The Most Comforting Songs From BTS’s ‘Love Yourself’ Era
BTS’s Love Yourself era concluded in October 2019 with Love Yourself: Speak Yourself [The Final] in Seoul, a three-day concert event that marked the end of BTS’s most recent world tour. The era consisted of three albums: Love Yourself: Her, Love Yourself: Tear, and Love Yourself: Answer. These are the most comforting songs from BTS’s Love Yourself era.
Jin’s solo ‘Epiphany’ is a self-love anthem
Jin’s solo “Epiphany” first appeared in BTS’s 2018 compilation album Love Yourself: Answer. The song served as a comeback trailer for the album, as it perfectly captured the album’s theme of self-love.
“Why did I want to hide my precious self like this? / What was I so afraid of? / Why did I hide my true self? / I’m the one I should love in this world / Shining me, precious soul of mine / I finally realized so I love me / Not so perfect but so beautiful / I’m the one I should love,” Jin sings in “Epiphany.”
During BTS’s Love Yourself World Tour and World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, it was clear the message of “Epiphany” resonated with audiences around the world. At each concert, fans in attendance would sing out the lyrics, “I’m the one I should love in this world.”
‘I’m Fine’ is an underrated song from BTS’s ‘Love Yourself’ era
BTS also released the song “I’m Fine” on their compilation album Love Yourself: Answer. Like most BTS songs, “I’m Fine” is both catchy with a beautiful meaning. The song is a continuation of BTS’s 2016 single “Save Me.”
The music and choreography of “Save Me” and “I’m Fine” connect to tell one cohesive story, but “I’m Fine” changes the perspective. With the song, the BTS members proclaim “I’m Fine” and refuse to give up despite the hardships surrounding them.
“My cold heart / Has forgotten how to call you / But I’m not lonely, I’m fine, I’m fine / The darkness of the night / Shakes awake my sleeping dreams / But I’m not afraid, I’m fine, I’m fine / I’m feeling just fine, fine, fine /
I’ll let go of your hand now / I know I’m all mine, mine, mine,” the group sings.
‘Magic Shop’ has relatable lyrics
With their Love Yourself era, BTS helped a lot of fans. The songs were relatable to fans about hardships and essentially gave fans a safe space through their music. Perhaps no song demonstrates this better than “Magic Shop,” which BTS released on their 2018 album Love Yourself: Tear.
“On days where I hate myself for being me, on days where I want to disappear forever / Let’s make a door. It’s in your heart / Open the door and this place will await / Magic Shop / While drinking a glass of hot tea / And looking up at the Milky Way / You’ll be alright, oh, this here is the Magic Shop,” sings BTS in “Magic Shop.”
‘Answer: Love Myself’ encouraged self-love
BTS’s album Love Yourself: Answer explores the concept of self-love after exploring different concepts in Love Yourself: Her and Love Yourself: Tear. With the song “Answer: Love Myself,” the BTS members acknowledge that the journey of self-love can be difficult.
“Loving myself might be harder / Than loving someone else / Let’s admit it / The standards I made are more strict for myself,” Suga raps at the beginning of the song.
However, they tell ARMY they have found reasons to love themselves.
“Inside of me / There’s still / That awkward part of me but (woah) / You’ve shown me I have reasons / I should love myself / (I’m learning how to love myself oh) / I’ll answer with my breath, my path / The me of yesterday, the me of today, the me of tomorrow (woah) / (I’m learning how to love myself) / With no exceptions, it’s all me,” the group sings.