BTS Biography and Profile
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BTS Biography and Profile

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BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that has been capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally. The members of BTS are RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook. After bringing together the seven young artists, Big Hit Entertainment’s Bang Si-hyuk first debuted BTS to the world in 2013 with their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool and lead single “No More Dream” to moderate success. They also entered the Japanese market with a Japanese-language version of their single. BTS continued to release albums in Korean and Japanese and to tour Asia over the following years, with a few stops in the U.S. in 2015 for KCON. Read more


Horoscopes: Aquarius, Libra, Pisces, Virgo, Capricorn, Sagittarius.

BTS Biography and Profile Early Life.

BTS are a K-pop (or Korean pop) group made up of seven members, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook, who come from all over South Korea. BTS’s rise to prominence has been so immense over the last few years that the band’s new album — arguably its biggest ever — is a major release. Map of the Soul: 7 is a love letter to BTS’s huge international fandom, with songs written by each of the band’s seven members. They launched in 2013 and have since rocketed to global stardom. Over the years, the group have produced material around various themes starting with the ‘School’ trilogy. This was followed by the ‘Most Beautiful Moment in Life’, ‘Wings’, and most recently, the ‘Love Yourself’ series. Their album ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ stormed to the top of the US charts, which saw South Korean President Moon Jae-in taking to Twitter to congratulate the boys on their success. BTS is the biggest K-pop group internationally, and it doesn’t look like they’re stopping any time soon. The boys all live together and apparently Jin does all the cooking. The band’s own choreographer Mr Son says that J-Hope is the best dancer. What do they like to do to relax? The answer is SLEEP! But the boys of BTS try to stay grounded.

BTS Members Biography and Profile:

BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that has been capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally. The members of BTS are RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook. After bringing together the seven young artists, Big Hit Entertainment’s Bang Si-hyuk first debuted BTS to the world in 2013 with their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool and lead single “No More Dream” to moderate success. They also entered the Japanese market with a Japanese-language version of their single. BTS continued to release albums in Korean and Japanese and to tour Asia over the following years, with a few stops in the U.S. in 2015 for KCON.

But it wasn’t until 2016 that they really began to take off internationally, with their Wings EP and, later, the “DNA” music video breaking records. Cracking the Billboard Top Social Artist chart was another major milestone, as they bested social media mainstays Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez for the title; they’ve stayed atop that chart for 95 weeks as of time of publish. They also gained traction in the U.S. market with their Billboard Music Awards appearance in 2017 and a subsequent publicity tour of talk shows.

Gaining recognition from their authentic, self-produced music and top-notch performances to the way they interact with their fans, the band has established themselves as global superstars breaking countless world records.

While imparting a positive influence through activities such as the LOVE MYSELF campaign and the UN ‘Speak Yourself’ speech, BTS has mobilized millions of fans across the world (named ARMY), topped prominent music charts, sold out worldwide tours including stadiums and has been named as one of TIME 100: The Most Influential People of 2019. The band has also been recognized with numerous prestigious awards like the Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards.

They’ve been number one on iTunes in over 91 countries and regions with their latest album Map Of The Soul: 7, have got over 26 million subscribers on YouTube and are the first K-pop band EVER to top the US album charts. The album, which marks the band’s return after a brief hiatus, features collaborations with the likes of Sia and Troye Sivan. It’s the latest achievement from a band that’s spent the last few years smashing one success metric after another, from spending multiple weeks on US charts to making a landmark appearance at the American Music Awards — the first of many American awards-season appearances since, including performing with Lil Nas X at the 2020 Grammys.

BTS has had a truly huge run of milestone accomplishments. In 2018, they became the first South Korean band in history to debut an album at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, as well as the first to have a single land at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band’s third world tour promptly sold out. They collaborated with the Chainsmokers on their 2018 song “Best of Me,” and with Steve Aoki on their December 2017 single remix “Mic Drop” — then later collaborated with Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, and Halsey. They made an appearance before the UN and performed in Times Square on Good Morning America. They even snagged a couple of Guinness World Records for their incredibly engaged fanbase.

They performed in Times Square on New Years Eve two years in a row. In 2019, they scored their first Grammy nomination, for Best Recording Package, and presented an award at the ceremony. That same year, they also became the first Korean band to perform on Saturday Night Live, and appeared in the annual Time 100, along with winning the magazine’s reader poll for the second year in a row. Their profile in the piece was appropriately written by Halsey, who noted:

“Outwardly, they are polished and professional, but hours of laughter, secret handshakes and gifts exchanged show those around them that underneath this showstopping, neatly groomed movement are just some guys who love music, one another and their fans.”

Although the first place belongs to V and the last place belongs to Rap Monster, for A.R.M.Y all of the members belong in the first place in A.R.M.Y’s hearts.

Jin (Kim Seok-jin) Biography:

JIN Biography, Kim Seok-jin, BTS Boyband
JIN Biography, Kim Seok-jin, BTS Boyband

Real Name: Kim Seok Jin. Stage Name: Jin. Position: Vocalist. Date of Birth: December 4, 1992. Weight: 63 kg (139 lbs). Height: 179 cm (5’10” 1/2). Zodiac: Sagittarius. Blood Type: O. Hobbies: Cooking, playing video games, and taking selcas.

The oldest of the bunch, 27-year-old Jin is nicknamed “worldwide handsome” after he introduced himself as such at a press conference in 2017. While most people probably couldn’t get away with an introduction like that, for Jin it’s fair play since he was actually originally scouted for the band because of his looks. Like many men his age, Jin whiles away the hours off-stage playing video games and, according to fellow band member RM, if he were a Friends character he’d probably be Ross… but with much better style.

Jin’s the chef of the group. Before their debut he said he can eat once in two hours. One day he attended a dinner with his family and he eat so much that he couldn’t stand up to walk. Although he is a boy he really likes the color pink. BIGBANG’s T.O.P is his role model. His favorite foods are lobster, chicken, hamburgers, pizza, naengmyeon (Korean cold noodles), and all types of junk foods. His favorite number is 4. He has a weird habbit of blinking his left eye when he is hungry. Jin is often delirious, he even sings ‘ Johayo ‘ when he sleeps. J-Hope and Suga do not call him delirious but just that he sings when sleeping. He has the best body among BTS members. If he was a girl, he said he would date Jimin because he is shy and someone like jimin would help him open up and be social. Jin’s ideal type is a girl whose looks and personality is similar to that of a puppy, who is good at cooking, kind and would take good care of him.

Suga (Min Yun-ki) Biography:

SUGA Biography, Min Yun-ki, BTS Boyband, Min Yun-ki
SUGA Biography, Min Yun-ki, BTS Boyband, Min Yun-ki

Real Name: Min Yoon Gi. Stage Name: Suga. Position: Lead Rapper. Date of Birth: March 9, 1993. Religion: Christian (Catholic). Weight: 59 kg ( 130 lbs ). Height: 174 cm ( 5’8. 5 ). Zodiac: Pisces. Blood Type: O. Hobbies: Doing nothing when he has free time, taking photos, avoiding having to do work.

Suga speaks with a satoori accent when he is nervous and when he cries. His favorite food is meat. He would date Jin if he were a girl. His favorite number is 3 (three). Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, and Hit Boy are his role models. Before debut he said he had legs as nice as any member of Girl’s Generation. Suga likes to use other members underwear especially Jungkook’s. When Jungkook knows Suga is wearing his underwear he gets mad and Suga says sorry, but the next day Suga keep wearing Jungkook’s underwear. Suga is multitalented because he can repair broken things. He favorite color is white. Suga’s ideal type is a girl who likes music, especially hip-hop.

“There was never a moment when I didn’t have a dream. And I fulfilled all of my dreams,” rapper Suga told Naver while opening up about his anxiety. Although the context was sombre, his statement itself is a pretty impressive feat. Suga’s place in the band was earned through pure hustle: he began writing songs aged 13, worked part-time in a recording studio during his late teens and is often seen sleeping thanks to late nights in the recording studio. Apparently, he also sometimes refers to himself as “Genius Suga”. Self-praising nicknames are clearly a trend.

J-Hope (Jung Ho-seok) Biography:

j-hope Biography, Jung Ho-seok, BTS Boyband
j-hope Biography, Jung Ho-seok, BTS Boyband

Real Name: Jung Ho Seok. Stage Name: J-Hope. Position: Lead Rapper and Main Dancer. Date of Birth: February 18, 1994. Religion: Non-religious. Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs). Height: 177 cm (5’10”). Zodiac: Aquarius. Blood Type: A. Hobbies: Listening to music and window shopping.

J-Hope was the rapper in 2AM’s Jokwon’s “Animal”. He loves kimchi and he loves to eat like a king. He is the best dancer in BTS. He called BTS’ mother because he always scolds the other members like a mother, cleans the other members rooms and his room is the cleanest. His favorite season is spring. His favorite number is 7 (seven) because he thinks it is lucky. A$AP Rocky, J.Cole, and G-Dragon are his role models. He has weird habit of sleeping with both his arms raised above his head when laying down. He hates exercising or working out. J-Hope’s ideal is a girl who loves him, is good at cooking and thinks a lot.

