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.
May 2018 Overall Thoughts
All things considered, May was a pretty solid month. It definitely had its sluggish weeks, but a few high-profile comebacks made up for the slower moments. It was interesting to watch the field clear for BTS’ mid-May comeback, with most other big names choosing to return either at the beginning or end of the month.
Though none of them quite managed to break into my top three (it was close!), I want to give some deserved spotlight to this month’s girl groups. I’m well aware that my personal bias leans stronger towards the music of boy groups (that’s why this site is called “the bias list” and not “the totally objective list”), but I’m heartened by the increased musical diversity we’re seeing from the ladies lately. Dreamcatcher and (G)I-DLE, in particular, are helping to bring back an edgier girl group concept. Both released standout songs this month.
2018 also continues its tradition of strong j-pop singles by Korean acts. Though it was ineligible for a place in my top three, Seventeen’s Call Call Call was probably my favorite overall song of the month. Meanwhile, my Korean top three is populated by two unsurprising acts and one dark horse who happened to deliver a stellar track.
With a number of promising rookies scheduled to make their comeback at the beginning of June, I’m feeling optimistic about the upcoming summer months!
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.9
(compiled by averaging the scores of every k-pop review from this month)
J-Pop Worth Your Time
Da-iCE – Fakeshow (review)
King & Prince – Cinderella Girl (review)
Seventeen – Call Call Call! (review)
(G)I-DLE – Latata (review)
AOA – Bingle Bangle (review)
Bolbbalgan4 – Travel (review)
Dreamcatcher – You And I (review)
The East Light – Love Flutters (review)
Kanto – Salty (review)
N.Flying – How R U Today (review)
Pristin V – Get It (review)
Produce 48 – Pick Me (Nekkoya) (review)
Teen Top – Seoul Night (review)
TST – Love Story (review)
UNI.T – No More (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. BTS – Fake Love (review)
2. Halo – OMG (review)
1. SHINee – Good Evening (review)