BTS's 'Best of Me' Isn't the First K-Pop/EDM Track: Listen to 12 More Songs Like It
Last Sunday (Sept. 10), it was announced that BTS would collaborate with a Chainsmokers member on their new album, Love Yourself 'Her' -- and their song, “Best of Me,” is finally here with the arrival of the K-pop superstars' latest LP on Sept. 18. While neither members of the EDM duo feature on the song, Chainsmokers vocalist Andrew Taggart is credited as a co-writer, which probably explains why the chorus has such a strong EDM feel. As the K-pop industry heavily draws on Western trends, it was only inevitable that EDM would seep into South Korea so thoroughly that one of the country’s biggest international acts would team up with a top 40 hitmaker like Taggart.
K-pop is a “genre” defined by its malleability. A wide range of concepts is the industry standard, and it is the norm for many groups to present new versions of themselves with each new era. In fact, BTS started to gain success with the 2015 release of “I Need U,” which marked their first real departure from the hard schoolboy-themed hip hop of their previous singles. (“Just One Day” is a softer ballad, and “Miss Right” is a grade-school torch song, but they’re still part of the schoolboy canon).
So, the BTS-Chainsmokers collab is not unexpected -- in fact, EDM has been making waves in Hallyu for years. SM Entertainment -- one of the Big 3 companies in the South Korean music industry -- has been dominating K-pop’s foray into EDM. Almost all of the company’s major artists have dabbled in the genre, with NCT and f(x) leading the charge. After all, SM founder Lee Soo-Man created an EDM label, ScreaM Records, in 2016.
Here are 12 more EDM songs in K-pop if you like “Best of Me”:
Seventeen - “Don’t Wanna Cry”
Luna - “Free Somebody”
T-ara - “Sugar Free”
Wanna One - “Energetic”
Akdong Musician - “Dinosaur”
Shinee - “View”
NCT 127 - “Fire Truck”
G-Dragon & Taeyang - “Good Boy”
4Minute - “Hate”
KARD - “Oh NaNa”
I.O.I - “Pick Me”
Girls’ Generation - “Catch Me If You Can”