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.
June 2019 Overall Thoughts
Well… June happened.
The K-pop gods giveth and they taketh away, and after a strong May, this month seemed like a real buzzkill. That’s not to say there weren’t a few great songs. I love my top three, with my top pick growing into a nice little dark horse as the month went on. But, June also delivered some of my least favorite comebacks of the year. And with notable releases relatively hard to find, the unending stream of “meh” made for a pretty unexciting prospect. It also resulted in my lowest rated month since December 2017. Oof.
Of course, there were a few bright spots beyond my top three songs. After an almost nonexistent start to the year, SM Entertainment finally kicked things into gear with a steady stream of releases. I liked Red Velvet’s comeback a lot more than most seemed to, and Yunho’s mini album was great. Twice released decent Japanese singles (which was a shocker) and no one musical trend seemed to dominate the month.
As we head into summer, I’m a little worried about what July might bring. Without many concrete comeback announcements so far, it’s hard to predict where we’ll be this time next month. Summer is usually a time for heavy hitters in K-pop, with July especially jam-packed. I’m gonna need to see some key comeback teasers in the next few days (I’m looking at you Golden Child, TXT, Itzy, ONF, Sunmi, Seventeen, Astro and NCT Dream…). So far, the next few weeks seem relatively dry.
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.4
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
J-Pop Worth Your Time
King & Prince – Naughty Girl
News – Top Gun
Twice – Breakthrough (review)
(G)I-DLE – Uh-Oh (review)
ATEEZ – Illusion (review)
Ong Seungwu – Heart Sign (review)
NCT Dream x HRVY – Don’t Need Your Love (review)
Red Velvet – Zimzalabim (review)
U-Know – Follow (review)
Yesung – Pink Magic (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Cosmic Girls (WJSN) – Boogie Up (review)
2. Stray Kids – Side Effects (review)
1. ATEEZ – Wave (review)