Here I am again, ranking the title tracks by another KPop group! I should probably slow down on these, because I'm running out of groups that I can actually do this with-- many of my favorite groups are new enough that they don't have a ton of title tracks to rank, and I don't stan a ton of groups yet. But, I guess I'll just slow down when I'm forced to. Today, I'm going to be ranking the title tracks by the KPop group that has recently been taking the United States by storm...
I also did a video ranking my top 10, so if you want to see this in video form, that video is embedded below!
BTS is a group that I've been listening to for quite a while now. I think that for a lot of people, they're the group that got them into KPop, but that's not the case for me. They were probably the third group where I actively began to seek out their music and learn the members (after Infinite & Got7) and they were the 4th that I began stanning (after the aforementioned 2 & Day6). I don't want to get into the reasons why I stan them, but in general, I really like the members as well as their music-- especially the title tracks.
As always with these rankings, I want to give my little disclaimer before jumping into the list. This ranking is based solely on my personal opinion, not on how much the fandom likes it or on general popularity. You might not personally agree with where I've placed a song, and that's alright-- we can agree to disagree. I respect your opinion, and I ask that you do the same thing for me by not getting mad at me in the comments if we disagree. In general, I like all of BTS's songs. If I didn't like BTS, I wouldn't be doing this ranking. Aight, let's jump into the list.
When I first started making this list, I didn't expect N.O to be all the way at the bottom of this list. It's never been my favorite BTS song, but I certainly didn't expect it in last place. But, when listening to all of them in the quick succession that I do when making these lists, every single other song had a little something that propelled it slightly higher than N.O. A slightly catchier chorus, a slightly more interesting verse, etc. Personally, it just doesn't grab me as much as any of the others do.
19) Miss Right
I really love the chorus of Miss Right. It's so soft and cute. I know the song came under some criticism for its lyrics at the same time as Converse High and War of Hormone, but from the translations I've seen, I don't see anything misogynistic and I'm usually rather quick to yell sexism. Unrealistic body standards? A bit. Too much body-praising for my liking? Absolutely. In my interpretation, the narrator of the song is speaking to & praising his girlfriend, not talking about women in general. So, while the lyrics aren't my personal favorite, I don't find them problematic. A bit too much rambling there, but in general the lyrics aren't necessarily my fave, and I don't love the music quite enough to get it higher on the list.
18) Epilogue: Young Forever
This is the first time I've said this in this post, and about the thousandth time I've said this on my blog, but I tend to naturally gravitate toward and prefer more hype, up-tempo songs over slower songs. Per usual, I like the chorus. I really enjoy J-Hope's rap right before the chorus and the brief silence before the chorus. And in general, I really enjoy the overall vibe of the song. And the lyrics are great as well. Obviously, I enjoy the song. I just prefer their more hype songs.
17) Attack on Bangtan
I don't have too much to say about Attack on Bangtan. It's super hype, super in-your-face, and it's just a lot of fun. The chorus is great-- total jam song. The real distinguishing factor for me is just that this era of BTS's music isn't my favorite. I still like it, but just not as much as music from their later eras.
16) We Are Bulletproof Pt 2
Still not my favorite BTS era, but I prefer the music of We Are Bulletproof, and I like the lyrics more. I struggle with these first couple title tracks, because I really enjoy the lyrics-- they're not about love and relationships, they talk about how hard they work to achieve their dreams. It's a breath of fresh air. But like I said, this era isn't my fave musically, so it winds up here.
15) I Need U
IMO, we've reached the second tier of BTS songs. From here on out, these are the songs (aside from the newest releases) that I was the most aware of when getting into KPop. It took me months to realize that some of the songs lower on this list even existed. But these 15, these are the ones I saw and heard over and over and over, and therefore were the ones I most grew to love. That said, I'm pretty sure that placing I Need U at 15 is mega controversial. I'm not super aware of the fandom's general ranking of songs, but a reviewer I follow ranked it as the #1 BTS title track. The chorus is certainly one of their most iconic, and I like the rap verses (mainly RM's), but it just hasn't ever grabbed me the same way the songs higher have. Possibly because it's one of their more musically chill songs.
