We’ve all been there, and some of us are still in it. There are days when the bubble of sadness and fear of the unknown get to us, and we end up not feeling well. Our hearts and minds are paralyzed, and we can’t catch a break with life at all. Songs are some of the greatest ways to cope as they utter words you can’t. It helps you relax and let the feelings flow and decongest somehow.
BTS is the greatest band to date, not only for their hit songs but also for their great thoughts into creating music. Their songs have a way of resonating with your soul when the day doesn’t feel right. So here are my ten picks of BTS songs you can listen to when you’re feeling blue.
#10 Epilogue: Young Forever
Belonging to the album ‘The Most Beautiful Moment in Life,’ Young Forever is about BTS’ journey. It’s one of the songs that are somehow a love letter to ARMY, especially the lyrics, “Even if there is no everlasting audience, I will sing.” It’s a song that screams, “I’ll be with you.”
Young Forever expresses their experiences that are relatable for many. There are aspects of self-doubt, the addiction to the side effects of achieving your goals, the rough journey, and the inevitable reality that comes with it. Many go through this feeling as many of us have dreams, and sometimes, we get stuck in a place where we look back and feel that what we’ve done isn’t enough. Yet, when you look at it, how far you’ve come, it becomes a beautiful moment that you can indulge in for a little while.
#9 Make it Right
Map of the Soul: Persona carried a lot of soulful songs. One of which is the song Make it Right. People often interpret this song as a love story. However, when you delve into the lyrics, it goes deeper, giving you the solace you need in times of hopelessness.
BTS is known for treating fans like family, and in this instance, they penned a song that can be interpreted boldly but has specific people it’s dedicated to. The song demonstrates unconditional love and how your sacrifices and devotion are returned. The lyrics “I can make it better, I can hold you tighter” will definitely give you some comfort as your love for them as fans are seen and validated.
In the album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2, Butterfly made quite a buzz in its release. Penned by Suga, the song speaks about the fear of losing someone they love.
There are days when we feel like we want to disappear, and we presume that no one cares if we do. The song Butterfly expresses the impermanence of life and how we can lose anyone at any given moment. The song is somehow a request to stay for a little while. The lyrics “If I let go of your hand, you might fly away and break, I’m scared,” somehow shows the sincere emotion of how people are afraid to lose you. Sometimes, we need that bit of reminder of how we’re loved when the world feels like it’s crashing down.
#7 Zero o’ Clock
Map of the Soul: 7 had amazing tracks that aim to give comfort. The vocal line’s Zero o’Clock is a prime example of how BTS wants to be there for you on a bad day.
The song narrates how everything starts out bad and can feel a bit hopeless. It asks you to take a minute and lie down for a while. When it’s midnight, take a deep breath as things are about to take a fresh start. The chorus repeatedly chants, “And you’re gonna be happy,” which is the aim of the song.
Breathe like it’s the first time, refresh, restart, and feel alive, Zero o’Clock.
In the album Love Yourself: Answer, Epiphany became the anthem of self-love, and for a good reason.
Epiphany reminds us that self-care and self-love aren’t selfish but vital. Sometimes, we sell ourselves short because we put people on a pedestal and make them the center of our lives. When you do that, you forget the most important person, yourself, and how you should be taking care of yourself. The song is about finding hope in the darkest place and still having solace as you seek the light.
It’s optimism as the rain pours. As the lyrics say, “I’m the one I should love in this world.”
Map of the Soul: Persona’s track Mikrokosmos talks about how one shines at the heart of a billion lights. Mikrokosmos is a metaphor in this song that celebrates life, humanity, and individuality.
Perhaps you feel unseen, unwanted, unspecial. Through Mikrokosmos, BTS talks about your light, the life you bring, and how you shine. You are one in a billion, unmatched and unequaled. In the grand scheme of things, you have a role to play, you are special, and you don’t see that because you aren’t the one seeing your shine.
There’s the sense of purpose and comfort. Sometimes, it’s all the reminders we need to continue our day.
#4 Your Eyes Tell
Map of the Soul: 7 Journey contained one of BTS’ best songs to date. Golden Maknae Jeon Jungkook wrote Your Eyes Tell for the Japanese movie of the same name. Fun fact, the movie is a remake of the 2011 South Korean movie Always.
Written from a romantic point of view, Your Eyes Tell, illustrates one’s insistence for the other to persevere and look forward in life. Using eyes to symbolize seeing things, not from a positive perspective but that of enduring even in the hardest of times. Your Eyes Tell validates the pain you go through but urges you to move forward and comfortingly tells that they want you by their side no matter what happens.
Through thick and thin, with love that perseveres, Your Eyes Tell, ladies and gentlemen.
#3 Life Goes On
Of the album BE, Life Goes On is a pretty straightforward song and perhaps timely. The pandemic greatly affected our lives, even turned others upside down. BTS isn’t simply sympathizing with you with a song.
Instead, it wants you to be insightful, determined, but at the same time, it wants you to understand that life goes on and you, too, should move on. The focus of the song is the philosophy of how life goes on, and you, the listener, are affected by life’s challenges.
It feels as if there’s no end to your suffering, but one day, it will, and it’s as if it never happened in the first place. The translated pre-chorus is, “There’s no end in sight. Is there a way out? My feet refuse to move, oh. Close your eyes for a moment. Hold my hand. To the future, let’s run away.”
A momentary relief and reminder, Life Goes On.
From their 2014 album School Luv Affair, Tomorrow is a love affair with life. It is a young person’s perspective where they aim high and the process of suffering that goes with it. They talk about dissatisfaction, frustration, and setbacks in working hard for their dreams. The days become repetitive because you’re being burnt out. Despite being from a young person’s perspective, this song is relatable for all, showing off BTS’ songs’ universality.
The song asks you to rest, take a break. It also tells you never to stop pursuing your dream. It only seems impossible now, but eventually, everything will fall into place.
The translated chorus is, “Because the dawn right before the sun rises is the darkest. Even in the far future, never forget the you of right now. Wherever you are right now, you’re just taking a break. Don’t give up.”
#1 Magic Shop
The ultimate comfort song in this list is BTS’ Magic Shop from the album Love Yourself: Tear.
Magic Shop is the place BTS set up for ARMY, a sanctuary for the lonely, heartbroken, and hurt.
With the lyrics, you can envision a magical pop-up place that’s there when you need solace. BTS isn’t blatant and callous, demanding you to look for strength at times when you’re at wit’s end, exhausted. Instead, they want you to hear their story, and they want your story in return. In the song, RM’s lyrics are, “At the end of my despair, you’re the last reason.
For me, who was standing at the edge of the cliff, live.”
You’ll find yourself at the entrance of the Magic Shop whenever your heart yearns to be free.
BTS has a diverse discography that just makes them so relatable and down to earth. So here are my top ten picks songs you can listen to you when you’re feeling blue. What’s your favorite, and what would you like to add?