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.
March 2020 Overall Thoughts
I don’t know about you all, but my mind wasn’t exactly on K-pop this month. You might assume that two-and-a-half weeks of social distance/isolation would do wonders for online productivity, but that hasn’t really been the case. And the fact that the K-pop industry slowed down quite a bit this month meant less distraction from the tragedies and anxiety of the world. This site has been a good anchor for me during this time, but this has not been an easy month for anyone.
It seems silly to even discuss the quality of K-pop releases in the middle of a global pandemic, but I guess some sense of normalcy is important, right? With this in mind, I’ll be honest.
March was not particularly inspiring. In some ways, its slow stream of releases felt almost like December. Music shows went without audiences, promotions were altered or nonexistent, and I assume that many comebacks were simply postponed. My honorable mentions list is pretty slight, especially in this day and age where there’s often a glut of new releases each month.
With that said, I think my top three picks are all pretty strong. A lot of readers will likely be surprised by my favorite song of the month. It’s a polarizing choice, but its personal appeal has only grown as the month went on. It reminds me of the bonkers era of K-pop that I first fell in love with. To a lesser extent, the same could be said for the other two tracks as well.
Though it came out in late-February, I want to give a special shout-out to MCND’s Ice Age, which has become the biggest grower of the year for me. As the weeks have gone on, I’ve found myself completely won over by its playful stage performance and cheesy, over-the-top chorus. Songs released at the tail end of a month rarely get a fair shake when it comes to these round-ups. They just don’t have enough time to establish themselves. But, I’ve been listening to Ice Age quite a lot this March.
As someone who often prefers the material released by boy groups, 2020 has not really delivered in this regard. Granted, it’s been a crazy and unprecedented year so far, but most of the standout tracks have come from the girls. It’ll be interesting to see if this pattern continues as the months go on. Right now, the default sound for boy groups seems to be moody and dark. With all the chaos and fear sweeping through the world, I’d argue that we need the exact opposite when it comes to pop music.
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
Generations – Hira Hira
Kis-My-Ft2 – To Yours
Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Movin’ On (review)
The Rampage – Invisible Love (review)
AleXa – Do Or Die (review)
Dongkiz – Lupin (review)
Kang Daniel – 2U (review)
ONEUS – A Song Written Easily (review)
Yezi – Home (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. NCT 127 – Kick It (review)
2. ITZY – Wannabe (review)
1. CRAXY – Aria (review)