TBH it feels like forever since the last time I posted one of these, but here we are again for another monthly post about my most-played songs. This month, the list was mega easy, because I've fallen head over heels over a new group and they've been absolutely destroying me all month long, so I have a pretty lengthy list of songs by them that have been on a constant loop all month. Add to that the fact that my #1 ult group had a comeback, and we have a playlist of some reeeeeally amazing songs. That said though, given that one group killed me all month (BAP. It's BAP, y'all. IDK why I'm being vague), most of the songs are by them, so there's not a ton of diversity on this list. #sorrynotsorry
Shoot Me by Day6
As I said in my video, I have a general rule that I don't include songs released within the last week of the month in these videos (I save them for the next month) since these are supposed to be the most played songs of the month and a week is only 1/4 of the month. HOWEVER, I made an exception for this because A-Day6 is perfect, and B- I've been listening to this constantly since its release. I've also been listening to the rest of the mini, but the rest are pretty even & I don't have a favorite yet (although Talking To is currently in the lead, I think). The song is just a really new and interesting sound for Day6, while bringing back their more electronic sound from their first mini. It's super cool, and I love that the mini is very 80s inspired.
I Like That by Sistar
Sistar is a group that I've been aware of since I first got into KPop, and I've liked a lot of their songs in the past, but had never actively listened to their music until recently. They have a few different sounds/styles that they've done and they're all up my alley in one form or another. I Like That is probably my favorite Sistar song, but I've really enjoyed all of the songs I've heard by them. I meant to go through their entire discography more in-depth, but they kinda got trampled over this month. I do have all of their music though, so... SOON.
Stop the Rain by Day6
I swear I keep up with my ult groups, but every time they release a new Japanese single, it's never when I thought it would be released and it attacks me from out in left field. And that's what happened with Stop the Rain. Granted, someone accidentally posted this video a few days early, but still. I believe that the actual single isn't supposed to be released until later this month? IDK, Japanese releases are confusing. All I know is that there's another Day6 song coming soon and I can't wait. Anyway, Day6's Japanese releases are actually flawless. This miiiight be up near the top of my favorite Day6 songs ever, but I'm going to have to wait to let it settle somewhere in my rankings before I say anything definitive. Either way it's real great and Day6 continues to blow me away.
Shake It by Sistar
NGL, I'm not a huge fan of this MV. The excessive close-up booty shots go a few steps too far toward objectification territory for my personal liking. That said, the song itself is right up my alley -- bright, brassy, and kinda funky. That's definitely my favorite of Sistar's sounds/styles and it's a total bop.
Young, Wild & Free by B.A.P
Aight, here we go, fam. This wasn't the first BAP song I listened to, nor was it the one that made me want to stan them, but after listening to their full discography, this was the one that immediately jumped out to me as the one with the potential to be my favorite BAP song. I still can't totally say it's definitively my favorite, but oof it's so good. For me, Young Wild & Free has such a solid rock sound while highlighting both their vocalists and their rappers. It's just so great.
Carnival by B.A.P
Something that you're going to notice very quickly with this list is that my favorite BAP songs are the ones that fall at the extremes-- their darkest, most intense rock songs, and their brightest, happiest, poppiest songs. Like many other groups, BAP has a few specific sounds that they stick to, and I'm obsessed with all of them. Anyway, Carnival is just such a fun song. I love the gang vocals in the chorus so much. This song just really allows them to play around and have fun, and for me, that's BAP at their silliest and weirdest.
Bang X2 by B.A.P
I listened to BAP's discography while at work-- I basically worked my way through the entire playlist I'd made (ordered in chronological order, because I'm overly organized with my playlists), and I think I physically froze when this song came on. It was just such a drastic tonal shift and I was immediately in love. I sat at my desk for almost the entire song with my hand over my mouth, covering this massive grin because I was internally screaming at how much I loved the song. Honestly, you can't go wrong when the song begins with Yongguk singing. This whole song just goes off and it's so good.
Moondance by B.A.P
At this point in my life, I feel like I have a pretty solid grasp of sounds and genres that I tend to prefer and gravitate toward. So, when I listened to it the first time, within the first few seconds, I assumed that this would be a middle-of-the-road BAP song for me. One that I liked, but not one that blew me away. And then that chorus hit. And then that post-chorus synth hit. Omg this song is legit a masterpiece. Seriously, it's so cool. The chorus isn't even that stereotypically "catchy," but it's just so... listenable?? Does that even make sense? Like it might not be that earworm chorus that gets stuck in your head and refuses to leave you alone, but it's the type of chorus that you want to listen to over and over again, because it's just that good. And those synths?!?! They're so cool and give it almost a Halloween-y vibe?? Like this whole song is magical? mystical? HAUNTING. That's the word I'm looking for. HAUNTING. And Zelo's rap is so good too? Like honestly this song is seriously a musical masterpiece pls give the composer a round of applause.
