We truly can’t believe it’s been 10 years of BTS. The behemoth Korean pop septet — one of the most influential musical acts of the 21st century — debuted back in 2013. On June 13, 2023, they celebrate a decade of Bangtan Sonyeondan with their annual Festa for fans; this year, the celebrations are accompanied by a special Spotify experience to commemorate your favorite BTS songs.
On June 12, Spotify launched their interactive BTS feature called My Top 5: BTS Songs, Teen Vogue exclusively reports. The “love letter experience” is a riff on past iterations with Rosalía and Kendrick Lamar, and lets you compile and rank the BTS songs you’ve grown to love the most over the past decade — and of course, share the results with other ARMY.
“Each step of our journey together has been unique and has sounded different along the way,” BTS tells Teen Vogue via email. “We hope many people enjoy this new experience with Spotify’s My Top 5: BTS Songs and share their favorites with us.”
Below, find out all about the new Spotify x BTS feature and how you can begin your ranking.
How to Find and Build Your Top BTS Songs
To access the in-app BTS feature, you’ll need to go to https://spotify.com/top5 — which will redirect to the app and/or give you a QR code to scan. Once you’re in, a title screen plays a BTS song (for me it was “Run BTS”) as the purple letters glow. You’re then presented with a vast amount of BTS’s discography sorted by album, with song selections curated by BTS. (Spotify notes the feature “does not include the full BTS catalog, or songs by other artists where BTS is featured” — you’ll also see that mixtapes and solo albums are missing.) You can toggle “search” and “popular” features to sift through songs.
If the task seems impossible, you’re not alone. I spent at least half an hour trying to narrow down options, painstakingly weighing my unending affection for “Love Maze” and “Best of Me” with the fact that “Singularity” was one of my major BTS entry points. I could pick five songs from Map of the Soul: 7 alone! Alas, even the best lists fail to encompass the breadth of their work. If “Ddaeng” were on Spotify, it’d take all five spots.
For those interested, my final list was: 1. “Black Swan” 2. “Spring Day” 3. Boy With Luv 4. “N.O” 5. “The Truth Untold.” Those choices feel like an incomplete evaluation of my personal history with BTS’s music, though the experience was a beautiful walk down the memories of my past five years listening to the group.
Now that we’re well into BTS chapter 2, there’s no doubt more songs will come to build out the rich tapestry of Bangtan, including the recently released Festa song “Take Two.” In the meantime, the Spotify feature is a fun way to pay homage to the dynamic songs that build out BTS’s 10-year discography — and what a decade it’s been.
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