At 26, Jeon Jungkook has already been declared a bonafide global superstar. But the K-pop sensation will always trace his roots back to the cultural phenomenon that started it all: BTS.
When the celebrated boy band comprising Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook announced a hiatus last June, it seemed only fitting. The individual members had long become bigger than the group and it was time to take their solo careers to the next level.
For Jungkook, it’s been a series of milestones ever since. For starters, the youngest BTS member, fondly nicknamed the “golden maknae” of the group, became the first South Korean artist to release and perform an official song for the FIFA World Cup. His collaboration with Latto on Seven, his first solo single, debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. This was followed closely by 3D, a funky charts-busting number with American rapper Jack Harlow, which got an exciting remix feat Justin Timberlake just a few hours ago.
The K-pop idol recently released Golden, a highly-anticipated solo album featuring top artists like Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Jack Harlow, Latto, Major Lazer and DJ Snake.
If you’re still a K-pop novice and wondering where to begin, we recommend these six glorious songs by Jungkook that will have you embracing the genre in no time.
6 best songs by BTS’ golden maknae Jungkook to add to your K-pop playlist
1. 3D (2023)
Everything about 3D, the Jungkook x Jack Harlow production with over 247 million streams on Spotify, screams preppy. In musical terminology, however, we’d have to narrow it down to pop, R&B, and rap. With the single featuring as a song in Golden and now, with an edgy Justin Timberlake remix, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call 3D one of the top five songs of 2023.
2. Seven (2023)