BTS: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Stephen Thompson | Sept. 21, 2020
We've been trying to make a BTS Tiny Desk concert happen for years now - even gaming out ways we might move Bob Boilen's desk far enough forward to accommodate the superstar Korean boy band's dance moves.

In the end, it took a global pandemic - and the launch of Tiny Desk (home) concerts back in March - to make something happen. With BTS cooped up in Seoul, the group held true to the series's spirit by convening a live band for its Tiny Desk debut, and even arranged to perform in a workspace with a music-friendly backdrop: the record store VINYL \u0026 PLASTIC by Hyundai Card in BTS's hometown.

Opening with this summer's inescapable "Dynamite" - the group's first single to hit No. 1 in the U.S., as well as its first song to be fully recorded in English - BTS leaned hard into the new track's celebratory, "Uptown Funk"-adjacent vibes. From there, the group dipped into its back catalog, seizing on the opportunity to showcase its quieter side while (mostly) staying uncharacteristically seated. The breezily propulsive "Save ME," from 2016, ultimately gave way to a full-on power ballad in 2017's reflective "Spring Day."

The latter track seemed especially true to BTS's hopeful nature: Introduced with a few optimistic words from rapper and singer RM ("It's been the roughest summer ever, but we know that spring will come"), the song reflects on a need to wait out hard times, even as the weight of present-day pain feels oppressive.

BTS had intended to spend 2020 delighting the BTS Army in arenas around the world, only to spend these last few months performing in isolation. Released on the last day of a grim season, "Spring Day" provides a nice reminder of what awaits us on the other side. We just have to get through fall and winter first.

"Save ME"
"Spring Day"

J-Hope: vocals; SUGA: vocals; Jungkook: vocals; V: vocals; Jin: vocals; RM: vocals; Jimin: vocals; KHAN: drums; DOCSKIM: keyboard; Kim Kiwook: bass; Shyun: guitar

Video and Audio by: Big Hit Entertainment; Producer: Stephen Thompson; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Subtitles by Renee Klahr; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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  • spring day is my jam , such a lovely song

  • Hobi‘s vocals are something else ❤️

  • my heart, is stop for them .. :)

  • Siempre vuelvo a este video una y otra vez

  • 00:01 다이너마이트 04:17 Save me 08:21 봄날

  • 03:23 jin💓

  • 03:24


  • 37.144M 9:17pm 062221 - found this, and first time watching it😳

  • BTS Forever~~~💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

  • Makes me Smile all the time. 💜

  • Proud to be ARMY 💜

  • i just got into their music 3 weeks ago and i can't get enough of them!

  • Why did I not watch this sooner they’re all so perfect ahhh but all the ppl appreciating them in the comments makes me so happy:)

  • Peace in Myanmar780

  • Love yourself Relay4087

  • Does anyone know if NPR had to pay BTS or BTS had to pay NPR?

  • I keep replaying the same 20 seconds over and over again. it’s so velvety smooth, j-hopes vocals in spring day.

    • make that 40 seconds after 8:40. can’t stop listening to rm’s part too.

  • Bts stans creaming on themselves in the comments

  • Looking back at 9 months from now, you can tell that their English has gotten better

  • Why does Spring Day always make me 🥲

  • Still waiting 🥲

  • jimin's voice is so lovely

  • Thank you for adding subs for the lyrics. For people who want to know the eng sub of their korean songs you can turn on the caption🤗!

  • Watching this again😌💜

  • Jungkook's Voice is Unbelievably Beautiful & Amazing.I've never heard this much Beautiful Vocal in my Life & I bet I won't ever in the rest of my Life.He is an Angle.He's Voice always give me Comfort.He's also Looking so much Pretty. Jungkook is the BEST. Love you JK❤❤❤


  • Peace in Myanmar772

  • Love yourself Relay4078

  • no one: me: oh i’m just gonna learn the choreo to butter and learn their names that’s it nothing else me now: in love with all of them🧍🏻‍♀️

    • Watch RM's (blue haired guy) speech at UNICEF

  • They sound so amazing

  • I still come back to this tiny desk performance! Can we get another one? Pleaseeeeeee

  • but we know the spring will come

  • At my age, never though that I would be so fascinated by a boy band like BTS. It might have been the fact that they all work so well together that they seem to look all the same and I could not tell them apart. It took me a few days to realise how different they all are and unique. I'm officially a fan now.

    • You're very welcome to the fandom :D

  • I keep coming back to this tiny desk it's amazing I'm in love with jimins unique and angelic range also he can't be real he's my favourite vocalist his voice is so captivating don't blame why all the vocals coeachs and professional singers in love with his voice it's just mind-blowing 🤯

  • Where did u buy this awesome glasses Suga? I lov it

  • I'm too addicted, this is terrible...i have exams coming up....TvT,S A V E - ME

  • Todos eles são muito bons, cantando e dançando. Não tem 1 que enfraqueça o grupo... Impressionante 👏👏👏 Lindos, fofos e super talentosos ❤️

  • i love them so much 😭😭😭

  • Peace in Myanmar765

  • 와 나만 정국오빠 커스텀 마이크 이쁜가..와 빛깔보소💜💙

  • Love yourself Relay4070

  • Fun fact :All comments are few weeks ago

  • Spring day is a masterpiece.

