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 2019 Overall Thoughts
After an underwhelming April, the month of May began to right the ship. Looking back at every song released these past few weeks, May wasn’t quite as strong as I thought it was, but it was buoyed by a few incredible tracks.
I’m very satisfied with my top three releases of the month. Each could have been a number one pick in a weaker month, and their ranking here has razor-thin margins. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some shuffling when it comes to the end-of-year countdowns. All three represent a refreshing break from the same old trends that K-pop has been mired in for the past few years, and offer a spark of hope that the industry is beginning to move in more interesting directions.
In fact, these three acts were so strong that I had to double up my number two pick. This last happened in May of 2016, when BTS released music videos for both Fire and Save Me. These songs were too hard to separate, so they took the number one spot together.
Apart from my top picks, May was somewhat middling. A few strong honorable mentions (Oh My Girl, Kim Donghan, Lovelyz) elevated the month, but there were so many “meh” tracks released — especially during these past two weeks. With summer right around the corner, I’m hoping that K-pop moves toward a more uptempo place. That’s usually the case, so I’m looking forward to June and July.
One very welcome trend I’ve notice lately is the resurgence of rock guitar. Several of May’s best releases included prominent guitar instrumentation, and I hope that this pattern continues. It feels like we’re on the cusp of changing trends, and I am ready!
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.7
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
C-Pop Worth Your Time
WayV (NCT) – Take Off (review)
Golden Child – Spring Again (review)
Kim Donghan – Focus (review)
Kim Jaehwan – Begin Again (review)
Lim Jimin – Loveholic (review)
Lovelyz – Beautiful Days (review)
Oh My Girl – The Fifth Season (SSFWL) (review)
ONEUS – Twilight (review)
ONEWE – Reminisce About All (review)
Park Bom – 4:44 (ft. Wheein) (review)
Weki Meki – Picky Picky (review)
Winner – Ah Yeah (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Woohyun – Hold On Me (ft. Junoflo) (review)
1. A.C.E – Under Cover (review)