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"Filter," one of the most talked about songs on the record — and for good reason — but it's also getting a lot of attention for the meaning behind it. BTS' "Filter" lyrics in English show Jimin's flirty side.

"I came up with this song ‘Filter’,” he explained, in an interview with Spotify. “Filters can be the things within a camera application, or social media, but it can also mean people’s perspective or prejudice.”

“I took these various meanings and expressed it into the song of how I want to present myself to the world in many different ways.”

BTS' Jimin has now become the only Korean musical artist to have more than 100 million streams on Spotify that too for three of his solo songs, a record that is held by no other Korean artist at present. The news was released by Chartdata who tweeted about the same each time the artist's songs crossed more than 100 million streams on Spotify.

BTS‘s album, MAP OF THE SOUL: 7, includes 6 new solo songs: Jungkook‘s “My Time”, Suga‘s “Interlude: Shadow”, V‘s “Inner Child”, Jin‘s “Moon”, J-Hope‘s “Outro: Ego”, and Jimin‘s “Filter”.

Each of these tracks tells a meaningful story about the members’ thoughts, perspectives, and life experiences. Although Jimin is not credited with writing his solo (“Filter” was co-written by 10 artists, including Bang Si Hyuk), Jimin is the one who came up with its concept.

Check out the English lyrics to "Filter" below and try not to blush:

Verse 1

That uninterested face of yours, the bored tip of your toes

Please, look at me now

Put your phone down, don't even think of turning your head away

Let me know your type

You can pick and choose me, yeah


Oh, I cover your eyes with my hands

Oh, get closer to the secret

I'll take you to a whole new world

Yeah, open your eyes now, go


Mix the colors in the pallete, pick your filter

Which me do you want?

The one to change your world, I'm your filter

Overlay me in your heart

Verse 2

Can you feel it now? Is it still not enough?

Girl, you have your chance

I can be your Genie

How ‘bout Aladdin?

I'll be anything

You can pick and choose me, yeah


Oh, I will embrace you like in your dreams

Oh, it's a covert spec

For you, everyday I'll be new

It's not fun for something to stay the same all the time


Mix the colors in the palette, pick your filter

Which me do you want?

To change your world, I'm your filter

Overlay me in your heart


Look at me who has suddenly turned into a child

The more I look, the crazier I get on how cute it is

Overcoming different tastes and standards

You'll be wanting only me

Yeah, because you are the one who made me

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These lyrics talk about how Jimin is trying to appeal to someone, saying he can be anything they desire. He can be the filter that will change their worldview, if they were to pick Jimin and hold him close to their heart. This speaks on how our perceptions change once we meet the right (or wrong) person. It’s like someone put a filter over it.

In the end he switches tones and becomes more confident. Knows he is the right choice since he presented himself exactly as the other desired. This can also be considered a commentary of idol life and how they try to appeal to what fans want. Always different outfits, haircolors, concepts.

“Let me know your type, You can choose and use me.” When I first heard Filter, I was confused. I couldn’t seem to wrap my head around the song; it didn’t make sense to me that it was a ‘Jimin ready to find love’ narrative, an idea that was eagerly presented by media sites. A friend of mine shared that Filter could depict Jimin’s journey in finding himself amidst what others perceive him to be. Taking into account the choreography, Jimin fluttering around a mannequin, trying on the different pieces it displayed — these actions instead emphasize the narrative that he is versatile and eager to try different things.

“I’ll take you to a brand new world.” When we use filters on our selfies, the way we look changes: a blurry effect, adding hearts to our cheeks, different colors, flowers, animal filters — you name it, you got it. This time, Jimin is taking your hand and leading you to explore. He is “the one who’s going to change your world.” Singing “I’m your filter, Cover it over your heart,” Jimin allows us to explore a new perspective: whatever you wish or hope for.

What fans say about ‘Filter’

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Oma Park

Without question one of the most sexiest songs I have ever heard. The Latin beat gives it the sizzle. Jimin’s vocal style is very unique and sensual itself. They way he carries himself when he dances just compels you to sit down and watch him move. He has such tremendous grace and elegance in his movements and manners. Bang Si-hyuk PD was one of the songwriters who wrote the song with Jimin in mind. It is an accurate representation of how Jimin wants ARMY to view him. He wants ARMY to see him in whatever “filter” best fits them and that is exactly what the song talks about. “I can be your genie. How ‘bout Aladdin? girl, you have your chance.” His performance in the online concert knocked my socks off, especially the quick-change portion. He pulled that off faster than most quick-change artists. Jimin has an innate ability to perform in many different facets and he has a natural allure and sexiness to him that most people aren’t born with. He is incredibly beautiful, he carries himself with tremendous confidence (even though he says he doesn’t always feel confident), he straddles a line with both masculine and feminine traits that just make him that much more sensual. All of these qualities are filters for which we see Jimin. Jimin is my ultimate bias because of his many qualities that make him who he is but “Filter” was never a better song for him.

Anonymous on Quora

When Jimin was interviewed about Filter, he made the comment that filters can be people’s perspectives and prejudices. He however, did not wish to be stereotyped, but rather, he wished to present himself to the public, in different ways. You have to commend him on his perception, and his ambition on wanting to show us, he is more than just a stereotype. I especially like both the lyrics and melody of Filter, and I think both achieved Jimin’s goal.

Eliza Schuyler

It was cute and flirty. You can either take the song as him being a flirt and hyping himself up in his duality or you can take it as a cry for help of always having to wear a mask to be the way fans want him to be. Aka “Pick your filter".

Personally, I still prefer Seredipidty, Lie, Promise, and then Filter in that order. His voice sounds amazing in all of them, but I look at the beat behind the music too

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