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.
January 2020 Overall Thoughts
What a K-pop wasteland this January was. The new decade kicked off with a whimper, as releases were scarce and largely forgettable. I was entirely too kind with my ratings, which led to an overly high cumulative rating compared to how I really felt about January of 2020.
For the past few years, the Lunar New Year holiday has occurred in February, meaning we’d get a rush of new comebacks at the start of the year before dipping into a lull. This year was flipped, with January acting as a bit of a hiatus for most acts. The thing is, December was already a hiatus for most new releases, so now we’ve had two barren months in a row. It’s hard to get very excited about new music given these circumstances.
With that said, my number one pick was incredibly easy. It’s heads and tails above the rest of the songs released this January. Number two was also pretty obvious to me, and it’s a song that has grown more addictive with time. However, there really wasn’t a track that I felt deserved the number three spot, so my choice came mostly by default.
Longtime readers will be surprised at which group didn’t make the cut this month. I’m surprised too — especially given how non-competitive this January was. Maybe the Golden Child song will grow on me, but right now it’s easily my least favorite single from them, and a move down a murky, moody route that I don’t want them to pursue further.
Fortunately, next month is already packed with comeback announcements. I’m hoping that K-pop will kick itself into gear. Last time we had a January this weak, it was 2016, and that year ended up being a very strong one. Fingers crossed!
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
SixTONES – Imitation Rain (review)
Snow Man – D.D. (review)
ENOi – Cheeky (review)
Golden Child – Without You (review)
Sechs Kies – All For You (review)
SF9 – Good Guy (review)
Super Junior – 2YA2YAO! (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Dongkiz – All I Need Is You (review)
2. VERIVERY – Lay Back (review)
1. ATEEZ – Answer (review)