On the finish of every month, I look again at my three favourite title tracks by Okay-pop artists. I take my very own scores under consideration, however there’s a little bit of wiggle room as sure songs are likely to develop or fade.
February 2023 General Ideas
I hate to say it, however my curiosity in Okay-pop is form of on life assist for the time being. I’m going by way of these phases increasingly often as time goes on, however this one has lasted three months now. I don’t know what’s occurring with the trade, however the mixture of lifeless releases and a relatively sparse comeback schedule has confirmed to be an actual buzzkill.
So… why has 2023 been so underwhelming up to now? That is all subjective, however I used to be curious what number of “9”-rated tracks often emerge between the months of January and February. Past being the crown jewel of track scores on this weblog, “9”-rated tracks are ones that I fall in love. They take long-lasting residence on my playlists and have a tendency to buoy a complete period of Okay-pop, elevating my curiosity in your entire trade.
Fortunately, The Bias Listing is well searchable, so I took a take a look at what number of “9”-rated songs featured on the weblog every year throughout this January/February interval. This contains title tracks, b-sides and Japanese songs by Korean artists. Right here’s what I discovered:
2016 – 7
2017 – 7
2018 – 13
2019 – 6
2020 – 4
2021 – 11
2022 – 4
2023 – 1
You’ll be able to see the issue. By statistics alone, 2023 has been severely underwhelming. And with out these highlights lifting all boats, every little thing else tends to fade into the background.
Fortunately, February delivered one “9”-rated observe. Thank goodness for SHINee’s Key! He — together with STAYC — are simple decisions for my prime three of the month. It’s good to listen to massive choruses and sturdy melody in Okay-pop.
I do know it’s not almost as standard on this weblog, however J-pop had a standout month. Honestly, I’ve been listening to far more J-pop than Okay-pop these days, and I’ve began a brand new weekly characteristic highlighting songs that catch my consideration. In case you’re as down within the dumps about Okay-pop as I’m for the time being, I extremely encourage you to examine these posts out. I’m together with them in my honorable mentions and likewise together with my three prime J-pop tracks beneath.
I’m curious to see how 2023 performs out. There are Okay-pop associated issues to look ahead to within the coming months, however they really feel fairly nebulous and distant. Taking a look at March’s launch slate, I’m not satisfied it’ll be the epic month we have to get away of the trade’s doldrums. However, I’ve been confirmed improper earlier than. I’d love that to occur once more!
Month Cumulative Ranking: 8 (I don’t belief this in any respect…)
(compiled by averaging the scores of each Okay-pop evaluate from this month)
INI – New Day (evaluate)
NCT Dream – Greatest Good friend Ever (evaluate)
New & Noteworthy J-pop: Weeks One-Three
New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week 4
TOP J-POP SONGS OF THE MONTH
3. The Rampage – No Gravity (evaluate)
2. Snow Man – Tapestry (evaluate)
1. Genic – Taste (evaluate)
E’Final – Thrill (evaluate)
Lucy – Unbelievable (evaluate)
Purple Kiss – Candy Juice (evaluate)
Seventeen BSS – Preventing (ft. Lee Youngji) (evaluate)
TNX – Love Or Die (evaluate)
tripleS – Rising (evaluate)
Woodz – Abyss (evaluate)
This Month’s Risers and Fallers
This Month’s World Pop Spherical-Up
TOP THREE SONGS
3. Good day Gloom – Dancing In The Darkish (evaluate)
2. STAYC – Teddy Bear (evaluate)
1. Key – Killer (evaluate)
High Three Okay-Pop Songs Of January 2023
High Three Okay-Pop Songs Of December 2022
High Three Okay-Pop Songs Of November 2022
High Three Okay-Pop Songs Of October 2022
High Three Okay-Pop Songs Of September 2022
High Three Okay-Pop Songs Of August 2022
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