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 2021 Overall Thoughts
It’s the start of a new year, and new possibilities when it comes to music. K-pop in January is often a crap shoot. Occasionally, the month will be surprisingly robust, but most of the time it’s a pretty slow start to the new year. I think this January fell kind of in the middle.
This month was lop-sided. After a rather forgettable first half, January brought things home in its final weeks. I’m heartened by the high, consistent quality of some of this month’s albums (Golden Child, Dreamcatcher, ONEUS, U-Know) and I’m loving the techno edge I’m starting to hear pop up in some of these songs.
The most frustrating part of January was probably the title track choices. I’d argue that Victon, Cravity and ONEUS all chose to promote one of the worst songs on their album (though ONEUS’s No Diggity ended up growing on me a lot). I realize this is just a matter of taste, but I’m ready for K-pop’s boy groups to move beyond the noisy drops and embrace melody again.
Speaking of melody, my (unsurprising) number one song of the month is a pure shot of it. This is what happens when idols find an actual chorus and perform the hell out of it. I just love this track.
My number two and three picks are also quite strong. One comes from an established legend, while the other seemed to come out of nowhere. My honorable mentions include some real growers (Crush, Stay Young) alongside a surprisingly diverse roster of sounds.
Looking forward to February, we’ll have a brief blind spot due to the Lunar New Year holiday, but I’m very much anticipating the return of K-pop kings SHINee on the 22nd. I’ve also been quite taken with the debut teasers of new group Kingdom. I hope the song is as great as the concept!
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.7
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
Baekhyun – Get You Alone (review)
Generations – Sunny After The Rain (video)
SixTONES – ST (review)
Snow Man – Grandeur (review)
Spyair – Wadachi (video)
SUPER★DRAGON – Black Box (video)
TOP J-POP SONG OF THE MONTH
IMPACTors – Top Of The World (review)
(G)I-DLE – HWAA (review)
AB6IX – Stay Young (review)
Cherry Bullet – Love So Sweet (review)
Chungha – X (review)
Dreamcatcher – Odd Eye (review)
Hong Eunki – On&On (review)
Jeong Sewoon – In The Dark (review)
MCND – Crush (review)
ONEUS – No Diggity (review)
Treasure – My Treasure (review)
U-Know – Eeny Meeny (review)
Yubin – Perfume (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. U-Know – Thank U (review)
2. Youha – Abittipsy (review)
1. Golden Child – Burn It (review)