10. I Need U, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1, 2015 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com Although I Need U is #10 on this list, I think it’s one of the most important songs in BTS’s discography. While their first album was titled Dark & Wild, it was the tragically beautiful lead single off their next one that truly displayed their lyrically and musically dark side. I Need U also presented a stark contrast from the rap-heavy, rock-beat driven songs that people were starting to expect from BTS and threw open the floodgates for the variety of different sounds and genres that they would come to explore over the next few years. The success of BTS is largely driven by their accessibility and versatility, and I Need U was their most accessible and versatile song till date. 9. Fire, The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Young Forever, 2016 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com After the massive success of Dope, Fire was BTS’s second hand at an EDM sound and it did just about everything that Dope did and did it better. Suffice to say, this song literally (and figuratively) blew up the charts (at home and abroad). Dope brought green screen into the BTS video verse and Fire brought explosions, stunts, sets, special effects and an extremely large budget. And I can’t begin to explain how fun this song is. It’s an instant bop no matter who’s listening and will make any party lit af (I’ll stop with the fire puns right there). *screaming SSAK DA BULTAEWORA in the streets as people stare* 8. Run, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2, 2015 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com Hwayangyeonhwa (literally translated as the most beautiful moment in one’s life) is what the The Most Beautiful Moment in Life series is about. And although it officially culminates in Epilogue: Young Forever, I feel that Run captures the true feeling of hwayangyeonhwa better. The lyrics of Run talk about running towards your hwayangyeonhwa and the sweet despair of love and about realizing the value of the journey instead of the destination. Also, it was through this song and MV that BTS really started building their strong bond with ARMYs and we all know what that has grown into. 7. Spring Day, You Never Walk Alone, 2017 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com BTS’s most beautifully written single (I’d say song but Outro: Tear exists). There are few songs that capture the feeling of missing someone as well as this one does (it’s right up there with Sheeran’s Photograph) and the soulful lyrics and MV will leave a hole in your heart the size of the iceberg that sank the Titanic. The genius that is RM came up with the concept of this song while he was out on a walk (all I do on walks is get distracted by cats and dogs; just kidding I don’t do walks 👀). And this one’s such a special song for ARMY because of the way the boys perform it at concerts.“Yes I hate you, you left meBut I never stopped thinking about you, not even a dayHonestly I miss you, but I’ll erase you'Cause it hurts less than to blame you”I’ll just leave that here and let it sink in. 6. No More Dream, 2 Cool 4 Skool, 2013 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com This song goes real old school (punintentional) but you can’t possibly be a BTS aficionado and not appreciate their debut single. ‘No More Dream’ is so iconic because it established what BTS is now known so well for doing - breaking the mold and challenging societal conventions. I’ve always identified as someone who doesn’t really have any concrete dreams but I hated the idea of following suit just because I didn’t have my own dreams. BTS say that it’s ok to be that way, and through this song they actually glorify it. Everyone knows the acronym ARMY representing BTS’s large and sometimes obsessive international fandom but few know that it actually stands for Adorable Representative M.C. of Youth because they were literally touted as the chosen representatives of the youth by their fans given their revolutionary outlook on the expectations Korean society ought to (or rather ought not to) have from the country’s youth. No song exemplifies this ideal the way ‘No More Dream’ does, except perhaps ‘Silver Spoon’ but let’s leave that for another article. 5. MIC DROP (Steve Aoki Remix), Love Yourself: Her, 2017 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com According to Wikipedia, a mic drop is the gesture of intentionally dropping one's microphone at the end of a performance or speech to signal triumph. And that’s exactly what BTS does with this sick track. RM mentioned in an interview following the release of the song that it was in fact inspired by one of the most infamous mic drops of all time - President Obama’s at the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner. And like Obama’s address on that occasion, the lyrics of this song walk the line between boastful and triumphant and boy, do I love it. If I had to pick a soul song, this would be it. This is BTS declaring to all the haters and skeptics that their success is undeniable and all you need to do is count their accolades to know why (but you probably couldn’t anyway because they have so many). And Steve Aoki’s spin on the song just makes it better if that’s even possible (can’t wait for The Truth Untold Remix). Also, I am convinced that this was the song that turned me into the enormous V trash that I am today. “Did you see my bag?” is my WhatsApp status. I rest my case. 4. Not Today, You Never Walk Alone, 2017 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com BTS’s most underrated song imho. This song doesn’t seem to get as much love from ARMY as some of BTS’s other more recent tracks and I can’t imagine why. The message behind this song of not giving up and standing up against your haters really resonates with me and makes it an instant mood-lifter whenever I’m feeling down. The MV for this track might not be the visual spectacle that some of their other videos are but it is so impressive nonetheless. The boys quite possibly sport my favorite looks (can Jungkook please have brown hair forever?) and Jimin displays the most impressive piece of dancing by any person in any song ever in the last 20 seconds (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you watch it). 3. DNA, Love Yourself: Her, 2017 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com One word: VISUALS. What really makes DNA for me are the absolutely spectacular visuals in the music video; I can’t imagine what the budget for this video must have been. This is BTS’s most watched video on YouTube and also the first BTS MV I ever watched and it really made an impact on me because otherwise I wouldn’t be penning this article. It’s also such an earworm and I’m not surprised it’s my most listened to BTS song on Spotify. Shoutout to J-hope, his moves have never been better than they are in this number. The lyrics of the song talk about the serendipitous beautiful aspect of love that Love Yourself: Her is all about and I secretly think it’s a love letter from the boys to ARMYs all around the world. Yeongwonhi hamkkenikka ♥️ 2. FAKE LOVE, Love Yourself: Tear, 2018 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com This song is a broken record just because of the number of records it has broken (and of course, also because of the number of hours I’ve spent hearing it on repeat). Not only did it become the first K-pop group song to chart in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, but the momentum of the song’s success propelled Love Yourself: Tear to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (making it the first foreign language album to do so in 12 years). Suga mentioned in an interview that the lead single of every album is always the hardest to produce because there’s so much pressure on it to be amazing. But this one felt different and he knew it would be a stunner the first time he heard it. And I feel the same way about it. It’s so effortlessly beautiful and simple and complex at the same time, and does such an amazing job at portraying the overarching theme of Love Yourself: Tear. And although I’m a relatively new ARMY, I feel immense pride watching this masterpiece of a MV and acknowledging that it is in all ways comparable if not better than the stuff produced by the top notch music studios of California and New York. Finally, Asians are an integral part of, if not leading, the conversation on musical innovation. 1. Blood Sweat & Tears, Wings, 2016 View this video on YouTube Big Hit Entertainment / Via youtube.com I don't think I actually need to say anything. Tbh, this is the song that changed everything for BTS and propelled them into international super stardom once and for all. And for good measure, because everything about this single is literal perfection. The music is irresistibly catchy, the choreography is to die for and I could write a thesis about all the references to art and literature made throughout the lyrics and the music video (cue Hermann Hesse's Demian, The Fall of the Rebel Angels, The Lament for Icarus and Michelangelo's Pieta to name a few). Also (more informed ARMYs please correct me if I’m wrong), isn’t this the video that immortalized Jimin’s “accidental” jacket flip? The rest as we know is history. I have shed literal blood, sweat and tears over this song and I want more *wonhae manhi manhi*.