New to BTS? Want to remember about BTS’ past? Then this is the place you were looking for. Whether you have heard of BTS, or you are loyal ARMY, here you will find everything about BTS music, their albums, their albums, their singles and collaborations.
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2013 – 2014 (School Trilogy)
2 Cool 4 Skool
2 Cool 4 Skool marks the debut date for BTS and the beginning of their school trilogy. This series’ concept makes sense because at the time the majority of the members were teenagers and some of them were still at attending to school.
Through their title track, No More Dream, BTS send very controversial and political messages. Reading the lyrics to this song, the audience can understand that what they are saying is that today’s youth has lost their hopes to live better because their parents and other grown-ups have forced them to accomplish specific goals, to work well at school, to have good grades, but not to dream.
This song addresses a common topic in South Korea, where kids and teenagers usually attend after school classes so they can attend prestigious universities.
Throw a fast ball on the after school studying
Disobey the hell like society pardon the dream
Ask yourself ’bout the profile of your dream
Become the subject of your own life, away from suppression.
No More Dream
- Release date: June 13, 2013
- Genre: Hip hop, K-pop
- Intro : 2 Cool 4 Skool (feat. DJ Friz)
- We Are Bulletproof Pt.2
- Circle Room Talk
- No More Dream
- 좋아요 (I Like It)
- Outro : Circle Room Cypher
- HIDDEN TRACK: Skit: On The Start Line
- HIDDEN TRACK: 길 (Road/Path)
Their second album, O!RUL8,2?, follows with the last album’s concept and the already mentioned topic related to youth and the educational system.
This time, N.O. (No Offense,) their title track, gets deeper about the struggles students face at such a young face, and refers to their lives as being controlled, just like puppets. This reference is very visible in their music video, where they rebel against the authorities controlling them.
- Release date: September 11, 2013
- Genre: Hip hop, K-pop
- “Intro : O! RUL8,2”
- N.O (lead single)
- We OnB3
- Skit: R U Happy Now?
- If I Ruled the World
- BTS Cypher Pt.1
- “진격의 방탄” (Jingyeogui Bangtan / Attack On Bangtan)
- “팔도강산” (Paldogangsan / Satoori Rap)
- “Outro: Luv in Skool”
Skool Luv Affair
Skool Luv Affair is the group’s first album to appear on the World Album chart, hitting No. 3. In this album, there is a change in their music style, where their title track, Boy in Luv, has a more romantic theme, compared to their hip-hop songs from their previous albums.
However, they did not lose their rebellious side. Some B-side tracks, such as Tomorrow and Spine Breaker, hide some important messages to young people. The first addresses the struggles and difficulties teenagers face before adulthood. The second one talks about Spine Breakers, which are those children and teenagers who keep asking their parents to buy them more things and never stop without appreciating their parents’ hard work. As a result, the parents have spines bent due to all the work.
- Release date: February 12, 2014
- Genre: Hip hop, R&B, dance-pop
- “Intro: Skool Luv Affair”
- “상남자” (Sang-namja / Boy In Luv)
- “Skit: Soulmate”
- “어디에서 왔는지” (Eodieseo wassneunji / Where did you come from?)
- “하루만” (Haruman / Just One Day)
- “BTS Cypher Pt. 2: Triptych”
- “등골브레이커”(Spine Breaker)
- “Outro: Propose”
Dark and Wild (2014)
In August 2014, BTS released their first studio album, Dark and Wild. It was their first album to break into the US Top Heatseekers chart. The album consists of 14 tracks, with Danger as their title track. Later that year, they also promoted their song War of Hormone as a secondary single.
Danger is a follow-up of their previous song Boy in Luv. They went from having a crush on this girl to their love story getting ruined and broken. In their music video, there is a throwback to their previous bad boy style.
- Release date: August 19, 2014
- Genre: Hip hop, R&B, dance-pop, pop
- Intro : What am I to You
- War Of Hormone
- Hip Hop Lover / Phile
- LET ME KNOW
- BTS Cypher, Pt. 3: KILLER ft. Supreme Boi
- Interlude: What Are You Doing (뭐해)
- 핸드폰 좀 꺼줄래 Could You Turn Off Your Cell Phone?
