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Top Three K-Pop Songs of June 2018

Monthly Round-UpAt 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.


June 2018 Overall Thoughts

After two and a half years, it finally happened. June’s cumulative rating broke into the 8’s! I’m honestly kind of surprised, but looking back at this month there were very few clunkers. It wasn’t as prolific as May, which had more honorable mentions, but the quality level was solid across the board and it felt like we were finally getting a wider variety of sounds and concepts.

Interestingly, a few of June’s most anticipated releases failed to make the cut. BLACKPINK’s song has grown on me a bit since reviewing it, but still pales in comparison to their best work. And that Wanna One song? I don’t think I’m ever going to enjoy it as much as their older stuff.

Instead, my top three songs are all from newer artists. Numbers one and two were pretty much locks, but picking number three was trickier. There are many songs that could have taken the spot, but I ultimately decided to go with the one I envision listening to the most throughout the rest of the summer.

I also want to give special mention to SHINee, who released a dynamite album across three parts. Both of their June singles could have easily made it into my top three, but last month’s outstanding Good Evening still casts a long shadow. I Want You, in particular, has grown on me immensely over the weeks. It’s so gratifying to see a longstanding group like them continue to push themselves and release amazing music. They were definitely the MVPs of the month.

Month Cumulative Rating: 8.0

(compiled by averaging the scores of every k-pop review from this month)


J-Pop Worth Your Time

100% – Summer Night (review)

Da Pump – U.S.A (review)

News – Blue (review)

Sky-Hi – Snatchaway (review)

Honorable Mentions

A.C.E – Take Me Higher (review)

DAY6 – Shoot Me (review)

The East Light – Never Thought (I’d Fall In Love) (review)

Kim Donghan – Sunset (review)

NeonPunch – Moonlight (review)

Nu’est W – Dejavu (review)

SHINee – I Want You (review) / Our Page (review)

Taeyeon – Something New (review)

Yubin – Lady (review)


TOP THREE SONGS

3. Momoland – BAAM (review)

2. UNB – Black Heart (review)

1. ONF – Complete (review)


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2 thoughts on “Top Three K-Pop Songs of June 2018

  1. Interesting picks! I’ve had a pretty good feeling about June since ONF’s amazing Complete, so I’m hardly surprised that this month is the highest ranked so far. There really is no month that’s been this consistently strong! My list would definitely be slightly different- while Black Heart’s knockout chorus and playful sound definitely leave it a spot in my top three, I found BAAM to lack whatever charm others seem to see in it and Bboom Bboom. Catchy, but nothing I found particularly special. And, of course, I’ve mentioned before that Day6’s sound is something I can never seem to dislike, so I’d place it second. This harder genre is something they’ve never quite tried before, and I find it exhilarating (and have you heard their live performances?). Black Heart would be third, with I Want You as a very close honorable mention. Complete is an absolute sensation, though. Nothing this month even comes close.

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