The group’s star dancer, J-Hope’s prowess on the dance floor had already helped him make a name for himself prior to joining BTS, having already won competitions with his dance troupe Nueron. But don’t think that means he doesn’t take music seriously. Another one of the group’s rappers, J-Hope released a solo mixtape last year, explaining to Time that he “also wanted to put my own story to music and share it with the world”. If you’re new to BTS, he recommends adding the following songs to your playlist first: “No More Dream”, “Boy In Luv”, “Dope”, “Fire”, “Save Me”, “Blood Sweat & Tears”, “Not Today”. Who are we to disagree?

RM (Kim Nam-jun) Biography:

RM Biography, Kim Nam-jun, BTS Boyband
RM Biography, Kim Nam-jun, BTS Boyband

Real Name: Kim Nam Joon. Stage Name: Rap Monster. Position: Main Rapper, Leader. Date of Birth: September 12, 1994. Religion: Atheist. Weight: 67 kg (147 lbs). Height: 181 cm (5’11”). Zodiac: Virgo. Blood Type: A. Hobbies: Surfing the web.

RM studied in New Zeland and stayed there for 6 months. He taught himself how to speak English, and can speak it extremely well. His favorite colour is black. His favorite number is 1 (one) because he likes being the best. He said he would date J-Hope because he thinks J-Hope’s personality is like a mother. Has a weird habit of rolling his shoulders back to loosen them up before singing or performing or just in general. Kanye West and A$AP Rocky are his role models. Openly supports gay rights. His favorite foods are meat and Korean knife noodles. Rap Monster’s ideal type is sexy and someone that is thoughtful and confident.

Unable to decide whether he’s a Chandler or the Monica to Jin’s Ross, RM, taught himself English by watching – you guessed it – Friends. After impressing the industry with his work in Korea’s underground rap scene, RM became the first BTS member to be recruited in 2010 and, as such, takes on the role of the group’s leader. But, as he told Miss Vogue last year, “BTS is a democracy” and group decisions are settled by a round of rock-paper-scissors.

V (Kim Tae-hyung) Biography:

V Biography, Kim Tae-hyung, BTS Boyband
V Biography, Kim Tae-hyung, BTS Boyband

Real Name: Kim Tae Hyung. Stage Name: V. Position: Vocalist. Date of Birth: December, 30 1995. Religion: Christian. Weight: 62 kg (137 lbs). Height: 178 cm (5’10”). Zodiac: Capricorn. Blood Type: AB. Hobbies: Searching for music that no one listens to, going on the computer.

V likes anything that is unique. His favorite foods are japchae and any type of meat. His favorite colors are black, green, and white. The other members call him Blank Tae because of his blank expression. He has a habbit of biting his nails. His dad is his role model. His favorite number is 10 (ten). He likes collecting big, oversized dolls. He has been in the group for a while, but fans didn’t know or hear of him until the time around his debut. V’s ideal type is someone who takes care of him and loves him only and who has a lots of aegyeo.

According to Jimin, sometimes 24-year-old V “acts like a brat”, but is redeemed by his motherly instincts. Plus, as Jimin also notes, “He’s really cute.” Who said that looks aren’t everything? Another member who is also venturing into producing solo music, V’s sights have always been set on pop stardom, ever since he began singing and playing the saxophone during his school years. After months of teasing, V’s first stand-alone track was released at the end of January and has since been streamed 51.7 million times on the band’s SoundCloud account.

Jimin (Park Ji-min) Biography:

Jimin Biography, Park Ji-min, BTS Boyband
Jimin Biography, Park Ji-min, BTS Boyband

Real Name: Park Jimin. Stage Name: Jimin. Position: Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer. Date of Birth: October 13, 1995. Weight: 61 kg (134 lbs). Height: 173,6 cm (5’8). Zodiac: Libra. Blood Type: A. Hobbies: Relaxing whenever he gets a chance.

Jimin was the last member to join BTS. His favorite colors are blue and black. His favorite foods are pork, duck, chicken, fruit, and kimchi jigae. He prefers sunny but cool weather. Is known for his impressive abs. BIGBANG’s Taeyang is his role model. He said he looks like a pig because he has chubby cheeks. His favorite number is 3 (three). Has a habbit of dancing and moving along to the music no matter where he is. Jimin’s ideal type is a nice and cute girl who is smaller than him.

Another of BTS’s prized dancers, Jimin is known for his innocent look. In fact, some (specifically J-Hope) might even go as far to say that “he was born with cuteness”. We haven’t seen the baby pictures, but we’ll take their word for it. In addition to being a member of one of the biggest boy bands ever, Jimin is also enjoying success as a solo artist, with his tracks “Serendipity” and “Lie” working their way onto Official Charts’ 20 most streamed BTS songs in the UK. Not only that: like the rest of the band, he regularly donates money to causes he cares about, typically education programmes in his hometown, Busan. It’s not hard to see why he’s one of the most tweeted-about celebrities in the world, is it?

Jung Kook (Jean Jeong-guk) Biography:

Jung Kook Biography, Jean Jeong-guk, BTS Boyband
Jung Kook Biography, Jean Jeong-guk, BTS Boyband

Real Name: Jeon Jeong-Guk. Stage Name: Jungkook. Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Sub Rapper, Center, Magnae. Date of Birth: September 1, 1997. Religion: Non-religious. Weight: 66 kg (145 lbs). Height: 178 cm (5’10”). Zodiac: Virgo. Blood Type: A. Hobbies: Drawing.

Jung Kook favorite number is one. His favorite color are black, white, and red. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon is his role model. He has a weird habit where he sniffles a lot because of his rhinitis. He also wriggles his fingers a lot. He is a member who spends a lot of time in the bathroom. He was the most dirty member as he has a messy room. He likes shoes and makeup. His favorite foods are anything with flour. He really want to visit Australia. Jungkook’s ideal type is someone who’s at least 168 cm but smaller than him, is a good wife, good at cooking, smart, has pretty legs, and is nice. Also a girl who likes him and is good at singing.

Baby of the band Jungkook joined BTS at just 15, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t hold his own among the rest of the group. With serious vocal chops, before joining BTS he was one of the most in-demand new talents in the K-pop industry, having already appeared on a Korean singing show. Now that he’s at the top of his game, Jungkook has set his sights on other pursuits such as filmmaking and helping to reduce Korea’s steep import taxes on Calvin Klein. “What about a group discount: 30-pack of Calvin shirts for $30, how’s that?” he joked to US Vogue last year. Sounds like a reasonable offer.

BTS Songs and Album:

MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 TRACK.
BTS Released 4th Studio Album “MAP OF THE SOUL: 7”!
A heartfelt story of BTS and their search for their “real selves”. The MAP OF THE SOUL series contains the honest and heartfelt story of BTS and their journey of discovering their true selves. The first chapter of this story, “MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA”, sang about the world and the joy of love, and the discovery of the self as it is displayed to the world; “MAP OF THE SOUL: 7” now turns inward to the shadow within in a candid acknowledgement that it, too, is part of the self.

“MAP OF THE SOUL: 7” looks back on the past seven years of BTS since their debut as seven members of one team. The journey was not always smooth sailing, and there were special travails that they had to endure in their rise as global superstars. Now, understanding that the scars left by those hardships is a part of their real selves, BTS accepts both “the self I want to show” and the “self I want to scorn” to at last tell their own story of finding their “real and complete selves”.

Bridging fine art and popular art through such initiatives as the global art project CONNECT, BTS and the “Black Swan” art film featuring a modern dance interpretation of the early-release track, BTS is poised to show their latest growth as artist through “MAP OF THE SOUL: 7”.

LOVE YOURSELF ‘HER’.
BTS released LOVE YOURSELF: ‘HER’! This an expression of the anxiety and elation of love, told in the unique style of BTS. The “love” that BTS aims to convey in the LOVE YOURSELF series is both the individual experience of a boy growing into adulthood and a message of peace and unity to our society today. In the mini album ? ‘HER’ that begins this new narrative, the image of boys in love for the first time are expressed in a refreshing and cheerful take that aims to talk about the topic of “love” while immersed in a coming-of-age tale.

MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA.
FINDING JOY IN LOVE AND REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD THROUGH THE LEAD SINGLE ‘Boy With Luv (Feat. Halsey)’. BTS signals the beginning of a brand new story with the release of their newest EP MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA on April 12. As global superstars who play stadiums and are loved by countless fans across the world, BTS now looks to shape the future reflecting on and using the power they have gained while embracing all its shadows.

Opening the MAP OF THE SOUL series with PERSONA, BTS talks about the joy in finding love, and reaches out to the world with the messages they want to share with their fans. The band is especially curious about the stories of each and everyone who have helped them become who they are today.

