DNA (BTS song)

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"DNA"
BTS Japanese triple A-side single "DNA - MIC Drop - Crystal Snow" cover.jpeg
Japanese single cover
Single by BTS
from the album Love Yourself: Her
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2017 (2017-09-18)
Format
Studio
  • Dogg House
  • The Rock Pitt
  • Big Hit Entertainment Studio
Genre
Length3:43
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Pdogg
  • "hitman" bang
  • KASS
  • Supreme Boi
  • Suga
  • RM
Producer(s)
  • Pdogg
BTS singles chronology
"Not Today"
(2017)
"DNA"
(2017)
"MIC Drop"
(2017)
BTS Japanese singles chronology
"Chi, Ase, Namida"
(2017)
"MIC Drop/DNA/Crystal Snow"
(2017)
"Don't Leave Me"
(2018)
Music video
"DNA" on YouTube

"DNA" is a song recorded by South Korean boy group BTS for their fifth extended play Love Yourself: Her and their third Korean-language compilation album Love Yourself: Answer (2018) . The song was first released by Big Hit on September 18, 2017 in South Korea.[1] On December 6, 2017, it was released as a triple A-side single along with "MIC Drop" and "Crystal Snow" in Japan.[2] As of February 2019 the music video has received over 640 million views.[3]

"DNA" landed at number 49 on Billboard's 100 Best Songs of 2017.[4] It is the only Korean release to make the list for a boy group. In 2018, Billboard ranked it number 49 on their list of the "100 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time".[5]

On August 24, 2018 "DNA (Pedal 2 LA Mix)" was released with the album Love Yourself: Answer.

Composition[edit]

Both the original version of the song and the remix is in the key of D♭ minor with them being 130 beats per minute.[6]

Reception[edit]

Dee Lockett of Vulture stated, "'DNA' is one of the better singles of the year."[7] In the United States it ranked thirty-seventh in sales upon release.[8] "DNA" became the very first K-pop song to be featured on Spotify's 'Global Top 50', which is a list decided from songs streamed from across the world, debuting at number 50. BTS is the first K-pop artist to ever be featured on this playlist.[9] On December 4, 2017, Billboard revealed "DNA" was the forty-ninth best song of the year, making BTS the first K-pop act on the list.[10]

BTS won ten times with "DNA" on various South Korean music programs. They earned two triple crowns, the first time BTS ever achieved this.[11]

On February 9, 2018 "DNA" was certified gold with half a million certified units by RIAA. It is the most watched K-pop video of 2017.[12]

Music video[edit]

"DNA" opens with a whistled hook and upbeat acoustic guitar rhythm that bursts into a melodic electronic "explosion".[13] The music video is enhanced by images of actual "DNA", as BTS mimics the chemical structure of the molecule through choreography. Unlike many of their music videos, "DNA" is devoid of any extensive plot and instead features the boy band performing while bathed in vibrant hues on a variety of CGI-enhanced sets.[14]

Upon release, the music video reached 21 million views in 24 hours, becoming the most viewed video in 24 hours by a K-pop group and eleventh in most viewed video overall at the time of release.[15] It was also the fastest K-pop video to reach 100 million views, making it in twenty-four days and one hour.[16] As of December 2017, it is also the fastest K-pop group music video to hit 200 million views, which it achieved in just under three months.[17] It currently has over 640 million views and is the most viewed K-pop group music video on YouTube.[18]

The music video was produced by LUMPENS for Big Hit Entertainment, and directed by Choi Yong-suk.[19] The choreography was created by Christopher Martin along with Keone and Mari Madrid. Other key personnel that helped with the music video are Lee Wonju serving as the assistant director, Nam Hyunwoo director of photography, Song Hyunsuk working the gaffer, and Park Jinsil as the art director.[20]

It became the first music video by a K-Pop group to pass 600 million views in January 2019.[21]

Live performances[edit]

BTS promoted the song on several music programs in Korea, including Music Bank, Inkigayo, The Show, M Countdown, and Show Champion.[22] In December 2018 it was promoted at SBS Gayo Daejeon.[23]

BTS performed their single "DNA" at the 2017 American Music Awards on November 19, 2017, marking their American television debut.[24] They also performed it on November 30 at The Late Late Show with James Corden, the first Korean act to do so.[25] Additionally, BTS performed the single on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in December 2017, which was pre-recorded.[26]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
South Korea (Gaon) 869,080[51]
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Accolades[edit]

Year-end lists
Critic/Publication List Rank Ref.
10 Magazine The 10 Must Listen To Korean Artists Of 2018 N/A [53]
Billboard The 100 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks 49 [54]
Billboard's 100 Best Songs of 2017: Critics' Picks 49 [55]
Idolator The Best K-Pop Songs Of 2017 4 [56]
Awards
Year Award-giving body Category Result Ref
2017 Melon Music Awards Best Dance Nominated [57]
Best Music Video Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Mwave Global Fans' Choice Nominated [58]
Best Dance Performance – Male Group Nominated
Qoo10 Song of the Year Nominated
2018 15th Korean Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated [59]
Best Pop Song Nominated
13th Radio Disney Music Awards Best Song That Makes You Smile Won [60]
Annual Soompi Awards Song of the Year Won [61][62]
Fuse Video of the Year Won
Best Choreography Won

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Version Label Ref.
Various September 18, 2017 Korean Big Hit Entertainment [69]
Japan December 6, 2017 Japanese [70]

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