- 이불킥 Blanket Kick/Embarrassed
- 여기 봐 Look here
- 2학년 (Second Grade)
- Outro : Does That Make Sense? (그게 말이 돼?)
HYYH Era (2015-2016)
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1
With the release of The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt.1, also known as 화양연화 pt.1 (Hwayangyeonhwa pt.1) or HYYH, a new concept of BTS was revealed and a new era began. This album changed people’s perspective about BTS. From this moment, BTS gain more respect and this album gain them their first win in the weekly Korean musical show The Show.
The album contains nine tracks, with I Need U as the lead single and Dope (쩔어) as a promoted follow-up single.
They charted a total of six songs on the Billboard World Digital Songs Chart, with Need U ranked highest at number four, while Dope got the 11 place, followed by Hold Me Tight (number 12), Boyz with Fun (number 13), Converse High (number 15), and Outro: Love is Not Over (number 25.)
Despite their great visual change, their beliefs and ideas remain the same. With Dope, they keep calling out adults for demeaning the younger generations and this time, they have also pointed out the role of the media in this issue. RM, the group’s leader, claims this, by hiding in his rap a popular expression that references what people have to give up in the face of economic difficulties and societal ills.
The media and adults say we have no willpower and
look at us as if we’re investments
- Release date: April 29, 2015
- Format: CD, digital download
- Genre: Hip hop, R&B, dance-pop, EDM (electric dance music)
- Intro: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life
- I Need U
- Hold Me Tight
- Skit: Expectation!
- Boyz with Fun
- Converse High
- Moving On
- Outro: Love Is Not Over
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt.2
7 months after the first part came out, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2, the fourth extended play, was released. It is available in two versions and it consists of contains nine tracks, with “RUN” as its lead single.
The same day the album came out, the music video of Run was uploaded in YouTube and told the story started in the previous video, I Need U, showing both joyful and enduring moments of the youth, where young people have to discover and understand who they are, while facing the difficult life situations of growing up.
This time, the song that transmit a political and controversial message is Silver Spoon (Baepsae/Crow Tit), addressing the socioeconomic status. It is of common use in South Korea the metaphor “spoon” to refer to someone’s socioeconomic status, where the gold and silver spoons are at the top of the hierarchy while the dirty and rusty spoons are at the base of the pyramid and it is difficult for them to climb to the top. Throughout the song, BTS embrace who they are and encourage others in their low class to fight against those in power to achieve success.
- Release date: November 30, 2015
- Genre: Hip-hop, R&B, dance-pop
- INTRO: Never Mind
- Whalien 52
- Ma City
- 뱁새 (Crow-Tit/Baepsae)
- SKIT: One Night In A Strange City
- 고엽 (Dead Leaves)
- OUTRO : House Of Cards
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever gives the HYYH era a finale. This is their very first compilation album. It peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 107.
This album consists of twenty-three tracks, including three new singles (“Epilogue: Young Forever“, “Fire” and “Save Me“), and all tracks from The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 and The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2, as well as several remixes.
- Release date: May 2, 2016
- Genre: Hip hop, R&B, dance-pop, K-pop
- Intro: 화양연화 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life
- I NEED U
- 잡아줘 Hold Me Tight
- 고엽 Autumn Leaves
- Butterfly (Prologue Mix)
- Ma City
- 뱁새 Crow-Tit/Baepsae
- 쩔어 DOPE
- 불타오르네 (FIRE)
- Save Me
- EPILOGUE : Young Forever
- Converse High
- 이사 Moving On
- Whalien 52
- House Of Cards (Full Length Edition)
- Love Is Not Over (Full Length Edition)
- I NEED U (Urban Mix)
- I NEED U (Remix)
- RUN (Ballad Mix)
- RUN (Alternative Mix)
- Butterfly (Alternative Mix)
This is just the first 2 and a half years of BTS discography. I hope soon enough the second part will be published. For now, enjoy these songs and travel back in time while listening these tracks.