Top Three K-Pop Songs of October 2019

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.

October 2019 Overall Thoughts

Well, friends, we have finally climbed out of the murk! October was like a K-pop dam bursting after months of trickles. It was packed. It was exciting. It was not quite perfect, but at least it felt like things were moving again.

Unfortunately, some of this movement was not the kind us K-pop fans like to see. This was an alarming month for certain boy groups, with members of The Boyz, Stray Kids and Monsta X all leaving their respective groups within days of each other. These are all acts that are either at the top of their game or quickly getting there, so to have all of this news break in such quick succession felt overwhelming and ominous. And then, of course, there was the incredibly tragic passing of f(x)’s Sulli earlier in the month. K-pop was hurting this October. Idols are too, and that’s a hard thing to reconcile with the flashy, fun performances they supply on the regular.

Speaking of flashy performances… there were a lot of them this month. In contrast to September, my honorable mentions list is absolutely stuffed. So many of these tracks could have taken a “top three” spot in many of the year’s weaker months, making the competition very tough. My top two picks are nearly tied. They kept moving back and forth between the number one and two spots, but I ended up giving the edge to the track that felt more ambitious.

My number three pick will likely surprise most readers. It’s the definition of a grower. I liked it the first time I heard it, but it had unexpected staying power throughout the month, pulling me back with its insistent supply of hooks. Following very closely behind are SuperM’s Jopping and Youngjae’s Forever Love, both of which I adore in all of their over-the-top, bombastic glory.

Perhaps even more exciting than October’s slate of singles was the return of the K-pop full-length album. Up to this point, 2019 was surprisingly short on substantive albums, but this month delivered so much material. Unless I’m counting wrong, there were at least eight full albums released by idol groups/artists in October (nine if you add TVXQ’s Japanese work). Some of my favorite songs this month emerged as b-sides and album tracks, bolstering my playlist and proving the importance of releases that go beyond one or two tracks.

2019 is starting to wrap up, and it feels like when I look back at the year with a more macro lens than these monthly round-ups tend to offer, I’m going to realize that it’s been stronger than I felt it was in the moment — at least musically. We’ll see what November has in store for us, and then it’s on to the annual end-of-year countdowns!

Month Cumulative Rating: 7.7

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

J-Pop (and C-Pop) Worth Your Time

Hey! Say! JUMP – The Beast & The Rose

Sexy Zone – Child / Honey Honey

TVXQ – Hot Sauce (review)

Twice – Fake & True (review)

WayV (NCT) – Moonwalk (review)

Honorable Mentions

Jung Daehyun (B.A.P) – Aight (review)

Lim Hyunsik (BTOB) – Dear Love (review)

Limesoda – Wave (review)

Monsta X – Follow (review)

Nu’est – Love Me (review)

ONF – Why (review)

Stray Kids – Double Knot (review)

SuperM – Jopping (review)

Super Junior – I Think I / Super Clap (review / review)

Taeyeon – Spark (review)

Youngjae (B.A.P) – Forever Love (review)


3. AB6IX – Blind For Love (review)

2. TXT – Run Away (review)

1. ATEEZ – Wonderland (review)

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17 thoughts on “Top Three K-Pop Songs of October 2019

  1. I’m having a crisis right now. This is the first time I’ve agreed that the top three deserved to be given to ALL BOY BANDS!?! Dear God, take me; take me NOW!


  2. For me it’s
    1.Harry Potter/Run Away
    2.Bring back Wonho/Follow
    3.Pirate gangs/Wonderland

    Honorable mentions:
    ( By the way I have not listened to all the released songs)
    -Super clap
    -Love Me
    -Blind for love


  3. I’m glad Jopping grew on you so much. I was prepared to hate that entire mini but ended up loving it.

    Ateez have to be my favorite active group at this point. Never thought I’d say that about a rookie group.

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    • You’re not the only one who thinks that way. I’d go far enough to say that Ateez the most exciting and unique active group right now. As for SuperM that mini had no right to be as good as it was. Quality over quantity, I guess.


  4. I’m going to echo Xeno in my surprise for my love of all the boy group releases this month, because I usually skew towards girl groups myself, but they’ve all kind of let me down this year…

    I am glad to have the return of kpop songs that feel like, well, kpop. Musically this month was definitely a return to form, although it has been shadowed. My honorable mentions go to Limesoda, Super Junior, Taeyeon, and ATEEZ.

    My top three:
    3. TXT – Run Away
    2. Super M – Jopping
    1. ONF – Why

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    • Someone once tried to coax me over to the boy band side by exclaiming, “Come on over; we have cake!” To which I replied, “Yeah.. ..beefcake, but I’m a cheesecake kind of person.” In truth, I prefer pie.

      However, it all boils down to the words of fictional bad-ass, General Maximus Decimus Meridius, “Are you not entertained?”. In October, 2019, I was entertained, just not how I thought I would be. Seriously, though, the 3 winners this month earned their laurels. Truly great performances. /headbow

      P.S. November looks to be shaping up as a “We’re back!” counter-punch from the girls, so.. ..fingers crossed. 🙂


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