Since their debut in 2015, Seventeen has released self-produced albums that unveil more of who they are as a group and individuals. There is no doubt that Carats can feel the most powerful and relatable emotion of love through the songs. Here are some Seventeen B-sides that show love through their eyes.
Starting off with “To You” in ‘Attacca,’ Seventeen sings with gratitude towards someone that has been there for them with open arms when they needed through the song’s upbeat tune. Someone who, no matter how tough or “swirling” life gets, continues to offer them happiness to get through the rough patches. They go as far as to that if there is eternal love, it is that person. With the way the song is written, it feels like a letter as they describe that there is no way for them to repay what has been done for them but “to you, I want to say more things like this.” Although “To You” is a B-side, it is one of the ways that Carats can see love through the eyes and lyrics of Seventeen.
“Run to you”
Next, we have “Run to you” from ‘DIRECTOR’S CUT.’ Many have pointed out that, due to the upbeat and refreshing sound of this song, “Run to you” sounds like it belongs on the OST of an anime. Although the beat of the song sounds cheery, the lyrics show a mature love. This is because Seventeen is singing about how they have a mutual need that the other cannot fill. As they sing, they conclude that they are not a good fit for each other, but they wish the other well until they hopefully meet again in the future. The maturity of the character’s love is shown in the willingness to let their partner go so they can both grow. This willingness to wait for the other shows a deep commitment and understanding of what they both need.
Let’s continue with “Beautiful” from Seventeen’s ‘Going Seventeen’ album. With this song, Seventeen is singing about observing everyone living a normal life but thinking “my life is so beautiful” for the sole reason of having someone by their side. Some days feel normal and boring, but whenever the thought of the other person comes in, it is paradise. No matter how long or difficult the day is, if that person is by their side, it will be paradise. With this song, Seventeen shows their appreciation for that special someone and shows them how much their company matters to them. When performing “Beautiful” in concerts, Seventeen makes sure to mention Carats before the chorus to emphasize how much their support and presence matters, and how it makes their lives beautiful. If that does not show love through the eyes of Seventeen’s B-sides, what will?
This list would be incomplete without a young love song like “20” from ’17 CARAT.’ In this song, Seventeen’s Vocal Unit questions whether that special someone still sees them as kids, and they wonder what they can do to change that perspective. In the chorus, they sing about wanting to be her morning and night so that they can spend it together. Even going as far as singing that everything she thinks of, they will become because she is their twenties, their future. When listening to this song, it is easy to imagine it as part of a first love college k-drama where they are trying to figure out life together. Knowing the vocal unit sang this in their early twenties/late teens, is comforting because of how relatable the lyrics are to those in their 20s.
“Falling For U”
While on the topic of young love, it is worth mentioning Jeonghan and Joshua’s duet “Falling For U” in ‘DIRECTOR’S CUT.’ This song sounds like it belongs in the background of a coffee shop with couples having dates. In this song, Jeonghan and Joshua sing about hoping someone would come into their lives, stopping the cold wind, doing old hobbies, and hugging them. They continue by singing the person they hoped for showed up and now, they are stuck wondering if they should make conversation or not. Even though they want to drink a cup of coffee with the person, they already finished their second cup while being caught up in their thoughts. While the nervous thoughts are taking up space in their brains, Jeonghan and Joshua admit that they are falling for the person and it’s too late to stop.
Now, let’s move to Seventeen Vocal Unit’s “Second Life” from “An Ode.” This song refers to a second life and how things may be different, but they hope they will find each other again. Carats are able to feel love through the eyes of Seventeen’s B-sides as “Second Life” was written with them in mind. Although they are unsure of the future, they know the relationship they have is beautiful and they hope they will cross paths with the person in their second life. With this song, the vocal unit goes beyond singing about love until the day one of them leaves and, instead, makes the promise that, even in their next life, they will find that person and stay by their side again.
Seventeen’s ‘95 line consisting of S.Coups, Jeonghan and Joshua sing “AH! LOVE” in Seventeen’s album ‘Semicolon.’ With this song, the ’95 line confess they are in love, and they hope they become more to the person and the person becomes more to them. In addition to saying they love the other person, they say it feels like fireworks over the ocean, the feelings are as steady as an island floating in the middle of the sea, like an oasis after passing through a forest. However, even with all the words they can use to express all they feel, what matters is they love the other person.
“I Don’t Understand But I Luv U”
The perfect way to end this list is with Seventeen Performance Unit’s “I Don’t Understand But I Luv U” from ‘FML.’ During a livestream, Performance Leader Hoshi read a comment from a Carat where she said, “I don’t understand but I luv u.” When Hoshi read this comment, he was so amazed and appreciative of the fans who do not understand Korean but still watch and listen to the content Seventeen makes. From this, a love song was created for Carats and the performance unit sings there are more important things than just words. With this, they are putting emphasis on not having to understand what each other is saying to know that love is possible. For international Carats, it is difficult to interact when there is a language barrier but listening to Seventeen say the barrier is just an illusion is comforting. The feeling of love is powerful but sometimes, seeing the love groups have for their fans is shocking and overwhelming.