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.
December 2019 Overall Thoughts
December always feels like a throwaway month for K-pop, and this was especially true this year. Compared to 2018, the release slate was quite barren, and most of the comebacks that did happen felt quite forgettable.
But to be honest, I hardly noticed. My December was spent cobbling together best-of lists, writing best-of lists and formatting best-of lists. In fact, I’ve still got a couple to go and it’s already 2020! It’s been a busy month on The Bias List, so I’m not too upset about the sparsity of new releases.
December is often the time that I catch up with the J-pop and C-pop that I might have missed throughout the year. When it comes to new music, that’s what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks. You might even get a post or two about it in the coming weeks!
When it comes to K-pop, I’m not exactly enthused by my top three songs of December. They’re sort of there by default, as there wasn’t much to choose from. I like all three, but I highly doubt that any of them will be cracking my Top 50 countdown this time next year.
As we move into the new year, I’m ready to turn the K-pop page. This is always an exciting time, as anything seems possible. To see what I’m wishing for in 2020, make sure to read my K-pop Resolutions for the new year!
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.3
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
J-Pop (and C-Pop) Worth Your Time
WARPs – Rock Tonight (review)
Park Jihoon – 360 (review)
Red Velvet – Psycho (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. NCT U – Coming Home (review)
2. Stray Kids – Levanter (review)
1. Shin Wonho – Invasion (review)
Top Three K-Pop Songs Of November 2019
Top Three K-Pop Songs Of October 2019
Top Three K-Pop Songs Of September 2019
Top Three K-Pop Songs Of August 2019
Top Three K-Pop Songs Of July 2019
Top Three K-Pop Songs Of June 2019
It was a very lean month.
I would also like to highlight
N.Flying cover of the Frozen 2 song “Into the Unknown”. They have been playing so much Queen lately, that it half sounds like a Queen song, which is a good thing. The dual lead vocalists as expected knock it out of the park. Apparently they are getting a new bassist for the new year.
Jung Seung Hwan’s latest ballad: “Hello, Goodbye Winter”. This wasn’t the promoted Christmas single (“My Christmas Wish”) but the b-side, but I think it is better. The orchestration, the build, the resounding swell. Lovely vocal music.
Stray Kids “Stop” b-side. A nice extension of their trance samples from 2019 in a pocket format.
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