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 & 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

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.


  • We received thousands of entries to this year’s Tiny Desk Contest, our annual search for the next great undiscovered artist to play a Tiny Desk concert. Set your reminder to join us for Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf LIVE on Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT to get a sneak peek into our judges’ favorite entries before we reveal the 2021 Contest winner.

    • KID LAROI! He’s 17!& amazing! Ty’s

    • @Ivy Leah Amoroso no way!

    • @May Morvera who?

    • @V Kim yes!......

    • Please invite BTS back and ask them to sing “ Louder than Bombs.” They wrote this song for their fans when they received so many letters from their fans and non-fans about how BTS’s songs help them get through depression, suicidal thoughts, and hopelessness and cope with Covid grief and loss. The song is beautiful and never performed live before. 🙏

  • Eu amo tanto esse Home Concert, os vocais deles são tudo para mim😭🛐

  • 12:00 this part by V, pierces into the heart 💔

  • Taehyung voice is amazing. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Taehyung voice is amazing.👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • i knew its a little bit late to stan them, but all of their live performance just such an awe. Purple you !!!

    • Its never too late! Welcome to the fandom!!💜💜💜 I recommend to watch more of their live concert performances!💜

  • wendy

  • Peace in Myanmar1408

  • Love yourself Relay4628

  • 1:08 Ahí el woo mientras canta Tae, quién lo hace? :0 es q nadie más levanta el micro para cantar //The woo part while Tae is singin....who did that? Because nobody takes and up the mic :((

  • BTS vocal >3

  • Why are they so cute and talented?? 😍🤤💜

  • I can’t help it but smile they are so talented hearing them sing soothes my heart💜 💜 💜

  • This has so much energy i love it

  • Hobi's intro in Spring will always be my favourite

  • Spring dayだやったあ!!

  • Peace in Myanmar1399

  • 👏👏👏

  • BTS 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 forever ❤️

  • Love yourself Relay4619

  • We miss you too....

  • Who is still listening to this in sep 2021

  • Dynamite Save me AND SPRING DAY BTS

  • É incrível como Taejin sempre arrumam um jeito de se tocarem nas apresentações, ou eles tocam as mãos, os ombros ou até mesmo os pés kkkkkl

  • I wish the "spring day" would come get it

  • This performance make me fall in love with their pure voices and souls and i became an army 💜💜💜

  • Bro my chorus plays tiny desk concerts all the time but they never do BTS so I cry sometimes on the inside when he skips past them 🤧🤧🥲

    • Don't feel bad. There will always be some people like that. Just think of the millions who admire & love them!

  • They can’t sit still and sing and I love it

  • one of their best performances!!!!!!!

  • v is so happy

  • Hoseok and Jungkook coming up with heavenly harmonies on the spot

  • How on earth can ya stay in those chairs …haha permission to dance 🎶🎶❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️🎶❣️❣️💜❣️🎶 Every one of your voices so special and unique…lovely …and yet those voices together what a beautiful symphony …. Thank You 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

  • J-hope has an amazing voice. It's so nice.

  • The performance that, finally, pulled my resistant self into ARMY, and now I am in it for good. Well done, NPR.

  • These BTS songs hit differently especially the Spring Days, I don’t even need to comprehend the lyrics to feel the calming and soothing effects of those songs. Well done👏👏👏

  • Peace in Myanmar1390

  • I really wanna like this video thousands time I like it They are adorable 😍❤

  • Super fan here

  • My Jungkook🥰❤

  • 😍😍😍😍😍

  • Love yourself Relay4612

  • 오랜만에 다시 들으러 왔어요

  • Seokjinnie se carga la voz de los mismísimos ángeles

  • Hobi tiene una voz tan cálida

  • This is lovely!!! ♥️

  • j hope sings so well maaaannn. he deserves much more appreciation.

  • Que lindos😍💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

  • Love you all 🥰 V💜💜

  • Jimin: ' We miss you ARMY ".. Army : " We miss you too BTS " JUNGKOOK 💜💜💜 JIMIN 💜💜💜 JHOPE 💜💜💜 NAMJOON 💜💜💜 V 💜💜💜 JIN 💜💜💜 SUGA. .💜💜💜

  • 아이돌 라이브 노래들으며 닭살돋기는 처음이네요.. 지민씨 목소리 너무 좋아요 🙂 방탄 응원합니다.

