At this point in time, the biggest boy and K-pop band in history needs no introduction. RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook are literally ruling the world with their music (despite singing mostly in Korean) and their fandom, known as ARMY, is growing incessantly. To understand the crazy success of the BTS band, you need to dive into their songs and the kinds of messages they put forward which are relatable to people all around the world despite the language barrier. So, let’s take a look at some of the most iconic BTS songs so far.
The K-pop band and global megastars BTS released their second English language single ‘Butter’ on 21st May. As anticipated, their new song began breaking world records even before premiering. The internationally famous BTS band has secured the biggest 24-hour debut in YouTube history, clocking a massive 108.2M views within a day. This record was previously held by their first English single “Dynamite” which clocked a whopping 101.1M views in a day. ‘Butter’ also holds the biggest YouTube premiere in history with 3.89M people watching the song release live. It also became the fastest music video in YouTube history to record 10M, 15M, 20M, 25M and 30M views, a feat they achieved in just 2 hours and 20 minutes. Not to mention them grabbing all the four Billboard awards that they were nominated for this year.
Mind boggling, right? Well, that’s BTS for you. Today, we take a look at the best BTS songs of all time.
1. Spring Day
We begin the list with a touching, melancholic song titled ‘Spring Day’. The general interpretation of the lyrics depicts the pain of losing someone and the longing for them. However, deeper analysis by fans and video experts claims that the music video is hinted towards the horrific Sewol tragedy in Korea. According to reports, the captain of a sinking ship made passengers stay in their spot instead of helping them to evacuate and escaped themselves, leaving them to drown.
2. Black Swan
The trapping beats, heavy bass and mesmerizing instrumentals capture the sentiments behind Black Swan accurately. The music video is inspired by the late dancer Martha Graham’s quote, “A dancer dies twice — once when they stop dancing, and this first death is the more painful.” Just as dancers lose their purpose when they can no longer express themselves through their dance, BTS say that the day that music no longer fires the fiery passion in them would be the day of their first death.
3. Blood Sweat & Tears
As explained by BTS’ leader RM, Blood Sweat & Tears is about the extreme and obsessive measures taken by humans to achieve their deepest desires, giving in to the dark temptations that greet them along the way. Inspired by Hermann Hesse’s novel “Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth”, the video portrays various symbolisms to get the message across – from fallen angels and ‘The Last Supper’ to the biblical story of Adam and Eve.
Watching the official music video of ON can be a bit confusing. However, the music video (like all others) tells a beautiful story. Recalling their journey to global success, the video begins with a post-war scene where all the members are struggling individually and ends with them overcoming all hardships together. The music video draws inspiration from various sources like The Lion King, Maze Runner, Game Of Thrones, Bird Box and Alice In Wonderland.
5. Epilogue: Young Forever
Life is a crazy roller coaster ride. We all resonate with the thoughts of losing our youthfulness one day. And that is exactly what BTS talks about in this song. Depicting the fear of the unknown, the chorus “Forever we are young” inspires us to keep moving forward and not lose ourselves in the past.
These were 5 of the most brilliant songs by BTS that touch upon subjects that very few other artists dare to undertake. You can listen to their wonderful music on the Flutin app and enjoy the band’s unique vocals and meaningful raps.