Once again, we've found ourselves at the end of another month, and it's once again time for me to share the songs that I've been listening to throughout the month. Every month, I seem to have a different struggle when narrowing my list down to my 10-15 most-listened-to songs, and this month was... no different. lol. This month, my struggle was that there was a fairly compact list of songs that I listened to an embarrassing number of times, and then a much, much larger list of songs that I listened to fairly consistently throughout the month. In fact, there was one album that I listened to throughout the entire month, and if I hadn't cut it off, it would've overtaken the entire list.
Look by Got7
Got7 is my #1 ult bias group, so obviously I listened to their comeback on a constant loop. When I first heard the chorus in a teaser video, I was immediately sold. On full listen, I didn't think the verses quite lived up to the amazing potential of the chorus, but after listening to it a few times, I really grew to love it. I'm not sure that this is necessarily my most-played song of the month, but it's definitely one I've been blasting quite a lot. The music video is super pretty (Jackson's set is my FAAAAAVE), and Jinyoung's voice on the music video is actually stunning.
Mamma Mia by SF9
I've been on the verge of stanning SF9 for several months now, so when they started releasing teasers for their new comeback, I got very excited. And TBH, this might be my favorite of their title tracks to date. I'm planning on making a video about my favorite musical sounds/genres within KPop, and one of them that's definitely on my list is retro/throwback. This definitely reminds me of some of the musical trends of the 50s/60s, and I absolutely love it. It stole my heart upon first listen, and I've had it on constant repeat ever since.
Power by EXO
Often, the songs that wind up on this list are ones that I first started listening to within the last month or so, but there are a couple on this list that I've had for a while, but only recently started appreciating. And Power is one of those. I've been listening to EXO casually for a while, but Power was one of the songs that I thought was just alright. I knew a lot of people were disappointed by KoKoBop, but loved Power, but as a non-EXO stan, I really liked KoKoBop. But, over the last month, I've been listening to EXO a lot more, and I started to really love Power. It's a lot of fun, and even though it's still not one of my absolute favorite EXO songs, I've been listening to it a ton and have really started to enjoy it-- probably more
Only U by VIXX
As I anticipated last month, I've been listening to a lot of VIXX this month. I've still been listening to last month's VIXX songs quite a bit, but this month, I was mostly centered around the Voodoo album, which I've totally fallen in love with. And Only U is one of the songs I've had on constant repeat. It's such an interesting song that's a hybrid of a ton of genres-- with the interesting synth motive & the electric guitar in the background, among lots of other things. For some reason, it gives me almost Latin vibes, even though I really don't have any explanation as to WHY it does so lol. Either way, I really love it. More on the Voodoo album to come!
Hesitate by Got7
As I said in my Eyes On You unboxing, I wasn't immediately sold on this new mini album by Got7. So, I set it aside for the first few days after its release and then returned to it at the end of the week and ended up falling in love with it. What I realized is that while 7 For 7 had a huge standout song (Teenager), this mini doesn't. Not even Look. Where 7 For 7 was a bit of a roller coaster (a couple amazing standouts, the rest= just average Got7 songs), Eyes On You is like... a plateau. Lol I'll stop the analogy. What I mean is that while the songs on Eyes On You are all above average Got7 songs, none really stand out as one that will be an all-time favorite like Teenager. However, the one that gets closest is Hesitate. The chorus is super catchy, and like a lot of the other songs on the album, it has a bit of an acoustic feel to it. That's something that I really love and appreciate on this mini. I'll talk a bit more about it when I get further along, but I think Hesitate is probably my favorite song on the new mini, despite loving the whole thing.
Ooh Ooh by Eric Nam (feat. Hoya)
If I were to give out an award for my most-listened-to song of the month, it would undoubtedly go directly to Ooh Ooh without a single moment's hesitation. How did I just now discover this song?!? I really like Eric, Infinite is my ult bias group, and I have a major weak spot for brassy/funky pop songs. This song is exactly right up my alley and I've been obsessed with it all. month. Seriously, I'm listening to it while writing this and I don't think I'll ever get sick of it. It's such a bop. It's so much fun. I have nothing else to say. Just go listen to this perfection.
True Love by Sunggyu
I've often stated that ballads and slower songs are typically songs that I have to warm up to or that I have a harder time loving. But this song. This is the type of slower song that I immediately fall in love with. When I heard the teaser, I was immediately hooked because the song is one of those that makes your heart feel like it's soaring. I can't figure out any better way to explain it. The instrumentation/backing track is pretty sparse, but it's still so powerful and uplifting. It makes my heart do weird somersaults and backflips. But maybe that's just Sunggyu in general haha.
Mama by EXO
Like I said earlier, I listened to a lot of EXO this month, and that started with me dowloading all of their title tracks. And I fell in love with Mama immediately. Growl is still my favorite EXO song, but Mama is giving it a serious run for its money. First off, if you include strings and a choir in a KPop song, I'm sold. It gives it such a cool, dark, almost Gothic feel that I really love. Then, fast forward to the bridge section with the rap/scream/whatever that is, and I'm totally sold and in love. It's so good, and so epic.
