On 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 likely to develop or fade.
July 2022 Total Ideas
Counting up all of July’s releases, I’m unsure we’ve ever had a month this packed. What a far cry from final yr, the place July was all however barren! But once more, the month lacked any clear “SOTY” candidates, but it surely was extra persistently strong than most of 2022 has been. A lot of nice b-sides, just a few nice singles and — like I stated — a ton of recent stuff to hearken to.
Transferring into August, I nonetheless haven’t heard a transparent “tune of summer time” for 2022 — at the very least relating to Ok-pop. These tracks often emerge in June, generally in July, and barely in August. We’ll should see how issues form up over the following few weeks. Many idol acts launched summer-themed materials this month, however we positively haven’t had a Chi Mat Ba Ram, Rely 1, 2 or Wave (to call just a few latest “tune of summer time” tracks).
As a substitute, we bought a handful of sturdy albums. 2022’s most irritating musical tendencies persevered, however July supplied a decently numerous scope of idol music. You needed to dig a bit to seek out many of the greatest materials, which makes me wish to hop on an airplane and be a part of no matter Ok-pop A&R crew would take me. Please, companies… give us extra selection in your title tracks!
My prime two songs of the month had been fairly straightforward to decide on, however as soon as once more I struggled with the third place. Quite a few tracks had been neck-and-neck for this spot: KB’s Be Free, NewJeans’ Consideration, Tremendous Junior’s Mango. ATEEZ could even sneak in there relying on how Guerrilla ages. Third place nonetheless looks like a contested spot, however I made a decision to go together with the tune that felt just a little extra intimate and idiosyncratic (and doubtless wants the promo).
J-pop additionally had a fruitful month. Lots of my favourite acts made their return, however the prime spot went to a monitor with a June digital launch and an upcoming August bodily launch. I’ll break up the distinction and drop it into July (largely as a result of I didn’t evaluation it till this month!). Wherever you set it, it’s a wonderful tune.
Waiting for August, I predict my month goes to be dominated by two favourite “g” teams: Golden Little one and Women’ Technology. We even have an epic lady group battle on our fingers with the promised return of BLACKPINK, Twice and IVE alongside the debut of NewJeans. No matter occurs, I hope the upcoming weeks ship “prime ten of the yr”-worthy materials. My private countdown wants it, and the business may do with the kick of power a killer comeback can ship.
Month Cumulative Score: 7.9
(compiled by averaging the scores of each Ok-pop evaluation from this month)
Ayumi Hamasaki – Summer season Once more (video)
KinKi Children – Superb Love (video)
Kis-My-Ft2 – Two As One (evaluation)
Naniwa Danshi – Diamond Smile (evaluation)
Omega X – Stand Up! (evaluation)
Fragrance – Spinning World (video)
Snow Man – Orange Kiss (evaluation)
Twice – Rejoice (evaluation)
TOP J-POP SONG OF THE MONTH
Ado – New Genesis (evaluation)
aespa – Women (evaluation)
ATEEZ – Guerrilla (evaluation)
Billlie – Patbingsu (evaluation)
Chungha – Glowing (evaluation)
H1-KEY – Run (evaluation)
ITZY – Sneakers (evaluation)
Loco & Hwasa – Someone! (evaluation)
MCND – #Temper (evaluation)
Nicole – YOU.F.O (evaluation)
P1Harmony – Doom Du Doom (evaluation)
SF9 – Scream (evaluation)
Tremendous Junior – Mango (evaluation)
TO1 – Drummin’ (evaluation)
UiU – Starlit (evaluation)
VIVIZ – Loveade (evaluation)
Winner – I Love U (video)
TOP THREE SONGS
3. KB (OnlyOneOf) – Be Free (evaluation)
2. WJSN – Final Sequence (evaluation)
1. CSR – Pop? Pop! (evaluation)