BTS: The only Korean act to make it in Rolling Stone’s 2020 best albums

Map of the Soul: 7 by BTS also made it to the list of Rolling Stone’s year-end roundup of The 50 Best Albums of 2020.

With Taylor Swift’s folklore on the top spot and Lady Gaga’s Chromatica on the 8th place, BTS’s Map of the Soul: 7 took the 16th place on the Rolling Stone’s list. Also, BTS’s new feat makes them the only Korean act to be part of the list.

The American magazine on December 4 published the annual list of its picks for the 50 best albums of the year.

For 2020, the album Map of the Soul: 7 of BTS’s Jungkook, Suga, V, RM, Jimin, J-Hope, and Jin positioned on the No. 16 spot.

A new reason to celebrate

In the official website of Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield wrote that the South Korean pop kings didn’t water down their style (or language) to conquer America. BTS just won the audience on their terms.

With the American journalist describing Map of the Soul: 7, he said that the album is BTS’s most complex and personal album yet.

The journalist also praised the group for continuing to pursue their loftiest creative ambitions.

Furthermore, Sheffield added that like Suga’s rap-star space fantasy, Interlude: Shadow, Map of the Soul: 7 lives up to its title with heartfelt individual confessions.

He also added that the album’s high point is Jin’s wonderstruck love song to the audience, Moon, where he pledges his devotion over jangling guitars.

The album that reflected the growth of BTS

Regarding the album, BTS themselves have said that Map of the Soul: 7 is deeply personal. The group shared that their journey and growth as BTS heavily influenced the album in seven years since their debut.

The lyrics of the album revolve around themes of reflection, self-acceptance, and introspection.

To develop this album, BTS worked with several Western artists such as Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Troye Sivan, and Sia.


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