Just Do It by BSS (Seventeen)
This song is so cheesy and silly, but it's so much fun and it's another song that is directly up my alley. It brings back Seventeen's funky vibes that I love so much, and punctuates it with an electric guitar. Seriously, if you put an electric guitar in a pop song, I melt. Also there are brief brassy interjections, which we've also established is something I love. Add onto that the chant-like 2nd half of the (already mega-catchy) chorus and I'm totally in love. Seriously, this song is so much fun and I couldn't care less if it's just a silly little fun song.
B.O.D.Y by VIXX
Like I said earlier, VIXX's Voodoo album has been on constant repeat for me, and although this song definitely falls squarely within the "guilty pleasure" category, I can't help but love it. If you've heard this song & read this post to this point, you already know why. It's brassy. It's funky. It's everything I love. This whole album is amazing, but this song is a definite standout. I was going to list some other songs on the album that I love, but honestly I love every single one of them. I wasn't exaggerating when I said that this album has cemented itself as one of my favorite KPop albums ever. It's actually fantastic. I just scrolled through it on my phone and I think the only one I'm not totally obsessed with is Someday, but I still even love that one. I'll talk more about them at the end, though!
One and Only You by Got7 (feat Hyolyn)
Right off the bat, the video they released for this song is so cute and fun. I also immediately loved the song, and in some ways I almost wish that it was the title track, because I think I actually like it more than Look. But that's neither here nor there. I want to take a moment to mention my two other faves from the album that I have yet to mention on here-- Us & Thank You. Yugyeom's songs aren't always my fave, but I'm in love with Us. IDK what it is about this month, but apparently everything has vaguely Latin vibes, because that's what I get from both of these songs. They both heavily feature the acoustic guitar, which I think adds to that vibe. Anyway, I've said it already and I'll say it another 10 times-- this mini is really strong across the board. So. Good.
Love Me Right by EXO
Like with Power, this is another song that I kinda re-discovered this month. I think in the past, I've preferred Call Me Baby over this one (Call Me Baby was the title track of their 2nd album, and then the album was repackaged with Love Me Right as its title track), but this month, I changed my tune (heyoooo, bad pun!). Love Me Right is so fun and funky and I just absolutely love it. Call Me Baby is as well, but I don't think I love it quite as much, even though they're both fairly high on my list of favorite EXO songs. Either way, I really love this song, and I've been listening to it a lot lately. I've also been listening to Growl a lot, but TBH I'm always listening to Growl a lot, and I felt like that might be a bit redundant to keep including it haha.
Hot Potato by N.Flying
I've been aware of Hot Potato since around the time that it was first released, and I even listened to it a couple times around then, but at the beginning of the month I found it getting stuck in my head (for some reason, it and Mamma Mia get conflated in my mind), so I ended up downloading it and it's one of the songs I've had on a near-constant loop. It's just a ton of fun and super quirky. Plus, we all know how I feel about bands, so obviously I really enjoy this. I'm not sure if I plan on seeking out more N.Flying music, but I do really like Hot Potato.
Electric Kiss by EXO
There were a couple reasons I started getting more into EXO lately. One of them was their performance at the Olympics. The other was this song. I had no idea they'd released a new Japanese song until I saw The Bias List review it, and when I listened to it, I was immediately in love. It's so intense and in-your-face and so much fun. I'm absolutely obsessed.
Beautiful Killer by VIXX
While there were other songs I considered from Voodoo for this list, I wound up with Beautiful Killer mostly because I think it was the one I listened to the most and the most consistently throughout the month. But like I said, pretty much the entire album applies here, and I'm in love with every single song, so I'll just stop repeating myself and tell you to go listen to this amazing album.
Aight, so it's time to reflect on last month's predictions and my predictions for the coming month. I said I'd be listening to a lot more VIXX, Got7's comeback, Day6's Japanese debut, and Golden Child. Obviously, check and check on the first two. I've also been listening to Day6's Japanese debut, but I thought that it would be more than 2 songs (one of which I already had), and although I have been listening to Baby, It's Okay, it didn't quite break into this top 15. As for Golden Child, Lady almost found itself on this list, but they simply just ended up getting overshadowed by VIXX and EXO. I also mentioned that Sunggyu and SF9 would be on here, and hey look, they're here!
Going forward, I think I'm going to be listening to even more VIXX and EXO. I finished downloading all of VIXX's music on iTunes near the end of the month, so I've been listening to some of those songs a lot and expect to do so for the coming month. I also plan on downloading more EXO music. Also, Monsta X's new mini just got released, and I really love the new Stray Kids single, so I think those will be on repeat a lot. PLUS, Pentagon is having a comeback on the 2nd and VIXX is releasing a full album mid-month, so I think I'm going to be listening to that a lot as well. I want to fit Golden Child in there at some point too, but TBH April is always super busy for me because of finals & stuff, so I'm not sure if I'll have time. We'll see!
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!