There are a total of seven tracks in this album, through which BTS weaves together what they genuinely felt both within themselves and the ever-widening world around them. Through RM’s solo piece ‘Intro: Persona’, BTS asks the fundamental question: ‘Who am I?’. World-leading singer Halsey takes part as featured artist in the lead single ‘Boy With Luv (Feat. Halsey)’ where BTS talks about how true strength and love come from finding joy in the little things in life and reaching out to the world.

The album includes ‘Mikrokosmos’ which paints the world around oneself through human interest and the collaboration with world-famous singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, ‘Make It Right’. In ‘HOME’, BTS finds refuge from their hardships and loneliness where their fans are. ‘Jamais Vu’ is a unit song by j-hope, Jin, Jung Kook and ‘Dionysus’ is a signature BTS hip hop track blasting ad-libs and powerful beats from start to finish.

LOVE YOURSELF: ‘ANSWER’.
“Loving oneself is where true love begins”. A celebration with the ARMY. First unveiled in March of 2016, the BTS LOVE YOURSELF series creates a narrative by linking the key songs in each album into a single theme, imparting the message that “loving yourself is true love”. Like a well-written novel having introduction, development, twists, and conclusion it shared a compelling story for two and a half years.

‘ANSWER’ is the final piece of the puzzle. Though it’s a repackaged album, LOVE YOURSELF: ‘ANSWER’ still includes seven brand-new tracks. CD A is a concept album, its sixteen tracks all connected lyrically to highlight BTS’ prowess as both artists and storytellers.

LOVE YOURSELF: ‘TEAR’.
BTS released third studio album LOVE YOURSELF: ‘TEAR’. Fake love inevitably leads to loss and separation. For true love can only begin when you learn to love yourself. BTS’ LOVE YOURSELF series bears the message that loving oneself is the beginning of true love. Whereas the previously unveiled LOVE YOURSELF: ‘WONDER’ and LOVE YOURSELF ? ‘HER’ albums expressed the heart-fluttering and tingling moments of love, LOVE YOURSELF: ‘TEAR’ album embodies the pain of boys faced with parting.

LOVE YOURSELF: ‘HER’.
“Loving yourself is the beginning of true love”. All the different faces of love expressed through the signature music of BTS! LOVE YOURSELF: ‘HER’ is an expression of the anxiety and elation of love, told in the unique style of BTS. The “love” that BTS aims to convey in the LOVE YOURSELF series is both the individual experience of a boy growing into adulthood and a message of peace and unity to our society today. In the mini album ? ‘HER’ that begins this new narrative, the image of boys in love for the first time are expressed in a refreshing and cheerful take that aims to talk about the topic of “love” while immersed in a coming-of-age tale.

YOU NEVER WALK ALONE.
The epilogue brings closure to WINGS. “We can laugh if we are together”, a message of comfort and hope to the youth of this generation.

YOU NEVER WALK ALONE completes the stories of youth and growth that could not all be contained in the WINGS album. Whereas The most beautiful moment in life series and WINGS were narratives of youth and growth, this additional chapter to WINGS is a message of warm consolation and hope for the suffering youth of this generation.

WINGS.
Having met their most beautiful moment in life through the ablum series of the same title, BTS now stands before a new door. Set for release on October 10, WINGS contains songs about boys who encounter temptation for the first time and must ponder and agonize in the face of it. As the seven boys experience pain and bliss, they bring forth the image of birds that break out of their shells and try to take flight for the first time.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOMENT IN LIFE: YOUNG FOREVER.
The final chapter of the story of The most beautiful moment in life. Having won over the world with their two-part The most beautiful moment in life series in 2015, BTS will release their special album The most beautiful moment in life: YOUNG FOREVER on May 2. True to the title of the albums, the series has enabled BTS to now be in the most beautiful moment of their lives. The most beautiful moment in life: YOUNG FOREVER is a special album that marks the conclusion of the epic journey of the series, containing the last stories told by young people who, despite an uncertain and insecure reality (The most beautiful moment in life pt.1) continue to surge forward (The most beautiful moment in life pt.2).

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOMENT IN LIFE PT.1.
BTS has come back with their third mini album, The most beautiful moment in life pt.1. No longer just young boys, the album is an introduction to BTS as a group that continues to grow and develop. In each track are distilled poetic and pop emotions that allows the listener to sense both the soft and the resounding musical transformation of the group. After successfully concluding the “School Trilogy” that discusses the main topics of interest for teens—dreams, happiness and love—the new album begins to discuss “youth”. BTS has chosen the theme of “the most beautiful moment in life”, the start of one’s young adulthood in which beauty coexists with uncertainty. The most beautiful moment in life pt.1 focuses on the uncertain future more than the glamour of youth. In addition, while previous lyrical work had been credited to the rappers (RM, SUGA and j-hope), the vocal members (Jin, Jimin, V, Jung Kook) have now added their names to the credits for this album’s producing and songwriting.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOMENT IN LIFE PT.2.
Seven young men on the threshold of their 20s. Now entering their young adulthood, the members of BTS sang in their previous album, The most beautiful moment in life pt.1, about people their age being threatened by uncertainty. Released seven months after that first installment, The most beautiful moment in life pt.2 sings about the energy of youth barreling forward, embracing even the uncertainty and insecurity. Now beginning to taste the bitterness of grown-up life, they can easily sense that life isn’t always beautiful. However, they continue to sprint forward, relying only on their two destitute legs and the fire in their hearts. There’s nothing else to do but keep running. Facing the powerlessness of one’s youth, they collide and shatter and still cry out that “it’s okay to fall, it’s okay to get hurt.” That is the beauty of this moment. Continuing the tradition of the previous album, the members including RM, SUGA, j-hope, V and Jung Kook add their names to the producing and songwriting credits, showing their own growth as musicians. The lyrics are more profound and the music more passionate. The “Youth Series” concludes with The most beautiful moment in life pt.2, but the boys are only now on the starting line. “Never Mind”, BTS is just getting started.

DARK & WILD.
In their first studio album in a year and two months, BTS sings about love gone awry in DARK & WILD. They warn the girl who acts like she doesn’t love them not to test their love anymore. The boys are no longer in their school uniforms. They have become tougher, singing that their love is not to be treated lightly. A year and two months into their debut, BTS made sure that the visuals, performance and all the elements of their first studio album are flawless. Tracks that highlight the different genres of hip hop—South, West, Boom Bap and Trap—provide a clear direction of BTS’ music. The title track “Danger” is a tightly-composed hybrid hip hop song with a piercing punk-rock guitar sound that features stark rap, a powerful hook and exhilarating shouting.

SKOOL LUV AFFAIR.
With their previous two albums, 2 COOL 4 SKOOL and O!RUL8,2?, BTS sang about the dreams and happiness of teens. The songs spoke about young people living without a dream and schools that force rigid and homogenous thought onto its students. The new album, released on February 12, continues to focus on school and teens. As hinted by the title, SKOOL LUV AFFAIR, the album’s main theme is the love that blossoms in the school. This album is a culmination of the “School Trilogy” project that discusses the topics of most interest to teens their own age—dreams, happiness and love. Such penetrating insight into the hearts and minds of young people led to the absolute support that BTS has received from fans their age. The members again directly participated in the making of the songs, vowing to ensure that the songs reflect the reality of the music fans of their own generation.

O!RUL8,2?
With O!RUL8,2? (Oh! Are you late, too?), BTS offers the message that “you must find your happiness and your own life before it’s too late.” Lyrics that brutally lay open reality as it is deliver a bold admonition to a world that inflicts despair. Children are raised as studying machines without a chance to think about the future.
A world where classmates are not friends but competitors trying to trample each other. BTS sings about the wounds and anguish that such hopeless life has left on today’s teens.

2 COOL 4 SKOOL.
Hip hop group BTS released its debut single 2 COOL 4 SKOOL. While billed as a single, the album boasts an impressive 27-minute runtime. This is the product of the firm conviction and passion of BTS that hip hop musicians must make their voices heard through their albums. Each member flexed their musical prowess by taking part in creating the lyrics and music for every song on the album. BTS has repeatedly said that “hip hop is genuine music for telling one’s own story,” and indeed the members rap about their own experiences and emotions. There is no discontinuity between the emotions and lyrics of BTS. The album is a satisfaction in both quality and quantity.

Here’s the Lists ofBTS Songs Rancked According to The Most Popular:

129: ‘Interlude: What Are You Doing Now’ (2014).

A lightly funky snippet, ‘What Are You Doing Now’ has a nice groove but, clocking in at just 41 seconds, doesn’t leave much of an impression.

128: ‘Intro: 2 Cool 4 Skool’ (2013).

BTS’ first intro track, this one-minute-and-four-seconds track features record scratches and minimal vocals setting the tone for the ‘2 Cool 4 Skool’ album: “Teenagers in their 10s and 20s. Let’s talk about it easily.”

127: ‘Where You From’ (2014) .

Suga’s delivery in the opening verse sounds weirdly like he’s about to burst into the Fresh Prince theme tune but, that aside, this song sails past without making much of a mark.
“I thought I was alone but I’ve learned we are seven,” says Suga on this hidden track from ‘2 Cool 4 Skool’, an early hint of the gang mentality and fierce bond that would help keep BTS going and a smooth exorcism on their post-debut thoughts.

