Per usual, I'm back once again to list the songs that I've had on constant repeat throughout the month. However, we're changing it up just slightly this time, because I've stopped limiting myself to only 10 songs. That said, I'm also not letting myself go crazy either. The monthly lists are now going to be called "Stuck on Repeat" (after the widget I keep on the left side of my blog with my mostly-current playlist), and they'll vary between 10-15 songs per month. This month, there are 13.
Also, I've started doing these in video form as well, and instead of grouping up the groups, I'm going to be listing the songs in the same order as they appear in the video so that if anyone wants to see my thought process as they watch, they can go in video order.
And, as per usual, there are a lot of repeat groups. I've basically been listening to the same 2 groups all month, so... sorrynotsorry. Anyway, on to the list!
Tell Me- Infinite
I mean, this was a given, right? One of my ult bias groups finally had their first comeback in over a year, so obviously their new title track is going to be played on an endless loop. It's very different for them, and while I don't want this to be a sound that they stick with (it's much more trendy than they typically are), I really enjoy them dabbling into it. It's a really fun song, and whoa this is Dongwoo's era boy is killing it. Also the choreo is super cool, but like... that's a given with Infinite.
I Hate- Infinite
Wow it's only a month into 2018 and already the best song of the year has been released?? Like... it's amazing??? How could any other song ever top it???? But seriously though, I was in love the second I heard the teaser, and as soon as the album was released (but not on iTunes yet bc iTunes hates us all) it was the first album track I looked up and WOW IT'S SO GOOD. I mean, I'm super biased because I absolutely love rock music and pop music with rock influences. The chorus is so hype. And honestly Dongwoo's rap in the verse is lowkey the best part of the song. Ugh it's seriously so good.
And the award for my most-played song of the month goes tooooooooo......... HEALING! (Imeanobviously) Anyway, I didn't start getting into Seventeen's album tracks until December and even then, I was mostly listening to Teen, Age. Right at the end of 2017, I started listening to the Love & Letter Repackage and this song immediately stood out to me. Like the perfection that is Infinite's discography, it's got a really cool synth-y 80s influence. It's seriously such a bop. The chorus is so much fun. Honestly, I'm just mad I didn't discover this song until too late to put it in my video of favorite KPop songs pre-2017.
If you haven't noticed yet, I've had Seventeen's Teen, Age album on a constant repeat. Literally any song on that album could've made it onto this list, but I stuck with my favorites because there are like 15 or something songs on it. Anyway, apart from Clap & Change Up (seen on last month's post... I think??? They've both appeared on these lists at some point), this is probably my favorite song on the album... but don't quote me. I just loved this the first second I listened to it. It's such a bop. Build a rocket with meeeeeeeeeee.
Crazy Sexy Cool- Astro
When this was first released a few months back, I gave it a listen and liked it, but never went back and listened again or downloaded it and then when I was looking for new music, I thought about this song and re-listened to it and it got stuck in my head and hasn't left since. It's not exactly what you'd call a "chill" song, but it's just kinda sweet and bubblegum-y and just... really nice. IDK how else to describe it. I should be able to, since I have a degree in music but IDK my brain isn't working. Anyway, it's just real nice.
Of all the songs on Top Seed, this is the one that sounds the most like classic Infinite (In fact, it was originally recorded by the group back in the day). Also, it's produced by SWEETUNE, who basically created Infinite's sound early in their career. The strings are so fantastic. They kill me every time. IDK what it is about the song, but it just... sounds very different from any other KPop songs I've heard. It's actually a pretty epic song, TBH. Just... Infinite is amazing.
Lilili Yabbay- Seventeen
Not only is this song fantastic, but the MV is also so great, because it's literally just them and their choreo and it's so beautiful??? Like ugh I can't deal with how perfect this is. Honestly, just stop reading my rambling and watch the stupid perfect video.
