The first chapter of BTS’ story has ended. Now, it’s time for Namjoon, Seokjin, Yoongi, Hoseok, Jimin, Taehyung, and Jungkook to welcome the next stage of their lives with hopeful hearts.
But no—BTS is not disbanding. The members will take the time off to discover more of themselves and spread their own wings as individuals. So, as we wait for the septet to return as a complete unit, here are 10 of their songs to comfort us as we forge our own paths as well.
1. Life Goes On
As the title suggests, Life Goes On talks about treating life as a continuing journey—no matter how hard it gets. The message is a timely reminder to live on “in a new world” with a hopeful mindset that the good days "will come back around." What makes it more comforting is that it was released during the early days of the pandemic.
2. Spring Day
Spring Day is a heart-wrenching song about losing someone that means the world to you. Losing yourself in the past happens but the song's final chorus reminds us that flowers will eventually bloom again.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that you’re not alone in life? Mikrokosmos is the epitome of comfort in a song that’s written by BTS for ARMYs. The track is a hopeful message saying you’re a “great existence” that has the power to shine more "in the deepest night."
4. So What
Suga rapped it himself on the second verse—“Just go instead of worrying.” Moving forward to the next stage of your life is scary, at times anxiety-inducing, but So What urges you to confidently go on, “don’t stop and worry yourself.”
5. Magic Shop
No matter how old we are, we have our own Magic Shop—a place that’s described as our source of comfort when the going gets too much to bear. The song is a message from BTS to “open your heart to the magic shop” where you would see their smiling faces.
“You can’t hold me down because I’m a fighter.” Life is tough, but we’re tougher. At least that’s what ON reminds us. The powerful track is the moral support we need to “bring on the pain” no matter what life throws along the way. What makes this song more memorable is how it is written with reference to their 2013 track N.O.
7. Answer: Love Myself
We all need a dose of self-love as we tread on unfamiliar territory, right? And if you’re asking what’s the key to moving forward, it’s Answer: Love Myself. The lyrics show a more grown-up BTS reminding their younger selves to practice self-love wherever they go.
8. Blue & Grey
“Is it anxiety or depression?” Painfully relatable lyrics aside, Blue & Grey is a showcase of our inner demons in a song. A new journey is something that shouldn’t be romanticized because we all have our own ways of moving forward. And Blue & Grey is the perfect example of our inner turmoils. What makes it comforting is that the biggest group themselves share the same despair too.
9. A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone
Moving forward is excruciating, but you’ll “never walk alone.” Not everyone is blessed with moral support to keep going, so why not allow the members of BTS—through this track—to hold their hands and conquer?
10. Yet To Come
“We’re gonna touch the sky for the day we die.” The most recent on the list, this song now hits differently as BTS expressed their desire to spread their wings in a different way. Yet didn’t BTS preach the truth with Yet To Come? Just like the K-pop idols, it wouldn't hurt to think that the next chapter of our lives is the exciting part that we’ve been craving all along.