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.
April 2020 Overall Thoughts
With stay-at-home orders in effect all month, there was certainly time to listen to new music! Truthfully, most of my music consumption hailed from Japan this April, but I’m also noticing a small uptick in K-pop quality. It still feels like the industry is stuck in a rut, and there’s definitely been no Miroh or Crown yet this year, but as we enter into spring I’m feeling a little more optimistic about where things may be heading.
The first half of April was largely forgettable, despite some big-name releases. A few songs from these two weeks have grown on me a bit (MCND’s Spring, Cravity’s Break All The Rules), and one ((G)I-DLE’s Oh My God) has grated to the point that I never want to hear it again. So, there’s that…
For me, the month’s greatest tracks came during its second half. I’m not sure that there were any knockout, top-ten-of-the-year songs among these, but it’s nice to hear some musical diversity. I want to give a special shout-out to Chungha’s Stay Tonight, which ended up being a very, very close fourth place for me — possibly interchangeable with my third place pick depending on the mood. And as I continue to feature more work by J-pop artists on this site, I’d urge you to check out the two songs featured below. If I’m accounting for music from every country, they were my true top two of the month.
Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see three or four (or maybe even five) of April’s K-pop tracks making an appearance on my year-end countdowns. It was a pretty lopsided, inconsistent month, but these April showers still managed to bear some fruit.
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.8
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
J-Pop Worth Your Time
Genic – Sun Comes Up (review)
Miyavi – Bang! (review)
Apink – Dumhdurum (review)
Changmin – Chocolate (review)
Chungha – Stay Tonight (review)
Cravity – Break All The Rules (review)
DALsooobin – Dive (review)
GWSN – Bazooka! (review)
Solar – Spit It Out (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. NCT Dream – Ridin’ (review)
2. April – LALALILALA (review)
1. IMFACT – Lie (review)