125: ‘Intro: O!RUL8,2?’ (2013).

This snippet of a song might convey a powerful message, make sure you live your life with no regrets, but there’s something about RM’s delivery that comes off a little cheesy.

124: ‘Outro: Luv In Skool’ (2013).

Soft falsettos soaring as the band close out their first ‘O!RUL8,2?’ album with an ode to a romance that just out of reach.

123: ‘Rain’ (2014).

There’s a hint of trip-hop to this dark and woozy cut, which keeps BTS’ energy subdued as they depict a lethargic, listless existence of plodding around in the rain and absent-mindedly drifting around their house.

122: ‘Let Me Know’ (2014).

“You take away the stars of my night, take away the sun of my day/And the only thing that eventually remained is the darkness of a cold cloud,” J-hope raps, tussling with a break-up. Like the cold, cloudy sky he describes, ‘Let Me Know’ is overcast and gloomy, a pathetic fallacy to match the emotions it contains.

121: ‘Outro: Do You Think It Makes Sense?’ (2014).

“Does it make sense? Do you think it makes sense. That our love would change so easily like this,” the members sigh on the closing track to 2014 debut album ‘Dark&Wild’. Accompanied by melancholy R&B trappings, they sound desolate as they grieve for a relationship gone sour.

120: ‘Second Grade’ (2014).

‘Second Grade’ might boast a lot of gunshots woven into its layers but it’s far from the explosive track that this might suggest. Instead BTS reflect on entering their second year in the music industry over a snapping, bright beat.

119: ‘Intro: Skool Luv Affair’ (2014).

‘Intro: Skool Luv Affair’ sees Bangtan’s rappers good-naturedly duke it out to decide how they should portray love. Hopefully? Through hip-hop? RM concludes on the latter as he mourns: “I made you smile and then you went to some jerk who makes you cry.”

118: ‘Cypher Pt. 1’ (2013).

The group’s first rap line-only cypher puts takes on those who say BTS’ MCs can’t be true hip-hop artists. “I’m usually generous but Imma murder your rappers. I’m going to cut you one by one then Imma murder you haters,” RM glowers over an understated beat.

117: ‘Outro: Propose’ (2014).

“I’ll become a rhythm, I’ll become a song. And I’ll sing myself for you,” Jin promises on this soothing piece of pop. As the title hints, it’s a track full of love, telling its recipient that “you’re the only one for me”.

116: ‘War Of Hormone’ (2014).

Ah to be young and fuelled by lust. ‘War Of Hormone’ finds the BTS of 2014 with eyes wide and tongues lolling, drooling over a woman’s “hair, body, waist, legs, even other unspeakable parts”. Lyrics like that caught the band some heat for objectifying women (for which they apologised and promised to learn from), but it’s still worth a listen, if just to hear a tiny Jungkook proudly proclaiming: “Yes I’m a bad boy so I like bad girl.”

115: ‘Intro: The Most Beautiful Moment In Life’ (2015).

Suga leads this intro track, describing a scene on a basketball court as a place for him to exorcise his anxieties. “What I’m shooting at the rim/Are my countless thoughts and worries about life,” he pants over a beat designed to replicate a bouncing ball.

114: ‘Love Is Not Over’ (2015).

Like ‘Hold Me Tight’ from the same album, ‘Love Is Not Over’ sees BTS’ singers refusing to let go of a lover, begging them to come back to them by declaring: “Without you, I don’t think I can be.”

113: ‘Could You Turn Off Your Cellphone’ (2014).

“Give me a mention face to face. I don’t need a like,” plead BTS on this assessment of technology and the rise of social media’s effect on society. “Sometimes I miss the time when we used to look at each other’s face and talk.”

112: ‘Look Here’ (2014).

‘Look Here’ finds young BTS showing off their soft, sultry falsettos with alluring ease, and it’s all set to a gently trotting guitar twang. “Look here, don’t run away,” they command, voices dropped to a hush.

111: ‘Paldogangsan’ (2013).

BTS pay tribute to the dialects of their hometowns on this vibrant hip-hop track, building a song that sparkles with playfulness. Yet they also have a unifying message to share: “Look up, we are all/Looking at the same sky.”

110: ‘Moving On’ (2015).

Written about moving from the dorm they shared as young artists to a new house after their debut, ‘Moving On’ is wistful and sweet, full of memories and past worries. “Goodbye to this place that we grew attached to,” they sing. “Let’s move now to a higher place.”

109: ‘Intro: What Am I To You’ (2014).

Strings fly on this bright opener to ‘Dark&Wild’, making it seem as though the record will be full of lovestruck tunes. It might start off that way, but by the intro’s end that’s certainly not the case, a frustrated RM spitting: “Blowing hot and cold, stop confusing a person’s feelings.”

108: ‘Hold Me Tight’ (2015).

Lost love crops up a lot in Bangtan’s back catalogue and it makes its presence known here, the band clinging onto a relationship that’s on its last legs. “Your cold face tells me everything rather than words. I can see a break up rising over me like a high tide,” Suga says through effects that amplify the distance between him and his partner, his voice coming in and out of focus.

107: ‘Like’ (2013).

Early BTS might have been characterised by big hip-hop sounds but ‘Like’ is an exception to that. It’s full of caramel melodies and a softly lilting vocal hook, cushioning a tale of heartache in the social media age.

106: ‘Outro: Circle Room Cypher’ (2013).

BTS’ first-ever cypher is a delight, it feels like a moment that wasn’t meant to be included on their debut album, like you’re eavesdropping on a bunch of young friends embroiled in a friendly rap battle. J-hope, Suga and RM already prove they’ve got the power of smart wordplay, but most iconic of all is Jin’s verse.

105: ‘21st Century Girls’ (2016).

Snapping beats clatter together on this plea to a generation of women to accept who they are and not succumb to the pressures of Korea’s image-focused society. “You’re beautiful enough. Don’t worry, don’t worry,” Suga sings.

104: ‘Tomorrow’ (2014).

It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re trying to make your dreams reality and to feel like you’re stuck in a rut when it doesn’t seem like you’re progressing fast enough. “I have a long way to go but why am I running in place?” BTS ask on ‘Tomorrow’, the song driven by a stuttering, looped sample that emphasises that feeling of being stuck and unable to move forward.

103: ‘Miss Right’ (2014).

This smooth 2014 song finds BTS serenading their dream girls. It’s cute, if a little cheesy, but you have to admit the line “You’re someone who only exists in the movies” is pretty swoon-worthy.

102: ‘Hip Hop Phile’ (2014).

BTS pay homage to raps greats, from fellow Koreans Epik High to New York legends such as Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. “If loving this culture was a sin. I would have died a hundred times,” Suga notes.

101: ‘A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone’ (2017). .

The atmospheric closer to the ‘You Never Walk Alone’ repackage slowly and softly transforms from a rumination on the struggles BTS face into an offer of a companion through hard times. “This road may be long and rough but. Will you stay with me?” they ask. “We may fall and sometimes get hurt but. Will you stay with me?”

100. ‘Am I Wrong’ (2016).

Class divisions rear their heads on this track, which samples Keb Mo’s 1994 single of the same name. “We’re all dogs and pigs/We become dogs because we’re angry,” they spit at one point, referencing a comment once made by Korean government figures about the less privileged classes.

99. ‘Make It Right’ (2019).

This Ed Sheeran co-write stands as a testament to BTS’ global stature by 2019: they’d come so far that that one of the world’s biggest musicians penned a track for them. There’s just a little too much Sheeran in this mix, though, his signature sound distracting from the group’s usual dominance.

98: ‘Cypher Pt. 2: Triptych’ (2014).

BTS’ cyphers improved over time. The best bit here comes when Suga offers their critics some career advice: “You think you can do music? Just go look for a part-time job.” Burn.

97. ‘Ma City’ (2015).

On ‘Ma City’, the seven members share their memories of their hometowns, fondly remembering the places they were raised. That is until you get to Suga’s verse, when he declares of Daegu: “There’s nothing much to boast about.” Ouch.

96. ‘Lost’ (2016).

A tale of perseverance set to lightly glittering synth-pop, ‘Lost’ sees BTS vow: “No matter how much I wander. I want to believe in my path.” The glittering instrumentation around them acts like guiding lights to the road they need to be on.

95. ‘We On’ (2013).

BTS began taking on their haters pretty early in their career. “Whatever they say. I’m here for my music,” RM purrs on this 2013 track, having easily located the determination to carry on.

94. ‘Converse High’ (2015).

“If I had only one day. I will go see the person who created Converse Highs. Then I’ll tell that person you saved the world,” gushes RM, a fan of the baseball shoes worn by the object of his affections. Suga, meanwhile, has an entirely different message, claiming to “really hate Converse” because of how difficult they are to get off when he’s getting frisky.

93. ‘First Love’ (2016).

