ARMYs knew from the beginning BTS would be doing a retro concept for their latest comeback, but they didn’t expect there to be so many boy band references in BTS’ “Dynamite” video. The group paid homage to the biggest groups in boy band history, giving the visual an old-school feel. From their eclectic outfits and their dance moves to all the throwback props, BTS hid so many references throughout their video.
Months before BTS even announced “Dynamite,” ARMYs got the feeling they were heading in a retro direction because of their performances during their Bang Bang Con virtual concert on June 14. First off, RM and Suga’s “Respect” performance was overlayed with a vintage filter to make it appear like it was filmed decades ago. Then, BTS’ “Boy With Luv” stage, which featured a remix of the hit single, had a nostaglic vibe that reminded fans of the ’90s.
As BTS’ comeback drew nearer, the group hinted at a retro concept even more with their concept photos and video teasers, which included the guys showing off signature Michael Jackson moves.
Now that BTS’ “Dynamite” music video is here, fans can’t get over just how many nods the group did toward old-school boy bands.
1. Pastel Outfits
Matching outfits are a major part of boy band fashion. Although BTS didn’t wear totally identical attire, they coordinated their clothes to follow a similar pastel aesthetic. Their sunglasses, bucket hats, and beret hats added to the nostalgia.
2. Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 Poses
BTS’ “Dynamite” music video is filled with so many nods toward Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. The most obvious is the poses they do in front of the “DISCO” sign. A fan even broke down all the moves that honor the star in the clip below.
3. “I Want You Back” Sample
Next, fans are convinced “Dynamite” samples the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” Not only do they have similar beats, but there is one specific moment in “Dynamite” that sounds exactly like the chorus of the Jackson 5 hit.
Once fans listened to the instrumental version of “Dynamite,” they realized it also sounded like the King of Pop’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”
4. Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall
Continuing on with the MJ references is V’s verse in “Dynamite,” which goes, “Word up, talk the talk, just move like we off the wall/ Day or night, the sky’s alight so we dance to the break of dawn.”
5. “Cool It Now” Side Swipe
More to come…