From their intense trainee lives to the rigid rules they have to follow when they debut, it’s no secret that idols have a lot of pressures that they are forced to live by. Despite the perfect lives idols seem to have, fame has its consequences. In these songs, idols expressed their struggles through meaningful lyrics.
Stray Kids - Hellevator
In their debut song, the Stray Kids members discussed the mental and physical strains of achieving their dreams.
No one to care or worry about me
Only cold words
Telling me to give up on my dreams
G-Dragon - Divina Commedia
In “Divina Commedia,” G-Dragon reveals that he can no longer distinguish between himself and his persona, highlighting his experiences with intense fame and solitude.
What kind of face am I making right now?
It doesn't matter what kind, it's all a mask
Putting our lives on the line to self-hypnotize ourselves
Gambling with our lives just to live comfortably
Song Min Ho - Fear
In this powerful song, Song Min Ho discusses the loneliness, fear, and pressure he felt from those around him to become successful.
Hey you idiot, don’t make it obvious
Be strong, I know you’re lonely
But you need to get through it, are you crying?
Be a man
Stop crying and take responsibility once more
Agust D (Suga) - The Last
BTS’ Suga has always been open with his struggles with mental health. In “The Last,” he revealed all of his vulnerabilities.
I’ve exchanged my youth for success
And that monster demands for more wealth
At times it puts a collar on my neck
To ruin and swallow me with greed
Hui - For You
While singing this song, Pentagon’s leader broke down into tears as he expressed his concerns about becoming a successful artist.
There are many things I feel sorry about
To my family and friends
The world is out of my control
So I can’t rest for even a moment
Bang Yongguk - AM 4:44
B.A.P’s former leader detailed his frustrations and mental health struggles in this song as he expressed his feelings of being worthless.
The heavy weight carried on two shoulders
Nobody would know how scary the mask I wear is
I don’t even know what I traded my passion for in place of everyone’s cheers
For what am I insisting on trying so hard for to keep on running
Chanyeol - Hand
This song features a powerful rap about the consequences of fame and the many difficulties of being an idol.
My dreams came true earlier than I expected
and the despair found me earlier, too
The happy moments might have stopped somewhere between the two
I pray every night, and even if
I yell out, asking for an answer
In the end every day is the same as yesterday
NCT 127 - My Van
In this song, NCT 127 explains the tiring and endless schedule for idols, who practically live in their vans as they move from one place to another.
A few hours if you’re lucky I put my eyes on
With a face worn out by fatigue
Making me more tired
BTS - Sea
Although not one of BTS’ more popular songs, “Sea” is loved by fans for its meaningful lyrics about BTS’ journey from the bottom to the top.
I thought this was the ocean but it’s a desert
A medium-sized, ordinary idol was my second name
Countless people get cut from broadcast
But someone’s empty spot is our dream
VIXX - I Don’t Want to Be an Idol
In this song, VIXX addresses the strict rules that idols have placed upon them. Even if they fall in love with someone, they are not able to date them openly.
Things that everyone else does, things that are normal
Those things are difficult for us