The Top Three K-Pop Songs of December 2022

Monthly Round-UpAt the end of each month, I look back at my three favorite title tracks by K-pop artists. I take my own ratings into account, but there’s a bit of wiggle room as certain songs tend to grow or fade.

December 2022 Overall Thoughts

December is historically a very slow month in K-pop, but every once and awhile it will surprise us. 2022 was not one of those years. When it comes to new releases, I can’t remember a recent December as dry as this one. I wrote a grand total of thirteen K-pop reviews this month, and about a third of those were for holiday songs.

Because of this, my monthly round-up is largely a formality this time. I’m picking a top three as usual, but none of these songs have been a staple on my playlist and I’m unlikely to write about them again. In fact, I’ve barely listened to K-pop at all this month. I’ve been listening to much more J-pop. My top J-pop track of the month has been a particular standout. If you haven’t already, I urge you to check out the J-pop countdown I posted last week.

Taking a break like this is actually nice — especially at the end of the year. But just because I haven’t been listening to much K-pop doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing about it. My year-end list-a-palooza is a major undertaking and filled much of the blog these past few weeks. I’ve still got one more to go (my favorite dramas), but overall I’m happy to turn the page into 2023 and get back to a more sustainable workload.

Whether it ultimately bears out or not, I’m always filled with optimism as we head into January. What amazing K-pop songs are we going to hear this year?

Month Cumulative Rating: 7.8

(compiled by averaging the scores of every K-pop review from this month)

J-Pop Highlights

Klang Ruler – Wait A Minute (video)

Kis-My-Ft2 – Rebirth Stage (video)

Queen Bee – Violence (review)

&TEAM – Scent Of You (review)

8LOOM – Forever Or Never (review)


One Love One Heart – Glory Dayz

WayV – Phantom (review)

Honorable Mentions

NewJeans – Ditto (review)

RM – Wild Flower / Still Life (review / review)

Shinhwa WDJ – Flash (review)

This Month’s Risers and Fallers (not published in December)


3. Vernon – Black Eye (review)

2. Boys Planet – Here I Am (review)

1. ATEEZ – Halazia (review)

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