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.
September 2019 Overall Thoughts
So… I don’t actually have a “top three songs” of September.
I mean, I picked three songs out of necessity, but none were the kind of standouts that will make waves on any of my end-of-year countdowns. Other than the notoriously-dry December, this is the first time this has happened since I started The Bias List. July and August might have been underwhelming, but at least each month had a few highlights I could point to.
I’m sure everyone is getting tired of hearing me say things like this (god knows I am…), but September was probably the most uninspiring month for K-pop I can remember. My monthly cumulative rating hasn’t been this low since March of 2016 — but at least that month gave us classics like Snuper’s Platonic Love and Oh My Girl’s Liar Liar. Honestly, the way this K-pop summer has gone, I’m kind of numb to the disappointment. I only get really irritated when I realize that the industry has essentially pissed away a third of the year now.
If it wasn’t for strong albums by Seventeen and Twice, I’d be happy to write September off entirely. It was a long, boring, barren month. The Chuseok-driven hiatus seemed to last longer than normal this year, all but clearing the K-pop schedule for the first two weeks. Instead of my actual top three picks, I like to imagine an alternative timeline where album tracks and special singles had been promoted. In that case, I could’ve had a solid top three with:
But alas, this was not meant to be. Just look at my tiny honorable mentions list! We’re in unprecedented territory, folks. Dark days, indeed.
The good news in all of this is that there’s no way October could be worse than September. Even with just the releases already scheduled, that feat would require multiple heavy hitters to all make severely underwhelming comebacks. Looking back at the past few months, I wouldn’t put anything past the K-pop industry in 2019, but this situation still seems unlikely.
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.1
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
J-Pop Worth Your Time
Hara – Midnight Queen (review)
AKMU – How Can I Love The Heartbreak, You’re The One I Love (review)
Dreamcatcher – Deja Vu (review)
We Girls – Ride (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Seventeen – Fear (review)
2. CLC – Devil (review)
1. Twice – Feel Special (review)