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.
November 2020 Overall Thoughts
November was absolutely packed with releases, and though only one title track received that rare 9+ rating on the blog, there was a lot to like about this month.
The quality of tracks seemed to peak somewhere in week two before sputtering out toward the end. And as we move into December, the eligibility for my year-end chart has officially closed. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be unveiling all those countdowns you’re either anticipating or dreading!
My top pick of the month will be no surprise, but I think the second place will be unexpected. This song proved to be one of those K-pop dark horses — a track I enjoyed on first listen but grew to absolutely adore. I love when that happens!
November gave us some high-profile debuts, and if I were to rank them from most favorite to least, that would probably look like:
- StayC – So Bad
- BAE173 – Crush On U
- aespa – Black Mamba
- ENHYPEN – Given-Taken
I enjoyed all four to some extent, but this ranking isn’t what I would have predicted at the start of the month. Kudos to the smaller(ish) agencies!
Speaking of agencies, large ones dominated November, with SM and Big Hit being particularly prolific. SM delivered no less than seven singles/title tracks, with another on the way tomorrow. Big Hit wasn’t far behind, with four groups promoting. That’s pretty intense for November. But sadly, less than half of these tracks made my honorable mentions or top three. I guess sometimes less is more. Instead, under-the-radar songs from groups like The Midnight Romance and Secret Number flourished in my own personal ranking.
November also delivered a lot of great J-pop. There were too many songs for me to cover in detail. After all, there are only so many hours in the day and The Bias List is still a K-pop blog first and foremost. But, I’d recommend checking out some of the highlights. There were tons of solid songs this month. This year’s J-pop countdown is going to be very, very strong.
And while you’re at it, spare a view or two for my favorite underdogs, WARPs UP. This J-pop/C-pop crossover group is delivering awesome funk pop music that deserves way more attention than it gets!
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.9
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
WARPs Up – Hali Gali (review)
Arashi – Do You…? (review)
Bullet Train – Asayake (review)
Deep Squad – Good Love Your Love (video)
Exile – Red Phoenix (review)
JO1 – Shine A Light (review)
Jr.Exile – Way To The Glory (video)
Mamoru Miyano – From Zero To Infinity (video)
Sandaime J Soul Brothers – Rising Soul (review)
Sekai No Owari / End Of The World – Rollerskates (video)
Sexy Zone – Not Found (review)
SixTONES – New Era (review)
Tasuku Hatanaka – Promise For The Future (review)
Twice – Better (review)
7ORDER – Life (video)
TOP J-POP SONG OF THE MONTH
BuZZ – Sun and Love (review)
aespa – Black Mamba (review)
Akdong Musician – Happening (review)
BAE173 – Crush On U (review)
Berry Good – Accio (review)
Chungha – Dream Of You (with R3HAB) (review)
DRIPPIN – Shine (review)
E’Last – Tears Of Chaos (review)
ENHYPEN – Given-Taken (review)
GOT7 – Last Piece (review)
Ha Sungwoon – Forbidden Island (review)
KEEMBO – Scene (review)
The Midnight Romance – I Don’t Want To Live Without You (review)
Momoland – Ready Or Not (review)
NCT U – 90’s Love (review)
Secret Number – Got That Boom (review)
StayC – So Bad (review)
TXT – We Lost The Summer (review)
Woodz – Bump Bump (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Xia (Kim Junsu) – Pit A Pat (review)
2. Lucy – Snooze (review)
1. GFriend – MAGO (review)