Universe (Exo song)

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Single by EXO
from the album Universe
ReleasedDecember 26, 2017
LabelS.M. Entertainment
  • Yoon Sa-ra
  • So Han
  • Shin Hyuk
  • MRey
EXO singles chronology
"Electric Kiss"
Music video
"Universe" (Korean Ver.) on YouTube
"Universe" (Chinese Ver.) on YouTube

"Universe" is a song recorded recorded by South Korean boy group Exo for their sixth extended play Universe. It was released in both Korean and Chinese versions by S.M Entertainment on December 26, 2017.

Background and release[edit]

Produced by Shin Hyuk and MRey, "Universe" is described as a soft pop-rock ballad, with lyrics about how a person will search the universe just to find their lover. The song was released on December 26 with the album.[1]

Music video[edit]

The Korean and Chinese music videos for "Universe" were released on December 26, 2017. It features Exo "melancholically reflecting on the caffeinated beverage and performing different activities that serve as metaphors for the tightly-wound, messy emotions described in the lyrics".[2]

The Korean music video has over 38 million views on YouTube.


Exo performing "Universe" at the 2018 Incheon Airport Sky Festival

Exo performed "Universe" for the first time on December 31 on MBC's year-end show, MBC Gayo Daejejeon.[3] The song was also performed during Nature Republic's Green Nature Exo Fan Festival on February 3, 2018.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Universe" debuted at number two on the South Korean Gaon Digital Chart. It also topped the Billboard Korea Kpop Hot 100 for the first week of 2018.




Region Sales
South Korean Downloads Chart (Gaon)[10] 140,698+

Gaon Heating Index[edit]

Chart (2017) Gaon Heating Index
South Korean Digital Chart (Gaon) 61,379,985
Chart (2018) Gaon Heating Index
South Korean Digital Chart (Gaon)[11] 420,721,975
Chart (2019) Gaon Heating Index
South Korean Digital Chart (Gaon)[12] 26,182,978


Year Award Category Result
2017 Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – December Nominated
2018 Korea Popular Music Awards Best Digital Song Nominated
2019 Golden Disk Awards Digital Bonsang Nominated

Music program awards[edit]

Program Date
Music Bank (KBS) January 5, 2018
January 12, 2018
Show! Music Core (MBC) January 6, 2018

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
South Korea December 26, 2017
Worldwide S.M. Entertainment


  1. ^ "엑소, 새 앨범 발매 21일→26일로 연기…故 종현 애도[공식]" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  2. ^ "EXO Delivers Up Winter Album 'Universe'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  3. ^ "엑소, MBC '가요대제전'서 신곡 무대 최초 공개" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  4. ^ "China V Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  5. ^ "BillboardPH Hot 100 - January 15 - Billboard Philippines". Billboard Philippines. 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  6. ^ "Billboard Kpop Hot 100". billboard.co.kr. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  7. ^ "2017 Gaon Digital Chart - Week 52". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  8. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart - January, 2018". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  9. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart - Year 2018". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  10. ^ "Gaon Download Chart - December, 2017". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  11. ^ Cumulative Heating Index for "Universe" this 2018:
  12. ^ Cumulative Heating Index for "Universe" this 2019: