GOT7 is known for its singles, such as “Just Right” and “Hard Carry,” but not for its brilliant B-Sides tracks. The B-sides not only complement the main singles of each album but also show off GOT7’s range in genre and their songwriting and producing skills.
1. No One Else
“No One Else,” from GOT7’s mini-album ‘Present: YOU’ is a pop track that covers themes such as longing, devotion, and deep emotional connection. The lyrics express how the members desire to be with the person of their affection, always think of them, and will do anything to be with them and make them stay, as they don’t want anyone else.
GOT7’s maknae, Yugyeom, wrote the song, and each member will set a trend in the timeline of GOT7 by crafting their distinct and recognizable sound for B-sides.
Each GOT7 member sings in this song, which stands out; even the rap line members who don’t have strong vocal skills still sound great, and the music is very cohesive. The lyrics sound as though each member of GOT7 is softly whispering in your ear, while the beat makes you want to get up and twirl around your bedroom like you just got a text back from your crush. Any ahgase should consider the song a staple, but it remains underrated.
“Magnetic” from GOT7’s 1st studio album, ‘Identify’ is the epitome of a boy-crush cheesy teenage pop song, and that’s why we love it. The lyrics depict a scenario where all members become obsessed with a girl, believing her to be magnetic due to their intense emotions and infatuation. GOT7’s future releases would differ significantly from the sound this track represents, almost treating it as a lost artifact.
We just wanted a song to showcase GOT7’s hilarious dance practice videos. The “Magnetic” dance practice video is a favorite among them (especially Jinyoung, the entire video) as the dance practice is as cute and poppy as the song, and all of the members are acting overly hyper, which adds to the comedy of the video. It’s worth checking out the rest of their dance practices on their YouTube channel as it shows you their personality and highlights their best performances and songs.
“FISH,” from their mini album series ‘FLIGHT LOG,’ shows off an excellent pop/hip-hop beat. The clapping, hi-hats from the pre-chorus, and the slow bop and sway of the beats in the chorus will make you want to play this at a party and break out into a dance battle.
The lyrics describe how the members, infatuated with a girl, are willing to go to great lengths to do anything for her. The song’s name metaphorically conveys the idea of falling into a girl’s “fish tank,” entrapped by her charm.
GOT7’s fearless leader, Jay B, wrote and produced the song, leading him to create more songs for the group and solo. Many of the songs he wrote turned into GOT7 singles and B-sides. (P.S. – Jinyoung’s breathless singing in the middle of the chorus (at 2:15) will make any ahgase fall to their knees).
4. Before the Full Moon Rises
“Before the Full Moon Rises” is the definition of a dreamy song and should be given more attention. The lyrics cover a heartfelt farewell between two people as the night begins to end and draws to a conclusion, wishing they didn’t have to part from the person they are with, expressing a wish for more time together. Overall, the lyrics express a sense of beauty and longing for a few moments of connection before moving on.
The title “Before the Full Moon Rises” is a metaphor in the song, which suggests that the singer wishes for their loved one to leave before they transform under the full moon like a wolf and change their mind as the full moon is a symbol of their internal struggle and not wanting to say goodbye.
The orchestra of violins mixed with the electronic synths and beats throughout the song are heavenly to listen to. The vocal lines’ smooth singing and the rap lines’ calm delivery of their verses perfectly complement each other. Young Jae and Jay B stand out in this song, with the impression that it was crafted for them. They effortlessly belt out their lines, with Jay B hitting a high note near the song’s end.
5. To Me
From GOT7’s 7th mini album, ‘7 for 7,’ “To Me,” is a pop/RnB song that addresses the challenges of navigating a toxic breakup. The lyrics express the desire for a genuine connection and understanding from the ex-partner, along with the difficulty of moving on from the relationship and the presence of lies and mistrust.
In this song, the rap line members (Mark, Jackson, and BamBam) shine, and the chorus alternates between the vocal and rap lines. The sweet, soft vocals make it a song that cannot be missed. This song also shows Yugyeom’s musical skills as he is credited as the only writer and co-producer.
