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.
February 2021 Overall Thoughts
2021 is off to a roaring start, and February really kicked into gear during its final week. These past few days have been some of the strongest in recent memory, and I’m hopeful that the trend will continue. February gave us great title tracks, great b-sides and great albums. Who could ask for more?
My top three was a battle royale, with the top two in particular among the best songs I’ve heard over the past few months. Number three was a bit trickier, and the result might surprise you. Though I didn’t love SHINee’s Don’t Call Me immediately, it’s grown on me a lot over the past week. And given my love for the group, I know that its trajectory will only continue to go up. Funny enough, this top three mirrors my “top songs of 2018” exactly. Who would have thought?
That leave’s Wonho at a very close fourth place, just like he was back in September (another super-competitive month). I also want to give special mention to Kingdom’s Excalibur. Many on this site didn’t seem to care for it, but I’m still reveling in its pomp and circumstance. Also make sure to check out C.T.O’s Oh! That Girl, which sounds almost as if it could be part of the new SHINee album. And finally, the ever-beguiling Sunmi gets a special mention. Tail gets better with every listen.
February also delivered its fair share of clunkers, which is why its cumulative rating isn’t higher. But by ending with its strongest material, the month definitely left a good impression. Looking forward to March, I have my eyes on debut group Mirae, whose introductory teaser caught my attention with its upbeat sound. I’m also hopeful for the return of WayV, Yukika, GHOST9, Super Junior (finally!), Pentagon and others. I haven’t been bowled over by the previews of ATEEZ and VERIVERY’s new work, but we shall see when the final product is unveiled next week.
This month was also a big one for the blog, with the launch of two new features. If you want a deeper dive into my favorite K-pop songs, make sure to check out the “Breaking Down the Song” feature. And if you’re curious about the wild, wonderful world of 90’s J-pop, follow along as I unravel “The 90’s J-Pop Roadmap.”
Month Cumulative Rating: 7.8
(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)
Ballistik Boyz – Animal (review)
Genic – Futures (video)
Kis-My-Ft2 – Luv Bias (review)
Monsta X – Wanted (video)
Nissy – Get You Back (review)
SixTONES – Boku ga Bokujyanai Mitaida (video)
The Boyz – Breaking Dawn (video)
TOP J-POP SONG OF THE MONTH
Solidemo – Taking Off!! (review)
ATO6 – Runway (review)
CIX – Cinema (review)
C.T.O – Oh! That Girl (review)
HyunA – Good Girl (review)
KEEMBO – Inside (review)
Kingdom – Excalibur (review)
Lucy – Hero (review)
ONF – My Name Is (review)
Sunmi – Tail (review)
TRI.BE – Doom Doom Ta (review)
Wonho – Lose (review)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. SHINee – Don’t Call Me (review)
2. Golden Child – Breathe (review)
1. ONF – Beautiful Beautiful (review)