As BTS members bid farewell and go for their mandatory military service, ARMYs, the devoted fanbase, turned to music as a source of comfort. In a bittersweet moment, fans streamed the iconic BTS track “Spring Day” in unprecedented numbers, ultimately achieving a historic milestone.
The song, released six years ago, managed to dethrone Mariah Carey’s perennial Christmas classic, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” from the #1 spot on the US iTunes chart.
A Heartfelt Achievement Amid Farewells
As the BTS members, including RM, V, Jimin, and Jungkook, prepared for their enlistment, ARMYs rallied together to express their emotions through music. The surge in “Spring Day” streams was not just a chart-topping accomplishment; it symbolized the collective sentiment of the fandom during this emotionally charged period.
for people who don’t understand the sheer context—every year during december, it’s nearly impossible to surpass all i want for christmas is you. that’s why artists don’t usually prefer releasing albums then. we did it for a 6 year old song because we’re sad. this is CRAZY. pic.twitter.com/AQeWW1uUhR
— Yet To Come Ⓢ⁷ | future’s gonna be okay (@im_yet_to_come) December 12, 2023
spring day dethroning all i want for christmas is you just two weeks before christmas and reaching #1 in US itunes, a 6 years old song did that. just because armys are sad 🫂😭 this is crazy. that 2025 comeback is going to be insane and massive! pic.twitter.com/mYoYahmrFZ
— sanjida⁷ | we will wait for you, bts! (@myg7kosmos) December 12, 2023
Spring Day overtook All I Want For Christmas, do you know how insane that is
— 🍓🐯🧸 j⁷ 🐱🍊| 💜 아포방포 | taegi's wife busy (@taegi_queen) December 12, 2023
Chart-Topping Support from ARMYs
Chart Data, a prominent music chart tracker, shared the groundbreaking news on X (formerly known as Twitter): “BTS’s ‘Spring Day’ has reached #1 on US iTunes for the first time ever.” The feat was particularly significant as Mariah Carey’s holiday classic traditionally dominated the charts in December. This unexpected turn of events showcased the unwavering support and determination of BTS fans.
ARMYs’ Emotional Connection
Fans took to social media to share their thoughts on this unexpected achievement. One fan expressed, “Spring Day dethroning All I Want for Christmas is You two weeks before Christmas because ARMYs are sad is insane.” The emotional connection between BTS and ARMYs was palpable, and the chart-topping success of “Spring Day” became a poignant symbol of solidarity.
BTS Enlistment: A Bittersweet Moment
As of December 12, all BTS members have officially enlisted for their compulsory military training. While Jin began his service in December 2022, J-Hope, Suga, RM, V, Jimin, and Jungkook joined him in 2023. The enlistment marked a bittersweet moment for both the members and their fans, with “Spring Day” serving as a musical tribute and a testament to the enduring bond between BTS and ARMYs.
A Chapter Ends, A Legacy Continues
While BTS embarks on a period of temporary hiatus, their impact on the music industry and the hearts of fans remains indelible. The unexpected chart success of “Spring Day” reflects not only the resilience of BTS’s discography but also the profound connection between the group and their dedicated global fanbase.
As BTS members take this momentous step in their careers, ARMYs continue to stand by them, creating milestones that echo the group’s influence and the unparalleled devotion of the fandom. The story of “Spring Day” ascending to #1 in the midst of farewells becomes a chapter in the larger narrative of BTS’s legacy in the music world.