Somehow, another month has already come and gone, and it's once again time for me to list my most played songs of May. I think I say that this list is tricky every single month, but I found it especially difficult this month (another thing I think I say every month), because most of my listening was restricted to podcasts and VIXX title tracks. However, I was listening to those title tracks for a ranking video that I posted last week, and I really didn't want this video to be a complete re-hash of that list. So, I excluded VIXX tracks from the list, and found it pretty difficult to figure out where to go from there. But, I eventually pulled it together, so here they are-- my 10 most played songs of May.
Call Call Call by Seventeen
Starting out with the song that essentially dominated my listening in May-- Seventeen's Japanese debut. I always have trouble keeping up with groups' Japanese activities. I'm not sure whether they're just not this was being released until a few days before, and TBH, waking up to this song was better than waking up to presents on Christmas morning. Clap was the song that made me stan Seventeen, and ever since its release, it's been my uncontested favorite song by them. Call Call Call put itself up there with Clap immediately. Even two weeks later, I'm still not sure which one I like better. It's seriously such an awesome song. I still haven't seen the songwriting credits on it, but I'm just going to logically assume Woozi wrote it and therefore scream Woozi's praises into the endless void. This song is perfection from start to finish, and it's probably my favorite song of the year so far (District 9 gives it a run for its money tho... it's one of the 2).
DDD by EXID
Hero by Monsta X
Hero was one of the first KPop songs that I fell in love with, and although it took me a while to return to Monsta X and fully stan them, this song has been in rotation on my phone for quite a while. It fell off the radar a bit when I was starting to stan them (because I was listening to new-to-me stuff, rather than stuff I'd already heard a thousand times), but this month I kinda re-discovered my love for it. It's such a bop. I'm hoping to rank Monsta X's title tracks soon... once I can determine what to count and what to not count lol.
You and I by Dreamcatcher
Apart from my top 4 groups (my 3 ults-- Got7, Day6, & Infinite + Pentagon), this was the comeback I was most excited to see this year. Despite a pretty scant discography to date, all of their music has been incredibly solid. While they have this rock sound, their album tracks are really diverse and it's something I really appreciate about them. I haven't listened to the new mini as much as I intended to, but You and I is fantastic, Dami's magic trick is still impressive, and the album track Scar is another fave. TL;DR: Dreamcatcher are my queens, and they can do no wrong.
Black or White by Cross Gene
Someone mentioned/recommended this song on my video talking about my favorite KPop genres and concepts, and I immediately fell in love. I'm really bummed I couldn't include the normal MV in either this post or my video (won't embed for the former, video flags as inappropriate for the latter), because the song and MV combined create what I believe to be a real masterpiece. The song is so intense and fantastic and the strings are stunning. I promptly found myself going back and listening to more of Cross Gene's music, and while this is still a standout for me, I'm really liking what I've heard from them.
Cheer Up by Twice
I can't remember if or when I've mentioned this, but when I was first getting into KPop, the two things I was listening to were 1- Infinite's discography, & 2- Cheer Up by Twice. It's weird-- this song was such a major influence on my introduction into KPop that I almost dissociate it with Twice altogether. Not purposefully, mind you-- IDK how to describe it, it's almost as if they just don't seem connected in my mind. It's weird. Either way, this song is forever one of my favorite KPop songs, and I've been rediscovering my love of it recently, much like with Hero.
Latata by (G)-IDLE
Alright, Cube, you got me. I saw that Cube was debuting a new girl group, and when I saw the name (G)-IDLE, my immediate response was "OMG you've got to be kidding me, why is this another weird KPop group name?! How is that even pronounced?!" but that immediate frustration was what intrigued me. When they debuted, I figured I had to check out this girl group with the weird name. And TBH I really liked it. I feel like people have been quick to jump on the "overhyped" bandwagon, but I don't think it is. The song is really interesting and the members have really interesting timbres to their voice. I also have this ongoing frustration with the way girl groups are promoted/marketed/etc, because they often fall into infantilizing cute concepts or overly sexual (IMO, objectifying) concepts (or a heavier hip hop sound, which isn't necessarily my thing), so when I come across a girl group song that I like and that doesn't fall into one of those categories, I latch on. And that's what happened here.
(BTW, IDK how it's officially being pronounced in English, but the Korean spelling is (여자)아이들. 여자 means woman in Korean, but can also mean girl in the case of the word girlfriend (which is also GFriend's Korean name: 여자친구) so given that GFriend=Girlfriend, I'm assuming that (G)I-DLE is supposed to be pronounced Girl Idol. Seems a bit cheesy to me, but hey-- I didn't come up with it lol)
Night Rather Than Day by EXID
Whenever I've heard EXID's music in passing (AKA before actively seeking it out), this has always been the song that's stood out to me the most. My love of funk-inspired KPop is well documented at this point, and it's got a bit of a light funk influence. It's really catchy and fun, and it might be my favorite EXID song apart from Up & Down... but don't quote me on that.
Bad by Infinite
I'm not sure I really have anything to say about this song that I haven't already said lol. This is my most played KPop song of all time. It's my favorite Infinite song, and I think it's fantastic. I don't listen to Infinite as obsessively as I used to, so sometimes when I return to my favorite songs by them, it's like I'm falling in love with them all over again, and that happened to me with Bad this month. Every time that synth fades in and those strings start, it just does something to my poor heart that I can't control. It's amazing from start to finish and I could listen to it a thousand times on repeat and never get sick of it.
Fake Love by BTS
Admittedly, my very first listen of this song, I wasn't sold. I liked it for sure, but I think (per usual) I was wanting something more up tempo or hype and I got something that, while mega intense, was not quite what I was wanting. That said, upon subsequent listens, I've only enjoyed it more and more. I've said thousands of times that if you put a crunchy guitar into a song, I'm happy. And that's what BTS has done (2018 is the year of the crunchy rock guitar in KPop, y'all, and I'm SO HERE FOR IT). I have the full album and I've listened to it, but not quite enough to have fully formed opinions on all of the songs. I think my favorites are pretty definitively The Truth Untold, Pluto, Airplane pt. 2, and So What, but from the few listens I've given the album, it's pretty solid across the board.
On to last month's predictions-- I correctly predicted that I'd be listening to BTS & Dreamcatcher's comebacks & doing a deeper dive into the music of one of my bias groups (VIXX-- I ranked their title tracks), but I do need to still do what I mentioned and listen to Monsta X & Seventeen's discographies more actively. I mentioned that I wasn't really sure where I'd be going with my music listening this month, and that's definitely true. I found it really hard to create this list because I was either listening to Call Call Call, or some completely random playlist 99% of the time.
As for next month, I feel like I have a clearer direction forward... kinda. Within the past week, I've been starting to delve deeper into some groups that I've been meaning to listen to. Someone suggested a BAP song to me, and ever since then, I've been making my way through their discography because I'm obsessed with their sound. I've also been listening to GFriend (Navillera & Me Gustas Tu were close to making it on this list) and a bit of Sistar as well. But, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that unless something really wild happens, by this point next month, I will be obsessed with BAP's music and potentially stanning them. I can already tell you my bias is either Yongguk or Youngjae. Probably Yongguk.
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!