GOT7 did a short-lived series on their YouTube Channel called [GOT the Stage] where they did mini music videos of almost all of their songs, and the “To Me” video performance was impactful, so it’s worth checking out.
6. Forever Young
GOT7 is primarily recognized for its hip-hop and pop songs, resulting in slower and ballad songs receiving limited love or attention. So beautiful compositions and vocal stylings, as seen in songs like “Forever Young,” often go overlooked. The song talks about treasuring moments with a special someone and wanting to remember their youth and the moments attached.
Because GOT7 was first conceived as a hip-hop group, Young Jae, the main vocalist, rarely got any lines. Young Jae gets to shine in this B-side, as his vocals are the most impactful in the song. He is complemented beautifully by Jinyoung, Jay B, and the lightly strumming acoustic guitar in the background.
If you’re looking for a song to cry or reminisce to, this GOT7 song is perfect for you. Speaking of underrated, this song was also one of the main songs for GOT7’s long-forgotten web series Dream Knight. The music and the web series are worth the many-hour deep dive.
Off of their 12th EP ‘GOT7,’ “Two” shows off a more mature and sexy side of GOT7 that hasn’t been explored until now. The song covers the difficulty of moving on from a previous love and trying but failing to forget all the memories they had together. The lyrics often repeat the lines “forget the two of us,” which implies a wish to move on from and forget the past, accepting that the relationship is officially over.
The song has sad lyrics, but is smooth and makes you want to body roll sensually. The breathiness of their voice conveys the tiredness and pain in the song’s lyrics, but it also adds to the sexiness. “Two” is proof of their evolution from a hip-hop group to an R&B pop group.
Despite the album attached to the song achieving double platinum status, neither the fans nor the members gave the B-sides on this album the spotlight they deserved.
GOT7 sub-units, JJP and Jus2, are almost as powerful as their leading group, with beautiful singing skills and outstanding producing work. Although they are B-sides from the official group, these sub-units and tracks deserve more spotlight.
JJ Project (JJP) – “Coming Home”
Before GOT7, there was JJP or JJ Project, a hip-hop/rap group consisting of members Jinyoung and JB. They debuted in 2012 with their lead song, “Bounce,” but the group would not make another comeback until years after GOT7 was founded. In 2016, JJP returned with their lead song, “Tomorrow, Together,” from their album ‘Verse #2.’ All the songs on the album are worth a listen, but “Coming Home” stands out.
The song’s lyrics cover the singer’s desire to go home and be with a loved one again after a while apart. They convey a strong wish to return home, face difficulties, and have a happy reunion with the person they have been thinking about. As a listener, it feels as though the two are referring to “home” as the person they love, not the place, like “I’m coming back to you” when they express “I’m coming home.”
The R&B song shows off Jinyoung’s and Jay B’s singing talents, and they perfectly fit together on the song, complementing each other through harmonies and ad-libs. Jinyoung sings softly as if they are talking to someone they love, and Jay B shows his strong vocal ability throughout the song and entices the listener through his vocals. “Coming Home” is a standout on the album, but the entire album is worth a listen.
Jus2 – “SENSES”
Jus2 is a GOT7 subunit consisting of leader Jay B and youngest member Yugyeom. The unit debuted in 2019, with their lead single, “Focus On Me,” from their first and only mini album ‘FOCUS.’ While JJP showed off soft R&B, Jus2 shows off sexy R&B in this album, which seems to be the group’s central concept. “Sense,” unlike “Focus On Me,” was a house genre different from most of the songs on the album.
The song’s instrumentals make you want to snap or pop your body. The vocals aren’t soft, but more of a whisper that travels around the head. It almost feels like they are running out of breath, and it travels down your body. A focal point of the song is towards the end when they speak to the listener. When listening to the music on headphones, their voices whisper in your right and left ear, which adds to the sexiness of the song. If you need another sexy song for your playlist, this is the song you need to listen to.