How Many of BTS’ Biggest Hits Can You Name?
In recent years, BTS has become one of the biggest acts in the world. So far, the band has had a handful of big hits on the American charts. This raises the question: What are BTS’ biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100?
BTS’ music is eclectic. The infectious hit “DNA” sees the group experimenting with Selena Gomez-style EDM. Many EDM songs are about the joys of dancing or casual relationships. “DNA” stands out from the crowd for centering on a couple who have an intense emotional connection with each other.
The song also makes reference to the concept of reincarnation through the interesting lyrics “From the day of the universe’s creation and beyond/Through the infinite centuries and beyond/In the previous life and maybe the next too/We’re eternally together.” The song’s lyrics might have resonated in South Korea thanks to the popularity of Buddhism in the country, but in the United States, most audiences embraced it simply as a sweet – and danceable – love song.
4. ‘MIC Drop’
BTS is many things, but it’s certainly not one-note. Although the band has many heartfelt songs under their belt, “MIC Drop” is an example of hip-hop braggadocio that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Jay-Z album. The original version of the song was great, but the version of the track released to American radio was a remix by Steve Aoki, a popular DJ. Aoki’s remix of the song features a much more assaultive beat.
A major sign BTS conquered the U.S. airwaves is their collaborations with high profile American artists. One of their most high-profile collaborations yet is “Idol,” a rap song featuring the one and only Nicki Minaj. Although one might dismiss a collaboration between the two artists as a simple cash grab, it makes sense on an artistic level.
BTS and Minaj both straddle the worlds of rap, pop, and EDM. Both artists also have a love of bright colors and a knack for creating eye-catching music videos. It’s not surprising the video for “Idol” is poppy, campy, and surreal – exactly what you would want from a collaboration between BTS and Minaj.
2. ‘Fake Love’
“Fake Love” has an interesting trap groove that somehow manages to make relationship angst sound perfect for the dance floor. BTS might not be as famous for their vocal harmonies as their boy band predecessors NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, but on this track they give those two titans of pop a run for their money. The harmonizing of their voices makes the pain of the song sound so much more potent than it otherwise would.
1. ‘Boy with Luv’
The idea of Halsey collaborating with BTS sounds ridiculous. Her songs tend to be melancholy and moody, while BTS songs tend to be more joyful. Yet, it somehow, their collaboration “Boy with Luv” worked. Rather than trying to split the difference between the two artists, “Boy with Luv” is a BTS song with some guest vocals by Halsey. Her distinct singing adds flair to the track and proves she can be fun and bouncy when she wants to be.