Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The High Three Ok-Pop Songs of Might 2023

Monthly Round-UpOn the finish of every month, I look again at my three favourite title tracks by Ok-pop artists. I take my very own scores into consideration, however there’s a little bit of wiggle room as sure songs are inclined to develop or fade.

Might 2023 General Ideas

We’re not fairly to the midway level of the calendar 12 months, so I’ll put up my mid-year round-ups on the finish of June as common. However going by my eligibility interval for year-end lists, 2023 is already half over. And truthfully, I’ve discovered this 12 months in Ok-pop to be terrible thus far. Other than one or two songs, every part feels boring and short-lived and predictable. Ok-pop has been shifting instructions for years now, and I’m simply not thrilled the place we’ve ended up. It breaks my coronary heart to say that!

After a promising April, the month of Might plunged proper again into the doldrums. Regardless of quite a few high-profile releases, I solely discovered a small handful of songs I had any curiosity in replaying. The primary offender here’s a lack of dynamic melody. The trade has turn out to be obsessed with chanting and posturing. It’s uncommon to listen to an honest-to-goodness vocal hook as of late, and if one pops up it’s often only a small piece of an in any other case underwhelming tune. Truthful play to those that love this method. It’s not for me. Every little thing’s turn out to be so vibey and feels focus-grouped to inside an inch of its life.

Due to this, my tune of the month closely favors melody. It stands proud like a sore thumb amidst Might’s different releases, and its accompanying album is the one one I’ve had any lasting curiosity on this month. Even so, this observe is a shadow of the nice classics it emulates. My second and third place selections are additionally songs I get pleasure from, however neither is “high ten of the 12 months” (and even high twenty) materials.

My hope is that this summer season delivers a couple of Ok-pop classics. In spite of everything, most of my favourite songs of 2022 have been launched through the summer season months. And with veteran teams like SHINee and (possibly) Infinite poised to make long-awaited comebacks, I may see 2023 making a much-needed shift in high quality. However, it’s additionally harmful to position all of your hopes on one or two releases. I’d moderately really feel excited a couple of huge swath of Ok-pop acts.

As a result of Ok-pop has been so disappointing for me, the vast majority of my Might highlights come from Japan. J-pop has formally supplanted Ok-pop by myself playlists, so I’m going to cheat and put up 5 songs as an alternative of three this month. There was a four-way tie for second place, although I’m solely bearing in mind songs I’ve already written about in a round-up or overview. The previous couple of days have seen nice new materials from Sakurazaka46 and Hey! Say! JUMP that might additionally break into the highest rankings over time. I extremely suggest maintaining with my weekly J-pop Spherical-up posts. Many of the coolest music is occurred over there.

Effectively… sorry for the rant! These month-to-month round-ups are supposed to be celebratory,  however I’ve to be sincere about how I’m feeling. I’m desperately hoping for some 9+ rated songs to re-ignite my pleasure as a result of in the meanwhile it looks like each tune I write about is within the 7’s or low 8’s.

Month Cumulative Ranking: 7.7

(compiled by averaging the scores of each Ok-pop overview from this month)

J-Pop Highlights

New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week One

New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week Two

New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week Three

New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week 4

New & Noteworthy J-pop: Week 5


2. (tie) Bullet Prepare (Chotokkyu) – Name My Title

2. (tie) INI – Fanfare (overview)

2. (tie) Kis-My-Ft2 – Candy Melody (overview)

2. (tie) ReLit – “Challenger” Theme (overview)

1. Ryugujo – Mr.FORTUNE (overview)

Honorable Mentions

aespa – Welcome To MY World (overview)

Aimers – Bubble (overview)

BOYNEXTDOOR – However I Like You (overview)

Dreamcatcher – BONVOYAGE (overview)

ENHYPEN – Chunk Me (overview)

Hey Gloom – Eyes On Me (overview)

LE SSERAFIM – Eve, Psyche & The Bluebeard’s Spouse (overview)

Max Changmin (TVXQ) & Ha Hyunwoo (Guckkasten) – Hybrid (overview)

ONEUS – Erase Me (overview)

VERIVERY – Loopy Like That (overview)

This Month’s Risers and Fallers

This Month’s World Pop Spherical-Up


3. iKON – U (overview)

2. aespa – Spicy (overview)

1. The Wind – Island (overview)

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