Suga addresses his love of piano, taking listeners into his childhood home and documenting his relationship with the instrument over the years. As the song builds, his approach becomes more urgent, heaving out his words until he’s back calmly in “the corner of my memory”, reunited with “a brown piano settled on one side”.

92. ‘Autumn Leaves’ (2015).

BTS are nothing if not creative when it comes to analogies for the demise of a coupling. This time, they take the autumnal image of brown, crisping leaves and relate it to a romantic flame fluttering and burning out.

91. ‘Jamais Vu’ (2019).

Jin, J-hope and Jungkook unite on this ‘Map Of The Soul: Persona’ cut on which they utilise video game metaphors to deal with their mistakes and flaws (“If this was a game, I could just load it again. I guess I gotta deal with this, deal with this. Real world”). A tender piano ballad, ‘Jamais Vu’ isn’t the most dynamic BTS song, but it’s still stirring and elegant.

90. ‘Jump’ (2014).

V’s snarled ‘Skool Luv Affair’ vocal has become iconic over the last six years, not least due to his bandmates’ insistence on singing it at him at any opportunity. Who can blame them?Its sentiment and delivery add up to make something bold and empowering, his rasped vocals assuring: “Even if I live only one day. There can never be any regret.”

89. ‘Dream Glow’ (2019).

Charli XCX, one of pop’s most prolific collaborators, jumps on this track taken from the BTS World game soundtrack. Alongside the British pop star, Jungkook, Jin and Jimin weave an ode to following your dreams over a pleasant EDM bed that gently drives things to a twinkling conclusion.

88. ‘Sea’ (2017).

This hidden track on ‘Love Yourself: Her’ reflects on BTS’ journey and how they overcame their hardships to achieve unprecedented success. “In the end, we reached the mirage and it became our reality,” Suga points out, but there’s a catch: “Why is there this fear in between the happiness?”

87. ‘Coffee’ (2013).

This 2013 slow jam is as rich and velvet-smooth as the different types of java that the group list, cleverly comparing stages of a relationship to said drinks. The first date? “Sweet like a caramel macchiato.” The eventual decline? “Like dripping down espresso.” The inevitable split? “Bitter Americano”, of course.

86: ‘A Brand New Day’ (2019).

BTS might be collaborating with stars from all over the globe these days, but don’t think they’ve forgotten the sounds of their home. This Zara Larsson collab brings together Mura Masa’s modern production with the sounds of traditional Korean instruments such as the haegeum, notes trembling between clinking beats. Meanwhile J-hope and V team up with the Swedish singer to narrate their feelings on overcoming obstacles to reach their goals (“Voice getting louder, the sound of breathing from happiness. I suddenly realised I would make my dream come true”).

85. ‘All Night’ (2019).

RM and Suga call in the late Juice WRLD for the highlight of the BTS World collaborations, swapping verses about success and love over a chill hip-hop groove. “Who’s the one-shot singer?” Suga asks at one point. “Grammys are right in front of our noses.” Where is the lie?

84. ‘Boyz With Fun’ (2015).

“We’re here, the fun boys,” chant BTS at the start of this riot of a retro rap song that does what it says on the tin. “It’s been a while since such things like pretensions went home,” hollers Suga before his bandmates prove there’s definitely no posturing present here, chanting “fun, fun” like a revving engine.

83. ‘Stigma’ (2016).

Over neo-soul stylings, V wrestles with guilt, begging to be punished for his sins. “Deeper, I feel like dying every day,” he cries. “Please let me punished. Please forgive me for my sins.”

82. ‘Danger’ (2014).

“Don’t get me twisted!” BTS warn on this ode to one-sided love, tired of being toyed with. It’s angsty and bruised, much like the band’s hearts and egos, the chorus’ guitar chugs conveying their frustrations.

81. ‘Her’ (2017).

Over piano flourishes and jazz-leaning beats, Bangtan recognise the complexities of love. Here, they might have met the love of their lives, but they’re painfully aware things aren’t always going to be sunshine and rainbows, especially if they hide their true selves.

80. ‘Respect’ (2020).

RM and Suga team up here for an old school hip-hop dissection of the word “respect” and its overuse in modern society. BTS’ ability to get profound might be talked about a lot, but this song proves they’re just as capable of cutting loose and having a bit of fun.

79: ‘Intro: Never Mind’ (2015).

“I don’t give a shit I don’t give a fuck,” barks Suga on the opening track of ‘The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Pt. 2’ and, oh boy, do we believe him. Not that that affords us any safety from his sharp tongue, minutes later he’s doling out blunt advice, jeering: “If you think you’re gonna crash, accelerate even harder, you idiot.” Message received!

78: ‘Cypher 4’ (2016).

“I love, I love, I love myself. Ya playa haters, you should love yourself,” BTS’ rap line taunt on their fifth cypher recording, in which RM adds insult to injury by pointing out people may hate him, but at least they know him. “I like hate comments more than no comments. I don’t know you but you know my name,” he mocks.

77: ‘If I Ruled The World’ (2013).

BTS might be pop kings now, but back in 2013 they only dreamt of ruling the roost. Those fantasies, according to the smooth, old-school vibe of ‘If I Ruled The World’, include using their riches to buy houses and cars, and entertain the women of their dreams. The band themselves, though, acknowledge that they’re being “ridiculous”, shrugging, “but I’m singing this childish song.”

76: ‘24/7=Heaven’ (2014).

A classic slice of loved-up R&B, ‘Dark&Wild’’s ’24/7=Heaven’ is pure romantic bliss. It glides through bright guitar licks as Bangtan happily lose sleep over their new partner. “You make my days like a movie,” they swoon at one point, completely lost to love.

75: ‘Awake’ (2016).

You don’t stop comparing yourself to your peers just because you’re a big-name musician, according to Jin. Over dipping and diving strings, he sighs here: “I can’t fly like the flower petals over there”, insinuating that he’s not as good or talented as his bandmates. Despite that, he’ll keep trying to grow and improve, something he’s more than come good on in the four years since this song’s release.

74: ‘House Of Cards’ (2015).

If BTS were ever asked to write a Bond theme, ‘House Of Cards’ could serve as a strong framework. Its stately instrumentation slowly weaves mystery through the track, which compares a relationship to a house of cards, precarious, unable to withstand any true hardships.

73: ‘Mama’ (2016).

J-hope’s ‘Wings’ solo pays tribute to his mum; he thanks her for supporting him when he was just an aspiring performer. “Now you can believe in your son, you can smile,” he tells her over record scratches and brass tootles.

72: ‘Reflection’ (2016).

This RM solo track features an early call to the ‘Love Yourself’ series that would follow it, closing with a repeated refrain of “I wish I could love myself”. That line concludes a track that sees the BTS leader depicting a scene at Seoul’s Han River, where he’d visit “when I really hate myself”. It’s introspective and delicate, its melodies floating and shifting like the tide.

71: ‘Filter’ (2020).

Jimin’s ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ solo is the perfect embodiment of him as a performer, its Latin-pop sway sounding ready made for the fluid movements he makes as one of BTS’ best dancers. ‘Filter’ is playful too, with Jimin offering to be “your Genie. How ‘bout Aladdin?”

70: ‘Trivia: Just Dance’ (2018).

It’s only fitting that Bangtan’s dance leader J-hope should compare falling in love with pulling some shapes. “Hey dance with me, dance with me. Any kind of dance is fine with me ” he invites over pumping beats that back up his call and propel you to move.

69: ‘Just One Day’ (2014).

Based around the idea of what each member would do if they could have one day with the one they love, this 2014 track is full of longing and melancholy. After they describe their perfect days, it comes to an end with a simple, whispered wish: “Can you please stay with me?”

68: ‘Black Swan’ (2020).

“A dancer dies twice, once when they stop dancing, and this first death is the more painful,” acclaimed dancer Martha Graham once said. The dark, lowkey ‘Black Swan’ uses that idea to explore the impact of falling out of love with your passions, RM wondering if he’s already reached that point. “Nothing can devour me. I shout out with ferocity,” Jin and Jungkook declare later as the band resolve not to let their truest love, music, slip away from them.

67: ‘We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal’ (2020).

The sentiment of this ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ cut is emotional and moving, a testimony to the close bond between BTS and their fans, the ARMY, the aural equivalent of a pair of Best Friends Forever necklaces that will always tessellate.

66: ‘134340’ (2018).

References to the solar system crop up a lot in BTS’ work, and on this ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ track they reference Pluto’s less sexy alternate name, 134340, assigned when it was downgraded to a minor planet in 1992. “There’s no name allowed for me,” RM murmurs over jazzy flute, comparing his fate as an ex-lover to that of Pluto. “I too used to be your star.”

65: ‘I’m Fine’ (2018).

This is a response to the 2016 track ‘Save ME’, a declaration, set to skittering EDM beats, that the band no longer need rescuing. As they put it on the chorus: “I’m feeling just fine… I’ll let go of your hand now/ I know I’m all mine.”

64: ‘Friends’ (2020).

This song is beautifully coloured by the friendship between Bangtan’s resident soulmates V and Jimin. They’ll make you long for your BFF as they weave cryptic lines about “the dumpling incident” and vow to stay just as linked “when this cheer dies down”.

