We take a nostalgic reminisce at a number of BTS’ most underrated songs that ought to be getting tons more recognition
Globalpop sensations BTS celebrate their eighth anniversary today! Amidst the legacy of manufacturing consecutive hits, breaking multiple records, topping global music charts and making new breakthrough achievements every single day, a number of the group’s older, lesser known (but even as beautiful) tracks deserve a spotlight.
So in celebration of the septet’s anniversary, Rolling Stone India takes a nostalgic reminisce at eight of BTS’ most criminally underrated songs that ought to be getting far more recognition. Read on to get some hidden musical gems in our chronological list below.
Also referred to as ‘Satoori Rap,’ “Paldogangsan” was first released as a predebut track recorded by the BTS rap line, but was later re-recorded by all the members and released because the ninth track on their first mini-album O!RUL8,2?. The song essentially delivers a more hardcore rap-centric hip-hop style paired up with a cool flow, faithful their older, original music genre . the whole song is administered within the format of a dialect-diss battle rap, divided between the members who come from the East (Gyeongsan) of the country and people from the West (Jeolla and Seoul.) during this track, BTS celebrate their Korean heritage and cultural identities by singing in their original dialects, incorporating the various regional dialects and eventually , uplifting and supporting those that use dialects. this is often note-worthy because using ones original dialect rather than the standardized Seoul dialect is an uncommon, unfavored and fewer than acceptable trait in modern-day Korean society.
“We On” (2013)
“We On” is that the third track on their first mini album O! RUL8, 2?. a bit like “Paldogangsan,” it’s a hip-hop track with a smooth groovy beat featuring rap-heavy verses, in sync with BTS debut-style of music. it’s one among the group’s earliest roast tracks dedicated to their haters and is a clapback to all or any the people that belittled their skills and doubted their success before their debut or ridiculed them post-debut. “We On” by BTS set a precedent for future iconic diss tracks like “Mic Drop,” “Cypher pt.3” and “Ddaeng.”
“Tomorrow” appears because the sixth track on their second mini album Skool Luv Affair and eighth track within the repackaged album Skool Luv Affair: Special Edition. It’s an R&B track featuring a catchy, slow rhythm and is arguably one among the foremost inspiring songs that BTS have written till date. The members touch on various different themes, singing about both the repetitive nature and unpredictability of life, also as regarding how our own actions primarily decide what our tomorrow is formed like. It inspires the listeners to never hand over on striving and dealing hard, and urges them to stay on running the race until they reach their destinations in life.
“Autumn Leaves” (2015)
Also referred to as “Dead Leaves,” the eighth track on their fourth mini album the foremost Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.2 and therefore the fourth track in their first compilation album the foremost Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever. The slow, yet expressive R&B track expresses a dying relationship and the way feelings are as fleeting as falling autumn leaves. This song talks about the culmination of a relationship using the metaphor of autumn leaves. It’s the lament of an individual who wants to return to a time within the past when their relationship was better, greener, and brimming with hope of life. They however realize that it’s too late to save lots of the connection now, which is sure to disintegrate just like the crumbling of dry, withered autumn leaves. The lyrical stanzas alternate between the despairing reality of their present scenario and illusion of a reunion between the parting lovers. It depicts how we as humans, tend to carry onto things that we all know we are eventually destined to lose.
“Sea” appears as a hidden eleventh track on the physical edition of the album Love Yourself: Her. almost like “Rain,” the opening verse of “Sea” features sound effects of waves crashing against the shoreline. A recurring, serene instrumental melody is paired with the members’ breathy vocals and passionate rap verses to make a particular sound that resembles the tranquil of plummeting waves and ushers in an odd sense of calm to its listeners. The group uses the imagery of an ocean and a desert to convey the themes of hope and despair that they need felt while pursuing their dreams of becoming musicians. The members get up-close and private as they sing about the countless struggles they’ve had to travel through since their debut and therefore the prejudices they’ve been subjected to within the industry. They keep comparing two paradoxical elements, like the ocean and therefore the desert, hope and despair, questioning whether of these different elements are one and therefore the same actually .
“Paradise” makes up the fifth track on BTS’ studio album Love Yourself: Tear. It blends upbeat trap with soothing melodies and synths for an uplifting vibe. The members sing about the concept of dreams, asking their listeners to prevent chasing an empty dream that isn’t their own, and stating that it’s not necessary for everybody to possess a dream within the first place. Since the definition of happiness differs from individual to individual, happiness can never be attained from chasing another person’s borrowed dream, and it always varies as per our own tastes and viewpoints. most are essentially chasing an equivalent end-goal behind all of those different dreams: happiness or paradise. But if we just pause and take a step back to really live our life, we’ll perceive that we’re already living therein paradise.