  • My 20th time watching!! I love the tiny desk concert soooo much!! I cut my teeth of BTS on this concert!! I could watch and appreciate their individuality!! really helped me distinguish each member❤️❤️❤️

  • i love them because of butter. but i love them more because of this video. they're all so goood! but i think i love jimin & jung kook best.

  • awesome! they're awesome. love these songs.

  • 💜BTS💜😭

  • I really appreciate how tiny desk has added song translations in subtitles. In this way locals will also get a chance to understand their quality music and break language barriers. THANK YOU

  • Peace in Myanmar758

  • BTS Tiny Desk - 3

  • Love yourself Relay4060

  • 最高

  • really like their vocals

  • I love them all 🧡❤️💛💚🖤💙💜

  • I'm still mad that they put an ad on spring day, that note by Hoseok though (0:40)

  • Holy autotune Batman

    • That's how they sound, you can actually find a lot of videos them singing off-stage. Even videos of the rappers singing. I think because they've been doing crazy dances while singing for years, a performance like this is easier for them to sound pitch perfect.

    • Please go learn about "autotune" so you don't come off as a Joker. 🤡

  • they never fail to make me smile

  • Just 💜

  • I absolutely adore this version of Save Me

  • I LOVE YOU FOREVER💜💚💚💚💚💜💜💚

  • J_HOOOOPE💚💚💚💜💜💜

  • It's unbelievable that Jungkook's voice is really like that, it even sounds like a human autotune.

  • Peace in Myanmar751

  • Did y’all hear that bass guitar riff!!!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥


  • This is one of the best tiny desk concert ever!!!!

  • I think this time that i was falling in love with you bangtans...💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜borahae....

  • Love yourself Relay4053

  • The fact that they sound exactly like they did in the mv says a lot about their pure talents

  • Suga's visual is everything 💜💜 Jk bunny is always the baby for Amry.

  • yeahhh

  • Can’t understand a thing. Lol

    • click on the closed captions for subtitles, just like foreign films. it's also in their music videos.

    • English captions exist

  • 🥺


  • 이버젼은 맨 처음 정국이 얼굴안보여주는 거빼고 애들 목소리 컨디션이나 밸런스, 밴드와의 조화, 모든게 완벽하다💜

  • Peace in Myanmar745

  • Love yourself Relay4046

  • 6:04 ALsO, J-Hope's singing voice is sooooo... ugh, I hate to be fangirling but its SOOOOO sMoOTh (like butter)!!!

  • 2:11 Jimin's voice is so beautiful! It sounds so clear and strong! I have a question, how come people didn't clap on the last two songs?

  • 2:27 Album Texas sun - khruangbin

  • You may put on lipstick but I still will be here

  • They really seem to be having fun 🥺💗

  • ok the best accent from BTS apart from RM is definitely JK

  • They’re the most talented

  • They look EXTRA handsome in this video!! I love to hear them singing live, we often have they autotuned in audio versions, when we all know they can actually sing. This its one of my favorite videos of them performing

  • I’m a new Army and I’m officially obsessed I’ve watched nothing else but BTS for like two weeks

    • Welcome 💜

    • that's me literally for 4 years

    • Watch RM's (blue haired guy) speech at UNICEF

    • You are in the happiest rabbit hole.

  • Wow I’ve been watching their videos since last night…… Never been a kpop group fan tho.

    • Welcome to the rabbit hole, are you able to name each member yet? 💜

  • I‘m obsessed with Hobis Part in Save Me omg

  • Today, while I write this comment, I became an ARMY. These boys are amazing and humble. And so SO TALENTED. ✨

    • You don't just become an army after one video you need to know them 💜

    • Welcome💜

    • Welcome to our family 💜

  • 이런느낌 넘나 좋아용 ㅠㅠ 우앙 이런 느낌 전달하려면 진짜 곡이 내 자체가 되야 하는데 감탄밖에 안나와용... 당신들은 뭐죵???? 존경합니다....

  • Miss em

  • 와 무슨 CD 틀어놓은 줄;; 뭐 이리 라이브를 찰 지게 잘하는거임 어후 정말 너무 좋아

  • Me from One Direction to BTS 🖤❤️🖤

  • Going from nosy mom trying to figure out what my daughter is listening to, to okay....these guys can sing and the energy is off the charts. Glad I took the time to see for myself instead of listening to other moms complain.

    • 💜 loving this comment and glad you took the time to check them out! They are great artists and a really positive influence :)

    • As a retired teacher, I’m glad and thankful that you did too. I think you will find the guys have an incredible work ethic, kind hearted, super smart (RM is a REAL genus) and creative. I think they are good role models for all of us, even us old folks.

  • The person who wear black suit stole RM’s job plus I see 3 clones in the middle.

  • Been listening to these guys since their first release .. super impressed how far they’ve come but not surprised at all, they’re fantastic ❤️

    • Thanks for supporting BTS and giving them "Wings" so the rest of us could wake up to their talent! 💜

  • oooooh....BTS....the outfit colors rock 👌🏼.."it's been the roughest summer ever, but we know that spring will come, so let's go together.. let's go✌🏼"💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

  • 존나잘하잔아ㅅㅂ 방까들땜에 맘졸이면서 들어왔는데

  • 💜💜💜💜