BTS: The Meaning of ‘Dynamite’ Hits Harder After Learning the Band’s Goal for ARMY in 2020

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times. Luckily, BTS is here to help us turn on the light with “Dynamite,” the band’s first fully English-language single.

On Aug. 21, ARMY felt a boost of serotonin when BTS dropped a new song and music video ahead of their highly-anticipated comeback album. But there’s more to it than colorful visuals and catchy melodies. So what do the “Dynamite” lyrics actually mean for BTS? The seven members — RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — wanted to remind fans about the “little things” that make life worth living. 

Why BTS chose to release ‘Dynamite’ ahead of the new album

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Upon the release of “Dynamite,” BTS made it clear the new disco-pop track was an unexpected addition to the group’s catalog. The septet is currently gearing up for their next album, which will drop in the fourth quarter of 2020. But they wanted to share something early to lift ARMY’s spirits.

“The release of ‘Dynamite’ wasn’t planned at all,” RM said during the Aug. 21 press conference, per The Korea Herald. “Since the beginning of this year, we were working on our album. And ‘Dynamite’ was one of the songs we met in that process. It was a light, fun song that didn’t have any seriousness.”

He continued, “While recording, we danced along to it a lot … We thought we wanted to share this energy with our fans as quickly as possible and decided to release it early, something we‘ve never done before. But we just couldn’t wait.”

The meaning of ‘Dynamite’ song lyrics, according to BTS members RM and J-Hope

Jungkook, V, Suga, Jin, RM, Jimin and J-Hope of music group BTS attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Jungkook, V, Suga, Jin, RM, Jimin and J-Hope of BTS | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

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The meaning behind BTS’s “Dynamite” lyrics reflect why the band wanted to release the song ASAP, and it’s highlighted right in the song’s chorus. 

“‘Cause ah, ah, I’m in the stars tonight,” the band sings. “So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight/ Shining through the city with a little funk and soul/ So I’ma light it up like dynamite.”

Meanwhile, the members of BTS have been making the media rounds to share their thoughts on the true meaning of “Dynamite.” 

“It’s about all the little things that make like truly valuable and special,” RM told SiriusXM. “It’s just about positive energy and the stars at night, the beautiful things. So we wanted to give a message of hope to all of the ARMYs all over the world.”

Then according to The Korea Herald, J-Hope said, “We tried our best to deliver the good vibe that we got when first hearing the song. So we did our best to deliver that feeling.”

Members Suga, V, Jin, Jungkook, and Jimin share BTS’s goal for ARMY with ‘Dynamite’

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While BTS’s “Dynamite” is all about bringing joy to ARMY, the message goes deeper, given the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During the press conference on Aug. 21, the septet recognized many fans are going through a lot. But the band hopes to help listeners through music.

“A lot of people are going through some tough times right now,” Jungkook said, per Forbes. “I hope that ‘Dynamite’ will be a healing song, a therapeutic song to make lots of people happy.”

Later, Suga shared BTS wanted to “repay” fans for the love and support they’ve shown the band. “For our new single ‘Dynamite,’ I think our goal is a little different, a little bit special,” he said. “We built this song to give a little bit of strength to people who listen to it. So our goal is for as many people as possible to hear and get a little bit of reassurance and healing for it.”

Meanwhile, V revealed the current crisis prompted BTS to reflect on what’s really important. “Through this period, we again have reaffirmed our love for music. But most importantly, we realized the importance of people who listen to our music,” he said, according to The Korea Herald. “We need them to do music. We sincerely hope ‘Dynamite’ will deliver them the strength needed.”

Jin also added, “Through this song, we wanted to say, this time is difficult. But let’s overcome this together. And we wanted to deliver that through singing and dancing, which is what we do best.”

Then during an interview with USA Today, Jimin seemingly echoed Jin’s remarks, noting now is the time for everyone to come together.

“I think it’s hard to say someone has it harder or someone has it less harder,” he said. “But I think it’s a time for us to really bring ourselves together, pull our strings together, and sort of encourage everyone and overcome these difficulties together.”

Despite everything that’s happened in 2020, you never walk alone when you’re ARMY. BTS will always go above and beyond to provide their fans with happiness — and the release of “Dynamite” proves just that.

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