63: ‘Best Of Me’ (2017).

BTS teamed up with The Chainsmokers on this 2017 song, a lightly bubbling piece of EDM-pop in which they’re taken by surprise by love and swear to give their partner only “the best of me”. Lyrically speaking, the depictions of romance are some of their most ecstatic, from the opening of “When you say that you love me. I walk above the clouds” to RM’s “I speak with your language. And I breathe in your air”.

62: ‘Intro: Boy Meets Evil’ (2016).

The opening track of 2016’s ‘Wings’ pulls from trip-hop, all dark and languid, before transforming into an equally ominous slab of dubstep. Between the shuddering beats J-hope examines the concepts of greed and good versus bad, before he’s overpowered by the lure of his sins: “I didn’t want to let go of the devil’s hand. Too bad but it’s too sweet.”

61: ‘Begin’ (2016).

Jungkook uses his ‘Wings’ solo to show his gratitude for his bandmates, who’ve been by his side since his early teens. Written by RM, the track paints Jungkook as an empathetic soul who feels his fellow members’ sadness and struggles more than his own pain. That his voice swoops and soars with a velvety grace makes it all the greater.

60: ‘Heartbeat’ (2019).

Here BTS imagine a life without their fans and ponder how different things might have been. “If I didn’t know you. Maybe I’d have given up,” suggests Jimin on the soaring synth-pop gem. Ultimately the band conclude that their fandom has been brought one about by destiny.

59: ‘Spine Breaker’ (2014).

On this jerky hip-hop track, BTS take on their generation’s habit of demanding expensive clothes that their families can’t afford. While Suga and J-hope chide their peers for being “immature” and “coldhearted”, RM argues keeping up with trends stops young people from becoming outcasts.

58: ‘Answer: Love Myself’ (2018).

The conclusion of BTS’ quest to love themselves, ‘Answer’ credits the ARMY with helping them see the light. “You’ve shown me I have reasons. I should love myself,” sing Jin and Jungkook on the impassioned chorus. It’s reminiscent of RM’s comments on stage at New York’s Citi Field in 2018. “I didn’t know anything about loving myself,” the group’s leader said at BTS’ first US stadium show. “But you guys taught me through your eyes, through your love, through your tweets, through your letters.”

57: ‘Love Maze’ (2018).

A warped synth sound cuts through the song, dragging across slapping beats and RM’s measured delivery. It’s disorientating and dizzying, as if the track has wandered into its very own set of wrong turns, reflecting the lyrics that compare affairs to a labyrinth.

56: ‘So What’ (2018).

“I don’t wanna die right now./ I don’t wanna fight right now,” RM professes on this piece of sparkling EDM-pop. “I wanna live right now.” It’s a gleeful reminder to not let your worries overtake you.

55: ‘Inner Child’ (2020).

On this Coldplay-style surging pop jewel, V looks back on his younger self and offers him some moving encouragement. “I’ll give you my world,” he promises his younger self. “You’re my boy.” Beautiful.

54: ‘Anpanman’ (2018).

BTS might not be superheroes like Japanese cartoon character Anpanman, but they’ll still do their best to come to the rescue of their fans when they’re needed. That’s the message of this exuberant piece of pop that barely sits still (and won’t let you do so either).

53: ‘Cypher Pt. 3: Killer’ (2014).

If anyone is still doubting Bangtan’s rap credentials, get stuck into ‘Cypher Pt. 3’, in which they show off their elastic flows and rapid-fire execution. Suga foreshadows his exemplary ‘Agust D’ mixtape with a cheeky boast. “Whether it be men or women. My flexible tongue movements will send them to Hong Kong with my raps,” he assures us, deploying a Korean euphemism for getting someone off. Saucy!

52: ‘Tear’ (2018).

This is the closest BTS have come to making a grime track, its creeping hip-hop beat perforated by notes that sound like drawn-out sirens. The group’s trio of rappers deliver a powerful account of a break-up, comparing the split to an “incurable disease”. It’s like taking a blazing blowtorch and scorching it across your heart.

51: ‘Pied Piper’ (2017).

There aren’t many bands who would write a song comparing themselves to the Pied Piper and their fans to children he lured away, but this slinky 2017 track saw BTS do just that. “Your parents and boss hate me,” RM mischievously notes, telling their listeners to focus their attention on all things BTS.

50: ‘The Truth Untold’ (2018).

You’d never guess this emotive vocal line song was produced by frequent collaborator Steve Aoki, there’s not a ‘womp’ in sight. Based on L. Frank Baum’s sixth Wizard of Oz book, 1920’s The Emerald City of Oz, it tells the story of an “ugly” man who locks himself away from the world out of shame, but comes to regret letting his insecurities control his life.

49: ‘Interlude: Shadow’ (2020).

Suga’s emo-rap solo on ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ completes that album’s triptych of rap line lookbacks by sampling ‘Intro: O!RUL8,2?’. He delves into psychologist Carl Jung’s concept of the shadow, or our internal dark side that we hide from the world. As the rapper gets more successful, so his shadow grows “as dark as the light’s intense”. ‘Shadow’ is an intricate musing on the pitfalls of success.

48: ‘My Time’ (2020).

Jungkook shines on this glistening R&B song that charts his journey from 13-year-old trainee to the globally recognised star of today, reflecting on the sacrifices he’s had to make to live this life. “My life has been a movie all the time,” he acknowledges, but wonders if he’s missed out on key experiences other people his age go through.

47: ‘2! 3! (Still Wishing Of Better Days)’ (2016).

BTS rarely sugarcoat life and, on ‘2! 3!’, they continue that approach, noting that they can’t say “there will only be good things from now on”. But this song for their fans does promise one thing, as long as they’re together, they can hope “for more good days”.

46: ‘Whalien 52’ (2015).

According to marine biology experts, the 52-hertz whale is ‘the loneliest animal in the world’ as its song is at a much higher frequency than that of other whales. That’s the jump-off point for BTS on this 2015 track, which sees them comparing the creature to an alien and using it as an analogy for their own loneliness.

45: ‘N.O’ (2013).

“A good house, a good car. Will these things bring happiness?” RM questions on this track from 2013’s ‘O!RUL8,2?’. Over an urgent hip-hop beat, BTS take on Korea’s attitude to education, encouraging their peers to not be forced into living their parents’ dreams and avoid a life as “study machines”.

44: ‘Attack On Bangtan’ (2013).

There’s something quaint about this 2013 track, which opens with Suga asking: “But what will happen if BTS rises?” We know the answer now, but back then the seven-piece were very much still climbing their way up to the top, buoyed by youthful confidence. “We got fire,” they snarl on the chorus. “Get higher!” Seven years on and those words still ring true.

43: ‘Trivia: Love’ (2018).

On RM’s ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ solo, he lets his playful lyricism run wild, sliding effortlessly from poetic lines about the gradual growth of love (“I just feel it. Like the moon rises after the sun rises. Like how fingernails grow”) to utilising the alphabet to express his devotion (“It’s a long way from I to U. Fuck JKLMNOPQRST. I crossed all the letters and I reached you”). Like the love he sings about, the track grows from simple and subtle, coloured by jazzy flourishes, into something gently euphoric.

42: ‘Airplane Pt. 2’ (2018).

Following on from J-hope’s ‘Hope World’ mixtape track ‘Airplane’, this ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ track adopts a Latin-pop swing to lay out their success, cheekily addressing those who said they wouldn’t make it. “I got fed up by you cutely bragging about your money on TV. My passport is about to die from overworking,” Suga asserts.

41: ‘ON’ (2020).

If there’s one song to express BTS’ mindsets as artists it’s ‘ON’, no matter what gets thrown at them, be that the near-universal praise they’ve received recently or the criticism they faced in their early days, they’ll keep going. “Find me and I’m gonna bleed with ya,” they rally over marching band drums.

40: ‘Home’ (2019).

They say home is where the heart is and, it seems that for BTS that means wherever their loyal fanbase ARMY is. Suga emphasises the importance of that safe space in his verse, noting: “Even if we have what I wanted in my dreams. Big house, big cars, big rings”, material items can’t replace having somewhere (and someone) to call home.

39: ‘Not Today’ (2017).

RM’s opening manifesto (“A day may come when we lose. But it is not today”) sets the combative tone perfectly for a fiery, fierce track on which they encourage their fans to live their best lives. “Break the glass ceiling that cages you,” they cheer.

38: ‘Blanket Kick’ (2014).

This sweet, smooth cut from 2014’s ‘Dark&Wild’ spins a universal story about your behaviour becoming uncontrollably weirder in front of someone you’re interested in. “Why did I do that the other day?” J-hope regrets. “It’s a sleepless night again…”

37: ‘00:00 (Zero O’Clock)’ (2020).

Had a shitty day? Don’t let it roll over to tomorrrow, BTS say here. With this track they implore us to take midnight as a reset, to shake off our worries look ahead to the new day with positivity. They’re not so naïve to think beating life’s dark side is quite as simple as that, but they offer a persuasive mantra: “And you’re gonna be happy”.

