Ever since the group has gone on hiatus, the members have been showcasing their individual talents to the world. BTS Members’ Solo Albums have made it possible for the fans to understand their unique musical abilities and creativity. Moreover, it allows them to explore different musical styles and genres that may not be possible within the confines of their group. This freedom of expression enables idols to connect with their fans on a deeper level by sharing their personal stories and emotions through their music.
However, we are here to rank the solo albums by BTS members based on each artist’s growth, experimentation, production value, songwriting, originality and overall sound to determine how well the album resonates with one’s personal preferences. Additionally, the impact and influence of the album on the industry and whether it garnered critical acclaim or commercial success. In the end, ranking solo albums is a matter of personal taste and appreciation, and there’s no definitive right or wrong answer. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the diverse talents within a K-pop group, so, it is urged for everyone to read the article with an open mind.
BTS Members’ Solo Albums Ranked
7. The Astraunaut by Jin
Jin released the song on October 28, 2022, right before enlisting in the South Korean military. However, it is not an album but a single released by the artist. The song is a delightful fusion of the past and the present, skillfully blending retro beats with a modern twist. It is reminiscent of old pop songs combined with beautiful and deep lyrics. Moreover, it blends in perfectly with Jin’s voice which makes it even more magnificent. But the only complaint is that the fans only got one song which is clearly not enough! However, we are eagerly waiting for his return and cannot wait for all the new music he is going to deliver.
6. Seven by Jungkook feat. Latto
Seven by Jungkook featuring American rapper Latto, was released as a single on July 14, 2023. The song instantly received a lot of traction from the artist’s fans and partly because of popular K-drama actress, Han So-hee appearing in the music video. It garnered a lot of commercial success and took the top spot on Billboard Hot 100. Moreover, the song debuted at number three on the UK Singles Chart, setting a new record as the highest-debuting single by a solo Korean act in history.
While it may be catchy and easy to listen to, it doesn’t bring anything innovative or distinctive to the table. It feels like a cookie-cutter production that follows the well-trodden path of mainstream pop, lacking the unique flair and creative spark. It’s not that it’s necessarily bad; it’s just disappointingly safe and doesn’t showcase the artist’s full potential. However, it is unfair to judge an artist’s musical journey based on only one song and the wait for a full-length album increases.
Nevertheless, it is still enjoyable and can be listened to anytime, anywhere and it definitely gets points for the incredible music video and production. It is expected that the artist will release more unique and experimental music, displaying his full vocal range and capability.
5. FACE by Jimin
Jimin officially released his solo album on March 24, 2023. With Like Crazy as the title track, the album consists of 4 more songs: Face-off, Interlude: Dive, Alone, Set Me Free Pt.2, and Like Crazy English Version. Expectations from the artist were high following the solo songs Filter and Serendipity from previous BTS albums.
Although the songs from his album were equally amazing, they somehow lacked the dramatic flair that Jimin usually portrays. Moreover, he did not step out of his comfort zone to provide a different sound and followed a predictable formula to maintain a comfortable, familiar sound that the artist has previously explored extensively. The blame partly goes on the lack of songs, because only 5 songs were surely not enough!
However, the artist has a huge fan following and achieved immense commercial success both domestically and internationally. The title track took the top spot in Billboard Hot 100 making him the first solo K-pop artist to achieve it. Moreover, broke sales records on its opening day, selling over 1 million copies, and in its first week, surpassing 1.45 million sales, making Jimin one the first solo artist in Hanteo Chart history to do so.
4. D-DAY by August D/Suga
The album was released on April 21, 2023, and is the third instalment in a trilogy of works that includes the mixtapes Agust D (2016) and D-2 (2020). The album comprises 10 tracks which include the collaboration from various artists like J-Hope, IU, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Woosung of the Rose. The album has received a lot of critical acclaim as well as commercial success.
The artist is known for making music that is raw with hard-hitting lyrics and he does exactly that this time around too. If you are familiar with the rapper’s previous solo works, you will understand that songs remain very on-brand for him. Although the songs are amazing as usual, there is little to no difference from his previous projects which is disappointing. The artist has set the bar extremely high for himself and he seems to be unable to meet it. Nevertheless, the album is no short of being equally authentic and magnificent as the rest of his works.
3. Layover by V
The debut solo album by the artist was released on September 8, 2023. The album contains a total of six songs, including the singles Slow Dancing, Rainy Days, Love Me Again, Blue, For U and the bonus track Slow Dancing (Piano Ver.). Each song has its own dedicated music video which displays the production value and tells a story.
The album shining example of artistic authenticity, offering a unique and captivating window into the artist’s true persona. Every note, lyric, and melody feels like an unfiltered reflection of their inner world and personal experiences. It is the first time we are getting to see this side of Kim Taehyung and it is pleasantly surprising. What sets this album apart is its commitment to self-expression, presenting a deeply personal narrative that resonates with listeners on an intimate level.
Additionally, the album has outperformed both in the charts and sales. It sold over 1.67 million copies on its opening day, setting a new record for the highest first-day sales by any solo K-pop artist in history, breaking the record set by Jimin previously with FACE. Currently, it is the bestselling solo album in South Korean history.
2. Jack in The Box by J-hope
The debut solo album from the rapper was released on July 15, 2022. It contains 10 tracks, including the lead single, More and the follow-up single, Arson. The album received critical acclaim and performed well on the charts as well. It charted in 17 territories, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. It debuted at number 3 in South Korea, number 11 in Japan, and number 17 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.
The artist truly stepped out of his comfort zone for this album and did something he had never done before. The concept of the album consists of heavy themes like passion, ambition, humanity, insecurity, success, and anxiety about the future. The songs were mainly of old-school hip-hop, including pop, grunge, and R&B.
The artist deserves appreciation for his willingness to venture into uncharted musical territory and create amazing experimental music. It takes immense vision and a fearless attitude to explore new sonic landscapes, challenging both themselves and their listeners to embrace the unfamiliar. Although he chose a new path, at the core the album displayed the artist’s phenomenal rap flow that he is known for.
1. Indigo by RM
The rapper’s debut album was released on December 2, 2022, with a total of 10 tracks. Various artists collaborated on the album including Erykah Badu, Anderson .Paak, Tablo of Epik High, Kim Sa-wol, Paul Blanco, Mahalia, Colde, Youjeen of Cherry Filter, and Park Ji-yoon. The album sold over 800,000 copies and became the highest-charting album by a Korean soloist on the Billboard 200 at the time.
From start to finish, this album serves as a dazzling showcase of the artist’s undeniable potential, with each track crafted to sheer perfection. The album effortlessly weaves together a tapestry of emotions, melodies, and lyrics that resonate on a profound level, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and souls of its listeners. It’s a rare gem in the musical landscape, where every note, every lyric, and every moment is phenomenally well-made.
Kim Namjoon is the perfect example of using his strengths to the highest level and pushing his own limits to create a masterpiece. In simple words, he knows what he is good at and dedicates himself to make it even better.
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