BTS, the seven-member K-pop boy band just about everyone’s heard of, has accomplished far more since their 2013 debut than singing catchy songs and adorning teenage walls.
They’ve broken records—such as becoming the first Korean act to achieve platinum status from the RIAA, or to top the US Billboard 200—and attract more than three billion dollars annually to the South Korean economy.
Even more impressive, the boys of BTS have teamed up with UNICEF in an anti-violence campaign, and donate both money and time to raise awareness for organ donation, mental health issues, and disaster relief.
The band’s musical endeavors and accomplishments are just as praise-worthy as their philanthropic ones, too. Since their debut, BTS has released nine studio albums, six compilations, and six EPs. In total, they’ve sold over 20 million records in less than a decade.
Here is the complete discography of BTS, in chronological order, including all albums, mixtapes, singles, and features.
- Skool Luv Affair
- The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1
- The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 2
- Love Yourself: Her
- Map of the Soul: Persona
- “No More Dream”
- “We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2”
- “Boy in Luv”
- “Just One Day”
- “War of Hormone”
- “I Need U”
- “Epilogue: Young Forever”
- “Save Me”
- “Blood, Sweat & Tears”
- “Spring Day”
- “Not Today”
- “Come Back Home”
- “With Seoul”
- “Fake Love”
- “Idol” solo & featuring Nicki Minaj
- “Boy with Luv” featuring Halsey
- “Dream Glow” with Charli XCX
- “A Brand New Day” with Zara Larson
- “All Night” with Juice Wrld
- “Make It Right” featuring Lauv
- “Black Swan”
- “Life Goes On”
- “MIC Drop” [Steve Aoki Remix]
- “MIC Drop” [Steve Aoki Remix] featuring Desiigner
- “Ashes” by Lim Jeoung-Hee
- “Love U, Hate U” by 2AM
- “Bad Girl” by Lee Hyun, also feat. GLAM
- “Because I’m a Foolish Woman” by Kan Mi-youn
- “Waste It on Me” by Steve Aoki
- “Who” by Lauv
- “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) [BTS Remix]” by Jawsh 685, also feat. Jason Derulo
Released: September 11, 2013
Facts about O!RUL8,2?
- In the song “N.O.,” BTS criticizes the public school system in South Korea for making students diligent studying tools meant to chase money, rather than pursuing their passions and dreams.
- The track “Coffee” reflects on the sweet and bitter emotions of relationships, using coffee as a metaphor.
- In “If I Ruled the World,” RM talks about his admiration of Western rappers while growing up in Korea. BTS also discuss the things they would do if they ruled the world, such as having any girl of their choice, money, and respect.
- “Attack on Bangtan/The Rise of Bangtan”
Skool Luv Affair
Released: February 12, 2014
Facts about Skool Luv Affair
- The track “Boy in Luv” depicts an aggressive obsession between a boy and girl, showing how keeping emotions pent-up can cost a person what they love most.
- “Just One Day” explores what each member would do if they could spend one more day with a person they loved and lost.
- “Tomorrow” explores ambition and drive, and what each person needs to find to get themselves out of bed in the mornings.
- “Boy in Luv”
- “Just One Day”
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.1
Released: April 24, 2015
Facts about The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.1
- “I NEED U” looks at young love and the setbacks of school, work, long distances, jealousy, bad sex, and all the little things that wear a couple down.
- Upbeat track “DOPE” encourages young fans to pursue their passions and make an ultimate comeback as adults.
- “Hold Me Tight” covers fading love, and the desire to re-discover those feelings that make couples fall in love in the first place.
- “I NEED YOU”
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 2
Released: November 30, 2015
Facts about The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.2
- “Butterfly” explores the fear of losing someone with the metaphor of butterflies—how beautiful they are, yet how quickly they can leave.
- In the track “RUN,” BTS acknowledges how tough adolescence is, the challenges of telling right from wrong, and struggling to make good choices when you lack life experience.
