Last we spoke, I’d finessed an entire BOYFRIEND singles rate, and got a couple dozen of you to comply by hiding them among 80ish other songs.
Sorry about that!
The original plan was to tackle their b-sides next, but when @junglefish sat me down and explained he’d be withholding his creative services, I knew it was time to pivot.
Even though the Sweetune Singles Rate wrapped less than a year ago, it kinda feels like a whole different lifetime. Wouldn’t you agree? I know a lot’s changed for me since then – like how I get acid reflux now! Time marches on, and eventually, we all leave our past selves in the dust.
You probably see where I’m going with this; if not, let’s try a different approach. Take a peek at our Sweetune top 10 – notice anything odd? With only one exception, everything was from 2013 or earlier. The top 20 bore similar results, with 2009-2013 being thoroughly represented, offset by a single 2020 release.
It seems odd that a discography spanning an entire decade (and more! hell, we even made a last-minute addition to the songlist) would be so front-loaded. Almost makes it seem like something happened around 2014… like something chang— oh for God’s sake, you get it.
Yes, in my personal favourite Kpop chicken-or-egg scenario, Sweetune’s gilded age started winding down just as a handful of members splintered off to form MonoTree. Did they see the writing on the wall and decide to cut their losses? Or did they callously take the magic with them?
Either way, MonoTree’s been hard at work since 2014, and they’ve made themselves a household name in that time – especially here on KPJ. Most famously, they were instrumental in laying the groundwork for the LOONAVERSE through what many of us consider their golden age. More recently, they’ve steered my personal faves ONF to great success, primarily under the care of founding member Hwang Hyun.
But anyone who keeps an eye on album credits will know that’s only a sliver of the whole story – MonoTree’s many members have been all over the damn industry, nabbing credits on title tracks, OSTs, and fan-favourite b-sides.
Over the coming weeks and months, we’re going to celebrate their brightest moments (so far! something we couldn’t confidently say last time...)
And this time, there’s no MV requirement – it’s all fair game.
Welcome to MonoTree: The Popjustice Rate!