At the end of each month, I look back at my three favorite title tracks by k-pop artists. I take my own ratings into account, but there’s a bit of wiggle room as certain songs tend to grow or fade.
March 2018 Overall Thoughts
Well, March certainly didn’t pan out the way I had expected.
If you would have asked me four weeks ago who would release my favorite song of the month, I’d have confidently answered “TVXQ,” with Wanna One, NCT Dream and UP10TION having an outside shot. To give you a sense of just how underwhelming March was, my top song was actually first released all the way back in January.
It was a month of build-up and disappointment, with several big-name acts returning with subpar material. And now, it feels like we’ve reached a perilous spot. By this time last year, three of my top ten songs of 2017 had already been released. 2018 has given us a couple possible dark horses, but it’s been a case of many solid comebacks but few absolute standouts. As much as I believe that k-pop is slowly working its way out from many of last year’s bad habits, I fear that messy verses and unnecessary trap breakdowns are becoming a 2018 trend.
And one more thing: I’m more inclined to enjoy the music released by boy groups, but even I was left wondering… where were the girl groups in March? This is the first time that there is absolutely no female representation in either my top three or my honorable mentions. There simply wasn’t much to choose from.
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.6
(compiled by averaging the scores of every k-pop review from this month)
J-Pop Worth Your Time
Bullet Train – A Kind Of Love (review)
FTIsland – Hold The Moon (review)
Monsta X – Jealousy (review)
NCT Dream – Go (review)
Samuel – One (ft. Jung Ilhoon) (review)
Seventeen BSS – Just Do It (review)
TVXQ – The Chance Of Love (review)
Wanna One – I.P.U. (I Promise U) (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. NCT 127 – Touch (review)
2. Stray Kids – District 9 (review)
1. Golden Child – Lady (review)