K-pop and K-dramas: Jimin’s Solo Songs

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 06: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE.) Jimin of BTS performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at the Forum on December 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Hi! It’s Annie!

Still continuing with our BTS break because there’s nothing else to do after that concert. It broke me in the absolute best way. For the few of you who didn’t know, today is Jimin’s birthday! Well, technically for us it is tomorrow, but South Korea is sixteen hours ahead of us. Park Jimin has been an incredibly important presence in my life as well as the lives of many others. I have mentioned time and time again that I love Jimin’s vocals (it’s difficult though because I love all of their vocals so much; even the rap line) and it is not a stretch to say that Jimin has been a much needed light in my life. Especially now. I have listened to all of his solo songs on repeat, and thought that the best way to celebrate his birthday was to draw attention to them and show my appreciation for them. Please note that even though I do want to rank his individual songs for this post, there is no song of his that I dislike. Each one of these songs will be one of the best songs you’ve ever heard. Jimin’s voice is too incredible for this not to be true.

4. Serendipity

It hurts to put this here. Really, it hurts to put any one of these at anything other than a number one spot. This song is nothing short of gorgeous and even better to watch him perform. There’s just something so beautiful and pure about this song and, even better, each one of his solo pieces lets him showcase his absolutely beautiful dancing abilities. Any performance of this song would be beautiful not only for his vocals, but also for his incredible skill in dance. There’s also a sense of peace in this song that makes it calming just to listen to. It’s difficult to not feel as though everything will be ok while listening to this song, and that is such a gift. Jimin has been a comforting presence with comforting words to ARMY as long as he’s been in the limelight. This song perfectly expresses that and really how much he means to all of us.

3. Lie

Lie is really nothing short of incredible. The song is intense but flows beautifully at the same time. There’s also immense pain that you feel while listening to this song because the song contains so many expressions of pain. It is beautiful lyrically, vocally, and musically; but you can hear the pain through every note. While there is a sense of peace in the song above, this one is the storm before that calm. The elements of this song are very personal to Jimin and deal with difficult things he was dealing with in his own life. Jimin even admitted that this song could be difficult for him to perform because of it’s themes. Knowing that this song has such a profound effect on him makes me appreciate the song even more while also making me slightly sad listening to it. It’s difficult to see or hear Jimin in any pain whatsoever. (I sobbed after seeing footage from day one of their ‘Map of the Soul On:e’ concert.) But even with that it’s one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. It’s raw and completely radiant.

2. Promise

Of all of the songs on this list, this is probably the one that makes me cry the most. The song is so calm and innocent sounding, but holds such a profound message. Here, Jimin asks ARMY to promise him that no matter how lonely or awful we feel, we will never throw ourselves away. This song makes me cry because it’s really what Jimin does best. Whenever another member of BTS is feeling down, Jimin is one of the first people there with a hug and words of comfort. This is Jimin doing that to ARMY. It is, essentially, a giant hug from Jimin. It is his reminder to us that, as he’s recently said, there is always someone in South Korea who understands what we’re feeling. If you’re ever feeling awful, this is an incredible song to listen to. It is full of understanding and comfort and I know I have used this song as comfort before. Seriously, just go listen to this song and get your figurative hug from Jimin. Let’s be honest, we all need one.

  1. Filter

I couldn’t not put this one in the number one spot after their virtual concert. Firstly, how dare he look so good! He absolutely killed me with that black fedora and purple suit. Did you see his belt?! Did you see his hair with that side shave?! Sorry, anyways…even without the performance being too much for anyone to handle, the song itself was one I was listening to on repeat since it came out. Before I ever saw it performed, I was probably listening to this solo song more that his other ones just because I loved the sound of it. This one feels a little more dance-y but not too much if that makes sense. It is different from his other solo songs, but works just as much as the other ones do. Not to mention his range in this song! This is one of those songs that you listen to and you just feel like the vocalist is having fun. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I love it so much. He was certainly having so much fun during the concert. (Did you see his smile?!) This song will forever have meaning for me after seeing that concert.

Jimin, and every single member of BTS, is such a bright light for all of us. They all have become a massive comfort to us all and a light at the end of this very dark tunnel. It’s difficult to write how much Jimin means to me because it’s difficult to write how much this group means to me. It goes beyond words. I just feel lucky that these men have sought out to be there for all of us and make us all feel understood. When everything feels too dark, we hear their voices and find hope again. A lot of people say that they feel unreal, or it feels like they’re from another planet. I think that’s missing the point. They are human, which is incredibly important because it proves that humans with that much compassion do exist. Jimin was not acting when he saw the faces of ARMY during the virtual concert and burst into tears. They are not acting when they tell us to love ourselves and to speak for ourselves. I have never been more proud to be a part of something as big as ARMY. Their message of kindness has radiated to every part of the world, and as ARMY we do everything we can to hand them the megaphone. I’m proud to be a fan of all of them, and of course, this includes our adorable baby mochi. Happy Birthday Jimin! Thank you for everything!

See you across the pond!

Sincerely, Annie

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