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.
August 2020 Overall Thoughts
At the beginning of the year, one of my wishes for 2020 was “a summer to remember.” This summer has been unusual for a variety of reasons, but on the whole I think it was slightly stronger than last year’s. Still, August wasn’t as consistent as July, and few big-name idol group releases really impressed me.
Instead, my top three includes a trio of oddballs. I don’t expect many to agree with my choices (you’ve all made your opinions quite clear in earlier comment sections!), but I’m pretty satisfied with these three songs. Had SoRi’s Intitial S been released earlier in the month, it might also have had a shot at the top three. It’s so hard to accurately gauge a song in less than a day.
Looking back at my ratings, August was a month full of 7’s. LOTS of 7’s… which is reflected well in the cumulative score. This monotony made August a bit of a shoulder shrug. However, my honorable mentions list includes a couple of unlikely growers, including a song I initially rated in the 6’s! See if you can find them.
But, when all is said and done, I can’t complain about a month that gave me Sexy Zone’s Run. It’s one of those songs that only comes around every few years… a song I fall in love with so quickly and completely that it becomes an instant classic. In just under a month’s time, I’ve already listened to it more than anything else this year. It’s far-and-away my favorite thing released in 2020, so I’m not too pressed about the rest of August’s release slate.
Going into next month, I’m back in (remote) work mode, which means that song reviews may be posted at more sporadic times throughout the day before I settle into a new routine. With the Chuseok holiday occurring on October 1st this year, it seems like we’re in for an uncharacteristically packed September. Here’s hoping it’s a good one!
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.6
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
ANGERME – A Limited Moment (video)
Ayumi Hamasaki – Dreamed A Dream (review)
Da-iCE – Dreamin’ On (review)
Exile Atsushi x Koda Kumi – Osaka Tokyo (review)
JO1 – Oh-Eh-Oh (review)
Official HIGE DANdism – Hello (review)
The Rampage – Fears (review)
Reol – The Sixth Sense (review)
Seventeen – 24H (review)
TOP J-POP SONG OF THE MONTH
Sexy Zone – Run (review)
1Team – Ullaeli Kkollaeli (review)
A-Real – Wake Me Up (review)
ATEEZ – Thanxx (review)
Brave Girls – We Ride (review)
BTS – Dynamite (review)
Dreamcatcher – Boca (review)
Jenyer – Bad (ft. Kimmuseum) (review)
Kang Daniel – Who U Are (review)
ONEUS – To Be Or Not To Be (review)
ONF – Sukhumvit Swimming (review)
SoRi – Initial S (review)
Treasure – Boy (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. SuperM – 100 (review)
2. J.Y. Park x Sunmi – When We Disco (review)
1. Yi Saebom – Tonight (review)