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The BTS song "Dynamite" is their first English-language song and it climbed the charts with ease. Here's what the lyrics mean.

BTS’s “Dynamite”: Inside the lyrics of their number one hit

BTS ARMY members in English language countries have been thrilled by the release of their newest single, “Dynamite”. The group’s first English-language single, “Dynamite” has been dominating the charts and BTS ARMY members hearts since its release. It’s a really good song! And it definitely is yet another step in BTS becoming a global tour de force.

Well, more of a global tour de force than BTS already is. But what is “Dynamite” about? What sort of things can we glean from the lyrics of the song, which was released in August? There’s all sorts of great little nods and interesting bits and bobs within “Dynamite”.  After all, every superfan worth their salt needs to learn the true meaning behind the music, right?

Here’s what you need to know. 

Positive vibes and pop culture! 

In an Apple Music interview with BTS, RM shared that the song is “made of positive vibes, energy, hope, love, the purity, everything”. Given how bad 2020 has been going in terms of the pandemic, amongst other things, it makes sense that BTS would want to share a song that’s the opposite of the dourness that the year that has permeated with everyone.

This is especially reflected in the opening lyrics that Jungkook sings, “Cause I, I, I’m in the stars tonight/So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight”. These lyrics also make up the chorus as well, which just hammers home that message of happiness and positivity that BTS wants their lyrics to showcase. 

In addition, BTS also throws nods to various pop culture icons, like they’ve become, the world over. Some of those getting a shout-out in “Dynamite” are: “LeBron James, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, King Kong”. So clearly one of the members of BTS is a fan of excellent B-horror movies about giant apes. Nice choice!

Helping others get through dark times

Another great thing about “Dynamite” is that disco beat. A lot of disco music, before it died, was about feeling good and happy. It came through the best via its beats. That’s not a bad thing to bring back in 2020. “Dynamite” definitely has a disco vibe to it, which makes it a lot of fun and unique. It’s a song that, like disco songs of old, is designed to make you just want to dance and feel good doing it.

In the lyrics of “Dynamite”, BTS reflects the attitude with: “Cause ah, ah, I’m in the stars tonight/ So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight/ Shining through the city with a little funk and soul/ So I’ma light it up like dynamite, woah”. It’s that call to just try to have fun or remember days when it felt easier to have that definitely makes “Dynamite” into something quite uplifting.

This was designed purposefully for the song. Suga said to Elle that BTS wants “Dynamite” to be a song that helps others during 2020, which has been, for many, a pretty terrible year. He asked the question to his bandmates, “What can we do right now, what can we do really good?” And the answer to that is that BTS makes music very well. It definitely worked.

The results

“Dynamite” has been crazy successful for BTS. The song spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. It also went number one on the Digital Song Sales chart for two weeks. They also released a music video for “Dynamite”, which has over 450 million views on YouTube. It premiered on August 20. That’s insane. But that’s also the power of BTS, trying to make the world a little better with one song at a time.

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  • Dynamite really gives positive vibes and disco vibes too. I was Corona positive but these song kept me happy and has given me the hope. And now I am fine. Thanks to BTS. They are the reason that I am now alive. They have changed my life completely.
    I hope they always stay together and stay safe.
    And Army too stay safe and healthy and don’t forget to wear mask and yes don’t wear mask everytime. It will cause another disese

    October 8, 2020
  • eu amo vcs sou muito sua fã de vcs não perdi nenhum vídeo me sonho e conhecer vocês

    October 8, 2020
  • The song dynamite of BTS giving me a positive vibes every time that I hear that song I want to dance sing and I think I’m going crazy because of that song vibes hahahahah BTS they have changed my life ,
    Before I don’t know who’s BTS I don’t like to study and I don’t have dreams, but after that I know who’s BTS my life has changed my life is going bright and now I have many dream that I want to reach because of BTS
    I love BTS so much be safe healthy and also be happy I PURPLE YOU 💜💜😍🇵🇭

    October 9, 2020
  • Eu simplesmente amo e isso mexeu com meu coraçao dynamite eu sou muito feliz por ser o que sou army atitude respeito melhor ynterprete e isso me deixou bem minha familia super curte e obrigado por nois deixar bem a cada ano sou army desde 2013 e isso e questao de amar e amar quem realmente sinto energia a todo custo bts batalha talento sinceridade vcs sao um show ❤sou Rafaela gois army kpoper tenho todos os cds e dvds

    October 9, 2020

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