There’s no doubt the end of November and the start of December have been hectic.
The last day of November GOT7, Kai, and Enhypen released their albums. Then in December I watched two online concerts (B1A4 and Pentagon) plus MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards). I did write a blog post for both online concerts and videos (including MAMA 2020).
I would like to remind everyone the songs I list are my personal picks for the month. There are plenty of groups/artists I don’t mention in this post – But check my Spotify playlist for November and they might be there 🙂
Let’s start with my honorable mentions:
Kai – “Mmmh”/ “Hello Stranger” – This is one of my favorite solo debuts of 2020 and honestly I love all the songs on Kai’s album.
BTS – “Life Goes On” – A hopeful song the world needs. Plus their monumental and personal album Be, is really good. “Dis-ease” and “Stay” are some of my favorite tracks.
MAMAMOO – “Aya”/ “Travel” – Iconic songs, Mamamoo doesn’t follow trends they set them.
WOODZ – “On my own”, “Thanks to” and “Sweater” – His title track is good but his b-side songs are incredible . WOODZ is another artist that doesn’t follow trends. He has his own sound and style and I love it.
Ha Sung Woon – “Without You” and “2000 Miles” – These songs are so underrated, Sung Woon’s vocals are exquisite and these songs are so sweet.
So now here are my top 5 favorite Kpop songs of November 2020!
5. Taemin – “Think Of You”
I’ll admit, it was really hard to pick one of Taemin’s songs. His whole album Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 2 is so good. I wrote a whole blog post on it, you can read it here. I love all the songs but I think “Think of You” has a little bit of every song from his album – the heartwarming message, the comforting sounds, Taemin’s soft vocals, etc. I think Taemin’s recent comeback is one of my top favorites of his. He is definitely an artist that keeps expanding and growing.
4. GOT7 – “Born Ready”
This song was written by Mark and it is currently my go-to song if I need a boost of confidence. But I have to say, their album Breath of Love: Last Piece is GOT7’s hidden gem. The members participated in its creation and the songs are incredible. Of course I love “Breath” and “Last Piece” but I also love the song “We Are Young”, their vocals are exquisite.
3. Monsta X – “Stand Together”
“Stand Together” and “Nobody Else” are tied. I love the powerhouse anthem-like message and sound in “Stand Together” along with their other b-side track “Beastmode”. But I also love how smooth “Nobody Else” is, Hyungwon participated in composing it, their vocals are so smooth and fluid in this track. I can’t help but have it on repeat. I wrote a blog post on their album Fatal Love, you can read it here. Also their title track “Love Killa” is iconic and that mv too!
2. ENHYPEN – “Intro: Walk the Line”
This song came as a surprise to me. First of all I didn’t expect I would have an intro song as one of my top favorites. Secondly, having a group that debuted on the last day of November be on this list (it’s extremely rare). But Enhypen’s song “Intro: Walk the Line” is so ethereal and other-worldly. The song sounds hopeful and freeing. I love that this song marks the start of Enhypen’s journey – the uncertainties that lie ahead but they have the courage to chase after that future. It’s incredible.
1. CNBLUE – “Then, Now and Forever”
CNBLUE is a band that I never thought I would become such a huge fan of. But once I was introduced to their music, there was no turning back. I have been listening to their albums and watching their concert videos almost everyday since November. I have to thank Boice (their fans) who actually got me into the band. Not only have I become a fan myself but also my mom too! I wrote a blog post on their latest album, you can read it here.
Discovering CNBLUE and their music feels like a whole new world – there’s a before and after – life before CNBLUE and life after CNBLUE.
This comeback marked a change for the band. It’s a pivotal comeback and I’m immensely grateful that I discovered them – and I’m here for this new chapter of their musical journey. All the songs on their album RE-CODE are so beautiful. The lyrics are incredible and it is the perfect album to play in the winter. I could type thousands of words about CNBLUE but I’m trying to keep this post (somewhat) short.
Once again I would like to remind everyone these songs are my personal top picks for the month. There are plenty of groups and artist I didn’t mention. But most of my favorite Kpop comebacks for the month of November are listed on my Spotify playlist.
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