Song of the Day #4,721: ‘Butter’ – BTS

Happy birthday to frequent commenter Dana! And what better way to celebrate than with the new hit by global K-pop sensation BTS?

‘Butter,’ the band’s second English-language single, is rewriting the record books. It set world records for biggest YouTube music video debut and most streams for a music video in its first 24 hours (in both cases, the previous record holder was their previous English-language track, ‘Dynamite’).

The song debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, giving BTS its fourth #1 hit in the last year. Only six other acts have had their first four #1s land within a 12-month period: The Beatles, The Supremes, Justin Timberlake, The Jackson 5, Mariah Carey, and Paula Abdul.

I don’t know why this particular K-pop band has found such astronomical success. Is it the songwriting? The performances? Good marketing? Good timing?

Maybe I’ll have to do the K-pop deep dive I joked about a few April Fools Days’ ago and get to the bottom of it.

[Verse 1: Jung Kook, V & j-hope]
Smooth like butter
Like a criminal undercover
Gon’ pop like trouble
Breakin’ into your heart like that (Ooh)
Cool shade stunner
Yeah, I owe it all to my mother
Hot like summer
Yeah, I’m makin’ you sweat like that
Break it down

[Pre-Chorus: Jin & RM]
Oh, when I look in the mirror
I’ll melt your heart into two
I got that superstar glow so (Ooh)
Do the boogie like

[Chorus: Jung Kook, Jimin & V]
Side step, right, left to my beat
High like the moon, rock with me, baby
Know that I got that heat
Let me show you ’cause talk is cheap
Side step, right, left to my beat
Get it, let it roll

[Verse 2: Jung Kook, V, Jin & SUGA]
Smooth like butter
Pull you in like no other
Don’t need no Usher
To remind me you got it bad
Ain’t no other
That can sweep you up like a robber
Straight up, I got ya
Makin’ you fall like that
Break it down
[Pre-Chorus: Jimin & RM]
Oh, when I look in the mirror
I’ll melt your heart into two
I got that superstar glow so (Ooh)
Do the boogie like

[Chorus: Jimin, Jin & Jung Kook]
Side step, right, left to my beat
High like the moon, rock with me, baby
Know that I got that heat
Let me show you ’cause talk is cheap
Side step, right, left to my beat
Get it, let it roll

[Post-Chorus: Jimin]
Get it, let it roll
Get it, let it roll

[Verse 3: SUGA, RM & All]
Ice on my wrist, I’m the nice guy
Got the right body and the right mind
Rollin’ up to party, got the right vibe
Smooth like (Butter), hate us (Love us)
Fresh boy pull up and we lay low
All the playas get movin’ when the bass low
Got ARMY right behind us when we say so
Let’s go
[Chorus: V, Jin, Jung Kook & Jimin]
Side step, right, left to my beat (Right, left to my beat)
High like the moon, rock with me, baby
Know that I got that heat
Let me show you ’cause talk is cheap (You know that talk is cheap)
Side step, right, left to my beat
Get it, let it roll

[Post-Chorus: j-hope, j-hope & RM, RM, All]
Smooth like (Butter), cool shade (Stunner)
And you know we don’t stop
Hot like (Summer), ain’t no (Bummer)
You be like, oh my God
We gon’ make you rock and you say (Yeah)
We gon’ make you bounce and you say (Yeah)
Hotter? Sweeter! Cooler? Butter!

[Outro: Jung Kook]
Get it, let it roll

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,721: ‘Butter’ – BTS

  1. Maddie says:

    Happy birthday, Dad 🥰🥰 and what a good present! Yay!!! I love BTS and this song. Going to their concert had an off the chart fan energy that I’ve truly never seen before. And how can you not smile watching this music video and their killer dance moves. I would for sure approve of the deep dive that you’ve joked about, but I’ll take this song for now. 🙂

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Thank you for the birthday shoutout.

    Though I appreciate BTS’ talent, this type of pop confection has rarely done anything for me, but I’m glad my daughter finds so much joy from them.😀

  3. Peg says:

    Happy Birthday Dana! ❤️

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