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Top 10 Singles: BTS

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I rank 10 singles for this series from any artist to my desire. I will only count songs that have been promoted with a music video and are in the primary language of the chosen artist.

 

It was exciting to start the Top 10 series last week, so I'm back with another one! Since BTS released Butter recently, I figured it's time to look back at their work and determine the 10 best singles they've offered us.


BTS' rise to global dominance is remarkable. Who knew a group from South Korea would garner this much hype around the world? They began with a hip-hop-centric sound but found more success when subtly changing their music in 2015. This would continue for years with "music for healing" as the centerpiece. They're also responsible for dragging me into the K-Pop rabbit hole.


Here are the top 10 BTS singles of all time!

 

10. N.O (2013)

N.O rebels against the education system with its ambitious lyrics and an authoritative mixture of orchestral, dubstep, and hip-hop. It's the first time BTS hinted at something greater to come.






9. Spring Day (2017)

One of BTS' poignant moments, Spring Day presents itself as a yearning pop-rock ballad with its mournful lyrics and instrumental. The highlight of this production is the anthemic climax, perfectly encapsulating the song's soundscape.






8. Boy in Luv (2014)

A turning point for the group, Boy in Luv continued their hip-hop roots while upgrading to a more pop-centric, robust hook. The rock influence certainly helped create a sturdy combination.






7. Save Me (2016)

Save Me experimented with the trendy EDM sound to create an emotional, sophisticated output. The dubstep breakdown is the track's crowning highlight, showcasing the song's willingness to bend the genre.






6. Run (2015)

BTS capped off an excellent 2015 with the engaging Run, providing emotive rap verses and a rousing hook over a beautiful, propulsive beat. I also want to highlight its bridge, throwing in sleigh bells and infectious vocals before a party-inducing climax.






5. Fire (2016)

Lacking a proper chorus, Fire manages to be a formidable hype track due to its tasty electronics and potent energy. It's one of many BTS hype tracks that get the job done!






4. Danger (2014)

Danger boasts one of the group's most gripping choruses, coming off as smooth and commanding. The vocal line boldly showcased their skills, while the rap line continued to show their excellence in this rap-rock powerhouse.






3. Dope (2015)

Dope was one of the first K-Pop songs that caught my attention for good reasons. The track pitches one of the group's best rapping, and the energy is contagious. The star of the show, undoubtedly, is the iconic saxophone riff. If this was your first time with BTS, I'm sure you were amazed by the production, just like I was!






2. Blood Sweat & Tears (2016)

Blood Sweat & Tears is BTS' most artful single, blending moombahton and tropical house to create a gorgeous soundscape. The pre-chorus is breathtaking, courtesy of the vocalists and structure. Jimin, specifically, caught my ears with his pretty voice. The song's ultimate trump card, though, is the infamous drop. It's the case of transforming something trendy into something outstanding!






1. I Need U (2015)

The moment everything changed for BTS. Thanks to its magnificent electronics and captivating performance by each member, I Need U saw the boys deliver a timeless, sentimental anthem. The chorus hits like a sledgehammer, RM provides an amazing second-verse rap, and the Jungkook-Jimin combo at the end is chilling! Things were never the same after this transformative release.



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