  • This is pure joy and love.

  • BTS i Love

  • As VOZES

  • I Miss You BTS

  • I Love You BTS

  • Miss you BTS

  • indo sub please

  • Best dynamite performance, best save me performance, best spring day performance. Simply the best presentation ever!

  • When spring day start my tears: let me watch the performance tooo🥺

  • 이거지...... 이거야...... 완전......... 좋아........ 진짜........ 좋아........

  • 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

  • Jimin is a whole vibe😍💃.

  • 5:43 can't stop listening to that "uhuh" of j-hope

  • Random fact: this is the most liked video on the NPR music channel

    • 40M views very soon - ideally by 1st anniversary of this on 21 Sept 2021. Let's get it!

  • Their song, # 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks. They are amazing.

  • i love them so much i love how they can't sit still and halfway through the song they're all dancing in some shape or form!

  • discovered BTS just 3 mos ago during quarantine period and was hooked.. have been binge-watching all their videos since then. their music is healing. all 7 of them are awesome, so love their bonding... though i love all 7 them, my eyes strays to Taehyung all the time

    • If you haven't already discovered it the fan series 'The Rise of Bangtan' with it's associated bonus content and deleted scenes videos is so well done and so informative. The American Hustle series from 2014 is also fascinating in terms of some of their formative experiences. They are, and always will be, unique... as RM said their existence is a 'miracle'.

    • ahhh welcome!!! been a fan since 3 years ago and still haven't watch all of their content XD

  • j-hope’s save me part is so iconic 6:04

  • Wow it's almost been an year since this performance.

    • 21 September - would be great to make 40M by the 1st anniversary.

  • I rewatch 6.58 again n again cause their dance moves match with the beats were mind blowing 👏👏

  • This save me live sounds sooooo sexy

  • Jungkook's raspy voice slowly became reason to life.

  • Looking forward to the ColdTan My Universe. These 7 never stand still, physically or artistically.

  • 2:12

  • no diplomatic passports no opinion

  • no diplomatic passports no opinion

  • Jungkook is amazing live

  • We. received. thousands. of. entries to. this

  • ga habis pikir sama orang yg dislike video ini, padahal bagus loh :(

  • Amo mucho heza musica chicos hermosos tambien los amo mucho mis bbes y tae lindo hermoso me encanta cm canta heza voz q tiene es muy divina 💜💜💜💜💜


  • So he's kim taehyung? WOOW HE IS AWESOME

  • Maaan, that guy in the middle with green mic is so handsome plus his voice oh my ghaaad! I love him now!

    • His name is Kim Taehyung, his stage name is V. Please check out his solo song Singularity for more of him!

    • True on every point. Do you know his songs Singularity and Stigma? If not check them out.

  • I'm not super familiar with BTS but I was totally grinning from ear to ear for the whole of Dynamite

    • That's good to hear - it's a great version. You should also check out their Festa 2021 Room Live concert. Medley of some of their older songs. Great stuff!

  • Omg bts 💜💜💜💜love you all special to suga my love 😘

  • 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

  • On vous adore BTS.Les rois de la K _Pop

  • Ty’s 4 posting this fab gig! BTS rocks! 💯🇺🇸🔥❤️👍🎼🥁

  • Dynamite🥰🥰💜💜💜💜🎉✌️

  • Hobi's voice is very beautiful, this is very different when he is rapping

  • Love yourself Relay4604

  • Peace in Myanmar1383

  • If Rodrick from diary of the wimpy kid actually had a successful music career.

  • Just watched them with the President of South Korea being appointed 'Presidential Special Envoy for Future Generations and Culture’ before they attend the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Event on 20 September 2021. These guys are on another level. We are all so proud of them.

  • And this is why I have so much respect for bts

  • They are the most powerful artists of the world and that's a fact

  • Whoot, whoot

  • The song Spring Day is so sad:(

  • Suga and J Hope impressed me in this one--it's a very nice break from the high notes..soulful and emotional..

  • wee mees you tou BTS