Choosing the top 10 BTS songs has put me in so much dilemma. Being a K-Pop fan and also being an army, there’s no top 10 BTS songs. I love them all. But, but if there was going to be a top 10 BTS songs, it might look something like this.
The Bangtan Boys famously know as BTS is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed in Seoul in 2010. The Group was initially formed under Big Hit Entertainment and released their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool (2013). BTS consists of seven members who are RM (Kim Namjoon), Jin (Kim Seokjin), Suga (Min Yoongi), J-hope (Jung Hoseok), Jimin (Park Jimin), V (Kim Taehyung) and Jungkook (Jeon Jungkook).
BTS, originally a hip hop Group has now evolved, and their songs currently focus on personal and social commentary, touching themes on mental health, troubles of school-age youth, loss, the journey towards loving oneself, and individualism. BTS has a massive fanbase. The BTS fans call themselves the ARMY, which stands for “Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth”, perhaps the most kawaii fan base name ever.
Top 10 BTS songs/music countdown
1. ‘Spring Day’ (2017)
This song is unanimously every army’s favorite. Spring Day is popularly known as Queen Spring Day because she’s always trending on the charts despite being a song that came out 3 years ago. The beautiful aesthetics of the MV always make you go bogoshipda for someone.
2. ‘Mic Drop’ (2017)
With fame comes haters and this song is the ultimate and literal mic drop for them. From the beats to the powerful dance steps, this song is a gem that became all the more powerful with Steve Aoki’s remix.
3. ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’ (2016)
This song is a class apart not only because of its dark connotations but also for a music video that is an absolute work of art. Inspired from the 1919 novel Demian by Hermann Hesse, speaking of the loss of innocence of youth as one enters adulthood. This song is beautifully sinful, singing of love and lust, and the lyrics “Kiss me, it’s OK if it hurts,” “…So I won’t feel the pain anymore.” are evidence of that.
4. 'Dionysus' (2019)
One of my favorite things about BTS is how they combine pop culture with mythology with such finesse. Dionysus one of BTS’s most upbeat tracks and very much true to its name, which comes from the Greek God of Wine, it makes you want to let loose and dance your feet off. Their MMA medley performance of this song was iconic and jaw-dropping.
5. 'ON' (2020)
This is the title track from their latest album Map of the Soul: 7 (which in itself is undoubtedly one of their best albums), has not just one but 2 music videos which aptly shows the duality of the song. This track like several of the tracks in this album speaks of their journey so far as musicians and keeping their spirits ON while embracing the pain that comes with the struggles of every artist.
6. 'Airplane Pt. 2' (2018)
This track is from BTS’s 2018 Japanese album, which they release every year as part of their muster celebration. This song is unique in so many ways, not only for the Latin beats but for the subtle diss track nature of it.
7. 'Black Swan' (2020)
Inspired by Martha Graham’s quote “A dancer dies twice – once when they stop dancing, and this first death is the more painful”, this song is another work of art from BTS. It speaks of the fears and doubts an artist faces.
No death is more painful than the death of passion. This is another song that has two versions and was released with 2 music videos, the first version which is also the orchestra version, was an art film produced in collaboration with MN Dance Company, with an incredibly powerful and emotional dance performance. The second version was performed by BTS themselves, filmed on a backdrop of an old movie theatre, which is equally grand.
8. ‘Singularity’ (2018)
I might be slightly biased towards this track but how can you not be with the incredible aesthetics of this music video combined with V’s honey deep voice. This song is the intro trailer track to unanimously one of their best albums ‘Wings’ released in 2018.
9. ‘We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal’ (2020)
Another doleful track from ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ which truly expresses the actual essence of this album and what it represents, this will hit your feels like a truck, especially if you’re an army. Very similar to “Mikrokosmos” from their Persona album, this is BTS’s declaration of love, affection, and testament of acknowledgment that they owe part of their grand success to the army. They released an adorable and emotional animated MV for this song as part of their 7th muster.
10. ‘Interlude: Shadow’ (2020)
BTS’s rap line is the undebatably one of the best in the industry and that was proved yet again by this Interlude track by Suga. His ‘tongue-technology’ indeed never ceases to impress. The bass loaded emo-rap track samples ‘Intro: O!RUL8,2?’ completing Triptych, speaks of the negative aspects of fame, musing that with the brightness of spotlight the shadows grow darker as well.
The music video is another piece of art inspired by a doorway art piece created by an Indo-British artist Anish Kapoor, called “Svayambh”, which is a term of Sanskrit origin meaning “auto-generated” or “self-made”.
I am sure every Army has their own top 10 BTS songs. And to be honest it’s not easy to pick out songs and give them some sort of ranking. BTS are an amazing group of artists and most of their songs will hit you one way or the other. And let’s not forget how attractive this band is. Damn, they are so pretty they look like master art pieces.
If there are any army reading this, then do let us know which are your top 10 BTS songs, in the comments below.