BTS named among TIME's 100 Most Influential People

‘By these parameters, BTS has reached the top. Over the past few years, the K-pop group has taken the music industry by storm—shattering sales records, gathering accolades and performing across the globe for head-spinning audiences—all the while remaining exemplary ambassadors for their Korean culture. But behind those three letters are seven astounding young men who believe that music is stronger than the barriers of language. It’s a universal dialect.’

Halsey added: ‘With positive messages of self-confidence, intricacies of philosophy hidden in their sparkly songs, true synergy and brotherhood in every step of their elaborate choreography, and countless charitable and anthropological endeavors, BTS have put their 14 best feet forward as role models to millions of adoring fans and anyone else who finds themselves drawn to BTS’s undeniable allure.’

BTS are listed in the artists section, alongside Dwayne Johnson, Regina King, Khalid, Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson, Joanna and Chip Gaines, Ariana Grande, Mahershala Ali, Glenn Close, Rami Malek, Luchita Hurtado, Ozuna, Dream Hampton, Richard Madden, Yalitza Aparicio and Clare Waight Keller.

Other musicians included across TIME’s other categories include Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.

TIME’s Most Influential People 2019


Sandra Oh
Indya Moore
Marlon James
Chrissy Teigen
Massimo Bottura
Hasan Minjaj
Samin Nosrat
Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy
Naomi Osaka
Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin
Fred Swaniker
Lynn Nottage
Tara Westover
Adam Bowen and James Monsees
Barbara Rae-Venter
He Jiankui
Aileen Lee
Jay O’Neal and Emily Comer
Shep Doeleman
Jane Walker


Dwayne Johnson
Regina King
Emilia Clarke
Brie Larson
Joanna and Chip Gaines
Ariana Grande
Mahershala Ali
Glenn Close
Rami Malek
Luchita Hurtado
Dream Hampton
Richard Madden
Yalitza Aparicio
Clare Waight Keller


Nancy Pelosi
Donald Trump
Greta Thunberg
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Jacinda Ardern
Juan Guaido
Abiy Ahmed
Mitch McConnell
Brett Kavanaugh
Jane Goodall
Benjamin Netanyahu
Zhang Yiming
Hoesung Lee
William Barr
Pope Francis
Xi Jinping
Leana Wen
Imran Khan
Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed
Cyril Ramaphosa
Robert Mueller
Mahathir Mohamad
Matteo Salvini
Jair Bolsonaro
Zhang Kejian


Taylor Swift
Michelle Obama
Spike Lee
Christine Blasey Ford
David Hockney
Desmond Meade
Lady Gaga
Radhya Almutawakel
Pierpaolo Piccioli
Maria Ressa
Caster Semenya
Mirian G.
Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth and Orla O’Connor
Loujain Al-Hathloul

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