36: ‘Serendipity’ (2017).

Fate is hard at work in Jimin’s ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ solo, in which pretty finger-picked guitar melodies float and glide around his romantic tale. “You’re my penicillin, saving me,” he romantically declares, before declaring himself a rare creature: “I’m your Calico cat, here to see you.”

35: ‘Idol’ (2018).

Shot-through with traditional Korean instrumentation, this bold hip-hop track shows off BTS’ inventiveness and musical dexterity. It’s fitting, then, that the song finds the band embracing their roles as idols, noting that the position doesn’t negate their artistry, a claim levelled at them in the past.

34: ‘Moon’ (2020).

Jin’s solo track, from ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’, is filled with love, specifically for the ARMY. On the indie-pop tune ‘Moon’, he gives himself the role of the Moon to the ARMY’s Earth, the band’s eldest member pledging to “orbit around you” and “be your light”.

33: ‘Run’ (2015).

On the surface, the title track of ‘The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Pt. 2’ seems to be a pacy paean to lost love, J-hope rapping: “Everyone says it’s over, but I can’t stop. Is this sweat or tears? I can’t really tell.” But hidden at its core is another message entirely, that it’s OK to make mistakes, and you’ve just got to pick yourself up and keep running.

32: ‘Singularity’ (2018).

V absolutely smoulders in his delivery of the racy seeming ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ solo, though his husky, low vocals actually address the idea of changing who you are to suit others. “I buried my voice for you,” he sings, his voice breaking in the process.

32: ‘Go Go’ (2017).

‘Go Go’ is classic BTS in its coupling of a catchy refrain with cutting observations of society. The repetition of the words “YOLO YOLO YOLO YO” hints at a carpe diem philosophy that borders on excessive but, in reality, the song dives into young people’s low expectations of life. “Woo, there’s no tomorrow. My future has already been put in a pledge,” Jin cries, accepting a millennial life of little money, low job opportunities and unrealistic chances of owning a house. If that’s the case, BTS suggest “rather than worrying, go”.

30: ‘Outro: Ego’ (2020).

Here the group’s ray of sunshine, J-Hope, putts a typically positive spin on the idea of the ego, which usually has negative connotations. Instead he follows Carl Jung’s theories to unlock his ego and, subsequently, his own identity, tracing his journey from aspiring dancer Jung Hoseok to the idol and icon he is now. Fittingly for someone of J-hope’s nature, it’s a luminescent, skipping track that finds its creator accepting his past struggles as experiences he had to go through to become who is today.

29: ‘Dionysus’ (2019).

‘Dionysus’, the rocky closer to 2019’s ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ could easily double as a drinking game as well as a meditation on the obsessive, intoxicating nature of artistry. If you keep up with the group’s instructions to down “one shot, two shots” and “drink, drink, drink, drink up my glass”, though, you’ll have a sore head in the morning.

28: ‘Lie’ (2016).

Opening with elegant strings, Jimin’s solo immediately draws you in like the web of lies he sings about. It swoons and soars, a dark edge hinting at the punishment he’s being served for telling untruths (“Caught in a lie. Please take me out of this hell. I can’t be free from this pain”). For the listener, though, ‘Lie’ is nothing short of heaven, as Jimin’s voice flies from seductive depths to heart-stopping highs.

27: ‘Louder Than Bombs’ (2020).

Co-written with Troye Sivan, this dark, rumbling ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ track centres on the downside of being empathetic when you’re presented with other people’s stories of pain. Despite that, though, they promise to keep fighting the darkness together. “Whatever wave may sweep over us. We will endlessly sing to you,” Jungkook, Jimin and Jin vow. This is one of BTS’ most emotionally defiant songs.

26: ‘Boy In Luv’ (2014).

“Why are you shaking up my heart?” V asks persistently in the growl that reminds you of a baby bear’s, fierce but underpinned by a youthful vulnerability. Hip-hop track ‘Boy In Luv’ veers from brave braggadocio (“If you lose a guy like me you’ll regret it”) to their emotional whirlwind (“You’re making a big boy act like a little kid”). It’s an adrenaline-fuelled ride as wild as falling in love for the first time.

25: ‘Paradise’ (2018).

Like ‘No More Dream’ before it, ‘Paradise’ returns to the idea that your life isn’t lacking if you don’t have a big dream to guide it. “It’s all right to not have a dream. If you have moments where you feel happiness for a while,” the vocal line insist on the chorus, before RM adds his own words of wisdom: “Who says a dream must be something grand?. You can just become anybody. We deserve a life. Whatever big or small, you are you after all.” Preach!

24: ‘Butterfly’ (2015).

Bangtan might have plenty of slow stunners in their back pockets, but few are as tender as ‘Butterfly’. It’s sparse and subdued as the members poetically use the imagery of a butterfly to express their fear of losing someone. “If I let go of your hand, you’ll fly away and break. I’m scared” sighs Jungkook.

23: ‘Dope’ (2015).

No one can doubt BTS’ work ethic and ‘Dope’ sees them address their own indefatigable spirit. “We’re drenched, drenched, drenched/In sweat in our practice room,” J-hope puffs. But they also take the time to criticise the stick their generation gets, with RM noting: “The media and adults say we don’t have the willpower, condemning us like stocks. Why are they killing us before we can even try?”

22: ‘Wings’ (2017).

Following your own path can be a terrifying risk to take but here BTS make it sound like a jubilant party, four-to-the-floor beats and synths driving this infectious, celebratory track. “I believe in you and now though it seems humble. In the end you’ll leap into a prosperous future,” Suga encourages at one point. “It’s the path you chose, kid. Don’t be scared.”

21: ‘We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2’ (2013).

This heavy hip-hop banger, perforated by a shrill, insistent melody, is something of an origin story for BTS, as they share some of their pre-debut journey and boast about their path filled with hard work. Most notably of all, then-15-year-old Jungkook kicks things off with a swaggering statement: “The name is Jungkook. My scale is nationwide”.

20: ‘Magic Shop’ (2018).

‘Magic Shop’ revolves around the concept that there’s a door in fans’ hearts, which will lead them to the love and comfort of the boyband. The seven-piece offer to “take away your sadness and pain” and promise to “believe your galaxy”. Interestingly Jungkook acknowledges that advice to simply ‘find strength’ often isn’t helpful when you’re struggling in life. Instead, typical BTS, they offer to help you locate that strength by sharing their own stories, proving that you’re not alone.

19: ‘DNA’ (2017).

BTS have never shied away from showing all sides of youth, encompassing all kinds of hardships and highlights that young people experience, from economic limits, mental health issues and the highs and lows of love. On ‘DNA’ they depict two lovers “who found our destiny” and are bound to be “forever together”, soundtracking the relationship’s intensity with synths and wobbling beats that spike and dip like a heart monitor being put through its paces.

18: ‘Dimple’ (2017).

‘Dimple’ is as smooth as they come. Musically it’s one of BTS’ sultriest, sexiest jams. “Your existence alone is a crime. Was it a mistake made by an angel?” the band purr. Those charmers.

17: ‘Burning Up (Fire)’ (2016).

Four years on from its release, ‘Fire’ is still one of the standout tracks of any BTS live show, an energetic burst of house production and party-starting dynamics. It serves as a calling card to the scared and suffering, urging them to join BTS and and “jump and go crazy”. It’s almost impossible to resist.

16: ‘Mikrokosmos’ (2019).

In Ancient Greek philosophy, ‘mikros kosmos’ refers to the idea that individuals form their own little world. Here, BTS take that notion and apply it to Earth, imagining every resident on the planet as their own micro cosmos coming together to build a whole galaxy. “One history in one person. One star in one person,” raps RM at one point. “Seven billion different worlds. Shining with seven billion lights.” It’s a gorgeous, glittering piece of emotional pop that subtly continues the band’s ‘Love Yourself’ message.

15: ‘Intro: Persona’ (2019).

The first taste of the ‘Map Of The Soul’ series, RM’s solo track introduces us to Carl Jung’s theories of persona, the masks we present to the world. The rap-rock track finds the BTS leader asking “Who the hell am I?” over chugging guitar riffs. It’s fun, feisty and sounds a little like Beastie Boys , while also going full circle on BTS’ own catalogue.

14: ‘Epiphany’ (2018).

This Jin solo track sees the group’s oldest member on his own voyage to self-acceptance, as he realises that adapting yourself to suit someone else is never the answer, no matter how much you love them. “Why did I want to hide my precious self?” he asks over soft piano, his epiphany dawning on him. “What made me so afraid that I hid my true self?”

13: ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’ (2016).

‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’ takes its lead from Hermann Hesse’s 1919 novel Demian, which follows the character Emil Sinclair as he shakes off the innocence of youth and enters adulthood, traversing temptation and sin along the way. There’s nothing innocent about this 2016 track, with BTS ready to risk it all for love (or lust). “Kiss me, it’s OK if it hurts,” raps J-hope urgently. “Just tighten me quick. So I won’t feel the pain anymore.”

