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.
November 2019 Overall Thoughts
While November was not the blockbuster month that October was, it offered a perfectly fine slate of K-pop releases. In fact, November’s cumulative rating was actually higher than October’s, despite not having as many standouts. I chalk this up to a lot of solid material and few absolute clunkers.
For the second month in a row, the K-pop industry was hit with tragedy, as we sadly lost Kara’s Goo Hara. Though I didn’t tackle this subject on the site, this growing pattern of mental health-related deaths is incredibly worrying and very frustrating. Something must be done, though I’m not quite sure what that something is.
As far as November’s music goes, this month wasn’t quite as stuffed as last year, but a few Bias List favorites made their comebacks. We FINALLY heard new music from Golden Child (an excellent album, at that!). Astro and EXO made long-awaited returns as well, and the ever-welcome Cosmic Girls came back with their third mini album of the year.
My top three picks changed a lot over the course of the month. Immediately after its release, I wasn’t sure that my number one song would top the month — or even find a spot in the top three. But, as November went on, its hooky, off-kilter charms sunk their teeth into me. Despite the name of this site, I really try not to let bias dictate my top picks. With that said, I desperately hoped that this group would find their way out of honorable mentions. And though the song’s general vibe might not quite be to my taste, I really can’t stop playing it.
Choices two and three are very close in rank, and could probably be switched depending on the day and mood. My number three pick is a real surprise, as this group hasn’t ever featured in my monthly lists despite being one of K-pop’s most prominent acts. Are they finally working their way back into my good graces? 2019’s been weird. Anything’s possible!
Now comes December, which is usually pretty slow when it comes to new releases. But, things are revving up here, as I start preparing my cornucopia of year-end lists. It’s a busy time…
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.8
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
J-Pop (and C-Pop) Worth Your Time
Kis-My-Ft2 – Edge Of Days / Mr. Fresh
WayV (NCT) – Love Talk (review)
(G)I-DLE – Lion (review)
AOA – Come See Me (review)
Aweek – Breathe (review)
Dawn – Money (review)
Dongkiz – Fever (review)
EXO – Obsession (review)
JYP (Park Jinyoung) – Fever (ft. Superbee & Bibi) (review)
Kang Daniel – Touchin’ (review)
Mamamoo – Hip (review)
Nature – Oopsie (My Bad) (review)
OnlyOneOf – Sage (review)
Stray Kids – Astronaut (review)
SuperM – Let’s Go Everywhere (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. GOT7 – You Calling My Name (review)
2. Cosmic Girls (WJSN) – As You Wish (review)
1. Golden Child – Wannabe (review)