Be Happy by B.A.P
Alright, how cliche is it for me to say that this song makes me really, really happy? Too cliche? K, got it. It still makes me really happy tho. Also I've decided to call this song "Uptown Funk, But Better." IDK, I don't make the rules fam, I just listen to the bops. lol but seriously though, this song is so much fun and the best part is watching Daehyun live his best life on stage when performing it. Seriously, he looks like he's having the most fun.
One Shot by B.A.P
I don't even know what to say about this song at this point. Like BAP is just amazing. Fun fact tho, that laptop in the MV is 100% the same laptop I had in 2013 lol. I recognized it immediately. Anyway, this song is just so great. The strings are perfection, the guitar is perfection. The vocal part of the chorus contrasted with Yongguk's part is so perfect, and that choir in the background??? Ugh it's just so good. It has that anthemic, We Will Rock You feel to it. Ugh it's just so perfect.
Feel So Good by B.A.P
Another lighthearted BAP song that I absolutely fell in love with. Honestly, their entire Carnival mini is actual perfection. Rather than their dark, heavy rock/rap sound, it's this lighter, soft rock/poppy/funky/brassy sound and it's just absolutely amazing. When I was first listening to their discography straight through, this whole mini was just such a nice breath of fresh air. Like, their intense stuff is perfection, but getting this nice, lighthearted burst of fun was great. Honestly, BAP is just perfect and they can do so wrong.
Dystopia by B.A.P
Here it is, kids. The song that made me want to stan BAP. Storytime, yeah? Alright, so BAP was actually one of the first KPop groups I listened to (whaaaat? YEP). Wake Me Up, Skydive, and No Mercy were a few of the first KPop songs I really liked. Despite liking them, they were kinda passing faves, and I never ended up looking up more about the group... until a little over a month ago, someone commented on my video on my favorite KPop genres saying that Dystopia was a really cool song with rock influences. I looked it up and instantly had to know everything about this group. From there, I was so screwed. I was whipped for BAP within 24 hours of that first Dystopia listen. That's when I knew that not only were they going to be one of my bias groups, but potentially so much of a fave that they became an ult. Jury's still out on that last one (but probably, soon), but the last time I fell so hard and so fast for a group, it was Day6. Yeah. Over the past few months, I've been constantly listening to new groups, but Day6 was the last time I was this intense about it and fell this head over heels in love. I'd almost forgotten what it was like to get that obsessed with a group lol. Anyway, I've barely even talked about this song, but it is a whole masterpiece. It's so rock-heavy, with these really cool 90s/early 2000s hip hop influences thrown in... honestly it's just perfect. Best, Absolute, Perfect, to be exact. (yep, I'll see myself out)
Power by B.A.P
This one was a grower for me, to be honest. I obviously loved it on first listen, but it didn't really stand out among BAP's early discography at first. There are just so many amazing songs that I was having trouble figuring out which ones I loved the most. But after a few listens through, this one began to stand out. The vocals are just so great and gritty, just like that guitar. There are these little brassy sounding synth insertions occasionally that are so cool, and that "nononono/ani aniya ani aniya" part that Youngjae sings is really cool (at least, I think it's him, lemme check... YES got it- I'm LEARNING). It's just a really POWERful song and I love it. I was going to list some other BAP songs here that I've been listening to, but that would take a bit too long lol so let's just leave it here.
Alright-- time for predictions. I think the following quote sums up last month's predictions pretty 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." Given that Yongguk is now the lockscreen on my phone, I'm going to give myself a big thumbs up on that prediction. That said, though, I greatly underestimated how much I would love Daehyun. TBH although Yongguk is my bias, I could easily see either Youngjae or Daehyun overtaking him at some point. And I mean that in the "literally all of them are my fave" way, not the "I only kinda like Yongguk the best" way. Like literally this whole group is so precious. I also love Jongup a lot. I mentioned a few other groups in the predictions as well, but that didn't happen. Also I didn't know about Day6's comeback yet, so that hit me real hard.
As for next month-- more BAP. I know that already. And that's basically all I know. Seventeen is having a comeback, so that's probably going to absolutely destroy me. TBH I really think this is going to continue to be a BAP-fest until I can get out of this honeymoon (ayyyyy puns) phase. Also the new Golden Child single is really good, so expect to see that as well!
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!