The 2017 Billboard Music Awards ceremony is just around the corner: on Sunday night (May 21), Billboard hosts their annual awards show at 8 PM EST on ABC. This year is an especially exciting year, as one of our favorite K-pop groups, BTS, will be in attendance as the first K-pop group to be nominated for an award at the BBMAs.
BTS are known for their high energy performances and catchy tracks, such as "Blood Sweat and Tears," "Not Today," "Dope," and "I Need U." But if you’re a new member of the BTS A.R.M.Y., you may not be as familiar with the rest of their discography. If you want to get to know the group a little more, these are ten BTS songs that deserve some more love.
And if those ten tracks aren't enough for you, check out some of these honorable mentions first...
"Gajah (Elephant)," Gaeko featuring Rap Monster (2017)
“Think about it / Are you gonna be a star or a starfish?/ No disrespect for starfish / But if you want a fish, be selfish” is what Rap Monster raps in Gaeko’s latest single. Like in his work with BTS, the rapper shines in the track with his clever wordplay and thought-provoking and empowering verses.
"Joke," RM (Rap Monster’s Mixtape) (2015)
Suga isn’t the only rapper in BTS that dropped a great mixtape: check out Rap Monster’s self-titled solo project “RM,” available on SoundCloud.
"House of Cards," The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever (2016)
This song is for fans of smooth and sultry R&B. “House of Cards” is a sensuous ballad featuring the BTS vocal line that’s very reminiscent American R&B music. If you’re a fan of artists like The Weeknd, it’s definitely worth checking out.
"Boy Meets Evil"'Wings' (2016)
“Boy Meets Evil” started things off with a bang in Wings. The song features a powerful rap by J-Hope, which shares a man’s struggle with temptation, in addition to an emotive dance which personifies the message of the music.
In 2013, BTS sampled J.Cole’s “Born Sinner” to create “Born Singer,” a song which conveys their personal stories of trying to make it in the music industry. Despite the song having been made early on in their career, the lyrics show BTS’s talent and maturity that has been present from the start.
"Let Me Know"Dark & Wild (2014)
"Let Me Know," which is featured in BTS’s first studio album Dark & Wild, is by far one of the most emotive songs by BTS. The song highlights the gripping voices of the Rap Monster, Suga, and J-Hope, complimented by the soulful melodies of the vocal line.
“N.O.” (used as an acronym for No Offense) is a single from the group’s first mini-album. Although it’s not one of the group’s major hits, it’s a powerful song that encourages the youth to follow their dreams instead of getting trapped in the norms and societal standards.
"Agust D"'Agust D' (Suga's Mixtape) (2016)
Suga proves that his talent soars above and beyond his work with the group in his 2016 mixtape, titled Agust D. In his mixtape, he raps about raw experience with depression, fame, and more.
"Epilogue: Young Forever"'The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever' (2016)
“Young Forever” is probably one of BTS’s most moving songs. The lyrics of the track express the insecurities that the members face, their reflection on self-growth, and their desire to be to be young and making music forever.
"Moving On"'The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1' (2015)
BTS is known for their wholesomeness and their unconditional love for each other. That relationship is manifested in the song “Moving On.” The members sing about their fond memories, but also say goodbye to the past, looking forward and moving on to their bright future together.
"21st Century Girl"'Wings' (2016)
This feminist anthem has the members of BTS encouraging modern-day femmes to be proud of themselves because they’re perfect as they are. Check out the boys doing a lighthearted rendition of the song in their annual Halloween dance practice video.
"Spine Breaker"'Skool Luv Affair' (2014)
“Spine Breaker” is one of the most underrated bops in the BTS discography. With lyrics like “rockin, rollin, swaggin, swagger, wrong,” BTS show that they know how to have a good time. The members recently filmed, directed, and produced a music video for the 2014 hit on their V App show BTS Gayo.
"Autumn Leaves"'The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2' (2015)
This track is a hidden gem that often goes unnoticed. The lyrics of the song are one of the most delicate and poetic out of the songs written by the group. “Autumn Leaves” show that BTS are not only great musicians, but great lyricists and composers as well.