On the finish of every month, I look again at my three favourite title tracks by Ok-pop artists. I take my very own rankings into consideration, however there’s a little bit of wiggle room as sure songs are inclined to develop or fade.
February 2023 General Ideas
I hate to say it, however my curiosity in Ok-pop is type of on life assist in the intervening time. I’m going by way of these phases increasingly ceaselessly as time goes on, however this one has lasted three months now. I don’t know what’s occurring with the business, 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 thus far? That is all subjective, however I used to be curious what number of “9”-rated tracks normally emerge between the months of January and February. Past being the crown jewel of music rankings 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 whole period of Ok-pop, elevating my curiosity in the whole business.
Fortunately, The Bias Record is definitely 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 consists of 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 possibly can see the issue. By statistics alone, 2023 has been severely underwhelming. And with out these highlights lifting all boats, the whole lot else tends to fade into the background.
Fortunately, February delivered one “9”-rated monitor. Thank goodness for SHINee’s Key! He — together with STAYC — are straightforward selections for my prime three of the month. It’s good to listen to massive choruses and strong melody in Ok-pop.
I do know it’s not almost as widespread on this weblog, however J-pop had a standout month. Honestly, I’ve been listening to far more J-pop than Ok-pop recently, and I’ve began a brand new weekly function highlighting songs that catch my consideration. In the event you’re as down within the dumps about Ok-pop as I’m in the intervening time, I extremely encourage you to verify 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 Ok-pop associated issues to stay up for within the coming months, however they really feel fairly nebulous and distant. March’s launch slate, I’m not satisfied it’ll be the epic month we have to get away of the business’s doldrums. However, I’ve been confirmed mistaken 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 Ok-pop evaluate from this month)
INI – New Day (evaluate)
NCT Dream – Finest Pal 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. Howdy Gloom – Dancing In The Darkish (evaluate)
2. STAYC – Teddy Bear (evaluate)
1. Key – Killer (evaluate)
Prime Three Ok-Pop Songs Of January 2023
Prime Three Ok-Pop Songs Of December 2022
Prime Three Ok-Pop Songs Of November 2022
Prime Three Ok-Pop Songs Of October 2022
Prime Three Ok-Pop Songs Of September 2022
Prime Three Ok-Pop Songs Of August 2022
2010-2020 Archive Right here