – Juliette (full review)

1. Super Junior – It’s You


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