14) Save Me
Yep, I'm predictable. It's not as hype, it's more chill, and therefore I simply just prefer other songs. Save Me and I Need U are mostly tied for me, and I prefer the chorus of I Need U. But I love the synths in the background of Save Me, as well as how soft the vocals are. Oddly, it's softer and more chill than I Need U, but I prefer it because of that. IDK, I'm weird.
This was my first comeback as an ARMY and I had super mixed feelings about DNA upon first listen. I'd already fallen in love with the whistle motive, and across the board I really enjoyed the song, but I was surprised at how poppy it was for them. Out of all of their title tracks, it's probably one that's gotten the most replay for me since it's pretty new. Definitely a song I really enjoy, just not quite up to the level of my all-time favorites.
12) Just One Day
Despite my general apathy toward slower songs, what I really love about Just One Day is how soft the chorus is. Generally, slower songs aren't quite as catchy, and that's probably why I enjoy them slightly less, but the chorus of Just One Day gets stuck in your head super quickly. The verses lose me just a tiny bit because despite the softness of the rapping, it seems to not quite fit the way I would like to. IDK what I would do to change that, though. We're at the point where it's just little tiny things that make me like a song less than the ones above it.
Run was one of the later BTS title tracks that I listened to, after already falling in love with most of the songs higher on this list. And that's likely the only reason that it falls just outside of the top 10. I love the rap verses a lot-- the rhythm paired with the rhythm of the music is really great. And I love the choreo in the chorus, and obviously the chorus is great as well. It's just a really fun song.
10) Spring Day
Not even kidding, I could watch RM's opening verse in the MV on a constant loop and never get sick of it. The boy looks freakin' gorgeous and his voice is perfection. Spring Day is just beautiful. I love the way Tae's voice sounds on it as well, especially in the bridge ("You know it all, you're my best friend"-- gives me chills). It's by far my favorite of their slower, more emotional songs.
9) Mic Drop
IDK the general fandom sentiment, but for me, the original version of Mic Drop will always be my favorite. I like the Steve Aoki remix alright, but the one feat. Desiigner isn't my fave. So I guess technically despite the fact that I have the Steve Aoki remix embedded here, I'm putting the original version of Mic Drop in this slot. Anyway, I don't even know what to say about this song. The whole thing absolutely destroys me. Especially RM's verse.
Of all of BTS's title tracks, Fire is probably the one that I would deem the most in-your-face. I mean, the chorus is literally the group yelling FIRE and bow wow wow haha. There's not too much I can say about it. It's a super fun, hype song and it's one that may not be the most musically interesting song in the world but it's really fun to just absolutely blast and jam out to.
7) No More Dream
I'm honestly surprised that I love this one as much as I do-- it's a fantastic song, but it's not the type of song that I gravitate toward. It's probably the most hip-hop skewed title track they've released, and yet I absolutely love it. RM's repetitive "Hey what's your dream" is a motive that I really enjoy, and I'm a big fan of the chorus as well. Plus the lyrics are some of my favorites-- I'm a sucker for songs that urge you to pursue your dreams.
This was one of the first songs that got me interested in BTS. At the time, I think it was the most viewed of their music videos, so I decided to listen to that one when checking them out, and I really liked it. This was, of course, before I thought to turn on subtitles, so I didn't know that it also had fantastic lyrics accompanying it (probably my favorite BTS lyrics???). Anyway, I'm a big fan of brass instruments in pop music, so those synths mimicking brass instruments are the highlight of the song for me. The chorus is really fantastic, and the rap verses are really well done. It's pretty dope.