- “Autumn Leaves” covers a breakup and its initial stages of despair and regret, like autumn leaves falling down and waiting for the next season.
- “Silver Spoon/Baepsae
Love Yourself: Her
Released: September 18, 2017
Facts about Love Yourself: Her
- “DNA” looks at all the ways young, passionate love can survive dreadful experiences and despair.
- In the track “MIC Drop,” BTS celebrates how all their hard work finally paid off. It was inspired by Barack Obama’s last dinner at the White House, where he dropped the mic at the end of his speech.
- “Pied Piper” was inspired by the fabled piper of Hamelin who, after ending a rat infestation with his music, was refused payment by the townspeople. As a result, he lured the town’s children to their deaths. BTS uses this tale to warn fans not to be too obsessed with their heroes.
- “GO GO”
Map of the Soul: Persona
Released: April 12, 2019
Facts about Map of the Soul: Persona
- The track “Intro: Persona” is about BTS’s humble days at the start of their career. Progressing their growth into a more evolved band, they want more—and not just for themselves. They want their influence to truly inspire fans to follow their dreams and take what they need.
- In “Boy with Luv,” BTS explores the passion that turns a man into a boy when he falls in love.
- “Boy with Luv”
Released: March 20, 2015
Facts about RM
- In the track “Life,” RM explores the dark realities of depression, loneliness, and mortality that everyone struggles with. Ultimately, however, the song ends with a message of hope—for all the hardship and wondering, RM explains that it’s still worth trying.
- The track “Voice” is used to empower fans and inspire them to stand up for their ideals.
- “Do You”
Released: August 16, 2016
Facts about Agust D
- The track “Agust D” goes into the dark reality of being in the K-pop industry—the suffocating pressure to succeed, relentless criticism, and pain to keep progressing your career.
- “The Last” discusses SUGA’s hidden feelings of anxiety and depression. SUGA explains that in South Korea, seeking treatment for mental diseases is frowned upon and considered dishonorable to one’s family.
- “Agust D”
- “The Last”
- “So Far Away”
Released: March 2, 2018
Facts about Hope World
- “Airplane” compares J-Hope’s simple childhood dream of riding in an airplane to the above-and-beyond accomplishments of his career and current lifestyle.
- In the track “HANGSANG,” J-Hope discusses the true perks of living as a music star—inspiring his fans, meeting celebrities that he admires, and working hard with his bandmates doing what they love.
- “Blue Side” (Outro)
Released: May 22, 2020
Facts about D-2
- This is the second mixtape from Agust D, or SUGA, and explores current life events rather than past ones.
- “People” looks at how everyone, himself included, change over time.
- In the song “Strange,” SUGA explains the long-term negatives of capitalism such as greed, debt, and hollow materialism.
- “What Do You Think?”
BTS Studio Albums
2 Cool 4 Skool
Released: June 12, 2013
Facts about 2 Cool 4 Skool
- As BTS’ debut album, 2 Cool 4 Skool forms part of the “School Trilogy,” which also includes O!RUL82? and Skool Luv Affair.
- In the track “No More Dream,” BTS discusses how young people shouldn’t satisfied with the bare minimum of survival—they should pursue their dreams and passions, as well.
- “No More Dream”
- “We are Bulletproof Pt.2”
Dark and Wild
Released: August 19, 2014
Facts about Dark and Wild
- “Danger” looks at one-sided relationships, wherein one selfish partner only looks out for themselves.
- In the track “Second Grade,” BTS explores the notion of their childhood selves witnessing their current lives, and their desire to make those kids proud.
- “Let Me Know” is about still loving someone after a break-up, despite knowing it will never work out.
- “War of Hormone”
- “BTS Cypher Pt. 3: KILLER”
Released: October 10, 2016
Facts about Wings
- “FIRST LOVE,” written and produced by SUGA, covers his love for music—especially the piano, which he learned as a child to ignore the struggles of poverty.