12: ‘Epilogue: Young Forever’ (2016).

Like youth, fame isn’t permanent, and BTS seem acutely aware of this. “Even if the attention isn’t forever, I’ll keep singing,” J-hope promises before the atmospheric production lifts becomes anthemic, emotional and grand.

11: ‘Save ME’ (2016).

Bringing together elements of tropical house and bubbling electro-pop, ‘Save ME’ is deceptively bright and bouncy, an aural carnival that masks the pleas for help in the lyrics. “I’m trapped in myself and I’m dead,” Jimin sings in its opening lines. “Don’t wanna be lonely. Just wanna be yours.” It’s unclear if he’s referring to a lover or the ARMY, though we get a potential hint later on. “Thank you for letting me be me. For helping me fly. For giving someone like me wings,” RM raps.

10: ‘Boy With Luv’ (2019).

BTS have collaborated with several Western artists over the years, but this song, recorded with Halsey, is their best yet. It’s a jubilant mood-maker and Halsey’s input never threatens to overshadow BTS, her voice instead complementing the vocal lines as if she’s an extension of the band.

9: ‘No More Dream’ (2013).

“It’s OK if you don’t have a dream,” Suga said in the band’s New Year’s messages in 2018. “You don’t need a dream to be happy.” That sentiment recalled the theme of their debut single ‘No More Dream’, in which they reject society’s constant push on young people to dream big, a concept they revisited on 2018’s ‘Paradise’. Instead they tell their fans to “go your own way”.

8: ‘Ugh!’ (2020).

When BTS decide to go hard, they go earth-shatteringly hard. ‘Ugh!’, the rap line’s team-up on ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’, is just that, J Hope, Suga, and RM take on internet trolls over gunshots and beats that land like expertly delivered upper-cuts. The track also sees them make a catchy calling card out of the word “ahem”, loading the humble syllables with huge power.

7: ‘Seesaw’ (2018).

This light and breezy seeming song, which sees rapper Suga showing off his soft singing voice, is deceptively dark. Its lyrics depict a relationship trapped in a repetitive cycle (a “repeated seesaw game”), with two people hesitating to be the one to jump off first. We’ve all been there!

6: ‘Mic Drop’ (2017).

BTS have had their fair share of haters from day one, but as they’ve grown more successful, those ranks have also become bigger. ‘Mic Drop’ is their two fingers up at those who try to bring them down. It’s a swag-filled rap-led track full of their very own mic drop moments, not least RM’s sneered “good luck”.

5: ‘I Need U’ (2015).

One of BTS’ greatest strengths is the emotion they pour into everything, be that sadness, anger or pure joy. On ‘I Need U’, you can hear their desperation and ambivalence as they try to cling onto a relationship that has already died, their voices ripe with vulnerability as they call out: “I need you, girl. Why do I love alone and say goodbye alone?”

4: ‘Euphoria’ (2018).

It might have become synonymous with Jungkook flying around stadiums on a zip-wire on last year’s ‘Speak Yourself’ stadium tour, but ‘Euphoria’ has always felt like the soundtrack to gliding 100 feet in the sky, propelled only by a rush of love. It’s utterly magical whether you’re on your first listen or 1000th, JK cooing, “When I’m with you I’m in utopia” as though his pupils have been replaced by big emoji hearts.

3: ‘Baepsae’ (2015):

One of BTS’ most powerful tracks, ‘Baepsae’ takes on the old Korean idiom that if a crow-tit tries to follow a stork, it will split its legs. In other words: stay in your lane instead of trying to move into social classes above you. BTS don’t accept that sentiment, though, and try to inspire an uprising against the “storks [who] want to maintain”. It’s an urgent, needling slice of hip-hop whose relevance spans far beyond Korea’s borders.

2: ‘Fake Love’ (2018).

If you’re not true to yourself, love (for yourself or another) is ultimately doomed. That’s the message behind ‘Fake Love’, which grapples with the impulse to “craft a beautiful lie” about your lover and lose sight of who they really are. Set to dark guitar melodies and big trap beats, it’s a beautifully gloomy early instance of BTS tackling the idea of one’s persona.

1: ‘Spring Day’ (2017).

Sure, The Killers’ ‘Mr Brightside’ has charted in the UK Singles Chart over 200 times since its release in 2004, but ‘Spring Day’ has even bested even that huge commercial performance. The 2017 single has charted every single week since its release, reaching 156 weeks on its three-year anniversary in February, and thus become the longest-charting song on the Korean MelOn charts.

How has it been able to stay so relevant? By being absolutely gorgeous, a stirring piece of alt-pop that sees the narrators move from despondence at missing a loved one to being hopeful of a reunion. The song uses the seasons as metaphors for the transient, ever-changing nature of life. It is, in short, a classic, a glistening jewel in a canonical crown bedazzled with them.

BTS have become as popular as they have:

It’s fair to say, BTS is the K-pop band that is taking over the world. The group sold out two shows at the O2 Arena in London on 9 and 10 October back in 2018. So who are this global musical sensation? Read below to find out more.

  1. With K-pop growing in popularity, they’re simply making the music that people want to listen to! According to Billboard, their album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’, which is sung in Korean, became “the first primarily foreign-language No 1 album in over 12 years.” Not only that, but many people say that the subject of their music has played a part in their success. While many K-pop songs are about relationships and love, BTS cover subjects that other bands may not like bullying, elitism and mental health.
  2. There’s no point having amazing songs if you can’t sell them to the world, and BTS have got this down to a fine art. With their slick dance routines and extremely impressive music videos, they’ve attracted a loyal group of fans who have fallen in love with their music even more. Mr Son, the band’s choreographer, explains: “Music videos seem to be one of the most important factors. Messages from an artist can be delivered more effectively.” To polish their performances, BTS practice for hours. For their debut performance, they were working at it for 12 to 15 hours a day to get it right. Well, it certainly paid off!
  3. The internet, and in particular social media, has played an enormous part in the success of the group. Suga told BBC Radio 1: “I think we’re so lucky to be born at the right time. Without social media, we wouldn’t have been so successful.” In 2018, the boys won a Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist, beating huge names like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez. They were the first K-Pop group to win one. “We still cannot believe that we are standing here on this stage at the Billboard Music Awards,” the group said in their acceptance speech. Social media has also allowed the group to connect with their followers on a really personal level and gather fans across the world. Not only that, but they also engage with their fans via the internet in a different way to other groups like them. Unlike many other bands, pop culture expert Kim Hern-sik says BTS are actually managed by quite a small agency and are allowed to do what they want a bit more. “The boys are granted freedom in interacting with their fans on social media,” she says. “They are really successful because they know how to interact with their fans and I think their popularity is here to stay.”
  1. No band can have success without its fans and BTS has some of the most loyal, dedicated fans that the world has EVER seen with 19.4 million followers on Twitter and 23.7 million on Instagram. Known as the ARMY, it was the fans who cast an unbelievable 300 million online votes to ensure that the group won their Billboard award. And in Autumn 2017, they watched the video for ‘DNA’ 50 million times on YouTube in just one month! With numerous pages, profiles and sites set up all over the world by adoring followers, fans spend hours posting content, sending messages and sharing their love for the seven boys.
  2. In September 2018, BTS made headlines for becoming the first Korean pop music group to address the United Nations (UN). RM, who’s the leader of the band, spoke about overcoming insecurities and urged other young people to do the same. “I’ve made many and plenty of mistakes in my life,” he said. “I have many faults and I have many more fears, but I’m going to embrace myself as hard as I can. And I’m starting to love myself gradually just little by little.”
  1. Their album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ topped the US charts back in June, making them the first K-pop band to do so. The latest instalment ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ did the same thing and they also received a record breaking 1.5 million pre-order sales for it. But it isn’t just the Love Yourself series that has brought the boys album success. Wings became the first Korean album to enter the UK album charts too.
  2. On the subject of performances, when the group performed the TV debut of their single Fake Love at the 2018 Billboard awards, they became the first Korean artist to perform at this ceremony and the first Asian artist to premiere a new song at it. And that’s not everything. BTS are also the first Korean group to have performed at the American Music Awards, which they did back in November 2017 with their single DNA.
  3. Well, first of all, BTS appear in the 2019 edition of Guinness World Records, twice. The group has the record for the most Twitter engagements, with each of their tweets having an average of 330,624 retweets, replies, likes or other interactions. In August 2018, the band’s song ‘Idol’ also set the record for the most viewed music video online in its first 24 hours, with over 45 million views. This beat Taylor Swift’s record, which she set almost exactly one year before, when her track ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ got 43.2 million views.
  4. By the start of October 2018, ‘Idol’ was sailing past 194 million views. On top of these records, BTS also have the gong for longest time spent at the top of the US’s Billboard Social 50 chart, a popularity chart which ranks the most active musical artists on the world’s leading social networking services. They pinched the record off Justin Bieber after remaining at number one for the 57th week in a row.

What do you think of the record-breaking BTS boys?

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