5) War of Hormone
This song. I was extremely conflicted on where to put it on this list. Listening to it without knowing the meaning of the lyrics, it was my favorite BTS song. Hands down. It's honestly not even close. The prominent guitar and drums, the brass instruments... it's exactly what I love, and Tae's gravelly voice is pure perfection with it. But the lyrics... they're so problematic. If you haven't gone and read through them, please do. Plain and simple, the lyrics objectify women, from over-sexualization to calling women a present. They're not the most overtly horrible lyrics I've ever heard in my life, but they do make me uncomfortable, and they are sexist. So, given my opinion on the lyrics, how on earth could I have it this high on the list? Because I'm weak. Plain and simple. Because I don't speak Korean and can easily listen to the song and not think about the meaning behind the sounds I hear their mouths making. It's a lame excuse, and I should probably put it down at the very bottom of this list, but the music is so fantastic that I couldn't bring myself to do so.
(Note: The members have admitted to some of their past lyrics being problematic, so if you're rushing to defend them, please don't, because they have already recognized their missteps and are taking steps to correct those mistakes going forward. I'm not here to call BTS sexist, I'm just saying that the lyrics of this particular song are. I really respect them for their ability to admit to their mistakes and try not make them again in the future.)
4) Not Today
If Fire is their most bombastic song, Not Today is their most epic. The music video is epic, the choreo is epic, the lyrics are epic, the music is epic, everything is epic. The theme and lyrics are fantastic, and (something that's not super common for me), my favorite part of the song is probably the rap sections. Suga & RM's opening verse is probably my favorite part of the song, TBH. It just gets everything off to an awesome start. When I think about it, what's really cool about Not Today is that when I really think about what I love about the song... the music is almost an afterthought. The vocalists and the rappers are the focal point here, and they carry the song much, much more than the music does. That's super cool.
Ironically, I love Danger for the exact opposite reason I love Not Today. WoH was the first BTS song I ever really loved, but Danger was the first one that made me want to listen to more of their songs. Essentially, WoH was the introduction to BTS, and Danger was what sent me falling straight into the fandom. TBH, I just really, really enjoy the influences in their 2014 title tracks. It's by far my favorite BTS sound-- not only does it have the rock sound and electric guitar, but it often includes nods to 90s hip hop, which wasn't something I realized I loved until hearing it used in BTS's music (seriously, some of these songs give me major flashbacks to playing Tony Hawk games when I was younger. Their 2014 title tracks really make me think of the mix of punk rock and hip hop in the Tony Hawk soundtrack). Anyway, Danger is just such a cool song, from the opening beat boxing, to the rap verses, to the melody in the chorus. It was my favorite BTS song for quite a while as I was first listening to their music.
2) Boy in Luv
I feel like everything I need to say about Boy in Luv has already been said about Danger haha. The mix of rock and hip hop influences is my favorite BTS sound, and it's just so fantastic in Boy in Luv. That said, by far my favorite part of this song is Tae's part. His voice just fits so perfectly with this sound, and the fact that (after a brief intro) Tae's gravelly voice is what starts the song is just really fantastic. The first time I heard Boy in Luv, I loved it and it skyrocketed up my favorites list.
1) Blood Sweat & Tears
Well... I'm sure no one was expecting this, right...? Lol yep, I'm basic. Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 90% of ARMY name Blood Sweat & Tears as their favorite BTS song, but it's just so good. (that's probably an extreme exaggeration, but like... everyone loves this song.) Anyway, I find it impossible to talk about this song independent of its MV because IT. IS. A. FREAKING. MASTERPIECE. Everything about both the song and the MV is just beautiful. Jimin's voice at the beginning is basically magical. Also the "accidental" jacket thing. Honestly, I should just stop while I'm ahead because I'm about to describe everything in both the song and MV that I love and that's everything. So like... it's beautiful. Everything is beautiful. The end.
So, that's it for my BTS title track rankings. Like I said at the beginning, this is just my personal opinion, so please don't get angry at me in the comments if we disagree. 😊 But! please do let me know your favorite BTS title track down in the comments-- I'm always curious to see which ones are the ones most people love.
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