This is the other song on Top Seed that, for me, is the most classic Infinite. It's got a bit of that synth-y 80s vibe to it that I love so much, and Namu's voice just sounds so beautiful on the chorus... like his soaring vocals??? I can't deal with it. Just... perfection.
Wolf Baby- TRCNG
This is the first song by TRCNG that I'd ever heard, and I really need to check out more after hearing this, because it's so cool. The darker, paranormal theme to the music video carries over to the song itself, which is something that I really love. The chorus just feels very typical of Halloween in the best way possible. It's fantastic and vaguely creepy and just... so good.
Honestly, the first thing that grabbed me about it is just that really cool beat? The rhythm is super cool and just the fact that it starts the entire song just makes it all the more dynamic. I think it's also super interesting that the chorus isn't exactly dynamic? Like it's really cool and I like it, but the verses are more complex and the chorus is a bit more laid back? IDK it's just really cool.
Hooked- JJ Project
I mentioned that Healing was probably my most-played song of the month, but honestly, I think it's tied with Hooked. Right at the end of December, I was watching a Got7 video, and this song came on in the background and I was like what is this Got7 song with this cool rock influence??? I LOVE IT??? and after some googling and digging, I realized that it was actually a JJP song, and I've literally listened to it every single day since then. Honestly how the heck did these two not absolutely explode when this is one of the songs they released? The verses are so interesting because there are so many sections of it and the verse is also multi-sectional & honestly every single second of this song is something that I genuinely jam out to. It's quickly become possibly one of my all-time favorite KPop songs. Like... not exaggerating in the slightest. It's so freaking good.
TGIF- Infinite [Dongwoo Solo]
Three Infinite members got solos on Top Seed (still salty they didn't all get solos), and Dongwoo's is easily my favorite. I took a little while to warm up to it, but I really love his sing-rapping and even though the entire song is a bop, it's definitely super chill. The "my honey relax" in the 2nd verse (and tbh the entire 2nd verse) absolutely kills me. Honestly, I just love that Dongwoo spends the whole song alternating between rapping, sing-rapping, and singing. Like... it just makes it sound super cool and not everyone can pull off sing-rapping (my boy Brian is the best at it tho, NGL) but Dongwoo makes it super cool.
On paper, Seventeen's HipHop unit should probably be my least favorite solely because in terms of KPop sub-genres, hip hop isn't my fave. But I love all of their songs. And SCoups. IDK what else to say. I've already talked this entire album into the ground. Seventeen is fantastic, and this song is fantastic. FIN.
Last month I made a few pretty tentative predictions, the most prevalent of which was the thought that I'd probably be listening to a lot of Seventeen and that Healing would be on the January list. CHECK AND CHECK. Oof, so much Seventeen on this list. Sorrynotsorry. Also that I'd be listening to the Infinite comeback a lot, which is also definitely true. Anyway, I threw out a list of groups I've been meaning to get into more (basically just a bunch of groups that are hovering right outside my actual bias list. And even though none of them have songs on this list, one of them has definitely worked their way into my heart solely via the supermegaweirdo members, so I'm planning on downloading more of their music and listening to them more and wouldn't be surprised if they were on next month's list. IDK, they're one of those groups where I'm freaking obsessed with the members, but their music isn't quite as much my style as groups like Day6 or Seventeen or something. But we'll see. Like I said, I love them.
So, predictions for next month before wrapping up: more Seventeen. I need to listen to their mini albums as much as I've been listening to their full albums. Also, I still need to listen to more EXO. I listened to them a bit in January, but not as much as I meant to. I also plan on listening to a lot of Got7 because I'm in the final stages of ranking their album tracks (I know, it takes forever-- they're all so good???). I'm also doing a ranking of Pentagon songs, so I'll be listening to them quite a bit too. And like, I'm literally always listening to Day6. They might not be on this list, but I listen to them literally every day.
Anyway, that's it for this post. I always ramble way too much at the end of these. Let me know which KPop songs (or just any songs in general tbh) you've been listening to on a constant loop!