- The song “AWAKE,” Jin’s single on the album, looks at how it’s always worth trying to accomplish your goals, even if they don’t pan out the way you’d hope.
- “BEGIN” is the solo single by Jungkook, the youngest member of the band. In it, Jungkook discusses his time on Superstar K, moving to Seoul, and meeting the other BTS members after becoming a trainee at Big Hit Entertainment.
- “Blood, Sweat, and Tears”
- “BTS Cypher 4”
Love Yourself: Tear
Released: May 18, 2018
Facts about Love Yourself: Tear
- In the track “FAKE LOVE,” BTS discusses the entrapment of loving someone who doesn’t really love you back.
- “Magic Shop,” written by Jungkook, encourages fans with despair, depression, or frustration to look to BTS for happiness anytime they need it.
- The song “Anpanman” is based off an old anime character of the same name. BTS discusses that they are not super-powered beings, but still want to protect their fans by spreading positive messages through their music.
- “FAKE LOVE”
- “The Truth Untold”
Map of the Soul: 7
Released: February 21, 2020
Facts about Map of the Soul: 7
- The track “Blackswan” looks at the slow pain of losing ambition for the things you once loved—from being a stock boy who gave up on being a children’s author, to a mail clerk who gave up on his passion of interior design for a steady paycheck.
- Map of the Soul: 7 was released 7 years after BTS debuted, hence the album name.
- “Filter,” a single by Jimin, talks about how people change their opinions, relationships, and morals as easily as their clothes, hair, or social media filters, trying to fit an image rather than be their truest selves.
- “My Time”
Released: November 20, 2020
Facts about Be
- “Dynamite” is about confidence, happiness, and doing what you’re best at during stressful times. It was released during the Covid-19 pandemic, and was the first BTS song to include a full English version.
- In the track “Life Goes On,” BTS emphasizes how society would still thrive and life would return to normal after Covid-19.
- In “Blue & Grey,” V uses the color blue to symbolize his depression or pent-up anxiety when he makes music, while RM uses grey for the same purpose.
- “Life Goes On”
BTS Compilation Albums
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever
Released: May 2, 2016
Facts about The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever
- This album is a compilation including all the tracks from The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Part 1 and Part 2. It also contains bonus tracks and exclusive remixes.
- “Save Me” is about the necessity of asking for help, being unafraid to show vulnerability, and putting aside your pride when you need to.
- In the track “FIRE,” BTS urges fans to ignore the judgment and criticism of others by imagining everything around them going up in flames—in other words, focusing on the bigger picture, not the small-minded opinions of other people.
- “Save Me”
Love Yourself: Answer
Released: August 24, 2018
Facts about Love Yourself: Answer
- This compilation album is the final installment of the Love Yourself series.
- In the track “Euphoria,” BTS explores that strong faith and love that happens in the beginning of a young relationship, but how lovers will often hide their flaws in an effort to appear perfect.
- “The Truth Untold”
- “Answer: Love Myself”
Released: October 23, 2018
Facts about Mono.
- In the track “Moonchild,” RM talks about finding a comfortable position in a dark place—like following nothing but moonlight as a beacon of hope.
- “Seoul” focuses on RM’s feelings about the city in which he grew up, a mixture of love and hate for Seoul based on his experiences.
- In the track “Forever Rain,” RM talks about his introverted nature and how that will never change, even now that he’s a celebrity.
In just a few short years, BTS amassed worldwide fame, legions of diehard fans, and renown in the K-pop industry few could have ever predicted. They are among the most recognized names in K-pop such as MAMAMOO, BLACKPINK, Red Velvet, IU and Jessi.
Beyond their prolific musical output, the boys are also known for philanthropy and positivity, as well as breaking the taboos around mental health. Disliking them is about as easy as ignoring the catchiness of their music—in other words, downright impossible.